Habitat of Happiness

The breeze gently wiggles causing the leaves of the trees to giggle as the roses bask in the warm glow of the sun gently kissing each petal.  Words whisper of conversations had softly blending into a melody carried on the wind….shh…can you hear…a tea party is about to begin hosted by Ms. Rabbit as the neighbors arrive.

I saw this video the other day on:

GNH: Gross National Happiness.

“Not everything that counts can be counted.”  How does one measure happiness….what is it that creates a habitat of happiness? Interesting questions. Do we spend our time on things that make us happy…that makes others happy?  Are we emotionally connected to moments or do we walk through life in a fog of dis-attachment?

‘It’s the journey, not the destination’

The GNH video talked of the loyalty to Vivian’s motel business.  That brought back memory smiles of growing up with Grandma.  How I still meet people to this day that have connections to Grandma and the motel.  How they will say it wasn’t because of the location…or the motel itself…it was because of her that we returned.  She always had a smile and open door…when I had a bad business day she would listen…she went the extra step not because she had to but because she wanted to.

Hands

That open door policy and giving heart of Grandma is in my opinion a wonderful way to live.  Engaged in a discussion with friends the other evening we talked about positive energy.  How when you open your heart and life…giving for the reason of giving expecting nothing in return…listening when someone needs a moment…giving a smile because you can….doing something unexpected for someone else…those are the little moments that are not little.

Growing Soul

Grandma’s birthday is just a few weeks away.  How I thought of her this morning as I walked in the park…the bunnies nestled in the tuffs of grass….the birds singing a Sunday morning hymn….and flowers…how she loved flowers. July is off an flying….how the grains of sand seem to be sifting at an accelerated rate at times and yet at times motionless.  Spent time with friends and family tubing, Art in the Park and moments spent sitting out by the flowers.  Here is the latest July moments:

Family 2010

I believe if we send out a spirit of love, peace, joy, happiness, gentleness, giving, caring….we receive those in return.  If we send out fear, anger, judgement, close mindedness…that that energy is also returned. Wishing you a life well lived this week of full engagement. ~ Shana

Living Life is….

Awakening
Wishing
Loving
Caring
Playing
Dreaming
Wondering
Searching
Meditating
Emotions
Sadness
Hiding
Smiling
Learning
Slowly Becoming..
Myself
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Take Time to Give Thanks….

Gentle breeze tickels the rose petals as their sweet laughter is heard by bunnies playing underneath the arms of the bush dressed in little white flowers.  As I watch the heavens…bursts of orange, green, blue….shades of brillant purples, greens and reds exploding…yet none can compare to the marvelous glow of natures fireworks.  Blink…blink….blink….each firefly beams as they play hide-and-go seek.  As both heaven and earth this night smile….

Duck Story….is one of the sweetest articles I’ve read in ages.  How you can just picture each little duckling ready to spread their wings beginning their journey.

A TRUE DUCK STORY

I saw this picture in one of my nature blogs this week titled…

“The Sky is Falling”

How adorable…doesn’t he just have the look, “the sky really is falling!”  Sometimes each of us may have that feeling even if we do not have the look.  A smile does not necessarily indicate someone is happy on the inside.  The heart houses things we can never see from the outside.   It is easy to forget that a smile doesn’t necessarily mean “I’m happy” and the courteous answer “I’m fine” may not be at all truthful.  Just because it’s Christmas, we can’t assume everybody’s merry or because July 4th is here that everyone is going to have a joy filled holiday. Even the closest family members and friends can be blindly unaware of each other’s pain.  We can know someone…share similar experiences….feel some of the same things…yet the saying of “until I’ve walked in their shoes”…well I can never be in that exact spot at the exact moment they were…but I can be supportive and listen.  I smile thinking God knows everything about me from where I go…to what I think…to what I do.  He knows when I’m smiling on the outside but knows if it is not from my heart on the inside.

Continue to Become

As the 4th of July signifies…Freedom….the day when the Continental Congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence….picnics with hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, watermellon….baseball games and fireworks!  That freedome did not happen overnight.  It was gradual and sometimes not a pleasant process….but in the end one nation under God it became.  As I thought each of us has the freedom to be who we are…to make our own road…to follow the beat of our own heart….maybe gradually and not always pleasant but a work in progress that is marvelous…as God gives us friends and family and experiences along the way.

I have so much in my life to be thankful for and so many more moments to come.  What people, moments and experiences in your life are you most thankful for?

I saw this earlier this week…

Take Time To Give Thanks

I hope all of you had a great 4th of July weekend with friends and family.  Here are a few 4th of July pictures. Wishing you a wonderful start to your July!

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Transformation….

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.”
– Author Unknown

So often, we sit around, waiting, hoping, praying and working for the arrival of those major moments of awakening. Maybe they come, maybe not. Truth is, when you open your heart, there are a thousand passing moments every day that carry with them that same opportunity to come alive. Little deeds, fleeting moments that, when gifted with presence, hold within them the potential to create magic.

Images

Each of us has a powerful and perfect compass that aligns our hearts, working automatically in the center of your being and giving you feedback to what you know”

Dippin

Syrup and Honey

A piano sits in a room, gathering dust. It is full of the music of the masters, but in order for such strains to flow from it, fingers must strike the keys . . . trained fingers, representing endless hours of dedication. You do not have to practice. The piano neither requires it nor demands it. If, however, you want to draw beautiful music from the piano, one must just not hear the music but play it.  Where our heart is our time is spent….be it work, be it a relationship, be it a hobby….where we place the most time and energy says something.

The heart truly is the cosmic flower, the most beautiful flower of God, that opens into the Light and accepts life and nourishment that it might give forth its glorious perfume, its unique expression. Each heart flower is not only a gift to all Creation but is ever expanding and the dynamic power of Love.”

“We cannot control the parade of negative thoughts marching through our minds. But we can choose which ones we will give our attention to. Picture your thoughts as people passing by the front of your home. Just because they’re walking by doesn’t mean you have to invite them in.”

“You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is required. The stars neither require it nor demand it” (Annie Dillard).

Light won’t automatically shine upon you, nor will truth silently seep into your head by means of rocking-chair osmosis.

It’s up to you to move.

I am thankful that I don’t remain a catterpillar….I am far from a fully developed butterfly but my wings are formed….what colors shall array the wings is yet to be determined.  You know how we each say…Life is short….but then we keep living like we have endless moments to do and say the things we plan on just never get to.  I believe positive energy attracts the same.  Humming birds are drawn to fragrant flowers….as giving of the heart returns the same.

I came across this story… Little things = Great Moments

“A few years ago on the steps of the local post office, I was having one of those brutal days…Too much to do, lines everywhere.

Moving to the steps, I glanced up to almost knock over a young boy dressed in a blazer and tie. He looked to be about 8-years old an stood nervously offering chocolate bars for sale to support his school.

For years before, I came to see most anyone who asked me for money on the street in the same vain…pests, addicts and thieves. Yes, even the kids. Through a combination of fatherhood, spiritual exploration, the pursuit of a more conscious path and a switch to decaf latte, though, I found my outlook ceding to a more compassionate inner voice.

Less “why are you bothering me” and more “who am I to judge?”

As I looked up at this young man, he smiled insecurely. Feeling like my karma needed a bit of zip and wanting to do something nice, I offered a dollar for a bar and a thank you. I was feeling pretty good about my deed and began to make my way down the short flight of stairs and through the glass doors ahead.

As I approached, I noticed an older gentleman, silver hair and glasses, leaning with some effort on a cane and smiling at me. I thought this odd. People don’t make eye contact on the street in Manhattan, even old people. But, he looked so kind, I could not resist smiling back.

As I began to move toward him, thinking that would be the end of it, his smile widened to a grin and he began to gently raise his hand, pointing to the young man inside on the steps as he shared…

“That’s my grandson, thank you.”

He stood positively glowing with pride at his grandson’s success. I nearly cried. Karma repaid so instantly. So small an act, so great an impact upon both giver and receiver in so short a period of time.

In a smile, my day was transformed.

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Sicilian Proverb

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.  ~Henri Nouwen

Cherie and Ted have spent most evenings on the lake…even Dad has been spending his time fishing this summer….when he’s not drinking coffee…Umm, I mean working.

Here are a few pictures from the Last Rays of June. Cherie took some of them while they were out fishing and the rest are of wonderful times spent with friends this month.  I truly am blessed to have the most amazing people in my life.

It’s hard to believe the 4th of July will be here in just a few days.  Wishing everyone a beautiful 4th of July!

Tomorrow’s memories come from today’s decisions.


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