a journey from the heart


Greetings & Salutations!

I hope you had a wonderful year of joy, inspiration and friendship. My year was beautiful and amazing, filled with a new career, new love and new adventures. So, instead of a letter, I send a collage (.jpg) of places and experiences that inspired me in 2012.

Sunset over the Willamette Valley as seen from Spencer’s Butte

Snow swans along, Pengra Trail, Gold Lake Snow Park

Steven and me on the Oregon Coast, Bay Ocean Spit

Silver Falls State Park – the first of 10 waterfalls

First backpacking trip with Steven and friends, Rosary Lakes

Me on Spencer’s Butte at Sunset

Steven’s daughter Gabby and her cousins Taylor, Reyna, and Declan log walking on the family camping trip at Head of the River (Williamson)

Upper Rosary Lake and Pulpit Rock

Sahalie Falls on the McKenzie River

Sister Mirror Lake in a smoky haze

Steven kissing me on Pulpit Rock

First snowshoe trip with Steven, Pengra Trail

Heart found in seashell at Bandon Beach

Bandon Beach in November

Sunset over Bay Ocean Spit

Snow on meditation bell on the first day of spring, valley floor of Eugene

Crater Lake

Steven and me day-hiking to Maiden Snow Shelter above Rosary Lakes

Blue skies above Silver Creek State Park

Perspective: a very large, old tree and me at Silver Creek State Park

Steven reading to me on the family camping trip at Head of the River (Williamson)

Wildflowers on Spencer’s Butte

May you have a new year filled with magic, adventure and love.

Happy New Year,

Lovingkindness is a meditation practice that we begin by focusing first on ourselves, then practice toward others; first someone we love, next with someone we like, then with someone neutral to us, and finally toward someone who has made us suffer. May it bring you joy and peace in the new year.

Love Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh

May I be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.

May I be safe and free from injury.

May I be free from anger, fear, and anxiety.

May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.

May I be able to recognize and touch the seed of joy and happiness in myself.

May I learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in myself.

May I know how to nourish the seeds of joy in myself every day.

May I be able to live fresh, solid, and free.

May I be free from attachment and aversion, but not indifferent.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
—Oscar Wilde

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