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Living Now
Leslie Palacio

This past month has been challenging to put it mildly and I'm sure many of you have seen, felt or yes, even been caught up in the drama of all this changing energy. I love the various information and sharing with others in all forms but sometimes it takes a personal experience to really bring home a higher understanding.

We had such an event on December the 27th. I was awake; however, reclined on the bed having truthfully fell back into the pillows due to all the Christmas rushing around. I was drifting in an out trying to convince myself, I really needed to get up and get some things done around the house, but the whole house was still nestled in a peaceful quiet. Even our beloved loud mouth Yorkie, which we inherited from my late grandmother, was out cold. Just as I began to doze off again; Shadow, our tri-colored Sheltie, nudged me. The sensation of a cold nose on my hand pulled me back to a conscious state. I spoke to her as I opened my eyes and sat up on the side of the bed, noticing I didn't get the usually friendly wagging tail and bright eyes. Instead there was a distant look, like a loved one leaving for a long journey and uncertain of return. I held back the tears because I knew she was telling me it was time and also in her own way asking for my help. I looked quickly to the clock thinking, 'oh no the vet won't open for hours'. I eased down onto the floor and she laid down beside me. I began to talk to her. I don't remember all that I told her but I do remember telling her she was a beautiful light and we loved her. I found myself encouraging her to release this physical body and to be that beautiful light I knew her to be. I remember telling her about playing again like a puppy and chasing the butterflies on the breeze with no old aches and pains to slow the wild freedom. I asked her to remember what it was like before and the next thing I knew, she took several deep breaths and was gone, leaving me in a wash of tears of joy and sorrow.

Oh, immediate dread set in as to how to tell my children, one having lost his bird and the other her cat several weeks prior. It had proven to be a challenging month to say the least on all fronts. I wasn't sure how to tell them our sweet Shadow too had departed but I did find the words later that morning. I watched the acknowledgement of loss and sorrow sweep over them and then a knowing understanding of the result. It caused a real eye opener and made me think how children react to specific things. They are almost always in the moment and within this space they take things head on as they come in. Stop and think about it, there is no attempt to run or hide tears when they're sad, they don't hold back laughter or fits of giggles when something tickles their fancy. They don't seem to ponder the worlds problems or what tomorrow might bring or worry over what someone did or thought yesterday. I feel this is a wonderful childhood attribute that we as adults have forgotten. Children play minute by minute, second by second and give little thought to things outside the moment and we, as adults, tend to say we take things minute by minute, second by second when we are at our wits end and struggling with something. We then have to surrender it to find ourselves right in the very place our Children already are.

Maybe it takes things falling apart and challenging events entering our lives to get us to stop and move to the minute by minute, second by second state of being. Maybe it's just a simple change of perspective that would assist in all the issues surfacing during this rather challenging new year. Maybe the little child that will lead them, is the child so many of us have forgotten to be. Maybe this is the whole secret ~ Living Now.

The whole family accompanied me to our Medicine Wheel and together, just to the outside of the wheel to the west in a beautiful spot we buried Shadow. I've learned the most in sitting West in the Medicine Wheel and facing the true shadow side of the self. Somehow it seemed appropriate to place our gentle Shadow in this sacred direction. The reason I'm sharing this bit of our recent events, is because in the end - even with Shadow it comes down to choice, Struggle or Surrender. You can struggle and hold on to the perception of who you think you are or what you perceive as going to happen or you can surrender and find out the truth, face it head on, whatever that may be and whatever that brings.

As bedtime rolled around, I was very grateful for the quiet, understood energy within our home that seemed to be busy at work. The willingness, in all present, to meet directly what was happening for it has proven to assist us in moving through some really challenging things. It was as if I'd stumbled across a very powerful key that unlocked the doors of fear and worry and the greatest news is everyone holds that key. It is the willingness to directly experience what presents itself and within it you will find the truth, your truth. As the sun's rays were long gone from the evening sky and a familure haze of sleep was approaching, there was a playful bark and I caught a glimpse of a beautiful tri-colored sheltie puppy playing with butterflies, an image of Shadow with her tail wagging and sparkling eyes and then a flare of pristine white light.... and with that wonderment, I was more than ready to surrender to sleep...............Zzzzz

Dream Happy, Live Now & Heart Blessings To All,

(c) 2001-2007 Leslie Palacio - All rights reserved.

About the Author:

Leslie is the founder of Sacred Winds Publishing, Pathways Within and Creative SplashWorks.

Sacred Winds was founded and is based on a dream. That dream being to bring a new face to publishing spiritual and enlightening material. It is Sacred Winds hope to assist authors in the publications of their dreams as well as to share with readers inspiring words of spiritual wisdom. Seeking simplicity, beyond complication and moving into an uncharted publishing arena where the simple goal is to share the sacred journey and make it easier to connect heart to heart - soul to soul. This dream continues today in the form of Pathways Within.

Creative SplashWorks (www.creativesplashworks.com) is a new innovative design company which offers services in marketing, website and graphic design as well as hosting packages. The SplashWorks Team has over 25+ years of experience in IT Development, Website and Graphic Design. After working with numerous projects in the IT Industry we saw a need for quality IT services for mid to small companies and organizations. It has become our goal to empower this select group so they can take control of their Hosting, Website and Marketing needs in a way that reduces cost, improves performance, gives quality support and provides creative designs which will standout in the marketplace.

Leslie can be contacted at LPalacio@CreativeSplashWorks.com or LPalacio@PathwaysWithin.com
or by visiting http://www.CreativeSplashWorks.com or http://www.PathwaysWithin.com.


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