Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Service

As I taught the Chakra classes yesterday I spoke about how important service is in the quest for spirituality.  I explained that when I taught about giving to your community many think that I speak of giving money but that is not true.  What I teach, what I talk about is way more valuable than money, it is your time.

I looked at my students and told them that there is great need in every community.  There is a need for tutors, mentors, people to read to the sick, help care for the elderly's lawns, drive people to the doctor, help with home repairs.  Once you start looking and asking the needs are overwhelming.
I have tutored disadvantaged kids, prepared Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and every Monday night I teach a free yoga class at a community center.

I explained that if you want to experience true joy, be of service.  Do that service with a heart full of gratitude and don't expect anything in return.  You will receive much more than you will ever give.

Service along with some kindness and a little joy will change you.  It will change how you look at other humans, at your neighbors and your community.  The needs are great all over the world, but do your part in your own back yard.  I believe if each of us helped one person around us each day our vision of our world would change.  Kindness just expands as it is given.  It is time to be the change we want to see in our community.  Change starts with one, kindness and love starts with one.
Be that one and see the difference.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Catch-up

Last summer drought and heat, so far this week, monsoonal rains.  The weather is never dull in Alabama.

I did the final class on the Chakras today.  I teach the Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakras in one class at work because of time constraints.  I love teaching this class especially because these three are so spiritual.  My students loved the class today.

I have finally recovered from our beach trip.  Sun, the ocean and Jordan and Anthony were loads of fun, but the five hour drive did a number on my back.  Yoga, ice packs and Advil made it better.

Tomorrow is hump day.  We have a major gig this weekend at a really great venue in Birmingham, Al.  It is a listening venue, Moonlight on the Mountain.  We are opening for an amazing artist who plays Irish harp, Kristin Rebecca.  If you live in the area, please come catch the show Sunday night at 7:30.  You won't be disappointed.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Gardenias

The gardenias bloomed today.  No matter the date, it is now summer.  Magnolias, gardenias and honeysuckle and oak leaf hydrangea all in bloom, it is summer in Alabama.  The air tonight smells heavenly even with rain falling.  The house smells of gardenias as well.  I love them.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beach Time

We spent the past four days in Destin, Florida.  Our friends, Wes and Deidra's baby girl got married on the beach so we were there for the event.  When Sam and Jordan heard we were going to the beach there were strong wishes that they could go too.  Our nephew Haven and his wife, Alesha and their son Anthony went as well.  It was fun being with kids at the beach.  Our morning strolls turned into excursions, a simple trip to the outlets turned into an adventure and meals were exciting as well.

We are both exhausted tonight and hate the thoughts of returning to work tomorrow.  But we promised ourselves and the kids there would be a next time, and hopefully more of the family could go.  Start this week off with peace and kindness.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Weddings

One of our best friend's daughter got married this evening.  It was an outdoor wedding and as all weddings are, it was beautiful.  The minister who did the ceremony was a good friend as well and his words were so touching.

There is something about weddings that is both happy and sad.  You see the bride and the groom full of love and hope, you see the parents usually happy but maybe a little apprehensive about the future of their young ones.  You see the grandparents, often frail, and just thankful they lived to see their grandchild's wedding.  You hear the vows and it is a reminder of how strong those words are you uttered so long ago.  You know the couple  will have good times and bad and you hope they make it through.

Our wedding, forty three years ago was so different than the one we attended today.  We drove to the  minister's house, changed clothes, said our vows, put our tee shirts and shorts back on, hit the local 7-11 for Boone's Farm wine and a pack of Twinkies and headed to the beach.  We were fearless and knew in our hearts that together we could make it through anything.  So far we have.

I hope your Saturday has been a good one.  I hope your Sunday is one of peace.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, May 19, 2017

Shopping Day

Sometimes you just have to shop, and then you get a gelato and rest.  It has been a fun day, hanging with Jordan and Sam.  Never a dull moment with those two.

Hot dry continues, hoping for rain tomorrow, we are still in a drought.  Rumors of record lows next week, that wacky weather.

Since I took yesterday off, I thought today was Saturday.  I kept looking for my favorite shows on PBS tonight.  Rick finally looked at me and said "today is Friday."

Spread a little love and kindness tomorrow.  Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rocky Welcome

Many years ago, when Rick worked as an installer for South Central Bell one of his customers gave him two ancient rock planters.  Rick knew I would love them.  They flank our front steps with rugged beauty.  Our very first step is a hand cut rock from 1927 that was a wedding gift from the groom to his bride.  They built and lived in the farm house on our property.  Not only did he build the house but the barn as well.  When we built our house, Lilly was still living and she loved that we used her stepping stone for our house as well.

Those rock planters are always filled with flowers.  Usually impatiens in the spring and summer and pansies in the fall and winter.  I love that you are greeted with history as you walk up to our front door.  People always comment on those planters.

I took today off.  I missed a few days this month because of the flare up of my menier's but I felt a little extra rest was needed.  Sometimes a mental health day is as important as a physical one.

Tomorrow is Friday, I hope the weekend is full of joy for each of you.  Remember to be kind.