Dear Friends, It is a beautiful Sunday here in Atenas. I have been up for several hours thinking of you and seeking inspirational thoughts to share on this day. My eyes travel the landscape and watch the flight of several miniature yellow butterflies attracted to the bushes that line our fence. I am grateful that … Continue reading International Day of Peace
Dear Friends, A sunny renewal Sunday morning greets me here in Queens, New York. I can hear the tiny birds chirping happily outside my window. Their song instantly encourages me to focus my attention on the present moment, a short time for quiet reflection and positive intention to live a good day. It is a … Continue reading Celebrating Grandparents and More!
Dear Friends, It is a bit hazy this morning. There is a cool breeze in the air and the birds are quieter than other Sundays. I am grateful to greet another day in which I can celebrate the lush, verdant panorama that soothes my eyes. I marvel at the way Nature paints her colors and … Continue reading Renewing Acts of Kindness
Dear Friends, This morning is representative of many August Sunday mornings in Atenas for me. I am fascinated by the songs of several species of birds that I have been observing for the past few years. I am trying to commit their sounds to memory so I can talk about them with other (more serious) … Continue reading Authentic and magical rural experience!
Dear Friends, My day began slowly. The aroma of fresh coffee reached me as the I opened my eyes to the sun's rays filtering through the blinds. The warm, gentle breeze brushed the leaves on the branches of nearby trees as small birds danced all around. Nature is resuming its spell on every side of … Continue reading Rediscovering My Initial Attachment
Dear Friends, A warm, gentle breeze brushes past me as I stare in the distance at the natural performance of the tall bamboo on our property. I envy the birds at this moment because their eye view of the canopy is surely a spectacular sight. My connection to Nature in this spot is strong. It … Continue reading A Gratifying Personal Triumph
Dear Friends, It is unusually quiet right now for a not-so-early Sunday morning. The absence of singing from the choir or the birds invites me to rest my eyes on the dry grass below as I contemplate the stillness in the air. It is very hot. The shrivelled trees of the dry season have not … Continue reading A Quiet Sunday
The day's chill greets me. As I gaze out the window and hear a tiny bird's warble I am struck by the strength and length of his musical offerings. I am inspired to move my body as I gratefully breathe in today's crisp, cool air. I summon my inner consultant and remind myself that my … Continue reading Feeling Nature
Dear Friends, I spent a few minutes on the terrace this morning hoping to distinguish the sounds of birds in the distance. The air was very still. From far away I caught the cooing of a mourning dove. I have recently become more aware of the layers of sound coming from the leaves of the … Continue reading Seeking Inner Peace
Dear Friends, I am standing on the terrace of our home. My eyes eagerly indulge in the majestic landscape before me. My ears strain to hear the birds singing, their lovely melody interrupted by the wailing of someone's car alarm. I breathe in slowly and deeply, loving and appreciating the thorns and the flowers that … Continue reading An unexpected gift for the eyes!