Nature’s peace

Getting messages today about what nurtures my soul, where I need to spend more time. Nature is one of them. She is calling to me. Thankful for this confirmation.

Quotes and Lyrics for the soul

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

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Trinity Weekend: Relax, Restore and Revitalize with Nature

I am not a morning person. I could stay up all night reading blogs and writing except that my day job, the one that pays the bills for now,  does not allow much blog reading or creative writing, not quite yet. My husband, David, on the other hand likes to get up early, especially when we stay at Trinity, the  Episcopal retreat center where the beach is a pleasant five minute walk from our room. He likes to watch the sun rise with his feet in the ocean.

It was overcast Saturday morning, but the slim chance of seeing the orange ball rise up out of the sea, or maybe some dolphins, chased away my slumber.

Thick grey clouds hid any hint of orange, though the sun must have been rising, because the sky was getting lighter. The brown pelicans knew it was time for breakfast.

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So, instead of a sunrise , we got to watch pterodactyl like birds glide over the grey water, their grace like a long musical note stretching into infinity with no effort…….

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….until,  rising, they spy a fish and dive straight down to feed.     Good pause to divesplash down

 There were more pelicans than I had ever seen in one place. Needless to say, as this is only a fraction of the photos I took, I was captivated by the pelicans.  It was just as good as a sunrise.

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Trinity Center, at Salter Path, North Carolina, is a good place to relax, play and open to the blessings of the earth.

There are no phones or TVs in the rooms, though there is some internet access. We were there for a parish retreat with some of our church friends and met in the group living room where there was a TV and a small kitchenette.

One of the things I love most about Trinity, is the harmony with nature. The “man made” structures are built and  maintained with care for the trees.  Tree in deck

Nature trails wind through the maritime forest…..

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……and around the pond to Sander’s point overlooking the sound.

                        Sunset at Sander's Point

The rates  were very reasonable and INCLUDED MEALS with gracious staff preparing vegetarian, gluten free and low sugar alternatives as we requested on our registration forms.

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We were well fed. Food nourished our bodies and creation nourished our souls.

Saturday afternoon we went back to the beach.  David and I went for a swim. The cloudy skies made the late September water almost too cold, but after I got used to it, I was revitalized! David, not so much. (Different things work for different people at different times. I’m usually the cold one inside.)

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Trinity Beach

Saturday night we had planned for a campfire, but the rain kept us inside for “Evening Prayer”, music, and cozy conversation  in the group living room. The Trinity Center staff came and lit the gas fire place, while we made s’mores in the microwave. smores

The sun came out on Sunday.

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To learn more about Trinity Center, please visit:   http://www.trinityctr.com/

Trinity Center pond

Or, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

What Do You Want?

Hearts in Hand

My last three posts have been about avoiding or coping with the toxic things of life. So, it’s about time I got back to focusing on the positive because what we focus on gets bigger!

Of course we want our coping skills to get bigger and stronger, but what most of us want even more is to attract positive people and positive situations into our lives. So how do we do that?

1.  Stop worrying.  Easier said than done, I know. Perhaps you’ve been in the habit of worrying about bad things, so you won’t be disappointed, and so you’ll be ready. But how many minutes or even hours have we wasted worrying about things that never happened?

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” 

                                                                                                                            Mark Twain

Heart  w spider plant2. Identify what you want.

When I’d finally done enough work learning (the hard way) what I didn’t want in my life, I started to focus my attention on what I did want. This was most obvious in searching for my soul mate. I put in writing the qualities I wanted in a partner. I made collages about what I wanted.

I put hearts on the collages and around my home to welcome love. It took a few years, because we were both working on becoming ready, but it worked! Love found me when the time was right.

So now, I’m focusing on other things I want in my life and I’m letting God and God’s Universe conspire with my hopes and dreams to create my highest and best good. It might not be exactly what I envision, but that’s okay. I trust that it will be good, because God and the Universe have a way of doing marvelous things!

3. Imagine what it will be like, using all your senses.

I see myself spending more time in nature. I smell the rich earth. I feel the ocean breeze on my face and the sun on my arms.

I see myself spending more time creating art with words and brushes and color.

I see my children with smiles on their faces in healthy relationships. I hear their joyful laughter.

Just as I imagined the comfort and joy of being with a compatible partner,  I now imagine the comfort and joy of my soul mate and I being financially able to have more freedom to do even more what feeds our souls.

I see our book being published and giving hope to many people. I feel the gratitude.

4. Get ready for good things to come!

One way I got ready was to forgive myself and others. Forgiving made room for new things, good things to come in my life. That’s another part of the story, we’ll explore later.

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What do you want for you? What will it look like? What will it feel like? What will it sound like? Smell like?