#252 In Person

I’m in Apple Valley, MN for several days.

We got here just in time for the lilacs and the flowering trees. A balm.

(Yes, that’s my home in the photo.)

I have some open time, so if you’d like an in-person reading, get in touch.

After Memorial Day we head up to the Iron Range, where we’ll spend the summer. I’ll be available for readings there, too.

And as always, I’m available via phone. Happy Spring!!

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#249 Suffering

My wife’s nephew has a serious physical disability, and he recently had a medical crisis. People said things like, “It’s so sad that he has to suffer.”

But here’s the thing — I have never known him to suffer. Simply stated, he does not interpret any aspect of his life as suffering. He is a joyful person, a joyful spirit, and his life is simply his life, and living is his joy. Debra sees this in him, and she connects with him in his truth — love and joy are their common experience.

Others are so committed to their belief in suffering that they can’t connect with the truth of who he is. Looking at him with long faces and sad sympathy, they never see the love and joy he radiates.

Debra’s nephew is a powerful example that love and joy are real, and suffering is an illusion.

#248 Appreciation + Gratitude

Practicing appreciation isn’t necessarily about looking for and finding things to appreciate. Rather, it’s being aware, in the moment, of the things that please you. Practicing appreciation is noticing those things, and noticing the pleasure they bring you. You don’t have to search out something to appreciate — simply appreciate what is already there.

The breeze on your skin; a purring cat; birdsong; chopping an onion; listening to Bonnie Rait (or Nat King Cole, or…)  making sauerkraut; getting into bed at night; waking in the morning; stars; sun; people; a particular person; smells; tastes; breathing; seeing a tree, a leaf, a flower; taking a nap; reading a good book; petting a dog; completing a task. Notice that thing, and notice the pleasure it brings you.

Then you can notice that one of the things that gives you pleasure is noticing the things that give you pleasure! Take just a second to feel all the pleasure. Receive it!

That’s one way to practice appreciation.

Then, once you’re appreciating all the things in your day-to-day life that bring you pleasure (so many!) you can experience the ecstasy of gratitude. These daily gifts of pleasure! Oh joy!

By the way, how’s it going with generosity?

#247 Bubble of Love

I’ve talked about your aura of love. About my aura of love. But what does “aura” mean?

I find that it’s easier to understand my so-called energy field as a “bubble.” And it’s easy to imagine that my bubble is composed of love.

My lexicon recognizes “bubble,” but it’s not so sure about “aura.”

And one fun thing — when I’m in a car, or in an airplane, or on a bus, or even walking, my bubble just rolls along with me. I can expand my bubble to encompass any vehicle I’m in, indeed any space I’m in. And it just keeps rolling along, with me in it’s center.

And since it’s round, my bubble reaches below my feet. My bubble grounds me.

I’m loving my bubble of love!