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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: Korean Forsythia; Emotional Benefits

Korean Forsythia Blooms in Sea of Vinca
Korean Forsythia Blooms
The korean forsythia is blooming in our Secret Garden!

The emotional benefits of practicing meditation can be significant. At our mid-week, mid-day mediation group yesterday, one of our participants shared his experience. He explained that after an initial focus on his body, breath, and physical comfort, he was able to feel “a shroud of sadness” come over him and speak to him, calling him by name and saying to him, “You have no control over this. Be with it. Keep moving forward.” The “shroud” then lifted and he felt an emotional relief. This was a gift to him, to us when shared, and possibly to you in my telling.

Our first meditation session in the Meditation Garden was and is profound for me. I have made a conscious choice, with Karl, to create this space. The fact that simply holding the space for people invites such great healing potential is deeply moving and is beyond me. The reality of sharing our space with caregivers and receivers journeying now through illness and uncertainty is an edge I’m both pleased and sad to walk. This is the nature of the wounded healer. My heart glowed when I had previously envisioned sharing our gardens with others on a regular basis, such as an eight week meditation group. It feels fulfilling and healing on a deep level for me, to realize this much-needed service, yet I am very much with the people who are now experiencing illness and I experience their sadness, which also rekindles the fire in me. Why so many long-term illnesses? Why? Without the fire, there is no passion. Without passion, there is no action.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: 1st Hyacinth; Otter

First Hyacinth Bloom
First Hyacinth Bloom
I was quick enough to catch this hyacinth – and slug! However, I didn’t have my phone with me earlier this morning when I walked down to the Meditation Garden and saw an otter swimming away from shore. Please remember to take a pause this noon for respite – try three deep belly breaths as you relax your shoulders – for your mid-week, mid-day meditation. I will keep an intention this noon as we gather in the Meditation Garden, for caregivers’ and receivers’ respite – we are all both!

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: 1st Daffodils; Respite Wellness

two yellow daffodils
First Daffodils Bloom
Between the street-side rock wall and the Orchard Avenue (which is part of the wheelchair accessible MargFMac Front Garden Loop) we have a new garden area. We’re calling it the Rock Wall Garden. Our ideas for this garden area include plants requiring dry soil as well as a possible lavender edge.

A little reminder… I’ll be sitting in the Meditation Garden tomorrow, beginning at 11:45am for a sixty-minute silent meditation and I welcome others to join me. This is a free eight-week respite wellness program I’m piloting for the benefit of long-term caregivers and receivers and others who need respite mid-week, mid-day from their personal busyness. It is an opportunity for beginners to learn more about how to “sit still” and calm the mind/body, as well as an opportunity for experienced meditators to sit in a new space. If you are interested in joining us, please register by end of today using either of 2 methods:
1. Click the “register” button on the Events Page
2. email me at mary@marymacmissions.com

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report Special Edition

A vision held since February 2009 (when we moved in) will be realized over the next few days. Join me for a walk through the vision prior to groundbreaking! I am so thrilled we are moving forward with this and it will be a wonderful new reality for Karl, me, and our guests as we continue to design accessible front gardens and enjoy them!

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary