Posts Tagged 'healing'

Friendship, Light and Appreciation

“What is to give light must endure burning. ”
~ Viktor Frankl

I was thinking this week about mistakes. I made some mistakes and did some things I wasn’t happy I did and was just looking at the why of it.

Some people when you make mistakes are not kind and attach a label to you. But that doesn’t belong to me.

I’m focused on me and accepting that I’m human. I’m happy to close a very small part of a chapter, and to simply heal and forget. To relearn to appreciate myself and all that I am and the goodness in me, the goodness that comes out of being an imperfect human being.

A great friend told me a great thing. How I was a great person and to look at all the friends in my life who appreciate the light that shines within me and are happy that I share it with others. And that’s what I did. Thought about all the great and amazing friends and friendships in my life.

It made me think of a birthday party I went to recently. I was a bit sad and just wanted to be around some positive people. And I had a such a great time. It was something so simple. To see great people who I hadn’t seen in  awhile and see how happy they were to see me. All those people who appreciate the light in me. The people who have such a light of their own as well. And meeting friends of friends who I was happy to meet and who were happy to meet me too.

It’s funny I never know what people in the blogosphere may think when they come across my blog. I write thoughts that I feel to need to share with the world and set them free out here in my blog.

Recently, someone wrote me to let me know that something I wrote in my blog had touched them and resonated, and that it comforted them in their own journey. That was a wow moment to me. To have impacted someone like that in some small way. That sharing my journey can enrichen someone’s else path. That was a blessing in my day, to hear that. What a remarkable thing. And how wonderful life is that it brings such moments and such people in my life. Sometimes from the most unexpected sources.

My goal right now is to simply appreciate my life and everything in it, and everyone in it. To appreciate my self, with my many flaws, but also inner goodness. To appreciate the person I am today, in this moment.

Every lesson in life has a blessing in it.


The Healing Power of Babies & Kids: The Spiritual Reboot

How appropriate for me to finally write this blog as I am slowly recovering from bronchitis.

But this blog has been on my mind for some time.

Now that I have internet access at home again, I can finally sit down and mull over my thoughts about this.

There is something special about babies and kids that can just bring the greatest light in the darkest of days.

When my mother passed away in November of 2007, it took quite some time before I could find some joy in my days. I remember the moment when I first remember smiling again. It was a very snowy day in January 2008. I was riding the bus home and got off at my stop. A woman with a tiny newborn in a stroller got on the bus just as I got off. It was such a beautiful sight and made me think – once I was a little newborn in my mother’s care as well.

I remember another day in the month of August 2008. I had just received some very bad news from the bank and then went to meet a good friend for lunch. We sat in the park and talked. I looked over and there was a young mother playing with her toddler son. They were playing badminton or horseshoes or some such thing. And the little boy must have been around 2 years old. You know that age when they just start to walk but their little legs are kind of rubbery, because they don’t have confidence yet in that walking thing? Oh it was just too cute. And it was a beautiful sunshiny day. Not a cloud in the sky. And the sight of that little boy playing with his mom just instantly lifted my spirit up.

A couple of months ago, I was having another bad day. It was one of the worst days I´ve ever had on the job. I had been yelled at by a client on the phone, chewed out by a supervisor and then lost my contact lenses at work so I couldn’t see the computer screen. So another supervisor sent me home to pick up a spare pair of contacts and report back to work to make up the time lost in traveling back & forth. So I headed back home and then off to work again. In one of the worst snowstorms of this year. So I was sitting on the metro on my way to work and trying to reboot my thoughts. When suddenly I saw this beautiful baby girl. She had the tiniest cornrows I ever saw and was dressed all in pink. What is it with little girls and pink? Anyway, suddenly she waved her little hand at me to say hello. And I waved a hand back with a smile. It was like this little miraculous creature knew I needed some cheering up. And it sure did the trick, I headed back to work with a skip in my walk in the middle of all the blowing snow. It was great.

Thinking back, another rough day in my life comes to mind.

Many, many years ago we had had a very bad scare with my mom. She had been rushed to the hospital when she just collapsed one day, She was misdiagnosed at first by a careless doctor with the worst bedside manner I ever saw. Basically, he took a look at some x-rays of my mom and said, “Yup. It looks really bad. Prepare for the worst.” And then he just walked off after saying that to our family. I felt my knees give out as I sat down hard on a wooden bench in the hallway where the doctor decided to dump this bad news on us. Oh and by the way. Within a week’s time, one of my uncles was also rushed to the hospital when he collapsed. He was sent to the Montreal Neurological Institute, where they found he had had a brain aneurysm. And he was literally across the street from my mom, who was at the Royal Vic.

So that was a very challenging time for our family. We kept both my mom & my uncle in the dark about each other & their being at the hospital at the same time. We spent our days going back and forth from both hospital rooms.

When you spend a lot of time in hospital rooms visiting, it takes it toll on you of course. One day I just had enough and went for a walk inside the hospital, trying to figure out how to change the thoughts in my head.

And then I had this most excellent idea. I decided to visit the newborn section of the hospital. I walked into the wing and looked through the glass at all these tiny little babies. They were in every shape, size and colour. There was even a redhead with a healthy shock of red hair on his little head. And the department? Oh it was filled with such joy. People were coming in and saying congratulations in every language imaginable. Carrying flowers, gift baskets and balloons. And a few weary new mothers were walking around with their beautiful new creations. All wearing the biggest smiles. It was just what needed. I breathed in all this beauty and joy with a happy heart that somehow felt lighter.

I do believe that there is something special about babies and kids.Their very presence is filled with such innocent wonder. Joy. Amazement at the workings of our physical world. And they are filled with such a pure sweet light. And love. Oh so much love.

Well, I highly recommend this “baby healing therapy” to anyone feeling a bit down or having a bad day. Just look around at a baby or kid near you somewhere. Or go to a place filled with them.

And just let their light heal your heart and soul.

The Healing Power of Babies & Kids

I will be adding more about this soon….stay tuned folks!

Video Montage: The Flow
Following the flow of the universe, with a photo montage I created. The song is "Twisted Hair" by Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble, featuring the sublime operatic voice of Sioux singer Bonnie Jo Hunt, who sings over the sound of crickets.
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