Life and all that’s in it is Spirit-Full

says an excerpt from one of my Daily Meditation books…

this line reminds me that HOPE is alive also

FAITH in something GREATER than myself I believe exists in everyone’s life

HOW are we connected; HOW are we made in the Creator’s image? I have this very concrete image that it is our HEARTS that connect us ALL.

I’ve been drawing illustrations of my conversations with the Creator, God, Divine, True Source using Hearts as the focal point.

Let me know your thoughts regarding these drawings and reflections.

~ Anita 2022

Defining the God of my Understanding
Asking for Guidance.

Since COVID arrived, my life like everyone else’s has been disrupted in a way that has given me a lot of time to read, meditate, walk in nature, draw, write, create and so many moments to notice and be grateful for all the comforts and abilities I have. I am Called to Write.

PEACE to you and yours always….. Anita, Writer, Artist 8/12/2022

A DEEPER LOOK at GRATITUDE

Those who know me, know that I often refer to Gratitude.

You may ask How did you know or get introduced to GRATITUDE? While listening to Krista Tippett’s podcast On Being, early one Sunday morning, she was interviewing Brother David Steindl-Rast, Founder of Gratefulness.org . This podcast was such a pivotal moment in my life as he described so many things, people, experiences, sounds, sights, smells, he was grateful for. I am a contributor to Gratefulness.org through monetary donations and my Photography. The practice of Gratitude I continue today. When I feel stuck in a ‘funk’, and I can’t think of anything to be grateful for, I begin with the letter ‘A’ and list whatever I am grateful for that begins with that letter and proceed through the alphabet. It’s amazing what comes out. Here’s a list of late:

A = Alicia (my daughter), Art, Air, AFG, Apple Trees

B = Brothers, color Blue, Blue Berries, Books, Birds

C = Chocolate (Dark Chocolate), Church, Couch, Catholicism, Creating Collages, Crows, Camera

D = Dawn, Doves, Daffodils, Drawing

E = Elephants, Ears that hear, Eyes that See, Europe

F = Faith, Father, Friends, Family

G = God, color Green, Grayson, Greeting one another

H = Home, Hot water, Hiking, Hawks

I = Imagination, Irises

J = Jesus, Juicy Pears and Apples, Job, Joy

K = Katharina (a faithful friend), Kites, Kibbeh, Kayaaks, Kayak, Kelly

L = Love, the sound Laughter, Lincoln

M = Mom, Memory, Mountains

N = Nandina, Notecards

O = Ocean waves and sound, Oxygen, Oranges, Orchids

P = Patience, Prayer, Pink Tulips, Peruvian Lilies, Photography, Pencils, Pens, Paper, Pope Francis

Q = Quiet moments, Quilts

R = Rest, Richard (son), Red Poppies, Robins

S = Steve (husband and friend), Sailing, Swimming, Seeing Smiles again

T = Trees (all kinds- Oaks, Redbuds, Weeping Willows, Dogwoods, Beech Trees), Today, Travels

U= Umbrellas (bright red, poke-a-dotted)

V = Sound of Violins, African Violets, Vacation

W = Water, Willow Trees, Writing

X = eXtraordinary moments

Y = Yellow Sunflowers and Finches

Z = Zealous moments

What does your list look like?

~ Anita Adams 3/2022

S = Sunflower

Year End Reflections and….

a look back on 2021

A year of loss

A year where a Leap of Faith was taken into the unknown

A year of Trusting the God of my understanding, the Divine, Jesus, the Mystery, the Whisperer

Creating Art

Letting Love in

Trusting that ALL is well and ALWAYS will be in God’s time and in God’s way

Choosing Gratitude for the gifts given and the ones shared

God thank you for the Serenity to accept those things/people/situations I can not change

God thank you for the Courage to change those things/situations that I can

God thank you for the Wisdom to know the difference

Wishing you all a year of focusing on what you have, sharing what you can, good health, good food, good choices, peace of mind, body and soul.

Forestbathing in Western North Carolina

Here comes my love

the one the only

the one who listens

the one who walks with me day and night

the Whisperer

the constant one who assures me that all is well always

grateful am I to know you

grateful am I that you want to know me

grateful am I when I remember that any question or request uttered doesn’t go unheard

you hear all things

by hearing and answering all things, my Faith grows stronger

and I am reminded of a journey taken long ago in a country far away

where the one word uttered to me as I boarded a plane to return home

was BELIEVE!

I believe, and as the prayer or psalmist reminds us, help us when we forget to.

~ Anita Adams 11/2021

Hearts Speak – Surrender 7122021 Anita Adams

Where am I headed?

A typed note rests on my desk with this question Where am I headed?, and I read it every day.

I don’t know where I am headed

I do know that I am being prepared for something else; And I will recognize that calling or destination when the door or window opens


My prayer each day is your will for me God, and others

I listen and wait

Look and notice

Close my eyes and grow silent

Working and growing in compassion to meet the challenges of the day before me, as best I can


Nature and prayer are the balms that soothe my soul

Bathing under the canopy of the forest

Listening to the wind as it sways the trees’ trunks and limbs, they join in song, singing to one another is the music of my heart

Early morning, the birds’ song and banter brings a feeling of comfort like a flannel blanket on a cold day

Creating art from photos or gathered pieces of paper and moss, paint on canvas, herbs wrapped in string and presented as bouquets


Where am I headed?

Perhaps the answer is to grow deeper in gratitude for all the gifts I’ve been given – a compassionate heart, a listening ear, eyes that see, arms and legs that move and carry me from place to place, a knowingness that all is well …. and, more will be revealed – Hope.

~ Anita Adams 5/30/2021

Good Friday Reflections and more

Tell me what I missed….

Today – I missed the basking in the warmth of the sun

Yesterday – I missed a walk in the evening

A Year ago – I missed celebrating Good Friday with my Mom

Missing the smiles behind the masks, the hugs from those I know and love, and those I like, but know not – yet

All the moments and hugs from my grandsons from September 2020 until now

Life and its fluidity

Making the most of those moments and grateful for the comforts I have – a partner, a home, eyes that see, ability to feel with my heart and mirror the love back that’s been gifted to me.

Prayers that go something like this….

I am Tree

Tiny seed placed in the ground

Watered and nurtured with sunlight

God’s spirit poured out on me

Help me grow a little at a time

Roots clinging to the earth

Filled with the Spirit

Nourished with nutrients to grow

Branches stretched up toward the Heavens

Swaying in the wind

Dancing, singing with birds and bees

Giving thanks to our Creator

Singing songs like I Believe

Thank you – Love, Me

©Anita Adams 2021

Definition of Epiphany: a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something

Epiphany

This week I’ve had two –both with men, both familial.

The first with my son during a telephone conversation from him, which I listened as he spoke to me about his life, responsibilities, wants and needs. As I listened, what I heard was a type of discontent. And, it dawned on me that this may be what I have often echoed to my own parents, and how sad it must have been for them to have heard this same discontent from me for years. I decided right then to consciously change this language to content, possible and hopeful with all persons one conversation, one day at a time.

The second epiphany came last night when I shared with my father the first epiphany and he listened and looked at me and then said, you must have forgotten how you were as a young girl – I did NOT expect to hear these words or the examples of heart ache he described thereafter. Yet, I listened. I apologized for the heartache I bestowed unknowingly on him and my mother.

And then, I shared my perceptions of what happened in my life at that time. As he listened, and he did, I knew he was hearing my recollection and realization much differently. It was a lot to absorb for both of us. And even as I share this now, I know that we will both never be the same. For me, I will be more compassionate, listen more, talk less, need less, and continue to strive for that balance, that art of contentment.

As Easter approaches, and Lent comes to a close, I will share something I offered up during my Lenten journey with Christ. My Lenten Fast was this – to choose NOT to engage in any negative communication with others or toward myself, and if I slipped up, I would deposit $1 in a jar to be given to an organization for those who are less fortunate than myself such as MANNA FoodBank recipients or Catholic Charities. I may have $10 in the jar to distribute – not bad for 40 days of commitment and what I’ve learned is that this will be an ongoing way of life for me – listen more, talk less, if I must talk, be aware of my choice of words. An acronym for the word ‘THINK’ is this:  Is what you are about to say: Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary and Kind? If so, it’s okay to proceed, if not, it’s best to just listen or move on.

Happy Easter – Spring !

Another day

rain falls outside in the dark

the sound is comforting

the ground is drinking

worms are swimming

keys are tapping

water splashing

another day has passed

it’s dark and time has lapsed

tick tock goes the clock

another day gone

work sucks the energy from me and he

another day inside

deprived of the trees

longing for the weekend

the forest

the trail

the streams

another day

tick tock

Something lost…

trips to see grandchildren, family and friends

hugs

plane rides to Europe

trails to explore without face coverings

movies on the big screen

smiling faces

coffee with friends

going to school

attending live concerts

regular Mass attendance day or weekend

art classes in person

eating out

dressing up


Some things to be REALLY GRATEFUL for…

clean air

blue skies

clear, clean rivers and streams

time to write what’s in my heart

hikes every weekend

a home

running water

Zoom and Duo

heat and air conditioning

a garden

art day

karaoke night

movie night

a good book

photographs, paper, pen, pencil, scissors and glue

mending strained relationships

putting life into perspective

having employment

working with loving individuals

the colours green, blue and pink

yoga

clean laundry

enough food to eat and share

art in all its forms

Hugs

from someone you love

Gratitude for …..

Blue Skies and Stone Treasures

Gratitude for what’s been and what’s now is…

Interesting how the positives weigh out the negatives

Europe in a few Snaps