Rest Now

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Take a minute to take in the image above. Imagine it’s a warm, gentle day as you sit here on the bench by this ancient spring. Take a few deep breaths. #Breathe

Now notice how clear the water is and allow the clarity to permeate your life. #ClarityOfMindBodySoul

The natural spring bubbles up warm water from beneath the earth, keeping the temperature at 72 degrees year round. #Warmth

If you want, walk over to the water’s edge and tickle your toes with the gentle healing water. #Gentle #Healing

Return to this imagery whenever you want to add warmth, gentleness and healing to your life.

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Simple Ways to Create Comfort (in a World without Mom)

Hello! Come and sit with me. Quiche just came out of the oven and I will get you a slice of its toasty goodness and a cold cup of apple cider too. Can you feel that happy hearth sweetness of autumn home cooking? I sure can.

Creating comfort has been critical as I have adjusted to my new normal without my mom’s presence on earth. Life sure can give us reasons to run to comfort. You know? Tell me what you’re doing to create comfort.

Here are some of the autumn treasures and simple pleasures that have lifted me up lately:¬† candles, cozy blankets, hot tea, good books, uplifting movies, snuggles with Greg and grandchildren and long conversations with my daughters about nothing and everything. Life is simply good when we celebrate the ‘what is’ moments.

Here’s to autumn treasures and simple pleasures,

 

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What Can I Say about My Mother?

As my mother lives out her final days, I crumble and rise; crumble and rise. The world feels wavy in a whole new way and I cling to the life tools I know so well and have taught for so long. I cling to friends and family and Greg in a way I have never known and I realize life will go on; a new normal one step at a time.

I have said everything that I can think and feel to say to her and in the end, only ‘thank you;’ ‘sorry;’ and ‘I love you’ seem necessary. Grateful for time to talk.

There are no words to express my love, awe and admiration of Mary McCullough. She is the strongest person I know. Family was first always. She is generous, loving, kind. When asked about her religious beliefs, she simply said she did her best to be good daily. She did. She was. Her legacy is goodness.

My words feel removed somehow in the morning light of today. The rain expresses what I cannot.

I’m sharing this with you because several have felt a shift with me. Thank you for caring. My mom is at peace and there is nothing we need except privacy. My 4 siblings and I stand together in support and everything physical has been handled so we can be present, grateful and honor the moments.

Thank you,

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Naked Lady: Lily and Us

Just outside my home office stands this Naked Lady Lily. She is known by many names. Aren’t we all? Or perhaps we should be. Each of us have layers, realms within . . . ¬†waiting to be known. What would you name your layers? Do you have a shy side? What about a wild one? A scared self? Feisty? Who are those diverse selves living within you?

I’m reminded this morning of when my feisty side showed up in a way that deserved a name . . . not quite a hurricane but close. The man that my tirade was aimed at let me off the hook by saying he knew that it was just a moment in time in the life of Dane McCullough and that it would pass. They knew what I didn’t know then . . . that all selves are passers by. Give them voice; give them names if it helps; give them what they want because they will rule the roost until you do.

When our layers don’t feel heard, they speak louder and louder. They may roar or even worse, run away. We all have them. Something under those layers needs revealing and it’s up to us to do the work to get there.

Talk about getting there, this August eclipse season is re-awakening those memories from long ago and especially from 1999. Our work is to uncover the concealed and give it light. Keep in mind today’s partial lunar eclipse and the total solar eclipse coming on August 21st. Imagine in your mind’s eye the act of shadow covering light and then pulling back to reveal light again. Get it?

Sure shadow work is brave work but you’re brave and ready and called upon to clear and clean and stand healed in your Lily-like naked beauty . . . vulnerable, alive and named well ‘I Am.’

Want support? Call or text me at 317.455.DANE (3263) to schedule your time.

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