Meaningful Interactions

Once upon a time

when I ran into friends

and acquaintances,

who asked

what I was up to,

I would reel off

a litany of activities.

Lately,

I have begun to reply,

“I am practicing

not multitasking.”

Saying these words

out loud

reaffirms

my intentions

and seems to give

my questioners

pause.

I also pause

before

asking friends

the reflexive

 “what have you been up to”

question.

Instead of exchanging lists,

a conversation

might take place.

There are Always More Shadows

Shadow Work

Trying to restore

our emotional health

can be exhausting,

particularly if

we have neglected it.

No wonder

people

sometimes choose

to numb

their pain.

Observing

the tension,

wherever

it stores

the past,

consciously

or unconsciously

can be the beginning.

It takes courage and energy

to dig deep

and let emotional

wounds heal.

We can heal

 if we know

something

is holding us

from

living

a fuller life.

Our bodies hold onto

emotional hurts,

sometimes for years.

There are many ways

to help

the healing process-

prayer,

meditation,

silence,

yoga,

reiki,

therapy.

Movement

dance,

swaying

to the music-

strengthens the body

along with the soul.

Some call this SHADOW WORK.

LivingLinesReflections

Poetic License

Living Lines Moment by Moment

I

have

a little

shadow

that goes

in and out

with me.

What can be

the use

of it

is more

than

I

can see.

Some months ago

The word

Shadow

appeared

in my awareness.

Immediately,

the childhood ditty

sang in my mind.

Curious,

I googled it

and discovered

with surprise

that

Robert Louis Stevenson

wrote it.

As ditties sometimes do,

it kept ringing

in my mind.

So,

join me

as I begin to explore

with reflection

and curiosity

what

me and my shadow

begin

to reveal.

What will

I learn

that has not been

apparent

in bright light

of living.

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Do You See What I See

Close Encounters of the Amazing

Gazing out my breakfast window

a hummingbird flew

to face me and stayed there

wings fast fluttering

for

time standing still seconds.

Looking out the same window

at lunchtime

the evanescent bird

savored the nectar of the row of

hosta flowers.

Over summers past

we have put feeders

in the garden.

Rarely did this offering

compete with the real

usually pink, red, purple

real sips of

the 1,500 flowers

needed in a day.

Once,

holding a young grandchild,

a hummingbird came almost

eye to eye

with me.

My red flowered hat

attracted a very close visit

and then

flew to the garden

for the real thing!

Hummingbirds

breathe

250 times a minute

with a resting heartbeat of

500 beats per minute.

In flight their hearts rev to

1,500 beats a minute.

600-800 insects daily

provide more energy.

East Coast ruby-throated hummingbirds

migrate to the

Gulf of Mexico in the winter,

a 21 hour non-stop flight!

When first seen

there,

they were called

“resurrection birds.”

Close encounters

are ordinary miracles.

Dancing Together

Married 54 years,
we are
thinking of
all the dances
and various dance steps
we have learned
and continue to learn.
Offering
our observations
that
dancing together
is not
the old-fashioned
predictable,
box step.
Each day,
each moment, each year
provides different music
to dance to.
Sometimes,
there is a lovely
elegant waltz.
Beautiful music.
Other days
there is something familiar
but improvised.
Sometimes,
discordant notes
scream out
and
turning the volume down,
even silence
is the
healthiest way
to
remember
why you wanted to
dance together
at all.
We grow
and we change,
not always
at the same pace.
Persist,
with love,
find a new note.
Be patient,
improvise,
don’t give up.
Love is not a
Honeymoon.
Rejoice,
when it is.
Loving
is giving
the most
of yourself.
Often, it means
giving up
the parts of yourself
you  most protect.
Learn
to change
and grow.
That is
what each of us
expects of the other.
Make time
to BE
together.
Remember,
you choose
to commit
to each other.
It is
a Promise.
It is
worth it.
It is not
always.
Easy.
All the best.
Smile
and embrace.

Two Parts

Nobody feels in control
all of the time.
There is
too much
to do
and no one
goes to bed
giving thanks
that he or she
has finished
the day’s
to-do list!
When I feel overwhelmed,
I try to ask myself,
what one thing or two things
could make me
feel better
if done.
Often
they are
small chores
that have been
nagging at me.

To do lists
are usually
too long
and have a way
of increasing
when we aren’t
paying attention.
The trick is
to figure out
what is too long
and then,
stick to one’s limit.

Part 2
Recognizing,
acknowledging
and celebrating
our accomplishments,
large or small
and our
mindful
connections to what
we do
can help
switch our perspective
to the abiding
meaningful
work.

Then,
allowing ourselves
to internalize,
let what we do
really sink in,
pausing and really letting ourselves
focus
on
What We Do,
We can

Smile
with PRIDE,
take a deep appreciation
and be grateful
that
we are
finally honoring ourselves!