I’m taking some time this morning, not rushing, just appreciating. . Being grateful for simply being here today. . Would I like to comment? . Yes, I would. . I’d like to tell you how a bunny in my backyard just consumed a huge green leaf in a nanosecond. . And how the moss outside the door has combined with tiny pinecones, a strand of creeping Charlie, and a bird feather to make the most beautiful tableau. . And how my dog, belly full from breakfast, duties taken care of, is settling in for a morning nap at my feet, with a long old man groan of pleasure. . My gratitude overflows to Mary Oliver who taught me that taking time to observe the things around us is not only all right, it may be the most important thing I do today. . It comforts me to know that her words will live on to influence others… and that I’ve raised some of her fans.
Excerpt from my latest blog post, “I don’t always like what my intuition tells me”. . I’ve sometimes made decisions that were wrong for me because I did what someone else wanted me to do, or what I thought I should do, or what would keep me in good graces. . I can confidently say that making life choices from this mindset does not have a good track record for me. It always ends up somewhere between bad and disastrous. . But still, when faced with displeasing someone, it can seem easier to just ignore that little voice inside and do what they want when you’re a people-pleaser. . What I saw this time was that if I did what my intuition was telling me, what I knew deep down was right for me, the other person would be unhappy and hurt. . But if I did what they wanted and continued the partnership, I’d be compromising the agreements I’d made with myself to end unhealthy patterns. . My inner wisdom said “Do what’s right for you!” My people-pleasing side said “How can you put your needs above theirs? How selfish!” . This clashing of ideas felt awful. My stomach churned and I couldn’t sleep soundly. . But if I get really honest, I know my intuition is right. Click on the link in my bio to go to my blog and read the whole post!
Tiny beautiful things. Sometimes this is what keeps me grounded. When the news is crazy and it’s painful to see how people are hurting each other and the planet, nature is my solace. Taking the time to absorb through my senses helps me stay present in my body. This is something I struggle with, probably a leftover from childhood abuse when being in my body wasn’t safe. I noticed during yoga today that I’m not always in my body during the practice, I’m often watching myself from a little ways away. Tapping into the beautiful sensual world also helps me access joy. I can’t look at those beautiful buds, flowers, and leaves and not be delighted by the imperfect perfection! I do this simply by walking in my neighborhood, without the distraction of music or a podcast, and just noticing. Just being present in each moment. I’m grateful to be present, engaged, and joyful today. ♥︎
Gifting wisdom card readings to like-hearted women has been one of my joys of late. It’s amazing to see what happens when we get quiet, tap into the breath and open to the wisdom that we hold inside. I’d like to extend this offer to YOU. If you’re sensitive, an introvert, HSP, empath, or you’re open-hearted but don’t use those labels, this is for you. I work with women who want to tap in and bring their true selves and the gifts they carry out into the world. Here’s what you do. Go to this link and schedule a time with me and we’ll spend 30 minutes on Zoom. https://schedulewithmary.as.me/WisdomCardReading When we get on the call, you’ll share a little about an area of your life where you need clarity, we’ll consult the cards, I’ll share their meaning, and together we’ll find a baby step for you to move forward. Sound good? Another way to schedule. Go to the link in my bio and scroll to click on the green Schedule Appointment button. I look forward to meeting you and helping you find your next step on the path to your ideal life. ♥︎
“To be joyful in the universe is a brave and reckless act. The courage for joy springs not from the certainty of human experience, but the surprise. Our astonishment at being loved, our bold willingness to love in return – these wonders promise the possibility of joyfulness, no matter how often and how harshly love seems to be lost. Therefore, despite the world’s sorrows, we give thanks for our loves, for our joys and for the continued courage to be happily surprised.” — Molly Fumia, American author It’s usually in the woods that I find “the continued courage to be happily surprised”. There is little certainty and it does sometimes feel like a reckless act to continue to love and be loved, but opening our hearts is the only way to fully engage in this fantastic experience that is life.
@goldenoakfarm and @premayoga_nfld put on an awesome event today! If you didn’t make it out to Bloom today, I’m so sorry. It was a great time. So honored to meet all of you who came in for a wisdom card reading!! 💕 Plus llamas and babbling brooks and mini-waterfalls! Thanks Kris and Kelly 🙏🏼