Saturday, October 21, 2017

Uneventful

Clouds moved in last night so no watching any showers, no shooting stars, nothing.  Maybe later in the week after the rains move through the next few days.

We did our Costco run and a few chores around the house.  Another day of semi-rest, rebuilding energy and getting ready for next week.  Tomorrow I help Jordan and his mom decorate a pumpkin for a school project.  It has been a very un-eventful Saturday.

Hot tea awaits and  my favorite Britt-coms.  May your Sunday be a peaceful.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, October 20, 2017

Orionids Showers

A much needed day of rest.  I stayed in my sweats most of the day.  With packed classes all week, my batteries needed to recharge.  We are meeting friends for dinner this evening at a local Italian place.
For me, Italian food is comfort food.  I can't wait.

We are gearing up for the meteor showers tonight.  Tomorrow night, clouds will be rolling in and rain comes Sunday and Monday so tonight is our best bet.  The viewing guides that I have Googled say the best time to catch the most meteors is around 3:00am.  We will be setting our clocks and see what happens.  These are not the big long ones, what I have read is that they are small and if you blink, you will miss them.  Still, I think they are always worth a view.

The night sky is so mysterious, so vast and so much unknown.  I think it would be really nice to have a planetarium out back.

Enjoy your Saturday.  We will make a Costco run and then Rick will watch football games.  I will read and putter around the house.  Don't forget to be kind.





Thursday, October 19, 2017

Self Study

We studied the 4th Niyama today, Savadhayaya, self study.  Self study, very few spend the time to study our inner and outer selves.  Meditation is a way to study self.  So for class today we did walking meditations.   It was the perfect day for it, clear skies, 72 degrees, a hint of color in the trees.
None of the students had done a walking meditation.  Sometimes a walking meditation can be more difficult than sitting and breathing.

As we gathered outside near the edge of the woods where I work, I sat the parameters of where we would walk.  There is a large field between the parking lot and the woods, it was the perfect place.
I explained that we would do two different meditations.  For the first, we walk slowly, hands clasped, in a line,  ten steps forward and then turn around and retrace our steps to the starting point.  We would practice mindfulness by keeping our focus on our breath and steps.  No talking and no interaction with each other, the timer was set for five minutes.

For the next meditation,  we would practice awareness.  Once again no talking or interaction, but we could walk the field, gazing up, down around.  We would walk slowly, maybe stopping to observe a leaf or the sky.  We would be aware of the sky, any sounds, smells, the sensation of walking on grass and soil, any wildlife.  We would be aware of everything around us and by doing that, the stress of the day would leave, and our minds would no longer race.  This time the timer was set for ten minutes.  The students were awestruck by the time we went back to the room.  They all mentioned seeing and being aware of things they had never noticed on the grounds.  They were calm and peaceful.  They realized how important taking a walk can be.

Clasping the hands is important, it keeps you from swinging your arms, it helps you to walk slowly.
Remembering to breathe is just as important. If you have never done a walking meditation try it sometime.  It will take walking to a whole new level for you.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Moon

I saw the most breath-taking sunrise this morning.  I am not a morning person.  Getting up in the dark is drudgery for me.  The pay-off,  the sunrises that I see.  On my way to work this morning I topped one of the many rolling hills on my drive and as I crested one of the last before making my last turn, I gasped.  The horizon was the color of a blood orange, the trees were black, the sky was a shimmering
blue like the waters in the Bahamas. Just over the peak of red orange and midway of the blue there was a tiny sliver of silver.  It was the new moon making it's first appearance for this month.

I didn't bother taking a picture with my phone.  My phone could never capture the magic of that image and those colors.  So it was my personal gift from the universe.  Well mine and anyone else's who was looking at the sunrise.

I love my work schedule.  I see sunrises and sunsets.  They are all unique and beautiful.  As many of you know I am fascinated by the moon.  New moons for me signify beginnings, the chance to start all fresh and new.   Seeing that tiny sliver for whatever reason gave me hope this morning.

The new moon is a beauty in the night sky this evening.  If you get a chance, go out and moon gaze.
Maybe there are changes you need, some sort of new beginning in your life.  Maybe the new moon will give you hope just as it did for me this morning.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Surprises

Unusual fall flowers, tiny delicate purple daisies of some variety, I think.  Fall wild flowers around here are normally yellows and oranges and reds and usually fairly bold.  These little things are so sweet and fragile.  A nice surprise for the morning walk.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mossy Timber

The temps dropped last night after the storms came through.  This morning was windy and cool and the dogs loved every minute of their walk.  The sun came out when we were walking and the sunlight that dappled through the trees was dazzling.  This moss covered timber reminded me of our time in Ireland.  The green was rich and verdant.  It was a gift.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Gentle Rain

A gentle rain has started to fall tonight.  Behind the rain, cooler air is on its way, finally fall has decided to show her face.  I am so grateful.

We have done quite a few chores this weekend.  It is a good kind of fatigue.  I laughed today and told Rick I would have to go to work tomorrow to get some rest.  He agreed.

October 15, the month is half gone.  Take a deep breath and don't close your eyes, 2018 is rushing to get here.

Start the week with kindness, even to someone who does not appear to deserve it.  Be grateful for answered prayers as well as those unanswered.  May we all know peace.