Listen now (3 mins) | Giving over to myself in Portugal.
Sitting at my desk with the wind lashing rain onto the windowpane I just shut my eyes and imagined sitting in that beach in the winter sun, the waves and the birds singing to me. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself!
I remember my second trip to the Grand Canyon. I experienced a feeling of calm and utter peace that I have never felt, before or since. That was back in 2008, but I
still recall in minute detail how it felt. I wanted everyone to go away and let me explore these feelings alone, since they were so overwhelming. Needless to say, that wasn’t possible, and unfortunately, I’ve not had the opportunity to go back since then.
The interesting thing about this is that this did not happen the first time I went to the canyon. The first time was two years before that in 2006. I went with the tour group and while I was most certainly in awe of what I was seeing, I think the visual aspect of it didn’t allow anything spiritual to get through. You would think that something like that would happen the first time I was there, but it definitely did not.
That feeling of calmness and peace is something I’ve been seeking ever since then, but I’m afraid that I’ll never find it since I am unable to travel back there due to illness. And that makes me very sad. It was a wonderful thing to experience that once in my lifetime, and I am grateful for that!
Alice, why does my last name show as Cewnmkm?
The last line made me exhale with an inward smile.
Seeing you on the beach inspires me to seek those places that give similar peace and joy. After listening to your soothing voice, I am pulled to simplify, too. Instead of lofty new year's intentions, I wish to release release release old tensions, sorrows, and icky sticky stuff and instead follow those things which are energizing. After-all, when I'm following energy I'm infinitely more of service to others.
Make the most of every day because one never knows what's around the corner.
I remember three years ago, sitting on the beach with my friends in the Australian summer and talking about the new virus in China and wondering what we'd do it if it came to our country. The consensus was that we'd isolate to the coast. We looked at the glistening water, blue skies and sand stretching in either direction and burst out laughing. Not exactly a penance we reasoned.
A month later, Australia had locked its borders and our island state had locked ours so we had double protection. We also had Lockdown. And we looked back at that moment and thought - Wow! That came so swiftly, so fast and now we can only look back and say... 'take advantage of the moment!'
Enjoying our holiday as a family and watching Downton Abbey 😜♥