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Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Re-visiting Our Yard

Posted by terrepruitt on June 13, 2015

I love our yard.  It is very small, but often very full of activity.  This year we have new visitors to our yard.  I know that we have had one once or twice, that I have seen, in the past.  But this year they are regular visitors.  They might have been regular visitors for some years now, but they are very shy so perhaps we just didn’t see them before.  I’ve only seen them twice in years past, as I said.  Since they are shy I don’t have any good pictures of them.  The second we approach any window they are gone.  But our hummingbirds are very brave this year.  I can walk right up to the window where the feeder hangs about six inches away and the birds will just sit there.  They seem fearless.  And we have one that is the largest one I have ever seen visit our yard.  This past week we had a little bit of rain. First it started off here as a mist, then the drops came, but it was a very gentle rain.  Oh my, you should have heard and seen the yard.  There were so many birds it in.  They seemed so happy.  They were just jumping around from place to place.  It was a nice sight to see.  I love that we have so much entertainment in our yard.

The new visitors are orioles.  There seems to be at least four.  There are two brightly colored ones and to “dingy” ones.  They barely look yellow.  One of the dingy ones has a bad leg.  I say that because as she perches on anything there is something that hangs down.  And she doesn’t perch well.  She rocks on the feeders unless she is situated just right.  When she is on one of our towers she hunkers down on it.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose,  Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYoAt first they knocked the yellow flower out of the hummingbird feeder.  But once we saw them feeding on the hummingbird feeders we removed a flower from each feeder.

I think the new birds might be affecting our hummingbird population in regards to how many we get visiting the feeders in our yard.  But that is ok.  They need to eat too.

This is why I recently posted Outside Yoga – Easier Said Than Done  because we have so much bird activity.  I get distracted.  Birds are fascinating.  The blue jays rarely just pick a nut.  They will land and pick up a nut, then put it down.  Then pick up another nut, then put it down.  It looks sometimes as if they are shaking it, but I am not sure.  Then they will pick up another one and put it down.  I’ve seen one bird do that a dozen times.  I am so curious as to why.  I have my ideas as to why, but I would love so much for them to be able to tell me.

The collage with the orioles makes me squint because of the out of focus, faded pictures where the oriole has his back to the camera.  They are that way because I was taking it far from a way and through a dirty window and through a screen.  The orioles are very skittish.  The blurry photo where his coloring is bright was from very far away and as soon as he noticed me he was gone.  The one of the oriole in the tree, that is the less-than-brightly-colored female.

The mourning dove has been trying to get to that feeder for days now.  And I say “trying to get” because I have never seen it IN the feeder.  It flies up to the top of it and that is as far as we have seen it get.  But perhaps when we are not looking it actually makes it to the bottom to get the seed.  Tonight my husband and I watched its progress.  The mourning doves are skittish, too, but I think her having won such a hard battle she was not going to just fly away.

Our yard is small, but we are blessed with visiting birds.  What’s in your yard?  Do you have a flower garden?  Do you have a vegetable garden?  Do you have birds that visit?

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Sound Healing and Labyrinth Walk

Posted by terrepruitt on April 23, 2013

Wow.  This past weekend I went to an event a friend of mine invited me too.  It was very cool.  I had learned about walking the labyrinth not too long ago (about four years).  I found it very fascinating.  I love that you just walk the path and it is yours.  You walk, you experience whatever it is you want to/need to experience.  There are many different types of labyrinth.  The first one I experienced was at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA.  The labyrinth was in their garden.  Their garden is an oasis in the middle of a noisy city.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe labyrinth I walked on Saturday was at a church, First Congregational Church.  It is a stone labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth alone is a special thing in itself, but this event was sound healing while you walked the labyrinth.  I had heard of sound healing before but didn’t really have an idea of what it was.  I really had no idea what this event would be like, I just wanted to go because the one time I walked the labyrinth I really enjoyed it.  The event was planned two months ago and in those two months . . . .wow!  At this time I am just going to say that I felt this was the PERFECT time for me to be attending this event!  There were four women that played their Crystal Singing bowls, drums, rattles and other sound healing instruments while we walked the labyrinth.  It was a wonderful experience.  Their intention is to hold this type of event every other month.  I will be posting the information as I learn of it so anyone who wants to join can do so.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaCrystal Singing bowls are very beautiful LOOKING and I was attracted to one so I went over to talk to one of the women about it.  Since I didn’t know anything about the bowls I wanted to learn more.  She shared with me the vibration of the bowl called “The Divine Mother”.  She told me what it was made of and shared the sound with me.  While she made it sing I was holding it.  It was very warm.  Then she had me hold it in one hand and strike it with the mallet.  Then she took the bowl and held it in her hand and struck it while I held my hands close to the bowl but not touching.  That was amazing.  I felt the energy, the vibration from the bowl push against my hands.  I had to give a little resistance so my hands did not move away from the bowl.  The sound is very beautiful, but I was very intrigued by the energy coming from the bowl.  She was very kind and she allowed me to experience this for a while.  Then she had me turn in a circle while she moved the bowl up my body and down my body.  It is kind of surprising the force I felt from the bowl as she did that.  It was not strong as if to move me, but there was something and that really surprised me.  I felt the vibration from the bowl.

At this time with what is going on in my life and what is going on in the world, I am open heartedly accepting it as healing sound and vibration.  What is really is and what you want to believe is up in the air and up to you.  I am just sharing that I knew nothing of this type of “healing” and was really just surprised and amazed by the sense and the feeling I got.  I was just WOWED!  Really.  And I felt really good and relaxed after.  The morning was emotional and a bit stressful and after that little session I was back to relaxation and joy.

So, a portion of my walk in the labyrinth was that of thankfulness and pure gratitude.  But it was a — to me — a big labyrinth so I was also able to concentrate on some healing thoughts for someone else.  Then while I walked I began so sense my feet and I took a little time to focus on self-healing.  I walked the labyrinth both ways so I was able to do what I felt necessary.

Whew!  It was an awesome experience.  I look forward to attending more walks with sound healings.  I will put the information regarding the next event up somewhere (here, my website, Twitter or Facebook) when they have the details worked out and have let me know.  So check back if you are interested.  I honestly can’t wait.  I really felt some healing from the lovely sound and enjoyed the walk and the support of all those that gathered.

What do you think?  Interesting?  Interested?


If you are interested, there is a walk on Saturday, August 17, 2013, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Click here to go to Facebook Event!


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