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Sunday, February 14, 2016
I Heart Blogging...
For nearly eight years I have been pretty committed and consistent in sharing my journey and (my family's) through the challenges we've faced with illness, and the blessings that have emerged along the way, the triumphs and sorrows of, telling our story, sharing, prose, poetry, photography, philosophical and occasionally humorous ponderings. If you have been a follower of this blog for a long time you've witnessed the genuine lessons learned, and creative approach I seem to have developed over time to turn and view circumstances in such a way as to recognize the good (hakarat hatov) in life, with a broken/whole vulnerable heart, no matter what happens.
Whether homebound due to MS exacerbations for months on end, enjoying nature from the window above my head or grace periods of amazing remission allowing and inviting me to wander through the woods even climbing Mt. Washington, the highest peak on the east coast of the United States, then back to bed, the ups and downs of relapsing remitting MS and all the weird, debilitating, painful, exhausting symptoms that come along with it. Recently, despite ongoing neurological/physical challenges, I have been able to get out of the house more, driving on my own, socializing a little more than I’d been able to in many years, volunteering at the local soup kitchen most Tuesday mornings, teaching meditation regularly on alternate Wednesdays in person, and over the phone as a substitute for my teacher when she is traveling on Thursdays. I am grateful for all of it; the periods of inevitable bed-rest that have allowed me the privilege of cultivating online friendships, and being offline in the world beyond the screen of this computer.
That said, I want to enjoy these days of getting out as much as possible, because I know, like everything, this is temporary. So, for now, I will NOT be blogging as regularly, but I trust that when I am more homebound again that some of you will still come by and say hello as I will visit you. This has been a difficult decision in some ways because I treasure this virtual but very real sacred space. At the same time it is logical and feels right.
To be clear, I am NOT ABANDONING this blog! Perhaps we can call this a sabbatical of sorts? But I AM, at least for now, going to end I Heart Macro as a weekly meme. I will post when I feel called to share something, much as I did when I first started blogging (that may include IHM linky’s) and then we’ll see what happens. I cherish all the friendships that have grown and flourished over the years with all of you whom I never would have met if it were not for this blog. And by the way next Saturday will be my 8th Blogiversary : )
This is not goodbye it is l’hitraot, until we meet again.
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