Path Preparation

“Whatever purifies you is the right path.” ~RUMI

Winter walks in below-freezing temperatures can be beautiful and invigorating, but must be respected. I’ve grown up knowing that we need to dress for the weather, not only to keep safe in icy temps but also to be able to walk securely with traction on frozen ground. One simply must have the right footwear and clothing. Stepping out in the winter in my northern climate requires preparation.

Similar to the preparation needed for a safe winter walk on a frozen forest path, we discover and embark on our life path with all our choices. When we decide to improve our lives we can see how changing habits and exploring new hobbies requires preparation, whether it’s deciding to prepare and eat a wider variety of vegetables, or learning how to knit a sweater. We prepare and step up, step into it. We prepare, and then take action and do it.

At this time of year when the freezing temps keep me indoors more than out, I remind myself that the process of taking new paths is as metaphorical as it is literal. As I prepare, I gain courage. As I step out, I gain strength. As I walk forward on my path, I continue to grow into who I am becoming. May we all find the right path, and take it. ~Namaste

“When the path reveals itself, follow it!” ~Cheryl Strayed


Photo by Mihai-ela (found on Pinterest with source)


“There is so much love in your heart that you could heal the entire planet. But just for now let us use this love to heal you. Feel a warmth beginning to glow in your heart center, a softness, a gentleness. Let this feeling begin to change the way you think and talk about yourself.” ~Louise Hay

The snow has melted, the ground has thawed, and everything is bursting into growth as the hours of daylight lengthen. Roses, trees, shrubs, perennials… tenacious plants that return year after year as the earth swings closer to the sun for its summer vacation. Whether rainy or sunny, spring is when I spend every extra moment I have outside in my gardens. If it’s too wet, I will be moving rocks or building something. Planning and moving forward.

In spite of my powerful enthusiasm, spring helps teach me patience, over and over and over again. Every year as my gardens wake up and I get excited about what is coming and what will be, I’m the student once again, learning to be patient. When I find myself wishing that a plant or an area of my garden were better or different, I feel a kind voice in my heart telling me to ‘have patience’. These patient plants remind me that I am growing, all the time, even if only in my understanding of how to make mistakes. I’m blossoming the best I can in any given moment with the resources I have right now. Just like you, and every other living being.

Taking a restful moment to pause from the spring work, I breathe deeply and smile. I can feel it: I’m blossoming. I am growing better with each forward step and each weed pulled. I am becoming clearer and closer to my vision of the garden, and the life, that I really want. Truly, patience is a virtue. Namaste.


Images not mine; from Pinterest and Tumblr without original source. 

Make happiness a habit

“Few things are more revolutionary than finding true happiness in a suffering world.” ~Marianne Williamson

“If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.” ~Joel Osteen

“The world’s wisdom traditions all point inward, stating that there is a level of the mind that serves as the source of happiness. When a person locates this core self, there is peace and silence. One feels safe and cared for. Love and bliss are available as normal aspects of life, not as intermittent experiences that arrive randomly.”

~Deepak Chopra [read more of article at]

Composure is attainable, and from this calm place, happiness blossoms. Breathe. Relax. Soften. Accept what is, knowing there is a much larger picture of the story than we can ever understand. Being happy is not only a choice; it is a type of loving shield. It gives us strength in troubled times and allows us to offer gentleness and smiles to others. To feel happiness and smile at others is not naiveté; it’s a kind of superpower. It kick-starts the ripples of kindness and offers hope for our worried world. ~Namaste
[Pinterest images]

A quiet path

“Wind in the trees, thunder, flowing water, falling leaves, rain, animal voices, birdsong – we live amid a teeming polyphony of natural sounds.

Add to these the sounds of human activity, from soft footsteps to pneumatic drills, from muted conversation to pounding trains, from jetting fountains to jet planes.

Then, we have the articulate, measured, imagined sounds of art – all the many kinds of music, which so specifically and directly convey the spirit of a people.

Our world is permeated with sounds, some calming the heart and mind, some keeping us frenetic and on edge.”

Written by Thomas Moore, from his book “The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life”

Quiet is something I need like oxygen. It’s why I camp. I have to get away from the sounds of the city, of the suburbs. Out of earshot of the squealing tires and noisy buses, the wailing sirens and garbage trucks, the roaring broken mufflers and low-frequency stereos at top volume, rattling my windows. These frenetic urban noises are why I need to go hiking and camping on a regular basis. I need to get away to a calming forest path.

Ahh. . . peace and quiet.

At the campground the most persistent sounds beyond the chickadees are the scolding chirps of squirrels and raspy caws of ravens. Crunching gravel beneath my feet as I follow a path to the creek. Water splashes over the rocks. Flames crackle softly in the fire pit. Breezes sing through the tall trees. These are sounds that refresh me deeply, and bring me back to life. This is why I camp. A retreat under the silent stars, immersing myself in the sounds of nature. Time spent amidst nature’s natural noises helps me hear happier thoughts. I wish for you a soothing walk on a quiet path. Namaste.
 © Gina 2017 Professions For Peace. [Pinterest images]

Live brightly

“Let everything we do and say be an expression of the beauty in our heart, always based on love.”
~Don Miguel Ruiz

Live brightly. Be who you are. Who you really are. With all your wrinkles and warts. All your cuteness and kindness. You are enough. Just relax and be you. Your light shines brighter as you become more authentic. One cannot help but be original as we share our own journey. Namaste. ~Gina

“The important virtues are only learned with much repetition. Their importance is revealed again and again in obvious and then gradually subtler ways. Some of the deepest virtues, like patience and temperance, perseverance and compassion, take a lifetime to assimilate. So relax. The journey is meant to be a gradual unfolding.”
~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

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Our human family

Incredible images of some of the members of our human family, beautifully compiled and composed with Maya Angelou reciting from her powerful poem. To me, this iPhone ad is a work of art. I encourage us all to view this gem. The beauty it shares in one fast minute can help warm hearts and open minds. Let us remember how vast, and yet somehow small, our world is. Let’s know that each of us are part of a diverse and dynamic human family. Namaste.

Human Family, by Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

Watch our words

“Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.” ~Desmond Tutu


We toss them around like they are nothingness… invisible air out of our mouths or thoughts from fingertips. We say we’re just being funny, sarcastic or ‘venting’ but words are things that carry energy and weight. Maya Angelou said they get into the fabric of our lives, our curtains and our clothing. Into our very being. We lighten our hearts and the world around us when we share words that help and don’t harm. Let’s scatter kindness with our powerful everyday words.