"Gather ye rose buds while ye may,
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Mycala, my oldest daughter, treated me to a 1 1/2 hour massage for Mother's Day. The experience was self indulgent and not something I would do for myself. Maybe I need to rethink that!
Even before the masseuse began the session, my senses were stimulated. A very delicate fragrance of lavender permeated the air. An instrumental background selection was the perfect choice. I melted into the softness of the sheets on the massage table, cocooned under the weightless blanket.
All of this, followed by ninety minutes of skilled attention to knead and relax muscle tissue transported me to a meditative state. I stopped thinking about what was next. I became reminded that I can shift to be in the moment in an instant, simply make the choice to pause and be aware of the gifts of this moment, right now.
There is a Zen saying, "Don't hurry. Ever." In today's world we can feel rushed, pushed and pulled, and don't often allow ourselves that gift. When we slow down and experience the present moment, we can become aware of so many pleasures that will soothe our souls. We can enhance our experiences through fragrances, music, textures, thoughts and soothing sights. How can you make your home or office more spa-like? Flowers, scented candles, a favorite hand lotion, soothing music, inspirational quotes, a favorite painting, and soft throws can bring our focus to beauty.
My Mother's Day gift will live with me beyond the delightful experience. It will remind me to proactively integrate more delightful experiences into my life. Thank you Mycala!
As I was completing the book, my friend Ted sent some rose photographs! Serendipity! I asked him if he'd help me with rose photographs to complete the rest of the book and he did! We also took a trip to Ladew Topiary Gardens to gather more images!
Roses helped me track my projects and goals . . .
Roses will continue to provide a map to guide My Amazing Life in 2014!
That was the beginning of a shift for me in how I cared from myself. Years later, in January of 2011, I designed and delivered an online course, encouraging others to make healthy choices because they deserved the very best. The course was well received, but I didn't do anything further with it until this year.
This is the rose I drew to re-create the Take the Rose Instead coaching course, this time including a poster and a six week course. There is also an application to be certain that people are ready to take the steps to commit to improved health.
I've been collecting rose trivia and my mini e-book is almost ready for its debut! It is filled with rose legend and lore - some fact and some fiction - a light look at this lovely flower!
Faith is living in pure peace, knowing that we are in the perfect place at any given moment, loved and supported unconditionally. It guides us to give up the struggle and enjoy the present.
For those of us living with seasons, summer represents the flower of a year's journey, beginning with fall's harvest, winter's quiet dormancy, and spring's budding promise that the blossoms will reappear.
We are not afraid. We do not doubt summer's return. We trust in the cycle of seasons We release fear because we've seen this pattern time and time again, year after year. We trust in nature and seasons' cycles.
It is the same in our life's journey. At times our lives have been abundant with harvest. Other times have appeared bleak and fruitless. Without a predictable time line, it is easy to forget that our personal winter is also a time of unseen growth, powerful in its deep rooted and often invisible mystery. Spring follows, then summer in glorious abundance. Lack of faith will not change the result. Summer will return, but the doubting will only create unnecessary stress.
Maybe you could - reflect back on your life's journey. Notice patterns of productivity and harvest. Recall times of stagnation and frustration (often disguising times of the greatest growth), followed by promise and abundance.As you do, rest in the peace and faith that these patterns of learning, growth, accomplishment and ultimate reward will continue. Allow these patterns to enable you to release fear. Use that energy instead to embrace the present moment, follow your dreams and believe in the promise of summer!
Diamonds will be most comfortable seeing this chronologically, listing blocks of time by years, for example.
Amethysts will prefer a mind map or broad concepts - childhood, middle school years, teens, young adult, etc. - and may use colors, doodles and sketches to capture concepts.
Rubies may want process their memories with a friend or family member, reflecting on feelings.
Emeralds will get right to the point with a broad overview of past events, focusing on facts and results.
You are a priceless treasure - lovely and full of wisdom and promise. You have gifts to share unlike any other person who has ever lived! As you flower from within, your gifts will bless others. Have faith that you are exactly where you should be at this moment and the universe is unfolding its blossoms of promise..
Wishing you a beautiful summer!
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anaïs Nin
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
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Mikell is a writer, artist and professional treasure hunter, finding the greatest treasures in the wonderful people who enter her life!