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A Whole New World

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Please join me and subscribe to my NEW blog.  I call it The ART of Life Blog. -reflections on holistic living.

I needed to refresh my writing and have more of a focus that relates to my work as a holistic educator/art therapist…and life “philosopher” of sorts.  This current blog will no longer continue as it has evolved to something new and wonderful!

Check it out at Melissa Masters. 

love & blessings on your paths! Thank you!!!!!!

 

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Lazy Days

Sunny Days

Sunny Days

It seems our fondest memories are often from the days of summers past. I myself can remember long, lazy days when I was ten playing with my best friend Alice. We would meet half way between our houses; mine on top of the hill, hers at the bottom—a crackling yodel call was our signal to each other.

“What do you want to do now?,” was a question we repeatedly asked each other during our time together. There were always endless possibilities, and time to choose… drawing, playing “school,” finding interesting rocks to crack open, climbing the huge oak tree where we could sit on a makeshift platform, or pestering older siblings. Ar lunchtime, a parent would provide a sandwich for us both depending on whose house we were meandering about. Sometimes we were allowed to walk to the middle school up the road which to us was a grand adventure. We galloped on our pretend horses, and looked for signs of school life such as pencils, notebooks, and discarded class notes.

But, the most thrilling time of the summer was in early August. That was when the Clyde Beatty circus arrived for a week at the middle school. We counted the days with anticipation, waving our arms and screaming with excitement upon finally seeing the big trucks venturing down the road. We would try to guess which vehicle held the lions, or elephants, and wondered what “curiosities’ would be present that summer; perhaps the tattooed woman, the fire-breathing man, or “Tom Thumb.” We looked forward to sitting for hours on the perimeter of the baseball field watching as the big tents were raised, wondering what it might be like to join the circus.

This past week I was visiting my son and his young family. We enjoyed a day of just “hanging out”. Two little preschoolers splashed in a small pool, and flew high on swings. “I love summer!,” my son exclaimed. Yes, precious moments when one can take advantage of warm weather and a more relaxed flow of life. These are the days for creating vivid memories that last. May you have many special moments that will linger in your mind… and always make you smile.

 

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Following Your Own Path

 

IMG_7453It takes courage to follow a path that feels true to you. The support that one yearns for that brings added confidence and motivation is not always readily available. Yet, it is this time of year that we perhaps feel an urge to do things differently, as we now feel refreshed and stronger to make necessary changes. Springtime is here in the northern hemisphere- signifying rebirth and new growth. Many of us who have grown weary from a grueling snowy winter, greet spring’s arrival with enthusiasm. It is like the welcoming of a close friend to our doorstep.

 

We humans like to shed our heavy clothes and take out more colorful, lighter garments that reflect our more active and exuberant spirits. We sing as we clean our living spaces, discarding clutter and things we no longer need. Just as we might start to plan a garden, or watch as birds prepare their nests for eggs and new life…so we feel that same sense of something blossoming from within ourselves.

 

 

It is an optimal time of nature’s cycle to shed the “old” and start fresh. This sometimes means not just donating clothes to a local charity, but taking the time to “redirect” our compass if needed. Spring supports us in letting go of old patterns of behavior that no longer serve us; as well as thoughts that do not contribute to the lives we are meant to have. We had that long winter to incubate and ponder what changes need to be made. Are there unhealthy foods that I can stop eating to take better care of my body? Are there friends that I need to let go of in order to move forward on my path? Are there changes you can make in your “work” that will allow more fulfillment?

 

 

Mother Nature has a new exhibition of flowers and budding trees. There is a part of you that wants to emerge too… Spring forth! Listen to that small, still voice inside, and you will get an idea of what steps to take. Find that path that is uniquely yours to travel on…one step at a time.

The universe supports you, and so do I.

 

p.s. If there is joy in your heart, you are on your way to wonderful new experiences and opportunities!  :D

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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What Is Love?

We are born from love, live our lives in love, and eventually return to love…..

.But what is love? Here is what a few first and second graders wrote about this subject. Such wise little beings…. :D

IMG_7445Love is when I have feelings for another person. I have feelings for my family and friends. I love my family and friends because they care about me. I have feelings for the world. I don’t like to see things getting hurt. I feel like I have feelings for everybody and everything. I don’t like to see anything die.

IMG_7448Love is when I care about someone alot. Love is when I feel peaceful. Love is when I take a walk in the forest. Love is when I sit with my family. Love is when I eat watermelon. Love is when I go to sleep.

IMG_7440Love is friendship and being nice to my friends. Love is being happy. Love is helping and being nice. Love is being good to people, places, and everything. Love is peace, niceness, and being good. Love is when you feel good inside your heart.

Love & Light, L

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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A Jolly Jolly Soul

A Jolly Snowman

A Jolly Snowman

My mother loves snowmen. She was born in Bristol, Connecticut and had seen many snowstorms growing up as a young girl. She then attended college in Vermont where wintry weather could be harsh, relentless…and great for snowman-building. I am sure she enjoyed creating many snow people through the years.

Recently, my siblings and I sold our parents home in North Carolina. My dear father passed away a couple of years ago…my mom now happily resides in a care facility for people with Alzheimer’s. As we emptied the house, I considered saving sentimental objects that would remind me of my parents. There were books that my dad loved… beautiful embroideries that my mother had stitched. There were special plates, bird ornaments…but then there were the snowmen.

On the windowsill in the kitchen stood three. Not expensive, not very big, but each one exhibiting a perpetual smile. About the house was a decorative snowman lamp, snowman candle, a framed picture I had drawn of a snowman, a snowman plate, snowman globe…. but here were my mom’s little “treasures.”

I did acquire the snowman figurines. One now gazes at me from my desk. That frozen smile warms my heart. I understand my mom’s attraction to snowmen now. Snowmen are never sad, or angry, or worried. They are always happy and delighted to give you a loving, affectionate grin. They come into being through a state of playfulness and delight. Their existence is short-lived (depending on the weather conditions), yet they are a symbol of joy in the moment.

Our lives are longer than large melting snowballs. That means we have more “time” to choose happiness as our daily outlook.  :D

HAPPY WINTER!           IMG_7154

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A Walk In The Park

A bench for two.

A bench for two.

 

 

Who would you pick to join you if you could pick anyone? Something to ponder….What do you think you would like to talk about? Hmm…while enjoying the view of course.

San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is coming… so the other day before I began an art lesson, I asked some young students in a kindergarten class to name things they were thankful for. Here were some of their responses: my mom, my dad, my baby sister, myself, my house, flowers, my dog, roller coasters, watermelon, macaroni & cheese, ambulances, fire trucks, bunk beds, trees, my friends, ipads, my bicycle, baseball, pandas, dolphins, airplanes, the sun, the world.

What are you thankful for? What comes quickly to your mind?

I will start. I am thankful for…

my children, extended family, grandbabies, friends, family, students I’ve known, my cats, divine guidance, feeling healthy, my laptop, a roof over my head, my artistic skills that bring me such enjoyment, people I’ve met who helped me to be more spiritually aware, my busy hands, my book project, creative inspirations, pink roses, having nutritious food to eat, all kinds of trees (especially mighty oaks), sunrises, kind people I meet, funny movies (like What About Bob? and Money Pit  :D), being optimistic, living near an ocean, living in California, national parks, birds of all kinds, having lived in Mt Shasta, all my road trips ( I love to drive), healing from health issues, my small feet that get me where I need to go, swimming with a dolphin in Hawaii, beautiful art, my education, always being near children and hearing their laughter, growing up in New England, my “former” life in CT, found pennies, the gift of song, believing in miracles as something ordinary, angels, golden opportunities, strawberries, libraries, happy dreams… this zany, wonderful life that’s getting more and more interesting….

OK, that is how I began.

Start your own thankful list and see what shows up.  :)

Enjoy the holiday with loved ones. Blessings!

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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