Essential Beingness

“The only thing that ultimately matters is this: Can I sense my essential Beingness, the I Am, in the background of my life at all times?” ~ Eckhart Tolle

The above quote is from German philosopher Eckhart Tolle’s inspirational cards “A New Earth- Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”. I have followed Mr. Tolle for many years – I share his quotes on a daily basis on my social media pages. He keeps me grounded and centered, and helps me to see life from a positive, all-encompassing perspective.

I went out yesterday to Star Nursery and ordered stones to be delivered for my patio area. (I live in the desert – small stones (gravel-like) are an acceptable alternative to grass. Both the house and the patio area seem to be pleased about this. (When I move in – almost four years ago – the patio area was not in good shape.) I was a bit nervous because I have never conversed with anyone about stones before, much less purchased them! The gentleman in charge of the ordering was very nice, and the entire experience went very well. Kudos to Star Nursery! My landscapers gave me all of the information that I needed (the dimensions of the yard, the thickness that I would want the stone covering to be, and that I needed to order a ground covering to put under the stones to deter weeds), for which I am very grateful! The stones and covering are to be delivered Saturday, my landscapers will put them in place on Sunday.

Am I happy, can I sense my essential Beingness at this time? In a word – yes!

Sacred Spaces

We need sacred spaces to restore our souls. These spaces can be anything – a quiet place to read, a walk through the park, a walk on an ocean beach … anywhere that we can unwind, go within ourselves, and find peace.

This spring I have been creating a sacred space in my small patio area. It started out very uneven, no grass,and a lot of rocks. It had a watering system that needed repair, and the trees were overgrown, with branches that were leaning over the roof. This is a rental home, so I thought that I did not have a lot of say in things. I was constantly finding things that needed to be done, like pulling weeds, and cutting a rotting bird feeder from one of the trees.

Last fall I got smart, and hired a landscape company to just (I thought) clean the yard up a bit. They trimmed one of the trees way back, got rid of the weeds, and in general made the patio area a welcome refuge. This spring I asked them to pick up the large stones that covered the yard. There were a lot of stones to pick up – I have five big containers along the back of my house. (I cannot have them hauled away, becasue I don’t own the house.) The last stones were picked up yesterday.

I now have three bird feeders – one with wild bird seed, one with black sunflower seed, and one for the hummingbirds. Even though it is not finished, my patio area is a delight, and filled with all kinds of birds. I can sit on the patio and watch them, or watch them from my living room. My patio is now a sacred space for me.

Please allow me to share this lovely area with you: