Walking down to the creek
Walking down to the creek
I went outside this morning
Rico – paw prints on our hearts
What is it about a crickets sound
it brings me so much peace and calm
as the sun starts its descent
the cricket sounds fill the jungle around.
I think the calm and peace, it comes
from the memories that are stirred up in my head
of summer evenings on the farm in Minnesota
the bedroom window open wide
the sky so big with stars so bright
the crickets their sound singing to me tonight.
The crickets bring back memories
of summers and their laziness affairs
of not worrying about anything
as I close my eyes
a smile on my lips
of the fun running through the sprinklers
and the dinner filled with sweet corn delight
what could be better than a full tummy
and giggles of watching my friends
as they splash through the rainbow of water light
don’t you remember the rainbow created
when the sprinkler hits the sun just right
What an amazing sight!
another gift of the rain forest tonight
but not just in Costa Rica will you hear
such a wonderful sound
but on the farms of Minnesota
the crickets with their beautiful sound.
Make sure to open up your window
allow the breeze to come through
and you will be blessed with maybe a
memory of long passed summers too
or maybe just the peace and calm
that comes with this beautiful cricket sound.
Peace and love, Alexis
the feeling today as I gaze out at the Pacific
the waves rolling in
the light breeze on my cheek
the feeling of lightness
of barely touching the ground
the feeling of life energy
as the birds, the butterflies, and
even the monkeys sound about.
For just a moment
it is like I am observing myself
in a brief moment of time
where my senses are all complete
and my body is but an energy
droplet from the ocean breeze.
Serenity is this moment
so full of calmness and peace.
I flow through a dance,
I’m exhausted and tired
of feeling this way
of terror rising through my throat
and the shakiness starting.
I’m happy I really am I say
why doesn’t it last
why doesn’t my anxiety go away
walking through the gardens today.
I was in heaven, in awe
by the energy field around me
and the trees with their warmth embrace
comfort and security
felt all around me
the flowers so colorful
their beauty filled with droplets of rain and sun
holding in only what is needed
and letting go of what can be given away.
The trees, their branches so tall and wide
gazing up at them
reaching my fingertips high
I can almost touch the sun
as it sneaks through the branches’ leaves
soak me with their presence
take away the fear
the anxiety, take it away
as I reach
as I circle
as I dance from branch to branch.
I kick and I punch
and I flow through a dance
the light takes me from one step to the next
the warmth taking away the shakiness
the sunlight taking away the fear
and the anxiety pulling away by the branches
as the trees reach even higher today
helping me as I surrender
holding me up
giving me roots to stand tall
giving me strength as my droplets
of fear and anxiety let go
releasing me from their hold
and falling to the earth below
as I flow through the dance
I stomp on the droplets below
no longer attached to me
but now part of the earth below
as I flow through a dance.
Come walk with us today
Come join us on our morning hike
as we experience Costa Rica
the Pura Vida way
in the morning hours of paradise
as the mountain mist lifts away.
Hear the birds as they sing their song
jubilant and loud in their morning serenades
waking up their sleepy neighbors
with hip hip hip hoorays
There are so many different bird species
identified usually only by sound
although some make themselves noticed
when showing off by flying tree to tree
spreading their wings wide
twirling and dancing around.
So you may see a bird or two
fly by with colors of brightness
blinding your eyes
you may even see a hummingbird
as it hovers over a flower
taking its first taste of
bliss and sugar high
There are many animals here too
the howler monkeys with their heart stopping howl
or the capuchin monkeys with their chirping sounds
sometimes jumping up and down
swinging around and around.
While we watch in wonder
wondering if they are going to topple
to the ground
and meet us face to face
eye to eye
and pummel us to the ground
or just merely reach out their hand
and say “Pura Vida, welcome to town!”
Anytime you want
please come visit us with your light
come join us on our walks
as we experience the jungle flight
Each flight is surely different
every moment a gift from God
nature’s portraits of mystery
right in front of us
as we walk along.
You are part of its greatness
your light rising with the sun each day
your ever shining happiness
a part of the flower’s blossom
and the sun’s rays.
Here in Costa Rica
the flowers bloom all year long
so the hummingbirds come in huge numbers
to enjoy the flowers’ nectar
while giving us a brief moment of
as we glance at them as they chirp along.
Yes, there are storms too
loud ones that shake the ground
coming over the Pacific’s waves
lightning often crashing to the ground
waking us up with its thunder
and cooling us off with its rains
unleashing greens of wonder
and beautiful morning misty days.
But your light continues to shine
as the clouds roll in mid day
giving us more moments of peace and calm
memories of your smile
warmth and grace stay
And your light
continues to stay by our bedside
we know you are there
watching over us
guiding us in our dreams
on our path through
and Costa Rica memories.
Come Walk with us today.
I sit here in our Costa Rica home at 3:00 in the afternoon. It is the rainy season, so the rain starts almost like clockwork in the late afternoon. The breeze is blowing lightly from the mountains through our bedroom window to the front of the house. There is always a wonderful breeze flowing through the house morning and night. Today seemed a little more windy, a little cooler, so the unusual sweater is tightly wrapped around me. Leo is working in the yard pulling weeds, keeping his gaze forward. Knowing if he turns to look back at his progress, there will likely be weeds coming up again as soon as he pulls them. Weeds grow like crazy here in the Ojochal mountains. A game I guess they are playing with us. Teaching us diligence and love for all plants too, and the lesson of laughter in all that we do.
The rain is falling harder now, making it a little harder to hear, but what is better to hear than rain falling from the sky? With the sound of the rain, no television or radio will do, this is the time for reflection, for reading, for cuddling and romance for two…
Once in a while I will feel a mist of water hit my cheek or my leg (from the screened windows nestled above). A little drop of heaven I say from the skies above.
As the rain quiets down for a moment, the birds’ songs are even louder now. Their songs are full of joy, laughter, and misty giggles I believe. A memory floats in mind now, of my beautiful green birdbath sitting in my Minnesota flower garden back home. I would watch the birds as they jump and bob in the bath after a summer rain. It would make me smile and giggle with them as they played. Their wings receiving a bath, washing off the day’s flight. I wonder what adventures the wings must have had; darting through sticky pine trees, flying through vines full of beautiful flower petals, hopefully not visting too many rose bushes or thistles. Soon after another memory comes into my mind’s eye, of my summer runs in Minnesota when a rain shower would catch me by surprise. A surprise of relief when running in the summer heat while giving my muscles, my mind a boost of energy and reprieve. Rain has become such a healer for me.
The rain begins to come down harder again, and I now start to wonder, is it going to stop or are we going to float away into the river. The rivers flow harder around us during the rainy season for sure. Yet, we are safely nestled above in the mountain’s arms, so no need for worry or lifejackets I remind myself quietly! I think about the waterfalls and anticipate the wonder of what the waterfalls will look like after the rain stops its fall. Lately the waterfalls have become louder and the ones up high, a sliver of white just a few months ago, now wider and closer to the eye.
The rivers below have become wider and louder too, sometimes at night, I think they are only steps away, inching ever closer, but thankfully that is untrue since we sleep in a mountain’s breast of slumber higher up towards heaven’s wonder.
The brave birds they still keep flying through the hard rain as it falls. They look like swallows of some kind, diving and flying from one building rafter to another. The toucans they even sing once in awhile during the hard rains. I imagine their beaks, so long and powerful, are getting quite a cleaning today.
Sometimes the rains, like today, bring a mist of fog with their fall. Right now I cannot even see the Pacific Ocean because it has been swallowed up in the mist’s cloud. I know it is there, taking a nap in the misty cloud, preparing for its reappearance when the morning sun comes out. While napping, the sun is giving its rays a well deserved siesta of nourishment and pleasant dreams. Maybe even brightening the evening landscape with a rainbow for us all!
Or maybe the rains will leave early and bring us a sky filled with color, a painting made by the angels within the gates above.
We all need to take time for ourselves, to be nurtured and to be refreshed. Rain, or the metaphor of it, can let you do just that. Have you ever thought of rain as a gift from the universe. Not just for nourishment for the earth, the plants, the animals, but for your emotional self too. The raindrops cleanse you by taking with it anything you no longer need, anything that is no longer filling a purpose in your life. The raindrops nourish you, each drop representing what you need from the universe. Maybe you need energy, maybe you need forgiveness, maybe you need more love and peace. Rain, can give that to you, all you need to do is accept it, allow it, breathe it in.
A few of my heartfelt thoughts of rain and what it does for me:
The next time it rains, maybe go for a run or a walk in the mist. Or, stay inside, open the windows, close your eyes, and listen to the happy tap of the rain. Allow the rain to nourish you, allow it to cleanse your soul, allow it to take with it anything you need to let go.
Of course, you are always welcome to come and visit us in Costa Rica, where the really hard rains fall, and we’ll help you experience the beautiful rain as it falls. Namaste and God Bless.
Peace and love,
Alexis, Leo, Oscar, and Taby too!