My Little Whispers to Take Different Path

Black Duck - isn't he beautiful!

This morning when I was out walking my dog, I went the opposite way that I normally do in my morning routine and discovered some beautiful cherry blossoms on the trees and a lovely forsythia bush in full bloom.  I would not have noticed these if I hadn’t listened to the little whisper in my head to go the opposite way this morning.  I even snitched a couple of sprigs from the forsythia and some cherry blossoms to bring a little bit of spring into my home.  Seeing these blooms inside with me for a few days will remind me that spring is just around the corner. 

When I was out for a walk last week I took some pictures of the ducks at the pond down the road from me

Beautiful Black Duck

 – there was one  in particular that caught my eye, it was a beautiful all black duck with red on his beak, very unusual and I can’t recall every seeing one like this before.  I love to take pictures when I am out on my walks in hopes that they may be used in an inspirational slide show at a later time.  A few years ago I compiled a slide show with photos I have taken on various vacations and added some inspirational quotes to each slide and some great music – A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and That’s Life by Michael Buble (sorry couldn’t get the ‘ over the e).  I have watched this slide show many, many times and it always puts me in a better mood and inspires me to keep going when life seems to be a bit of a struggle or I am needing to be energized. 

I enjoy finding ways to creatively inspire myself when I am not feeling particularly motivated or frustrated with the ups and downs of life.  Going for a walk helps lift my spirit and taking the time to really observe what is around me, the birds singing, the blossoms, the wind blowing the branches, 

Signs of Spring

 the puddles from the recent rain and the rain drops still clinging to the tree branches.  Observing nature gives me a lift and makes me feel so much better and I feel revitalized and I notice a real shift in my mood. 

 So if you are needing an energy boost get outside and take time to be in the NOW and observe nature and all its wonder….pretty sure when you return to you will feel rejuvenated.

Til next time

Michelle

Labyrinths – spiritual reflection

 I was fortunate to meet the Labyrinth Lady, Diana Ng http://labyrinthlady.ca/ a few weeks ago at a Valley Women’s Networking luncheon and she told the group about the Labyrinth she coordinated with the City of Surrey that was built in Fleetwood Park, Surrey. She went on to say that Labyrinths are ancient, powerful, transformative tools found in many cultures all over the world dating back 4000 years and that walking the path can be used as a proactive tool for promoting health and wellness.  This peaked my interest and I made a mental note that this Labyrinth was someplace I would like to visit in the near future. 

Today I met my dear friend Linda for brunch at the Fleetwood Arms.  We haven’t spent time together for quite sometime and it was great to reconnect and catch up.  Our plans were to have brunch then head over to Fleetwood Park to check out the Labyrinth which was just a few minutes away.  There was no one else around so we had it all to ourselves.  I started the walk first, it was very interesting how it looked like a maze but instead it wound around continuously – no dead ends like a maze would have.  Linda followed about a minute after me – the directions for the walk said to allow some space for each participant.  Upon arriving at the middle I stood there for a bit and took in the energy around me, then started the walk back to the entrance. We both agreed that it was a very calming and peaceful experience.  We then took a stroll through the beautiful gardens discovering the  crocuses in bloom and a few daffodils which was a very encouraging sign that spring and warmer days were on the way.  We decided that we would like to come back later in the spring when the gardens when the roses would be in bloom.  It is funny how I had been to this park many, many times in the past to play baseball but never noticed or explored past the baseball diamonds.  It reminded me how easy it was to miss some of the beauty that surrounds us when we  don’t fully pay attention. 

Walk the Labyrinth in Fleetwood Park

First signs of spring!

Statue in Fleetwood Park gardens