Life is but a dream

Life is but a dream…

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Something to inspire you today among the endless unknowns. Our perspective on how we face things will completely change and direct our world.

Peace, Love and Light to you today.

-H

LIFE Mosaic

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Another quote I came across that [I changed slightly] goes along with this perfectly: “When things in life seem to break you down and there is no hope of reassembly use the pieces to create a beautiful mosaic that is even more awesome and beautiful than what you started with.”

EVERYONE has moments that break them, heartache that leaves us cracked, things that chip away at our fragility.  We are human and life can be beautiful but also beautifully broken. We are here to learn, to feel, to grow, to face fears, to stare down pain and come out stronger. Every struggle or step makes or breaks.

It is like a mosaic. Tiny pieces come together to create patterns—some are so detailed and take longer to put together=like going through things that hurt or challenge us. Other mosaic patterns are full of vibrant colors & are quick work because of the joy within the details.

il_fullxfull.2330841732_3g2b-1I recently found a piece of jewelry that is from the early 1900’s called Micro-Mosaic. I saw this bracelet at a vintage shop and was drawn to the tiny details. At first glance I had no idea of its origin or intricate detail–I was just drawn to the patterns and uniqueness. I then asked the girl working there and she lit up sharing its origin. The bracelet was pieced together with the tiniest of tiny pieces of shell. The intricate design is a piece of art, not another like it. The pieces of jewelry were made in Italy and sold to tourists who were on a European tour. I was taken by the tiny details, the story, the beautiful art held within its lines.

Life is like that—tiny moments, special details, intricate memories all placed together to make a beautiful life. We have moments that are dull, challenging and may feel like dark pieces in the mosaic and then there is white or light pieces to contrast the dark times. There are splashes of color, pieces that make up flowers, trees…patterns that all work together to make something beautiful.  A BEAUTIFUL LIFE.

Love and Peace to you today. xoxo

Wildfire of LOVE

Kindling-the-Fire-of-Divine-Love“Be lit up. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be a light in the dark. Be a wildfire for LOVE.”

Yesterday my daughter looked at me and said, “Wow! 2020 is quite the year!”

The night before there was a fire started by a firework that was five miles from our home & lit up the dark night sky. Hundreds of people were evacuated.

Now, we were sitting in our truck overlooking the valley to see another fire devastating a nearby mountain. Thousands were evacuated and the winds were howling, making the fire run further along the mountain with great speed. We literally watched as pockets ignited and began to get brighter and brighter. Our hearts sank thinking of the families that feared for their homes, all the poor animals & plants that were overtaken by the smoke and fire. We sat and prayed that rain would come and help put out the fire. We talked about the firemen that were probably exhausted working from one fire to another to another.

In situations like this you feel helpless.

Just turn on the news–[actually dont!] 🙂 Our world has been feeling very helpless in various situations. Emotions have flared like wildfires.

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To me this quote states, that there will always be various chaos, but sometimes we have to seek the good that can come from where we are. The world will have haters on every side of every fence, but that does not mean we have to hate. We need to spread LOVE like wildfire. Can you imagine the force for good that would come from a wildfire of LOVE.

All I am saying is, LOVE should always guide our hearts. The world will be stronger and overall better if we can follow good feelings, loving energy, and good will for ALL.

2020 has been a year of ongoing struggle and challenges for the world but also a chance for us to use our LOVE for good. It is an opportunity to look at the pain, the heartache, the hurt and seek to understand and to hopefully find warmth in the LOVE we can give, share, and maybe even spread like wildfire.original-4

What can you do? JUST BE LOVE. It is the little LOVEs that can help fan the flames of kindness, connection, unity, peace and love.

A few ideas of LITTLE LOVES: SMILE. Say THANK YOU. Give a compliment. Remark positively on a blog you enjoy. Give a sandwich to someone in need. Donate things you don’t need. Tell people you love and appreciate them. Send notes of gratitude.  Avoid the negative television or online resources that will bring you down. Listen to someone who needs a friend. Share heartfelt praise to those you work with or love. Volunteer at an animal shelter or for a good cause. Make someone laugh with a funny joke. Make a positive sign to share on your street. Share a positive quote, message, video or beautiful photo via social media. Plant a tree. Make a list of things you are grateful for & share it somewhere. Pick up trash at a local pond or field. Be a force for LOVE.

Those best parts of a good life: little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”                     ~ William Wordsworth

Peace, Love and Light to all today. Bless you. Stay safe.  -H

 

 

Are you an ‘influencer’?

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I LOVED that.

In this day and age there are so many new social media lingos, trends, “influencers”, your “audience.” People have their own “avatar” that represents who they are or what they look like. You also see what people are “feeding” (different streams of content) to others. We have “tags” and we have phrases like FOMO (fear of missing out). The list goes on and on in the social media avenues.

My question—what influences YOU?

Are you among the crowd that spends hours on social media outlets to get lost in the “compare and dispair” situations. Do you see what old friends are up to and it fuels different emotions or feelings about what they are doing or where they are in their life. OR do you find inspiration in various videos that are shared? What influences you?

There are so many influences going on in our world at the moment. We are connected via social media more than ever because it has become almost a necessity. We have been locked in our homes for months. We have this ongoing fear of unknown illnesses. We have bands of people hurt and struggling to make sense of so many struggles from race to racing to leave areas that are full of fear and rage. There is anger. There is hope. There are an abundance of feelings that are bubbling to the surface of this little planet and the people in it.

 

51y+Z1ukSKL._AC_SY400_My question—what can you do? You are just one person. 

ONE person who can heal. ONE person who can send LOVE. ONE person who can be LIGHT. ONE person who can love over fear. ONE person who can have HOPE. One person who CAN and will INFLUENCE in either LOVE or FEAR. It is YOUR decision. How you live is influencing more than you know. Begin with people around you—send LOVE and LIGHT in all you do and that will begin a beautiful ripple effect…or a butterfly effect.

Well…have your heard of the BUTTERFLY EFFECT? EveryTHING has an effect. The question is, Will you have positive or negative effects?  Will your purpose be from your personal truth?

I LOVE Andy Andrews work & in this clip he tells about the butterfly effect. Its amazing! Its a ten minute clip worth the watch. He also has many incredible books that weave true stories with life lessons.

 

PLEASE WATCH THAT VIDEO!! It is exactly what YOU need TODAY. YOU have INFLUENCE. LIVE your TRUTH. Follow your heart in LOVE not FEAR.

Peace be with you today and always.

xoxo  -H

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Lessons from This Beautiful Fantastic

maxresdefaultI just watched this lovely movie over the weekend with my daughter. It was a delightful surprise. I LOVE stories that show someone growing in the garden of life–literally. If a film can make you feel good, inspire and delight—it is my kind of movie. I left feeling better than when we started watching it, so in my book that is a win!!

Story Line: A broken girl who was abandoned and has fallen into a world of rigid routine who dreams of being a writer, but mostly just wants to feel the freedom to truly fly. It is a bit of a fairytale, mixed with personal growth, fun characters who help break barriers and nothing but happy doses of smiles, flowers and friends.

A FEW OF THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS MOVE:

Happiness+when+in+the+RainMr. Wilkinson: I can’t forgive this, you have squandered everything nature has given you.       Nature has always held so many treasured lessons for me on a personal level, so seeing a piece of yard that had not been nurtured or kept up made my heart sad. It also reminded me of my own yard and how much beauty is there and that I often take it for granted. This movie also made me want to go buy more colorful flowers, learn about them and include them in my personal landscapes. So many beautiful petals.

 

TBF_Website_Still4There was a part in the movie where Mr. Wilkinson (her grumpy neighbor) calls Bella and gives her a sob story trying to get his way, trying to manipulate her.

Bella Brown: You know, I believed those things you said.

Mr. Wilkinson: Why would you say that?

Bella Brown: Vernon told me how many times he’s heard the exact same stories. Shame on you.

Mr. Wilkinson: You should doubt only a man who changes his story. I only repeat myself in the vague hope that one day somebody will actually hear me.

The lesson in this for me is  how often we have people in our own lives who say things to get a reaction, to seek attention, to cry out & do we truly listen?? There are always people who need something from us—our love, attention, service, etc. Do we listen or try to be aware of others genuine needs.

 

originalThere was a part when Bella has a guest in her home who is helping clean, make meals, etc.

Vernon: You’re feeling sorry for yourself.

Bella: No, you have to look at the facts.

Vernon: Come on, stand up. Just stay still. I don’t want to hurt you.

Vernon hugs Bella.

Vernon: When was the last time you were hugged?

Bella: It’s been awhile.

To me this was a very sweet moment. We all need connection. We need touch. We need others. We need to feel like someone cares.

 

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This reminds me of trying to understand my daughter and her need for order. Her and her father have this “order obsession.” Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that they both like to be neat individuals with order and cleanliness, but it borderlines obsession when sheet corners have to be tucked just so, nothing out of line, shirts tucked in, journals placed a specific way and so…the list goes on. Bella’s obsessive ways reminded me of the two, lovely people I desperately try to relate to and understand such a need. Where does it come from & how does it not drive one mad?

 

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It is good to surround yourself with people who will have your back! Vernon and Mr.Wilkinson grow to genuinely care about Bella and want her best interest. They become very protective. It is great to see all these characters grow, change and bond.

We need those types of relationships in our own lives. Seek out those people who will enrich your life, protect your feelings and help you grow to be your best self.

 

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Charming, creative Billy. He catches Bella’s eye. He was visiting the library on various occasions and looking for various people & their works. He was always learning, creating, looking for inspiration.

I can relate to him and his need to learn, seeking inspiration, having many ideas, projects, directions. I think all of us on some deeper level have creators within us. We have an internal need to create something, whether it is music, art, the written word, a photograph, an inspiring speech, etc. Follow those needs, seek out creating and look for inspiration all around you. It is there, waiting for you to open the door to follow.

 

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A dream. Bella has a dream to write a book. We all have dreams that hide in the hidden parts of our heart yearning to be free. Dreams help us fly to a higher part of ourselves. Bella has a beautiful story woven within this story of her finding her wings and being able to finally fly to her higher self.

 

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She blooms in flowers. Bella begins to learn and grow with the sweet teachings of her troubled neighbor. She begins to nurture and care for the plants and herself.

This is a great lesson that we all need self-love, to find a deeper love for ourselves and those things around us that matter most.

 

I don’t want to spoil the movie for you. Just go watch it!! It is a definite feel-good movie.

Have a lovely day!  -H

 

HAPPY?

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HAPPINESS has always been a very interesting topic for me & I am always curious about what truly makes people happy.

So with our current pandemic, it has been fascinating to see more and more people outside. It truly makes my heart happy that people are getting out more. The natural world has soo many benefits, so it is great to see people outside.

While I was on a walk with my daughter we ran into one of our neighbors and chatted for a minute. She has little kids so her world is definitely different from mine, but it was funny to hear her say, “Yes, its great to have more family time, get outside, but how do we avoid the boredom.”

I was a bit taken back by her comment and have been reflecting on this. This world situation has changed so many of the moving parts within our lives and for some it is harder to find purpose and happiness.

 

happiness-is-a-choice-not-a-resultAccording to the happiness international organization, Happiness is when your life fulfills your needs. In other words, happiness comes when you feel satisfied and fulfilled. Happiness is a feeling of contentment, that life is just as it should be. Perfect happiness, enlightenment, comes when you have all of your needs satisfied.”

Action for Happiness had People discuss the importance of being spontaneous and playful; of making a difference to others; of making an effort to be happy in everyday life, and of being kind to oneself and others.

To find out what being happy means to you, ask yourself what’s important to you in your life.

What is meaningful to you? What are the things that give you a deep sense of satisfaction and as a result, bring you happiness?

It’s often the little things that bring great joy. Reigniting old passions such as painting, writing, photography or a sport; spending quality time with family and friends; changing a habit or routine or doing some voluntary work in your community.

Making an effort every day to explore what’s possible is the very thing that renders our life meaningful and happy. It is essential for our wellbeing.

 

Some people’s definitions of happiness that I came across online: 

Emma Donovan, Therapist and Coach: I used to believe that I could earn happiness by maximizing my full potential, both personally and professionally. What I’ve realized, though, is that failure, disappointment, personal shortcomings, and uncomfortable emotions are part of life. Happiness is not about transcending them through accomplishment, but rather embracing the messiness that comes from being a flawed human in an unpredictable world. Happiness is not achieved, it is lived as I embrace each moment.

Dana Evy, Marriage & Family Therapist: Happiness is the ability to experience gratitude and meaning amidst all experiences. Happiness isn’t a life full of perfection but rather finding the good or the purpose within whatever the circumstances – as flawed and as imperfect as they may be. That is what generates happiness.  Life will give us all sorts of experiences, but if we can exercise a grateful heart within it, we can have happiness in any given moment and to have happiness in each moment, is to have it fully. We can never have total control over what happens to us, so if we can find an ounce of gratitude and meaning in all scenarios, we can thrive and be happy regardless.

Carla Manly, Clinical Psychologist & Happiness Expert: I have found that happiness comes from exploring and being in touch with our best selves. When we consciously devote time and energy to being attuned to that which provides peaceful, lasting internal joy, we tend to be happier in the long term. As well, those who are happiest tend to focus on the present – being in the here and now – rather than getting stuck in the past or being anxious about the future. Indeed, those who learn that happiness exists in this very moment – not in the future or in the past – tend to radiate with joy.

For more expert definitions go to Tracking Happiness https://www.trackinghappiness.com/what-happiness-means-to-you/

Some other definitions I liked: According to me happiness lies within our self and not in other materials . If I’m satisfied from my heart and mind & living my life without any fear then no matter at what situation I’m in…my eyes will always be able to find or create some source of happiness. -Kiran Gupta

Happiness will mean something completely different to everyone so there is no one set route to feeling happy. What makes me happy might not make you happy. Any feeling comes from within and it stems from who you are as a person. -heruniqueglow

After ‘googling’ “What does Happiness Mean to You” it was wonderful to read different forums and feel the stories of how the various meanings have played out in their lives. One woman had a dear friend from college die in a tragic train accident after just seeing him, so being grateful for LIFE was a big source of happiness to her. She thinks of her friend whenever she needs a reminder.

Another woman was in an Indian market and came across a young girl selling pens. She watched for a while to see this girl almost proud of her station in life. After a while the woman approached the young girl about her pens & found out the girl use to be a beggar on the streets because she doesn’t have much. The young girl decided she didn’t want to beg anymore and worked very hard to buy some pens to sell and feels much better about her place in life. The woman was so proud of the young girl & took a picture together to remind herself how blessed she is & that no matter what you can always strive to be better.

Another person shared seeing someone do a kind deed and the sincere smile shared, the genuine connection that we all seek.

So many beautiful stories.

Want to be 25% happier? Try this. Gratitude makes your life better…it is a fact!! If you took the challenge of writing down five things a day you were grateful for within ten weeks you would be 25% happier. Do you believe it? Try it! According to a study done by Robert Emmons and Mike McCullough (from the University of Miami)… At the end of the 10 weeks, participants who’d kept a gratitude journal felt better about their lives as a whole and were more optimistic about the future than participants in either of the other two conditions (negative group and a neutral group). To put it into numbers, according to the scale we used to calculate well-being, they were a full 25 percent happier than the other partici- pants. The study also noted those in the gratitude condition reported fewer health complaints, exercised more, and also got a better nights sleep. -Greater Good, Pay it Forward, Robert A. Emmons

Money WONT buy you happiness: However, after basic needs are met, increasing your disposable income follows the law of diminishing returns.The impact on happiness from 100 more dollars when you’re already rich? Close to zero. In happiness research, there’s something called “set-point theory.” It states that the increase in someone’s happiness in response to life events, such as winning the lottery or moving into a bigger house, will return to its baseline after time. This theory teaches us that we should enjoy the journey, not the destination, of life events. It’s important to remove the illusion that there is any one thing in this world that will make us permanently happy.

— Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and author of The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

I even read an article that talked about people winning the lottery & someone becoming paraplegic had the same happiness level after a certain period of time.

 

HEALTH.com experts Say: According to Health.com It turns out that for a deeper, enduring sense of happiness, you must focus on the feeling itself—and do so consistently. In other words, boosting your happiness means cultivating it through your everyday activities and thought patterns. To help you do that, we asked researchers, doctors, and psychologists to distill happiness into its essential elements, and suggest ways to build each one into your normal routine.

Gratitude: While researching his latest book, The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments, Wiking collected more than a thousand happy memories from people around the world. He found that although milestone events, such as the birth of a child, predictably showed up, so did seemingly smaller experiences, like enjoying cake with Mom. “Our lives consist of these tiny moments, one after the other. That’s how we build our stories and a sense of self,” Wiking says. “The tiny moments are actually the big things in life.”  LOVE this idea! How to develop it: Paying attention to the good stuff requires a regular, conscious effort, at least at first. The familiar advice to keep a gratitude journal—where you write about who and what you appreciate—really can help train your brain to focus on the positive in your day-to-day experiences. And at the end of each year, reflect back on the past 12 months by celebrating what Wiking calls “the happy 100.” Look through the zillions of photos on your phone, choose your favorite 100 memories, and put them in an album. Invite family and friends to participate too— make it a ritual!

Social Connections: Wiking says, people to practice the “3D greeting”: Whenever you meet someone, make eye contact, ensure there is some form of physical contact—a handshake, or a hello hug—and say something meaningful, like: “It’s so great to see you. I’ve missed you.” [this may be tougher with social distancing, but still connect]

Sleep: If you’re struggling to get the recommended seven to nine hours of z’s a night, he suggests going to bed and waking up at the same time every day (yes, even on weekends). While it’s tempting to try to catch up on rest when you can, an inconsistent sleep-wake schedule throws your circadian rhythm out of whack and may leave you even more depleted in the end. Also, no caffeine after lunch—sorry.

Moments of Meditation: Why they matter: Meditation is pretty magical. Studies show it can actually physically change your brain to make you more open to happiness.

Self-Compassion: When you mess up, do you give yourself a break? Or do you bring yourself down, using harsh language you’d never unleash on a friend? Many of us do the latter—but those who are compassionate with themselves tend to have greater happiness. How to practice it: In times of failure or challenge, Neff says, notice the tone you use on yourself, and strive to lead with warmth and kindness—the way you’d calm a loved one. (Instead of “You’re an idiot,” say, “You had a moment of forgetfulness, and that’s OK.”) “Your heart goes out to yourself, which is so key,” Neff says.

Nature: Researchers have found that being outside has a profound effect on our brains. Nature soothes us; it decreases the production of stress hormones and sends positive emotions soaring. And it doesn’t take long: A 2019 study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham showed that spending just 20 minutes in a park was enough to boost well-being. 

Free Time: How to find it: Instead of clicking on a news alert or scrolling through Instagram, play with your dog or cat, read a chapter in a book, sketch the scene outside your window—or just do nothing at all (a concept the Dutch call niksen).

Give back: Making others happy makes you happy: fact! “Research shows that people who are more compassionate and generous end up being happier and healthier than others— and may even live longer,” says Emma Seppälä, PhD, science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track. 

Movement: It’s no secret that a good, hard workout can induce a euphoric feeling, thanks to a rush of endorphins, endocannabinoids (yep, your body makes its own cannabinoids), and other neurochemicals that trigger positive feelings. But lower-intensity exercise can buoy your mood too. A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that the equivalent of one hour of moderate activity (such as brisk walking) a day reduced a person’s risk of developing depression by 26 percent.

 

 

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Not a time to take things for granted

thI know many people have been stuck inside with no outlet to reality. We turn the television on and see talk shows happening in their pajamas and everyone wishing things would just go back to “normal.”

For my little family not a lot changed because my daughter already has been doing online school for the past five years and my husband works from home and travels for work. The only real difference for us has been having my husband home for a longer period. I think before this whole world situation we were going through the daily motions, like everyone else in the world.

I should rephrase my above statement, that things did not change a lot for us…I think something definitely changed…we don’t take our time together for granted. We have enjoyed spending more QUALITY time together. It has been fun having my daughter around more since her work has been closed. We have had more time to make memories–more time in the kitchen cooking and crazy dancing together. We had a spontaneous day of kite flying. We have been learning new skills like drumming (my family LOVEs—eye roll) when I pull out my drum to play them a song. We took days putting a 1000 piece puzzle together. Pulling out old games like Battleship & Clue & my daughter not getting enough. We have been outside hula hooping–a new sport we have taken up. Running outside in a hailstorm to feel the pelts of tiny snow hit our faces & me tripping and falling flat on my face. Enjoying longer drives up a canyon, finding new places to see. Watching hilarious videos together on Youtube. Getting outside and appreciating nature’s beauty and the movements of our bodies. And feeling even more gratitude as we look out our windows and genuinely feeling bad for those people in different places around the world that cannot go outside and only have a window or balcony to enjoy the beauty of the world. We are grateful to have a yard.

This time in the grand scale of life has been but a moment, but if you can look on the days and find fun, to find those things that you can be grateful for, then this time will be cherished. You and your family will look back on the Pandemic of 2020 and smile. The rush of memories will fill your mind and you will have so many moments to talk about and happily remember how blessed you were to be with those you love.

This is also a time to think of the MANY people who were touched by this time in such a tragic way and pray for them. Pray that their hearts will find peace. Pray that you will once again NOT take anything you have or have experienced through this for granted.

I hope as things slowly begin to change and things begin to go back to some kind of “normal” that you will take the lessons learned through this and play them back within your life. Remember to appreciate all you have. Remember to be grateful each day for the gifts you receive each day. Remember to be thankful for the work you have. Remember to hug those you love. Remember to get outside more and appreciate the beauty around you. Breathe. Pause. Remember all you have and all that is good in your life.

To help you not take things for granted:

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Peace and love to you today. -H

Happy, Beautiful Earth Day

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“WE SHARE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WORLD. IF NOTHING ELSE, MAY WE ALWAYS FIND COMMONALITY AND CONVERSATION ON THAT BASIS.” -Melanie Charlene

This year is the 50th year of Earth Day. The earth has been sick with a human illness for some time—pollution of various forms–light, sound, movement, smog, debris, deforestation, destruction, etc. It has been overwhelmed by excess and for the first time in a very long time it has had a moment to truly breathe.

This pandemic is not to be belittled or reduced in any way of the horrors and heartache it has brought to our beautiful globe, but one tiny glimmer of something good, is the little ways nature has been able to shine a little brighter for once.

There have been amazing stories of humans sharing, giving, selflessly living & I hope I have had some posts that have shined a little light there. But today, I wanted to share some things you may or may not hear about happening in nature & affecting our incredible planet for the good.

As people around the globe take precautions against COVID-19, “I think one of the interesting things about it is, wow, the earth bounces back,” says FGCU professor of ecology and environmental studies, Dr. Win Everham.

Here are some beautiful things our earth has been gifted through all this:

China residents had not seen the beautiful, blue, clear skies because of the lack of pollution they usually had because of the immense sanctions on travel and business. Most of its 11 million inhabitants have been confined to their homes and industry, plus travel effectively came to a halt. This resulted in a 10-30% drop in emissions over the period. -Interestingengineering

Italy waterways became crystal-clear due to the reduction in tourism. Fish are now seen swimming in the canals. Locals say it has not been this clear in over sixty years.

In Europe, satellite images show nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions fading away over northern Italy. A similar story is playing out in Spain and the UK. -bbc

In New York Compared with this time last year, levels of pollution in New York have reduced by nearly 50% because of measures to contain the virus. -bbc

According to Nasa the earth is vibrating less

Leatherback Sea Turtle Nests: Thailand has discovered the largest number of nests of rare leatherback sea turtles in two decades on beaches bereft of tourists because of the coronavirus pandemic, environmentalists say.  -The Guardian

Another endangered Sea Turtle: In Playa Paulisa, Brazil the Critically endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles were able to nest because of the lack of people on the beaches & over 100 hatched this season.

Animals everywhere are enjoying the break from human activity: In Chile big cats (Cougars) ventured back into some of their traditional range. In Yosemite Bobcats, bears and coyotes were found exploring. In the oceans, a reduction in shipping traffic has meant less acoustic pollution in the water. Marine biologists surmise that sensitive marine mammals are getting a break too. An ‘extinct’ formosan clouded leopard spotted in E. Taiwan -happyeconews

Views of the Himalayan Mountains: (CNN) — People in the northern Indian state of Punjab are reacting with awe at the sight of the Himalayan mountain range, which is now visible from more than 100 miles away due to the reduction in air pollution caused by the country’s coronavirus lockdown. They had not been able to see them in over 30 years. The pollution levels are at an all-time low.

Become a Birder! According to Euronews it could be a bigger bird year than past because parks are quieter this year with people locked indoors. It may be a great year to start bird watching!

 

010959dddb71e5d9dfccc76c90f498b9well, just MAYBE...after this is moving in a more normal direction we need to pause, reflect and figure out better solutions for us and our planet. Maybe we need to have serious discussions about working remotely, driving less, moving more, evaluate the careless & meaningless things we do…People are not bad for our planet, it is just the systems in place that seem to drive things to extremes. We need to find better ways. We need to find better ways to make our lives and our planet thrive and grow in harmony.

We are now capable of changing the planet in ways almost unimaginable even 50 years ago. In one lifetime we have gained almost complete power over all of nature (except this nasty virus and some large weather events), yet we cannot survive without our planet’s ecosystems intact. We need good food, clean water, and clean air in order to live. It has become apparent that the world will heal if left alone. It has also become apparent that as a society we can make huge sacrifices and changes to overcome a huge challenge like that which is occurring right now. Coronavirus has meant incredible damage to our traditional fuel-driven economy because it was forced upon us in such a short period of time. We have a similar challenge ahead; we must fix our planet, and it will require a great change to how we conduct trade, how we work and how we play. -happyeconews

-Peace, Love and Light to everyone.  -H

In Awe.

All I can say is…watch the following two videos and notice what you FEEL.

 

 

After watching those videos all I can say is…humbling. To FEEL is to evoke the emotions within us and we need to remember our feelings throughout this world experience. When I first saw the video of Italy and the quiet streets I was so humbled. It made me think of how unusual a time we are living in. To see these streets so still, so empty brought about a certain respect. It was almost like a spiritual prayer of quiet. There was a seeming reverence that seemed to echo throughout the streets. A hush, a stillness.

It made me think of how quickly the world was brought to its knees by a virus that began with ONE person and was then able to spread like a wildfire throughout our world. Wow. It is humbling.

It is also humbling to think that we are each given such individual gifts and powers. If you think about it, there are great, inspiring things that also begin with ONE person. There are so many things that change and move the world. It is where we place our focus that matters most. We can either fold and give in to the negative powers and let situations get the better of us as individuals or we can focus on the positives and see the good things that come about through the bad. If we focus on the light of the world, then we will all be able to see through the dark moments.

This is but a moment in time. This to shall pass and we will look back and remember the good that came from such tragedy. That is how we are as a people. The world is resilient. We are each forces of nature and we shall rise by lifting one another.

Peace, Love, and Light to you today. May the beauty in these videos lift you.  -H

Look for the GOOD

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There has been a lot of FEAR, NEGATIVITY, and JUDGEMENT, BUT I also think there have been incredible stories of HOPE. These are the situations within our world that make us come together, that help us see others, that remind us of the human spirit and that we are all connected.

Over the weekend I watched the televised in-home concerts of musicians all around the world & reminded my daughter that she will never see anything like this again. It is wonderful to see so many come together no matter what religion, what political party, no matter what state or fame they may have. It has been incredible to see people singing from rooftops around the world & coordinating via social media times to celebrate and cheer on the frontline health workers who are working tirelessly. It is humbling to see the photos of hospital workers’ faces bruised and bleeding from wearing the masks and equipment for so long. It is heartbreaking to hear the stories that one spouse died, but the other survived or that a couple both passed within hours of one another while holding hands.

There are soo many stories that break, that humble, that touch us on a deeper level. We need this emotion, this unearthed sensitivity to those around us, to a world that is broken but also needs so much healing. In a way, this is a very big wake-up call on many levels. May we listen and may we humbly pray for healing and to be where we need to be to learn, to love and to serve.

I look out my windows and I see so many people out walking with their loved ones and it is a beautiful thing to see people connecting. I have never seen so many people outside. Being outside is itself a healing gift that is given daily for those who take advantage of it. It is wonderful to see so many Fathers out playing or doing yard work with their children. We are seeking good things together and that is a very good thing.

May you continually seek good. May you take this time, as my husband calls it, “a hold.” The world seems to be on hold and everyone is waiting for the outcome. Instead of being ON HOLD May we have HOPE and HOLD ON TOGETHER.

7300-quotePOSITIVE THINGS TO HELP FIND THE GOOD:

Go to MSN Good News and daily read the new stories that are GOOD.

Get outside. Go on a walk, a bike ride, garden, do chalk art, take pictures, anything that feeds the soul.

Limit the news and media. There is soo much that can and will bring you down. If you can focus on good stories then you will feel better. Plus you need to be careful with what sources you believe. There are truth and lies out there, so be aware. Be safe.

Do drive-by LOVE. My sister-in-law had a birthday & her friends decorated their own cars and did a special parade in front of her home to let her know she was loved.      My little family put together little “Quarantine Kits” full of popcorn, a movie, a little family activity and dropped them by to everyone in my family. We kept our distance but dropped them some love.

Keep those at risk safe: Inform family and friends that your loved one is following the guidelines and is at risk. We made care packages for loved ones at risk full of activities, movies, little gifts to open, word searches, puzzles, etc. Anything to help them with boredom. Keep in touch with them for any personal needs.

Ways to Serve: Think of ways you could serve safely at this time.

Meals on wheels may be looking for people to help. Here is a link you can contact https://meals-on-wheels.com/sign-up-to-be-an-on-call-volunteer/?mod=article_inline

Call your local food bank to see if they have anything you can do to help.

Call and check on neighbors via text or phone. Many people are also face-timing or gathering many people together on zoom. Connect. You can also help out a great org that is reaching out to elderly https://mailchi.mp/39f288f79cd8/dorots-passover-package-delivery-sunday-march-2661959?e=f071038a0e

Care & Share Another great service that is connecting people with helping others with personal needs https://www.mutualaidhub.org/

Thank your local heroes. There are grocery store workers, delivery personnel, teachers who are teaching from a new platform they are not use to, local health workers, local police and fire….so many to list, but do something to show your thanks and that you care. Bake cookies, make signs, write notes of thanks, etc. In my neighborhood someone put a large thank you note on our local elementary & hung a line out in front for others to drop a note of thanks to the local teachers. So sweet.

Connect through fun. Someone drew chalk quotes all along my local walking path. It was so inspiring and fun to see someone trying to spread good.  One of my dear friends who lives two hours away from me was telling me how here tiny town had a few cars decorated and they were driving down the neighborhood roads honking and inviting others to join in their parade. They were trying to lift spirits of others.

Buy local. Get out of your house and get lunch, grab dinner to go and have a picnic. Use your local resources and help them continue to survive.

Make your own sanitizer from home: [from market watch article] Anne Marie Helmenstine, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, posted a tutorial online for how to make it. It may take your mind off the plunge in the stock markets, although some health experts say homemade versions may not be very effective. Here are the ingredients and equipment you would need:

  • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 8-10 drops essential oil, optional (such as lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)
  • Bowl and spoon
  • Funnel
  • Recycled liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle

 

Take care of YOU. Be KIND and focus on LOVE over FEAR. We WILL get through this and if we can find the GOOD then we will come out better in the end.

Peace, Love and Light to you today.  -H