Superstorms and Double Rainbows

Golf-ball sized hail inspires!

What a day! Today was the first time I experienced golf ball sized hail. The hail stones pummeled Northwest Calgary with breathtaking intensity. While the hail undoubtedly damaged cars, homes, and gardens, I absolutely love the power displayed by Nature.

To me there is nothing better than a hot day followed by a rip-roaring storm. The storm today surely did not disappoint. What I love about storms like these is the pure wildness of the energy created. I love the dual nature of big storms. That such intensity is created only out of air, water and sun. I love the chance to stand at a window and stare out in awe of what Nature can create with only a few simple ingredients and an even simpler recipe.

I love the questions that arise, like “How on earth can hail grow so big in a cloud?”. But most of all, I love the feeling of how truly powerful Nature actually is. We really pay attention when there is a big storm, but the true power and mystery of Nature is always there. We get a splendid chance to stop and remember that we are one small part of a very big planet. We get the chance to surrender to the whims of Nature and let our day be guided by the rhythms of the planet.

We are so used to not being impressed by Nature that a video of a man having a truly ecstatic reaction to a double rainbow seems funny to us.  We can be so conditioned to control our joy, that ecstatic feeling that naturally wants to rise up and guide our choices.

I admit I had a mixed response when I watched the video. Part of me was wondering how often he smokes weed, but another, hidden, part of me was reminiscent of a time when a simple rainbow inspired deep joy. I think the pure emotion in his response calls to all of us to remember the youthful joy in everyday things.

Today’s storm reminded me to seek joy in every experience and to cherish what is. Maybe next time I’ll see a double rainbow too.

The Compassionate Day

The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. It is easy to be joyful on a day like today. After days and days of rain the clouds have parted to reveal the glorious sun. A healthy dose of vitamin D seems to lift the spirits of the whole city.

On a day like today when joy effortlessly flows into your heart is a perfect day to practice compassion. I am no expert in true perfect compassion. For that I direct you to the wonderful book “An Open Heart” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. From this gem of a book I was first introduced to some of the fundamentals of compassion.

It is easy to be compassionate towards friends and family. Their kindness and loving behaviour set us up to easily feel compassion for them. What can be a challenge though is to feel compassion towards everyone. And by everyone I mean the people who have done us personal injury, the people who cut us off in traffic and the people responsible for global calamities.

True compassion also includes compassion towards ourselves. We judge ourselves harshly, beat ourselves up and sabotage our efforts to create change in our lives. The basis for a compassionate loving life lies in loving ourselves first. From there we can expand our compassion to our loved ones and in time to our ‘enemies’. But first we must start with ourselves. We all have a spark of the divine light that created us inside of us. If we honour that divinity in ourselves then we can begin to honour it in others.

Today is a good day to start.

Welcome to LunaHolistic

Hello and Welcome to my shiny new website!

I am new to this blogging thing, so please forgive my utter lack of sense and style.

The purpose of this blog is to give you a little more information about Reflexology, Reiki, and Vibrational Healing, as well as give you a chance to get to know me and ask me a few questions. I would love this blog to evolve into a discussion with you about health, life, and the nature of our quantum reality.  I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I love researching and will do my best to find the cutting edge research to back up my seemingly “woo-wooey, airy-fairy nonsense”.

My background in science may seem to be a contrast to my work at LunaHolistic, but as more research is conducted in the fields of physics, biology and psychology there is more information out there to validate my complimentary healing work. This blog will act as a resource for you to find answers to big questions, or maybe to just start asking questions.

I am also on a healing journey of my own and I will share what I am learning along the way. No one is an island, as the saying goes, and my life has been filled with some amazing teachers and complimentary practitioners. It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to some of the characters that have lit up my life.

One of my new projects is to do a knitting meditation, which I will blog as I go.  Several years ago I went to a Tibetan monk who gave me a task of reciting a budhhist mantra 100,000 times within 3 years.  Well… it has been over three years and I have recited the mantra about 100 times.  As a recovering perfectionist I have a hard time letting a challenge go unanswered.  I have recently picked up my knitting and an idea just clicked on.  I was reluctant to start something as big as 100,000 mantra recitations because I didn’t think I could possibly finish it. But when I’m knitting, I make essentially the same stitch over and over thousands and thousands of times.  Knitting has never seemed like an impossible task to me. It goes fast or slow depending on how often I pick up my needles.  It is fun and I love the sense of accomplishment at making something real.  So it clicked in for me to recite one mantra for each stitch in a shawl that is 108 stitches wide by 1000 rows long.

I have no idea how long it will take or how huge this shawl will be.  I am both an average knitter and meditator. Part of the fun is to see what I experience and part of the lesson is to not get attached to the results. I will keep you posted.


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