Photo A Day: In My Cup

"Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness." Rumi

What's In My Cup? Well, in my three cups...?  Guess and I'll reveal at the end of this post.

Happy Labor Day! Every day I wake up, I have a simple routine that has held up for some years now. I do my morning meditation and prayers and then I turn to the window and look out to see what's going on in the world outside my window. Because we live in an area with lots of other forms of life, I tend to see the birds, a deer or two, the squirrels, an occasional turkey and more. I say my thanks to the Creator for my life and the lives of all around me; human and otherwise.  This ritual gained greater credence with the health challenges of the last year... We cherish the cup of fluid we are poured when things are going great, but it is even more powerful to see that cup as sacred and filled with blessings when life throws us a curve-ball.

This month, BlogHer's NabloPoMo blogging theme is - Healing. I am thrilled to join in  again and work on a subject that is close to me in more ways than I can express. How do we heal? What modes of therapy do we trust and use?  Do you find it more helpful to talk things out or to let things quietly rest? I know that for me, healing begins in body/mind/spirit, and we need all of our faculties to aid the process. There is no need to rush or set deadlines. Healing has its own pace and if we respect it and maintain balance in our lives, it unfolds like a beautiful flower. I talk things out. I consult with doctors and people I trust. I commune with the grace of God within, and then I find the quiet space inside to do my inner work.  If you'd love to join this month, Sign Up, Get the Healing Badge, and check out the Prompts. it's going to be a wonderful month of healing.

 "I have the ability, no matter what's going on in my life, to find something - my cup is always half full." Sarah McLachlan 


Recently, I joined a group of bloggers -  FMS Photo A Day - with the goal to post a photo a day on a specific topic.  I was lax in August but hope to do a better job in September. It looked easy to do, until my health got the better of me; it's not difficult but as you know, life and other things can upset our plans. The best way to handle such turns in events is to relax, release, and regroup. Try it.  For today, In My Cup is the photo. What would you choose? What do you think is in my cup? You can read up the rules here - how to play.

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August Photo-A-Day: Decorate

“She well knew the great architectural secret of decorating her constructions, and never condescended to construct a decoration.” Anthony Trollope 

In NYC, Rockefeller Center and its vicinity brightly decorated for the season.

Today's photo prompt reminds me of the holiday season. From around Thanksgiving on, everywhere we go, we see decorative holiday lights and music to boot. The world is lit up with lights, music and bright colors, especially red and gold, welcoming the holidays. Since I don't spend time decorating things, I reached for photos I took last Christmas holidays. The trees and streets are decorated, and we see the magic of the season flourishing around us. What comes to mind when you hear the word - DECORATE?
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August Photo-A-Day: It's Dinner Time!

"There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last." Robert Louis Stevenson  

 What is the most popular meal of the day in your home? Dinner is a very important meal  in many household because it happens to be one meal that families gather around the dining table to enjoy. Often, we are in a rush to have breakfast, we eat lunch at our desks or in the school cafeteria and at the end of the day, we come home to enjoy the evening with family and, hopefully, enjoy a meal together.

I love dinner time because most of my dinner dishes fall in the category of comfort foods; hearty, satisfying, family dishes that remain popular from generation to generation. The dish above is brown rice with sauteed fresh vegetables. Sometimes we have a salad on the side and always some form of protein, preferably fish... I run a meatless household. Oh yes, let's not forget dessert! What do you enjoy at dinner?

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Gratitude: Moving Forward In All Things...

"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer." Denis Waitley  Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Gratitude: Like the SuperMoon, all things change

 Did you see the Supermoon on August 10th?  It was a huge moon shining bright in the sky and, because it was closer to earth than your average moon, you could feel the power of its presence.  Some believe that when such occurrences happen, there is a shift on earth and dramatic events take place.  Whether it is true or not, what it augurs is a reminder that change is a constant in our lives and we must flow with the tide. There are times to shine and times to retreat; a grateful heart makes the changes easier on our psyche.  I have spent a good portion of this year in retreat and, while I have legitimate grounds for my quietude, I know it is time to move forward and reconnect with the creative side of my spirit. My return hasn't been easy as there is so much to do. Yet, I know that all things, like the moon, change and that patience and gratitude will take me where I need to be. What about you?

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney 

  Why am I making comparisons to the Supermoon? Because it is a perfect example of how everything that connects us on earth moves forward.  The term was coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, who believed that " the upcoming full moon “lunar perigee” – the point in which the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth – will bring an array of disastrous events when it is a mere 221,567 miles away."  While we have witnessed the passing of two beloved actors, Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, in the last 48 hours, in my opinion, the moon phases serve as a catalyst for change. The new moon awakens something deep in our spirit and reminds us to stretch ourselves and move forward. What are you resisting? What is shining before you that needs your attention? It could be mental, emotional, material or spiritual. Only we know and, with a bit of shift in our thinking, our challenges can be faced with less fear.

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