My goodness it has been a warm summer, and, for me it seems a rather "sweaty" one. Of course, here in the Midwest we have been blessed with typical summer weather whereas the south and southwest have been sweltering, so how can we really complain?
Much like our attitude toward factors beyond our control, it really is a matter of choice. We can examine the benefits of detoxing our bodies of impurities through the release of moisture from our system, or we can complain and choose to stay in our air conditioned homes and observe life through our windows. We may also choose to appreciate the warmth of summer knowing the cold weather will be upon us quickly. It is really is a matter of choosing our thoughts, and as all of you know, thoughts directly influence what happens in our lives. We can choose to complain and whine which leads to an "upside-down" smile, or we can appreciate the beauty and warmth of summer and be grateful for the gifts rain brings the earth. How in the world could we complain? The colorful display of Earth mother in all her richness of color and the abundant fresh garden foods that burst from her will feed our bellies and enrich our bodies are bound to put a broad smile on our faces.
As in every moment of a person's life, we have a choice how to perceive what's in front of us. Whether it is the events in life or the weather, you have the power to interpret each from your personal perspective. Each day you choose whether your mood becomes one of gratitude or concern. In essence, you carry the answer to the question, "To sweat or not to sweat!" Several years ago a simple and rich book written by Richard Carlson, PhD shot to the Best Seller list. It offered wisdoms from which you can choose how to view life situations. The title is, "Don't sweat the small stuff, it's really all small stuff!" You might check that out. If your face has an "upside down" smile, you and everyone around you, will know how you are answering that question.
As we move through the warmest month of the year, pause and consider how you would like this month to be for you, and those around you, and consciously choose, "To Sweat or not to Sweat" what is put in front of you. From my face you can tell I have chosen to smile through life . . . it's full of wrinkles! Sure beats having creases across my forehead from too much worry and concern! Here's to a month of healthy sweating and falling into bed from exhaustion after "playing" outside with those you love. The State Fair's in full swing, go explore the many gifts Indiana offers, and eat some strange new food. No worries about the calories, you'll sweat them off!
Thursday, August 17, from 6:30p - 8p, the Wisdom Circle will gather around a small fire and participate in the Seven Chakra Dance, taught to us by Grace MacNeil. Grace will facilitate this moving meditation/dance that will help us become aware and open to our 7 chakras. Interestingly, the Clan Mother for August is She Who Heals, how's that for assisting us with balancing our hearts and minds? (Read more about her on our 13 Original Clan Mother link.)
Mark your calendar and plan to enjoy an evening of mindfulness and playfulness as we enrich our heart and soul with this amazing gift. Bring a friend, an open heart and come prepared to enjoy the warmth of summer in a playful and powerful way!
As always, women are asked to wear a skirt or bring a sarong to wrap around them to honor the women that came before us. A gifting bowl is present to show respect for the teaching shared.
Saturday, August 26, from 1-4 p is the Dreamcatcher retreat. Read about this afternoon event under the Community Events link to learn more about what will be a fun-filled afternoon. If you have ever been curious about these beautiful creations, join us as we learn some stories, and create a Dreamcatcher of our own to take home.
As with all events at the Lodge, bring a friend, an open heart and come to meet some new people, or old friends, that share many of your personal heart-felt stirrings. It is always a good time for those that choose to join us. The investment for this retreat covers all materials to make your own. You choose from $40-60. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, August 23 to ensure adequate materials are available.
From my heart to yours, Vicky
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For detailed information and to sign up, click on the Community Events link on our website.
To sign up, simply email Victoria at email@example.com for the Drum Making workshop and Beauty Way card workshop, and Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Dreamcatcher retreat.
Thank you for your patience!
With summer in full swing towns are alive with activities; fairs, festivals, benefits, garage sales, and a host of other celebrations. It is interesting to learn the "specialties" of small towns. Even the smallest of towns have a "heritage" of some sort. For instance, I have lived in Morgan county for many years, little did I realize the town of Spencer has a popcorn festival each year. Being a great fan of popcorn, I am going to attempt to check that out this year.
On an informational note, there is a publication distributed each year filled with a plethora of activities offered through out this beautiful state. It is generally a free booklet distributed through local visitor centers. In addition to summer events, it covers activities throughout the year. I am confident there is something that will peak you and your family's interest. So, save some money and take a "staycation" and visit several of the activities in your area. Better yet, venture outside your neighborhood. Personally, I find people quite interesting, and how they live and celebrate life is most fascinating. We are, after all, products of our home towns. Even if you have left the area you grew up in, there is a part of you that holds those traditions within your heart. Maybe it is time to venture back to that area if only to see how it has or has not changed. Such are the opportunities The Richness of Summer offers.
On the subject of Events, Victoria Williams Steen recently had one of her paintings displayed at the Eitlejorg Museum in Indianapolis. The well-known, best selling author of "Braiding Sweetgrass," Robin Wall Kimmerer held a talk on the gifts nature offers and the valuable teachings humans can benefit from using nature as a teacher. Victoria's painting was one of only ten selected to depict those teachings. If you are feeling a nudge to learn something life-changing, read "Braiding Sweetgrass," and check out the many gifts and offerings of Victoria on her website: www.victoriawilliamssteen.com. Without a doubt your heart will be stirred.
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This Thursday, July 20, from 6:30-8, the Deepening into Wisdom circle will gather. Weather permitting, we will once again gather around a small fire and share what our hearts have to say. This month Shiela Dim will share one of her soul's gifts and her knowledge as it pertains to, "Nature Bathing: Using Principles form Yoga, Ayurveda, and traditional Japanese forest bathing (Shinrin Yoku) to Connect with Mother Nature." Sound interesting? Then join us this Thursday, July 20 and experience something new to deepen your understanding of how nature truly is our best friend and teacher!
Bring a friend, something to sit on to ensure no bugs or damp ground will interfere with your experience, and an open heart and mind. A gifting basket will be present to reciprocate the sharing and teaching from those in attendance. Out of respect for our ancestors, women are asked to wear a skirt or bring a sarong to wrap around themselves. If you have any questions or comments, contact Vicky: email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you!
The Drum making retreat on August 5, is quickly approaching. If your heart is calling for a deeper connection to Earth Mother, this retreat will answer that call.
The New Moon balanced in Beauty Way Card Workshop, August 16, offers an participants a unique way to deepen into a profound understanding of yourself and life through the use of creative and personal healing cards.
And, lastly, the Dreamcatcher retreat on August 26 offers "dreamers" the opportunity to delve into a partnership with their ancestors to better understand the sacredness of the life.
These ancient traditions carry profound facets of energy and connection that are only possible when human life and nature coexist in harmony. It is time to re-member and reconnect to the profound and simple Truths those that walked this land before us knew. In our search for understanding, humankind created human guidelines. These ancient traditions hold the keys for us to once again live in right relations with the nonhuman world . . . the natural world created by Spirit. Join any of our offerings and find out, "What you didn't know, you didn't know!" Then watch your life come alive!
For detailed information and to sign up, click on the Community Events link on our website.
From my heart to yours, Vicky
Jumpin' Joe, what a beginning to the month of June and the ending of the spring season. The temperatures have hit 90 on several occasions, and the air conditioners have already christened the birth of summer! All that and it's only June 8! Even those of us who prefer cooler temps have enjoyed the warmth and beauty heralded in with the weather. Gardens are flourishing, the smell of freshly cut grass and, as predicted last month, the kids fill the neighborhood with a youthful, carefree energy. Ahh, the "uncaging" from school brings a freedom nearly everyone can recall from their own growing up years. With the Indy 500 in our rearview mirror, we now can look toward the adventure-filled weeks of summer! Such a time to explore, try new things, and test our mobility with physical outdoor activities. The warmth of summer helps our "immobile" body of winter, and the newly stretched muscles of spring prepare us for the active, adventurous journey summer offers.
Our oldest national holiday for June is Father's Day on Sunday, June 18. The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in the state of Washington; it officially became a national holiday in 1972. As was suggested last month with Mother's Day, we can thank our father's for our lives. Regardless of the relationship we have with our biological fathers, the truth is, they helped us become a resident of this beautiful planet. And, let us recall and remember those men that were in our lives and taught us what being a man was all about. Whether it was an Uncle, Grandfather, through remarriage, adoption, a teacher, coach, or mentor, we learned how to maneuver our way through those growing years from their presence in our life. Whether you were a daughter or son, that male figure shaped our belief about what a being a man was all about. When we mention Fathers each of us have uniquely different descriptors that come into our thoughts, memories and feelings that show up in our actions. As with our mothers, we all moved through our adult years rewinding those memories in order to become the parent to our children, or other significant children we encountered, that we may have been grateful for, or perhaps to change those hurtful memories and become the parent we wanted ours to be.
As in all relationships, forgiveness frees us to live life as WE choose it to be . . . without regret, bitterness, or sorrow. It does, however, take a great deal of work to reconstruct those habits we may have developed from our parents that we wish we could "re-do." Well, we can, it just takes determination and a great deal of observation of our thoughts, words and actions. When we use love as our base, anything and everything is possible. Many men know and display those heartfelt traits and qualities, while others may not express those feelings. Our task is to observe their actions and simply learn their "language!"
This Father's day, consider something you always wanted your father to do or say, and YOU do or say that to him! You might be surprised by his response. Who knows what might happen, if you get the horseshoes, corn hole boards, fishing gear, or schedule an outing to a baseball game (whether at Victory field, Cincinnati, Chicago, St. Louis, or via online streaming, ) and witness his reaction. Just gather a few of those items and meet him where he is! That is unconditional love!
Thursday, June 15, from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. the Deepening into Wisdom Circle will gather to share their hearts with other like-minded people. Last month we enjoyed an outdoor Gathering around a small fire. It was an absolutely heartfelt experience as the first fire of the season was lite. This month, Diana Ingemanson, will share one of her gifts with us, "An evening spiraling with trees!" Sound enchanting? Then join us and find out first hand! My hunch is, weather permitting, we will be outdoors again! Bring an open heart, friend, a cover for your lap, and a blanket to sit on. Out of respect for our ancestors, women are asked to wear a skirt or wrap a sarong around them while in ceremony. This circle is open to all open hearted human beings!
A gifting basket is present to return back what you have received.
Check our Events page for more offerings that may "tickle your fancy!"
And, of course, the Clan Mother, Storyteller, shares her gifts this month. Perhaps it's time for you to share a story or two that will help others move through life's journey. You will never until you become brave enough to share something you experienced and ways in which it helped you through your life. And, jokes are welcome!! Storyteller will assist you with learning how to "Speak the Truth." If you do not have the 13 Original Clan Mother book, by Jamie Sams, check out our very brief synopsis on our website.
That's all Folks! Have a joyous June! From my heart to yours, Vicky
As we approach Memorial Day weekend, and the infamous "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the energy is almost magical. The hummingbirds have arrived, flowers abound in every size, shape and color, and gardens begin to emerge from the earth. It is a time of birthing newness, traveling and mingling with others in our families and communities. Soon the children will be out of school and bicycles, ice cream truck, pools and many more fun activities will be in full swing.
This morning the thought entered my mind, "Where is 'Victory Lane?'" It seemed an appropriate time to ask that question to those reading our blogs. Where is YOUR Victory Lane? Everyone is striving for something in their life. It does not matter your age or stage of life, every thought, word and action we have has some sort of purpose. What's yours? And, just as importantly, how will you know when that purpose, goal, or desire, have been attained?
Consider if you will, if and when the answer you have to the question above does become clear, is that your Victory Lane or is that merely your starting point when the green flag waves? All too often people have to ponder that question, to even consider what they truly desire. Most of us have many dreams from which to choose, it is deciding which ones to really see through to the checkered flag. This year's 500 is the 107 running of the Indianapolis race, and, 74 different drivers have won. Since you are the only "driver" in your life, how many "races" have you experienced? And, how many Victory Lane's have you actually experienced? And, what about those that fell along the wayside? The world is full of opportunities, it just may be time to pick one of those.
As you ponder those questions, really take some time to consider the dreams, goals, desires and truly important moments you have seen to come to fruition in your life. We all have ups and downs, and sometimes life seems like it's a constant changing lanes, being passed by someone or seemingly cut off by another person attempting to take your position. Life often feels like a oval shaped, repetitive obstacle course, and yet, we love the thrill of attempting and accomplishing a desired feat, even better, "Being the Winner," being in Victory Lane.
This Memorial Day, consider what is really important, what cost many have paid to provide those of us living in this beautiful country the opportunity to go after everything our heart desires. Everything we accomplish in life comes with someone, or often many people, who stood beside us. Whether we knew them or not, those that gave their all, did so with as a loyal, patriotic comrade willing to answer the call of their country. We owe our lives, our freedom, our abundant opportunities to these often nameless service men and women. This Memorial Day, let's welcome put them in "Victory Lane," and hold their courage in our hearts to see whatever endeavors we are pursuing to guide us to our "Victory Lanes!"
A Side Note: Check out our Community Events page for a few opportunities that just might help you with your deepest desires, goals, endeavors and adventures. To cross into "Victory Lane," takes personal courage, perseverance, and a community of supporters! It takes showing up to Life!
Mother's are an indispensable resource to the world! Imagine a world without Mothers. Actually, you can't because if your mother opted to not have children, you wouldn't be here to read this blog. Please understand, Motherhood is a very serious decision to make and by all means is one not to be taken lightly. To choose to be a mother is to commit to a role you will have until you take your last breath, and please note, there is no retirement! Grandchildren are the "next generation," to expand and require the gentle, patient, and loving touch of a Grandmother.
Of course, some mothers are stern, direct and lack patience, and that's OK too, for many of us needed those teachings in order to grow. My teacher used to say sometimes a person has to "flip the coin," to learn the lessons such behaviors offer us to become compassionate, loving people. When I would tell the young people who had such a parent those words, they would look at me quite puzzled. "Huh? how does that teach me to be loving?" I always responded, "By showing you what you do not want to do to your children." Bitterness, lack of forgiveness, and judgments about anyone stops our personal growth. We are harmed more when we hold resentment toward anyone . . . but then, I regress!
The bottom line is, Motherhood is a lifetime commitment that often is taken for granted. It is a privilege to bring a life into this world, adopt a child, or inherit them through a marriage. It is an honor to be given a "teacher" who will love you despite all the insecurities you may feel at the various stages your child will enter. And, a teacher a child will be!
This Mother's Day, pause and reflect on the many life lessons you learned from your mother. My hunch is, that list will be quite long. And, always remember, a mother is forever learning how to love her child until the she takes her last breath. So, this Mother's Day, call your mother! It's not the flowers or candy, it's the direct look in the eyes or sincere, "Thank you for my life," that will mean the world to your mother.
P.S. Some Fathers are the nurturers in the family, we'll recognize their gifts in June!
Thursday, May 18 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Deepening into Wisdom Circle will meet. We will be learning more about the benefits and ways in which Meditation can help us truly learn to Listen to the "voice of our Heart," the place of our soul, along with how to truly listen to others in order to develop and expand our relationships with those we encounter. Learning to listen to your own heart is imperative for personal and spiritual growth. To silence our ever chatting head and focus on what a friend, partner, child, parent, our coworker or boss is sharing, is vital for our own well-being, along with enriching those relationships. Kathryn Pingel will be sharing her gifts of listening to the words that spirit sends her way. We are grateful for her willing to open her heart and share these important and valuable teachings so that our personal truths may become more clearly understood and cherished. Imagine, if you will how the world would change if we truly learned to listen!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please send them to Vicky, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And, to all you Mothers, Have a blessed and rich Mother's Day!
"What are we doing here? No doubt everyone at some point in their life ask themself those questions. Most generally that questions is asked when life seems confusing, perplexing, and down right puzzling. In my 74 years on this beautiful planet, never have I witnessed such drastic division and separation in our country. Of course, globally many countries are in major shift mode as well. And, we all share the effects of the environmental changes, the devasting, record-breaking events that are transforming the contours of the land, along with the loss of populations of various species of animals, plant life, and the human race are at epic proportions. What does all this mean? What sort of rationale, purpose, or underlying "message" are we to understand? How can we make sense out of the ever-widening division we are witnessing in the political, moral, and very fundamental truths of many countries? More specifically, our country's seeming disregard for the very principles on which our country was founded?
How's that for an opening? If each of us are to be completely honest, the basis of our foundation has been and continues to be crumbling beneath our feet. Personally, I believe most people are good, love their family and country and would and do show up to help their neighbor. That has been shown through all the major upheavals mentioned above. Regardless of our differences, most people want to live in peace, have the security of a place to call home, and know we are safe and secure. We need to be confident someone cares that we are citizens of this beautiful planet, and if we disappeared, someone would notice and miss us.
As we observe the profound beauty unfolding before our eyes that spring brings, now would be a great time to touch the deepest part of your very soul and reassure your heart just how grateful you are to be alive. If nature can confront these drastic environmental events and continue to regenerate new growth, can't we do the same? On this Earth Day, 2023, how about we scan the magnificent world with which we live and notice the amazing gifts above our Heads? The stars continue to shine, Grandfather Sun shows up every morning, and Grandmother Moon reminds us that life is filled with phases that continue to unfold despite other events.
On this Earth Day, 2023, I will continue to do what I do every day; Lift my eyes to the Sky Nation and recite, "As above, so below." It is a constant reminder that something greater is the divine God/Creator, and that love from which Earth was birthed will always have the final say. It gives me hope and a comforting peace. I am confident multitudes of other have some form of daily ritual that helps them know without question, "Love will always shed light on the darkness that appears." With that, I say, "Earth to Heaven," Thank you!
With the arrival of spring comes the reawakening of life; tiny green buds appear on the barren trees of winter, various species of birds fluff and rearrange nests from prior years to prepare for this year's new offspring. Humans emerge from their "winter caves" and busily begin to clear and clean their yards from winter's fury. It is a time of newness and growth as the earth awakens from the slumber of winter. Such a gloriously inspirational season that offers life the richness of new beginnings. What will you be inspired to bring forth? What hopes and dreams germinated for you during the cold months of winter?
The first significant sacred holiday of the founders of our country will be honored this weekend; the death and rebirth of Jesus, the son of God. It was the bedrock and foundation for which this country was founded. This sacred weekend offers a time to pause and acknowledge the spiritual richness of our forefathers and mothers. As with any and every form of connection to a Divine source of Creation, diverse views and interpretations abound. Whatever deeply personal values hold true in your heart, this weekend offers a time to reflect and show reverence to your core beliefs. It is a time to show respect to your ancestral family's deepest and most personal spiritual practices. Those deepest soul level beliefs provided our ancestors the courage to venture out into a new world, care and love their families, and to teach those deep truths to the generations that followed. Those embedded truths still linger in our inner being. While many today choose very different ways of expressing their heart and soul's connection to the Divine, this weekend would be a good time to show honor and respect to our family heritage.
As we approach Easter Sunday, perhaps the baskets children carry with great glee to gather the colorful eggs and treats hidden in the new growth of earth will inspire you. If you will take the time to recapture those youthful memories of innocence and awe that you felt during your years of adventurous discovery, you will inspired, if only for a moment, to reclaim those magical years when everything was new, colorful and exciting.
Let us "resurrect" those sweet, innocent times of carefully scanning the earth for colorful treats and allow our hearts to experience the excitement of a child. If we can tap those memories, this Easter may offer the gift of "rebirth," as we look through the eyes of our inner child and appreciate the wisdom of the white-haired, wrinkled faces of our elders that gather around our Easter feast. We might even ask one of those elders to share a story from their Easter experience as a child.
Whatever your age, pause your "thinking mind," and allow your heart to recapture the "Easter Bunny" within to help "resurrect" the youthful excitement of possibilities. Then watch your blessings multiply with the warmth of love and excitement for life that will remind you of all the adventures still waiting to be explored and embraced!
From my heart to yours, Vicky
With our feet firmly planted into Spring, it's definitely time to consider where and how we wish to arrange the seeds and seedlings in our gardens. For those of us who garden, it's always a treat to feel the earth beneath our feet and walk the land to find the perfect spot. It is a partnership with the land upon which we live and grow the nourishments that feed our bodies and souls. Every gardener knows how their soul is fed when the seeds and seedlings are planted into the earth. tended with love, and the fruits of such efforts bring forward the richness of the plants. Of course, the collaboration with the elements of nature are 80% of the growth, our human efforts are 20%. As conscientious as we may be, Mother Nature is the determining factor for the success of the yields our gardens will produce. Weather, bugs, critters seeking food, and the rich abundance of worms all influence the outcome of our gardens.
Pause and ponder that thought for a moment. While we often feel responsible for our lives, the conditions and circumstances we encounter each day greatly influence the final yield we bring forth. It's a known fact that consecutive gray days dampen our spirits, while blue skies bring a spring to our steps. Such are the effects we feel when the main focus of conversations and news is gloom and doom. Life does bring sad situations that leave us feeling discouraged and often disheartened. However, much like the weather, its what we choose to do with what we witness that carries the most influence on our emotions. That beautiful mind can create some of the most troublesome situations we have to learn to manage. It is the storyteller, the inner chatter or internal room-mate; choose whatever phrase fits for you. The bottom line is, it's the excessive, unrelenting dialogue we tell ourselves. We can blame the media, our parents, bosses, partners; however, the truth is WE are responsible for that ever-endless chatter in our head.
With the spring showers that abound in April, the abundance of color and remarkable beauty of the earth offers our hearts the opportunity to notice the gifts brought forth from the collaboration and cooperation of all aspect of life. As we enter the rainy month of April, it might be the perfect time to remember the richness and cleansing such a month brings forth; and, the useful teaching it puts in front of us.
Indeed, there are difficult and challenging events in our lives that bring the shadow side of life into our thinking mind. However, what we do with those thoughts is up to us! We can look to the month of May and remember what comes after those gloomy, rainy days, and reframe those ruminating thoughts to ones that recall what was learned from those experiences.
Try this: As you enter your morning or evening shower, invite the water to cleanse and enrich your body, mind and soul with beauty. Visualize the water moving the dark, unhappy memories down the drain and into Earth Mother, to fertilize and feed her with the "compost" of our life experiences. As you step out of the shower, request that beautiful mind to remember how those experiences helped you become more compassionate, loving, and wise. Then put on those new thoughts as you slip into a clean set of colorful, comfy clothes, and tell your busy mind, May has arrived and it's only April!
Oh my goodness did we have a grand time at the "Using the Mandala retreat!" It was an informative, inspiring and uplifting four hours that bonded the participants as friends with a common goal. Check out the comments a few sent a couple of weeks after the retreat. A repeat of this retreat will be offered in the fall for those interested in learning about the many simple and powerful uses of the Mandala. Send a note via the "Comment section" if you are interested. Also, there are couple of other events in the "cooker," so check the Events periodically for updates.
April 6 at 1:29 a.m. the Pink Moon heralds in the Clan Mother, "Looks Far Woman." Along with the rich gifts of the Full moon, to "Reflect and Release, and prepare to Receive," Looks Far Woman teaches us how to "See the Truth." Read more about her and consider some questions on the Clan Mother tab.
April 7 is Good Friday, followed by Easter Sunday, the 9th. This is a deeply sacred weekend for those that hold the son of God, Jesus, close to their hearts.
April 20, (Thursday) at 12:12 a.m. the New Moon provides the energy to receive the inspired action necessary to "Plan and Plant" those things we have reflected upon. That evening at 6:30 p.m. The Deepening into Wisdom circle will meet and participate in the gifts of all of these powerful, spiritual energies. To gain even more clarity on owning "Our personal Gifts," the drum will assist the group with looking deeply into how those gifts may be of service to our personal and community lives. Even if you have not previously participated in this "mini series," we are confident this evening will be enriching to those in attendance. On another note, the remaining Wisdom circles for the year will be led by volunteer participants who wish to share their gifts with others. Come and join in the fellowship with other like-minded Seekers and learn something new to consider, share your insights, and be part of the conversation!
As always, leave any questions or comments on the contact page of our website: www.headtohearttalks.com
This week, Friday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day will brighten the day with green as we celebrate Irish customs and traditions. There will be parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green to bring to life, the spirited, fun-loving and lively energy of the Irish! Why even Indianapolis has a portion of the canal brought to life in the infamous green color in observance of the Irish heritage. More specifically, this day is in honor and respect of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. If you are of Irish descent, or have simply be fascinated with the culture, you know their story is like many small countries, often riddled with larger countries attempting to dominate and claim the country as part of their territory. I am confident if you read some of the history of Ireland, you will certainly understand why the phrase, "The Luck of the Irish," was given to the people of this small, beautiful, rich green country. Their resilient, hardworking, love of family and country is a beautiful example of the strength such beliefs and determination can bring to whatever tasks are put in front of you. It certainly offers inspiration for all of us!
Let's make this a bit more personal. What decisions, situations, problems, conflicts, unrest are in front of you? What challenges, misunderstandings, disrespectful, perhaps even addictions, are you confronting? What seeming "blocks" are in your way? Perhaps doing a little research on the Irish people, or, better yet, find an elder who has Irish descent and speak to them of what they know of their ancestors. The same can be said for nearly every culture in the world. Find out your heritage and dig into the history of your ancestors. Doing this will help you learn more about yourself, and heck, who doesn't need to better understand their family of origin? Stepping outside our immediate family, we will gain many insights behind their particular behaviors that may be annoying to us. This is how we will accelerate the healing of our world. We have to get outside our immediate situation to understand more clearly what old habits and ways may be hindering our healing. With that said, what you may discover is how absolutely courageous, brave, bold and fun-loving your family was "back in the day!" You may have the evidence you need to explain why you have such a happy heart despite your circumstances. For you see, not everything in the past is bleak, old-fashioned or outdated, rather it may be something that can offer lightness, hope, and a happy heart to everything you may face in the world. It may be that even if you are from Asia, Africa, South America, and the list goes on, you may still be able to claim you have, "The Luck of the Irish" in your soul!
Thursday, March 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Deepening into Wisdom circle will gather. We will continue our exploration of ways to "Claim our Gifts," as we take a closer look at ways to accept, discern and share our Gifts. If this is your first time to attend this circle, be assured you will quickly and easily understand the theme of this year's Wisdom Circle. That said, your gifts are greatly welcomed and valued by the others in the circle. Because this is a "come when you can" circle, without a doubt the topic will be applicable for your life. Bring an open heart, a blanket for your lap, and a willingness to ask questions and share as you feel led. If you have further questions, contact Vicky at: email@example.com
In the meantime, check out our website: www.headtohearttalks.com for more information about our Lodge
Have a wonderfully blessed week! Vicky
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!