Dad, top right…
March 31st, a special day, your birthday, and also a day I’ve had to celebrate without you for as long as I can remember. How I wish that I could wrap a present for you, to pick out something special or hand make something for you. How I wish that I could hold you tight and hug you while wishing you a happy birthday. So many years have gone by since you left, and still the pain of losing you cuts like a knife and is so strong, especially on days like this, when it all comes back up. Can you believe that Mom is already gone for 6 month? Some days it brings peace to know you both are reunited, and other days it just simply hurts and I know those feelings will never go away. I dearly miss you both.
Happy birthday in heaven Dad.
An older picture and I’m dreaming of days like these spent in nature once again. But in the meantime I thought I share a little mantra with you, courtesy of Linda Ellis, to start the week in the right mind-frame. So here it goes and I hope you try it and read it each morning as you start your day.
I will (mantra)
I will choose how this day goes no matter what may come my way. I can only live this time one time; the minutes, the hours, the day.
I will smile through adversity, let malice be ignored, and release the spite and pettiness that today, won’t be restored.
I will heed constructive views, though they may appear as flak and force unkind deeds and insults to roll right off my back.
I will complete acts of kindness in my own special style not just for the benefit of others, but because they make me smile.
My heart and soul are now content; life’s blessings overflow and I will be the one to blame if I let these feelings go.
As another week is coming to an end and a new one is heading our way, I am reflecting on everything that has happened so far in 2020. It’s been quite some year, hasn’t it? Life seems to have changed overnight in such traumatic ways that just recently would have been hard to grasp and imagine. Earlier today I heard that this is the biggest mass awakening for humanity. No doubt, things are scary, how else would we learn and notice? But there is no denying and turning away from the good this has brought to our environment. I truly hope the ones in charge, the ones who can make a change are listening.
I’ve been out walking must every day, and I always try to see the world as if it was for the very first time. Gratefulness for yet another day, to have woken up, able to choose my attitude, and in search for what beauty I might find today, has become a priority to me. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and is so much more than just visual. Besides what you see, it can be a feeling, an act of kindness, gratitude, helpfulness, the act creation, a smile, and so much more. Today my inspiration was found in nature on my walk and the above picture.
How do you stay inspired?
And then the whole world walked inside and shut their doors and said we will stop it all. Everything. To protect our weaker ones, our sicker ones, our older ones, and nothing, nothing in the history of humankind ever felt more like love than this.
We can do it….together. Stay the course and believe. All will be ok and hopefully much better than ok.
I finally did it and recently opened my own Etsy store, Youniqua. Definitely exciting for me since I wanted to do this for a long time. The quarantine and the shop itself has allowed me to create and share some of these unique treasures with you. Today I woke up to a nice surprise and my second sale…whoohoo. It was for this meditation prayer necklace, pictured above and went out to someone I recently extended reiki healing to. It warms my heart about the endless possibilities and how we can mutually support each other, feeling such gratitude and appreciation for each others actions. 🙏🏼
I hope everyone is hanging in there during these challenging times that are everything but easy. From fear to all the wide spread range of topics that affect us with the recent outbreak of this pandemic, many have lost their jobs, including health insurance and benefits. People are left without knowing how to continue to pay their mortgages and other bills. Others go stir crazy sitting at home, feeling locked up and isolated. Watching the news has gone to a whole new level of self torture and feeding that fear that keeps people suppressed and under control. Wanna experience what true horror feels like in a game of giving the unknown, and the loss of control the upper hand….just turn on the TV and you got it for 24hrs.
Strangely for me, it seems like I have been more active, taking more walks outside, getting exercise and fresh air since the pandemic has started. I can’t say that this is the sole reason for it, although I have been known to go against the grain and be a bit rebellious, but this is not the time for it and merely lines up with my quest for a healthier life I have started in January. I have lost ten pounds so far, by eating and moving more, and I am dedicated to continue this journey. It does feel like walking through a ghost town at times, like you are one of the few survivors. More than once I had the feeling that the walking dead will come around the corner to limp after me. The few people in cars that ventured out to get essentials, drive past with scared faces and frightened eyes in a sea of parked cars, and driveways full with the remainder of the population being at home in self quarantine. In my neighborhood there seems to be a silent agreement and understanding in place, and should you encounter someone along the way, they quickly change street sides to stay away as far as possible from you. Nobody wants to take a chance and it’s better to avoid any possibility which feels like a mutual favor. In a way it feels like this has been the most consideration for each other displayed in a long time, but it could also be a heightened self preservation with little regards to the next person. Take your pick, I have felt both ways during such encounter. My walks have been eerie and beautiful at the same time.
While the air seems fresher, and the skies have cleared from pollution, I have to say that on several occasions I felt as if seeing the world for the very first time. There is a stillness, a peace, a silent healing, that resonates and connects me deeply to Mother Earth. The positive effects this had on Mother Nature is undeniable, and I truly hope that a few things can change when this is all over to keep a better balance between humanity and the planet we inhabit. I do believe that this was necessary to invoke such changes, and it sad that it had to come to this. In a way it reminds of life itself and all the lessons we can only learn the hard way. If it’s not shaking us to the core, would we ever learn anything? No, I think not, and it has to hurt to get our attention, to change our ways. I hope that we as humanity can listen and understand this message that affects us all. I hope that we can impact what we can and change what is within our power for better balance and co existence.
Oh my goodness, my heart skips a beat admiring this beauty I grew from a bulb that looked like it had nothings going on. Old and shriveled up I soaked it for one hour and planted it in this pot. It is beyond breathtaking to see it in person and that this grew from seemingly nothing. Well I can’t say that it grew from “nothing” as I talk and encourage her every day. 😉
It’s been a journey such as going from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. With three giant red blooms, she is by far the most beautiful plant I have ever grown. It just brings me happiness and is such a joy to greet her every day.
PS. Today is a special day and it’s the birthday of two family members that are very near and dear to me. Sending you both much love and a special birthday greeting with a virtual flower greeting. Love you very much and miss you. 😘
Palmkätzchen (German) are amongst one of the first messengers of spring. In Germany they are protected by nature laws, and are not to be plugged. They serve as a good source to animals and bees.
On my walk today to get out of the house, I came across this beauty, a giant bush of Palmkätzchen. Their fuzzy little velvet like buds, took me back to my childhood, a time it was still ok to pick these skinny branches. Since they bloom around mid March/April during Easter, Mom would arrange several branches in a tall vase for the Easter Holiday. Hollow, blown out eggs, delicately decorated with ribbons and paintings, as well as wooden little rabbit and other ornaments representing Easter, would hang from the branches, making it a festive centerpiece. Immediately a smile formed on my face thinking back to that innocent, time with all its little traditions. Hours later, the feelings have shifted as reality reminds me that these precious times can never be relived or repeated making new memories in the physical. But the memories will remain and for those I am eternally grateful.
I’ve been on a journey to improve my health and my life for quite some time now. I have learned that nothing ever happens over night, and much of this process requires time and the patience, as well as the dedication and staying power to see it through. Another thing I have learned is to listen to my intuition that gently nudges me when I’m ready to expand and take the next step. So no, I’m not a fan of coincidences or things happening by accident, but I am a fan of reading the signs, of listening to the messages that are always here for us, and I’m a fan of believing that there are no ordinary moments. I can’t tell you how many messages I might have missed already, but I challenge myself to pay attention and keep my perception open so I can recognize these moments. After all nothing is lost as I can’t interpret-ate these moments as missed. How could I not Ebene being aware that it is happening, however it just takes longer to get to where this path is leading me.
Last year one of these moments happened in a life changing way as I came across the powers of energy healing. Most of you have followed my journey and know what a difference it has made in my life and in my health. About two weeks ago, I feel another such moment presented itself to me in the form of making my own natural skincare products and working with, as well as diffusing essential oils. I couldn’t explain the sudden interest until I learned that these oils not only make your house smell amazing, but also pack a bunch of health benefits. I started to do my own research, still not having a clue that I would need to call on what I was learning very quickly. I just followed my intuition, believing there was a reason all this information was falling into my lap.
And then it happened and I had a number of days I just didn’t feel good at all. Some symptoms of which were scary in these current times, but I still remained calm and surrendered my energy, calling upon my guardian angels and guides to help me through this. Further, my left side was hurting a lot which took the attention from corona and indicated an inflamed spleen, courtesy side affect of the rheumatoid arthritis. A day later a migraine headache I couldn’t shake settled in in addition to what was going on already, which kept me woke most of that night. Between the pain in my side, the headache, nausea, and feeling like I was going to pass out, it was simply impossible to drift off to dreamland. Something needed to change and it did the very next morning. This was the perfect time to test my new friends, the essential oils. I made myself a rollerball I call headache away, and low and behold, I noticed a difference as soon as I applied the mixture to my forehead. Within that day in a matter of hours the migraine headache vanished completely, and I haven’t had any problems since. But I went a little further and made myself a immune boosting diffuser mix, placed it in this handy little guy pictured above and allowed it to mist and humidify the air for several hours. The next morning I woke up and for the first time in days I have no ill symptoms, and no pain in my side. I am beyond amazed and already, I am a believer. Coincidence…well, you know my answer.
I can’t wait to explore further remedies and see what this can do for my allergies. Have you had your own experience with essential oils? I would love to hear your take.
We each have our own superpower, and this is the perfect time to cultivate it, or perhaps learn more about it. I believe that I found one of my superpowers last year in April when I stumbled upon energy healing and studied to become a Reiki Master, amongst other modalities. To say the least, it has been life changing for me, not only in the sense of my own healing, but also in the sense of bringing healing and a sense of peace and balance to others. Others who are searching for answers and are in need of positivity and hope. I believe this is such a time, and the world needs hope right now. I mean the world as in a sense of humanity and the people, because Mother Earth is healing just fine. The signs are evident every day, as our carbon imprint lessens and nature is finding ways to heal. But as people, we need hope and something that balances the fear that is instilled.
Yesterday someone was hospitalized during these scary times, and reached out to me, asking if I could send healing energy his way through Reiki. Of course I did and it’s just one of the small things I can do to use my superpower to help someone else. It feels good being able to do this, and guess what? Time has been slowed down for us to actually take a moment, to care, to not run out of time to fit everything into our schedule. We have been giving an opportunity to be more mindful, to work together, not against each other, because it will take a team, a true Rainbow Warrior protecting the earth and all its creatures, humanity included to make a difference.
Much of what is happening with the virus is out of our control as we are still learning about all the details and how to fight it. But when you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is. I know all of your are using your own superpowers and this is how we make a difference. One person at a time. 🙏🏼