Winter Invites Us to Go Within to Find the Light
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The Healing Power of Self Love

When we learn to truly love ourselves we can finally understand how to help others and fill our hearts while doing so. Giving is no longer a drain but rather an extension of self care. We replenish our energy and allow others to share in our reservoir free of contaminants and self limitations. There is nothing more fulfilling - nothing more freeing - than reawakening to this truth. And the more we practice its art, the more nurturing and joyful our time on Earth. 

A simple way to start is beginning each day by looking in the mirror and saying to yourself out loud: "Hey. You look great! I love you!" Simple but not an easy thing to do at first. Especially after a sleepless night or the aging process is rearing its head. Precisely why we need to do this and do it often. What we think and say about ourselves creates an imprint for our body to follow. Learn to love the reflection looking back at you and you and everyone you come into contact with will benefit. The rippling effect is far reaching and endless.
Sharing the Warmth
 This winter I've been donating cold weather items in a little different way. I keep a small bag of scarves, hats and gloves (used but in good shape) in my car - on the floor behind the passenger seat. When I encounter someone on the street looking for a handout, I offer one of the items. I always ask first. So far, it's been well received. Folks of varied genders and ages are surprised at first but always say yes. I love glancing back as I drive away and see them wrapping up in a cozy scarf. That's a 'warm all over' feeling making a difference. 

Remedies for A Lift

These are two energy essences that are useful year round but can be especially helpful during the winter season. Lighten Up is a favorite combination formula from Alaskan Essences that lifts the spirit during dark days and helps you connect to your inner Light. Gentian from Bach Flower Remedies helps ease discouragement, disappointment and depression. Just two drops a few times a day can bring relief. Take together or separately.
The Broken Cup
This is the Haviland Limoges teacup that belonged to my Mom. I have treasured it since her passing in 1998 using it only for guests and special occasions. On Dec 23, I dropped it while putting it away. Immediately, I flashed back to Oct 1974 and started sobbing. The last time I dropped a tea cup was the day I learned my younger brother had been found dead. I left work early and was in my apartment going through the motions of anything to distract me. Putting dishes away, I had a melt down and a cup fell out of my hands, smashing on to the floor.

Grief works in mysterious ways. We never know when a wave will wash over us. On that day last month, I mourned again the loss of Billy, the loss of my Mom and now the loss of this teacup which had connected us. (My Mom bought the cup when she was managing the Haviland showroom at the Merchandise Mart. That's where she was when she got the news about my brother.)  As I held the pieces in my hand, I felt the words 'the broken heart does mend' and my tears abated. I will glue the cup back together (hopefully with a bit of artistic flair). Although it will no longer hold tea, it will serve as a reminder of the healing process and the power of love for self and others.  
Everyone knows I'm a sock person. Here's a laundry tip: don't put them in the dryer. 

Find creative ways to air dry your socks - especially the heavy winters ones. Clip above your dryer, hang over the back of a chair and/or dangle from a dresser drawer. You'll save on the electric bill AND your socks will last much longer!

Note: Mist with lavender while fabric is still wet and your socks will absorb the soothing energy. Your feet will thank you.  
TASTY TIP: Toss in two chai tea bags to your water while heating for steel cut oats or oatmeal. Remove the bags before adding the oats squeezing to get all the tea. You'll get a nice subtle spice flavor. Add additional cinnamon and/or nutmeg if desired. Yum!

May 2020 inspire bright new beginnings, a sense of strength and worth in your endeavors and the knowing that how you view your life does matter. 

Thanks for sharing the journey.
Practice self love and keep looking up!

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