Food For Thought: On Life Lessons


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.

Daily Affirmations: Letting Go

storm sandy pointIt 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.

Namaste… Pamela

Photo: Storm at Sandy Point, Plum Island, MA ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey

Daily Affirmations: The Ebb and Flow of our Lives

sandy point facing southAs 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.

Namaste… Pamela

Photo: Low Tide at Sandy Point, Plum Island, MA ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey

Daily Affirmations: Abundance

Abundance is like the ocean, it ebbs and it flows. Today, I re-mind myself, that each ebb that slows the flow, is an opportunity to renew my commitment to that flow of abundance in my life or find new ways to create flow. In this, I affirm, I am abundant.

sandypointNamaste… Pamela

Photo: Sandy Point, Plum Island, Massachusetts ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey

Daily Affirmations: Choosing Happiness


Sometimes we sail through life, not thinking about how fragile it can be. Today, I remind myself that each moment is precious, and it is up to me to make the most of it. I do this, make the most of each moment, by choosing happiness to be my guide throughout today and everyday.

Namaste… Pamela

Reflections: Passing Storms

Uncertainty had plagued my for a while on a few different levels and yesterday was the day to cast that aside. I had made a rash decision based on financial concern, and the decision made the situation worse on a few levels. It was time to put the stress the situation caused behind me.

I drove to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge knowing that off in the distance there was a storm moving in. I wasn’t sure when I entered the Refuge if I would drive to Sandy Point, at the southern tip of the Refuge, or turn back and head home when I reached Hellcat Swamp, where the road turns to dirt. I drove on…

Sandy Point, Plum Island, Massachusetts ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey 2014

Sandy Point, Plum Island, Massachusetts ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey 2014

As the clouds moved closer and the sky darkened, cars were leaving the beach and the Refuge in attempt to beat the storm. I knew instinctively, watching the skies as I drove, that the storm would for the most part, pass north of Sandy Point.

I walked the beach keeping my eyes on the dark clouds, as they moved west to east. I felt a certain sense of safety there, heedless of the swiftly moving storm. I had come there for a reason, to let the storms that had been brewing my heart and mind pass through me with the storm moving across the sky.

Sitting on the beach I felt relieved of the negative energy that had prevailed over my usual positive mindset for a while. The dark skies were moving quickly and far off in the distance to the west, I could see the clear skies following. Sit out the storm, I told myself. It will pass.

I could hear the thunder booming and crashing, and see the occasional flash off lightening light up the dark skies to the north of where I sat on the beach. I felt alive and giddy with energy generated by the storm.

Life brings storms to our door. Some we create on our own, some are nature’s doing. No matter where those storms originate that always pass. In those times of storms in our life, sometimes we must face them head on in order to release them.

As I sat on the beach, I knew I was there to face the brewing storm head on. The release I experienced as I watched the storm roll in was tantamount to giving all things troubling in my heart and soul over to the universe. Trust and let go.

As the wind picked up and the rain began to fall softly at first, I felt cleansed and renewed in the tears of the Great Mother Goddess. My grief moved through me and shifted to happiness and joy.

Sometimes you just need to sit and let the storms in life pass by…