Inching towards spring
I love winter, yet it has begun to really lose its charisma. Each year, the long days of February and March urge me towards the outer life once again. This year is no different, I am beginning to look avidly for signs that I will again be outdoors more than indoors.
I was in Bailey’s Harbor yesterday, and took this picture along the bay. So beautiful, and I can see the sky changing into a more softer look. I see wildlife again more active in our yard, and in some protected areas, there is again the look of life running through the veins of the sumac.
Each change of season is at first mourned by me, since I love them all. Yet the promise of the new rhythm that each holds takes over with time, and I naturally envelope myself in it. Living in Door County allows a lifestyle filled with the beauty of nature and easy access to enjoy it.
The Art of Surrender
Facing my resistance….again
Why is surrendering my control so very difficult at times? I have found the past few weeks spiritually painful as I lost my openness and flow. I knew that it was there, that I was in process and that it would again return. I had an incredible energy session from a friend, and later a massage from another healer. Finally, I feel reconnected and much more alive today.
I know clearly that life is a process; that we are here to seek, to desire, and to find our way through times of openness as well as times of blindness. Yet those times spent in the desert, thirsty for the awesome experience of connection with all of life, are so painful. I struggle through them each time and am learning greater patience as I do. And then I find the reopening a wonderful gift. I am grateful today for the help of those gifted practitioners and friends that help guide my way, and the deep surrender I once again feel. My body is alive. My spirit is joyful. Namaste.
Companions throughout terminal illness
This week I was honored to speak with two Registered Nurses in other areas of the country that provide end-of-life support in addition to training/certification as End-of-Life Doulas. This title echoes the care that most people are familiar with throughout pregnancy and the start of life; a perfect description of the same support and companionship needed at the final stages of life.
I enjoyed our conversations, and left feeling connected as well as filled with information about their practices. This work is necessary today as an adjunct to hospice care, and allows our aging population to have the support and care that is not possible within healthcare. I am excited to make these connections, and look forward to establishing a network of practitioners with which to further nurture my own practice.
The Wonder of the UP
The fun of winter along Lake Superior while connecting with friends and students
Last week we returned to Houghton MI; our first visit with the freedom to simply enjoy and experience the area . Of course we drove past our recently sold home, and were pleased to see that it is well cared for. Memories of our time there became part of our conversation throughout our stay.
I had the pleasure of addressing the senior nursing students at Finlandia University finlandia.edu. They are beginning their semester in Community Health Nursing and were eager participants in the discussion of hospice care, death and dying, and integrative medicine. I found them filled with knowledge and the hunger to learn. It was a truly enjoyable presentation. I also was honored to find Sally: A Memoir featured at Northwinds Books
We spent the remainder of our afternoon along icy Lake Superior at the Keweenaw Peninsula’s north shore. Each year the lake holds a new image; this year large icebergs often obscured the chilly water beyond. We had the highway to ourselves for most of our drive, adding to the area’s remote feel. Later, the return to friendship and community at our favorite restaurant rekindled what is best about that area.
We spent an additional day downhill skiing as we travelled towards home in WI. The weather and ski conditions were perfect at Brule skibrule.com and we hope to go back again later this year. As with most places in the UP, we found that each staff member at the ski hill was filled with warmth and natural customer service. Something that must be experienced to understand. It was an incredible few days….and hard to get back to “regular life”!