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Mandala Monday ~ Heart for the City

Some of you may know that I live in the city of Minneapolis, and you may have heard what has been going on here over the past week.  Some of it may now also be affecting your communities.

My heart has been so troubled… I can’t really even formulate the words to describe the range of emotions I’ve been experiencing, but grief, anger and fear have been at the forefront.

Grief over the death of George Floyd, grief and anger over the racism, hatred and injustice that exists in our world; and grief, anger and fear over all of the violence, chaos and devastation sweeping over my city right now.

I don’t have the answers or a solution of how to fix anything.  But I do believe that our thoughts and emotions have energy that expands outside of ourselves and affects the world around us.  So I want to take care with the type of energy and vibes I’m putting out.  I don’t want my grief, anger and fear to add any fuel to the literal flames going on around me – I want to radiate peace and love out into my community, and out into the world.

Even though I feel very small and powerless to change anything, I have to believe it makes a difference somehow.  I can shift my focus and take these actions…

“Lord make me an instrument of Your Peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow Love

Where there is injury, Pardon

Where there is doubt, Faith

Where there is despair, Hope

 Where there is darkness, Light

Where there is sadness, Joy

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console 

Not so much to be understood, as to understand

Not so much to be loved, as to love…”

That is what I was meditating on as I made this mandala ~ making it heart-shaped as my heart went out to my city.  And making it with Bleeding Hearts felt pretty perfect…

 

My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of George Floyd.  Peace and Love to all the people of my city, and in the world, who are hurting.

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Flowery Friday and the New Phone

All the flowering trees are in bloom here right now and it’s so beautiful! 😍  And the weather is perfect too!  Yesterday I was literally outside all day – almost from sun up to sun down. Gosh I’ve needed this. 🥰

 One thing I didn’t mention in my long rambling post the other day is that my beloved phone died.  It was old, as far as cell phones go, I got it in 2015, but it had a great little camera on it and took such beautiful pictures, so I’m really sad about it.  Most of the newer phones don’t even have as nice of a camera, unless you want to spend a lot, which I don’t.  But while I was talking with customer service, crying the blues about losing my nice camera on my phone, the rep told me about this one – the Samsung Galaxy A51, which I’ve fondly named Area51 (get it? cuz it’s called the A51 😉). What… you don’t name your phone?  My last phone’s name was Tink, may she rest in peace.  Anyway, this new one is nothing fancy, but it does have a 48 mp camera and 4 lenses, so hopefully it’ll take nice pictures.

 I was disappointed with the majority of pictures I snapped of the flowering things with it yesterday, the quality that I was expecting just didn’t seem to be there. But hopefully as I get more acquainted with it that will improve. If not, I guess I’ll just have to deal with it. So if you notice that the pictures I share aren’t as nice as they used to be, that’s why.  I did think the shot I shared above turned out pretty.  It was gorgeous in person! 🌸

 

I’m heading outside for the day again today – gotta soak in all the loveliness that I can.  I hope your weather is nice and that there are flowering things wherever you are today.  Wishing you beauty and joy!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Welcome May!

Warm sun

fresh air

bird song

blue sky

new green

first blooms

 

Welcome May!

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2020

 

Be still

soak in

breathe deep

in hale

ex hale

 

Grateful heart

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Solace

“I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”

~ Anne Frank

 

It is NOT barefoot weather here in Minnesota on this 1st day of spring, but sometimes your bare feet just really neeeeed to touch the earth…  Well, mine do anyway, and I couldn’t relate more to Anne Frank’s sentiments above.

Wherever you are in the world today, I hope you can find a moment to connect with nature.

And remember to breathe deeply.

 

Wishing you solace.  And sending out so much Love to all of you.  Stay well my friends.

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Winter’s Frosty Glow

Icy crystals

dazzling with delicate beauty

glow

in dawn’s warm rays

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2020

{Brrrrr} it’s cold here in Minnesota this morning! ❄ Currently, it’s -11 with a -28 windchill!  Makes me grateful for a furnace, among other things…

 

Hope you have lots to feel grateful for today.  Wishing you beauty and joy.  And warmth!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Mandala Monday ~ Hidden Falls

Originally I didn’t have a mandala to share for today’s Mandala Monday, but then I made this yesterday while out on a hike with my sister and thought I’d share…

If it looks crooked, that’s because it is.  🙃  The only reason I made a mandala on this stump was because it had a hole in it and for some reason I got the urge to arrange leaves around the hole…

But then I felt like it needed a leaf in its center and found a lovely red oak to place there.  It’s nothing fancy, but it was fun making it.

We had a great time on our little hike. We went to Nerstrand State Park, about an hour away from the city, and hiked the short trail to Hidden Falls…

It’s not a very tall waterfall, but it was flowing real nicely and looked lovely with all the autumn beauty around it.  The tree stump where I made the mandala was right next to the falls up at the top just to the left of the photo.  I made it as we were leaving the falls area.

It was snowing off and on during our hike and got quite chilly at times. I think the temp was around 38 – 40.  We both wore 2 jackets, but only I was wise enough to had remembered gloves. 😉 My sister resembled a creature walking with her hiking poles which were stuffed up into the sleeves of her jacket to help keep her hands covered. I snapped this picture of her as she went to investigate whether or not there was a way through a certain area to pick up another trail…

“Ancient astronaut theorists say ‘no’” was her answer hahahaha!  😂 I love my sister!

Here are a few other photos I snapped along the way…

Some areas of the park were a bit past peak for fall color, while others were still going strong or just starting.  Either way, it was lovely  – despite the cool temps and the periodic snow.

The sun is shining brightly this morning and for that I’m grateful.  Hope you find things to be grateful for today too!  Happy Mandala Monday, wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Seasons Merge

Cold winds swirl

autumn leaves twirl

two seasons merge into one

when snow joins in

adding a frosty dusting

of winter magic

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

But only for the weekend.  Thankfully!  😉

We had a bit of snow here in Minnesota.  Everyone is groaning “noooooo!”  Except me.  Don’t get me wrong… I was too at first, when I heard the forecast – if you’ve been with me very long, you know that autumn is my most bestest favoritest time of year, the last thing I want is for it to end prematurely.  Heck, it feels like it’s barely even gotten started and there’s so much more enjoying I want to have.  But, rather than dread or resist or groan about the cold and the snow – which we have zero control over, wouldn’t it serve us better to try to find the beauty in it instead?  It’s there, it just might require a little shift in perspective to see it…

 

Wishing you warmth and beauty today and a perspective that brings you joy!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wordless Wednesday

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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