I took over 2oo photos on Christmas Day as I walked (with my husband and my puppy-dog) on the Noland Trail, which is part of the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Virginia. Each photo captured a beautiful moment in nature that are often invisible to us. The squirrel feasting on his Christmas meal stole my heart when I discovered this sight. It was quite a distance away, but I could hear the squirrel munching away. With the lens of my camera to assist my eye, I was in awe. We are all so deeply connected…people, nature, the material and the spiritual world. Christmas is the time of year that magically opens our senses to really see it. Merry Christmas.
- All Christmas Trees (akissofbliss.wordpress.com)
by Dr. Angela K. Orboko
The shortest day of the year approaches.
It is upon us, the dark winter solstice.
Some believe this may be the end of human time.
I know it to be the start of new reasoning and rhyme.
Love will rule our hearts as we help our sisters and brothers…
Of every religion, creed, culture and color.
The power’s within us to create a world of love, serenity and bliss.
All we need to do is BELIEVE it already exists.
Welcome the light as we approach Spring and Summer.
Yes, I know, our kin are already experiencing it, Down Under.
Happy Winter/Summer Solstice!
It rained through the night and I was halfway hoping that it would continue to downpour through the morning so I could skip a day of walking. Chuckle. Yet, lo and behold, the sun was beaming, beckoning me to come outdoors. And, yes, I am so glad I did. Sasha was delighted! She loves her long walks.
As we came to our favorite spot, twenty plus acres of undeveloped property that belongs to our neighbor two doors down, we spotted an area where someone left their trash. Disheartened and curious, I rummaged through it. I discovered that quite a few items could be salvaged! In fact, they were treasures in disguise. There were unopened jingle bells, shower hooks, plastic platters, and so much more.
Why anyone would toss out these items into the environment to rot is beyond me. At least find a new home for these items or donate them to a thrift shop. As it was, I adopted these treasures in disguise. I cleaned them all up with the help of my wonderful husband, as you can see. Much of it will recycled/reused into artwork and crafts; and, others will be donated. I often find it astounding at times the items people will throw away. In another country, you would not see such items abandoned.
Then I started thinking, sometimes people are mistaken as trash because of their outward appearance, what they wear, what they drive, how they walk and so on. Are they not really treasures in disguise? We have a tendency to dismiss people who do not “attract” us. I do not like to admit it, but I have been guilty of this, especially in my youth. Can I blame society, modern marketing and advertising? Perhaps, but as I have matured, I see that everyone should be valued. Each of us is a treasure! Sloppy or not, shiny or dull, spiffy or grungy, each of us is wonderful. Imagine the marvelous world we would live in if we valued everyone and gave each person who crossed our path a chance to shine as a treasure in our lives.
We are preparing for the worst and praying for the best. Hurricane Sandy is getting a lot of press lately, but it is truly better to be safe than sorry. Back in 2003, when hurricane Isabel came through, hardly anyone expected the 8.5 feet tidal storm surge we received. There was so much property damage. It looked like a war zone during the clean up.
There was so much debris, ruined appliances and furniture on the streets. There were so many trees down due the many little tornadoes that spawned as a result of Isabel. These caused a power outage that lasted a week. We didn’t get our phone back for ten days. Despite all we endured, we were grateful no one was hurt. Things can be replaced, people cannot. May God bless all of us who are on the East Coast with me who will be affected by hurricane Sandy. Preparations are key; please stay safe.
- Hurricane Sandy update. (anthonyvioli.wordpress.com)
- Hurricane Preparedness 101 (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
I really enjoy walking outdoors, especially on a crisp and refreshing autumn morning, like today. The brisk air cleared my mind and allowed new and creative ideas and thoughts to percolate and form. I am excited about everything I am going to accomplish today, but mostly, I am seizing this moment and fully experiencing it.
My heart and spirit is filled with love, gratitude and wonder with limitless possibilities. My imagination is in full throttle and I am energized. I am certain that taking that walk this morning has everything to do with it. Almost an hour I spent (really gained) walking with my father, my husband, and my fur-baby Sasha.
We walked through the woods to a neighboring pier. The tide was high. A strong breeze was blowing the marsh grasses and creating deep ripples and a bit of breaks in the brackish waters of the cove.
I could have stayed all day on the pier as it was wonderfully tranquil. Bliss has filled my inner spirit and is carrying me through this gorgeous day. All these glorious emotions and energy came from deciding to enjoy the outdoors this morning…a deliberate choice to exercise and walk in nature and with my family. I am rejuvenated and recharged. I hope you, too, can capture a moment for yourself today to take a walk outdoors.
Whether you are in the Northern Hemisphere or Southern Hemisphere…Fall or Spring, the outdoors are so inviting. The weather has become pleasant and the splendor of color has been phenomenal. As we approach the weekend I hope you will make time to play outdoors.
Give yourself at least fifteen minutes this weekend to pretend you are a child again. Look all about you…up to the sky, in the treetops, the shrubs and flowers…and absorb Nature’s gifts. Her gifts will never disappoint you. You may even catch the sound of a birdsong or two. One of my favorite sensations is the feeling of a gentle breeze across my face.
The outdoors allow us to reconnect with our inner spirit. Mother Nature interacts with our senses, encouraging us to slow down and enjoy the moment. I urge you to take the time to really observe, become fully aware and genuinely appreciate your environment, even if the weather is uncooperative. Rain is a blessing to someone who is bed-ridden and cannot experience outdoors anymore.
I plan to be outdoors more in October and November as the weather permits. And, as I do, I will bring my camera. I will share images of the season, which is Fall for me. Below is an image from my recent walk in some nearby woods. What are your favorite sights of the season?
- Take it Outdoors (4/31) (livelifewithyourkids.wordpress.com)
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~ Albert Camus
Welcome, Autumn! The paintbrush of this upcoming season is transforming trees from variety of greens to oranges, reds, browns and golds. Yes, indeed, every leaf is autumn’s flower as a collection of them color our world in earthy tones. With the change of season comes cooler and crisper air that invites even the most reluctant of souls to come out and play outdoors.
Tomorrow is the first day of Fall; the autumnal equinox is upon us. One of two days in the entire year where we have equal parts day and night. It is balanced. It is a great reminder to find balance in our lives. And, it is such great timing as it comes to us on a weekend. Will you take time to reflect on change and balance? I will.
DR. ANGI’S LAW #9
Mother Nature nurtures all her children with infinite wisdom! ~ Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko
Mother Nature at times may appear angry and vengeful with all her weather patterns; but, after every violent storm, there is a glorious calm and cleanliness. Seeds are dispersed in the winds, the vegetation is watered and nourished, and animals bathe and play in the puddles. Temperatures drop to a more comfortable level for everyone. Life goes on. This is just a teeny part of the wisdom Mother Nature bestows upon us.
By genuinely observing Mother Nature and all her creatures, people can learn her wisdom. There are the secrets of the snails and turtles to take your time; and, there is the wisdom of rabbits and deer to stay still and watchful when predators are lurking, as well as to eat your greens. Consider going outdoors and permit yourself to be open and aware to the wisdom of Mother Nature. You only need to carefully observe as you quietly stroll amid Mother Nature.
Just thinking about joyful things instantly make me happy! ~ Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko
I am certain there are more than ten things that instantly make me happy; but, these are the top ten things that make me instantly happy that I can think of at the moment! I encourage you to create your own list.
1. Seeing a butterfly flutter by.
2. The scent of home-baked breads, cookies or pastries, especially if there is a hint of cinnamon.
3. The warmth of the sun on a cold winter’s day.
4. A cool, gentle breeze off the ocean on a hot summer’s day.
8. Sasha, my fur-baby, greeting me at the door after I have been out.
10. A full moon on a clear night.
These are in no particular order as each of these equally and instantly bring a smile to my face, joy to my soul, and tickle my heart! I would love to know what instantly makes you happy. Please share in the comments below.
- Foster Monday: Sasha (washhumane.typepad.com)
- Lessons from Puppy Dogs (akissofbliss.wordpress.com)
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