FEBRUARY 1 ~ Those of you who know me might remember that a few years ago, I posted one heart for each day of the month of February. I have been compelled to do this once again, as I feel everyone needs a heart each day to wake up to. So, without further ado, here I go:
In the hustle and bustle of our lives, we often forget about how much we have to be grateful for. Even the tiniest of things can make a difference. I hope this month, you are reminded each day to open your hearts and be present in the moment…
FEB 2 ~ Bridges can be great structures; they carry us across rivers, streams and oceans; across trafficways, freeways and cosways; they are the metaphor for traversing new opportunities, new relationships, new ideas, new ways of communication. They’ve been targets of destruction during many a war; they are there at the beginning of an exodus and the end of a pilgrimage. Bridges are part of the fabric of our human story.
FEB 3 ~ A fond memory I have is being out at the family ranch as a little kid and watching my great-uncle Johnnie wrapping barbed wire around a post, fixing a fence at one of the cattle guards. I asked him why there were points sticking out of the wire and he said, “well that’s how we keep the cows in.” For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how that would work. Sometimes, we form barbed wire inside our hearts after we’ve suffered loss, pain or even humiliation. We believe it will keep others out and protect us from any further hurt. But barbed wire in our hearts keeps the love and joy out as well and isolates us from a full, wholehearted life. Barbed wire is good for a cowboys’ fence but bad for the heart. What do you have in your heart today?
FEB 4 ~ I have walked many a trail and hiked many a hill and mountain in and around Sedona in my life. I have visited many of the vortexes and felt the energy of the major fault line that most people don’t know runs through Oak Creek Canyon. I have played and slid down the waters of slide rock as a kid and spent weekends sunbathing at Red Rock in my college days. But when I found this beautiful heart, carved eons ago by natures amazing and intricate force, I was ecstatic!
Feb 5 ~ (Day After Superbowl): There’s something intrinsically human about the tale of the underdog. It taps into our capacity to hope for the future and dream big. It also teaches us about disrupting common beliefs and overcoming and confronting society’s labels. But it’s the challenges that life throws at us that make us stronger, more resilient and even hungrier to succeed. And Sometimes, it’s all about having a big heart…
FEB 6 ~ We could learn a lot from swans….. They mate for life and they provide unconditional love to their offspring. And they grow up to their most beautiful potential…..
FEB 7 ~ Dragonflies are an interesting bunch. Not only have they been around for 300 million years, they are expert flying machines, able to fly backward and sideways. They also can see eleven ranges of color as humans only see three. The females are called “damselflies.”
FEB 8 ~ This photo represents almost 50 miles walked in my neighborhood last Spring…..I would look for these rocks on my way back to the house……..this type of rock is popular in Las Vegas landscaping…..Next Spring you’ll see mountain and river rocks. Can’t wait to see the comparison. It will be a great Metaphor for the changes I have been through….some erosion, but mostly polished…..
FEB 9 ~ Everyone knows “the starfish story” …….but what if maybe, the starfish chose to drift ashore because he wanted to experience life “out of his comfort zone”……..dry out, “get a little sun”…risky, but what the hey…..fully knowing the tide would eventually arrive to take him back out to sea…..and what did he learn?…..”TRUE GRACE UNDER PRESSURE”…..and his heart was “fully in it”…..have a beautiful day my friends………Love….m.e.
FEB 10 ~ Have you ever seen a “cow catcher” tree? Ranchers will know what I’m talking about. Had to get a pic as I had never seen anything like this. Looks a little ominous. Like God has a sense of humor. I gues. Something to think about….s sometimes you can find hearts in the most barren of places
FEB 11 ~ Well, I thought since we were on trees, today’s heart is just the opposite. Nature is so creative!. I truly wish I had a “tree of hearts” in my yard. If I had one, I wouldn’t ever be able to keep a sad face for very long. This is a Catalpa Tree, BTW. It’s a beautiful Sunday (even without football)……m.e.
FEB 12 ~ It’s snowing today and I am thankful, for I don’t have to go outside today at all. Those lovely winter days when the snow falls straight down with no wind are the best. They coat you with a blanket of a zillion tiny crystals; each one different than the next. They are all unique like each of us. A beautiful white menagerie…..until the snow plow comes……..
FEB 13 ~ My Daily Heart.…..”I’d like to be…..under the sea…..in an octopus’ garden, in the shade…….scuba diving has definitely moved up the ladder on my bucket list!
FEB 14 ~ LOVE GOD, LOVE YOURSELF, LOVE EVERYONE ELSE……THAT’S WHAT WE’RE HERE FOR….
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY MY FRIENDS!
This is the MOST HUMAN heart I saw on the Web today. Just had to share.
FEB 15 ~ It is not by accident that God made woman’s pelvis in the shape of a heart. He knew that from the time of birth, all children would need as much love starting out as they could get……Have a blessed day!
FEB 16 ~ I never thought I’d see someone who loved heart rocks more than me. The woman who lives here is 97 yrs old, has a cat named knucklehead, takes no medicine whatsoever, drinks a shot of Irish Whiskey every night before bed, and volunteers at the humane society once a week. “Don’t walk in her door with a bad attitude, she’ll kick you out.” Have a great weekend my friends….
FEB 17 ~ These two photographs from my heart collection, I can’t help but see the metaphor in this juxtaposition….we start out fresh and new, young and spry, vibrant, curious and enthusiastic to experience the world. Then time takes its’ toll and we become bleached by an ocean of conformity, burnt by the eternal sunshine of hopeful relationships, burrowed into by the insects of guilt and shame, bent and broken by the endless strife towards honor and accomplishment; a life of trials and tribulations, lessons learned and sometimes, even miracles manifested. I don’t know, I think the picture on the right is the one I would rather be. For in all its’ brutal truth, in all its’ majesty and metamorphosis, it represents A LIFE TRULY LIVED.
FEB 18 ~ Geometry is the study of measuring the earth. Sacred Geometry is a term used to describe the basic building blocks of the universe. This ancient science explores and explains the physical and energy patterns that create and unify all things and reveals the way that the Universe organizes itself. The nautilus or “spiral” shape is an excellent example of this. So, having heart rocks make up my sacred spiral, I feel dually blessed and protected. This one is small but I plan to build a big one in my garden.
FEB 19 ~ Does our shadow self-match the self we portray to the world? Do we all hold a place in our hearts for secrets? The heart is the keeper of every human emotion. Herein lies sadness, joy, anger, gratitude, pride, humility, envy, compassion. Maybe the path of our higher self is through a heart that is open to the light and holds no shadows.
FEB 21 ~ I would be remiss if I didn’t include some of the heart cacti that I have come across in my travels over my great home state of ARIZONA (although one I took in Texas). For those of you under snow today, think WARM…..
FEB 21 ~ Today’s Heart belongs to this fabulous peacock. Did you know that the male Peacock finds a mate by sending out infrasonic waves through its’ feathers? The reason their feathers are so bright is that they’re made of intricate two-dimensional crystal-like structures. Slight alterations and spacing of these microscopic structures cause different wavelengths of light to be filtered and reflected, creating the feathers’ many different iridescent hues. Some hummingbirds and butterflies create this same phenomenon. Cool!
FEB 22 ~ Sometimes we think that things put in our path may seem “rusty and worthless” and not worth a second thought….but we must remember that “things are not always as they appear”…it is all about perception and our ability to “see without judgment”….This pic I took in 2012, six blocks from Fremont St (Downtown Las Vegas). An “old and weathered” homeless man sat nearby, wanting people to see his creation and “taking donations.” When I asked what inspired him and if I could take a picture, he said, “in the lowest times of my life, when I felt like a piece of junk, God still wrapped his loving arms around me.” Needless to say, I was speechless. Have a blessed day!…..m.e.
FEB 23 & FEB 24 ~ Yesterday was a whirlwind for me and I missed my DAILY HEART GIFT, so today I offer you TWO….. Apatite Crystal is a balancing stone, regulating wisdom of the mind with emotion of the heart. It promotes a humanitarian outlook and service to others. The Rose Quartz purities and opens and pirifies the heart at all levels, promoting self-love, friendship, inner healing and feelings of peace. NO WONDER I AM SO DRAWN TO THESE TWO CRYSTALS!
FEB 25 ~ TODAY‘S HEART: I remember the first time I ever ate a walnut. You know, “back in the day,” when nuts and fruit were the essential part of your Christmas stocking. I loved bashing them with a hammer until my dad showed us how to use that little tool called The Nutcracker. We lived in Lodi, California for a year when I was a child in the 60’s and we had two large walnut trees. I still remember the black sludge that got on your hands from harvesting them. Did you know that walnuts were the first known tree food, dating back to 7000 B.C.? It seems that besides T-Rex steaks, walnuts and honey gave the early humans most of their nutrients, keeping them alive and brain sharp.
FEB 26 ~ The day I became a mother changed my life forever. For in that moment, when they put my son in my arms, I knew true humility. It was no longer about me and I was made whole. Let today be a day that you pause to see the magic and beauty in every moment. TODAYS’ HEART reminds us that the symbol of the heart is integral to our existence…from the time we enter this world, ’til the time we leave…….
FEB 27~ I was in the cereal aisle at the grocery store yesterday to pick up my regular faves (Cheerios and Frosted Mini Wheats), when I realized that General Mills has finally gone the way of CONSUMER OVERKILL like most food companies (it started with Taco Bell, I think). I counted 10, yes TEN, new flavors of Cheerios on the shelf.
What are they trying to do to us, scramble and confuse our brains into “dummihood” under the auspices of giving us way more choices than we actually need? Is BIG BROTHER trying to oppress us with indecisiveness? There’s a reason I don’t go through the Drive Thru anymore. Me, I’ll just stick with the “tried and true” original Cheerios. They’re GOOD FOR THE HEART…
FEB 28 ~ Have your ever wondered how a ZEBRA gets its’ stripes? On this last day of February, I OFFER MY HEART TO DIVERSITY. Whatever COLOR we are, whatever “CULTURE shapes us, whatever “TRADITIONS we celebrate and create anew, whatever GENDER, ORIENTATION, or IDIOSYNCRACY we own, whatever DREAMS we care to aspire to…..the CENTER is always LOVE…. ~ Mick E. ~