Winter’s Warmth

 

Winter’s warmth is felt

in the orange glow of dawn’s first light

as chimney smoke rises from snow covered rooftops.

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2014

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I couldn’t believe how orange the sunrise was the other morning.  And despite the snow and the cold temps, it gave me such a feeling of warmth.  See… winter can be warm.  ;)

Have a warm and cozy weekend!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Requiem of Ice

 

I came across this exquisite production by Uncage the Soul on the blog of Starlisa Black Photography this morning and just had to share it.  The stunning photography, the beautiful words, combined with the lovely musical score… just wow…

“I am illuminated from within by an extraordinary light”

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thursday Thought:

 

Despite life’s various constraints, always allow your spirit to soar…

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Icy Cascade

 

From the glacial tip of nature’s wintry magic wand

flows an icy cascade of spellbinding beauty

bewitching all who gaze upon its frozen waters.

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2014

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Sure… ice is cold, but it’s also beautiful!  I’ve always found icicles to be rather enchanting and magical.

Hope your day is filled with a bit of magic too!  :D

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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And So It Begins

 

This isn’t the greatest photo with having the screen showing so crudely in the background, but I had to share it anyway because I was just so pleased to awake the other morning and see the lovely frost on my window…

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Last winter during the polar vortex, I awoke each morning to the most exquisite frost formations on my bedroom windows.  If you’re new here, you can click here or here to see what I’m talking about (they’re much prettier photos than this one).  Yes, I know it most likely means that we have poor insulation around the windows, not to mention that it means it’s absolutely freezing outside, but it’s so pretty, and it’s so cozy to wake up to on cold winter mornings.

And so it begins… a winter of beautiful frosty windows!

 

May your day be filled with beauty too, and with…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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The Wintry Adventures of Little Snow Pup

 

Whenever it snows, Little Snow Pup is always on high alert.  For he knows that surely fun and exciting adventures await him on the outside.  So donning his brand new, warm winter coat, he heads out into the white wintry world…

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And what he finds makes him very happy!  Little Snow Pup just adores fresh snow, it makes him feel really frisky!

His favorite things are rolling around in it…

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All the way around…

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And catching snowflakes on his tongue…

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He says “Mmm… these snowflakes are so refreshing and delicious!”

 

Little Snow Pup is a brave dog and ventures out across the snowy tundra, boldly going where no dog has gone before, leaving a trail of paw prints behind him…

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One small step for dog, one giant leap for dog-kind

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But even though he’s having tons of fun on all his wild adventures of frolicking around in the fresh snow, after a while, Little Snow Pup gets cold and starts to shiver.  He’s just a tiny little fella after all…

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And his feet get especially cold, so he wants to be picked up and carried inside.  His human bends down, takes him gently in her arms and says ” Come along then Little Snow Pup, lets go inside and get you all warmed up.  Don’t worry little guy, we’ll come out again another day and have many more wonderful snowy adventures…”

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The end.

:D

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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The Key

 

Gratitude is the key which unlocks every door.

Opening to you a life of beauty

of happiness

and of peace.

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2014

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It may seem a bit cliche to talk about gratitude with the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, but that makes it no less of an important topic to consider, and it is something which is always on my mind regardless of the time of year.

Since beginning this blog I’ve written about gratitude and thankfulness many times here.  There is one post in particular that expresses my thoughts and feelings on the subject quite well, and I thought I would link it on the end of this one for those of you who may want to read further.  But what I’d really rather do is share the whole thing again and attach it to the end of this one, so that’s what I’m gonna do instead.  Ordinarily, I might apologize to those of you who have been here with me a while and may have already read that post, but I’m not going to this time, because it’s always good to have a reminder about being grateful.  Even for myself.   ;)

 

November seems like the perfect time to share with you about the thankfulness journal that I started a while back.  The concept of writing down the things you are thankful for each day is not new by any means, so I’m not proposing this is something I came up with entirely on my own, but nonetheless it is a wonderful practice and makes a huge difference in ones frame of mind, attitude, and sense of well being.

I have always been an optimistic type of person, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned a time or two before, and it usually comes quite easily for me to see the good in things.  I am often delighted and find joy in the very simplest of things, and I believe this has helped me tremendously as I’ve went through various things in my life, some of which have been very difficult.  You know how life is…

During times of trouble it’s sometimes a bit harder to find the joy, and what I’ve found is that as I force a shift in my way of thinking, the feelings seem to follow suit.  And one of the great ways of doing this is simply to look for things to be grateful for.  No matter what the circumstances are or the situation is, there is always something to be thankful for.

For me, just appreciating my five senses gets me every time.  All those “simplest” of things I mentioned that I find joy in are usually directly related to something I can see, hear, touch, smell, or taste.  Our five senses are so easily taken for granted, but if even one of them were to be absent it would make a huge impact in our lives.

One day when I was in a very dark place, I was sitting on my couch, ruminating on all of the horrible things that were going on in my life at that time.  I was repeatedly going over the list in my mind and spiraling further into a pit of despair; completely out of character for me, but like I said… it was a difficult time.  Anyway, as I was sinking deeper and becoming even more distressed, I happened to notice a candle that was burning nearby, and as I continued to stare at it, very quietly other thoughts started creeping into my mind.  I thought of how much I like candles, how warm and comforting they are, how pleasant the aroma of the wax is, as I watched the flame flickering I thought about the nice ambiance lighting candles give off.  And slowly a shift, I began feeling thankful.  Thankful for the light, the warmth, and the aroma of that candle, and then for the eyes to see, the nose to smell, and on it went.  Before long, I was feeling better, more positive thoughts and things I was grateful for came to mind, and with them little flickers of hope like the flickering of the candle’s flame.   Slowly I began to realize that what I was going through was only temporary, that it won’t always be that way, that “this too shall pass.”  No idea where that quote is from, it’s just something my dad used to say.

And so it goes… shifting your way of thinking, and being grateful even for the simplest thing, like a candle, can lift your spirits and help put the things in your life into a better perspective.

I don’t usually have a problem finding things to be grateful for, it’s quite often the exact opposite for me, so in my case with my thankfulness journal I wanted to slow it down and really focus on just one thing each day, to take the time to give that one thing enough attention to allow it to fully sink in.  And to write about it in detail in a special journal reserved only for that type of contemplation gives it (gives me) even a deeper sense of appreciation.

So today amidst the regular mundane, the chaos, or the pain, I encourage you to find something to be grateful for.  Just one thing.  Write it down, meditate on it, and see how much better you feel…

 

“Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.  No matter what is going on outside of us, there is always something we could be grateful for.”

~  Barry Neil Kaufman

 

What are you grateful for today?

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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