These pictures were taken during our vacation this past December. It’s the view from the balcony of our home in the province of Pitogo, Philippines. Every afternoon we would watch this miracle happen before our eyes. It is truly one of the most beautiful offerings on Earth and yet it is one that is mostly taken for granted…almost forgotten by our busy bodies.
So much healing has happened in this place for both Scott and I–it is the magic of relaxation and being at peace.
Today I found my feet walking on the sand. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore woke me up from the mystery that has been occupying my being for past few days. The beach is the one place where I can be present in times when I alone can’t conjure my own presence. In times when I go to the heart of the places in my head that scare me.
It is in this place and in this moment that I am experiencing being one with nature. It is in this moment that I felt the universe tell me, “I see you.”
I was almost in tears when I responded, “I am here now. I have returned. I am present. I see you too. I apologize if I ever doubted you. This is clearly no man’s foolish world. Thank you for bringing me back home.”
Here I am gazing at the universe with a stronger faith in our connection than I ever have before, a sweet butterfly comes to hang out with me where I am sitting. I smile and say, “I guess we’re both just here now.”
The other day I woke up with the feeling of my feet wanting to take me somewhere, so I drove my car until I figured it out. I was in a familiar place that I haven’t been to in a while, the way to the beach. It is only a 15 minute drive from where I live and yet everyday I choose to stay inside the confines of our home.
It was cold walking from where I was parked going to the beach area, but when my feet felt the sand nothing else seems to have mattered. My mind left all the worries behind and I started feeling lighter. I found a beautiful spot close to the shore. I sat quietly among the birds and I meditated. I played tag with the water every time it crashed on the shore. I took photographs to capture one breathtaking moment to another. I felt a strong connection between the heavens and the Earth. I am grounded.
Looking out to the sea from where I was sitting in what feels like love at first sight, I knew that nothing could be better than what I am experiencing and feeling in that moment.
I thank my feet and my heart for guiding me home, for the places we’ve been, and for the many places that we will go together.
I am grateful.
What are you grateful for?
The view from where I was parked.
As I was walking closer to the beach
From where I sat
This awesome bird kept me company
I love this
I’m sitting in my car listening to the sound of the rain. It sounds like a gentle lullaby that can relax anyone who’s having a rough morning. To me, this moment is nature’s luxury because it hardly ever rains in Los Angeles. And today I am in luck to be out and about to experience this inside the comforts of an automobile.
I haven’t done this in a long time. I’m sitting here because I am waiting for the music shop to open, which will be 20 minutes from now. I need to bring in my violin because the G string broke yesterday during practice. Oh the joys of being a musician. I get slightly upset when there is something wrong with my instruments. Now I find myself pleased and grateful for that event.
I like discovering that happiness is always present where we are, it’s just a matter of “looking”. Yesterday I was in total awe as I watch the smoke from an incense stick dancing gracefully with the music that was playing in the background. All I needed to do was pay attention to that moment and voila, I felt like I’ve just witnessed a miracle. And today, this. Rain.
I am grateful for the little pockets of wonder that is available to us everyday, it makes me feel good about my existence and being here. I am grateful for being able to share with you. What are you grateful for today?