Have you been caught up in the rush of the holidays? Decorating, shopping, cooking, baking, parties, etc.? I have decorated a little, changed up a few things and places for decorations, cleaned out a few, fixed a few. The manger is up (baby not in until Xmas day), but this year I have kept it lit 24/7 and on mornings like this it is very spiritual. My shopping is mainly done - what happens now is that I pick up little things such as gift cards or stocking type items. I am trying to shop local as much as possible so the craft shows and local art shops have been my focus. Now to wrap a few things and put boxes together for mailing. I did finish my Christmas cards though and that was a job in itself as I realized my address book was so far out of date. I think it took me three days to organize and pull everything together, but what a sense of accomplishment yesterday when I put them all in the mailbox. There will be a few stragglers, but I'm prepared to send them right away.
This past week for some reason I focused on pine cones. I know it sounds silly, but when I added it to my list of possible topics I realized that almost every week something on my walk grabs my attention for a few days. For instance, flowers, gardens, sheds, rocks, etc. This past week it was pine cones. Not sure if because there were so many on the ground, but they really caught my attention. We have tons of pine trees here in the community and the paths were strewn with pine cones. I never realized how different each one could be - whether it be shape, size, color, or design - there are no two pine cones. No, I did not take pictures although I thought about it quite a bit. There was one that looked like a beautiful rose and when I went by it the next day it had been run over by a truck and smashed - so no picture, but in my mind it is as clear as the picture would be. No, I did not pick any up to keep as I wanted to leave them in nature. Looking at these pine cones made me think of how different people are. We, humans, come in all shapes, sizes, colors and/or designs yet we all provide some type of beauty to the world. Do you stop once in a while and check out nature? What do you see? How do you feel?
As many of you know that follow me on FB, my stress level was up earlier in the week although I had to laugh about it. My chiropractor described the tension in my neck as the seven gates of hell! He then said, I've not seen a neck this stiff in many years. I have to admit I felt every vertebrae as he worked to stretch them all out. At least I was able to turn my neck again when driving. I do carry lots in my neck/shoulders even when I don't realize it. So I'm happy that I went to a group meditation class a couple of days later and it was great. The funny part is that I was the only person there as the other attendees cancelled, but I'm so glad the class went on. As I've mentioned previously, I am not great on my own, but when I'm guided it's a win/win situation. Class is every Thursday for the next few weeks and I look forward to each one. I also signed up for Reiki II in January which will be an all day session. I love energy work. This coming week will be great as I get a massage and energy work!
My reading has been very slow. My intention is to work on that so we'll see what this week brings. What are you reading?
I am going to leave it here for today. I'm getting a bit hungry (bought raisin bread from the local bread bakery yesterday) and it's definitely time for coffee. In the time it took me to put this together - the sky has cleared and the sun is out. Looks like it will be a great day. I hope you have a good day and a good week. Enjoy the people you are with and keep creating fun memories. Chat soon. Marie
“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”– William James
“You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself.”– English Proverb
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”– Carl Bard