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Several years ago I scribbled these words on the back of a ceremony script while the rain poured down and guests stepped over puddles:

“Nobody plans for rain on their wedding day. But I actually believe it is a blessing to be juggling umbrellas and discussing “Plan B” as you begin your marriage.

This is what marriage is.

We don’t get to control all the external circumstances in our life, but we do get to choose how we react and how we relate to those we love.

We get to choose to focus on what matters most. And what matters most is right here, right now.”

I’ve carried these words tucked in the back of my wedding binder ever since — for days like today, when the sky opens up moments before an outdoor garden ceremony is scheduled to begin.

I believe these words with all my heart.

(Today, I’m happy to say, we were able to have an outdoor ceremony…after the rain passed.)

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Last month I had the pleasure of attending a four-day intensive spiritual retreat at the beautiful Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY, and wanted to share a few photos I took during the week.

The week was the culmination of my first year of seminary at One Spirit Alliance and it was an incredible experience. Stony Point Center is an absolutely beautiful retreat center / intentional community and it was so nourishing to spend four days there with my seminary peers and teachers.

The lovely people in the last photo with me are the members of my virtual study group. We have been meeting twice a month on a group Skype call since last September and this week was the first opportunity for us to all be in each other’s presence and share hugs, meals and walks around the campus. It was truly a gift.

So very grateful for the sacred community I have found at One Spirit.

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A favorite moment from my walk today. (I just love forsythia!)

When my children were small and the days at home with them were sometimes long, I started a new bedtime ritual to help us focus on the positive moments.

As I lie with them in their beds and rub their backs or stroke their hair, I ask:

What was the best part of your day?

Some days the responses bubble over and other days we all have to think for a bit.

One particularly challenging day when my daughter was about four-years-old, she responded to my question by nuzzling into my neck and whispering, “Right now, Mama,” and I felt the struggles of the day melt away.

Something I have noticed over the years, as my children are now eight and 10 and I still ask them this question (and answer it myself), is that I am much more “tuned in” during the day and will frequently have a feeling that washes over me that says…This. Yes, this. This is the best part of my day.

Sometimes I stop and take a photo of the moment.

And sometimes I just quietly savor it in my heart, whisper “Thank you,” to the Divine, and file it away for bedtime reflections.

 

How about you, my friend? What was the best part of YOUR day?

 

Love + Light . . .

~Erin

 

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Walking on the beach.

Snuggling my children.

Stretching out on my yoga mat in Savasana.

 

Around a camp fire.

Lost in heartfelt conversation.

Walking in the woods.

 

Closing my eyes.

Taking a deep, slow breath.

Being in the presence of a newborn baby.

 

Dancing.

Singing.

Belly laughing.

 

Leading a ceremony.

Listening with an open heart.

Writing and speaking my truth.

 

Watching the sun set.

Sipping coffee in the quiet morning light.

Sitting in stillness.

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These are some of the times I feel most connected to my higher Self and the Divine (written stream of consciousness in my journal earlier today).

How about you? When do you feel most connected?

Love + Light . . .

~Erin

 

 

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Did you know that we are about to enter a special time of year that is ideal for getting in touch with, naming and “planting the seeds” of all the quiet (and not-so-quiet) dreams you hold in your heart?

 

I have been using Vision Boards, created at this very special time of the year, to guide and inspire my life for a number of years.

And when I realized (very quickly!) just how powerful this process is, I began offering classes in my community so that I could share this life-changing experience with others.

And every time I receive an e-mail or someone stops me in the grocery store (it really happens!) to tell me their amazing dream-come-true story, I am encouraged to share this process with more people, which is why I am SO thrilled to now be offering it as an online program!

Click the image below to learn more about this program, which begins April 5.

 

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