Quiet the mind....

You always hear that everything in life is temporary.  All of the good things won't last forever and all of the bad things won't last forever; so in the good times look around, take it in and remember it and in the bad times dig down deep, do the best you can, and weather the storms because good things are just around the corner.

All of this is easy to say but sometimes really hard to do.

And there are times that you have weathered the storms, come out the other side and although you should be celebrating..... you still feel like everything is all wrong.  You can survive hardship and feel like everything still sucks.  It's true...  I know.... I've been there.

It's ok to feel this way but you can't allow yourself to stay this way.

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak
— Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

My goal this summer was to move forward... past the chronic pain, past the anger of stolen time and missed opportunities because there is so much more of life to live and so many people have endured so much more.  So I focused on quieting the mind and it started in Mexico.

It was so great to spend time with two of my greatest friends-- sitting in the sun, laughing, swimming with small fish, hiking along Mayan ruins, floating along the river through little caves, watching tiny crabs climb the rocks, and lizards falling from trees --- great food and a few drinks, brightly painted ceramics, folk art, and some quiet moments with God.

There is something bigger than us.... and when you take a step back, it is easier to see a bigger picture and let go of the pressures of this world.  When you step away from the labels, the expectations, the questions and judgements we put on ourselves, you connect to a truer sense of who you are.

Above all, watch with glittering eyes the the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic won’t find it
— unknown

In some quiet moments.... here's what I found.... 

 

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sunday snapshot # 9

Just got back from a trip to Atlantic City.  Our first full day at the beach was CRAZY.... the ocean was fiercely turbulent.  It was amazing to watch the force of the ocean... huge waves crashed down (and knocked all of us over a time or two :) ... churned up lots of black sand and filled the beach with shells and jellyfish.  The next day was calm and clear.

And that's how life is sometimes.  It crashes down on us and knocks us over (again and again for some of us) and it's easy to get sucked into feeling broken but it's important to always get back up and see what there is to see.

“The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea.”    ― Isak Dinesen

“The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea.” 
― Isak Dinesen

tones of blue, black, white, brown and beige.... i heart walking along the beach

tones of blue, black, white, brown and beige.... i heart walking along the beach

iron particles create the black sand along the upper east coast

iron particles create the black sand along the upper east coast

a jellyfish washed ashore, taking a little break and hoping to swim another day

a jellyfish washed ashore, taking a little break and hoping to swim another day

sunday snapshot # 4

When you are feeling down just look up.....

 

 

 

Notes: photos taken

July 2013 - July 2014      

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