Angels

angel holding child

pink angel holding child

“Feathers are reminders that angels are always near.”  Unknown

Yes, I believe in angels. I put some of them on the ledge of my window in my bedroom. An old friend gave her to me.  I’ve never seen an angel. However, when I used to live in North Carolina, a photo that appeared in the newspaper captured the image of an angel like form in one of the local hospital’s hallways where people had been praying to spare an individual’s life. That person recovered.

I have experienced the grace and being spared near death enough times that I don’t doubt angels.   I thank my higher source and angels for that! I’m thankful to be alive. I have other angels in my bedroom window.

angel of the heart

angel of the heart

This angel is to remind me to come from my heart. I am generally nice, but some days it’s harder than others, so this angel reminds me to dial any pissy-ness down in my mood. She reminds me to try to be my better self.

hippy angel

hippy angel

My hippy angel makes me laugh. The first time I saw her, she made me laugh. I call her my hippy angel because she is wearing some clunky sandals. She is not a pretentious angel or a beautiful angel, but a simple, “down to earth”, cheerful angel.

cat angel

cat angel

I found this cat angel at a resale store that finds homes for stray cats. I have had cats before, and they were good buddies to me, so naturally I had to have this cat angel when I saw this ornament. This is my cat as well as my angel protection!

Japanese maple

baby angel wings on Japanese maple

I see “baby” angel wings on the pink “helicopters” that are on Japanese maples in the late summer. This is what a Japanese Maple looks like.

Japanese maple tree

Japanese Maple tree

 

spinners

“helicopters” from maple trees

These are regular size dried “helicopters” off of the maple trees where I live. They, too, look like angels’ wings to me, at least that is how I want to think of them.

maple tree

Maple Tree

I know I’m not alone in my beliefs. Many faiths speak of guardian angels and other kinds of angels. In my neighborhood, I spotted an angel in a yard nearby on one of my daily walks.

yard angel

yard angel

A small angel rests in the yard under the red flowers. I did not feel I could march into this private yard to get a closer photo.

I went to youtube to see if there were any photos of angels. What I like about this youtube video is that there is a story explaining what happened before each of the photos was taken.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2JPre7rEX4

angel coins

Angel coins

These angel coins came from one of my massage therapists. With her I experienced a great deal of healing. While she worked on me, we talked about angels, and then one day before I left her care, she presented me with these three angel coins of: Love, Courage, and Hope. When we see each other at my doctor’s office or out and about town, we always exchange healing hugs.

Angels are ever present in my life in so many ways.

 

 

 

 

 

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Resilience

tree summer 2015

Distressed tree (close up)

I featured this tree in a previous blog about “Collective Delusion”.  When I took a walk near this tree after we had one good rain this is how it appeared.

resilient tree

resilient tree after one rain

The wind had blown the dead leaves off and the rain had given this immense tree a transfusion. This tree demonstrates resilience in nature, that ability to bounce back and regenerate after adversity or stress.

“Human beings have enormous resilience.”  – Muhammad Yunis  (Nobel Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank, which makes mini loans all over the world.)

I agree with Muhammad Yunis. Last week on September 11, 2015, I heard a story on NPR.org about Christopher Saucedo of New York City, who has tremendous resilience, and I feel inspired by the actions in his life and his amazing attitude. He’s who I’m going to think of if I start whining about my life!

To listen go to: npr.org “Morning Edition” from 9/11/2015. Click on the fifth story:  “After Sandy, Katrina, And Sept. 11, This Scuptor Finds Art in Survival”.

For me I have had to reach into my past and let go of childhood skeletons of abuse in my family of origin’s closet. That past was holding back my own resilience because I didn’t know why I had made such poor choices in my life. It goes back to the fact that I didn’t  know why I felt so bad about myself.  My suggestion: reach into that family closet and use your resentments as sign posts and ASK for and get HELP. Resilience is and was my friend.  We walk hand in hand along with my source and other caring people, family, and friends. I found out I could make peace with my past, and it has given me more compassion for others. Now I am trying to learn to live in the present; that’s all I truly have! Resilience is a great antidote for change which is what life is full of.

 

 

 

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Working Together

squirrel

Squirrel at base of tree

“The love for ALL living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”  – Charles Darwin

Just this week I heard a great story about squirrels and birds working together to help each other.  I went on the hunt around where I live to get some photos of squirrels and birds, and they cooperated with me!

bird at top of tree

bird at top of tree

Yes, there really is a bird at the top of this tree. If you magnify the photo, you’ll see it.

The following is the story on NPR about the squirrels and the birds that can show us humans that it is possible for us work more together! It is on the website: npr.org. The story is called: “Squirrels Mimic Bird Alarms to Foil the Enemy”; it aired Thursday September 3, 2015.

Then while I continued walking around where I live, I saw some hawks circling. Then I heard some birds chirping insistently. I’m not sure they were making “alarm” noises  because the hawks were flying quite high. A hawk is located on the right side of the photo.

hawk flying

Hawk flying

In the nearby tree where the birds were chirping, at the base of the tree, there was another squirrel that I made eye contact with me.

birds chirping

birds chirping in tree

I could hear the birds, but I had difficulty catching them in a photo. Here is the smiling face of the squirrel.

squirrel clinging

Squirrel clinging to tree with chirping birds

Even though I was unable to actually detect the squirrels and birds working together as described in the NPR story, I had a joyous time communing with the birds and squirrels in nature. I feel more connected with both animals after spending an hour or two watching and listening to them. In the past I have enjoyed several birding walks. However, now I have been learning a deeper love and greater respect for ALL animals’ wisdom. Now I enjoy to sending them a loving vibe every time I encounter them!

Today a friend shared another animal story with me. Her grown daughter’s dog died about 2 1/2 months ago. While her dog was alive he was always friendly with the squirrels and would chase and play in her backyard with those squirrels. A while after they buried the dog, my friend noticed something had begun to grow on the dog’s grave. Recently when these somethings bloomed, my friend and her daughter discovered they were small sunflowers. The squirrels had left some sunflower seeds on the dog’s grave, and those seeds had germinated and then bloomed. This story warmed my heart.

“EVERY animal knows more than you do.”   – Nez Perce native people

 

 

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And the Rains Came, Thank God!

rain August 2015

Rain came to Northwest USA

Yes, we are so happy here in the Northwest. This is a place that used to get rain during the summer. Now we celebrate every rain drop that falls in summer. Last weekend I didn’t go outside because the smoke gave me a headache, and I wasn’t even in the worst area! I live far from the fires, and the winds brought the smoke to where I live. This weekend the rain brought us more water than the cloud burst that I got caught in in mid August.

cloudburst 8/14/15

rain from cloud burst mid August

I even washed my car with suds this morning, and it rained hard and long enough to wash it clean. Now that’s a rain! I’ve been washing my car in the rain since about 1976. I only look a little crazy! It merely requires a good raincoat with hood and washing bucket, etc.  (P.S. I only use biodegradable soap).

wet streets

completely wet streets from “real rain”

I checked  historical records for where I live for May, June, and July on the website: usclimatedata.com/climate and found out that for those months,  rain totals used to be about 4.5 inches. This year it was .5 inches for those same months. The lack of rain is not the only problem. The aquifers of water on the earth are becoming depleted. This is what the Washington Post wrote in July this year:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/16/new-nasa-studies-show-how-the-world-is-running-out-of-water/

We  humans CANNOT take rain or water for granted any more.

“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the RAIN, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that’s meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.”  -Thich Nhat Hahn

I have great respect for many native people; many tribes have had more fluid relationships with nature than we humans without native descendants today.  This a saying from one of the tribes that all of us can and need to heed today:

“When a man (woman) moves away from nature his (her) heart becomes hard.” – Lakota Nation

We cannot afford to have hard hearts about nature today. We need to listen to the changes happening on our planet and take action making different choices collectively than we have done in the past. The consequences of what is happening on our Mother Earth are becoming as plain as the noses on our own faces.

 

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