Awareness

The Sea Reveals Hidden Treasure Within the Heart

Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Awareness, Healing, Health, Inspiration, Long Beach Island, The Earth | 6 comments

The Sea Reveals Hidden Treasure Within the Heart

The wind was steady at 25 mph with the temperature below freezing. Even though earlier in the day my rational mind had said “no” to the possibility of taking a walk, I now felt the clear call to take a break from the office and to do just that. Saying  “yes,” I dressed in wool from head to toe and stepped out the door. Initially I chose streets that offered a wind break from the strong wind billowing off the bay. A mile from home, I had the call to turn left and head to the beach. “Just for a quick look,” I justified in the ripping wind. I stood at the top of the sand dune and took in the splendor of the sun that had broken through dark, active clouds; and how the light had created a band of brilliance upon the water, where the ocean met the sky. The call in my heart then encouraged me to venture, “down to and along the shoreline.” My feet traveled along the edge of the ocean upon the sand and an intermittent blanket of snow. Bits of shells lay along the active shoreline as the result of the tossing, tumultuous sea.  A multitude of shells were also buried beneath the snow from days of wash up and winter weather. A few minutes into my adventure, a small bit of shell emerging from the snow caught hold of my eye and heart. Even though only a portion of the shell was visible, I sensed it might be buried treasure. This was confirmed when I pulled it from beneath the sand and snow and uncovered a long-awaited find: a Channeled Whelk. As I savored the beauty of the shell and the gift of how I received it, I was reminded of this truth: following the heart leads us to the precious jewels of life: the simple, pure joy of discovery — the beauty of living within the moment.  ...

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The Joy of Listening to Your Inner Voice

Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Awareness, Healing, Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart | 4 comments

The Joy of Listening to Your Inner Voice

This morning I was a running couple hours late, so when my heart spoke the request to go for a walk on the beach, I baulked. I had many excuses, primarily the lack of time remaining in the morning for,what I believed, I needed to do today.  Also, I was very hungry and the sun was already too high to be outdoors. I ignored and resisted. The voice was not pacified and quickly had urgency about it. It spoke to heart of the need, for me not to ignore it. It then said, “Go now!” I did, I dropped my narrow focus upon my list of “to dos,” watering the potted plants on the deck and eating. On went my flip flops; my heart and I, now in agreement, headed to the beach. There, as I was taking off my sandals, (yes!) I overheard a woman speaking to a man about seeing something in the ocean. The man, disinterested, moved on; I plunged my bare feet into the warm sand and walked down the dune slope to where the woman sat on a bench. Interested, I inquired as to what she had seen. She pointed offshore where she exclaimed she had sighted a whale. Sure enough, the water blew, unmistakably, out of a whale air hole. We watched more periodic blows and were even blessed with the sighting of her slippery, black back swelling to the surface and then disappearing below. More air blows as she headed south; and then she reached her massive head up out of the water, opened her mouth, and revealed a white chin of… not sure, possibly a Humpback? The show was not over; closer to the shoreline a large pod of dolphins swam by. Their dark crescent shaped bodies revealing fin after fin after fin; feeding as they, too, headed southward. Whenever I listen to that little voice I receive what my heart truly longs for. The key is to honor it, to trust in the greater knowing of the quiet voice and then, to act upon it. For in doing so we become blessed, as I was, by the exerience of an unforeseen event that brings inspiration and beauty into our...

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Opening the Door to Awareness and Healing

Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Awareness, Healing, Health, The Earth | 2 comments

Opening the Door to Awareness and Healing

This morning a Mockingbird landed on the wire outside my door and began its call. Mockingbirds are considered mimics; they repeat the calls of other birds as a means of defining their territory. This bird cried out a loud, series of calls and I began to listen. The calls were unclear to me and I wondered who he was mimicking; so I opened my door wide, stepped into the doorway and gave myself fully over to listening. The calls I heard from this single bird included the: House Sparrow, Robin, Purple Martin, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Common Tern, Cardinal, Cowbird, Grackle, Starling, Herring Gull and Red-Winged Blackbird. There has been a Mockingbird outside my door every year for the seven years I have lived at the shore. This morning I wondered if this was a new, more prolific male or had I finally truly listened? I am grateful when I choose to open the door to awareness and take the time to listening deeply and with  my heart. To make this simple choice is an act of love and healing....

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Leadership: Lessons from an Alpha Mare

Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Awareness, Healing, Health, Leadership, The Earth, The Horse | 2 comments

Leadership: Lessons from an Alpha Mare

While training horses I often reward them with one of their favorite past times, grazing. Recently I was working with a 14 year old mare that thoughtfully walked past a situation that was challenging for her; so I led her into a cluster of trees where some tasty grass could be found. It is late winter in the northeast, the fields are primarily brown; any green growth has been bitten down low. The horses long for tender morsels of new grass, for its nutritional and detoxifying effects. This mare reached her nose towards the earth, she enthusiastically and audibly snipped the top off a four inch circle of rich grass. We stood together in this small, open space among the evergreen trees; the NJ Pine Barren’s earth beneath us was disturbed and worn. The exposed ground was primarily sand, grayed with ash and punctuated with intermittent chunks of grass: brown with bright green growth in the center – a horse’s delight! The mare greedily leveled all the tuffs within her immediate range. I enjoyed watching her eat and anticipated that she would now move a few yards away to reach another area of untouched tufts of green, just as I had observed two foals and a gelding I had led there on other occasions do. This mare made a different choice and it became clear to me why she is the alpha mare in this herd, the lead mare whose natural role is to find the best food and lead the herd its source. This mare did not walk on in search of more visible stands of grasses, as the other three horses had. Instead, she simply placed one hoof forward and extended her neck beyond the open area. She delicately rooted her nose into a dense covering of fine, brown stalks; into a foot deep ocean of dried grasses that had broken, blown and had collected in the windbreak to become a thick mass amongst the trees. She burrowed through the fibrous stalks, the bound web of brown, down to where her muzzle’s circular motion revealed vibrant, virgin green grass that I had not, until now, been aware was there. This mare had exhibited the behavior of a master survivalist: she obtained more nutrition with less expenditure of energy than the three other horses that I had brought to the exact same location had. This alpha mare reminded me that in order to be an effective leader we need to stand our ground; to look inside versus outside ourselves for our next step. What we seek is often right in front of our nose, just waiting to be uncovered and discovered. Like her we need to be open and willing to feel where a greater source is guiding us to, and explore what is beneath the surface of the limited framework of our logical...

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