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sun dog… miracles…lessons of nature

sun dog

miracle of nature

Miracles abound!!  Let nature remind us of the miracles that are all around and part of our life every day.

All of nature is an amazing miracle.  And within every part of nature is revealed a wonderful life lesson.  Changing seasons, the gifts of food, stillness of trees, plants and animals preparing for the seasons, etc, etc.  Watching nature we can learn all we need to know about life.  Even a close look at one leaf of your house plant can change your life as you allow its wisdom to move into your soul.

Today, I had the amazing fortune to see a most amazing sun dog. What a miraculous event!!  I had to stop the car to run and find a good photo spot. Is it an omen of good luck or just a sign of a change in the weather?  Whatever it is it will be good.  After minus 30 temperatures in November a change in the weather can only be lucky.  And to witness such beauty can only be called a miracle!!

Your Pinch Of Spice today is to get out there into nature, find miracles there, allow their beauty to change you inside, and then watch as miracles begin to pour into your life.

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…everything passes…

sun in trees

Crisp cool evenings in early August… darkness coming noticeably earlier each day… these are just chilly reminders that nothing lasts forever.   And so often we need reminders such as this.  What we love will soon be gone so enjoy it while we can.  What we don’t love so much will soon be gone so don’t worry…love it for the gifts it brings…for bringing contrast and depth into your life.  Everything comes into our lives just to pass through.  All moments become moments of beauty when we realize that they won’t last.

As we squeeze the last few drops of enjoyment out of each warm evening that just short weeks ago had us living as though they’d never end, we see that all of life is a gift to us.

Everything that comes into our lives has a message for us that says, “Live now, live now!”

Spice for this week:  Get out and live your life!!  Enjoy the warm evenings, enjoy the cold days, sit on your patio, go for walks, spend time with trees, lay on the grass, get up and watch the sunrise for a sunrise meditation, never miss a sunset.

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…robin takes me away…to meditation

Robin’s Meditation

Robin’s call takes me away
….to another shore
where time has no meaning,
where thoughts exist no more.
Clamoring, clinging shouts
persistently demanding tenant’s rights…
demanding to maintain residence
are losing the battle…
in the joyful call of the robin.

Empty rooms are found and
spaciousness is once again the king

Silence rings its bell
and the unfamiliar taste of rest
is the gift
to welcome new guests like me.

Always follow a robin’s call.
This is life lived.


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…Did I forget to mention??? …I love sunsets!!










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Glorious now….


baby geese

more geese

The babies are growing…
sunsets are glorious.
Throw away your to-do lists.
Leave the dusting and worry behind.
Be responsible only to your inner calling.
Get out into the park.
Listen to the wisdom of a tree and a baby goose.
Drop into the timelessness that only exists in an intimate relationship with a blade of grass.
Summer will not last forever!

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how to stretch time with a tree….

walk in woods

Yikes!!! Time is just a-tickin’ away.  I just realized I haven’t written a post for over 3 weeks now!!  Not that I haven’t got ideas or stuff that needs to be said… I’ve even got a couple dozen drafts waiting to be finished and posted…and new stuff just keeps pouring in waiting for its chance to be placed onto the printed page.  And I refuse to use the excuse that I don’t have the time…because I’ve learned how to stretch time.

I know that time can be bent and shaped according to my inner state.  It shrinks and expands.  When I’m impatient, waiting in the slow line, time takes forever, and when I have a deadline, I can magically finish a 5 hour job in one hour.  When I’m away from a loved one a week seems like forever but when we’re together no amount of time is ever enough.  And when I’m out on a silent walk in the woods, or deep in a beautiful meditation one moment holds infinity within it.

I love everything that brings me back to remembrance of the importance of every single minute of our lives…whether it’s a deadline or a slow line, an un-done blog post or just a tree in the woods.

PINCH OF SPICE:  This simple process is one way to stretch time and change your life!!!
It’s time once again to take an inventory of how you spend your time.  Review your last 2 or 3 days and make a list of things you did hour by hour.  Then make a list of your priorities in your life.  Does your inventory list match your priority list?  What can you add to or subtract from your days to make them more meaningful…to make each minute be a well used minute?   Be sure to add in some walks in trees and some meditations to bring that timelessness back into your daily doing.

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ThanksGiving…my only prayer

“If the only prayer you ever said was Thank You, that would suffice.”  Meister Eckhart

This is my only prayer…

Thank You God…

Thank you for this day of life…and this opportunity to live in thanksgiving.  Thank you for family in which I am so deeply blessed.  Thank you for food, wonderful tastes, harvests, wheat fields and lovely round hay bales on country drives.

Thank you for friends, good health, plenty.

Thank you for sunshine.

Thank you for golden hued leaves dancing in my window and for warm autumn days. Thank you for birds and skies, for bountiful harvests supplied by trees and friends.  Thank you for a fridge overflowing with fresh apples and tomatoes.

Thank you for meditation and for being ever near, for all of life that brings me back to you when I stray.    Thank you for so much to give thanks for and a heart overflowing with gratitude.  Only love can live in a heart like this.

PINCH OF SPICE FOR THIS WEEK:  This is a perfect time to take time for gratitude and see how it changes your life.  Every day this week take at least 20 minutes to make your list of things you are thankful for.  Then be sure to take time to rest in feelings of gratitude.  Feel how it changes your Now and watch how it changes your future Nows.

“If the only prayer you ever said was Thank You, that would suffice.”  Meister Eckhart


Autumn Leaves…let go, let go…

Autumn leaves…
Crunch, crunch beneath our feet…
Each falling leaf says let go, let go…
Every crunch says life is change, life is change…
Green leaves turn yellow…
And fall to the ground…
Crunch, crunch, crunch….
A reminder that nothing lasts forever.

And though we desperately hold on to the beauty of long warm evenings, midnight strolls in the park, endless days, picking flowers, laying on grassy fields, autumn has its own special beauty and gifts to give.  All the brilliant colors, harvests, wheat fields, vegetables, fruit, the tart taste of chokecherries as we pick and eat.

Shorter days mean more time at home, for reading, writing, baking, hot tea by the fireplace, cuddling on the couch, building cocoons, stocking dens and nests for dark days to come.  And shorter days mean time for settling into routines, classes.  Yes, we need the gifts of Autumn too.  What a great time to join a meditation group.

Pinch of Spice:  Find a meditation group to join.  Or start a group using these exercises or following some book.  You can join us for free classes at Forest Heights Community Hall, 10150-80 St, Edmonton, every Wed at 7pm.

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elephant whisperer…we are one

We are one…

If we ever doubt that all of life is connected here is a great true story that will make you cry and will fill you with hope at the possibility of life when all human beings know their interconnectedness.  Reading stories like this makes me want to double my efforts in my meditations and letting go practices.  If this kind of connection between all beings is real, and if there really is a deeper intelligence that governs our lives and that we all have access to, then why are we not living it??

“Author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died March 2. His family tells of a solemn procession of Elephants visiting his home just after his death, that defies human explanation.

For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives. The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.” ”

The website below has the same story but more details.

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…silence of nature


“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.

God is the friend of silence.

See how nature, trees, flowers, grass, grows in silence.

See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…

We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

Mother Teresa


Pinch of Spice for this week… and beyond.  Find silence this week wherever you can.  Meditate, take moments to stop and breathe, walk in the woods, look at the skies, look for silence in a flower, read something profound and let it soak your soul.  Allow silence to deeply enter and join with the truth of your being.  Be willing to touch souls.

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