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Here’s the Thing … Collage Wisdom #3

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It’s so easy to worry.  Look back with regrets.  Woulda, coulda, shoulda.  The best thing about looking back, is the wisdom I’ve gained to move forward.  It’s true – every situation has had Divine Timing.  Mind you, I did not/do not care BEING in certain life events, but when they were most difficult, Earth Angels came in at just the right moments.  They helped me walk through tough stuff with divorce, depression and single parenting.  I’ve learned much, going through the muck.  I’m stronger than I ever thought I’d be.  I’m braver.  The Universe does know exactly what it is doing and an incredible teacher.  I have to take ownership in playing my role in it.  (Not scoring 5 Stars is a reality check!  Yes, I’ll admit to less than stellar performances.)  Breathing helps, every single time!  My asking for help, being willing to change my way of thinking, being adventurous enough to try new things … like dating, for example, were keys to opening doors to new life … and believe happiness would greet me.

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The Universe is still playing with me on the dating thing … none-the-less, my life is filled with happiness, because there are lots of doors in life to open, and I’m twisting a lot of knobs!!  Not all of them open.  I respect that now.  I don’t try to bust or jiggle them open anymore.  I’ve noticed …  light, from a door cracked open in the dark – is amazingly bright.  Look at the stars and the moon on a partly cloudy night – see how the light ebbs and flows with banks of clouds, or wisps … as the earth faithfully turns.  It’s taking time to notice a door is actually open … and being willing to walk through it and … play!

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Blessings and Love,

Namaste

Debbie

www.debendres.com

 

 

 

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Here’s the Thing … Collage Wisdom #2

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Welcome to this Mini-Series on the

Unfolding Collage Wisdom of Life & Changes 

You don’t always need a plan … That’s easier said than done!  How about you?  Maybe it was the way I was raised, because, there was always a plan.  Life wasn’t in order if there wasn’t a plan.  Then, there was a back-up plan for just in case, right?  Wrapping my brain around not always having a plan has been a decades-long exercise in … breathing and allowing.  If it was exercise in the physical sense, I’d be buffed and toned beyond belief !  ‘Don’t/Always’, are key here … because sometimes plans are necessary = Life. Reality.  I’m encouraging the realization in not having a plan, is being open to possibilities that perhaps haven’t been thought of or imagined yet.

Sometimes you just need to breathe … I’ve noticed, breathing is a theme in my collage.  It’s been a word I’ve used over and over with clients.  Because, it’s so important.  Many would get gold stars for shallow breathing … it’s the deep breaths that make a difference.  That oxygen into our cells, is a bit of a miracle in itself.   I practice mindful breathing, it’s amazing how my body softens and worries melt when I consciously pay attention to my breath.  The long-term effects, for me … mellower in my response to negative events going on in life.  I’m focused on the present, this moment. Now.  So grateful.

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A recent gift from a friend … Thanks, Karen!

Let go and see what happens …  Wheee ….  Yikes … BREATHE … This is where I acknowledge how grateful I am for the gift of faith.  Letting go of the plans.  Trusting and believing Spirit/God and I are ok.  There is a time, a connection, a place greater than I can even imagine, all coming into place.   Surrendering and accepting what is right now, is a relief and also a sense of excitement.  Allowing life to surprise me in most amazing ways.  And when I let go with ease and grace and nothing is happening … in whatever I deem is a reasonable time … then I’m ok with making a move to do something.  It’s usually in-line with the whisper/nudge/tap I talked about in Collage Wisdom #1.

You don’t always need a plan.  Sometimes you just need to breathe.  Let go and see what happens.

More to come!

Blessings and Love,

Namaste

Debbie

 

A Reminder …

20180803_080715_0001Iona’s Beach on the Shore of Lake Superior

This summer, one of the places I was mesmerized with, was Iona’s Beach, on the Shores of Lake Superior.  This pink stone beach is known for the “tinking” sound you hear as the waves ebb and flow against the stones on the beach.  I’m familiar with sandy beaches, so walking here was very purposeful … with my sandals on!

I love the energy of Lake Superior.  The stones on this beach were soft rounded edges, smoothed by the consistent washing of the waves over thousands of years.  While strolling, I discovered a beautiful teal/gray stone in the midst of the pink.  It took my breath away.

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It was a gentle way for Mother Earth and Spirit/God to whisper,

“There is no one like you.”

We are not alone.

We are surrounded by many.

But in this whole wide world, there is only one YOU.

How wonderful is that?!

In the busy minutes of life … I remember that beautiful stone … I pause … and embrace the ebb and flow … allowing it to soften my edges … and breathe!

Blessings and Love,

Namaste

Debbie

BE Who You Are …

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“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness.  True belonging does not require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”  – Brene Brown

BEing uniquely you, means you don’t have to fit into any box. Ahhh!!  You are a beautiful creation, ever evolving and growing.  Your looks, your ‘style’, your thoughts, the way you do things … or choose not to do things … is you.  Sometimes, sharing and doing together, is important.  We need and thrive on our healthy relationships with others.  Being seen and being heard helps us to thrive.  Being ok with standing alone, can be a difficult choice or a blessed relief.

“To thine own self be true.”  – Shakespeare

Every day we have another chance to practice.  Believe in yourself.  Be authentic.  Be the light only you can be in our world ….

Thank you …

Namaste ~ Debbie

 

The Sparkles of Autumn …

I’m listening to the wind as it blows around and through the branches of trees. The painted autumn leaves cling or float their last whirling frolic to the ground.

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I hike through heaps of them, shuffling and twirling with my own kind of jig.  The smells of earth and the glimmer of sunlight fills me up with a contentment I’ll package carefully in my mind and heart.  A gift to easily unwrap when I need a re-charge.

The lakes still shimmer, lapping gently or rocking at the shore, undaunted with the up-coming ritual of freezing and becoming  hard and strong enough to hold up tiny villages through the winter.  How amazing is that?

I notice, too, daylight is dimming. I will miss the early sunrise and late sunset.   There’s something special being up early – at the crack of dawn – to welcome the gift of the day.  So, now it’s embracing s-l-o-w-i-n-g down and acknowledging the pause Mother Nature provides for herself, is also a good thing for me.  She does it better than I do, but I continue to try to learn from the example she gives me.

Autumn is a miracle presenting weeks and weeks of sparkle.  Every year it bestows a wonderment that is best experienced than described.  It’s the little things … one tiny leaf … and another … and another … creation and beauty combined … we just have to open our eyes, our ears, smell the scents and our Spirit beams in recognition.  A miracle, indeed.

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Photo’s taken by me at the Northland Arboretum.

The Art of BEing …

I love early morning coffee time with God.  Quiet time.  Nurturing.  I never cease to be amazed at what comes though when I journal.  After being on a hiatus with this practice during the time of a whirlwind romance, Spirit was ready and waiting when I returned. (Note to self: Never let anyone or anything get in the way of these gentle moments. God wove around and about and through me during that time – I feel clarity and strength would have been recognized sooner with meditation and taking time to journal.)

And so … one early morning, as words poured out on paper, it was clear Spirit was prompting me to “put myself out there”.  What unfolded was a series of gatherings – for people to come together on a path of discovery for body, mind and Spirit.  It was to be called: The ART of BEing.  That was a WOW moment.  I’m one that needs confirmation … still, after all these years.  Like, I’m not imagining this … or am I?  If I were to do this, we’d need a space, so, God, you’re going to have to come up with something.  You provide the space, I’ll be brave and do this. 

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I took a breath, and started my day.  One of my “to do” things, was renewing my membership with The Crossing Arts.  An amazing art community, fostering individuals to create their own works of art! Be sure to check them out.  While I was there, I was offered the Art Gallery as space to hold gatherings for The ART of BEing.  How incredible is that?!  The beautiful, creative art – first imagined by the artist and then coming to reality, surrounding us as we gather … this is affirmation, don’t you think? Now, I’m being brave and holding up my end of the deal!  You can get more info at The ART of BEing!  A couple of wonder-filled things we will be doing: meditating, taking time to journal and share … I think Spirit is smiling.

What I know to be true … BEing true to myself, BEing still in the silence, BEing able to listen, BEing willing to be brave … are parts of God and the goodness that is waiting.  All of us are a piece of ART … BEing who we are … is our gift to the world.