Daily Affirmations

Today I reflect on the wonders of nature and I thank the Great Mother Goddess for the life force of all creatures great and small. I revel in every moment I spend in communion with nature. ~ Pamela J. Leavey

Mallard Ducks at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Photo: Mallard Ducks at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey

Daily Affirmations: Spring

As I watch this Spring explode with fresh life, from new leaves on the trees and flowers, to baby bunnies and wrens, I am grateful for all the gifts of Mother Nature. Today, I thank the Great Mother Goddess for all her blessings and abundance… ~ Pamela J. Leavey

(Photo: Baby Bunny in the Garden On The River ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey 2012)

International Women’s Day 2012: Watch Us Stand Strong

Today is International Women’s Day:

I wrote Watch Us Stand Strong in 1994. I’ve shared it here before but felt today was a good day to share it again:

Watch Us Stand Strong

Long have we walked
Through the valley of our sadness,
Searching for a way
To end all the madness.
Long have we toiled,
Silent and unnoticed,
Suppressing our knowledge
And our gift to heal the world.
We are large by number,
We are small through the ages,
There are few that have spoken,
Few that dare to read
Our pages.
We are mothers,
We are daughters,
We are sisters,
We are friends;
We contain the lifeblood,
And the passion
Of all the universe
In our souls.
We are women,
Full of knowledge,
And beauty;
The Queens of our planet.
We are home now,
Watch us stand strong,
It is time to heal
Our world.

Check here for 10 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day. I spent a good part of International Women’s Day outside in my yard enjoying to 70 degree day here on the river. A little time communing with the Great Mother Goddess is always balm to the soul.

Daily Affirmations: Found In Nature

“Today, I seek to recognize every blessing that comes my way, from the Morning Dove who’s song wakes me, to the gentle breeze that blows through my open window. I thank the Great Mother Goddess today, for these and all blessings found in nature, that pass my way.” – Pamela J. Leavey

(Photo: Geese Bathing ~~ c. Pamela J. Leavey 2012)

The Dark Nights Of The Soul

I have alluded here from time to time that I have been on a path filled with struggles in recent weeks. It has been a time that many would call, the dark nights of the soul, referring to a time in one’s life when spiritual practice and discipline suddenly loses all it’s experiential value.

This particular journey through the dark nights of the soul started for me when I had what then seemed like a minor fall in my driveway, on the last full moon, January 8 ~ the Wolf Moon.

That fall however, coupled with other concurring trials and tribulations, has managed to turn my world upside down and leave my soul weary and wondering. Continue reading

On The Parker River Path

It’s been three and a half weeks since I last walked On The Parker River Path. The beaver dam pictured above was a familiar sight as we hiked Hellcat Swamp at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

I learned while walking the Parker River Path to watch for nature’s changes each hike, as nature’s changes were life’s changes.

Sometimes we build a dam around us for protection. Sometimes we soar over the trees filled with joy. There are days when our lives are filled with turbulent winds and days when we light up like the sun.

I keep the lessons of the Parker River Path close to my heart right now, until I can walk that path again. The lessons of the Parker River Path give me faith that the Great Mother Goddess is always with us. She is the primal heartbeat within us all.