Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Ducks

Rainy and cold, yet everything is so green and lovely.......I think I have thought about Ireland so much the past few months that I have somehow brought their weather to Alabama.  I have heard so many complain about our cool rainy spring, but this spring has been the calmest one we have had in years......we're talking calm tornado wise.  I will wear sweaters and jackets until June if that is what it takes to prevent the violent storms that we have had in years past.

As far back as I can remember the Easter season has always brought violent storms.....this year has been different and I am so grateful.

I am sure many of you are getting ready for egg rolls and egg hunts and family gatherings....Easter frocks and baskets and bonnets are waiting for their moment.  Easter has always been a mixed feeling holiday for me.......I liked the baskets, hated the ruffled dresses......I like to dye and decorate eggs, hated to hunt them....Easter was the first time I shaved my legs, there were many band-aids under my first pair of nylons.  I loved the little chicks and ducks that we use to get when were kids.....of course, I understand why that is no longer a custom, I probably single handedly caused that fiasco.  The one Easter that I got a duck was not a happy one.......I thought the duck was thirsty, I stuck his head in a bowl of water, well.......he drowned.

Safe travels to you who are on the road this weekend, enjoy your traditions......and remember, ducks just don't get that thirsty.
Happy Easter

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why I Teach

My last class this afternoon was special........usually I have 15 or 20 students, but today there were only six.   It was interesting as they came into the room, you could feel the intent......you could feel their need.......they were seeking.  I tossed aside the plans I had made for that class, and taught straight from the heart......watching as they moved through the asanas, feeling the energy in the room change.
The last posture we did before relaxation was supported fish......their bodies seem to melt into the pose.  I watched stress leave their faces.

I played one of my favorite cds, something called Zen......and it is very Zen like.  As the sound of flutes and chimes and cello drifted through the room, they eagerly got ready for savasana.  As I began our guided meditation, breaths slowed, muscles relaxed and I watched as each one allowed their breath to take them where they needed to go.......a couple fell asleep, the rest were in that magic place between awake and sleep, deep relaxation.

When class was over, each student remarked about how much they needed the class today, and each one told me how the class gave them what they needed.  As a teacher, those are the moments you teach for.......to share the breath, the movement, the meditation and know that the students "got it".
A couple of them shared remarkable insights that had come to them the past few days in class......some days, I wonder why I teach.....today I knew why.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No Agenda

No agenda....... last night I mentioned to Rick that we had nothing on the calendar for today, nothing on the day planner.  No agenda......such a rarity for all of us.  We had a late breakfast, walked the dogs, read the papers, late lunch, played guitars, I worked a little on our performance schedules.....we pretty much did whatever crossed our minds.  It was wonderful.

No agenda......it is a luxury.  But, I think it is luxurious necessity......it is really a mental health day. A day to do as you please, to allow your mind to slow down and follow your bliss.  We all need these days.......we need the rest, the quiet, the freedom.  It seems at times we are all slaves to something......the clock, the calendar, the schedule.  The freedom of one day, one twenty-four hour period to to do what you want, even if it's nothing at all......that is what our bodies and our minds crave.

No agenda......I know, most days none of us can afford it.......but every once in awhile, you have to splurge.  You have to do this for yourself.  Spend the day watching movies, reading a book, sleeping, walking, talking with friends......but don't plan it, fly by the seat of your pants.  No agenda.....it's decadent, and I admit....there was some guilt.  But this afternoon as Rick and I sat on the deck, enjoying the sunshine and blue skies, he looked at me and said, "what a great day this has been."

No agenda......take a day, a half day.....wow, I can dream about a week. Your body and your mind will thank you, those around you will thank you......and the stress levels will drop.  No agenda......who knows when the next one will be......but I can't wait.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dogwood Cloud

I know that some of you got snow today.......everything is blooming here and the temps are dipping down into the 20's tonight.

Our dogwood is massive, it fills one side of our front yard.  This evening as I entered our driveway, the beauty of this white cloud of flowers took my breath......I love when it blooms at Easter.

My wish tonight.......sunny days and warmer temps for all who have endured the endless winter.
I hope our blue skies and dogwood blossoms brighten your day.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Good and Bad

Good news, bad news day.  At least it wasn't all bad, and I am grateful.....but, I am exhausted tonight.
First day back at work after last week's treatment.
Hoping the clouds move along and we get to see tomorrow night's full blood red moon.
My warm cozy bed is calling
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Scarf Between Friends

We met our friend Jan for lunch today.  She lives in Michigan and we rarely get to see her.
The scarf she is wearing in the photo was mine.
As we stood outside the restaurant, she mentioned how much she loved my scarf that I was wearing.  She also mentioned that her late husband Tim ( our friend from high school) had bought her scarves.
I told her that I had my mom's old scarves and every time I wore one of them, I felt a hug from my mom.
As we said our goodbyes, I felt compelled to take my scarf off and wrap it around her neck.
It just seemed like the right thing to do.  Now, every time she wears that scarf, she will get a hug from me.  I think it looks beautiful on Jan and I know Tim would have loved it.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Music In Your Voice

A friend called me tonight......it had been awhile since we had talked and she had gone through a most difficult time......but as we talked and laughed, I knew her time in darkness was over.....there was music in her voice.

After we talked, I thought about her and the storms she had weathered......I thought about other friends and their storms.......and I thought......I want to hear music in all of my friends' voices.
I have heard that joy, that giddiness in two phone calls this week........and it fills my heart with gratitude.  We all deserve joy, we all deserve giddiness and laughter and musical voices.

Sometimes, we don't believe we deserve the good stuff and because of that belief, we just keep attracting more and more bad.......but when and if the light comes on, when we truly believe that
we can rewire our brains, that we deserve the good....it comes to us.  And that is not to say, there won't be bumps in the road.....those bumps are part of life, we all have them.......but for goodness
sake, don't think that you deserve them, don't think that life is nothing but bumps in the road.

On this Saturday night, my wish, my prayer for you......that sometime tomorrow, there will be music in your voices.....that your friends will feel your giddiness and be grateful for your joy.