“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing”  Helen Keller

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing” Helen Keller

One of the most profound experiences I  had in 2017 was a face to  face encounter with a bear.  It was most terrifying and most exhilarating.  Bob and I spent the month of June in the wilderness of Canada on the shores of Lake Superior, his family cabin.  Yes, it’s quiet.  Yes, it’s stunning.   Yes, there is no electricity or Wi-Fi and cell service can be found on few areas of the beach, if you stand correctly.  I have many favorite activities there, but my most favorite is time in the woods with the pups.  One day, we went deeper than usual and a bit off of the rugged trail of Lake Superior Provincial Park.  I spotted a cluster of orchids and captured a few with my camera.  I enjoyed their beauty along with other more common plants.  It’s extremely quiet during the day when the sun is high in the sky.  The birds are napping and the only sound is a twig breaking underfoot.  A week later I decided to venture to the orchids again.  I wanted to see if there were more clusters.  I spotted them and as I walked over to capture their image, Scout began barking, unusual even for him in this serene environment.  I looked up to where he was running and saw a bear peering, not at him, but at me.  This is what went through my mind in the second I saw her, before I ran….she was beautiful:  a honey colored snout surrounding her black nose and huge sensitive eyes looking at me curiously.  Wow!  Then in that split second, adrenalin kicked in and I ran like crazy wondering if I could navigate or even follow the rustic trail with break neck speed.  I yelled as I ran, “Rocky, Scout come!”  I imagined Scout going face to face with this beautiful animal and being tossed aside a bloody mess, with Rocky licking his wounds.  I continued yelling as I ran, praying they were following me.  I hoped she turned back into the woods with her curiosity satisfied.  They did catch up with me and I then followed them as we raced through the woods back to the cabin.  The image of this beautiful creature still lingers in my mind, in that split second, I felt a connection with her.  I was too stunned to capture a picture and too scared to linger, but her image and my exhilaration will remain with me.  I wouldn’t ask for an encounter like that, but I am so very grateful that I experienced it.  I am curious too and I know she and I have more in common that we could ever imagine.  

 

Focus on Feeling Good…..and a little child shall lead them.

My little granddaughter heard an older brother scream in frustration about all the things he hated. Hours later when the thought was put in her head about time for bed, she started quietly saying all the things she hated. I ask her about something I knew she loved, her princesses. She immediately changed her attitude and said, “I love my princesses.” She is so close to purity at 5 that she was able to make an immediate transition from feeling bad to feeling good. She relaxed and enjoyed the music that was playing in the vehicle, got home and was easy about readying for bedtime.

It may take us longer from feeling bad to feeling good, because we carry a lot of baggage in the form of grief and unwanted experiences, but the possibility for us is exactly the same. We can get to feeling better, we can experience joy, relief. We just need to change our point of focus onto what we love, what makes us feel good. This simple yet profound exercise, repeated over time changes our life to what we know to be true from within: the deepest yearning, that propels us and gives breath to our dreams, ambitions and goals.

Take an evolutionary leap to a place that makes your life harmonious and happy. How? By realizing that you are a powerful creator. We all are.
Detoxify your mind, by allowing good feeling thoughts to pervade.
Focus on feeling good. Place good feeling thoughts in your mind.
Find the best feeling thought you can muster and stay with it until you feel better. Then continue, moment after moment, day after day. Live your life….pay your bills, take out the garbage, but always practice feeling good. Then see your life transform.

Embrace this truth first, then allow it to transform your life

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There is no thing, nothing, outside of any us that offers healing – wholeness – peace.  It lies within us. The key is the ability to unfold our tightly protected or conditioned heart so it can release and pour forth its blessings on our life.  Our heart is sensitive and fiercely strong at the same time.  It embodies the presence of the masculine and the feminine qualities.  When balanced and open, it is the truest form of blessing on our life.  It is the miracle we seek.  It is the peace that passes all understanding and in all circumstances.  Nurturing, trusting, developing our own heart is the most important task we can be about in our daily life, because this is the key to thriving.  The transformation in our physical life is the evidence of this truth.  As we embody these truths, we can bless others from this peaceful place.  The energy of alignment with our true self, our pure heart radiates outward and transmits beams of love, joy, contentment and pure peace.  It is felt. It is experienced.  Embrace this truth, learn to trust your heart, practice living in the present moment and know that your heart can speak to you.  Nurture your heart, nurture your self.  Within lives the kingdom of heaven.