February can be such a dull and cold month up here in northern part of the Northern Hemisphere. So we thought we would brighten things up a bit and use a theme that would bring a bit of the magic back to the season.
Enchantment seems to mean several things, but I think of love. I guess that’s because I am getting married, for the first time, as an older person. I feel the relationship is magical and I’m spell-bound because this person whom I’m marrying is like no one I have ever met. Besides my Father, he is the only person with whom I trust my life. I told him that and he had to walk away because it had such a profound affect on him. I call him salt of the earth; I have never met anyone like this before. I am truly mesmerized and somewhat shocked with the way he treats me.
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It was my birthday, after some cold rainy cloudy days, we woke up to the most brilliant day of clear blue sky and sun, I was enchanted.
What a gift from nature this day!
Me my youngest daughter and the dog went for a early morning walk, when the sun is still low and give nice long shadows.
Invigorated by an uncharacteristically warm day for Philadelphia in January, my heart was filled with gratitude as I walked the dog. We strolled down a side street around the corner from our home that’s been one of his favorites for years, but what made this day different was my focus on appreciating the moment; I knew the next day would be thirty degrees colder and winter would be here, so I didn’t want to miss a thing. As a result, I was open to hear a rhythmic rapping coming from above me that probably wouldn’t have registered in my ears on a regular day. Curious, I urged the dog to stop so that I could look up to find the source.
At first blush, enchantment seems to me to be an almost magical space. A space where all sense of “normalcy” is suspended and complete fascination takes over. A space where we become almost hypnotized by an event or feeling that seemingly takes complete control over every aspect of our very being.
Enchantment means “overpowering influence of pleasure and joy, not dependant on sudden excitement.” .
Mmmmmmmmmmmm, what do you allow yourself to be enchanted by? How much pleasure do you allow your body to have? How much pleasure do you allow in your life? What is pleasurable for you? Do you even know?
I was about 4 years old when I met enchantment for the first time. I had been playing in my Nain’s garden and in my memory of the event I was just above the height of the seat of the garden bench – so maybe just under 3 feet tall. The garden was always a treasure trove of things to play with. In the 1950s it was full of butterflies, bees and wasps. It was filled to capacity with luscious tasting things to eat and it was large enough to have secret corners and hideouts. In such a rural area there were no other children my age to play with so I spent most of my playtime on my own. I think much of my life since then has been spent in recognising the value of completeness which such an early grounding gave me.
We are so busy these days… busy busy busy… filling every moment with thoughts, actions and obligations. So much so, that when we have some down time, we don’t even know what to do with it! We feel like we should be doing something… anything…
Somewhere between ages 7 and 10 you begin to lose that enchantment of childhood. While it may be useful to make it through the teenage years not believing that a magic dragon is living under your bed, protecting you from anything that is not nice, or that a fairy is living the base of the tree in the back yard that grants you your wishes. we begin to forget they were even there.
Sometimes I feel like the proverbial lost child with no right direction. I am beginning to believe its just part of my journey. Call me a rudderless child rather than a motherless child. What I am finding is that I am a continual work in progress. So no resting on my laurels.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word enchantment? I think of a forest full of fairies and magical happenings. Some of you may think of a caldron bubbling, just waiting for a sorceress to cast a spell. The word evokes different meanings for us all, and it is usually an image of something magical and mystical that could not happen in what we term, “real life.” When looking up the definition, we find that it has a couple of different meanings. One is,” a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual.” and the other is, “a magical spell.” Then when we delve a bit further and look at the synonyms, we find the words, fascination, captivation, and enthrallment. Now we are left with something a bit different to work with. Now we have a meaning that can be worked with in our version of “real world” speak that takes away the mystical…. or does it?
It’s true—I am enchanted with life. To imagine the complexity of Creation, and all the intricacies needed to keep it alive and functioning… all coordinated within the Divine Mind, shifting every instant with every choice we make… and there are billions of us… who wouldn’t be enchanted?
Kooitanii ~ Malachite . It is time to spread your wings .
It is time to get out of your own way. .
It is time to still your mind and listen to your heart. .
A meditation doesn’t have to be guided by someone else; just going for a walk and amercing yourself in nature is a meditation.
This month we are going to take a look at dreams. There are many books on the meaning of dreams, and I have yet to find two that would agree on the meaning of something in the dream itself. The best way to find the meaning of a dream is to look at it over a period of time. I suggest that you keep a journal of your dreams then go back over time and look at them to find your meaning. Many times dreams have more than one meaning.