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{Celebration Moment} Hello!

Hello Friend!

I’m thinking of you and smiling.

I’m just about to go for my morning walk and bask in the light of a new day.

(Sometimes it is easy to forget what a miracle that is. You know? Not everyone got to wake up this morning. Not everyone gets to the experience today’s specific kind of light or crispness of the air.)

I’ve heard from some of you lately that you are trying your best to feel joy and celebration in your days, but that it can be hard.

I know. I get that.

You might be grieving. You might be worried. Maybe life feels kinda bleh. Perhaps the pandemic feels scary and exhausting.

I know.

I know that sometimes it can be hard to tap into enthusiasm, energy, and vitality.

I want to remind you about the power of a single moment.

All we have to do is take a deep breath, give ourselves a squeeze, or place hand to heart, and commit to a single moment of light and joy.

Just one moment.

I practice that when I start off on my walk. I challenge myself to notice one small sliver of beauty.

When I do that, my mind starts scanning, following that imperative: find beauty, find beauty, find beauty.

This is what I want you to do.

Okay?

In service of that, before I go on my walk, here’s one simple tip to give you a little uplift.

Nothing fancy. Nothing big. Nothing that takes too much time or effort.

Today, at least once, be intentional about how you say hello.

That’s it.

Okay, well, let me say just a few more words.

When you are greeting someone today — a spouse, a friend, a colleague, your child, the postal person — bring extra enthusiasm into your voice. Consider adding a special flair to your greeting. Look that person in the eyes and exude warmth.

I want you to experience that one intentional moment of bringing joy to someone through a simple hello.

You may remember that I wrote an article about this, “You Had Me at Hello.”  In it, I offer six tips to make that moment memorable.

Scan that article. Read the tips. Commit to creating one joyful “Hello Moment” in your day.

Watch what happens.

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Remember, YOU can be the one to lift others up. YOU can be the one to bring tiny moments of joy.

And, that joy always starts with yourself!

Your simple hello moment might turn out to be one of the most extraordinary moments of your day.

Creating small moments of celebration really can turn ordinary days into an extraordinary life.

Take it from me! I’m the girl who desperately wanted off the planet 30 years ago because I hated myself and my life.

Moment by moment by moment — one pinprick of light after another — everything changed.

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I love you and am cheering you on, always.

Thanks for who you are.

YOU MATTER!

Seek celebration — even in the dark corners,

xo Sherry

LoveGram: What Soothes You?

 

Hello my beautiful friend  …

Today I am writing to you from that place where it feels as if the veil has lifted a little. You know what veil I mean? That one that is usually there, protecting us from the deep grief that is possible as humans. That veil that allows us to go to the grocery store and wonder whether we should get peaches or plums, oat milk or soy milk, and should we splurge on the sunflowers?

We all know that ordinariness of life. We spend most of our time there, if we are lucky.

And we all know how it feels when we peek behind the veil and we suddenly feel our humanness deep in our bones. We feel the fragility of life. We remember what it is to be heartsick or deeply scared. We know what it means to love so much that it can hurt.

Do you have a sense of what I mean? Can you think of examples from your own life, past or present?

I hope you are doing well as you are reading this. I hope you are in that “ordinary” place. However, I know that someone or many someones reading this might be feeling fear, loss, or grief.

I’m here for all of you.

How do we take care of ourselves when we are going through a heart crisis, nightmare fear, or unimaginable grief?

How do we carry this when it is someone we love?

 

Today, my LoveGram is about finding small spaces that soothe us, no matter where we are in the spectrum of pain. Whether we’ve had a difficult conversation, a hard day, or we’re mourning the unbearable loss of someone we love, it’s crucial to know how to find moments of peace.

Last week, I shared about a specific kind of loss I was experiencing. Since then, a dear friend with the kindest heart and brightest laughter has suffered a heart-wrenching tragedy. As someone who loves her deeply, I’m thinking nonstop about how to stay close by her side in spirit and how to support her.

In this audio, just by talking to you, I discovered a way I could connect without words. I share this with you and hope we all remember that sometimes words are not quite right for the moment, but we can share our hearts and love with soothing music, sounds of nature, or ancient mantras.

Listen to today’s Audio LoveGram by clicking to this page now!

Just scroll down on that page until you see the audio player. Press play.  Voila!

Also, I want to repeat (for me as much as for you) what I said last week about a podcast I’d heard by Brené Brown in which she was talking about “comparative suffering.” While we don’t want to be inconsiderate or thoughtless around others who are grieving, we need to allow ourselves to feel our own pain and not cut it off because someone else is going through something way bigger, harder, or worse. By allowing ourselves to have our feelings, we are strengthening our empathy muscles and it allows us to open our hearts even wider to others.

If someone you love is experiencing big grief, you can still be sad about the losses in your own life. You’ll just want to process those alone or with other friends.

Yes, be mindful … but do give yourself permission to feel. It is the way through to the other side.

We humans were built to feel.

I know this is true.

Just as it is also true that when we open our hearts to what others are going through, it can put things into perspective for us. Not in a scolding or punishing way, but in a soft, gentle, reminding way.

 

It’s all there. We can hold it all. We’re strong enough.

We’re even stronger together.

After you listen to today’s LoveGram, consider what sounds are soothing to you. And if you have a loved one who is in pain, please create an audio for them with your loving voice and include some soothing sounds.

Can you do this?

I’ve been creating these Sunday LoveGrams since March of 2020. Having you here with me throughout this pandemic has been so important.

Being together in our experiences is truly a gift. It is one of the ways we support ourselves in navigating change.

Thank you!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Here’s the online web page where you can record an audio for someone you care about.

P.P.S. Here is a link to the beautiful song I played by David Ma. You can listen and/or purchase it here on Bandcamp. (This would be so wonderful to include in any audio message you create for someone you love.)

P.P.P.S. Here is a link to the beautiful Radhika Vekaria, who sings in Sanskrit. (This would be lovely to include in your audio note to someone you love, as well.)

LoveGram: Simple Awe Waiting for You

 

Happy Sunday! I’m writing to you once again from my mom’s house in Ohio. I’m so happy to connect with you!

As I write this, there is a squirrel scurrying up a tree right outside and she’s noisy as all get-out. I love her playful spunkiness. Right before I sat down to write to you, I was out walking around the neighborhood. I saw three white-tailed bunnies!

Is there a window in the room where you are? If so, pause for a moment and look outside. (Or, if you are outside, all the better.) Take a deep breath and allow your mind to slow down slightly. Feel your body. See if you can ground yourself. Now, imagine that this is the very last time you might ever see that oak tree, that dandelion fluff, that pot of pink peonies, or the wide skies.  Really take it in.

Did things look a little different to you?

Did you feel the slightest stirring of awe, wonder, or gratitude?

I hope so. Seeing things “for the last time” is a great way to practice presence.

That’s okay if you didn’t feel anything different. Just keep trying throughout the day!

The world around us is filled with natural gifts. But sometimes it is easy to forget to appreciate them. Sometimes we are rushing by so quickly, we hardly look.

Today, my LoveGram is about simple moments of  awe, wonder, and connection. 

And guess what? I have a special guest today for the first few minutes: my mom!

Hear today’s Audio LoveGram now! 

Just scroll down on that page until you see the audio player. Click play! Voila!

After you listen to today’s LoveGram, consider some ways that you can experience nature and the people around you with a brand new sense of delight and awe.

Go easy on yourself if life doesn’t feel exactly as you wish it would or if your relationships aren’t sparkly at this moment. That’s okay.

We can practice feeling connected. We can practice feeling wonder. We can practice being more loving and kind. We can practice small shifts and notice the impact.

I’ve been creating these Sunday LoveGrams since March of 2020. Having you here with me throughout this pandemic has been so important. Being together in our experiences is truly a gift.

Thank you.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. That’s my mom and Ian in the photo up above. We’re at a place called Apple Castle in New Wilmington, PA. That was one of those moments of simple connections and wonder. That was a moment of bare feet on the grass and apples magically growing on trees!