Life flies

Life flies. No I mean it. It is as fleeting as a the hummingbird. Whenever there is something I am looking forward to-say a birth, it is here before I know it. When the moment comes, it is as if it has always been there.

Our backyard is brimming with life, spring is here. The apple tree is blossoming after so many days being dormant, it bloomed with a flourish, as if to say I have always been here.  If there is anything I will regret it is the moments I spent caught up in the daily bustle. I will mourn the moments that I lost because I was too busy getting ready for the next thing.

It is only natural for us to be caught up, that we must tend to our spirituality in a conscious manner. It is because we must tend to it, do we reap the special rewards from doing so. Prayer, reflection, and patience in life’s most mundane moments are where I can find the spiritual energy that is bursting everywhere on earth.  There are times when I want to say forget all this mumbo jumbo. Life is short and then we die. (A saying I found to be most prevalent in the dinosaur exhibit at the natural history museum.) However, when I quiet the mental chatter, and the beauty flows into my being, even if it is for a moment, I am capsized by the audacity of life’s offerings.

An example:

Once while I was downstairs cleaning the dishes, the light streamed into the windows just so that I lay pause to my work. I stopped and was suddenly overcome with this warm immense joy. This joy was so intense it brought me to tears and nearly to my knees. After a moment I gathered myself together, and as it happens when I feel such emotion I seek out the ones I love to tell them how much I appreciate them. But as I went searching for my husband, I found that he was directly above me. And he was praying…

Even prayer can seem mundane, and maybe even crazy. I must wrestle with this feeling of maybe not really meaning it, going through the motions so to say. But it is practice that makes anything else better, why would prayer be any different? Every so often, prayer is not mundane, it is essential and stirring.  When it is, it is as if God has always been there, and that knowledge can give a girl new life once again.


How to Take a Spiritual Journey

There are a number of journeys that can constitute a spiritual journey. One is the journey you take from one home to another: The man traveling from Wisconsin who sells his Chevy for a bus ticket to California, ends up traveling for three days without a shower or a bed.

Brothers, and Their Baggage, in India By A. O. SCOTT, Published: Sep 28, 2007 NY TIMES

Another journey you take to shed your baggage in order to find something that is missing from your life: Three semi-estranged brothers reunite on a train to search for their mother, who has joined a convent in India.

Another yet, is the one you take to bury a loved one: The daughter comes back to her old hometown to share her mother’s final days.

Some journeys are drawn out and some are short and fast. Some you take alone and some are crowded with voices.

It need not be approached too consciously; getting overly involved in its contents and outcome will cause you to over think.

The point is to release feelings of false control, so let go…

First, you must be called upon. This will come in the form of an opportunity that you will either listen to or not. Be a YES man, take that chance and start your journey.

You begin totally green. 

You, essentially a fool, are
courageous because you don’t know what is ahead of you. “[The fool] is the adventure in us that leaves safe places to find new things, he is the part of us that is hungry enough to want more and silly enough to take the risks to find what we need(1).”

Along the way you will meet characters with their own wisdom.

Some will recognize your journey as one that will continue.

Others will believe you have gone as far as you should go.

Furthermore, you will be presented with trials.

These you must face in light of your history and what brought you there in the first place.

The characters that you interact with and the trials you face play with different aspects of your subconscious and conscious mind.Some call upon your analytic reasoning powers while others will dip into the imagination…About halfway through, you will have a revelation of sorts.

This will transform you.

Go with it and return a new person.

Now, its your turn.

Here is a mini journey for you to take, enjoy:


Honeymoon Road Trip Part II

OKLAHOMA: Arrive in the late evening and forgive the clerk for not checking you in for another weary hour. He and Tiny Tim were dining on a goose in room 107, and they couldn’t hear the bell. Drop off your luggage and shower.  Hop into the car to grab a snack and check out the sites.  You’re going to be tired and won’t want to get back in the car, but luckily you will be paid in full.

This will be one of the most profound moments of your journey.  In the dead of the evening, tour the OK City national memorial.  On Christmas night, it will be completely empty, silent, and endless. In fact, the whole city will seem that way, eerily peaceful and apocalyptic.

The next day, greet the long day of driving with a breakfast of steak and eggs right in the stockyards.  Drive until you hit the continental divide and stop at the first authentic trading post you see. Pick up the moccasins. They will be your favorite souvenir.

NEW MEXICO: Here you will begin to see the landscape dramatically change. The snow will recede if you’re lucky and it will only get warmer from here on out, so drop your big sweater, avoid the cracker barrel (too much pork and not enough non-pork), and drive!  Make a life plan to buy property in the canyons and build a ranch. Continue on. If you leave in the late morning, you can hit the petrified forest just as its closing for sunset.  Stretch your legs and lament at the closing, and get back on the road.

The road to Phoenix will be as curvy as Marilyn Monroe and it will be night, so say your prayers and grip the steering wheel until your knuckles turn white.

ARIZONA: Just before getting to your rest destination stop at the casino on the outskirts and play the wheel to decide if its steak or hamburgers for dinner.  Find out the special is $7 for ribeye with all the fixins’, and decide win, lose, its steak tonight. For your final layover on the way to California, plan to stay two nights in Phoenix so you can rest and see the sights.  Stay at a cheap hotel with all the amenities, including a little living area/kitchen and free coffee, breakfast, and WIFI. Wonder at how you spent half of what you spent one night at the boutique hotel for two nights with everything.  Visit a cheesy amusement park as soon as it opens and ride the giant drop three times or until you become an adrenaline junky. Try to keep your eyes open.  Ride a couple coasters and lunch on gooey mall sandwiches kitty corner to the amusement park.  Go back and take a long nap, you did a lot, your body thinks you almost died a bunch of times.  Let it rest.

CALIFORNIA: Speaking of rest, its time for the final stretch.  Drive lazily past Yuma and as the sun is setting visit the spot your husband first proposed with the words, “No one really wants to get married, but do you want to anyway?”  Take your final trek home, just in time to have dinner with your new family.  Go to sleep, singing that song that has been in your head since you began your journey.

Honeymoon Roadtrip Part I

Musings on a winter road trip from WI to CA

WISCONSIN:  Drive swiftly by the old sites, the ones that have been ingrained into your mind like etchings.  Start at sunset, so the sun can set on your old life and rise in your new one.  Forget about Illinois to avoid tolls and head straight through Dubuque Iowa until you have reached Des Moines. Crash into a cheap hotel with a clean bed and a hot shower on your first night.

TIP 1: For free luxurious breaks in driving, casinos make for excellent choices.  Not only can you get a hot, free cup of coffee, the bathrooms are usually clean. Also if you are lucky enough to be central within major cities, capitol buildings open to the public promise marble sinks.

TIP 2: Use tape or sticky packaging to pick up crumbs in your small car compartments.

IOWA: After a brief rest, wake the next day to take a brisk walk around a park.Great rest stop  Eat lunch recommended by a food host on a cable tv show.  Avoid online reviewers of restaurants in the area, they could be anybody and generally don’t know what they are talking about.  Find a cool shop and take home an eccentric olive oil infused with basil, after you have tasted all the shop has to offer. Visit the capitol building right before the Iowa caucus takes place and sense the calm before the storm stoically harnessed in Lincoln and Tad’s memorial statue.

KANSAS: Drive no more than three hours to your next destination and stay at a ritzy, boutique hotel and treat yourself to some pampering time…Scratch that, don’t stay anywhere without a working shower, windows that open, and have no coffee maker, no matter what the reviews might say.  But of course that’s the risk we take, money can’t buy luxury anymore.  Anyway, day three, do a lot of driving and get far as far away from Kansas City as possible.  (The Power and Light District is not as exciting as it sounds, at least not on Christmas Eve.)

TIP 3: Pack enough in order to not have to ask strangers for help, but at the same time, pack light. And if you have to ask a stranger, avoid the 711 in the ghetto of Kansas City.

Up next: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California…