Take a Memory Tour

Dear ones, are you confined, quarantined right now? Only your body is required to be at home.

Use your senses to take a tour of your favorite places in your imagination. In this way, you can take a virtual visit to your family members, remember the loved places you knew as a child, to go back in time, or visit the future.

In your mind’s eye find yourself at the place of your choosing. See the details as you approach your Grandparents’ home once more, or that small lake cottage, the town you grew up in… your childhood friends in their homes… the life you want to live when the pandemic has died down…

Here we’ve chosen a tour of Betty’s Grandpa and Grandma’s farm to get you started.

Now I approach my Grandparents’ house from so long ago, letting the details emerge… The flower boxes, colorful and spicy scented petunias, the deeply colored coleus, asphalt siding meant to look like bricks, large trees shading lush uncut grass, wildflowers along the dusty gravel road, old red barn and outbuildings with white trim… the metal pump with the cold smooth handle…

Now I call up and feel once again the texture of the gravel lane under my feet, the worn paint and sharp snap of the screen door as it closes, the heat and glow and wood-burning smell of the pot belly stove, the beloved old dog with her doggy scent and thick fur greeting you with smiles, her wet doggy kisses… Grandma’s bottle green tightly woven upholstery in the living room,

The heavenly scent and taste of thick milk gravy on beef, the sweet-tart and delicious raspberry pie, steaming from the oven, the canned peaches floating in their cream colored bowls with lavender and blue pine cone decoration…Fire crackling in the stove, the voices of those loved ones now gone, Grandpa’s aftershave…

Coyotes yipping after dark beyond the hills, hens clucking, streams of milk hitting the bucket at milking time, the sweet smells of cow manure and fresh hay, the milk separator whirring, the cream can filling…

Cars crunching on gravel, dust flying up behind them, shared songs at dusk on the front porch, simple harmonica tunes, voices joining together in familiar tunes, wooden floors creaking at bedtime….

Taking a memory tour is another way for you to spend an hour or two during this stay at home time – You can call up those sensory details of seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, and smelling that help you remember the beautiful places the people and times of your life.

Find your own memories, take a turn around the places you loved, going slowly, letting the details emerge. Revisit your children, friends, or grandchildren if you can’t see them right now.

You can also tour your future and re-imagine what your life can be, what you want it to be when you are able to move freely once again.

A memory tour will help you remember the preciousness and beauty of life here on our beloved planet.

Let Nature Calm You

Can you go outside right now? Let the sounds of nature calm you- birdsong, breeze through evergreens, squirrels chuffing chattering and chewing on last fall’s nuts, water rushing downstream…

Red squirrel

Let the sights of nature bring you joy – sunlight pooling and dancing on the earth, trees casting long undulating shadows, spring blooms bursting out, green and red shoots poking out of the ground, birds flashing in and out of the underbrush, red and rust colored cardinals, bluejays goldfinches, robins sparrows, butterflies, moths, bees…

Let the smells and fragrances of new grass, fresh cut greenery, flowering spring bulbs, decaying leaves, tender soft green leaves, a sudden spring rain shower lift your spirits.

Be mindful of the feel of rough tree bark, soft feathers, tender new growth, the textured stems of shrubs, smooth or rough stones. If you can, put your hand in a clear stream, and gently stir and move the cool water. Feel the solid earth beneath your body, under your feet.

Let the tastes of simple foods that come from the earth nourish your body and bring you satisfaction – the sharp and rooty onions, peppery radishes, sweet sugary pea sprouts, the earthy potatoes and other root vegetables, the subtle lettuce, chewy chard… Savor and enjoy these everyday pleasures.

Must you stay inside right now? Find natural objects in your home or have a loved one find something nearby that will infuse your space with energy of nature.

Shells, plants, growing sprouts and herbs, photos and paintings of trees, landscapes, specimens of tree bark, flowering branches, stones of all shapes & colors – stack them up – sand in a bottle, potted bulbs, beautiful wooden carvings and objects, a small terrarium.

Arrange and display these things you’ve collected over the years, touch and enjoy them again, use them in new ways that will spark your creativity. Connect with these objects and precious living things that hold the energy of your true home, mother Earth.

Let nature heal and calm and give you peace.

Wheel of the year

It is the season for low slanting sunlight, the silent message all living creatures are attuned to. Summer is past, winter will come. The wheel of the year turns.

Live each day, each moment, each breath fully, for the cycle of the year teaches us that all physical things change – nothing you can see, touch, taste, hear, smell, hold in your hand is permanent. Even the rocks beneath your feet will erode away. The huge trees that shade and shelter you will grow old and decline as young trees take their place in the canopy.

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Painted lady butterfly on red zinnia

You too are an integral part of the wheel of life.

Can you let go of what was once true about you and accept the realty of your now? Perhaps you still expect to see a physically beautiful young adult looking back from your mirror, but instead see a gray haired grandparent…

Beneath the physical aspect of our reality – which so many of you seem so attached to – lies your indestructible spirit and that, my dear will never grow old, never die.

As the earth cycles into a new season, as your body grows older, as the landscape changes beneath your feet, Remember your indestructible spirit that lies at the very heart of your existence here on our beloved planet.

Intuition

Dear ones, it is vital that you develop and learn to trust what you call intuition. This is your connection to all-that-is, beyond your brain and body, beyond what you sense by touch, feel, hearing, smelling, tasting. It is a knowing, without knowing. It is a true knowing you can trust… without physical “proof”.

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Winter bird nest

Your lives will improve greatly when you expand your awareness beyond the boundary of the physical body and world and tune in to the vast knowledge and wisdom of spirit that is the birthright of each and every one of you.

If you are out of practice since childhood at this inborn skill, start small and easy to rebuild your muscle. Ask yourself a question before bedtime and state that the answer will be known to you when you wake up. Let your logical brain have a much needed rest. Do not impose restrictions, conditions, boundaries on yourself.

When you wake up, ask again and tune into the feeling, the subtle and deep knowings within your heart and spirit. The answer is within you. You must trust it, but only if you have switched off the logical brain, the critical parental voices in your head, the ego that imposes its agenda on you.

Practice every day, start small and trust that you will build your intuition and learn to trust your deep knowing that is connected to the web of all things.

The stream of intuition flows deeply within all humans. You must allow yourself to explore beneath the surface of 5 senses, logic, ego, and the voices of others, to tap this vein of gold.

You are meant to take delight!

You are meant to dance!

You with two legs and a heart are meant to dance, to love the easy movement and flow of your body. You are meant to take action, to reach with your arms and gather in the amazing variety of gifts this planet offers.

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Sunlit ornamental grasses

You are meant to allow the energy of life to move you to play, sing, speak with a clear pure voice.

You are meant to gather your children and grandchildren with loving arms so they will feel your heartbeat in sync with the rhythm of the earth, so they will know your love and be calmed.

You with two eyes are meant to open them to the breathtaking beauty of this planet, the prairies, forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, wooded valleys, sea shores… open them also the unrepeatable beauty of your beloved ones, for they are priceless treasures that have been entrusted to you.

You with two ears are meant to come into silence and listen to the sounds of life on earth– the sighing of wind in fields of grass, the ticking of insects, the shimmer of breeze through summer leaves, the hoot of owl, birdsong, the full stream rushing along, the crunching of autumn leaves under your feet, the calling of spirit.

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Ripples on a shallow stream

Breathe in the cool autumn air as you lay on the mother earth, silent under a billion stars and know you belong.

Coming into this moment now through your senses, worry,  fear and doubt will drop away.

You are meant to take delight in the magnificent life that is spread before you. There is no charge, no commission to pay for pure joy in the sensory joys of your life. They are freely given to all!