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I lost my oldest son, Bo, at the ripe age of 22, just nine years ago. At first I went into total denial. I kept telling myself he was away at college and soon he would be coming home. I buried myself in my work, stacked heavy blocks on top of my emotions and moved like a robot through my days. I was afraid to stop moving because I knew the blocks would tumble and reality would set in, which it did. And on those occasions, I cried the guttural sounds of sorrow and pain, like a mama cow does when she’s separated from her calf. Yet, it was in those moments that I could feel my son’s arms around me. I felt as if he was saying, “It’s okay, Mom. It was my time to go. Please don’t be sad. I love you. You need to get on with your life.”
The bluebird is my favorite bird.
Every year around spring these beautiful creatures arrive
in my backyard and build their nest in their weathered home.
Filled with joy, I grab my camera and click away.
This is one of my all-time favorite shots. It speaks volumes.
Did you know that the keynote words for bluebirds are modesty, unassuming, confidence and happiness?
“The bluebird is symbolic of a passage, a time of movement into another level of being. It is a connection to human fertility and a new confidence and happiness coming into your own.” *
“Bluebirds homes front entrances face south, the direction for awakening the inner child.”*
If a bluebird comes into your life, look for opportunities to touch the joyful aspects of yourself you may have lost touch with and take time to enjoy yourself.
Also, the color blue is associated with the throat chakra, creative expression.
Wishing all joy and happiness today and every day of your life.
* ANIMAL-SPEAK , by Ted Andrews. (If you love animals, I highly recommend picking up this book.)
PHOTOGRAPHY by pattie welek hall.
We are all interconnected… across the centuries… across time and space. The wolf we feed affects the whole. In my heart of hearts I believe humanity is shifting into the energy of wolf number two.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between 2 “wolves” inside us all.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Bottom image by Joel Sartore
We all have a special way of connecting to our heart. Thirty-eight years ago I sat in meditation for the first time. At first it was hard trying to quiet the chatter of my monkey mind but with time, peace came. Today it is an integral part of my daily life.
How about you? What practice do you have that takes you to the depth of your soul, recharges your spirit and helps you find the joy within?
Have you ever taken the time to write a gratitude list? If you haven’t, you should. It’s one thing to think about what you’re grateful for. And it’s a different ball game when you see your blessings on paper.
And just for the record… I am grateful for each and every one of you who subscribe to my blog.