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
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.
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.