Friday, May 30, 2014

5 minutes... nothing

GO:
Nothing fills my mind lately with fear or anger. I have jettisoned those negative emotions by filling the space in between with positive thoughts and scriptures. Filled until they overflowed and washed away the hurt and pain. Filled until they overflowed and washed away the fear and anger.

Nothing has become everything to me now. Time spent focusing on my serenity. Tai Chi. Yoga. Meditation to the sound of wind in the trees and water bubbling in a fountain with the occasional cardinal song or croaking frog. Journaling the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Reading pages that turn and feel crisp in my fingers rather than scrolling down with my thumb. Weekends away from social media and television and spent in bare feet at the beach with my dog.

Sometimes there is no better healer than time spent doing nothing.

STOP

Joining with Lisa-Jo Baker this morning for Five Minute Friday.
Five Minute Friday

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

feeding my senses ...

heron feeding at dusk
looking almost like the Loch Ness monster

a cardinal fledgling getting flying lessons
by a very patient father

frogs loudly conversing
at 4a.m.

yoga
meditation
prayer
silence

serenity

Saturday, May 17, 2014

dusk ...

to the east, the sky was
ombré shades of violets and blues
in the west, shades of peach and orange showed where the sun just dipped below the horizon

as I walked, I could see them flying in the distance over the field
one ... three ... six ... a dozen or more
small brown bats

they dipped, zipped, and fluttered near my head
their leathery wings making a soft sound when they came close
but otherwise silent hunters in the dusk

there were more than I had seen last summer
which is a good thing
the rains and floods recently have increased our mosquito and bug problems
more bats mean they've had a good diet lately

I focused on one, following its flight
spinning as it chased unseen bugs in the air
smiling at the aerobatics of this small hunter

Sunday, May 11, 2014

feeding my senses ...

this past week ...

i smiled with joy at seeing a wild rabbit ~ the first i'd seen in months ~ on my way to work.  it was a one bunny day.

i tiptoed around baby frogs that were small enough to sit on the face of a dime

i watched a bald eagle fish

i enjoyed the full moon


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

morning fishermen ...

a little difficult to see because of the distance
but two ospreys were perched on the mast
watching for mullet
[the fish, not the haircut]

Sunday, May 4, 2014

feeding my senses ...

this past week ...

i listened to rain on an aluminum roof, waking to the sound of thunder ... and to the cheery song of a male cardinal outside my deck when the storms had cleared

i picked a handful of wild blackberries, enjoying their tart taste on a sunny afternoon ... and freshly made cheesecake followed by homemade spaghetti with meatballs [life is short, dessert comes first]

i watched with awe as five dolphins playfully followed a shrimp boat in the bay

i felt loved when a house plant garden bowl, glass bluebird [of happiness] and a devotional book arrived early for my birthday ... and also a gift that allowed me to finally get a new coffee maker [mmmmmmm] after months without one

i smelled the crisp electricity in the air during a lightning storm ... and spring flowers in bloom when the clouds stopped covering the sun

i relaxed in the quiet times and dreamed of a future home