Making Myself at Home

I’m quoting here something that I just read this morning that wonderfully describes how I feel at home traveling and having a different sense of home than what I think our societies are sometimes more familiar with…what causes you to feel most at home?

Sometimes, we get so busy and involved creating a “home” for ourselves that we create a structure that’s too safe, limiting, and confined. We forget about our real home, the planet earth. It’s good to sleep indoors. It’s nice to make ourselves comfortable in our home. But don’t let your cozy nest become a locked, confining box.

Stretch your arms. Push the lid off the box. Get out into the world. Walk around. Move about. See the hills, the lakes, the forests, the mountain peaks, the valleys, the rivers.

See how big your world can be. See how connected everything is. See how connected you are, too – to all that is. Make yourself comfortable, wherever you are. Make yourself a home and be at home in the world.

Melody Beattie, “The Language of Letting Go“, devotional daily reading for July 30th

 

Experiencing the Flow of Life

This poem was inspired by a spontaneous enjoyment of a Colorado creek. To read more about that experience, visit the post on my travel blog: Going With the Flow of Life.

A spontaneous adventure

Of jumping in a creek

Taught me more than I expected

Its journey for my heart was sweet

Invigorated by the mountain water

Cold chill, a cleansing wash

A soft breeze carrying warm sunshine

The bright rays touching with warmth

As I laid in this flowing water

Laying back to simply float

Allowing it to carry me

Feeling the current move me along

At first I was struggling

Creating my own mistrust

This led to more bumps and bruises

Than when I surrendered,

Completely laid back to float

When I relaxed and enjoyed my breathing

I felt aware, fully present in experiencing

Immersing myself in the river’s flow

Looking up and enjoying the sky’s beauty

The masterpiece overhead of sky, trees, and sun

Feeling the water embracing me

Carrying me so sweetly and strong,

A most beautiful dance of sensations

Of trust and surrender, being taken care of

Of peacefully flowing along

Oh my God! How much this is like life

Where I struggle with the current

With myself and nature I fight

I end up sputtering on that lovely water

Hitting rocks that don’t have to hurt

And what a beautiful lesson

As all life truly is

That I can flow in this life river

It cares for me, bringing me along

For whatever may come my way,

For all that I do not know

For the “what if’s”, the “how to’s”

I can instead embrace the unknown

So I choose to allow and accept,

And this means in love I can let go

To surrender to the power

Of me and the river of life’s flow

Loved by Every Season…

I absolutely love this song…heavenly piano and beautifully touching lyrics. I hope you enjoy it today and the power of its message, every day.

Lyrics:

Every evening sky an invitation

To trace the pattern stars

And early in July a celebration

For freedom that is ours

And I notice you in children’s games

In those who watch them from the shade

Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder

You are summer…

And even when the trees when just surrendered

To the harvest timeForfeiting their leaves in mid-September

And sending us inside

Still I notice you when change begins

And I am braced for colder winds

I will offer thanks for what has been and what’s to come

You are autumn…

And everything in time and under heaven

Finally falls asleep

Wrapped in blankets white all creation

Shivers underneath

And still I notice you when branches crack

And in my breath on frosted glass

Even now in death you open doors for life to enter

You are winter…

And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced

Teaching us to breathe

What was frozen through is newly purposed

Turning all things green

So it is with you and how you make me new

With every season’s change

And so it will be as you are recreating me

Summer, autumn, winter…

Spring…

Empowered by Self-Perpetuation

I like words a lot, hence why I must enjoy writing so much. It seems to me that there is a power behind what we put words to. Ultimately, I believe that the power lies in what meaning we each give to something, whether it is an experience, a person, ourselves, or for that matter, a word. Both can go hand in hand, since after all, words are used to then express the meaning which we give something. Let us openly keep in mind as we read this, that this is why a word will mean different things to each of us.

The past week, I felt I was fishing around in my mind for a word to describe a feeling I was experiencing. It felt as though I was desiring something, but in a particular way…or perhaps it’s better described as pinpointing the kind of energy and emphasis I wanted to place on what I am desiring at this time. After days, the word came to me! This was the word…

self-per·pet·u·at·ing

[self-per-pech-oo-ey-ting, self-] 

adjective

1. continuing oneself in office, rank, etc., beyond the normal limit.
2. capable of indefinite continuation.

I love the parts of this definition that I emphasized in bold font. Another definition of this word that I like is the following…

Having the power to renew or perpetuate oneself or itself for an indefinite length of time.” 

For me, this word has come to encompass a powerful concept and energy that I want to see applied to many things in my life. Love (starting with my self-love) is the top one, along with peace and joy, creativity and abundance, traveling and money. Those are not the only things, but it’s a start. Looking up synonyms to the word, also helped me understand and apply it to myself. Click here to see a great list of those words.

What meaning do you give this word? What things in your life would you apply that meaning and energy to?

Swing Dancing the Night Away!

Just for fun, I wanted to ask if you would vote on your favorite version of this photo taken of me and my dance partner Andy. We tore up the dance floor at the 1940’s Ball that recently took place at the Boulder Airport in Boulder, Colorado. I have to give appreciation and credit to Andy, because to really enjoy swing dancing and look good, the man has to know how to dance and be a great leader…and he is both of those things as a swing dancer, a great gentleman and kind friend. And as you can see, he’s tall and great at stunts! Andy, thanks for a great time.

See the different versions below and visit the album link to my page to vote in the comments box.

Swing Dancing the Night Away!

 

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The Magic and Thrill of Expansion

I know there is so much limitless beauty of the contrast,

Of the unknown and mysterious,

Of faith and surprises,

The joys of discovering, learning…

I suppose this is the amazing thrill and magic of expansion,

huh, God…

Gratitude and Traveling

Overflow with gratefulness today…

Amalia Travel

One of my favorite aspects of traveling is meeting people…new people, familiar people, people different from me, people similar to me…traveling takes us into other worlds, not just physically and geographically, but in ways unseen. With this in mind, it is not a surprise to me that traveling has been one of the greatest teachers of gratitude in my life. When I open myself to the world and others, to what is different from me and new from what I have ever known, I step into the opportunity to be grateful in ways that I would never know if I did not travel. It is not that gratitude cannot be achieved without traveling or by those who do not care to travel…not at all. I am simply speaking from myself, the one I know best, and I know that for me traveling is part of who I am and therefore…

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