I was walking the beach this morning and a larger shell caught my eye. I walked over to it and you can imagine my surprise when I got close. I have heard of message in a bottle but never seen message in a shell. I made a photo and left it there for the next person to read. I always wonder where things come from, where they have been, and why I happen upon them when I do. Interesting!
Some very dear friends recently lost a daughter. I cannot imagine what they are going through. They asked that we light a candle for her. Every light in the world helps. It may seem like a small gesture in a vast universe but you would be surprised at the outcome if everyone in the world shared more of their light.
Candles are lit
People trying to make sense of it.
Old or young
It matters not
This current life is all you’ve got
To cry and grieve
Loved ones gone and more to leave
Life is gifted
Bad and good
Maybe you shouldn’t maybe you should
Take each day
Like a power shot
Live in the moment it’s all you’ve got!
Arches is one of the most exciting parks I have ever seen. I know you’re thinking, “how many rocks can you look at?” For me, there are always more rocks. After all Lynn and I have mailed two boxes each home already. Love rocks, always have. What fascinates me is how different they all are. How long did it take our Creator to sculpt a formation we named, “Three Gossips?” Wind and weather and time have sculpted these rocks, we have given them names. We started out to just scan the park and come back later. Ha Ha. During the course of the day we did short hikes and by the end of the day I did the hike to Delicate Arch. Note, I am a walker not a hiker and Lynn is terrified of heights. I kept hearing little whispers in my head for weeks, “get out of your comfort zone.” Little over 3 miles, not bad if it was flat, but at the end I felt like I had climbed my Mt. Everest. It was spectacular. Check out the photos below.
Then we had dinner at Sunset Grill. It was the original home of Charlie Steen who was one of the major uranium kings of Moab in the 1950’s. Food was a Incredible and the house sits high on a hill with incredible views.
North and south windows arches.
This was part of the climb to Delicate Arch, across what they called Slick Rock. Note the road down to the parking lot.
Toni at the arch. I felt like this was such an accomplishment. For me it was like climbing Mt. Everest!
Lynn has become the avid rock hound. She loves the green rocks.
Can you see Moab below?
View at Arches in afternoon light. La Sal mountains in background.
Our tents are quite special, no electricity or wifi, but we have water and a wood stove. Brrr, the first night it was cold, but they provide lots of warm cozy blankets and comforters. We woke up and Lynn started us a fire. We noticed a leak in or little shower. I had to walk to the office tent anyway to get coffee, and they laughed when I told them about the leak. Apparently it is a freeze valve that keeps the pipes from freezing soooo, it got cold!
We loaded up and took off on a scenic drive through the La Sal mountains and valleys. Wow what a drive, 27 miles in two hours, or more! We ended at Castle Creek Winery. After that we drove a short scenic drive that ran along the Colorado river, picnic time. Of course we went to the post office to mail more rocks home. Lynn is the queen of finding petrified wood.
It is weird being behind on the blog. We are back at Peace Tree eating breakfast and using wifi.
Yesterday was Arches National Park but that is a blog all it’s own.
Enjoy the pics.
Our deluxe tent on the desert facing Arches.
Putting on make up on the front porch.
La Sal Mountains
Through the canyon by the Colorado river.
All along the canyon/river road people were building houses in the mountain!
End of the canyon at Moonflower where I played my flute for the ancestors.
That’s a reflection of the rocks in the water.
Zentoni Number Seven
It’s said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Again, focus. Look at this drawing and you will see the world moving around us. People are talking, horns are blowing, so many sparks of energy going this way and that. Do we stop to look into someone’s eyes when they talk to us? Do we ever stop to look into our own eyes? I don’t know where I first heard or read of this exercise, but looking into the mirror and gazing into your own eyes is quite an experience! It is the first step to loving yourself. And I don’t mean in a narcissistic way. We spend all our time trying to fixing things, making sure no one gets their feelings hurt. We go out of our way to care for someone else. That’s not a bad thing, but there has to be some balance. So today, look in the mirror, and not just at the lines on your face or the imperfect nose, but at your eyes. Look INTO your soul. Spend one minute, sixty seconds and go deep inside of you. Tell YOU how much you love YOU. Feel the shift inside your heart as you connect with your soul. Just think how great you will feel if you do this every day!
HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND JOYFUL DAY
Zentoni number six went back to black and white. This one has a focus. There was a point where it all started. Its life began. It is the heart of the drawing although it doesn’t look like a heart in the traditional sense. Look for it. Focus your intention on the drawing and see if you can find or feel the heart point. It’s a lot like life. Through all the chaos and noise that surrounds us, if we just take a moment to breathe and focus, we can always find our heart, our center. The heart will take us to that space where we are grounded and calm. It is our connection to that higher self that is sometimes overshadowed by our ego. Today, take a moment to drop into your heart center and feel the love and peace that is there always. Namaste.