Faith in, and living with…. goodness, kindness and love…as much and as often as possible….

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faith in and living with goodness kindness and love

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faith in…
and living with…
goodness, kindness and love
as much….as often…as fully
as possible…
simply
goodness, kindness and love

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faith in goodness kindness and love, simply living with

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Sometimes…it’s best to play…simply play…. Nurturing Thursday

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Sometimes…it’s best to play…to simply play!

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Inspired by…
the play of animals…
the play of children…
the play of those around us…
simply…play!

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Brooks Falls Holly's cubs...sometimes best to play, simply play

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sometimes, it’s easy to  forget how wonderful and important it is to play…to have fun!
simple play!
nothing “fancy”
simple play!

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There are so many different types of “play” for each one of us…
pausing and reflecting….simply figuring out what’s “play” for each of us?
what’s “fun”…????
and doing more of that! ..more often!

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Brooks Falls it's good to play...simply play

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play…
it’s good for the body…
it’s good for the mind…
it’s good for the heart…
it’s good for the spirit…

And… it’s  good for those around us, too!

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to perhaps shift out of “serious”…
to shift out of “responsibility”
to shift out of “thinking” and “planning”

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Perhaps???
taking moments…taking hours…
shifting into another “gear”
perhaps…shifting into “play”

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Sometimes…it’s best to play…to simply play…

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Perhaps…join me in giving it a try?!?
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Brooks Falls inspired by Holly's cubs...simply play and have fun

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A youtube, below,  recorded this morning by Explore.org Brooks Falls, Alaska, Live Cam.…of Holly’s amazing little bear cubs….her spring cub and her adopted yearling…playing delightfully together!

I’m so inspired by watching those little cubs…
by watching children…
by watching other people…

to play more often in life…

(the cubs are extra playful around 1:10 and 4:4o into the youtube… what a pair they are!)
(link to stories about how that remarkable and unusual “adoption” happened:
Alaska Dispatch Newspaper 9/15/2014: newspaper article about Holly and the cubs
ABC news 9/18/2014: wonderful photos and video story about Holly and the cubs  )

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Nurturing Thursday: part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s site for her Nurturing Thursday post and for links to posts of other frequent contributors to Nurturing Thursdays.

Tea and Paper
Mazeepuran
Meg Evans
Bowl of Cherries
Theology is a Verb
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Jacqueline King
Crowing Crone Joss
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Carol Carlisle
Hugamamma

 

Happy Nurturing to you all

…perhaps…sometimes, play…simply play…
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Continuing to “water our spirits”…each and every day… Nurturing Thursday

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Watering our spirits,
one precious drop at a time…
no matter what the “season,”
each and every day of the year

~watering our spirits one drop at a time Nurturing Thursday

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Recognizing…
“water” really is needed!
how much is needed?
how much might be of benefit?

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Perhaps, some days…simply, one drop at a time?
Perhaps, other days…with the hose turned full on?

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watering our spirits  perhaps with  hose full on NurturingThursday

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Realizing…the nourishing and magical benefits of water!

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Continuing to reflect upon a few questions

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watering our spirits what are our sources

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watering our spirits having a variety of sources Nurturing Thursdays

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Learning to nourish and nurture our spirits,
day by day…week by week…month by month…year by year,
drop…by drop…by drop
“watering our spirits”

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watering our spirits, simply watering our spirits,Nurturing Thursdays

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Nurturing Thursday: this post is part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s site for her Nurturing Thursday post and for links to posts of other frequent contributors to Nurturing Thursdays.

Tea and Paper
Carol Carlisle
Mazeepuran
Meg Evans
Hugamamma
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Jacqueline King
Hope* the Happy Hugger
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Note

Link: a variety of previous Pocket Perspectives Nurturing Thursday posts

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The inspiring nature of nurturing…the AMAZING Brown Bears at Brooks Falls, Alaska

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Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park,  Alaska….an amazing place!  As viewed from the explore.org Live Cams…AMAZING!

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Holly…an incredible mother!

brooks falls Holly and her cubs...nurtured by nature

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A short video, below, taken yesterday, of Holly, sharing her fish with the pushy little yearling cub!…what calm and patient generosity she shows!  The smaller spring cub didn’t quite get in on eating that fish…the yearling didn’t share!

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Other Links to the inspiring story about Holly and the cubs:
Katmai National Park Website: Post about Holly and her cubs, written by Ranger Mike, one of the Katmai National Park Rangers:Abandoned Cub Finds New Mother
Alaska Dispatch Newspaper 9/15/2014: newspaper article about Holly and the cubs
ABC news 9/18/2014: wonderful photos and video story about Holly and the cubs
Good Morning America:  recorded, but not, as yet scheduled

 

 

What a gift explore.org is offering to the people of the world…the honor of getting to view and witness the dynamics of daily life for these remarkable bears…truly fascinating and inspiring!

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Otis!!!!
(I think that’s Otis…hard to tell without seeing his other ear)
A very large male bear who sits all day, every day in his “office”
…catching and eating dozens of fish!

That is….until “Lurch” arrives and takes over that “office”
and Otis retreats to “the jacuzzi…”
but, even in the jacuzzi, Otis catches more fish than Lurch does!

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brooks falls otis nurtured by nature

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A few mornings ago… sunrise from the Lower River area…stupendous colors!
I feel so inspired by these bears…
and so nurtured and inspired by the astounding beauty of the Brooks Falls area!

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Brooks Falls Sunrise nurtured by the beauty of the sunrise in nature

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Brooks Falls…
The photo on the cover of  the book, Bearable,
a book I had created many years ago.

(When I “wrote” that book, I had no idea that the photo was taken at Brooks Falls! I’d never even heard of Brooks Falls!…well, I sure have now!!
I didn’t have permission for using the photos in the book, so only used it with the kids I taught….maybe some day I’ll find a special bear photographer with inspiring photos?…maybe so….???? The book really helped the kids in my class…and might be helpful to many more!)

Bearable, the book I created for the kids I taught…
encouraging and nurturing a sense of  connection, persistence, strength and fortitude
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Bearable it may be hard

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The bears will be leaving in the next few weeks…
only a few more weeks to peek in on, and to learn from,  these astounding animals!
I encourage you to visit that web cam for inspiring “views”

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Nurtured by…the inspiration of these amazing bears!
Nurtured by…the exquisite beauty of Brooks Falls area!
Inspired by…the nature of nurturing!

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Inspirations!

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Brooks Falls Holly and her cubs...the nature of nurturing...the nurturing of nature

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Nurturing Thursday: part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s site for her Nurturing Thursday post and for links to posts of other frequent contributors to Nurturing Thursdays.

Inside the Mind of Isadora
Meg Evans
Crowing Crone, Joss
Carol Carlisle
hugmamma
Mazeepuran
Jacqueline King
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes

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“Whispering” gentle suggestions…. nurturing kindness and compassion… Nurturing Thursdays

 

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“whispering”
gentle suggestions,
“whispered” reminders,
offering kindness and compassion to oneself and others

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Pocket Perspectives Nurturing kindness and compassion toward oneself and others...whispering reminders

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I’ve been creating “pocket reminder cards” for many years…
“gently whispered reminders” for myself,
“pocket perspectives”

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Each morning, I choose a few “pertinent” cards, reflect on the messages, sense the gentle feelings the cards are suggesting and put the cards into my pocket…creating a nurturing and encouraging state of heart and mind of living with those “gentle suggestions” throughout the day.

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Yesterday, I created 2 pages of a few of my “favorite” pocket cards,
gentle reminders I’ve kept in my pockets throughout many years.

Please feel free to print out these pages, if any of the cards resonate with you.
I give away everything I create…I’m happy to share everything I create with others.

Or perhaps?….create your own cards…your very own “whispers….”

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Pocket Perspectives Cards for nurturing a sense of kindness and compassion toward oneself and others SET 2

 

I’m participating in an 8 week workshop, through IONS,  called “Conscious Aging”…. focusing on a different topic each week.  This week’s topic includes nurturing and encouraging an increasing sense of kindness and compassion toward oneself….and then extending that sense of kindness and compassion out to others. And, hence, I’m gathering a few of my favorite reminder cards, to encourage myself in this intention…and sharing these “whispers”  with others, too.

 

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“pocket perspectives”
cards in our pockets
ongoing visual reminders to nurture ourselves and others,
nurturing….with tenderness, kindness and compassion,
gentle whispers

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nurturing, encouraging and reminding,
kindness and compassion
through “gentle whispers”

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Pocket Perspectives cards encouraging nurturing reminding kindness and compassion

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Link to some previous Pocket Card sets and posts:
6 different groupings of cards:  Pocket Cards, Set 6
Links to “Card Sets” are also in the TOP  “headline” area labeled “Pocket Card Sets” PP pocket card sets

Link: April 2014 cards and explanations: a variety of Pocket Cards

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Nurturing Thursday: part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s site for her Nurturing Thursday post and for links to posts of other frequent contributors to Nurturing Thursdays.

Inside the Mind of Isadora
Meg Evans
Crowing Crone, Joss
Carol Carlisle
hugmamma
Mazeepuran
Jacqueline King
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes

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Nurturing… 10,000 flowers …in our hearts and minds

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Nurturing 10,000 flowers...in our hearts and minds

 

 

 

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Nurturing 10,000 “flowers”…
“flowers” in our hearts and minds

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Nurturing positive qualities in ourselves and others

Nurturing interests, activities, curiosities,
learnings, endeavors

Nurturing acts of goodness, kindness and generosity

Nurturing beauty, inspiration and connections

Nurturing….10,000 “flowers”

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Nurturing 10,000 flowers goodness kindness generosity

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Nurturing Thursday: part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s site for her Nurturing Thursday post and for links to posts of other frequent contributors to Nurturing Thursdays.

Inside the Mind of Isadora
Meg Evans
Crowing Crone, Joss
Carol Carlisle
hugmamma
Mazeepuran
Jacqueline King
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes

 

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Awareness…watching the activities of the mind…

“Awareness”
gently observing and watching the activities of one’s own mind

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awareness watching and observing the activities of ones mind

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learning to become more aware of the “activities” in one’s mind
thoughts, reactions, feelings, sensations
stopping…stepping back…observing
noticing

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awareness watching stepping back noticing obseving

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“awareness”….
perhaps, a bit like calmly watching very active “children” in our minds….
watching our minds constantly “creating”

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awareness  watching creating like children in the mind

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becoming more aware of how the mind is constantly busy,
busy, interpreting, creating
busy…busy…busy

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awareness watching believing what the mind is constantly creating

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awareness…
of what we’re “creating”

awareness….
noticing that we’re often truly believing almost everything our minds create!
We’re sincerely believing what our minds have “created.”

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~increasing “awareness”

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awareness awareness

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increasing “awareness”
using a sense of gentleness, patience and understanding,

perhaps eventually leading to a very welcomed sense of….. “quiet”
a quieter and more peaceful mind

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awareness leading to more quiet in the mind

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developing “awareness”
perhaps leading toward a quieter mind

perhaps leading to a deepening sense of
compassion…understanding…wisdom

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awareness watching compassion understanding wisdom

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awareness watching and observing the activities of ones mind

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