Leaving the heavy load behind. Be Here Now.

Each season the earth, the plants, the sky and all its parts have to LET GO of some parts, and make room for change and whatever is next. We are part of the “parts!” The season of spring is full of expression, full of things popping and regaining a foothold in the earth. It can be hard for us to slow down, change gears, and realize that maybe that flower appears to “popping” out of the ground but to remember that same flower has spent the winter regaining its nutrients and replenishing as needed. Remember when we “chatted” about doing your work in the winter? We often feel as though we have a million things to do today, so much to do to “be ready” for whatever is next. Slow down. Breath. Maybe even re-evaluate. Next will happen no matter how fast you may be running to catch up with it, or away from it!  The days will spin by whether you are watching or participating. Summer will be here before you know it-and that season always seems to zoom by (especially up here in NE.)  How about we all try to Be Here Now, be here TODAY, and enjoy what we have right now. Not what we may have tomorrow. Not what we lost yesterday. Sounds as though it should be a cake walk…we all know it’s more easily said then done. Let go of what is dragging you down, lighten up the load, and be strong and present for the day you are in now.  I just looked up the famous words of “Be Here Now”(Wikipedia) - (Be Here Now (or Remember, Be Here Now) is a seminal 1971 book on spirituality, yoga, and meditation by the Western-born yogi and spiritual teacher Ram Dass.)  …I didn’t remember, maybe never even knew (?)  the book was divided into four sections. The first one is the journey (we all know it’s all about the journey) – the second one is the “Core Book” – the third one as called “Cookbook for a Sacred Life: A manual for Conscious Being” -and the fourth one is “Painted Cakes Do Not Satisfy Hunger.”  I think I will be ordering, and reading- a little refresher course would be a good thing for me. How about you?

This is Boubolicious (Boubo for short) cutting the strings of some of the things that are holding him down.  His role in the magical land of Botaniumas is a wise soul and knowing creature.  He is Ambassador of Wisdom. (Just because he is wise doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to work at it at times — that is WHY he is the Ambassador of Wisdom!) 

Cut the strings

Cut the strings that hold you down. Leaving the old parts you don’t need anymore behind.

To all Mothers!

To mothers of human babies, and to all the mothers of all the creatures of planet Earth

 Happy Mothers Day! 

Rosie with Babies

 

 

Spring has finally sprung! Can you find the sun?

We had very dreary week here in MA. last week, but I am a happy to say that the sun HAS come out again! It’s hard not to acknowledge the analogy to life here and that hopefully the sun does come out again from whatever clouds are on top of you at any given time. As for me, the endless days of grey really seemed to affect my psyche, and it appeared to me that was true for many people/friends I spoke with as well.  The good news is the sun is out again, showing its sunny bright self for a few days now. To honor the sun, and the (finally) arrival of spring, todays post shall be a photo collage I am calling Hurrah it’s Spring! The photos are all from todays sunny Sunday wonderful dog walk with a wonderful friend – whom I want to give a shout out to for all the friendship and support we pass back and forth, don’t know what I would do without you! For that matter while I thinking about it, it’s a good time to thanks ALL my wonderful friends and family for all everyone does. There are pieces of me that would be lost without each one of you. Spring seems to be a good time to give a nod to all those we treasure. Something about buds bursting, shoots popping up, colors reappearing, streams flowing again, and that ever so luscious feel of sun on my skin after a long winter. I hope everyone has a moment or two to notice the sun, the blossoms, the flowers, the glorious colors, dancing yellow Willow trees, and I couldn’t  resist adding the cows. I will call them The Cummerbund Cows, who appear to be enjoying the spring grass! We can all enjoy and rejoice in the beauty of nature and springtime …and…. THANK GOODNESS FOR THE SUN AGAIN!
The Beauties & Beasties, and myself,  hope the sun is shinning on your days.  (Check out that cow on the far right- looking at me looking at them!)

Springtime

Some of the wonders of Spring!

Potential, the number 4 – and the connection to Earth Day is?

Wellie and the full of potential number 4.

Wellie and the full of potential number 4.

Wellie is all about health, mental and physical health….it therefor seems right that he is the “featured” Botanical Beautie this week, with the letter 4, and ready to take off! He’s off to reach some new potential! Least not forget- HAPPY EARTH DAY!

The number 4:

  • Earth, Air, Fire, Water
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  • Native Americans Medicinal Wheel embodies 4 directions
  • Stages of our lives – birth, youth, adult and elder
  • East, West, North, South
  • 4 Phases of the Moon (new, half-moon waxing, full, half-moon waning)
  • …And a few more I just taught myself in doing a little reading for this post.
    The Four Noble Truths epitomize Buddhism. ***
  • To the Pythagoreans 4 was the source of the tetractys 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10, the most perfect number. ***
  • In medieval times there were thought to be four humours (phlegm, blood, choler, and black bile—hence the adjectives phlegmaticsanguinecholeric, and melancholic), and the body was bled at various places to bring these humours into balance. ***
  • Four types of animal (ground movers, flyers, four-legged, and two-legged.)***http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1086220/number-symbolism/248161/4

Four is todays topic, the 4 seasons, and specifically SPRING! The season that’s full of potential. The ground is exploding with new grass, flowers and multitudes of all sorts of “burst” of life. For many of us we have been less energetic for the past season, the skies have often been grey, and the temps were cold. All that is gently and beautifully changing. I love the spring-that amazing willow light green on the trees as the buds and leaves appear, the wonderful joyous visions of flowers peeping out and blooming again, the SUN with the longer days and warmer temps. It’s all so yummy!  A friend, in the last year or so, made me aware of the Taoist Seasons and it fascinates me. Spring is the season of WOOD. OK, makes sense on some logical levels to me, wood, trees, branches become covered again, roots coming alive, and all those other woodland flora and fauna coming to life with wood involved in so many ways…. But here’s closer to what it really means.

The Wood Elements: The power of Wood is gentle, persistent, and filled with creative potential. It has the power of both being and becoming—of being true to your own nature and becoming more yourself by clearly expressing your inner needs and desires. Wood gently penetrates the earth to bring forth water, the source of all life.  Drawing from our roots, we find the energy to push forward with strength and firmness of purpose, always remaining supple, yielding, and true to our nature.

The Wood element’s climate is windy; its direction is East (“Beginning and creation arise in the East”); and its power is experienced most intensely between 11:00 pm and 3:00 am.

The color associated with Wood is green; its odor is rancid; and its sound is shouting.

http://fiveelementhealing.net/spring-the-season-of-renewal-the-element-of-wood/

 

It’s often said, Spring is a time of new beginnings, or maybe of renewals. April also brings us EARTH DAY tomorrow, so, lets combine to two. Reclaim, Reduce, Recycle, ReThink, if needed-ReDo.

Reclaim – in this case your muscles! Get out and up and MOVE. It’s bad enough to be a slug in the winter, but it’s worse in the spring!
ReDuce- ever heard of Spring Cleaning…ha ha; of course you have. Now, the trick is to sort and reduce not just move the stuff around. That would be in your home. In your Mind. And don’t forget, in your Body too!
ReUse/Recycle: repurpose what you can – toss the rest…again- literal and psychologically. (Remember all those posting about “letting go“- practice! )
Rethink: Grudges and resentments are indigestible and cause stress. Practice forgiveness.
ReDO. Take a risk, rethink and do something new! Remember a small seed can turn into a mighty tree! Go of it! Feel the potential and RUN with it (not walk but RUN, well at least skip!)

Connections – and what does that have to do with cause and effect?

Every day is made up of our stories…some days are more mundane, some are wildly exciting- but all are parts of the weave of the day/week/month/year/life. What makes up the stories? Well there are the obvious things like your work, immediate family, and the daily task of your path. That’s all good stuff. To me, the really fascinating threads are the human interactions, the unexpected words, and experiences that fly all around us continually. I heard a great line recently that goes something like this – “You never know whom you will meet, and what influence/imprint they will have on your life and you on theirs.” Powerful. Amazing. Wonderful. Do you ever wonder why you meet (or met) someone? I have been examining some of the personal relationships in my life lately. Thinking about what is the give and take of these interactions, these friendships, and sometimes these brief and fleeting “moments in time.” (Moments in time are a whole other subject! The big question being how is time really marked and measured – why does it creep at points and fly at others?) Anyhow…..back to connections…Why are some of your friends, I say friends for they are chosen into your life, there? What do you add to their life and they to yours? Some may come and go, but I am pretty sure the ones that are here right NOW are for a reason, big or small.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves the awareness of a human encounter designated “Wow-now I get it.” You may select any other two world members, but it is essential that the first member of your team is yourself! It is also essential that the third member of your team is Yum (Yes, you have to imagine and pretend here! I’m sure you remember how! If you don’t then that too is part of your mission!  Yum is the “fairy of goodness,” she makes sure everyone is “behaving” as we would hope intelligent and kind humans should in the world.) She is a magical force as well as masquerading as a civilian, and she is a highly capable professional maker of self awareness. You have forty-eight hours to recruit Yum and meet me in the comments section to report on your mission. As always, should any member of your team be caught or become extra grumpy, the Secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. (Thanks to Mission Impossible for the inspiration of format!)

Zoie, The Monster, Yum

What do these characters have to do with each other? What IMPACT do they have on each other? ( Left to right, Zoie, Introducing The Monster, and Yum)

Spring, consciousness and attitudes.

Attitude is everything

See below for more about Attitude.

Today is finally warm again…alas the sun seems to have gone, and its raining, but at least the temps are 1/2 decent. Just asking– is this continuing of winter claws getting under your skin? It is mine! I could use some sun and warmth together! Just saying…Therefore, today we will chat about ways to try to help yourself get out of your own way. I am having a wee bit of trouble with this of late, it’s a tough one for many, at various times I am sure it is tough for everyone. Remember that’s it’s all about attitude, and if we are lucky maybe we can ‘adjust’ our own as needed ~ There are lots of great sayings about this…

  • Show up…
  • Park in front….
  • Everyday starts with a blank canvas….
  • Don’t give up. Normally it’s the last key on the ring which opens the door.
  • You don’t need to change places, you just see where you are with new eyes.

…and on an on. I must take you back to my yoga class. As usual, I find inspiration from the words of my teacher, Suzie. On Tuesday night she was saying, put your consciences in the palm of your hands. Of course, since it was yoga class I thought, ok…good idea Suzie I will do that. As the week progressed I have thought about it. Just what indeed does that really mean-especially to me? I realized I really didn’t have clue, so I sat down and thought about. Since I like, to share my favorite things with you all, I will share my thoughts.

Remember the blog post(s) on open palm living? They are still some of my favorite thoughts. Well, if you are living your life open; i.e.,open to: new experiences, people, things, thoughts, and your heart is open to the world around you then you are living in an open palm way. That also means you are possibly less ‘protected’ and therefor probably more ‘venerable.’ This is where consciousness helps. This is also where ATTITUDE helps. It may mean you have a sort of “self directed” path, you have awareness, and although most of us don’t understand much what goes on in our daily paths we know it is OUR path, and hope with all our might, wishes, crossed fingers, and a birthday candle blows, that it is the path we are supposed to be on!  (Can’t resist, another few sayings – Life is a journey not a destination, Your life is what you create in it). Now, lets take that one step further… Lets assume we are all trying to live our lives as ‘open beings’ with the added bonus of open palm consciousness.  You are now alive, open, and aware. Pretty amazing in itself if we can do that. Now, imagine you can touch it with your hands, that you indeed have ‘the power’ of consciousness in your palms, you can touch it at will. What will that bring? Does it mean you can mold it/shape it as you desire?  Can you adjust it with grace and ease for you can now touch it? Is it a burden or a pleasure to have this power? I hope you think it is a good thing, a pleaseure. Yes, I know I did not directly answer the question of “What it means to put your consciences in the palm of your hands?”  Well, what do you think it means? I hope, at least, I got you to think about it over the course of the next few days. Would love to hear from you in comments!

 Want a little more info on attitude? Click below. http://www.frenchbydesignblog.com/2013/12/wednesday-quote.html  https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/267482-the-longer-i-live-the-more-i-realize-the-impact (I was a little surprised when I followed through and found out who the author was) https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5139.Charles_R_Swindoll

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Water, spring, March 31? “Liquid Courage” – What am I talking about?

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/9446-it-s-time-for-liquid-courage
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The Nature  Conservancy screen shot

 

Direct from The Nature Conservancy page….

“It’s time to talk about water! That’s right, water.
That strange drinkable liquid that’s not coffee or alcohol. Because while 70% of the world is covered by water, only 0.03% is accessible and drinkable. It takes guts to take on the global challenge we face and create a social movement to demand change – So it’s time for a little Liquid Courage.
The Nature Conservancy has launched “Liquid Courage” – a new kind of campaign showcasing what can be done to protect and preserve the water that powers every element of our lives. But we know we can’t do this alone. We need your help in raising the profile of The Nature Conservancy’s work in the water space to expand our efforts in the right direction, and ultimately help ensure a more sustainable future for you, your legacy, and your planet.

Join us on March 31st when we release a digital tidal wave across social platforms and get the conversation (and the water) flowing.”  –https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/9446-it-s-time-for-liquid-courage

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It takes ALL of us to help each other, ourselves and our planet!  The World needs us…please help.

Moe image- Minister of Clean water

Lets all work for World Clean Water

Moe want to remind you…These are from the Water Use it Wisely site –   100+ WAYS TO CONSERVE   (http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/?view=list)

How about 3 new ones and act on them!
I picked #7 in the Kitchen, and #5 and #8 in the bathroom. Let me know in the comments section which ones you choose!

INDOOR TIPS

KITCHEN
  1. #1 There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
  2. #2 When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  3. #3 Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
  4. #4 If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  5. #5 Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  6. #6 Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  7. #7 Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
  8. #8 Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  9. #9 Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
  10. #10 Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
  11. #11 Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  12. #12 Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.
  13. #13 Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
  14. #14 Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
  15. #15 If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
  16. #16 Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.
  17. #17 When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. #18 When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  2. #19 Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  3. #20 When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.
  4. #21 Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your city and county for codes.
  5. #22 When buying a washer, check the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

BATHROOM

  1. #23 If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a WaterSense® labeled model.
  2. #24 Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  3. #25 Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  4. #26 Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
  5. #27 Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving 
    gallons.
  6. #28 When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
  7. #29 Upgrade older toilets with water-saving WaterSense® labeled models.
  8. #30 If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
  9. #31 Use a WaterSense® labeled showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
  10. #32 Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
  11. #33 If your toilet was installed before 1992, purchasing a WaterSense® labeled toilet can reduce the amount of water used for each flush.
  12. #34 Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
  13. #35 Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your 
    razor and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  14. #36 Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.
  15. #37 When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
  16. #38 Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
  17. #39 Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
  18. #40 Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
  19. #41 Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.
  20. #42 One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and shower-heads for leaks.
  21. #43 While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.

GENERAL INDOOR

  1. #44 Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  2. #45 Watch the Home Water Challenge video or use the Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can save water.
  3. #46 When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.
  4. #47 Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
  5. #48 Play fun games while learning how to save water!
  6. #49 Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  7. #50 Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.
  8. #51 Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.
  9. #52 Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  10. #53 Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
  11. #54 Hire a GreenPlumber® to help reduce your water, energy, and chemical use.
  12. #55 Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.
  13. #56 We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses.
  14. #57 See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.
  15. #58 At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.
  16. #59 Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.
  17. #60 Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  18. #61 See how your water use stacks up to others by calculating your daily water use.

Babies, Hospitals, Cars, Dr’s, storms, and a Family story

It’s been a huge month in our family. There are TWO wiggling additions (one baby girl and one baby boy, a very big congratulations to all!!!), one snow storm (which when in DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area is a complete show stopper,) one major surgery (went very well-allowing me to breath again,) one emergency room visit (all is fine, thanks goodness,) lots of driving, one special family celebration, and lots of readjusting to all these new paths/stories/of our family…. I count in this story our dear friends, those connections/their stories, some less easy and “good” than others….I wish ALL the above only good news.  For the health side, I wish them recoveries and for the babies, clearly it’s health and happiness.  Everyone, even the four-legged family members are pretty darn tired. That too shall hopefully pass, as we all get use to all these new paths and find our ways on these roads. Constant realignment… letting go the past, our yesterday, and welcoming our tomorrow with all the turns, the curves, the uphills, and the easy downhills, that tomorrow will bring.

A BIG Huge THANK YOU to our friends and family members
…for all working together!
A BIG Huge Hurrah for us all!
Yes, at times, it does indeed take a small village, A.KA. a family and close friends.

and as the stories continue…

I hope and wish for all good outcomes.
That the fairies wands are all waving and working.
That the ill get well.
That the bones all heal and quickly.
That the babies all grow strong and well.
…and that our friends stay close!

Wellness, Car, Babies, Friends

 

Stories

Once upon a time….the classic story beginning. We have heard it repeatedly all through our lives. However, it is what comes next which is the real story.

The stories of our lives, intertwined with the fabric of our lives, and of course the threads as well. The big wide open vistas/opportunities, the blankets of security, drawn down to the small details…Since Tuesday late night I have new Great Nephew. (Well, to be honest I am not sure that is what he really is in those family genealogy terms to me, but he is my niece and her husbands new baby boy.) To think about the awesomeness that his whole story is just beginning, is really daunting, as well as wonderfully miraculous. He is a lucky little boy who hopefully will have no struggles as a “wee one.”  He is already extremely well-loved and cared for, and will get to live all the wonderful experiences that “love and care” enables. Add education, a little luck, and effort, and he can truly lead his life however he desires one day-in his own spectacular way. It’s as if his own story in barely touching the left side of the “O” of Once upon a time….so many stories to go. How exciting! Congratulations to all – the parents, the baby, the grandparents, the great-grandparents, the aunts, and uncles, and all the extended family that this bundel of newness has already spread happiness and joy to. Here’s to joy and new beginnings! 

Hey there little person – Welcome to our world, our family, and our love!

Baby Boy

→ AND ←
For the rest of us, that are no longer tiny and brand-new….
you can always rewrite the next chapter of your story….
…hard to do? YES….
but
possibly may be one of the most important ‘rewrites’ you do…
Only you know what needs ‘editing’ ….
Now get out that pencil and eraser, and 
Happy rewriting.

 

Olympics…and the gold medal goes to…

Zoie Figure Skating Zoie, surprising no one that knows her, wins the Olympic Gold in the enchanted land of Botaniumaus for Kindness to the Earth! Her specialties are Toe Picks of Woodlands (above), Swizzles of river streams, and Double Axel Jumps of land and air! Her favorite short program is the Free Dance. To see a complete Bio of Zoie click here…(bottom of page.)