We're nearing the end of another year and much Thanks for your continued support by visiting here and sharing with others around the World. I've been busy working on more posts to stay ahead as the weeks fly by and hope you'll continue on this journey with me. Take Care.
Please keep going - a long post but you won't
be sorry you made it to the end.
From - Moving Forward from the Heart
Sweetness lies inside the spaces where you
free your body, mind and spirit
to fully celebrate
Many things make their way in my head when I'm laying awake during the night and unfortunately I don't remember most of them when it's finally time to wake up, or just get out of bed.
Anyway, I'd like to tell you a bit more about my book, Moving Forward from the Heart. and I've shared a bit of the beginning and the ending of later in this post. You'll love it.
When I finished my first book, Simply, One Breath At a Time I still had more of those thoughts during the night, pages of notes saved and over the next year couldn't stop seeing things that said to me OH that would be good and this goes with that and...on and on. Needless to say the letting go of one book didn't send me towards feelings of that's done - I can rest now - but rather it left me with still more on paper and in my head.
On the back cover of Simply, I started it off with Dona's first book of guided relaxations offers... I had to write something in a hurry to send off and we were traveling across country. It was 2008, far away from home at the time and internet connections were not everywhere we were.
It didn't hit me until much later that I asked my self, why did I say that?
Somehow the universe had a plan
More was to come
I just didn't know it at the time.
In 2010 I started looking at my leftover notes and made a word file titled book 2011, just a time off in the future.
Well it was mid year 2015 when I finally said I'm done, but I still didn't have the title. A few earlier ideas didn't work and it took awhile before I got it.
73 new Meditations full of things for us to Explore, Experience and Embrace.
In this post I'm going to share a bit of the first Meditation and then the last, number 73.
In between there is so much to
Explore, Experience and Embrace.
Here's just a sampling of what you'll find in these 73 unique Meditations
- Explore the Chakras, Reiki principles, Life, who you are now & affirmations.
- Experience nature, being at the top of a tree, a visit to the ocean, visualizations, treasures, moving the breath and much more.
- Embrace your family, friends, hugs & most of all yourself. Our Lives change, we change and through all the changes we may not realize who we are or want to be Now.
So this book offers you many unique and gentle meditations of Inspiration, Encouragement, Presence and Gratitude.
Here is a sampling from the beginning of #1 - So Much More to See
"Whether your meditation practice is just getting started or it is an ongoing regular practice, it is there for you to simply breathe, nourish and restore.
Meditation is a special time for you to soften and release stress, move out old thoughts that clutter your mind, and to then use the space that remains for mindful presence.
Meditation connects you to your body for healing, rejuvenation and to create balance. It opens the mind up to learning and understanding, to listening and dreaming, to reducing and eliminating."
There's more but now I want to include the ending of the last meditation #73, You Became the Beauty.
If you have some time, think about all the things that could be between #1 that would lead you to #73.
More Since that list - Welcome to ... Quartar, Estonia, Uganda, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Pakistan, Brunei, Costa Rica, Latvia, Nigeria, Slovakia, Switzerland, Caribbean, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Oman, Luxembourg, Morocco, Algeria.
Thank You so much
I'd like to show you some words
from others that help fill & nourish my Heart & Soul ...
In 2009 I started work on what later became my card set from Simply, One Breath At a Time called One Rose Wellness Cards.
They're 105 short messages for mini meditations, a time to catch your breath, relax, change thoughts, smile and so on.
Recently I thought about finding passages a bit longer and sharing them with you occasionally.
I've shared these before but now I like the idea that they will be referred to as True Treasures in the labels below. So anytime you see True Treasures in the label area you can check out other similar posts. They'll be offering you more time to pause, linger for self care, reflection, gratitude, breath awareness and more.
I always flip through the pages of my books and what I need is usually where I stop.
After a few lines I'm transported to a place to open my body, connect with my breath, let go of stress or to a place or memory.
Another day it might be feeling free in peace, nature, or just being reminded to take care of me, that I deserve to feel Well.
I'll be using excerpts from both books and I'll tell you in the post which book it's from and the page number.
I just happened to have made a photo message of this one. (I love adding text to photos)
It is from Meditation #39 - Will You Go,
page 99 in Moving Forward from the Heart
If you have this book look it up to see the rest of the meditation.
Later as I sat on the deck the Meditation titled Garden in your Dreams, page 63 from my book Moving forward from the Heart started to appear in my mind.
It's about a special garden and although I didn't refer to it as a Chakra Meditation in the book, it goes through all the colors of the chakra rainbow.
The second paragraph says
"As each breath gently fills and opens your senses, begin to visualize a dream garden full of flowers, vegetables, fruit, trees, soft grass and a pond. Birds come to visit, good friends come to visit, and it's here that every day is a really good day."
It then takes you around the yard to connect to all the different colors, to see, smell & taste some and to rest and connect to others.
That's what I was doing that day.
Relaxing in a garden full of happiness and renewal
Dona Anderson Thanks to the gardens and gardeners the crops and the farmers the Bakers, markets and more ...
in this video I want to introduce you to a Baker.
I mean a real Baker - who learned the art and science of bread and more that feeds the soul.
Benjamin Manea March 9, 1957 to June 15 2019.
New business owners, those not sure yet what to do, those you want to make a difference, just starting out or whatever your Dream is - you will find some words of inspiration.
Even if you're not building a business or not looking for a reason to watch this, you may find something that lights a tiny spark in your Soul.
The video tells his story of becoming a baker and not just any baker as you'll hear and learn about.
You can watch the video on You Tube and click on the Show More for a link to more information and photos on Facebook. (warning they may make you Hungry)
We had the privilege to go to his bakery/cafe many times when we visited Penticton and fell in love with his food and Jewish rye bread.
He had a list of special dishes for his lunch menu and my husband went for the pastrami sandwich that had little dishes of things to go with it, and borscht soup which were the best he ever had. Unfortunately he later learned he couldn't have both at one lunch.
I loved the quiche and the Greek salad. Not only for the wonderful ingredients but also the artistry that was in every dish he served.
Best Part - there was NO take out - you sat, relaxed and waited until it was ready - your order made just for you and presented perfectly.
Delicious food to soothe your Heart & Soul.
Food made as it should be, &
Many Thanks to you Ben 💚
You reminded us about how the right ingredients still needs the right amount of time to become perfect.
Links for sharing below. Take Care & Thanks for your visit.
It's good to review our life periodically as we often live in a kind of auto pilot mode and don't notice little changes that can add up.
While working on these 3 posts I found and signed up for a free online Wellness Master Class provided by Brendon Burchard.
It was eye opening in many ways and the course went much deeper than the information I've shared in the posts above but these are a good starter to get us going and thinking.
He also had a few different words as headings for the self assessment in his training so the answers could be a bit different as well.
It's beginning to feel like the title of the Song - We've only just Begun.
What I especially liked in his course was how he presents it so that it all makes sense, feels honest and genuine for whoever you are and whatever your goals and life plans are about.
In the months that followed I've been reviewing my notes and other information I gathered.
Here's some of it.
To say the least, it has been a good experience and time for getting to know myself better in this Now time of life.
Brendon used words for things that can make or break our wellness like our Environment, Intentions, Clarity, Neglect, Dissatisfaction and more.
He went on the ask - are you Happy?
Telling us we need a Plan and to use Reminders.
It's good that you can write something and then delete it all because that's what I had to several times here.
Here's why -
I used to live by plans, a spreadsheet and reminders but over the years let some of it slide.
Funny how as you get older you think you don't need to wear a watch, check the calendar (ok yes now you can do all that on your phone) and then a year or two goes by and you look back and ask yourself - what did I do with the last year.
While doing Brendon's self assessment I noticed my scoring on the a couple of areas was a bit low.
What's that about?
I first wrote about what I thought the reason was and then in looking at this again,
it was all wrong.
Here's what it really was -
First - missing several friends from their passing over our time here, and others moved out of the area in the last few years.
This connected me to most of what was missing - the visits, fun activities, adventures, conversations and lots of going out or home cooked meals together.
Then I connected to us not having our little motor home any more so more loss of adventures - the winter trips south, family visits, other trips and all the people you visit and meet.
Also a couple of years back My leg really bothered me for about a year. Then we lost of our West Highland White Terrier (Westie) girl Chloe.
These 2 both put me in a kind of slump and getting out and walks didn't seem so fun anymore. It's funny how a few changes over the years slowly start to add up and your whole world gradually & quietly becomes a different place.
Now that I know more about what to focus my attention on I'll be more mindful of how my days look and make plans that help me fill in the spaces.
It won't look like it did in the past.
But it can still be - Happy.
We have to keep being part of our Life as it changes ...
I'm very Grateful to those who provide all the online series to help us learn more about Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer's, our Brain, Wellness and lots more.
New - We were lucky and got another Westie Girl in the summer.
She (Kelsie) was having to be re homed and the breeder called to see if we'd want her - YES and she's staying.
We don't know much about her first 5 years but she's happy and doing well with her new sister our Scottie girl Lucy.
that's it for today, Take Care.
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Together we're spreading Wellness around the World.
Thanks for your visit,
💚 Let's keep putting wellness activities on our Calendar to give ourselves wonderful things to look forward to, even if it's just a hair cut.
(I always feel better after a hair cut)
Hi, it's Oct 6 now and I want to add to this
post that the other night when not sleeping I felt a