Still here

in stillness I sit

bluebird comes to the bath outside my window

beautiful is she

daffodils are blooming on the bank and it’s February

pond is flowing with the sounds of trickle trickle

pines stand tall at the top of the hill, firmly rooted

Still here Still here

Life and all that’s in it isStill here

~Anita Adams 1/29/2023

New Year’s Wish

What have I learned? What have you learned? What would I like to learn?

It’s a BIG question.

My answer is this: to TRUST more .. LISTEN more to the soft Whisperer within (God/True Source) – to BELIEVE with my whole heart

Life is fleeting. I’ve endured much loss – friends, spouses, days and nights to worry or fright – only to realize shortly thereafter that there is no need to worry – no benefit – however, to TRUST, PRAY, LISTEN, OPEN my HEART to God/True Source’s guidance and BELIEVE all will be well , therein, I find my wish for ALL persons – CONTENTMENT

What does Contentment look like to me?

It’s realizing that ALL I need, ALL around me is ENOUGH and ENJOY every moment of…

  • Breath
  • Warm Water
  • Clean Water
  • Healthy food – my Green/Fruity/Nutty Shake in the mornings
  • ability to learn and practice Yoga
  • Legs that move and allow me to roam the Mountains I love so much
  • Conversing with the Trees
  • Taking Photographs of all that catches my eye
  • Enjoying the Light of sunrise and Moonrise
  • to listen and walk by the River’s edge
  • my Grandchildren
  • my Children
  • the gift of my spouse, Steve and his innate laughter and support
  • my Church family
  • my Alanon Family
  • my Telephone calls and walks with Friends
  • a Job with loving people
  • Moments found to create Art
  • the gift of my Parents, my Brothers, my Nieces and Nephews
  • Friends abroad, Friends on Facebook
  • Trees and Flowers of so many varieties in my back yard – and a Pond

Life is NOT all doom and gloom – it’s different

What I’m learning is to look with eyes open, ears and heart open, hands – open to what’s ALL around me and say Thank you!

As I said I’m learning – NOT perfect, nor, would I want to be.

Happy year of Contentment is my wish for ALL in this New Year!

~ Anita 12/30/22

Where is the Window, the Light, the Door

Clouds gather

Room darkens

Colder is the air

Autumn fades and with it, so do the leaves

Squirrel buries acorns on the bank

Birds feast on the feeders

Busy mind wanders

Heart longs for creative expression to reign

A familiar refrain comes to mind ‘Where does love go when the lights go out?’

Love is always here residing in the Heart, the Whisperer reminds me

The only thing required from you is to ‘Believe’

The answers may not be evident. Waiting is required. I’m not good at waiting.

Yet, I know, when the door opens effortlessly, I am walking in alignment with the Source of All Knowingness and Love, and once again, All WILL be Well.

©Anita Adams 11/25/2022

Flying

As a child I dreamt of flying often

teaching people how to fly

the feeling of REAL freedom

freedom of thought, location, restraint, rules and a welcoming sense of

Peace, Acceptance, Love, Safety, Security and a DEEP Knowingness that ALL IS WELL

God is with me always, I need not fear any thing or any one

I have always believed that there is something I have to teach, to share, yet, I know I must learn more first, then, I can truly share my experience, strength and hope;

like the Oak Tree, my Prayers form with each root;

each utterance of this prayer is flown from the Birds and Butterflies who take them to the Heavens and are later turned into sunshine, rain or snow and fall back upon me softly to be absorbed, and the cycle continues

6/20/22

Reflective thoughts…

a Sunday afternoon

Grandchildren and Children 

A little girls’ laughter yesterday in the grocery store

Parents

the River

my Brothers 

gratitude for Walking 

a small garden

Friends here and so many gone

the morning light as it fills the bird feeders outside my window 

pond with frogs croaking and water lilies blooming

Breath and Spirit

Love and Mystery

Life in the present moment

Trees and their silent reverence

Surrender and Acceptance ♥️

Photo by Anita Adams of NCTreesPhotography.com

Window View

Cardinal in the cherry tree

sunlit green grass and spring leaves

Japanese maple tree – red and shimmering in the sun

pond reflections form waves of the sun’s lifeforce over the trees branches

soft wind blows the leaves of cherry and maple gently while the birds finish their morning hellos

robins fly busily while gathering pine needles and leaves left behind after winter has said goodbye to make a nest for their first born

pines stand tall at the top of the ridge swaying gently from side to side

nature’s invitation calls gently come walk with me and bask in this glorious day

Anita Adams 5/2/2022

A bird’s retreat
Robin’s nest and first egg!
St. Francis watches over the pond, trees, birds and fish.

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

We are ALL Children of God

Hearts pure at birth

Minds untainted by the whispers of others telling us what to think, do, perceive or believe

Maturing slowly from children to teenagers

Grasping to know who we are, what we truly believe

Asking ourselves what or whom would I most like to be

Then the sun breaks through in shades of pink, gray, white with a blue sky behind those clouds

And we know, we aren’t perfect

We are ALL doing the best we can to be a human, an adult, a sister, mother, situ, wife, friend, co-worker, neighbor

Traveling and navigating a Spiritual existence in a human body

We aren’t perfect

If I don’t say the right words at the right time, or misinterpret something you’ve said or done, don’t take it personally, kindness will return, if apologies are needed they will surface and be said, if not, know that this imperfect human is doing the best they can

So to you my brother or sister in Christ, know that in my heart, underneath layers of life’s experience, exists pure love

©Anita Adams 8/2021