My beauty walk…..
I don’t feel lonely. Even though I am often alone. Why? I have nature, curiosity and imagination as companions. I have a well cultivated music playlist that creates a mood or enhances it. I invest in relationships and I reap the benefit of friendship.
I remember, I have a body and thus I am not my body.
I realize time is a great healer and heart breaks mend.
I practice a life of gratitude and forgiveness.
I love what I love and am not in a hurry for anything.
How did I get here? By facing life boldly and not offering excuses. Also, by smiling in the face of adversity and practicing kindness as much as possible. Never seeing my self as a victim, but as one who has much to be thankful for.
My prayer for you and me is that we always be soft and walk boldly, never timid or unsure. To be full of confidence, knowing that we are more than flesh and blood and our great unseen Self is the guru.
The brilliant Mary Oliver captures my heart in words…..
Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place in the family of things.
Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred. She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names: mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community. Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully. Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She loves her life in Western North Carolina.