What do you do when it’s freezing outside?

Today the high temperature here is 17 F, and I’m not a cold weather person. I like the moderate temperatures to range between 50 and 90 F.

So when the weather gets in this low range, I tend to stay indoors, finding projects I have been meaning to do, but haven’t taken the time to complete. Are you like me?

I have a list… somewhat long… of just such items that I want to get to on this sunny, but freezing, day. You know the kind of things I’m talking about, clean this, organize that, catch up on email and Facebook, watch those videos I’ve saved to watch “when I get time”… and so on.

Last time I had some free time, I made fresh organic applesauce in my new pressure canner I got for Christmas. And I dehydrated organic apples and bananas for my healthy snacks. My first project with the new canner was ham and bean soup. The apartment smelled delicious and I felt a true sense of accomplishment in getting those Ball jars on my pantry shelf.

Today I had to be outside, wrestling with frozen pipes. The overnight temperature was zero, with the resulting issue of whether the pipes had actually broken or were just frozen. Luckily, by late this afternoon, the sun had warmed them enough to loosen the freeze and get into the flow. Then I had to bail water out of the sinks and off of the floor! I’d left the faucet half open to allow the pressure to release in case they defrosted… And wham! what a mess! Fortunately, no pipes actually burst.

This was a lesson for me in appreciating and honoring Mother Nature. She got the best of many people in this area.

I chanced upon a friend today who works in the plumbing department at The Home Depot. She recounted the problems they were having with depleted stock of pipe and fittings with this weather. It put a lot of things into perspective for me.

Her story reminded me of my experience last week of trying to fly out of Tampa, only to have my flight cancelled after waiting at the gate for 5 hours. How does this relate to freezing pipes?

I realized that so many people and things are affected by one event. Some people missed their connecting flights to meetings, work, funerals and other events that were significant to them. The airline gave everyone $100 vouchers for future flights with them and then gave hotel vouchers for the people who needed a place to stay til the next day when the flight would be rescheduled. So the people on the flight, the hotel staff, and the airline were directly affected, but also their families and friends and business partners were also affected.

In essence, the one event, freezing weather or flight cancellation, affected hundreds, maybe thousands of people’s lives.

In this way, I know that we are all connected. Each thing we do, every thought we have, every song we sing — they all affect other people. We are in relationships with our world. That includes people we don’t even know. It includes animals, trees, the earth — everything.

More later… deJoly



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Energizing with Music!

Right now, I’m sitting with my morning coffee, listening to a CD of Lakota Sundance songs, played on the grandfather drum with a group of 8 to 10 men, and maybe some women assisting… Very powerful and totally energizing me! Getting me ready for the day.


Rhythm of the Heart


I often use music to get me pumped or calm me down or carry me off into dreamland. There’s something about music that has always been in my soul, in my heart, and in my psyche. Its rhythm and melody speak to a deep place in my being. The drum beat of these Lakota Sundance songs transports me to another world, another time, with my ancestors. And I feel the power of the voices, each connecting with Spirit in their own unique ways.


At one time in my life, it was music, specifically John Denver’s song “I Want To Live”, that saved my life. It was a dark time for me, one where I was truly not wanting to live. I listened and sang that song over and over and over. Somehow the words seeped into my soul, and I was no longer in that space. It took hundreds of rewinds and many hours of walking and listening, but somehow the music got me through.


I Want to Live — John Denver




There have been times when I wanted to unwind from a stressful day. I put on some soothing music and laid in the bathtub full of bubbly warm water, gazing at the small candles I’d lit to complete the mood. Again the music works wonders … it speaks to the molecules of my body, telling them it’s ok to let go. Its ok to relax. It’s time to breathe easy.


Relax and Energize To Reiki Music and the Wonders of Nature


So you see, I have an eclectic taste in music, and use it in my daily life. Can you relate?


Looking forward to sharing more with you,,, have a great day and listen to some music!







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Personal Impressions of The SMART Conference 2012

Personal Impressions of The SMART Conference 2012.

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Making a Commitment to Heal

When I first decided to create this website, I wondered if I really had something to say that others might want to hear. After some time, I realized that, having gone through the process of healing from Multiple Personality Disorder, I did certainly have something to say that is worthwhile to others going through this same process.

Looking back on the years of healing changes, I could see a difference in me that others lacked at times. It was a strong committment to do “whatever it takes” to heal from this painful life of living with many voices inside my head — all of whom were struggling for control over the system. I had lived with these “others” all my life and thought it was commonplace for everyone to have the same kind of problems. Everyday situations like getting dressed, seemed to take an extra long time for decisions to be made, and I often hoped that I had dressed appropriately (since some of my younger alters loved to dress me).

Making the decision to go forward with my healing process, I intuitively knew that I couldn’t do it without a committment to go places that might be painful, scary, sad and hopeless. I understood that the help I needed was available, and it seemed that at critical points in my process the right person or book or movie or whatever appeared in my life to help me.

Now it is with wonder that I can see that the most important decision I ever made was to be courageous enough to guide and accept guidance in this healing process. I vehemently rejected the idea of integration, but I was willing to do whatever it took to have a healthy life. Ultimately, my life process took me to many places that each of us has to face with resolve to do the best we can, trust the process and understand that we have to believe a healthy life IS possible.

More later,

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