The Sands of Time…

Taking a peek back while looking forward…

 

Dancing in the Sun - 2016 Photo Credit: Andrea Domjan Photography

(Photo: Andrea Domjan)

 

Sometimes in our lives there is a moment of surprise that takes our breath away.  We recognize the beauty all around us, in this present moment, even through sadness and loss.  The beginning of 2016 was like this for me.  Another Beloved family member had passed through the veils and all I could do was take a deep breath of life, feel gratitude for this present moment, and get on a plane to honor my Uncle Ted’s life with other close family members.  Many of them I had not seen since the passing of my Uncle Sandy at our last family gathering at Arlington National Cemetery. 

 

There was a feeling of peace within me, going home to Florida this time.  I felt such gratitude for my youth and the family and parents I grew up with.  I felt grateful for these beautiful white sandy beaches, and the many years I had spent walking them, often alone, trying to figure out my path and the next steps along my path.  Every day was a day of adventure in the ocean . . . swimming, water-skiing, diving, fishing, and just cruising on boats.  I felt such joy and happiness, just being alive.  All the boats and trips to the Bahamas and Caribbean were a plus, but it was here, in this place and along these white sandy beaches that I felt most at home as a child.

 

I checked in a day early to sit in silence and just feel the environment of my youth once again.  It was raining when I arrived and the decks and walkways leading out to the beach were full of gray mist.  I loved it.  Even in the soft gray of a storm passing, it was beautiful.  Young surfers come out to find a wave which reminded me of my youth on these Florida beaches.  As a young teenage girl I was often hanging out on the end of a surfboard, waiting for the next wave to ride, or the next boat to catch.  Such sweet memories!  Such Golden Moments to cherish and remember.

 

Home Sweet Home - Florida

Home Sweet Home – Florida

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Florida Sands

Florida Sands

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There is much to be Grateful for, as I remember these decades that have passed and all the family members that have gone before me.  They are all a Blessing in my life, and I know for sure that each of them is shining their light upon me from the heavens above.   I feel your Love.  I feel your Light.  I feel your Grace.   

 

Walking ahead...welcoming in the new!

Walking ahead…welcoming in the new!  (Photo: Andrea Domjan)


 

The Ebb and the Flow…

Florida Beaches - A Hole in the Sand...

Florida Beaches – A Hole in the Sand… This is how it is when a Tribe Member leaves you…like a hole in the sand of your lifetime,  it is suddenly gone forever, and the precious time you once shared together is suspended, into another Universe.  All that is left  is the Love inside your Heart that will continue to live on, inside of eternity.  Love is like this.  Love is like that.  It always continues on.

The Beauty of Friendship!

Honoring the Life of a Dear Old Friend in L.A. …who is not so old!

 

The Beauty of Friendship!

The Beauty of Friendship ~ December 26, 2015

 

30 something years ago I received a call from a woman I had never met.  A mutual friend connected us. Shortly after that call we met for the first time and began a beautiful friendship that lasted for many years…a decade or so.  And then we lost touch.  Almost 20 years passed before we would meet again and reconnect.  Such a Blessing from high above!  The Divine knows exactly who is meant to be in your life, at exactly the right moments. It’s rare that a friendship like ours comes together in one’s lifetime for so many years, and then separates for a while, only to reconnect years later…wiser, more at peace, and much more aware.

 

Our lives have changed in so many ways. We have both built businesses and traveled at least several hundred thousand miles or more in our growth and learning along the path. Conscious awareness, and a reality check on what is really important in one’s life has been a cornerstone for me, as I’m sure it has been for my friend.  As for me, I know my breasts are bigger and longer, and even closer to my waistline than they used to be. I know my Heart is more open and receptive than it has been for a decade or so, after so much loss and longing. I know my mind is more alert and aware than it has ever been.  I also know my waistline has added on a couple of inches. And I know for sure that I live in Grace and Gratitude every day, for everything that is.  Especially this Present Moment of Life.  I am Grateful.

 

The blessings of friendship are some of the sweetest blessings I have ever known in my Life. They gift me with a sweetness and a wholeness that makes me feel complete.  So does Nature.  Honor your close friends. Give them everything you’ve got!  Recognize their inner beauty. They are precious souls living along side you.  Love and friendship are so sacred and precious. Every person that sits at your table, and every friend that arrives in your life is a Blessing from high above.  Recognize it. Savor it. Appreciate it. These are the Diamonds in our Lives. Love them well.

 

I am aware of how phenomenal my dear, old friend Joanne is, and what an extraordinary woman and human being she has become. And she is not old…Just at the beginning of her Now Moment!

As the extraordinary Maya Angelou says:

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.  I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.  I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I thank God for the Beauty of Friendship! 

Gratitude – 2014

Gratitude

Gratitude

 

The Power of Gratitude

 

Nearing  the eve of a New Year and putting this one to rest in its own beautiful chapter of history brings me Peace tonight.  With all the longings and yearnings of my heart, I am most grateful for the every day simplicity that I have lived in this past year.  Nothing was taken for granted.  Even my own breath of Life has been a sacred daily prayer of gratitude.  Of course I slipped and fell a thousand times, into the abyss of the unknown, visiting ancient forests of my soul that were visited by my parents and grand-parents and their parents.  

When the fear arose so high on the scale that there was no going back, there was also an emergence of something more, something greater than my self, as I sometimes entered this zone of great discomfort.  But something was different this year.  I learned to stay with it, inside this zone of uncertainty, and to befriend it and allow it. . . even when it felt miserable and terrifying.  I was brave enough with my own precious self to just let it be, without trying to change anything.  Entering that field of awareness allowed me to pass through it, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, and physically.  I just let go and allowed whatever was showing up to be fully present inside of me.  Full heart.  Complete acceptance. Full awareness, even in the unknowing.  On the other side of that fear came a great trust in the Universe and God. . . the undeniable knowing of a force of Good that was fully Present and in charge of my life.

 

So many platters of possibilities, so many hopes and dreams crushed and re-born with new ones arising every day, so many experiences that took me out on a limb, so many turns and twists on the road. . . all of them important and full of Love, Light and Learning.  New friends, old friends, false friends, new and deeper dimensions and connections, letting go of so much with Grace and Ease. . . such a Blessing!  

 

It’s amazing how little we need to live life fully and beautifully.  The kindness and generosity that arises from the hearts of sacred souls touching mine has been profound.  The level of Trust, again and again, has been an epiphany, once again!  So many souls swaddled in grief, similar to my own grief have shown up in the most amazing ways, and often in silence, without sharing the deepest parts of their own grief.  The faith and strength of  their character is just exquisite.  I see diamonds everywhere I turn.  I feel love everywhere I am.  And I am deeply grateful for this flow, this gorgeous river of sweetness inside my heart, and this abundance that is everywhere present, every day.

 

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  As this year of 2014 approaches the end of its full cycle and circle, and the evolution of a New Year begins, I just want to say thank you to every one of you that has touched my heart and soul, body and mind with such Grace.  There are so many of you that I have not met, and yet deeply connected with on a soul level, personally through friends and family, through Facebook, and in the many classes we shared online.  So many great teachers and loved ones have brought us together, to share, to enlighten, to evolve, to ascend, to receive, and to love and support each other along our sacred journey.  So many epiphanies have manifested, and so much Grace has been showered upon us to open, to heal, to share, to love, to give, and to evolve and become the greatest expression of who we really are, without reserve, without hesitation, without limits.  You are all a great Blessing to me.  You are all a manifestation of the Divine in my own Life.

 

Thank you!  My Heart and Soul is filled with GRATITUDE !

Happy New Year, Sweet Friends.  Thank you for your Beautiful Blessings!  I am forever GRATEFUL !

Such power rests in our fingerprints and DNA. . . now let’s go dancing into 2015!

 

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!