"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What Happy Feels Like Today

Christmas morning 2014

Oh, these cold gray windy days! After many days of cloud cover -- without rain -- happiness would be a beautiful colorful sunrise.  

It's seeing a 95 year old woman who is still teaching yoga and hearing others telling the world how and why she has inspired them.

Happiness can come in the form of a possible/probable/attainable solution to a problem that's been waiting for just the right time to show itself.  

It's that "A-ha!" moment when you finally realize you've figured something out.

Many years ago, I was delivering flowers for Wallander Florist and I had an accident in the delivery van.  Ferrell, my boss, scolded me -- very gently -- I might add.  "You drive too fast." He paused then added, "But you weren't hurt and that's what's important. And who knows?  Driving as fast as you do might have put you ahead of a much more serious accident." I was still figuring out this new-to-me concept when he added, "Or behind".  

After that I became a bit obsessed with the idea that what I choose to do -- or choose not to do -- will have an effect on what happens to me years down the road. What will happen if I stop and get a drink of water at the faucet?  What if I don't?

After many weeks of torturing myself with this, I decided, "to hell with it," and I went on about my business.  I still think about it though -- and wonder.

Abraham through Esther Hicks has been saying since they began visiting with us that God/the Universe/Source, whatever you call the Creator, is constantly in motion arranging -- orchestrating -- organizing, reorganizing -- everything -- in order for us to get what we want and to get where we want to be.  

It's hard because we are always changing our mind. It's why we live such jigsawed lives. It is also why people who have a dream and are really dedicated to realizing that dream usually attain it -- at least to some extent -- because they didn't change their mind about it a hundred times a day for years.

On the newest Abraham cd, they talk about how many "winding trails" God/Universe/Source leads us down in an effort to get us to arrive at where we said we want to go. I  couldn't help but wonder one morning when I opened a can with the electric can opener, then had to try five times before I actually got the lid out of the opened can. It kept popping out of my fingers -- five attempts at something that usually happens in one try. Insignificant things like that, like dropping something on the floor and having to stop what we are doing to pick it up are part of those "winding trails" that -- time wise -- help put us in the right spot at the right time to see the opportunities that are there for us.

And I kid you not!  The Universe/God/Source uses the internet to our advantage, too. 

I decided I wanted to start "vermicomposting" which is using worms to create compost. I've googled all kinds of stuff related to worms and vermicomposting in the past few weeks -- all in an effort to find a solution to the bare soil in my front yard, a solution that I can manage to do myself. I got my bins ready and ordered the worms.  They came in alive and in good shape.  I had some problems with them trying to leave at first, but with more googling, I figured out the nesting material wasn't damp enough. Problem solved.

Sunday, on my news feed on Facebook, I saw an ad for "Permaculture".  (It rhymes with "Dermaculture" and I thought it was skin care so I ignored it. )

I don't remember what about the ad finally captured my attention, but I clicked on it and low and behold!  It's gardening -- not skin care -- and they are offering a free extensive course online to spread the word about "gardening in harmony with our natural surroundings!" And guess where it heralds from? My new favorite place, Oregon!

I'm in love with this concept because it speaks to things I already believe and it has already introduced to me some ideas I had never thought about before.

Henny Penny

In Permaculture gardening, which is eco friendly, they advocate keeping a few chickens -- for many more benefits that I'd ever thought about before we got HennyPenny, Gallo Cogburn and Michelle Obama. One of the benefits to keeping chickens -- according to Permaculture -- is that they are "fun to watch" and I know this is true.  They add an element of calm, that all is well, as they peck and scratch and enjoy being here in the safety and freedom of my yard.

Fresh eggs.  Thanks, Ladies!

They also add fertilizer to the soil, they eat bugs and they give me eggs -- beautiful fresh pale pink and green eggs with yolks the color of an orange.  The hens clucking and Cogburn crowing add to the symphony of bird song in the neighborhood. I thoroughly enjoy my chickens! 

Happiness today feels like knowing that the chickens are beneficial to my wellbeing. 

Happiness is rain and water!  I am tickled to discover that water conservation and harvesting is another aspect of Permaculture gardening and landscaping.  I have already installed three 330 gallon receptacles -- and I'm using them but probably not as effectively as I could and I'm looking forward to learning more about that.

On one of the first 3 videos I watched, I saw pictures of problem landscapes like mine that have inclines and soil erosion. The owners of the property dug a "swale" which is a shallow water catchment area midway between the top of the incline and the bottom. This allows the water to stop and stay long enough to soak in.  Eventually, with enough rain, the water will gather subterranean and benefit the trees and everything else growing.  I had already put in metal edging at the sidewalk to slow the soil and water and keep it from rushing over the sidewalk in heavy rains. Now I have another option!

I just started this Permaculture course so I haven't found where Permaculture advocates "vermicomposting" yet, but I have heard many mentions of the benefits of composting. I'd recently started a compost pile in the back yard - not some labor intensive system but an area where I dump the litter from the pigeon/chicken pen, leaves, loose soil etc. 

I'd also spread the litter/poop from the pigeon pen in areas around the yard.  I haven't used a commercial fertilizer back there in twenty years. I'm looking forward to spring and seeing what happens in those areas.

Well, "seek and ye shall find".  I told ya, God/Source/the Universe uses the internet.  When I went on the Permaculture website this morning, "vermicomposting" popped right up. Of course they are highly in favor of using worms to enrich the soil! Yay!

There is also a spiritual aspect to Permaculture.  On one video, he encourages the gardener to "go walk around your yard. Get to know it, observe all that's there.  Become part of it."

Anyone who loves gardening, or being outside will be familiar with this feeling of being one with your space -- regardless of how big or small it is. I call my place "my little corner of the world," and although I often dream of moving to Oregon, where everything is lush and green with little or no struggle, I love "my little corner of the world", and I'm probably not going anywhere. I'll learn how to bloom where I'm planted.

Having a healthy beautiful space to live in is more important than some want to admit. I love the fact that the city of Wichita Falls is willing to spend money to beautify the city, but I do wish they would use native plants and perennials instead of the water hogging annuals they use in all these mass plantings.  

Happiness today is also seeing the iris come up that Dotti LeSieur sent me from Holland! Real Dutch iris! I planted them in front and I used bone meal to help them flourish. I can't wait to see what colors they'll be!

Happiness right now feels like having information at my fingertips to take good care of my landscape so that it is beautiful, wild, free and of benefit to all that live within it.

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