Tag: beauty

Rhythms

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             Eleri jumped seamlessly, no special notice the piles of hay in her way, except the leap that interrupted her rhythm. Every morning she was up with the crack of dawn, ready to go for her walk. Every morning she ran, so at other times she could rest and eat. The gate of her legs spread, pounding the ground in a musical speed. Her tail wagged delight.

            Animals are fascinating creatures. They have this rhythm to life. Hunt, eat, play, sleep. Hunt, eat, play, sleep. Rinse, repeat  Animals already know a basic tenant of life we humans miss. Life comes with a beat, but it also comes with the ups and downs of rhythms. Work is a glorified element of life in American culture. Or laziness is glorified. And, we’ve missed the beauty of the ups and downs of work time and rest time.

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  • Presence
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  • beauty
  • breathing
  • change
  • mindfullness
  • practice
  • relaxation
  • story

May Flowers

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This past weekend my husband and I planted some flowers in our yard.  I am not terribly experienced with planting things (though I do have an indoor geranium that I cherish) and felt slightly apprehensive about this task.  My husband, however, assured me that we would be just fine and reminded me how lovely it would be to come home to such beauty and color.  And so, we set off to make our selections before putting them in the ground.

After browsing the outdoor section at Lowe’s, we came home with petunias, marigolds, begonias, and a bunch of other pretty things I do not know the names for.  I had to admit, seeing the colorful flowers all together on my porch made my heart smile.  As we began to plant, we had to make some decisions about where each flower should go.  The “full sun” petunias and marigolds near the front, the “partial shade” begonias in the back, and so on.  We looked at what the flowers needed and t ...

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  • Mindfullness
  • Self-Care

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  • change
  • mindfullness
  • reflection
  • relaxation

Winter

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Hello!  Please allow me to introduce myself - I’m Audrey Aukeman, the newest counselor at Second Story.  I’m so excited to be here, and also to have the chance to share my thoughts on this blog.  I’ve been reflecting on a topic that I’m guessing has been on all of our minds this week… winter.  Love it or hate it, this season has certainly made its presence known to us this week, with swirling snowstorms and extreme cold. 

There was a time in my life when a week like this would have been just plain fun.  When I was a kid, I loved the excitement of a surprise snow day and the feeling of community with my family and neighbors — we’re “snowed in!”  With each passing year, though, I feel the strain of winter a bit more.  Being snowed in means lots of shoveling (which does not excite me).  Sometimes it means my pipes freezing or my car not starting.  It also means canceled plans and the inability t ...

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  • beauty
  • change
  • winter

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