Sunday, January 31, 2021
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
This is the taped video of the sound bathing meditation I participated in last night during the Full Wolf Moon in Leo. If you are receiving this post by email, you may need to go direct to the blog website to access the video I have posted here.
I was going to write a detailed description of sound bathing. When I went back to listen to the tape to take down some notes, I found that the video of last nights meditation was uploaded on YouTube.
This is wonderful! Instead of writing about what a sound bath is, you can try it for yourself. I didn't watch the video during my meditation, I listened to the taping of it with my headphones. So, I encourage those of you interested in trying a sound bath meditation, to hook in your headset or earplugs and listen, you don't have to watch it, that way you can have the full experience and go deep into your meditation.
Last nights meditation was very healing for me. Some people experience healing, others journey or get visions, it's relaxing, and well worth the time to experience.
For me, I didn't realize how much sadness was weighing down my heart area impacting my breathing. I was able to release a lot of grief and sadness from Scott's death and transition. This helped me breathe better this morning, I feel much lighter in my chest area, and I am able to feel my love and connection with Scott deeper.
I would love to hear your experience if you choose to do the sound bath. Please email, mail me, or feel free to comment below.
I really enjoyed the sound bath meditation and will be doing more!
Thursday, January 28, 2021
As we drove further and further up the mountain, we found the snow that fell last night. It felt like we were in a different world even though we were so close to home.
Welcome International Visitors:
This morning, I looked at the stats for the blog, and was thrilled to see more and more International Visitors from so many different countries. I found a translator on the Google Tools page that I added to the top right hand side of the blog to hopefully make things easier for all of us. I had fun earlier playing with the translator with the blog, so many beautiful languages, it was fun to see the blog in Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese........
Here's a partial list of the countries visiting this morning: Canada, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, Singapore...
Thank you for being here:)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
In honor of tonight's Full Moon. The Wolf Moon in Leo. I found this video of California's Wolf Pack. Two adults and three pups that were born in 2019.
The last piece of information I could gather shows there are now eight new pups. Grey Wolves are Native to California and are coming back after being killed off and eradicated by livestock interests in the 1920s.
Wolves are protected under California's Endangered Species Act. There is no hunting of wolves in California. Wolves were removed from Federal protection, hopefully, that will change, and they will be added back on under the Federal Endangered Species Act with the new administration. Phone calls and letters help.
Tonight, I am keeping my window open to the night sky to hear the neighborhood howl under the full moon. I will also be attending my first sound bath, specifically for the Wolf Moon. Sound baths are meditations bathed in sound waves produced by healing instruments. I will write about my experience. I have a downloaded tape of the sound bath for tonight. When Scott was here, before COVID, there were sound baths at a few of the meditation centers in our area. Scott always wanted to go, but we didn't get a chance to do it. I'm really looking forward to hopefully having a healing experience tonight.
If you watch the wolf video through the whole two minutes or less, you will get a howling lesson for tonight's full moon!
This morning, I am watching "Birding to Beat the Winter Blues", a conversation with Author Jenny Odell, New York Times Best Selling Author. In this video Jenny is being interviewed by the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation which I am a member of protects and educates about the freshwater wetlands in the Sonoma County Area.
I was surprised and excited to see that Jenny Odell was a guest speaker and the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation was taping a Zoom conversation with her, which was recorded and shared on Youtube. I am reading her book How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, it's on my reading list which you can find on the right hand side of this blog. It is a book that I am getting a lot out of and when I am finished with it, I will be giving it away on the blog.
Jenny mentions her curiosity about birds through out her book which is about the power of attention and the hook of app devices on our phones, social media, marketing, etc.
I know there are a lot of bird enthusiasts who read this blog, so I thought this would be a fun video to share about "Birding to Beat the Winter Blues" with the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and Author Jenny Odell.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
It looks like someone is trying to scavenge as much nesting material as they can before the big storm arrives. The temperature has dropped and the storm clouds have covered the skies.
It's pretty amazing how much action you can find in a suburban yard in a busy part of town. There are animals all around us. For some reason, I thought squirrels only build nests when they have baby squirrels to keep warm. Nope. They build them before storms.
I have no idea what the crow is digging for. The same squirrel is on the side of the palm tree as I'm writing this shredding off strips of bark to complete his nest building before the storm. Crows eat baby birds too. I bet they feel no guilt.
This is better than television.
The plunderers are out in force.
North of San Francisco
Monday, January 25, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Marin County, Northern California
I am learning everyday to not push away the messages or the messenger that brings me mystery, light, and an infinite love that never stops giving as long as I am open to receiving it.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
During my hike this morning, I walked by a mom and her two small children. The mom was taking some leaves, I think they were bay leaves from the tree and placing them in a paper bag. A stern, strong mental thought, a judgement came into my mind "she is not supposed to take plants from the park".
Another thought came softly behind it saying "be gentle with people".
I shook off the original thinking and judgement as not being mine, just something that we program somehow to automatically assess a situation and judge it without seeing the whole picture.
A few feet from the mom and her kids, I stopped under an oak tree to watch the woodpeckers fly back and forth hoping to get a good photo. I heard the mother say "It's time to pray, let's form a circle, do you remember the prayer, the words we say to thank the plant for giving us the medicine we need."
As I started taking photos of the birds in the trees, I could hear the family whispering a prayer in a language I couldn't place. After their prayers, I watched as the family started back on the trail heading towards the parking lot.
I wish a judging thought never entered my mind. I know that is not possible as I am human. I do know, I can let those kind of thoughts go and not act on them. And that for now is going to have to be good enough.
This park has some of the most beautiful oaks in the county. Near this oak, a red shouldered hawk headed straight towards me, gliding right over my head. I was trying to get a photo, but she was too close. I could see her beautiful red neck and dark eyes as she went passed me in full flight through the grass lands.
I am so excited to have met Shugri Said Salh and look forward to sharing more of her story and writing with you. Before I left for my hike today at Crane Canyon, I had guidance to visit this park during my meditation.
I can't remember if someone recommended this book to me or not. I do want to thank readers of this blog who have emailed suggestions of books they have read or heard about on life after death, communicating with lost loved ones, and quantum physics. I have been studying and practicing different forms of spirituality and communication since I was very young. Losing Scott has opened up a whole other world to me and I find my studies and practices deepening every day.
This book "Your Life After Their Death" is actually pretty down to earth with practices that have been helpful to me in the past and new ways of looking at things that have opened up my own spiritual practice.
One of the last chapters "Connect with Your Pets and Other Animals", I believe is helpful for those who are grieving the loss of a companion animal. When I finished the chapter, I was reminded of a cocker spaniel mix that I adopted from the local Humane Society. I was only twenty-four years of age at the time, living with my boyfriend Hans in an apartment. We both fell in love with Sugar. She was pure love with a gentle heart. She only lived a year. One day, she stopped eating and drinking water, I took her to the emergency vet. I remember, waiting up all night for the vet to call me with reports of how she was doing, while tossing and turning sleepless on the couch. I still remember clearly watching the protests at Tiananmen Square happening live on CNN while I cried, knowing in my heart, she was not going to make it.
Sugar had an auto-immune deficiency which could not be treated effectively in 1989. Now, treatments have vastly improved, but not in time for Sugar. I was broken-hearted, grieving, feeling guilty that I had done something wrong, that I couldn't save her.
A few months later after losing Sugar, I was walking back from the store in front of our apartment complex. I looked up to see two ladies walking a cocker spaniel puppy. The puppy started squirming and crying, and somehow wriggled free from her collar. She ran across the busy street, thankfully no traffic was there at the time. When I saw her running towards me, I instinctively crouched down to catch her. She jumped in my arms, licking me while wagging her tail furiously. The frightened ladies who probably thought their puppy was never coming back ran over, thanking me profusely. I smiled handing the puppy back to them. I remember thinking right away that the puppy was Sugar or a message from her. I felt so much love from that puppy, it lifted my spirits and I was able to move on within a few weeks to adopt another dog at the same Humane Society, Sophia, my pain in the butt dachshund who was nothing like Sugar!
I recommend this book "Your Life after Their Death" by Karen Noe as a solid book on learning techniques to open your senses to communication and healing after loss. And I am giving my copy away to the first reader of this blog who emails me - unfortunately I can only ship to USA residents at this time. Good luck!