When I am still and quiet my mind,
I take a look up at the grand sky.
If there are clouds they often take shape in my mind’s eye.
There is a dragon with its pointed tail and craned long neck.
There is a bird with wings that seem to engulf and span across the whole sky above me.
I feel so little like I’m a worm in the earth about to be gobbled up as prey.
Then I see sea creatures.
Mermaids dancing with their magical tails as fish clamber around to find their own space.
I breathe deep. I try to share what I see.
My favorite times are when my mind is busy and away with thoughts and then I catch just a glimpse of the sky and the cloud is shaped like a heart.
Finding hearts randomly around nature is my symbol.
I’m always grateful of the reminder that I am love and loved
whether it’s the cloud up above like a large heartbeat in the sky
or the dried up and grayed gum on the sidewalk that shares a similar shape
or the lotion just pumped onto my palm.
And the heart makes me smile and pause for just a brief moment. That’s all it takes really.
Though the clouds and heart shapes may disappear, the image is contained in my mind and my heart.
I am grateful. Alive. I am not so small.
When I am present with the sky or the sidewalk,
I am in awe and connected to the universal magic that is always surrounding us.
I share my stories honestly as an attempt to find meaning and connection. My intention is that by sharing our stories we ultimately heal ourselves and the world. I want to be a beacon of light to show that it is possible to find your footing and inner strength even when the world seems to be in chaos.
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