August 25, 2010
right across from the lovely home i was staying while in st. joseph was this lovely meditation garden. i walked through it several times and was able to sit and enjoy the peaceful vibration , balance, and harmony. unfortunately, the mosquitos were plentiful and i had to flee before i was really ready to go.
mother nature likes to let us know who’s in charge.
August 24, 2010
the summer evening is starting to feel slightly cooler to me. this subtle change reminds me that the weather will soon begin to cool and that the earth is gradually moving into another season. before that happens, i’d like to share a few photos i took a couple of weeks ago while visiting the charming town of st. joseph, michigan.
being right on lake michigan was so pleasant. it was so easy to enjoy the morning walk along the beach, afternoons swimming, and watching the sun set. i also met and had very interesting conversations with people i just happened to meet by chance. but in reality, was it by chance? i happen to believe that people of similar vibration levels attract one to another.
after returning home from a trip, it’s important to me to realize what it is that i bring back with me. not necessarily souvenirs, but the intangible; the positive emotions and memories that you come home with. capturing some of it in photographs helps to preserve or revive those memories.
what fond memory or feeling can you recall from a place you have visited?
August 15, 2010
even though my birthday was almost 2 weeks ago, i’m still working on getting the birthday hike photos posted. i’ve been absent from the blog because i’ve been to lake michigan this past week. it was a lovely time and the weather was perfect for swimming, sunning and exploring. i also managed to get a little rest and reading in too. i really enjoyed it.
here is another birthday gift from mother nature that i came across on my hike. what beautiful colors! i’m such a lucky gal :).
it’s hard for me to believe but i’m back to work tomorrow. tomorrow! i’m still trying to wrap my mind around that one. along with the new school year comes some new challenges in my job. i’m looking forward to these challenges and hope i’m able to make a quick switch from summer mode to school mode. so far i don’t feel like i’m there yet. yikes! fingers crossed.
do you feel like the summer has gone by in a blur?
August 5, 2010
another highlight along my birthday hike was being able to spend a few minutes watching this spider at work.
a wonderful birthday gift from mother nature, don’t you think?
what do you consider to be a special gift to you from mother nature?
August 3, 2010
this summer has seemed to go by so fast! along with summer comes my birthday. instead of focusing on the fact that i’m not getting any younger, i think it’s time i start to appreciate what age brings. being 40 something, i think there are a lot of positive things i can focus on. this summer, i’ve realized that my daughter is not a child anymore and is blossoming into a beautiful young woman. it’s been hard for me to realize that, and i’m sure it’s been quite annoying for her. after taking a step back and really looking at her, i feel ok with letting go. well, letting go a little anyway.
i’m not one to celebrate with a cake or anything really special that focuses on me. it means more to me to do something nice for others. however, i do have a couple of traditions for celebrating. one tradition i have is to watch ingmar bergman’s winter light. it’s my favorite bergman film ever. also, i do like to take some time to reflect on the past year, think about the coming year and take advantage of a little bit of solitude. what better way to do that than to take a hike?
this morning i hiked in a nature preserve in la salle county, illinois. being surrounded by nature and all of it’s beauty is the perfect way for me to celebrate. it had rained last night through this morning and everything was wet and lush when i started the hike. by the time i was heading out of the preserve, the clouds had cleared and the beautiful sunlight was streaming through the forest. i saw so many beautiful things!
i hope you enjoy the photos i took while hiking and reflecting. i hope to post several of the photos in the next few days.
what special ritual(s) do you have to commemorate turning another year older?