Hello beautiful beings of light and love,
I have so much to share… where to begin? And… what to leave out?
First of all, I am a lover of summer! I am beside myself when the weather begins to shift and I haven’t absorbed all the vitamin D to last me through the winter. Once I feel satiated I welcome apple season with open arms. July is my most favorite, FAVORITE month of all. It simply feels so full – the trees are plush with their clothes of leaves, flowers, Oh My… FLOWERS are everywhere with their scent permeating my soul. The earth is incredibly full of healing waters from June rains, long luscious days, clear summer night, OMG; I could just rant and rave about summer soothing July. Above all, to me, July just feels like a full moon for 31 days, in the magical sense of course.
This past July my husband John and I were blessed to spend the whole month in the woods and on the waters of Maine. For the most part, our phones were off, no computers, no movies (we opted not to have cable in our home), nothing but us and nature. It was the most amazing retreat. Truly, I only had one meltdown and that was closer to the end of the month when I realized my 35th class reunion was the weekend we would return back to civilization. This particular evening while preparing for sleep, I took a long good looked at myself in the camp mirror… a smile crept in as my hair was in total chaos, LOTS of bug bites EVERYWHERE, and my toes needed something, anything… You know how it goes when you’re meeting up with classmates you haven’t seen in what feels like forever. So, I turned on my phone, took a selfie and sent a text message to my bestie just hoping she was still up. She was – Thank the heavens!
My text: “Okay! I think I’ve had about as much fun as I can handle…. I’m getting woods queer.OMG! I need a long hot shower, a flat iron, and a pedicure….”
Her reply: “LOL! This is too funny! Come back to civilization my friend! Hehe. You need some girlfriend time and NO BUGS!”
Then of course she made me laugh until I almost wet my pants. I love girlfriends and I love her! It made the rest of my time in the woods even more special.
Friends are simply AMAZING!
Talking about friends I want to share this amazing story with you that actually happened to one of my friends. Here’s the short version. Before I left for the woods she and I got together and she told me about her adventure in the 100 Mile Wilderness. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s the last 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail ending on Mt. Katahdin, Baxter State Park. My friend and her partner dedicated 10 miles a day for 10 days – easy peezy for these two nature loving souls.
It was one of those rainy and wet days that June months are noted for. Not long after the trip began, and without an option to turn back, my friend slipped on a wet rock and down she went. With one leg behind her and the other in an awkward position she thought to herself “This can’t be good”. A quick assessment and knew instantly that she had seriously sprained her ankle, and yet very thankful she hadn’t broken a bone or two. With pain that was piercing through her body, the trip had come to a halt. No problem… only 95 more miles to go. YIKES! She felt horrible, physically and emotionally. As the swelling began, her partner acted swiftly by getting the tent set up and providing her with fluids and something to eat. Here’s where the real story begins. In preparing her pack frame for the trip, keeping it light, she told herself that she could only take one book and so she better make it a book that would come in handy for the just in case moments. Did I mention that my friend is a very logical and practical woman, whom I admire for her strength, endurance, aliveness with adventure – is also a Registered Nurse? No, hmm… Anyway, the book she packed was Louise Hay’s book “Heal Your Body”, a thin little soft blue book that is filled with positive affirmations to help heal your body and your life. In these moments where there was no possible way she could walk, she settled into the tent and perused the book for the perfect affirmation to begin the healing.
Here in the woods, she and her partner laid low for the rest of the day, her in a bad way, repeating Louise Hay’s affirmation, and he being the care giver providing physical and emotional support. By morning she was determined (really with no choice) to set out on the trail. The two knew they had to hike at least 10 miles a day to reach their goal within 10 days. The hike was slow going and she continued the affirmation. They hiked 7 hours that day. 10 hours the next day, and the third day 14 hours… Her ankle was by far healed and now the other compensating leg was taking on some strain. Not the greatest vacation she’d ever been on but here in the woods and waters of Maine where they hiked for miles, seeing no one, limited conversation, eyes staying mostly glued to a trail that was far less than perfect, with one affirmation leading to another, giving her hope, courage and strength to walk on, she was healing more than just her body, she was her life as well. Of course I’m not doing her AMAZING story a lot of justice. When she shared the story with me, I was simply in awe. My friend is the real story teller, with many fabulous details and expression. “The Power of Affirmations” really got her through some trying tough times on her trip. Although it wasn’t a vacation filled with material bling, she would agree it was one of the most life altering vacations she’d been on.
Now, it’s my turn to pack for my month long adventure in the Maine woods. What book do you think I chose? Yep, you got it. And it was the best book I could’ve chosen.
Depending on the circumstance, I too went from one affirmation to another.
Here’s a few:
Bug Bites: “I am free of all irritations. All is well.”
Bruises: “I love and cherish myself. I am kind and gentle with me. All is well.”
Insomnia: “I lovingly release the day and slip into peaceful sleep, knowing tomorrow will take care of itself.”elf.”
Working with affirmations professionally has been a tradition for me, yet, like the shoe maker, I rarely brought it home and into my life. Today affirmations are flowing personally and professionally, and I’m ever so thankful for the “100 Mile Wilderness” experience via proxy.
My own affirmations seem to morph when shifts are made and into what makes my energy flow ever so beautifully, filled with my own strength and confidence.
“I love who I am. I adore the woman I have become. I respect my choices and decisions that support my journey. I trust the flow of life. I am safe. I am safe to be fully present in my physical body.”
This affirmation is so empowering to me. I feel my heart open wide and my feet tingle as I connect with the physical side of being present here on earth.
My friend gave me a gentle reminder of how powerful affirmations are for each of us. She is the force behind this blog. Thank you!
I truly encourage you to create an affirmation that is equally empowering and designed for you. It’s just so yummy.