Sound Bath

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Two weeks ago we went to Napa and realized what a great event this has been with the rain that we’ve been receiving.  The mustard is nearly glowing in-between the rows of dormant grapes.  It is a beautiful sight.  I failed to post last week because we were on our way to Palm Springs.  That is where I went to The Integratron and experienced my first “sound bath.”  The sounds were made in these crystal bowls.  It was loud and soothing all at the same time.

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Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls

From The Integratron I ventured on to Joshua Tree National Park.  I was nearly there while out in Landers.  I drove through lots of outcroppings of boulders until I reached The Arch.  I probably should have tried climbing around a bit but I did not have the shoes for it.  I’ve been wanting to go visit the national parks for some time now.  You never know just what it is that you will find there.  I was hoping for red rocks but saw brown ones instead.  These photos pretty much tell the story of the landscape.  There are miles and miles of rocks and Yucca plants, aka Joshua Trees.  My next national park stop is Yosemite and I know what to expect there.  I just have never been there during the time of year when we will go.  I can’t wait.  I have great expectations.

 

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Storms and Stillness

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I skipped writing the blog last week, and with good reason. My mother passed away on Oct. 27. It was her 88th birthday. She passed peacefully, right after I sang “Happy Birthday” to her, per my aunt’s request. There is more to the story, of course, but I have since been struggling with certain images that come to me while I am sleeping. I am not the only person to have these unsettling images, and I now understand that they can be with you for a very long time.
The whole premiss of this blog was to help people communicate, and with that thought in mind, I will share with you my video, with the hope that my idea might help others. You’ll have to make a video of your own, or put together a collage of photos that take your mind to a better place, times with happier memories. I put the music that I wrote for my mother, and would play for her, behind the photos. I hope you enjoy the video.

So lets start talking.  We are of an age, where many of us share these same hiccups in life.  You needn’t hide from them, but embrace them, and talk with others about your feelings.  I believe that, when we discover that we are not alone, we no longer feel isolated in those feelings.  With all this said and done, and the images I’m trying to shake, I wouldn’t have done it any other way, when it came to my mother.  Her last words to me were, “I love you.”  Now doesn’t that just say it all?  That is the very image I want to remember.