Choosing a Gratitude Moment During Ohio’s Easter Winter

snow_wide_AP285984155371_620x350I had a surprising moment last night in the kitchen while warming a cup of tea in the microwave. I happened to glance out the window to our backyard, It was pitch dark outside, except for a light I could see by a neighbor’s garage. It created a patch of light to highlight the beautiful soft, fluffy snowflakes coming down.

The surprise I felt was in reaction to how struck I was by the beauty of the snowfall. Lately I’ve been feeling pessimistic about the cold weather, looking forward to the Spring weather we should be having at Easter time. But in that moment I felt complete peace, admiring the beauty of the snow as much as I would have if it were Christmas instead of Easter.

I had to work on something that evening, and really needed to get to work, but I felt I really needed to CLING to that feeling and extend this moment a little longer. I set the microwave timer for one and a half minutes, and went into the living room to kneel on the couch, arms crossed over the back of it to gaze out our front window. There I could see the snow falling by the front porch lights of the other houses on our street. Everything was blanketed in white. It was beautiful. I remembered how I used to feel when I appreciated snow. I used to love watching the snow fall when all was quiet at night. When it rains, you hear pitter patter on everything the rain hits (which is great too – I love the sound of rain), but when it snows, it’s amazing. It’s so quiet. The snow itself seems to muffle any noises. I think that adds to the beauty of it for me, and brings me into a state of peace.

It’s amazing how long one and a half minutes can feel like when you allow yourself to be truly absorbed in the moment. When the microwave timer went off, I could have sworn I’d been gazing at the snow for more like three or four minutes.

I just wanted to share this moment of peace with you to hopefully inspire you to take even one minute (time it) to simply gaze out your window and sit in awe of how miraculous this earth of ours truly is.

I triple dog dare you! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Enlightened Mom – Miracles received last week from former Miss USA, Terri Amos-Britt!

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I just had to express my gratitude for a great miracle I received recently. I won a package of materials PLUS a Life Strategy Session from Terri Amos-Britt, a spiritual coach, motivational speaker, author, and former Miss USA. This all happened from entering (on a whim) her Facebook giveaway contest.

First of all, this miracle happened during a very difficult week. I was feeling very down and depressed. Ironically, the package I won was called the “Happy Mom Package.”

I am just beginning to get to know Terri and her work, and was blown away by the Life Strategy Session I received from her. I received SO much healing from it. We also had a follow-up call a few days later to confirm whether I would join her Divine Mother program, and we talked a little longer than I know she planned – yet she was generous with her time and again gave me quite a gift of extra healing. I happened to be sick at home that day, and had the house to myself, so I was able to delve even deeper than before. Some very profound things came through our session together. I was able to visualize my husband’s inner child (creating a blanket of compassion in my heart to dissolve any resentment that might bubble up), and I also was able to verbalize and give attention to a source of pain from my childhood. I had thought about this particular instance before (many times), but was finally able to really explore what this memory meant to me spiritually and emotionally, and realizing why this memory has been so vivid for me.

I could not believe how much healing came from less than an hour of time on the phone with her.

I had to write this article as a thank you to Terri. I’ll be following her work from here, on. She is such a special soul with much to offer. Please check out her website. I subscribed to her newsletter, receiving her “Lighten Your Load” video series. That will give you a good taste of Terri’s gentle soul.

Thank you, Terri! And thank you, God, for leading me to her Facebook Page ย ๐Ÿ™‚ I love online synchronistic miracles!

“The Neverending Story” ~ battling depression and recognizing the angelic “Falcors” in my life.

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When you’re a sensitive soul like me, sometimes it seems the journey of overcoming depression is one that will never be over. There are good days and bad days. There are good weeks and bad weeks. Then sometimes a week goes by and you realize you haven’t exercised your smile muscles much at all. Sometimes you just hit a “Life Low” and it just gets hard to pick yourself up.

I had a low moment last night that was particularly difficult – I can’t get into specifics about the cause, but I can say it’s the lowest I’ve felt in a long time. I struggled to get my kids to sleep without them watching me cry, and waited for alone time after their bedtime to try calling my sister for support. I couldn’t get through to her, and decided to reach out on Facebook instead and then head off to bed early. The post simply stated: “Darn it. Now I’m feeling so terribly low. Amazing how just a few completely inconsiderate words can bring you down like a bullet when you’ve forgotten to put your emotional shield up. Going to bed early tonight. I hate it when the kids have to see “sad Mommy” when they go to bed. Time for a good cry.”

Then a series of miracles happened…

Less than a minute after I posted this, I received a “hug” from a Facebook friend. Then another, and another. I thanked those few people quickly for their support and decided I needed to go upstairs to get ready for bed and fill out my “Mood Diary” (I’m tracking my moods just to find out if there’s a pattern).

Then my sister called, returning my phone call. I was able to have a wonderful heart to heart with her, and wept freely on the phone with her to release my hurt feelings. The experience was a gift.

When I woke up in the morning, my son wanted to watch some of “The Neverending Story.” he particularly wanted to watch the part where the horse sinks into the Swamps of Sadness – I fast-forwarded through that part when his sister was around the day before and he got mad at me (I explained Rose is too sensitive to watch that part, and he could watch it without Rose in the room next time). So I cued it up for him and watched it, amazed by the sudden realization that this film was speaking to me right when I needed it. “Fight against the sadness, Artax!” The boy screams at his horse friend, pleading with him. It was hard for me not to cry while standing by, watching it with him. And then the part afterward spoke to me VERY strongly (see video above), when the boy succumbs to the sadness himself. He’s chased by the great wolf and rescued by the angelic creature, Falcor, who appears from the clouds above! I couldn’t help but realize this part illustrated how I feel about depression so vividly. When we are in that sinking pit of depression, that is where evil lunges forward to grab us! But thank goodness there are always the angels coming down just when we need them to rescue us, reminding us hope is real, and love saves us in the end!

By afternoon I had about 30 comments of support on my desperate post from the night before.

I also received a couple caricature jobs to do this week, commissioned by an angelic friend.

And unbelieveably I received a message that I won a contest I entered last week on TheEnlightenedMom.com’s Facebook page. It was called “The Happy Mom Package,” worth $400!

Here is what was posted as the prize:

I want to give away my Happy Mom Package! Thatโ€™s $400 worth of FREE training for you to find your joy again ๐Ÿ™‚
Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll get:
*My book, The Enlightened Mom, and its companion 3-CD set of 25 meditations: a step-by-step guide to release subconscious beliefs that sabotage your peace and happiness.
*My 4-part crash course audio series, The Enlightened Mom: Stepping onto the Path, filled with foundational tools to jump-start the new you.
*See the gift in all of your life’s trying moments with my book, Message Sent: Retrieving the Gift of Love.
*Get out of your head and go straight to your heart with my CD, Message Sent: Meditations for Retrieving the Gift of Love.
*AND… A FR.E.E 30 minute “Life Strategy” coaching session with me!

I could not believe the synchronicity that happened today – I call these people all my “Falcors” (Falcor is the name of the angelic creature who saves the boy from the Swamps of Sadness). I am so grateful!

Who are the Falcors/Angels of your life? Who stretches out their hands to help you out of that swamp when you need it?

I guarantee you have more in your life than you think!