My Body is the Garden of My Soul

Indeed.  Check out this tune of affirmations read by Deepak Chopra

My a-ha while dancing tonight:

Nothing in the body is constant so it makes so much sense to constantly check in with what it needs and to listen to what it is telling me.  I mean, I KNEW this but I never really integrated it.  The body is new moment to moment.  And so holding onto those old ways I interact with it is more of a hinderance than anything else.  What if I could live with that mantra: my body is the garden (and expression) of my soul….

Hm…

Mother’s Day Letter

This letter was written by my colleague and friend, Shannon Loucks to her children on Mother’s Day.  I found it touching and she kindly gave me permission to post.  I consider parenting to be one of the most important jobs on Earth.  To those who serve and birth the generations while they (and you)  learn and grow: I send gratitude and respect.

Mother and Child (1900) by Mary Cassatt

To my beautiful children,
Thank you for making me a mother. But  most importantly thank you for accepting me as the imperfect mother I am more often then not.

Thank you for loving me in my unkept, dirty clothed, bad breath moments. And by that I mean loving me the same you would were I dressed for a grand ball.

Thank you for introducing me to the trueness of unconditional love. Before you I had loved. I had been loved.  It was nothing though next to the outside of my body heart wearing, momma bear protecting, fall to my knees love that I have for you.

Thank you for humbling me. Through your eyes, I see how everything that seemed so very important to achieve pales next to the meeting of your needs and the tending to of  your desires.

Thank you for showing me the courage that is mine. Before you I would never had imagined I could live countless years without a full nights sleep and still experience wild joy. I never imagined I could give so deeply of myself and come up nurtured on the other side.

Thank you for trusting me with your gift of intimacy. For trusting me enough to yell at me, try out new feelings on me, toss frustration at me and know I could handle it and love you even more.

Thank you for all those teeny tiny moments that I will one day crave to life over again.

Thank you showing me the power of presence. For I know one day sooner then I would choose, you will lift you strong wings and leave this nest and I will miss even the moments that challenge me today.

Mostly, just thank you for filling me with this gratitude that words could never capture. I am honored to wear the title of mother.

Hiking Photos

Some photos of my trip up to Bragg Creek this spring….

Reading Up on Interesting Facts

cracked wood

green peeking through ice

waiting for Michelle (in the background) to catch up

chillin' against a lodge pole pine

mostly thawed

goin' up

Doing What Comes Natural…

I thought this story written by Nadine Bells was great:

After 28 years together, Rose Pollard made good on her promise to marry Forrest Lunsway on his 100th birthday and become the oldest newlyweds in history.

On Saturday, March 19th, Forrest wed his 93-year-old girlfriend at the Dana Point Senior Center in California.

The lovebirds met on December 18, 1983, at a Long Beach dance for seniors. Lunsway started visiting Pollard soon after, making the 40-mile trek from Cypress to Capistrano Beach frequently.

Pollard was no easy catch.

“I told him up front I had no intention of getting married. After a few years he asked me ‘How come we never got married?’ and I said, ‘Because you never asked me.’ So he got down on one knee and said, ‘Well I’m asking you now, just set the date.’ I told him, ‘I’ll marry you on your 100th birthday,'” Pollard told the Dana Point Times.

Lunsway held her to her word.

At what was disguised as Lunsway’s birthday party, the couple surprised guests with a wedding ceremony.

Pastor Sam Lewis officiated the moving ceremony, announcing that the day’s theme was, “You’re not done living until you’re dead.”

The mayor and other town officials were also present for the historic and romantic occasion.

The young-at-heart groom said the secret to staying young is to “just do what comes natural.”

The pastor chimed in: “And get a Rose!”