"My mind sees that I am nothing, my heart sees that I am everything, between these two poles my life unfolds."

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Greetings! I trust your long weekend has been enjoyable. I know we were certainly spoiled with lovely weather. It was hot throughout (+26C) and even a touch humid at times - I really don't see us getting that last late frost we live in fear of around the time we first put out our bedding-outs and hanging baskets. As a rule I don't do anything before the first week in June; but this year I took a leap of faith which I hope I do not live to regret and did all my pots etc. on Friday. Saturday was just plain gorgeous and I didn't seem to accomplish a whole lot of anything. Sometimes I wonder where the days go... Sunday morning I went for a long walk, barbecued for lunch and lounged about on the deck until the weather took a surprising turn. Threatening clouds rolled in and rain was coming down by mid-afternoon. A fortuitous turn as I look at it; we are just starting to get dry and could use a few days of rain. Looks like much of the same for today.

On my walk I took pics of the many trees in bloom. This is such a beautiful time of year!

A starfish :)

I am a late convert to the joys of walking. It's really only in the past year that I have begun to walk on a regular basis. Now I don't understand why I was so resistant in the first place; I feel better both mentally and physically as a result. Below is an excerpt and link to what I found to be a very interesting article on the benefits of walking. I especially enjoyed the comments section below the essay. The author replied to each person in such a gracious, encouraging way.

* Look for a Banana Mousse recipe later this afternoon from Mireille Guiliano's French Women For All Seasons :) 

The Spiritual and Emotional Benefits of Walking
When I began walking, it was the middle of January in our often dreary and harsh Toronto winter, but I somehow kept going. Everything about me changed. My body, as I started toning from the daily practice, but more than that, my perspective changed. I felt it was my opportunity to commune with nature, which prevails regardless of the weather or the season. A great lesson we are offered from Mother Nature, if we care to observe it. In our modern stress-filled lives, where we seem to be moving faster and faster with more to do and less time to do it, walking allows you the opportunity to slow down and be aligned, a chance to breathe and relax. Walking from a place of relaxed intention is a freeing practice. It is a way to bring your mind, body and spirit into balance. Walk this way and your senses are enlivened. Colors seem more brilliant. The smells and sounds become more alive. I hear the birds song and some days I believe they recognize me and are singing their song to me, inviting me to fly with them. The leaves on the trees are dancing in the breeze and I have a sense of freedom, of being in touch, in harmony with some cosmic orchestra. Full article here.


  1. Simply said......gorgeous!!!

  2. What are those trees? The pink flowers are gorgeous. We're just starting to bloom too, and getting some needed rain while we're at it.

  3. Hi Lorene, I know, everything seems to have bloomed at once :)

  4. Hi Tatiana, The ones I am sure of: #1 & 2 are Crab Apple blossoms, #3, 5 & 7 are May Day and #4 is either Nanking Cherry or Double Flowering Plum - not sure about #6.

  5. I adore trees in bloom, especially magnolias...so gorgeous! And I'm one of those people that loves to walk...a lot. My hubby and I talk very long walks some evenings, anywhere from 2 - 4 kilometers, most often even longer. And I always feel great when we return. I've been doing this since I was a young child. My dad loved taking long walks and used to take me along with him from when I was very young (aged 2 or so). It's just something that really appeals to me.

  6. Hi Martha, Since spring I have been slowly increasing the distance I walk and taking different routes. Keeps it interesting :)

  7. I love the blooms this time of year - if only they could last a bit longer!

    As for the walking, maybe I should give it another go. I've never really enjoyed it, but then I've never walked consistently enough to get used to it, or see any benefits from it. Maybe, just maybe.

  8. Hi Tricky Nag, I was thinking the very same thing; if only they could last longer. I wonder if today's rain will help at all?
    Like working out, I have found walking to be addictive once you work it into your routine. When I happen to miss a day or two I don't feel quite right.


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