A simple reminder this week, as we wrap up the month of May, to study yourself.
“If you would ask me what to study I would say, yourselves; and when you will have studied them, and then would ask me what to study next, I would reply, yourselves.
He who knows well his lower self, knows the illusions of the world, knows of the things that pass away; and he who knows his higher self, knows God; knows well the things that cannot pass away.
Thrice blessed is the man who has made purity and love his very
own; he has been ransomed from the perils of the lower self and is himself his higher self”
The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus The Christ Chapter 8 verses 14-16
Raise your hand if this sounds familiar…You start doing the load of laundry that has been sitting in the clothes basket for days but then realize the dishes in the sink are piling up. As you pile your laundry on the bed, your good friend calls – she needs a number that’s on a piece of paper that’s in your day planner...in your car. As you’re digging around the backseat you find that earring you lost. Which goes with that dress you took to the cleaners over a month ago and forgot to pick up.
45 minutes later you have half-accomplished five things and haven’t fully accomplished anything. Unless you count feeling super annoyed and depleted as accomplishing something. (Which, I’m guessing, you don’t.)
This has happened to all of us. It’s part of the curse of being constantly connected and trying to balance a full personal, professional, and home life.
Now, I could offer a series of tips about putting your phone in a drawer and turning off social media notifications but I also think it’s important to take responsibility for our actions and talk about the importance of personal focus and completion...in all areas of our life...not just housework.
I recently started thinking that there has to be a way to deal with the tiny distractions, little obligations of everyday life, and even some of the bigger areas of life too... like RELATIONSHIPS and patterns that show up in our lives. Something that motivates me to complete projects – at home or otherwise – even after I’ve been interrupted, and avoidance when it relates to the bigger areas in my life. Something that empowers me to find a still point between polarities, a point of balance where all emotional loads can be released.
What does this mean? Basically, it’s another way of phrasing your mom’s favorite saying:
“finish what you started.” But frankly… I find “Closing Circles” to be a much more elegant, gentle and motivating way to say and think about the process completion. But can also mean overcoming physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual imbalances.
You can practice Closing Circles in nearly any area of your life. On the surface, it might look like putting the laundry away as soon as the dryer alarm goes off, making your bed every morning before leaving your house, throwing away those wilting flowers (you know you’re guilty of this too!), or dropping those things that have been sitting in the trunk of your car for months off at Goodwill.
On a deeper, more heart-centered level it could look like making a decision about something you have been avoiding like addressing your addiction, having a difficult conversation with a friend, or getting to the root of why you keep jumping from one toxic relationship to another, or saying no to an invitation to do something you no longer enjoy.
There are million and a half circles we can open and close in a day, a week, a month, a year, a lifetime – relationships, careers, chores we put off, projects we don’t finish. And most often our common task is to close circles related to lessons to learn in this life.
The power of closing circles is big. Truly.
Each time we open a circle and neglect to close it, our mind is holding it somewhere. The psychological weight of all those half-finished projects and nagging should-dos add up. Who among us hasn’t felt irritable or depressed after a week of multitasking or a day when we failed to cross anything off our to-do list? When you constantly leave things unfinished, your poor brain never gets a break. It’s continually holding room for “that thing I still need to do.” But much bigger than that, Closing Circles is balancing any and all patterns related to situations that ever caused you imbalance, be they ignited by you or reflected to you from the outside.
If you have children, you know what I mean when I say 'reflected to you from the outside'. Children, especially your own, are extremely important messengers to us. During their first evolution cycles they quite clearly show us what our development areas are. They deliver us the message, no matter how painful it may feel, because they Love you so much. During their younger years, they are incapable of lying which is an acquired ability and comes with adjustment to polarity. In their first years children see things as they are and express true emotions. You can learn so much from children by just listening to him or her. When they make you emote, study the reasons. Children bring you closer to reality in many ways.
If you have children and you do not succeed in closing some circles during your lifetime, you sometimes pass it on to your children to close them for you. Your children follow the life patterns that you have taught and shown them, unless they are able to close the circle and choose differently. An example of this is, an abusive parent, the child will either become abusive or find a spouse who is abusive, to close the circle of either parent. If the child has already earlier found balance without guilt or blame, there is no need for the child to engage in a relationship involving problems with abuse. When the Truth is found and the circle is closed, uncertainty and fear are replaced with Faith and Trust.
A great example of this is from the Bible. The story about Abraham. Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son to prove his faith. In his heart he knew that he had already learned his lesson. He only needed to trust his own faith, and so he did when it was time to test it according to his Soul Plan. His son was never in danger because of his Father’s faith. Abraham had closed his circle of faith, therefore in his heart he knew both he and his son were safe.
You can free up acres of emotional and mental energy when you close circles. Sometimes if we aren't careful illness can be a strong sign of a circle awaiting for a closure. Apart from being preparation for death after the completion of defined lessons to learn. You can overcome any illness, if you are able to balance yourself and recovery is meant to be to allow you to proceed according to your Soul Plan. Not too mention, when you close a circle in your life, be it big or small, it will benefit every individual through the group consciousness.
Everything goes in circles and moves in phases, you included. Imagine that you are a toothed wheel rotating and connecting to another toothed wheel for a lesson to learn. Grasp the moment when it awakens a deep feeling within you. Look deep into yourself. See what the lesson is that you have brought into your life. You have brought that lesson into your life and it is only you who can close the circle and release yourself by changing yourself. Reflect on what it is that you need to learn from the experience, learn and let go.
Implementing this new way of thinking about not only my to-do list but in all areas of my life has been truly transformative and I am so excited to invite you to try it as well.
This week I challenge you to pay more attention to how many circles you have open right now. You close your circles only by evolving, by learning your lessons.
In the comments below I would love to know:
– Does “closing circles” change the way you relate to completing tasks and/or projects, addressing the difficult relationships in your life?
P.S. If “closing circles” is particularly hard for you, you are not alone and I can help. A little love and some focused support from me might be just the thing to help increase your productivity and get your brain organized. Contact me and we will get you scheduled for a Discovery Session today
There's no doubt Colorado Springs real estate market is a HOTTT one, but that doesn't mean you should get lazy and skip one of the biggest factors in selling your home- home staging. According to RESA, 85% of staged homes sold for 5-23% over list price in 2020*. Just because our market is absolutely insane shouldn't mean leaving money on the table. Which is why Karl Kennedy with Projectortop.com has come up with 4 home staging tips you can try yourself, or of course call us the professionals at Toscano Interiors- with over 300 homes staged, (we know what we are doing) and would love to help!
So once you have decided it is time to sell your home, you want the home to sell quickly and for the most money possible. The best way to help your realtor accomplish this is to stage your home so that it stands out from the crowd. When it comes to updates and staging, being strategic is critical. The whole purpose of good staging is to get potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. So, where to begin?
Why Staging Is Important
The numbers don’t lie. According to a National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey, 49% of buyers’ agents believe staging affects their buyers’ decision to buy and 77% say it is easier for buyers to visualize living in the home. The NAR also reports that staged homes sell for up to 5% more than unstaged homes, and they sell quicker.
Staging Tip 1: Empty and Clean
By removing personal items and clutter, your home will appear larger than it really is. So box these items up and get them out of the home entirely. Buyers aren’t interested in buying your personal family memories. Once you have boxed these items up, store them somewhere other than in the home. Stuffing the boxes in the garage or the basement will just make that area look cluttered.
Once the clutter is gone it’s time to make everything sparkle. That especially means countertops, bathroom fixtures, and any carpeting. Air the home out if possible, or burn a few scented candles. Another great positive odor enhancer is to bake a fruit pie shortly before any showings.
Staging Tip 2: Light and Bright
Dust lampshades and light bulbs, open blinds, clean the windows, and wipe down any mirrors. Consider replacing light bulbs with ones that are slightly brighter and of a whiter shade. Bright rooms always seem more inviting.
Staging Tip 3: Stage Important Rooms First
Many people think the kitchen should be the highest staging priority but the living room is the most important room to stage. Remove excess furniture to make the room seem larger. Next concentrate on the master bedroom, then the kitchen. If your home has a family room with a large screen TV or home theater projector, have a music video playing in the background as a mood setter.
If your furniture is not in perfect condition, or it has already been moved to a new home, rent a few pieces from a rental or staging company. Position furniture away from the walls, a technique known as “floating”. The look you are after is cozy and comfortable. A vase full of fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit is always a nice touch.
Staging Tip 4: Curb Appeal
Once the interior is set, it’s time to dress up the outside. It doesn’t take a lot of effort. A new welcome mat at the front door, maybe a potted plant also, clean flowerbeds with trimmed greenery, and a clean swept deck or patio with a few outdoors furniture pieces. It stands to reason to keep the lawn mowed if you are selling during warmer months. Also you should power-wash any sidewalks or pathways.
Staged Homes Stand Out
These staging tips will help you sell your home for more money and in a faster period of time. None of them require a significant outlay of cash and they can easily be completed in a weekend. Staging is one of the best things you can do to get your home ready for the market.
About the Author:
Karl Kennedy is the author of Projectortop.com
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Costco is known for selling bulk quantities of merchandise at discounted prices. Something many may not know is that this large retailer also offers a range of home-decor pieces and furniture.
As an Interior Designer, I am here to recommend some must have pieces to include in your spaces throughout your home.
Glenbrook Leather Sofa
The Glenbrook sofa is a beautiful piece of furniture. I love this sofa for the timeless and elegance style it can bring to a space. The tufting over the back and arms creates a modern touch to such a classic design. This piece can also be used to various design styles from industrial, modern, classic, even rustic. For comfort this couch passes. Each cushion is double-wrapped and is removable. They rest on a no-sag spring platform which helps ensure support and comfort! This is a nice feature as we want aesthetically pleasing pieces while being comfortable.
Tresanti 47" Adjustable Height Desk
With still a majority of people working from home, the Tresanti Adjustable Height Desk is a must have for any home office! The simplicity of it makes it work with any design style while staying functional. You have the power to find the exact height that works best for you, whether you are standing or sitting.
As most of us know by now, we should not be sitting in an office chair all the hours that we spend at work. For some standing will help alleviate back or neck pain, especially
after sitting for so long. I had recently bought this at my local Costco for my mother, who has back issues. Sitting at her desk, even with a nicer ergonomic chair, her back would still hurt. She found that standing helped a lot with her back pain and suffered less.
Chinchilla Faux Fur Pillow
These Faux Fur Pillows can be used to add warmth and texture to a couch. There are three different colors; ivory, chinchilla, or black. This allows you to use these pillows with almost every design style. While the chinchilla is perfect for any rustic, industrial, or contemporary spaces, the Ivory is perfect for modern, industrial, rustic, contemporary, and bohemian. The black is perfect for any of those as well.
I had bought a few of these for my couch currently in the basement to add some texture and to have the space feel cozy. These are perfect for that!
Element Hand Finished Wall Art
Beautiful paintings such as this wall art from Costco adds a beautiful focus and texture to a space. The painting itself is dimensional from the thickness of the paint and technique of painting which makes this perfect for a living room, bedroom, or dining room. Adding dimension and texture helps move the eye around the room and focus in on the details of the art.
This piece ties perfectly for any modern, rustic, contemporary, and industrial style rooms. While this is a statement piece, it is not overbearing and will flow nicely with any space.
Elements Metal Vase
These striking decorative metal vases bring a nice touch to any coffee table, sofa table, or dining room table. The weathered blue and grey rustic finish make these decor pieces a suitable accent for any farmhouse, rustic, or contemporary styled rooms.
The vases come in two sizes, paired together to add interest and scale variation. Perfect to display any faux or dried flowers, or simply just by themselves.
All these items I recommend from professional views as an Interior Designer, but as well as personal views. I have experience and knowledge of each item and have been pleased with them all. Costco has wonderful decor pieces for the price and quality.
Wanting to know the best places to shop for your home, where you'll get the most bang for your buck? Contact us today, and schedule a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation!
-Lara Stover, Junior Designer at Toscano Interiors
If you’re still clutching to the Old Normal you’re in for a world of hurt in the months and years ahead. Let Go of it NOW or you’re going to fall BEhind and likely end up stuck out there with the mob, fighting for something that was never yours to BEgin with.
We absolutely must realize, right NOW, that the Game has already Changed and that the NEW RULES are BE-ing Written as We Speak.
If we cannot open our focus up enough to catch the Cataclysmic Changes happening within our SELVES, we are going to miss the greatest opportunity of our life and risk getting thrown under the bus.
We’re moving into the Age of Aquarius and this Emerging Paradigm demands total Inner Freedom, which stands in stark contrast to the Ancient Paradigm of external control.
This Spiritual war has been brewing for a long time already, but my oh my, is it ever Heating Up. Prepare your SELF for a Colossal, even Biblical struggle between these two dynamics as the Universe works to restore It SELF to Balance under a NEW SIGN.
We are NOT Here to steer this thing to our liking; We are Here to Open Up to all of the Possibilities this Ride has to offer. Time to BE the CHANGE.
And this really is the Moment so many of us have been waiting for. The Matrix Control System was never going to come to an end without Revealing itself for What It Really Is.
It’s finally all out in the open for everyone to see NOW, and it’s clear to those who choose to look that the Hammer is coming down and the Old System is going for Broke in its effort to consume the entire Human race.
Those who learn to stay continually Aligned with their Inner Truth will BE able to avoid slipping into conformity, dependence, fear, group-thinking, and herd stupidity.
We are going to need the Tools, Temperament, Tenacity, and Spirit to navigate this, or we are going to get fried by stress, overwhelmed by fear, and we’ll end up stuck with the other sheeple in one of the pop-media narratives, blindly carrying out someone else’s agenda.
Our Energy will be entirely consumed by external events, stunting our Spiritual and Inner Growth, and we will be sentenced to toil in frustration in the remnants of a Dying Paradigm, able only to focus on conflict, strife, and struggle.
One of the things I’m noticing very clearly these days is how the Nature of TRUTH and the Source of TRUTH is changing.
Whereas once we could seek and find Truth in our established collective history, media, and in the accounts of others, Truth NOW is BE-ing revealed to us in relationships.
All of that other stuff is proving to be completely compromised.
And the isolation of the year has induced a purification in our relationships so that NOW it’s as though we are all operating in a House of Mirrors.
At first, the crisis revealed our Truest Colours to those closest to us, and NOW, in the reflections of our relationships, we can see more clearly than ever what we need to KNOW and DO in order to Evolve and Grow into this NEW Inner FREEDOM.
If we Ignore What We See We will get Stuck in the Old ways of BEing.
Pay careful attention to how you are showing up in your relationships these days because there are two competing narratives playing out in our world right NOW.
One of them happens on the media stage and features an expertly-crafted orchestration of Humanity’s worst qualities.
The other story happens in your mind and in your heart and presents an extraordinary opportunity for Personal Evolution.
Whichever one you’re focused is what you’ll bring to the others in your life and will determine what feedback you receive from them and the world.
A wise friend recently told me that the LOVE we experience in our lives is the Clearest Reflection of who We Truly Are as people.
So, what do you see in the relationships in your life?
Are you experiencing LOVE, or are you frustrated?
Is there Easiness or maybe emptiness?
Is there JOY or do you feel repressed or bottled up? Do you feel a sense of Expansion or a sense of contraction?
Can you feel into your relationships to sense which ones are giving you energy and which ones are taking your energy?
What is going right in the good ones and wrong in the others?
What do you need to change about your SELF in order to have the kind of relationship with the world that brings you Happiness, Joy, Peace, and Freedom?
I’ve been meditating deeply on all of this lately. Moving very slowly into the void and waiting to see what naturally arises.
Here’s some of the things coming up for me lately. They feel like an emerging NEW Rule-Set.
Like an updated program to run on as we Collectively Dive Headlong into a Tremendous and Cataclysmic war between Freedom and control. Between fear and LOVE.
AGE OF AQUARIUS: 21 NEW RULES For 2021
Enjoy, People, And Keep The Vibration High!
1.) Above all else, BE Direct and BE Honest. BE the one that says what has for too long gone unsaid.
2.) Love insanely. Let it all out into the open. You don’t have time to hold back any longer.
3.) Make your SELF strong. Physically strong, Emotionally strong, Mentally strong, Spiritually strong.
4.) Practice radical detachment and letting go. We need to create space for the New Paradigm to Emerge.
5.) Learn to enjoy BEing patient in allowing things to unfold naturally without forcing anything.
6.) Express your SELF like you never have before. BE more Real. BE more Raw. BE more Open. BE more bad Ass. BE more You.
7.) Let death be all the motivation you need to do anything you want to do. The clock is ticking faster than ever.
8.) Don’t be surprised when things work out far better than you could have imagined.
9.) Give away as much freedom to Others as you can stand, then give them more. Let them have their stupid differing opinions, or whatever, and just keep on loving them with everything you’ve got.
10.) Do NOT allow your mind to take the wheel. Steer with your Heart.
11.) Make Personal Evolution your Prime Directive and watch how quickly your life changes for the Better.
12.) BE the person in the room that Laughs and Smiles the most, showing others how to brush off the madness of the world.
13.) Conserve your energy until it is time to move, then do so with Maximum Potency.
14.) Stay close to the things you can control and distance yourself from those things which you cannot.
15.) Teach everything you’ve learned so far. Participate fully in the Growth of Others.
16.) Create relationships, fix relationships, find common ground, build bridges, and be there for others.
17.) Learn to fiercely Observe the world and the people around you.
18.) Rewrite the rules as needed for maximum ease and minimum stress.
19.) Let yourself cry, scream or whatever as needed in order to make sure you are a conduit for negative emotions, NOT a reservoir.
20.) Practice, Practice, Practice. Engage in your daily Inner Practice every single day. Cultivate your Inner Peace and Strength through the continuity of your Intentions.
21.) Maintain the Highest possible vibration you can and make a point of BEing infectious to Others.
with Sacred LOVE of ONE
Artist: Sacha Stone
#5D #ascension #lightseekers #lightwarriors #holisticdesign #holisticdesigner #lifecoach #love #lovelightstheway #2021 #newearth #awakening
Earlier this month, our family set out on our last adventure of 2020. We visited Costa Rica, and I must tell you- everyone should experience this magical place at least once in their lifetime. Our last trip of the year was filled with more angst than normal. I learned the government of Costa Rica was requiring Health Passes before entering the Country, which means you better have good health insurance, and proof of that insurance submitted to the Costa Rican Embassy no earlier or later than 48 hours to arriving in Country. During the scramble to get the required paperwork from our insurance company, it struck me that this trip was a goodbye to our old world. I was in the liminal space between past and present, floating as witness to a rift in time. It seemed appropriate for us to visit one of the places on our Bucket List, while we could.
While there wasn't a single place I didn't like during our visit, the place I loved the most was the Monteverde Cloud Forest. First I must tell you, visiting a Cloud Forest has on my bucket list for a very long time, then after sharing a little bit about Cloud Forests the rest of the family jumped on board adding it to their bucket lists too! I think my wanting to experience a Cloud Forest started when I purchased a canvas photograph in my twenties, of one of the rope bridges (no longer rope bridges now) in one of the Cloud Forests... because there are actually 6 Cloud Forests in Costa Rica. But the photograph was beautiful, mysterious...just like the real thing, but the real thing is MUCH better!
So first things first...I had to first navigate how to purchase a guided tour of the Cloud Forest in Monteverde. For whatever reason our phones converted to Spanish as soon as we arrived in country. So that was a fun learning curve. I only know swear words in Spanish and our oldest son Aiden has 2 years of Spanish under his belt, so it was the blind leading the blind most of this trip! But that's what made it fun. Once I was able to purchase tickets in advance, we set out early the next morning for our 2.5 hour drive to Monteverde.
The other fun part of our adventure was the Google GPS doesn't work in Costa Rica. So we had to download their version, Waze. Which fun fact, took us on the back (dirt roads) of the Costa Rican jungles! Typically I think most parent's would be somewhat nervous, however we embraced it, my husband often saying "We were supposed to go this way for a reason, maybe there is something we are supposed to see". I won't lie, there were a couple times I wasn't so sure it was a good idea, and in fact we did get lost. Then all our children decided the winding jungle roads weren't what they had planned for, yes even being from Colorado- so we made several stops because they all got car sick.
Once we did arrive atop this amazing mountain in the town of Monteverde, we realized how we were not prepared for the weather! It was cold, windy, and raining. The weather in Monteverde is strongly influenced by moisture-saturated air currents that enter the country from the northeast (trade winds). When ascending the Cordillera de Tilarán, orographic rains originate because of the cooling they experience, or fog, which characterizes the predominant Cloud Forest in the area. These conditions generate a marked rainy tropical climate; where seasonal variation in temperatures and rainfall is minimal, both remain high throughout the year. Likewise, the persistent cloudiness causes the particular conditions for the development of the so-called Cloud Forest.
Not only were we cold, we were also starving. I guess getting carsick will do that to you. We ended up finding this cute little cafe, 'Stellas'. I have to tell you, should you ever find yourself in Monteverde, Costa Rica- YOU MUST STOP HERE!! Not only is Stella the owner so welcoming, her food is amazing (even though there wasn't a single meal we didn't enjoy the entire week) and the ambiance was MAGICKAL!!!!
Fun Fact: Monteverde hosts 2.5% of the world's biodiversity. The 10% of its flora is endemic. Meaning the plants here are ONLY found here, no place else on Earth has some of the plants we saw. (I talk about this later) and 50% of flora and fauna of Costa Rica is in this paradise.
We were the only guests in this cute little cafe, that smelled like chocolate and coffee beans. As we sat down at our table we noticed the set of sliding glass doors to the back of us, that led to the most amazing garden I have ever seen. In the center of the garden was a tall bird feeder surrounded by birds of every color in the rainbow. I have never seen so many different species of birds in so many colors!!! As I stood in awe, Stella approached me and pointed behind me, as I turned around, right at my feet was a Coati! Close enough for me to touch, completely unbothered by my presence!!! And of course me being me, tried to pick it up, but he waddled off to look for food. Shortly after, a Toucan landed on top of the bird feeder to snack on the banana Stella had placed out there. Several resplendent quetzals showed up for lunch too.
Next, the most beautiful looking squirrel ran up the feeder, scaring away the birds, to help himself to a snack as well. After it was his turn this weird looking creature approached the bottom of the feeder to eat what the birds and squirrel knocked off onto the ground. It was as if these animals made this a daily ritual, and were completely unbothered by humans. Our family just stood in such awe and amazement of what was happening. I could have stayed there all day watching all the animals. However, we were late, and ended up getting lost for the second time trying to find the Cloud Forest. We ended up missing the guided tour, but we were able to venture out onto the trails and bridges alone.
Fun Fact: More than 100 species of mammals live in the park, including howler and capuchin monkeys, all five species of cats, deer, tapir and sloths. A total of 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles live in the reserve, including venomous and non-venomous snakes, frogs and toads
We started along the very muddy path and within minutes approached the longest and tallest bridge in the park, Bridge 6 (236m (774ft) long and it's height being 70m (230ft)). You can tell instantly that they designed this park so the trails and hanging bridges are designed and maintained to cause the lowest impact to nature, trying always to keep the forest intact for everything living in it. You are instantly overwhelmed by nature. There is literally life at your feet, around you, and above you. The bridges you cross (6 in total) are perfect to appreciate Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity admiring nature from different perspectives.
Then something happened halfway through our trek through this beautiful forest. It was as if nothing was outside of us. No world, no COVID, just complete awareness. Nature has much to teach us about the present moment . Nature also teaches us how life and death are a beautiful dance, but humans do a terrible job at facing both.
Fun Fact: Extensive plant collections have been conducted in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. An ever-growing list of plants above 700m details more than 3000 species. There are more than 750 species of trees alone, representing 92 plant families. Each type of forest or “life zone”, from the lowland rainforest to the elfin forest, has its own set of characteristic tree species.
As the lockdowns from the virus continue on, many of us are stuck in our homes, yet there are still endless opportunities to visit nature and what stories she has to share with us. Yes, we share funny videos on social media, and show off our latest recipe creations in the kitchen. We are reconnecting with old friends, since now a phone call out of the blue is socially acceptable. We help our neighbors, donate, volunteer, and ask if people are OK. We say hi to neighbors and strangers. All of these things are important, but during this collective deep breath, we need to find the space to reclaim a small part of our lost humanity. Nature provides that space. Nature is also a lot like a time machine that takes us back and pushes us ahead to confront our own mortality, as well as giving us renewed gratitude for all the times we are gifted here amidst so much beauty and love. I cannot tell you how long I stood in front of some of those gigantic ficus trees. hundreds of years old realizing we all exist now in the ether, the neither-here-nor-there-ness of awaiting the unknown. That the hundred daily griefs can compound into our inability to move or function. However, the force that can allow motion through this time of in between is in the very actions that have bound humanity since our beginnings some 300,000 years ago. Being in nature opens up a part of your soul, opens up your senses which are our new survival superpowers during this time of pause. It's helps you feel more alive.
What we learned that day is death feeds into life perhaps most spectacularly here among the giant ficus trees, the strangler figs that wrap themselves so fully around a host tree that the host dies and rots away and the ficus becomes a tree itself, spreading up into the sky and out toward other trees so the process can begin again.
Monteverde had gifted us a heightened perception, and a month later, I feel ever so much more alive than when I first walked into that Cloud Forest, transformed by the hands of something much bigger than all of us, something not even COVID can take away...G-d.
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