Yesterday, when I was leaving the butcher shop, I spotted a partridge in a field next door trying to get through a wire fence. The butcher shop is out in the country so it wasn’t exactly an unusual situation! The hapless grouse was patiently walking up and down the fence, periodically walking into it, looking for an opening! This would’ve been a beautiful opportunity for animal voiceovers! Unfortunately, there wasn’t a big enough gap in the fencing for him to fit through. I was going to walk over and suggest that he fly over it but I didn’t want to insult his intelligence. So I sat there for a few moments amused at his predicament. Then, convinced he would eventually figure it out, I smiled and drove off! Nature, the natural healer!
One of the keys to health and happiness is self-love! I truly believe this! I also believe that the opposite … self-loathing [lack of self love] and its partner, fear … is at the root of all chronic health conditions.
Usually when I’m filling the birdfeeder, the chickadees keep their distance. This morning I was treated to a different experience! A lone chickadee flew down out of the cedars and landed a foot from my head! I looked at him and told him to help himself! He perched there for a moment, then gave me a familiar chickadee-dee-dee call, before flying back up into the cedars! It felt like he simply wanted to say thank you! I was thrilled! A short but sweet interaction with nature; a gift from universal-energetic-intelligence! It truly was a delightful moment!
I recently watched a Super Soul Conversation Oprah Winfrey conducted with Gary Zukov, author of Seat of the Soul. During their delightful chat, I was reminded of how important it is for me to acknowledge and be grateful for the wonderful gifts of this Parkinson’s experience!
Late yesterday afternoon after bringing in firewood, loading up the birdfeeder and doing some shoveling, I put the shovel away and stood outside for a while quietly taking in the moment! The sun had set, there was a light snow falling and it was completely silent, more serene than you can imagine! I felt a wonderful sense of peace and wished it for the rest of the world! Yes indeed, a perfect Christmas Eve moment!
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the joy of the season!
The last four months has been a remarkable journey of ebbs and flows, fearful moments and spiritual insights, culminating in a renewed focus on acceptance, surrender, gratitude, forgiveness and love!
In my last post, I wrote about how much I enjoy shoveling snow. I really like exercising in the fresh air! As much as I enjoy it though, it has really been messing me up, leaving me experiencing more intense symptoms! The same is true for playing golf, writing and other activities I undertake.
Call me crazy, but I quite enjoy shoveling snow! I love the fresh air, the exercise and I even enjoy the snow; white and fluffy as it is! Of course, if I had my choice, I’d be lounging about on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific! Unfortunately, that is not an option at the moment, so best to make the most of our Canadian winters!
If you have been following my blog posts, you may recall that I have written about two techniques I discovered that help me minimize freezing. The first is to stagger my feet. I have found that I am more prone to freezing when my feet are side-by-side. The second technique is to tell myself to take a big step, then bend my knees quickly, and take a big step.
I recently discovered a third helpful technique! It simply involves swinging one or both arms in the direction I wish to step … I initiate the swinging motion just before stepping. I have been doing it now for over a week and it helps enormously. Quite frankly, I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me sooner, given that I used to teach my martial arts students to swing their arms and upper body first in order to throw more effective spinning kicks. Such are the peculiarities of the human mind!
If you haven’t already figured this one out, give it a try and let me know if it helps!
In the meantime, have an awesome day!
Hopping out of bed this morning, I was instantly captivated by the brilliant orange skyline winding its way through the still air and motionless trees to our bedroom window. Sparking a sudden and deep love for the universe, I gazed like a wide-eyed kid in anticipation of the appearance of the sun itself. The universal-energetic-intelligence provides us with a unending parade of heart-enriching, body healing moments and I felt a deep appreciation for the wonderful opportunity to experience this one. Such a magical start to the day!