Sharing gratitude to be alive. Multiple musings from simple to complex w/ people, family, music, poetry, pet love, scenic nature, spirituality, health, motivation, & more. Also, find the book in print, on Kindle, and iBook titled A House Inside of Me: Poetry by Marian Elsie Blake (2013) by Mary Blake Huer
Have you ever visited a special place where you experienced a memory or learned about a historical event? As I grow older, I am discovering many “special places” in my life: my mother’s gardens, an outdoor wedding spot, a fun family reunion memory from childhood, a loved one’s grave, a walkway where great men/women passed…. my little doggie playing in the bushes… What places are special or sacred to you?
Recently, I learned about the concept of #SpiritofPlace when I was reading about #water. Many religious practices recognize locations as significant and it is through that context that I am learning. Due to an illness I had an opportunity to go to Lourdes, France and on the way there, I passed through Paris, France and asked my driver to take me to the tunnel where Princess Diana died – the #Pontdel’AlmaTunnel. I was so moved to see the exact spot where her car crashed, and she lost her life.
I love the Autumn and Fall Season and unfortunately it is already about over again this year. The colors are beautiful as the leaves change. The air smells fresh and crisp, especially in the early mornings and evenings. The seasonal foods like pumpkin and spices and soups and breads remind me of years past with family. The holiday seasons begin with Halloween and move to Thanksgiving as winter approaches. It is just a fun time of year, e.g., hayrides, ghosts, haunted houses, even raking leaves, playing in the leaf piles, and more.
The Times, they are changing: Pandemic outcomes continue to go up and down. Variants continue to emerge. People are still seemingly unsettled. Health issues, death and dying, and unknowns are still reported. A war has ended. Fires and hurricanes continue. What are you to do during these crazy days to keep yourself in a State of Gratitude? How is it possible to remain joyful?
When life feels stressful I like to go outside and walk or drive and breathe in nature’s beauty. I have many family members and friends right now who are experiencing extreme stress with breakups in relationships, serious health problems, consequences from the virus, fear of going outside, and on and on. Today, I want to share some beautiful photos to give you peace and calm, and harmony with nature.
During trying times, practicing gratitude helps me. I hope these photos help you to focus on something beyond your immediate issues.
Two very old mature Palm Trees were removed from the neighborhood yesterday. It was a big event. People took photos and made movies as the old trees came down. It was sort of sad somehow as these two trees had filled the sky for many years.
I looked up the subject of “trees” and how they contribute to our lives in honor of these old friends:
Water serves so many different purposes in our life. Sometimes I think we take it for granted. We know that we need water for life! Water is important in religious ceremonies. Water is necessary in sanitation. Water is important for our health. Water gives us pleasure through swimming, boating, surfing, fishing, and much more. I feel so much gratitude for water!
This video focuses on the soothing sounds of the ocean waves for our gratitude moment for today. This author has commented in other earlier YOUTUBE videos on the believed healing properties for water. There are links to the earlier videos below.
Recently I decided to drive across the United States to rid my restlessness from the pandemic. Typically, I love to drive and see the beauty within the various States. As music plays it causes me to reflect on and find joy, as I think about all that I am grateful for in life. My favorite time of day is the early morning, around 4 AM so I can watch the sunrise over the mountains in the Western States.
Life is never constant. There are ups and downs, highs and lows throughout life. We are grateful for the highs and generally suffer during the lows. Accepting that life is never constant helps us practice gratitude for all of life.
Enjoy the following visual presentation of ocean waves, symbolic of waves in life.
This morning I took my little dog to the beach for the first time. He seemed to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed watching him explore the new area. The following video captures our visit to the beach today.