Earlier in the week, I cross country skied for the first time this season. I was amazed at the hundreds of deer tracks crisscrossing the forest. I've never seen so many tracks along with scuff marks in the snow where the deer paw to get to the grass.They're probably on the move because it's hunting season. Since I've never seen a hunter in this area of the forest, perhaps they instinctively feel safer here. They were Ghost Deer, their tracks the only proof of their existence.
|Deer Tracks in Forest|
My destination on this day was to the "altar stump." I check it periodically to see if the treasures are still there: 3 pieces of quartz and a blue Stellar's Jay feather. It's deep in the forest. Most wouldn't give it a second look. In fact, each of us has our own special places that bring us peace or energy or resolve.This happens to be one of mine. I pause while looking at the stump and quiet my mind. I sometimes focus on a certain person, hoping for their strength and resilience, sending them good thoughts.
|Barb's Altar Stump|
My friend, Mary, is leaving today on one of her jaunts to other parts of the World. So, on the day I skied, I focused on her well-being as I stood amid the deer tracks with the wind gusting through the tops of the towering pines. Then, I thought of each of my Grandchildren, sending them love and confidence to bolster them as they meet their everyday challenges.
Do you see the many faces on the stump? Your eye probably goes to the cat-like one at the top, but there are several more if you look closely, some upside down or sideways. The snow inside the stump is covering the quartz and the feather like a fluffy white hat. The treasures will be safe through the season of snow.
Is there a place you like to go to count your blessings and to think positive thoughts? For some people, it may be a religious sanctuary, for others a place in their home or an outdoor space that quiets their spirits, and for some, Nature might offer a catalyst for spirituality. I believe that anytime goodness flows outward, an energy is created that makes the World a better place. Even in the middle of a snowy forest, a feeling of warmth enters my heart and calms my mind as both best friend and family occupy my thoughts.
I hope all who celebrate an American Thanksgiving find much in their lives for which to be grateful. I'm already counting my blessings. Family and Friends (including many Blog friends) are on my thankful list. I hope wherever you are in the world, you take time to count your blessings, too. Think of all the positive energy we'll create!