Monday, July 12, 2010

Finding comfort in nature..



Opening to the morning light....

Reaching towards the afternoon sun...



The Natural world is full of healing if only we would notice. The shamrock (above) bloomed just a day or so ago. I didn't notice. I'd been too busy to pay attention. I had bought this plant for David just this past spring...



Before David's hospital admission, I looked out the front window to see a pair of ducks on our front lawn. There is no pond or water source nearby. It was quite a surprise. I looked up the meaning of Ducks in my Animal Speak book. Ducks bring emotional comfort and protection. I knew we were in for a rough ride.



One evening I happened to look out David's hospital window to the Healing Garden. There swimming on the pond was a pair of ducks. I never saw any more after that.



Sitting on my back deck one afternoon on one of my "days off" from the hospital, I looked up into the sky to see a hawk flying overhead. Now there are hawks in our neighbourhood, but I usually spot them towards the woods - never in my backyard.



The hawk is a "powerful bird that can awaken visionary power and lead you to your life purpose. It is the messenger bird, and wherever it shows up, pay attention. There is a message coming."


I was out walking the other morning, listening to birds as they sang and chirped. I was feeling lonely and sad. Suddenly a tiny brown bird flew down close to me. He (or she) settled on a low branch, looked at me and chirped out a greeting. I wonder.....



Three days after David's passing, I was once again sitting on my back deck. It was a beautiful day, but I was crying in grief and pain. All of a sudden, an orange and black butterfly flew down and perched on the chair next to me. I knew in my heart that it was David, telling me he was alright. I have read that when you see a butterfly, it is a Soul who has passed on coming to comfort the ones left behind.







19 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Wendy, I am so glad to hear from you. I'm glad you are writing your thoughts down. That will help with the grief and healing... I'm sure that butterfly was David telling you that he is in no pain now and in a better place..

I am praying for you... Life will be hard for awhile--but you can heal--with time... Unfortunately, life does go on, whether you are ready to jump on board or not...

Much Love and PRAYERS,
Betsy

Shammickite said...

Mother Nature is bringing you comfort in her own way. Betsy is right, life goes on, even though you probably feel that everything worth while has come to a standstill. Take comfort in Nature and you'll find that you will heal and find peace.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
Self soothing is so important right now. Allow Mother Nature to comfort you, her wind to sooth and her creatures to show you the beauty of now. David will always be just a thought away. He may sing in the trees and show you the most lovely of sunsets. Wonderful he came to you in the spirit of the butterfly. A butterfly is transformation. I too check Animal Speak when I have visits....The Swan and Hummingbird are totem animals for me.
I am sending many blessings. Offering lots of hugs. I think of you daily.
I am so happy you are finding comfort in Mother Nature's arms. Animal medicine offers so much healing.
Namaste,
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Dear Wendy......I am so pleased to read that you are finding healing in the arms of mother nature.

I also believe she sends messages to us. I listen to her, and feel calmer when amongst the trees and flowers.

It is good to see you back with us, if only now and again. You have much healing to do.......David will always be with you, just a breath away. It is so strange but when I visit here, I can feel you both in my heart.

I keep you with me Wendy, in my quiet times, sending you strength and positive energy.

Love and hugs........

Maggie May said...

It is lovely that you are finding comfort in Nature.
Sometimes if I have been going through a bad time, I pray to God, *Send me a little message to let me know you are still there,* and quite often a little bird or a sudden burst of sunlight, helps me to realise that we are not alone.
((hugs)) Maggie X

Nuts in May

Celia said...

Nature sends us many messages especially when we've lost someone we love dearly. The birds that come to us, the feel of a soft kitten and its scratches, the changing weather, seemed to give us balance as we walked grieving with a foot in each world, coping with the space my dear had left behind. Bless you Wendy and the ducks and the butterflys.

Deborah said...

Feel my arms around you, feel the love and the prayers from my lips. Beautiful writing, beautiful soul.
**blows kisses** Deb

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear Wendy, I am so thankful that you are finding comfort in nature around you and release through your tears. It is a hard thing to have to go through...remember, you are not alone.

Hugs filled with love,
Jenny

Rose said...

I'm so glad you are finding comfort in nature, Wendy. However you interpret the spiritual side of nature I do believe that these signs mean something. My friend Beckie associates dragonflies with the daughter she lost four years ago, and it's amazing how often dragonflies have visited her garden since that time and just at a time when she needed them. Whether it's a butterfly or a bird's song, I believe David's spirit is around you, letting you know that all will be well.

Rose

mxtodis123 said...

What a wonderful, soothing post. Yes, you are right. We did have the same thoughts...and if I recall, this is not the first time this has happened. A displaced country gal, I've developed such a soft spot for nature as I grow older; I've also been yearning for something new to learn, and I've had this book for so long. I've picked it up many times and put it aside, but then, the day of the eclipse, I just knew it was time to read it. Wonderful, wonderful book. Actually, I just sent for two other of his books as well as the book you mentioned.

I am so happy to see you posting and finding comfort. What strength you have! And you are not alone. There are many of us who love you.
Mary

Ruth said...

Dear Wendy...I am far behind in blog reading as I have been away. I know your husband's passing is bittersweet, his suffering over but your loss felt each day. Wishing you strength and peace each day.

amelia said...

I find that walking in the bush where I live is the only thing to bring comfort. I'm so glad you are finding this comfort too.

It's going to be a while, you have lost your best friend but hopefully time will heal a little if not totally...

KleinsteMotte said...

Wendy you are right. God bless.

gemma said...

Hi My name is gemma
I found my way here via Miss*R*
Please accept my sympathy for your loss of David. I read your poem "On the Brink" It struck a chord with me.

Nancy said...

So lovely to have these sweet little reminders that you're not alone in this time of grief.

Hilary said...

It's wonderful that you can take some comfort from nature. I'm quite familiar with Animal Speak and have to agree that we seem to be sent these messages when needed. Take comfort in your butterfly. Hugs to you, Wendy.

Abba's Girl said...

Love, comfort and peace to you. So sorry...

Karin said...

May you continue to feel the comfort and love God sends to you in many different ways and know that your Beloved is in His Presence. So glad you are sharing your thoughts in this valley of grief and sorrow. Hugs!

Beth Niquette said...

God bless you, dear one. Thank you for sharing your walk through this dark place of pain and sorrow.

In doing so--you are a blessing to so many. ((hugs))