“Our true gift to ourselves lies not in what we have but in who we are.” – Marianne Williamson, from Everyday Grace
“When we say that ecstasy is like the drop melting back into the ocean, it must be made clear that we are the drop and the ocean at the same time, just on different levels.” – Deepak Chopra: Path to Love
The Boston Globe names Crane Beach in Ipswich one of New England’s Best Beaches. It is great to see this local beach made the list:
We happen to love Crane Beach, with its undulating dunes and secret maritime forest, and so do the folks at NationalGeographic.com. They hailed it as one of the Top 10 US Family Beaches. “Calm waters, warm tidal pools, and on-site amenities such as a snack bar . . . make this an ideal destination for families,” they noted. Not to mention the pure powdery-softness of the sand, and the cool views of the Great House, rising over the beach.
I know Crane Beach is a fabulous beach for the reasons the Boston Globe cites, warm tidal pools and powdery soft sands but for me there is a beach that rises above the cut of all of New England’s Best Beaches and that beach has a view of Crane Beach. Continue reading
Our path is always changing, as is the scenery. One day we find ourselves heading in a completely different direction then we had planned. What happened, we ask ourselves, how did my life change so suddenly without my approval of the plan? Lessons appear in our lives when we least expect them. These life lessons are our opportunities to rise above the adversities in our lives and become more than we were when the lessons presented themselves. How we handle those lessons determines whether we learn from the lessons or stay stuck, wallowing in despair.
Life can be harsh and life can be filled with wonder and joy. It is up to each of us to make the best of what we are presented with each and every day. Each day, I re-mind myself to find even the smallest sliver gratitude, joy and happiness. Even in the midst of the most profound grief and sorrow, we can all find something to be grateful for each day. Gratitude matters. When we strive to live in the moment we begin to transcend the difficulties placed in the midst of our path.
It is very difficult sometimes to let go. We hold on to many issues and past transgressions in our lives, that serve only to keep storms brewing in our minds. And then, in our moments of weakness, those things of the past creep into the framework of our mind and the storm clouds blow in.
Today, I re-mind myself that the process of letting going is an ongoing practice, and forgiveness is a major part of that process. Each time I begin to think of the past and lay blame, I recognize that in order to let go, I must forgive all, including myself, for the past that did not go as I had hoped it would. The past is past. We can not change that. We can in the present work daily on letting go and forgiveness. If we don’t, we keep storms brewing in our hearts and minds.
Photo: Storm at Sandy Point, Plum Island, MA ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey
As the ocean’s tides draw out each it is a splendid reminder of the ebb and flow of our lives. Waiting for the tide to draw back or to come in reminds us daily of both the need to accept the ebb and flow of life, and the importance of practicing patience in our lives.
Today, I re-mind myself that there is a time for everything to come to fruition, and that time is not set by our clock, but the clock of the universe. The goals that I set, the desires that I resolve to bring to life, will all come in time. Patience is required to see these and all things through. Change is constant, I know I must ebb and flow with it.
Photo: Low Tide at Sandy Point, Plum Island, MA ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey