IN the NOW

Today I am alone and comfortable with the quiet. I clean and pick up my house, wrap a few presents and make myself another coffee. The mug is warm and the contents enticing. I grab my mug and head to the window. It is a dark grey day in the North. A slight dusting of snow fills the forest floor and mountainside’s. Peace and quiet over come me and I am one with myself and the world.

Suddenly, I notice ducks popping their heads up from under the lake and this surprises me. I think I have some bread to share with them. I grab three pieces, don my boots and head outside. It is mild with no breeze, another welcomed surprise. Teetering at the water’s edge, I rip shreds of bread and throw them at the ducks. They swim away in fear and I laugh.

How many times have others tried to help us and we mis understood their actions or walked away really not knowing how to accept a favor or kindness itself? Think about this today as I send you love & light and all the bread you need.

Peace,

Jacqueline

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FINDING BALANCE

A REMINDER

Leading a balanced life means finding a way to enjoy your hobbies, family life, work and your inner spiritual needs.  This is a never-ending process that requires you to re-assess your values, priorities, and personal growth.  Often times it means learning from your mistakes and learning how to flow with a new mindset.

Finding balance involves your Internal vs External needs, knowing the difference between them and addressing each of them separately.

External Balance refers to:

Work:

  • Work goals, enjoyment, work relationships and time spent doing work.
  • Saying “NO” without regret is important for your work balance. Trim where you can, delegate others to help you and use technology like Business Apps to help you organize your work load.
  • Turn it off “Disconnect” on days you are not working or hours before bedtime.

Friendships:

  • Nurturing, satisfying and socializing are important to finding balanced work friendships.
  • Reflect each day on how you are experiencing them.
  • Journaling can help reveal work-life patterns that may need to be adjusted.
  • When is the last time you had a deep moving conversation with your friends, partner or family?

Internal Balance refers to:

Mind

  • Keep your thought process positive.
  • Meditate to silence and ground yourself, there are many ways to stop and focus inward each day.
  • Spend time alone from the hustle & bustle of daily life.

Health

  • Insert physical activities into your day. Even a short walk helps.
  • Add Joy or fun to an activity. This helps release endorphins, serotonin and dopamine.
  • Develop healthy eating habits
  • Explore your world – travel

Emotions

  • Prioritize “Me Time” say yes to yourself without resentment.
  • Turn off social media and Tune In.
  • Allow all emotions to flow in & out of yourself without judgement.
  • Treat Yourself
  • Expand your awareness of all things, be a avid student in search of knowledge.

Creating balance in life is knowing what is important to you and what is not. Creating a well-balanced life is crucial for your health, happiness and well being so that you can live your best life!

By Jacqueline Denis

MORALITY

The greatest moral challenge of our time is our flawed conception of morality. The way we think and talk about morality stifles our ability to engage in views other than our own, making managing diversity and disagreement harder. It also locks us into thinking patterns that produce more suffering and unrest than they solve.

Right/wrong, male/female, life/death issues are subjective. it is down to each of us to figure out the correct interpretation of these issues.

Morality is a cultural tool that we humans set up to live and work together in social situations. Interests may vary but we all want to provide for ourselves and loved ones, avoid suffering and hardship and pursue pleasurable and fulfilling experiences.

Morality should be created with the premise, what is good for me , should be good for everyone and vice versa. Morality should be less about proving your view and more about tolerance and negotiation of all people, communities and cultures. It should be less dogmatic and more adaptable. Morality should answer questions and solve problems.

While we are teetering on the edge of our greatest moral challenges, we should envelop patience. Patience will allow us to see the lessons in our own life stories and teach us how to behave in the world. Patience will also align us with our authentic, honest and truthful self; which will in turn direct us forward to the process and justice of morality.

These are chaotic times and it is critical to listen to your heart and trust your inner guidance. Your light is needed in the world!

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The Power of knowing the “Why”

Motives drive our intentions and so it is only logical that the two are fused by design. It’s great to have goals, dreams or aspirations to move us forward on our journey but it is more powerful and important to know the “Why”. The “Why” brings clarity and is the key to fulfillment. The “Why” is our thread to our subconscious, the root to going within. Why do we think this way? act this way? desire this or need that? These questions bring us closer to knowing who we really are and they become the basis to the values and morals we set up as our individuality.

Now is a great time for introspection. When you ask yourself, why am I feeling like this? saying that? or being triggered by something or someone else? the answers may be surprising and self healing as to what they tell you about yourself.

Developing clear motives will help you define your path and life experiences. Knowing when and why to think, feel and act will be like a magnet for miracles to happen. Clearly defined motives driving your intentions is the Law of Attraction that will create the potential for growth in your life.

In the end life is all about being loved. A deeper understanding of your needs could be your next miracle. The “Why” is the buried treasure within you and it’s time to do a little digging. The “Why” will bring you closer to the happiness you seek!

In Unity while uncovering deep truths,

Jacqueline

Write On!

Today my writing prompt said “What do you want to be when you get older & why?”

Well, I’m pushing the 60 + age group and I’m still wondering about who I want to be when I get older. That should tell you something about who I am. I believe we are living in a constant state of learning. The key is to stay open and flexible to all life brings towards you, after all there are teachable moments in those times. Who I want to be is a greater, wiser, lovelier, kinder person. I want to be the face of wisdom, the rock of Gibraltar, the mother of compassion. All I have to figure out is when will I recognize that I am old. What is the age or time that speaks STOP your old now! Will it be when my body gives out, when the ambulance is called or when my children no longer come to see me? I really don’t know, but until that time I will continue on my hero’s journey of self discovery and pick the flowers, turn over the rocks, bath in the Lake and close my eyes so my ears can hear the waterfall.  I will remember to write again on my 140th birthday and let you know how I made out. 

Sincerely,

Jacqueline

FYI

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Hello fellow writers and poetry readers, I am in the process of writing my second book of poems about living in Northern Ontario Canada. I would love any suggestions of poetry books, from Northern Canada, that have inspired you.

Keep your nails clipped, your ink stocked and your heart open!

Write On! Love Jacqueline

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The Calling of the Cardinal

Birds have always been my totem, my sign from the spirit world. I resonate with others who feel this calling too. Birders, wonderful people connected to nature.

While in nature, I love seeing the variety of feathered friends as I walk a trail, kayak on my lake or sit in my yard.

After moving to Northern Ontario Canada from Southern Canada, I noticed the absence of birds. I was used to seeing many different species of migrating birds during spring and fall. Now living in the North, I feel a loss. I was under the assumption birds lived everywhere, that they adapted to survive the most extreme, remote and barren lands. What I have since learned is that most bird rich regions are those zones that cover the tropical and equatorial areas of the world. The more North you go the less birds. Speaking of bird free zones, I learned if breeding species alone is counted, Vatican City has the fewest according to Stephen Moss’s book the Birder’s Companion. Does this surprize me? Not sure.

My sense of loss led me to consult the many bird books I have shelved as I began to notice new species landing in glee in my front yard. Varieties committed to the forest and northern seasons. Some returning, some escaping. Species like, Snow geese, eagles, loons, barrow’s golden eye, pine grosbeaks, common redpolls, and pine siskins. I know, you birder’s are going to say, “they are not new” but they are to me a beginner birder. Unfortunately, my Cardinals are not here. My cardinals who used to bring me news regarding my spiritual journey, reminding me to stay the course and keep co-creating my future. Cardinals who mostly reminded me of the present “Now” moment and its importance to me.

How do I call the Cardinal? I have called the cardinal mine, my bird, my tether to the universe. That silvery unseen cord that vibrates from heaven and I receiving wisdom, guidance and messages from beyond, through the heart of the delicate Cardinalidae.

The Cardinal was my angelic surprise as a blast of colour is seen when they whistle in spring establishing territory. They were abundant where I used to live but they are not here and my loneliness increases. Apparently, there is a line drawn that the cardinals cannot pass. A northern boundary where none shall pass. Where are the brave ones? The birds who like myself, break all boundaries and create what is wanted!  I have been patiently waiting while seeking their presence.

            I love how nature; animals, birds and trees respond to spirit moving through them, and how they reach out to connect with humanity. Even their presence is a message. On many hikes I often felt the presence of spirit while walking through the forest and took pictures of trees. One day I will publish a book on these pictures and the messages I received. Other times animals would appear, like the fox that stood outside my kitchen window and demanded my attention. Although it has always been the birds that kept wise council with me. The Raven/Crows have called me since childhood. Did you know the Raven is the first bird mentioned in the Bible. In the 8th chapter of the book of Genesis “and he (Noah)sent forth a raven, which went to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth” There are between 25-40 different kinds of birds mentioned in the bible.

            We often don’t recognize the importance of connecting to nature for our survival, both mentally and physically. Nature is here to support humanity. I am just learning this lesson on my spiritual journey.

It is summer now and I still dedicate time to call the cardinals. I watch the woodland edge of the forest that surrounds my property. I know the undergrowth, thickets and berry bushes will attract them. I will plant sunflowers to entice them, after all the sapsuckers have already drilled their holes so the cardinal’s elixir awaits.

For now, I send out thoughts and prayers thanking and welcoming all birds. My hearts desire is to speak to those, in spirit, who have been a part of my journey. I wait for the cardinals in this new nest of mine because to see them is to feel my loved ones have followed me here too. That they are resting in my nest. I sit and watch through windowpane as the sun sparkles off the lake and the blue sky is reflected back at me. Energizing as the gentle breeze crests and falls and spirit moves through me.  

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EARTH DAY

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Every year we set aside a day to acknowledge our Earth. I have questions regarding this! The Earth means many things to many people. How one perceives it is how they interact with their world. To start the conversation off, What does the Earth mean to you? Is it just the planet we live on? and who gave it the name Earth? Is that its real name? If it’s just a planet to you, why is it we cannot get off of it? Why are only rich astronauts and air force personnel allowed to leave? Why do I feel like secrets surround our beautiful 3rd rock from the sun? How are you celebrating our planet on Earth Day?

Do you have a different perspective? Do you value the soil, dirt, ground, or land you stand on? Is it the clay or mixture of sediment. The compost of centuries rotting beneath your feet; one upon the other, waiting to be un-earthed and discovered, that has meaning? How will you be celebrating the soil on Earth Day?

Or is it the oceans of fresh waters beneath, hidden not being utilized or discussed that lies the importance of celebrating a day a year? after all is there really a water crisis then? How will the waters rise and be released from it’s caverns on Earth Day?

What do you value about Earth Day? Our language even gives it a negative connotation according to the dictionary. To be Earthy is to be mundane, terrestrial, and implies a contrast to that which is heavenly. To be un-earthed is to be celestial, spiritual, divine, or heavenly. Oh the value we place in naming things, sacred words imparted throughout our society. Even this article can be perceived as becoming Earthy, lusty, rough, unrefined, crude to even be discussed on Earth Day!

For me I will be going for a walk in my forest, praying and celebrating nature, while leaving footprints upon the soil I trod. I will be releasing prayers and affirmations for the beauty I find. I will dream of escaping and flying into outer space to get a better view of humanity, and I will honor and respect the words I choose while celebrating my existence and life journey everyday on Terra Gaia Jacqueline!

March Rant

Hello and happy spring to all of you! Today marks the third year I have started blogging and it is the 13th anniversary of Lisa’s death. My how time fly’s and answers still remain elusive as the day she died. As I teeter on the edge I am beginning to realize that it has turned into a wonderful hike. I feel the cool air as I breath in the poison and I am surrounded by deciduous beings blasting out healing energy as I carry on. Two things spring to mind as some of the lessons I have learned, not only of Lisa’s death but for every death that followed hers, and there have been many. This is my flowing list;

My father, Uncle Eddy, Scott, Jenny, Heidi, Shadow, cousin Julie, Uncle Roger, Gwen, Ricky-lee, Rick, Barry, cousin Gloria, cousin George, Neighbors, work acquaintances, and now my Aunt Edna. I still feel like I am leaving someone out.

Firstly “TIME” does help with healing as I crawl my way back onto my path. I now walk with confidence that tomorrow is another day to deal with my emotions, which has become a daily process of acknowledging, receiving, feeling and releasing them. It is a very human problem to push them aside and hide them until we are forced to feel them again. I have learned it is better to get it over with and fill the void with LOVE. Let love in! Love of self, love of the memories, love for each moment I am living. Prayer & meditation have helped me and promising myself to live each day being as authentic and truthful to my journey helps keep me grounded.

Secondly, LOVE never fades for those we long to hold. Finding love, experiencing love and letting love go is the lesson we are here to experience. If love is the greatest feeling we can experience and fear the most profound opposite then I have learned my lessons. For to let love go one must conquer the fear and begin to live again. If we don’t, death will overcome our hearts and we will remain stagnant spiraling into non existence. Love is the answer to every question and the prize at the end of our journey. As I teeter on the edge of my journey I remind you to love your way and through TIME,

the future will prove the past!

Spring Forward,

Jacqueline