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The Energy WE Share

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This is my sister Cheryl, We are very much connected even though Cheryl has passed.

Most of us have never taken the time to think about how we are all connected, but I assure you we are all connected!

All of us are made up of energy, and the energy flows through, and is part of the trees and all their plant friends, the creatures big and small, all people whether they are people we like or people we don’t care for. There is energy in our oceans and the life that lives in the oceans, the atmosphere has energy, we may call it weather. It sounds crazy if you haven’t thought of it doesn’t it?

There is so much energy that we can walk into a room full of people and immediately feel bad energy or good energy. You might not recognize it the way someone else might. But you might feel happiness entering a room, and feel it amongst the people. Or you might feel a quietness or tension in the room, and your mind is saying to you, “I don’t want to go in!” It’s all the same thing. It’s your intuition telling you what kind of energy you are walking into, and it isn’t worth your time to be around people that aren’t happy, and upbeat. The energy we feel can be intuition, or a knowing.

Many things change the way we feel about being out and about. Since we all have been stuck at home, and barely going anywhere during this pandemic, I think we have gotten use to a safe environment. Our homes, and yards are our haven, we feel safe there, and have gotten use to being home for the last six months.

Now things have opened up a little and slowly we are venturing out into the big, wild, crazy world once again. It isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I thought I’d be champing at the bit to get out and go shopping or go to lunch with my friends, but I’m not. I get out to go grocery shopping and the minute it gets a little crowed, I have a panic attack leaving me anxious to get back home and away from people. I guess we are never happy, and the grass always looks greener on the other side. But the fact is we still need to be careful, and that adds to concern.

Having to be home for so long, and being told we have to be so careful with masks, and gloves has put fear into our hearts and minds. This has left us with so many questions, and few answers.

I feel so much empathy for the people that have gotten sick, and their families who haven’t been able to be with them as they either recover or pass on. I can’t imagine not being with one of my family or a good friend as they leave this world. I literally feel their pain!

We are all connected to one another whether we like it or not. But I’m here to let you know that even if you don’t believe in our connection, this connection is what helps us sit in prayer to send loving thoughts, and healing energy to someone we care about that is ill in your circle of friends, or book club. Prayer works, we do it all the time, even those of us who are non-believers do things like talk to loved ones that have passed, or say to themselves “God Help Me!” On a deeper level there is a knowing that our connection is infinite, our love for one another is deeper, and without realizing it we all have a knowing!

Thank you for stopping to read my blog. I’m considering changing the name of my blog, but am not sure what to call it. Next time you stop to read it, It will just be Karen’s Blog. So don’t think you’ve missed it, you have not. Eventually I’ll find the right name and maybe even change the face of he blog. Baby steps is what I’m being told, so baby steps it is! Karen

Advise from Maria Sabina

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 Advice from Maria Sabina, Mexican curandera (medicine woman) and poet:“Cure yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Heal yourself with mint, with neem and eucalyptus. Sweeten yourself with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile.Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a touch of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar, and take it looking at the stars.Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain.Get strong with bare feet on the ground and with everything that is born from it. Get smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with the eye of your forehead.Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier.Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember…you are the medicine.” — with Vickie Mitchell.

I thought this so beautiful, I couldn’t resist posting it for everyone to read. I hope you liked it as much as I did.

Thank you for stopping to read Karen’s Stone Soup. See you next time, Karen

Recharging our Batteries

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Do you treat yourself with love? Do you enjoy your everyday life? Do you have a place that you can go to be alone?

Yikes, I sound just like a commercial for a pill or something! I promise you it is not.

Treating oneself with love and kindness is essential to survival, especially in this climate of uneasiness and the unknown.

I have learned over the years that I function much better if I take time out for myself to rest and recharge. After all, we are all giving so much each day to simply survive. My quiet place would normally be out in nature, around trees or a stream, but in this heat my quiet place is in my husbands office where I can close the door, but not before announcing, “I’m going in, keep everything quiet please, and don’t bother me unless the house is burning down!”

Of course that isn’t always easy to do nor is it available to everyone, but each of us has to find their own place of solitude. There have been times when a long walk is just the thing to bring me peace. Sometimes it’s as easy as going for a drive, or sitting in the car. But not before putting a note on the car window saying… ” I need some alone time, Don’t talk to me, don’t tap on the window, don’t text me!”

Each of us has to find a place to contemplate, unwind, relax, and connect with your inner self.

Our survival depends on it!

Thank you for stopping to read Karen’s Stone Soup, see you next week, Karen

Each Day A New Opportunity

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I’m laying in bed looking out the window, with clean, crispy fresh air pushing it’s way into the room giving me newfound energy to start my day. What will this day bring me? Will it stay cool, or get hot & muggy? Whatever it brings, I am ready and willing to jump out of bed, brush my teeth, wash my face, and start my beautiful day with a cup of coffee, and a little meditation. I know, It’s not for everyone…some people would rather have a cup of tea!

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I have always loved the coolness in the morning, especially when it’s a bit overcast, and quiet. When my children were small I would get up early so I could sit quietly with a cup of coffee, and just start my day slowly while the kids were asleep. That was the plan, but many times my plan was foiled by an aggressive little munchkin getting up too early, and reuining my plan.

Today after feeding my kitty Kramer, and letting Daisy dog out, I’m drinking coffee with my husband, but the kids are grown, and gone. The things that inspire me aren’t the things that inspired me many years ago when my kids were small. Now I get inspired by birds chirping, or a gentle breeze in the air. Some days I’m inspired to read, or paint, sketching out on our patio, or take a walk through the neighborhood. Things I couldn’t do when I had a young family.

On this morning with sweetness in the air, I’m inspired to listen to the crows. They are very verbal this morning, and I feel like they are letting me know to “keep looking.” Sitting on my patio, I’m trying to keep looking, but I’m also trying to figure out what else the crows are telling me. In my Animal Speak Book by Ted Andrews, it tells me that crows bring you magic and creativity. OK! Now we’re talking. I’m all about magic, and creativity….bring it on.

Even though I am not interested in venturing too far from home, I still very much invested in nature. For now nature means to me, that I walk through my back yard where peace, & serenity hang in the air. I love my trees, & it won’t surprise some of you to know I even talk to the trees, & the birds. Ok, so they don’t talk back in the way we do, but they do respond if you pay attention. I try to pay attention knowing if I’m really quiet & concentrate, I will hear their answers!

Thank you for stopping to read Stone Soup, I’m really happy to share with you my thoughts, & ideas about my life. See you next time. Karen

Find the Sweetness in Life

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Sunday after church (on line of course), we were all giving readings from spirit, and nothing resonated with me. I listened patiently as all the messages seamed to be general, and almost for everyone. So I sat there taking it all in, and realizing I had a spirit on my left waiting for me to read him. He was patient, courteous, but still wanted me to acknowledge him.

After everyone had finished their reading, I finally said I’d go next with a man who had been waiting patiently for an hour. He first showed me black and white poke dots. I thought, what the what?? After received that I had a very unexpected and strange thing happen to me. I found myself viewing his journey from behind his eyes. I was a little taken aback as this had never happened to me before. We walked all over the forest, watching little animals in the woods, traveling, seeing the ocean, the beach, and exploring everything around us! I thought to myself, this is what I love to do! That was an interesting experience in itself, when out of my mouth I exclaimed, “This reading is for me!” I was so stunned that I lost my connection with this man. I didn’t know that was coming, it just spewed out.

As soon as that happened, our Minister Malcom took over and finished the reading. Malcom was able to connect to the same man that I had been connected to, and this is what he told me…..The man was my grandfather, he was here to let me know to keep looking, and exploring, I’m on the right path!

That was from my grand father who I haven’t seen since I was a teenager, & it warms my heart to know his spirit is watching over me, guiding me, and keeping me safe. My grandfather passed many years ago and I feel so blessed to have him come to me, & let me know he is here supporting my efforts.

This may sound strange to some of you, and I can understand. But I assure you, as strange as it is, it’s true. We can speak with our loved ones that have passed, and we all have the ability. Some of us don’t want any part of it, but if you just open up and consider the possibility that there are things still unexplained, you will be amazed at what is possible!

Have you ever had a dream of a loved one, or dear friend that had passed? Maybe even one of your animals from the past is in that dream. Well, this is one way they contact you, another way is you might feel your pet jump up on your bed, but when you look—nothing is there. You could have sworn something was on your bed, maybe even up against your leg.

I know I’m stretching your world right now, entertain the possibility of finding peace from a place we have been programed to know nothing about. This isn’t a religious thing, Spirit is totally non-denominational.

Just give it some thought!

Thank you for reading my post today. Many blessings to you all. Karen

Why Do We Love Children

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THIS IS WHY WE LOVE CHILDREN1) NUDITY I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, ‘Mom, that lady isn’t wearing a seat belt!’2)

OPINIONS On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, ‘The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.’3)

MORE NUDITY A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, ‘What’s the matter, haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?’5)

KETCHUP A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. ‘Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.’4)

POLICE # 1 While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, ‘Are you a cop?Yes,’ I answered and continued writing the report.’My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?”Yes, that’s right,’ I told her.’Well, then,’ she said as she extended her foot toward me, ‘would you please tie my shoe?’6)

POLICE # 2 It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me.’Is that a dog you got back there?’ he asked.’It sure is,’ I replied.Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, ‘What’d he do?’7)

ELDERLY While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, ‘The tooth fairy will never believe this!’

DRESS-UP A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, ‘Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.”And why not, darling?”You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.’9)

DEATH While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cottonwool, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: ‘Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.’ (I want this line used at my funeral!)10) SCHOOL A little girl had just finished her first week of school. ‘I’m just wasting my time,’ she said to her mother. ‘I can’t read, I can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!’11)

BIBLE A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.’Mama, look what I found,’ the boy called out.’What have you got there, dear?’With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered, ‘I think it’s Adam’s underwear!’

NOW IF THIS DIDN’T BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY,GO BACK TO BED AND FORGET IT.

I thought with our days and nights all mixed up right now, we could use a little levity. I found this on Face Book, and couldn’t help changing things up a little! I hope you enjoyed.

I want to thank all my beautiful Grandchildren for helping me out on this blog! I love all four of you!

Thank you for stopping to read Karen’s Stone Soup, see you soon.