Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse – Empowerment and Healing Ceremony

January 19 2019:

Last night I took part in a Manjushri Empowerment Ceremony with the Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse. During the ceremony the mantra and powerful energy of Manjushri are transmitted to the attendees. It was an amazing and beautiful experience.

I barely moved for the entire hour long ceremony. It was like a deep, interactive meditation as we were called upon to visualize certain aspects of the ceremony.

Manjushri is a wisdom deity of Tibetan Buddhism, or a Bodhisattva (Great Being) who wields a powerful sword used to cut through ignorance.

Mostly, I already fall asleep and sleep pretty good; yet, last night I felt light as air as I got into bed and drifted to sleep. And, had a peaceful and restful full night’s sleep.

We also got to view the progress of the ….

Manjushri Empowerment Ceremony and Vajravidarana Healing Ceremony with the Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse


Book Musings: Old Friend from Far Away

January 27 2019:

Old Friend from Far Away

I first read, “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. I’d had it on my list to read more as I got so much out of this one.

Old Friend from Far Away was the second of her books I’ve read (on my 3rd now). I enjoy her writing style and the writing exercises included in the book. I’m slowly making my way through them.

This book encourages one to let loose with their own unique writing style along with teaching one how to remember and allowing forgotten memories to surface.

And, lastly it teaches one how to practice. As with anything we undertake, practicing is how we sharpen the pencil of our writing practice. I would love to attend one of her True Secret Writing Retreats. Sounds amazing! xoxo

Homemade Potato Vegetable Soup and Heart Chakra Bath

January 19 2019:

I just had THE most delicious soup!!!! So yum! I call it a potato-whatever-else-I-have-in-the-kitchen soup! Russet and sweet potatoes, roasted red peppers, rainbow carrots, onion, and garlic. Red cabbage, zucchini, and jalapeño. Black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, cumin, and a dash of ginger and turmeric. Plus sautéed crimini mushrooms. Topped with fresh parsley!!! 😋💞

January 27 2019:

Last Friday Lillian and I got lost for about 30 minutes in making fun photos of the sun beams shining through the crystals hanging in the window! Lillian got some pretty amazing photos! Much better than this one. ☀️💚

Movie Night: Saving Mr. Banks

January 26 2019:

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “Saving Mr. Banks”

I say, “This has been on my list for a year or longer. Finally! I enjoyed every moment! It was incredibly heartwarming to learn the history of the characters in the book, Mary Poppins, and the history of Walt Disney and P.L. Travers. It was good for this writers soul. Now I must go check out the book and read it.”

Lillian says, “Good and liked the Mary Poppins songs.”

Thomas say this one out.


Heart in the Clouds and Frosty Nature Art Show

January 21 2019:

I saw many heart shapes on today’s 5 mile walk. Yet, this little beauty hiding in the clouds shared a lovely message and caused my heart to tingle. 💙💙💙

Bold and cold 5 mile walk yesterday. Such contrast in the sky. 💙💙💙

January 22 2019:

A walk with Thomas last Friday …. 💜💜💜

January 22 2019:

Frosty cold walk this morning … My face nearly froze! The nature art show made it worth it though … 💛💙💛💙

Amazing nature art show this morning. It looks like the trees are cradling the sun. And the sun looks as if it’s smeared into the clouds. Beautiful! 🌲☀️🌤💚💛

Light Bulb Moment and Squishy Things


April 27 2015:

On the way to Lillian’s Craniosacral therapy appointment we were discussing music. She mentioned that Hawaiian music is relaxing. Then she had a lightbulb moment. We have been discussing relaxing techniques for Lillian with therapists.

In that moment she realized that she could listen to beautiful Hawaiian music when in need of some calming! YAY Lillian for making that connection. My eyes almost sweated in joy for her. Beautiful and inspiring moment.


One for each of us. Thank you Christine McBride, CT and OT, for taking all I shared about Lillian and asking if anyone had mentioned SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). So many things are making sense now. Plus the realization that Thomas has some of this going on big time! YAY for squishy things!

Squishy Things 4.27.15

Cold and Beautiful and Relaxing and Rare Sighting and Snow

January 15 2019:

Cold and beautiful walk with Lillian on Sunday. We had such a relaxing time and took lots of photos.

Captured a rare sighting of Lillian’s fairy wings, a fairy shadow in a heart, and an amazing heart reflection. 🧡🧚🏼‍♂️🧚‍♀️🧚🏼‍♂️💛

January 17 2019:

Got out for the 5 mile walk on Tuesday as the snow was making its way here. So cool to be able to see the snow make its way. Plus, a wee lil mud heart on the concrete …. the remains of a muddy dog paw print. 🖤🐾