I found this poem today while searching for something else… you know how that is, right?”
Today while writing this blog post, I am currently “In the woods” Literally… take a look at this picture.
Cacti, scorpions, snakes oh MY!
Now, some of you may say… “That’s NOT the woods”.
However, this is “the woods” compared to where I came from, Las Vegas, Nevada, the 702.
I’ll say there are days that I miss the good ol’ sidewalk and hot black pavement and riding my bicycle around our quiet rural subdivision. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a small town girl, and a grown up city girl combined, so I’m not necessarily complaining about this cacti and grassland, I’m jus’ sayin’ that I am jones-ing for my desert comfort zone today.
Oh, and my oh my, the reason for my being “in the woods” is another story. I’m going to save that post for another day.
For today, I’m content, in the woods, and I am blessed with this nature therapy all around me.
A beautiful bright red cardinal came to visit yesterday; right outside the living room window. A family of 5 deer came to visit with the cardinal and his buddy.
How blessed am I??
Because I believe in messages from God and the Universe, I took a deeper peek into these random animal visits. I had a big decision to make yesterday. I used my trusty friend Google (who seems to know everything) for answers about messages via my furry guests.
A visit from a deer:
It is often a sign not to be too hard on yourself. Still the voice of the self critic and treat yourself with gentleness and understanding, be yourself and continue along your path. Seek out your inner treasures and use them generously to help those around you. Trust that kindness and graciousness will be well received.
We are also reminded that we cannot push towards change in others, rather we gently nudge them in the right direction with love and understanding. Lead by doing and showing the way.
Deer is a messenger of serenity, can see between shadows and hear what isn’t being said.
Deer teaches us to maintain our innocence and gentleness so we can share our open-heartedness with others.
How awesome!! I just signed up for Marie Forleos B-School today!
Now about that cardinal…..
Examine the areas of your life in which you are, or should be, a leader. Is your confidence shaky? The cardinal tells you that you can handle it, and to believe in yourself. It is important to be proud of yourself for your abilities or for the things you have achieved. The cardinal’s bright red feathers and cheerful song call attention to him wherever he goes. If you see a cardinal, it may be telling you to stand up, lift your head high, and take pride in yourself.
Accept compliments that come your way, and acknowledge your achievements. The cardinal’s bright red plumage also calls you to open yourself to creative energy. Have you been feeling blocked or dull lately? Are you looking for a new way to express yourself? Open up and get your creativity flowing again. The red feathers link it with fire, the element of activity, vitality, and passion.
Red is the color of the root chakra, the energy center associated with stability, survival, and security. Examine the areas of your life connected to these subjects for clues, and move to make them better.
Hoo-Rah for that double HECK YES! on signing up for B school!!!!
Here’s that poem I mentioned at the beginning of this post, “How I go into the woods” by Mary Oliver, and I’m going to begin writing the story of what brought me to Texas from the sunshine-y suburbs and cook an egg on the concrete, dry heat of Las Vegas.
How I go to the Woods
Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable.
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me,
I must love you very much.” ― Mary Oliver
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