Gratitude Monday 7/19

It was such a beautiful weekend!!!

Yesterday, I had set aside the whole entire day for the beach. Was gonna go with Ladybug and family to Half Moon Bay, but decided I didn’t want to do a full day. Instead, I had a lazy Sunday morning, and then went to Lindy in the Park and danced for an hour. Found a perfect parking spot, right outside the park, after circling the block just one time. This despite the fact that it was AIDS Walk day.

Great dancing, gorgeous weather.

Then drove over to Baker Beach, again easy parking. Brought the water that was blessed at Solstice for healing the oceans, created sacred space and gave the water back to the ocean.

Hiked over to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and back, as I always do, and on the way back, I saw folks pointing at the ocean. There were four dolphins, doing their cavorting dolphin thing. So cool! Turns out that July and August is dolphin-sighting time at Baker and I was blessed to get to see them! How very lucky!

What a beautiful beautiful day!!

Did some research into the practice of banging my bones every day with a heavy stainless steel brush. Looks kinda like the one pictured, which is made of bamboo. But the one I have is much heavier. It’s supposed to have a great effect on chi, marrow production, and strength. Now if it could only make my skin look more youthful, I’d be a happy woman!!

Found a couple of articles about this Shaolin massage. Here’s one, if you’re interested.

I do know that the ache in my upper arms and left hip has subsided some; incentive enough for me to continue the practice. Two rounds of t’ai chi every morning and then some bone banging. The banging feels good, and I’ll miss the practice when I travel in September. The brush is too darn heavy to make it into my luggage, though.

I am so excited about the trip!! I made a call to a pub in Kildare, where I’ll be staying in their B&B building for two nights. I love the Irish! The guy who answered the phone said, Hold on, I’ll find someone who will look after you. That made me feel so good!

I am a grateful woman and very very blessed.


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    I’m excited for you to go to Ireland. I just heard a whole show about the song Molly Malone today and I thought about your trip. It’s gonna be fabulous!

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