Author’s Life

Retreats and conscious choices

I spent yesterday at a spiritual retreat center in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It reminded me of the value of getting away from it all, even if only for a day.  The drive towards the mountains in the early morning was beautiful, and  the day spent in the company of like-minded people with plenty of opportunity for quiet reflection fed my spirit.

The topic of the retreat was making conscious choices – something that is an integral part of conscious living.  How do you live your life?  Do you make choices that limit you, or choices that allow you to expand?  Make the choice to say “yes” to yourself today.

Do you wish you could get away from your busy life even just for a day?  Give yourself the gift of a retreat.  Retreats come in many shapes or forms, the main idea is that it gets you away from your usual routine and allows you to do something that nourishes your spirit. 

But as much as I enjoyed my day away from it all, I was happy to come home to Amber at the end of the day.  Pets nourish our spirit every day.

The Conscious Cat

I decided to name this blog “The Conscious Cat”.  I’m on a wonderful  journey to consciously create my life in ways that allow me to express my authentic self, and along this journey, some of my greatest teachers have been my cats. 

Buckley, who passed away in November, was and continues to be a feline master teacher.  You’ll learn more about her in my upcoming book, “Buckley’s Story”.  Amber, who has been with me for the past eight and a half years, is an eternally wise soul in a feline body.   Together, the two of them taught me to open my heart in ways I never thought possible. 

Animals are great teachers.  All we need to do is listen with our hearts.

Winter Wonderland

About 2 inches of snow overnight, and it’s still snowing.  It looks very pretty out, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to shoveling my driveway later today.  Thankfully, I have no appointments until late afternoon.

Amber is having a busy morning watching the birds at the feeder on the deck:

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