It’s just a choice away…showing up and choosing to be present…. when? where? how? with whom?

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just a choice away,,,showing up and choosing to be present

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“Showing up….choosing to be present”
being “present”….physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually,
choosing…
when? where? how? with whom? how much? how often?

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So many choices…possibilities…opportunities
Choosing thoughtfully and openly

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Sometimes…. perhaps, choosing to go “out” into the world
going out through open doors…
choosing….when? where? how? with whom?
exploring, investigating,
connecting, joining, participating, contributing…

it’s just a choice away

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just a choice away...choosing when where how to show up

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Other times, perhaps choosing to stay “home”
leaving those doors “closed”
staying within one’s “home”…
choosing to be present with, and within, oneself….
sometimes, a positive and appropriate choice…
just a choice away

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just a choice away... when where how closed door

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There’s usually a choice…
realizing and making proactive, positive choices,
living with continuing, reflective flexibility…
open doors… freely going out
closed doors…choosing to stay “home”

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just a choice away...boht open and closed doors

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Living with a sense of curiosity and exploration,
whether coming “home” into one’s own mind, home into one’s own house…
or going out into the wider world,
living with that wonderful sense of curiosity and exploration

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just a choice away curiosity~

So many possibilities, opportunities and places to participate and contribute…
all those possibilities are “just a choice away………”

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just a choice away open door choosing

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May we each choose reflectively, effectively, flexibly and well…
in whatever manner works in each moment
“showing up…choosing to be present… it’s just a choice away!”

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I read and heard about this idea of “showing up and choosing to be present…it’s just a choice away!” in  a wonderful Angeles Arrien  book and year long “Four Fold Way” workshop that I’m participating in each Wednesday evening…showing up and choosing to be present…it really is just a choice away!

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The incredible “power” of nurturing….

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Some continuing live cam views of eagle nests…
the amazing care and nurturing
that is  offered and exchanged

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(“Screen captures,” below,  from several of those live cams)

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The continuing nurturing by mother and father eagles….
animals that represent such power and strength…

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watching these amazingly powerful animals,
as they are gently nurturing their young

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Minnesota eagles

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Amazing to watch as they….
carefully and persistently build, rebuild and reinforce their huge nests,
laying eggs, the mother sometimes enduring complications and difficulties

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Screen capture from Hornby Island, British Columbia eagles

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taking care of those eggs and each other
during the 35 days of constantly sitting on the eggs

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Screen capture from White Rock eagle cam

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and then…the eaglets hatch….

Screen capture…..Minnesota eagles

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24 hours a day of protecting, warming, feeding and nurturing the baby eaglets,
each parent taking turns with consistent and constant vigilance, care and nurturing….

Screen capture of Berry College, Georgia cam

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watching and realizing the incredible strength and consistency needed
to participate in nurturing of each other and their young….

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eagle cams Hornby, Berry etc

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The incredible strength and power of nurturing!

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several live eagle cams I’m appreciating

Minnesota cam: 3 eaglets

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Berry College, Georgia, Eagle Cam
one eagle, growing fast!

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Hornby Island Cam, 2 eggs

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The incredible strength and power of nurturing!

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please visit Becca’s blog to view her Nurturing Thursday post and to link to other posts by Nurturing Thursday participants

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The power of kindness…opening the “shutters” on our hearts

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Perhaps, some days we might feel more “open-hearted”…
our hearts feeling…
warm, loving, loved, connected and full.

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Other days we might feel a bit like there are
“shutters” over our hearts…
maybe a bit closed, cut off, removed…
possibly a bit worried, concerned or sad

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but…
through the years,
I’ve notice something…

 I’ve noticed…
kindness can help to open the shutters on a heart,
….kindness….
whether we might be offering kindness or receiving kindness…
it can help open the shutters on everybody’s  heart

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Perhaps there is a sense of a “shuttered” heart?

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So hard to see out….
so hard to let “light” in,
“shutters” seeming to be firmly in place,
“light” just not seeming to come through

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but then,
perhaps, some kindness is offered…
perhaps, some kindness is received…

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a little bit of kindness,
and some more kindness,
and some more kindness,
slowly, slowly adding warmth and strength,
helping to open those shutters
light seeping in

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little…by little…by little…

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opening those shutters…
shrinking their size…
little by little…light coming in

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kindness…
perhaps offered…perhaps received,
perhaps both offered and received,
a simple, generous gift,
a truly precious gift….
a gift that can open the occasional shutters on everybody’s heart

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May we all offer and receive abundant kindness throughout each day…
…kindness…
opening the “shutters” on all of our hearts…
“shutters” open, as often as possible,
letting in the warmth, beauty, glow and  “light,”
the goodness, kindness and love,
…kindness…
opening the shutters on our hearts

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opening shutters...faith in goodness, kindness and love

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Participant in Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please visit Becca’s blog for viewing her Nurturing Thursday post and for linking to other posts by Nurturing Thursday participants.

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Remarkably nurtured by a mother and father eagle… Berry College Baby Eagle Live Cam

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the nature of nurturing,
the nurturing of nature

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Link to the live cam of an eagle nest…
Berry College Baby Eagle Cam
really, really special to watch!

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a photo clip from that cam~

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The amazing amount of nurturing and care….
offered by this mother and father eagle…
offered to this little baby eagle.

These eagle parents are so…
remarkably gentle and careful,
remarkably attentive and watchful,
remarkably protective and patient…
……….remarkable……….

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A Sevearl photo clips from that Berry College Eagle Cam,
taken through the past few months
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berry college eagle cam

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I’ve watched another live baby eagle cam through the past several years.  A truly special one has been the Hornby Eagle Cam in British Columbia. Link to current 2014 Hornby Eagle Cam 

 Phoenix, an incredibly special baby eagle…  a tender-hearted post and photos from 2011

a several month, very deeply moving, life changing experience for me….
the inspiration and  love of so many thousands of people
for Phoenix, the 2011 baby eagle.

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Watching those baby eagle cams has been so heartwarming and  inspiring for me.  The amount of care and nurturing by the mother and father eagles is really astounding!

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The connections to the viewers of the cams is astonishing…
truly a joy to witness…
the nurturing of those babies,
the nurturing of nature,
leading to….
a deep desire to protect and nurture all of our natural world,
including….
the nurturing of our own precious, nurturing nature

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Phoenix, 2011 Hornby Eagles Cam..
a few clips over the months

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A photo clip from the Berry College Eagle Family Cam

The nurturing of nature…

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the nature of nurturing…

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Nurturing Thursday, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings, With Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s blog to view her post and to link into the other Nurturing Thursday posts by other bloggers….

nurturing nature
nurturing each other
nurturing the precious nature of all beings,
no matter how large or small

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An Irish Blessing: May the road rise to meet you… may the wind be always at your back

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An Irish blessing

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An Irish blessing….a long ago wedding gift from my aunt, a blessing that hangs above our bed, nestled warmly into a scarf, resting upon a textured tapestry of comfort…extending the wishes and blessings to all…loving kindness wishes….combining multiple traditions, numerous cultures, universal wishes…

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May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand

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May we all feel…
happy and contented,
healthy and strong,
safe and protected
and living with ease…

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A photo background, taken in the beautiful woods of Lincoln, NH,
where my Irish grandfather and his 6 brothers worked in the early 1900′s

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In the Lincoln Woods, St Patrick’s Day post, 2013,  using different images with The Irish Blessing on them:  May the Road Rise to Meet You…. my father’s own Irish heritage

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“May the Road Rise to Meet You” … a heartwarming and beautiful song, using the words of the Irish Blessing, written and sung by Roger McGuinn, formerly of The Byrds

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Oh, that Irish wind…sometimes at our backs….other times from varied directions….moved by the winds of the Irish spirits… Kathy (Pocket Perspectives)  in Ireland, July 2013, sitting on the coast of the island of Inisheer, one of the Irish Aran Islands…. “dancing scarf”  blowing freely in the Irish winds…

being moved by the winds of the Irish spirits….

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Moved by the winds of the Irish spirits

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……..Moved by the winds of……

Celtic spirituality….
legends, myths and mysteries

The spirit of the Irish people…
robust kindness, warmth, depth, hospitality

The history….
millions of joys, millions of sorrows, millions of loving hearts

Tenderly beautiful nature….
trees, grasses, rocks, hills, valleys, waters, spirits…

….Moving and inspiring….
the tender hearts and spirits of those who pause here

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Ireland....Inisheer Island... moved by the winds of Irish spirits....~

Wishing you all a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day…
May the road rise to meet each of you,
May the winds blow favorably, in whatever directions may be of benefit,
…carrying warmest blessings and protections…
to the hearts of all

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Irish Blessing May the road rise to meet you, may the wind  be at your back~

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“A bird does not sing because it has an answer” …. please “sing” your “songs” Nurturing Thursday

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a bird does not sing because it has an answer proverb

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We all “sing”…
each one of us has a “song”
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so many talents and strengths in each of us…
so many variations in how we express ourselves…
so many variations in how we might be giving to others…
sharing with others,
creating opportunities for contributing to others in our world…
“singing” our “songs”
sharing our “songs” with others

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just sing, sing a song ... just sing our songs and share with others

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just sing, sing a song  joyfully, happily, strength and confidence

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Please…
recognize your songs,
create, explore and nurture  your songs,
“sing” those “songs”…
share them with others,
realizing and believing in the worth and goodness
of each of our own songs

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live with the generosity to sing and share your songs

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a bird sings ... please sing your songs

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May we each create, nurture, explore and sing our own precious songs…
living with the courage and confidence to “show up” with our songs….
to share those precious songs with others in our world,
for the benefit and goodness of all beings

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This post is part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Givens’ blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please visit Becca’s blog to view her Nurturing Thursday post and to link to the Nurturing Thursday posts of other bloggers…

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a re-minder page…
to keep these ideas in mind….
to keep re-minding ourselves….to sing, sing our songs…

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sing, sing a song ...sing your song

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………please…sing your songs………

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“Everyone is doing the best they can”

Last year,
I arranged to have some pencils imprinted for a class I was taking…
with the helpful awareness and reminder…

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“Everyone is doing the best they can”

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everyone is doing the best they can

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I continually remind myself of this idea, and I do find it so helpful!

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I have noticed, however, that it’s a lot easier to live with this awareness when everyone is aligned with similar ideas, similar motivations and similar ways of doing things…all nice and orderly like the pencils in this basket…

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everyone is doing the best they can

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Unfortunately, our interactions with other people aren’t always that “orderly.”
Some days, it might feel more like this…

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everyone is doing the best they can

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We each have so many varying motivations, habit patterns, beliefs, values,
interaction styles and ways of looking at things…
variations in the multitude of “capacities” within each of us,
as each one of us is attempting to do “the best we can”

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everyone is doing the best they can given conditons etc

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When I’m  in the midst of those variations, I find it A LOT more difficult to keep this level of acceptance in mind… we may all be doing the best we can, but it sure can be hard to see that at times!

My own “best I can” might be very different from someone else’s “best I can”… but for me to try, as often as possible, to keep this in mind…

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everyone is doing the best they can mixed

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And perhaps….
just as important as being aware of  “others” doing the best they can…
to realize and appreciate
that each one of us is also doing the best we can….

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I also am truly doing the best I can, and that's all I can do...

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~shifting and learning to view ourselves and others with…
awareness, understanding, acceptance, kindness and compassion

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we're all doing the best we can...ourselves and others

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To try to keep this in mind…

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 viewing ourselves and others with…
awareness, understanding, acceptance, kindness and compassion

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“Everyone is doing the best they can”

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A single “re-minder” page…
for helping to keep these ideas “in mind”…
learning to “live” these ideas and awarenesses in everyday life

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everyone is doing the best they can

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