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Funny to be the first one commenting on this post. It doesn’t happen to me. Well, something happened last week and it made me feel really positive – after a long gap of three years. I love plants and while I used to have a small garden earlier, now I have only potted plants on my terrace. A couple of months ago, we saw a new and strange plant in one of our flower-pots. I don’t know why, but we just let it grow.
Last month, we saw some caterpillars on it – chewing the leaves of the plant, leaving behind unsightly holes. The plant didn’t look pretty with those holes…but we didn’t have the heart to pull it out with those caterpillars on them. So…well, we got sort of attached to them, and we kept a watch on them. Of the six caterpillars that were there, only one survived, and we were lucky to see the miracle of the caterpillar turning into the Chrysalis (the pupa.) The process lasted for about a minute or two, and we were spellbound.
We didn’t know how butterflies were born, but we witnessed the birth of this beautiful Monarch butterfly around a week from the time it turned into the Chrysalis. I’ve still not been able to understand this transformation – I wouldn’t have believed that this was possible had I not witnessed it.
Since then, I’ve been feeling a lot more optimistic. There isn’t any connection between my feeling happier and my seeing the birth of that butterfly (at least apparently) but since then little things are happening that make me feel like working harder, drawing and painting better (you know that I do digital painting.)
Just thought I’d share this…something beautiful that happened to me. (After having typed this long a post, I am sure my post isn’t the first one anymore :))
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I have recently started meditating again and coming into alignment with all of who I am, so this is an affirming video for me! The discussion about quantum leaps is also interesting as I have seen ‘flash in the pan’ decision making burn itself out bery quickly.I see great change gathering momentum, but I also believe that it has to be assimilated over time, to be authentic and enduring. I love Shafali’s account of the caterpillar’s amazing transformations ~ nature is a wonderful teacher, one which I aim to observe more wakefully. Lovely post, Amy!
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Must agree that we should make a big deal our of every year and probably every day.
Amy thank you for your willingness to love. It has always come through to me. Thank you.
OK what is “Pingback?” I have never quite grasped it. Or should I be asking Becca?
“Pingback” alerts me to the fact that someone (Becca in this example) has “hot linked” my site when they wrote about it in their site. In other words, people can click on what she “hotlinked” and they will come over here to Soul Dipper. (Spammers can also hot link to our sites so it’s great that we have the chance to approve it or not.)
Raven, are you able to open videos these days? Do you need a link?
Oh yes, I loved the video … funny, in my rather cloaked manner (I just realized how cloaked it was) my thanks was really about thanks for the video. Sorry about that, 😉
I meant to include the link – with thoughts of you – then I forgot. Glad you could open it. Love to you!
Meditation is what reminds me that I have a choice in how I am going to live. It’s become an essential part of my practice.
A very positive happening will take place on Sunday, November 4th, when the Blogblast for Peace takes place, with bloggers from all over the world taking part. Check out the details at http://blogblastforpeace.com/ This movement was begun by Mimi Lenox at http://mimiwrites.blogspot.ca/ some years back and grows every year. Check out the two sites for details and come join us in spreading our wishes for peace.
Thanks, Sherry. I will definitely scoot over and have a look at the site. This is the kind of good networking that is key to help keep the airwaves positive!
I’m donating blood this Thursday. Positive energy!
Way to go, Linda. We also do that voluntarily in Canada and especially when there’s a need reported. You’ve just reminded me that I haven’t seen a request for blood for ages. That has to be a good sign.
Every day is a chance to become a little more awake, Amy….
Kate Shrewsday, there really is such a beautiful soul in your personhood! Yes, your comment contains such an important attitude.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever thanked you for starting Occupy the Blogosphere, so I’ll remedy that now. Thank You! It’s made a positive change in my life.
That’s fabulous, Diana! What could be a greater gift than feeling a contribution has been made? Thanks for saying so.
I don’t know what I would do without meditation. It keeps me balanced. Recently, I started doing Tai Chi Dance, s specialized dance type of Tai Chi that my teacher created. It is beuatiufl to do. It helps with flexibilty and the music is very peaceful. It is another way of meditating and exercising with very little pressure on joints.
This is a good reminder to introduction for those who may have been hesitant to try meditation. Sometimes, meditation is confused with a religion. It is a religion but it is the religion of you. Loved this …!!!!
My entry for your very special Occupy the Blogosphere –
What a great “fable” you wrote for this week’s Occupy, Isadora. Man, I loved those types of stories as a child! Many thanks.
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every. single. day.
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Love to you, dearest. You Inspire.)))) Xxx
Isn’t that the TRUTH?! And isn’t it great living with that attitude? If it turns a tad trifling, we can just start again. Works for me.
I missed your ” Occupy blogosphere yesterday but am taking the liberty of posting a link of a very personal experience which got triggered by superstorm Sandy over the last few days and led me to write my new post,
Has Sandy led to my catharsis? I leave it to you and other readers to opine.
Shakti, your contribution is a welcome testament to the determination of the human spirit to endure even the worst possible situations. The loss, the grief, the clean up, the recovery…it’s an insurmountable mountain to the observer. To the participant, it’s one tiny step at a time.
Another thought provoking post and lovely comments. I’m so glad Shafali shared the story about the caterpillars. It was so inspiring. We see these wormy things on a plant – think yuk – and kill them without thinking that we’re killing something as beautiful as a butterfly. I’m sure we’re doing similar actions in our daily lives without realizing it. Wow.
Shafali and her husband created a new app for Apple devices called Hypnotoy. She did all the artwork which is very beautiful. Visuals ebb and flow, change shape, colour and direction with grace and awesome beauty. It’s designed for relaxation and I hope it takes off. She’s a phenomenal artist as shown here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hypnotoy/id567639887?ls=1&mt=8
The transformation of the ugly (?) caterpillar into a butterfly tells an important story…that of hidden potential. Given the right conditions (we would check the plant and the caterpillars every morning. Sometimes, we’d find the caterpillars immobilized because a tiny spider would’ve woven a tiny web around their tiny feet. Then we’d spend time removing the webs without hurting the caterpillars – and yet, of the six caterpillars that were there at the beginning, only one survived. We don’t know what happened to the others. Perhaps the birds took them, or the spiders ate them in the night. Everyone of those had the same potential, but only one could make it. Why?
When I post the pictures, I’ll leave a link here. I’d like to thank Amy’s readers for reading the butterfly story…it made the effort of writing it…worthwhile. Thanks Amy, for inspiring me to write it down through your Occupy initiative.
Great Shafali. Love these observations of our planet.
Oh, Amy. I am such a weirdo. I didn’t thank you for your sweet comment on Hypnotoy. You couldn’t find a more absent-minded idiot on planet earth…(another observation!) Thank you so much. There’s no joy greater than the one that you feel when one of your creations is appreciated. Thanks again 🙂
That joy is exactly what bloggers feel about blogging! 🙂
When you blog…you create 🙂
I made the post. The normal fare of my dog’s blog is a far cry from anything of this nature, so please ignore it 🙂
Shafali, your post is such a great example of how we can be patient, caring, curious and appreciative of Nature’s fragility and determination. Thank you!
Right now I’m finding it so hard to quiet this old mind…I need this to remind me to keep on trying. Thank you, Amy.
I was reminded today to keep meditating routinely even if it’s only 10 or 20 minutes. Those minutes do wonders for us and I can convince myself so easily that I will do it “later”. Hah…that’s a joke! Just started a tiny group of spiritual women who wanted to meditate together. One of the women just became certified by Deepak Chopra to teach meditation. So another gift is presented!