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!
Yesterday while waiting for snow tires to be installed on my truck, I went for a walk along the boardwalk that surrounds the harbour in our town! Looking northward, I was captivated by the spectacular view of the magnificent bluffs rising up over 100 feet above the eastern and western banks of the entrance to the harbour. Further out, the North Channel beckons the imagination as it gives way to the horizon and beyond to the north shores of Lake Huron, the southern border of northern Ontario! In that moment I felt a profound love and appreciation for the simple pleasures and opportunities for healing one experiences when consciously connected to the universal-energetic-intelligence! Inspiration emerges anywhere and everywhere in this divine universe, eagerly awaiting us!
This morning we awoke to an unexpected blanket of snow! Except for a solitary set of deer tracks, it was untouched! Stepping outside into a silent world, I felt a wonderful sense of peace and tranquility! I could feel the presence of the universal-energetic-intelligence. The first snowfall of the year always puts me in a state of childlike joy, filled with blissful feelings, cheerful memories and a deep spiritual connection! It was indeed a tranquil moment and I felt serenely awesome!
Yesterday, I put bird seed in the birdfeeder for the first time this fall. Closing the lid, I wondered who would discover it first … the birds, the squirrels or the deer! This morning I was delighted to see that the chickadees were first to find it! It is such a joy, watching these delicate little creatures with their distinctive chickadee-dee-dee call darting down from high up in the cedars, flitting in and out of the feeder. I can lose myself for hours in unabated bliss admiring their courage! The birdfeeder, bringing nature to my doorstep! Love it!
This morning I threw on my rubber boots and went for a walk. As soon as I headed up the driveway, I started shuffle walking, which is typical, especially when I’m wearing heavier footwear. But the moment I stepped in the forest, I started walking normally … without having to think about it! I don’t know why this is the case [I’ve noticed it before]! Perhaps it is muscle memory or maybe the rough terrain causes me to naturally lift my feet higher! Whatever the case, I simply felt elated, truly joyful! It reaffirmed my belief that I will recover my health … which made me smile! It was a moment of normal and I felt awesome!
For me, there is nothing more thrilling than watching a deer bounding through the forest! I was treated to such an occasion a couple of days ago on my daily walk. I had just started out when I spotted a deer about 500 yards up ahead. As I continued on my way, it casually meandered off the road into the tall grass. When I approached the spot where I had seen the deer, I peered into the forest hoping to catch a glimpse of it. Just then, two deer jumped up and raced straight ahead, bounding effortlessly through the grass and shrubs. After about 100 yards, they veered left and bounded across the road into the forest! The distance they covered with each magnificent leap was spectacular! It really made me appreciate the special blessings we are given each day! It was a thrilling moment and I felt awesome!