Adventures


Well, I am 98% unpacked and have visited the youngest grandchildren. A year ago, I thought that I was now at an age where I was too old for adventures. Then, I began to think about moving and as most of you know, I have moved to Asheville. It has been an adventure. You are never too old to change your life. Never to old to face new challenges or to see the world from a new perspective.

 

I am sitting at my desk in front of my bedroom windows listening to a symphony of toads, frogs, locusts, fish in the river, wind gently caressing the leaves on the trees along the river and the sound of traffic. My health does seem to be doing some better and my spirits are up.

 

I have had visits with old friends, I miss newer friends and I am beginning to make connections in the city. My oldest grandchildren fell in love with Asheville. They live in NC, on the coast. It is much more humid and somewhat warmer there.

 

I have a sense of anticipation and curiosity. I truly do not know what is coming. This feels exciting. I am on the third floor and no longer have a garden which I miss very much. The mountains and the river are full of so much life and I am going to do whatever exploring I can do.

 

A young woman I know told her mother she wouldn’t be able to help her because she did have a life. She does, but so does her mother and all of the rest of humanity. It is important to remember that we share this lovely world and taking some time to give to others is a privilege. We enrich each others lives and we can change someone’s day with a smile or a thank you.

 

As I sit here writing to you and smelling the beautiful air, I realize that the haters, liars, the selfish are not happy, or content. They are outside of this creation we call Mother Earth. I am glad I began this new life and I am sure many adventures are coming to my life. Some all ready have and have been exciting and some were harder, but I am here and grateful to the Universe for my courage to start a new life. Don’t let change scare you and don’t run from adventures. They could be the best things in life you have ever experienced.

 

Hugs to all, Barbara

 

 

A Red Rose for those who have died in  War and for will in the Future

A red rose for all of you who are making changes in your life and in your world. 

 

 

 

Pray together to increase the power

Pray together to increase the power

My Dream


I have a dream, a dream of peace. My dream is a world without borders between countries. Mother Earth would be one endless landscape where all are welcome and appreciated. My world would have new priorities. People would see themselves in others and therefore would not work to hurt or disparage others.

 

Resources would be willingly shared with all no matter what they look like or who they love. I dream that the homo sapiens would face challenges in our world together. No one looking to be more or have more than other people.

 

I dream of a world where communities are not deliberately fragmented. No one must do without because it is inconceivable not to share. It matters to each of us that we all have what we need to thrive and enjoy success.

 

As I watched the mountains turn a little more green each day, I was mesmerized by all the shades of green and the light. It shimmered and shined across the mountains. The peacefulness was healing and inspiring. Each day, a different kind of tree began to bloom. From the bottom of my heart, I was filled with gratitude for being able to watch life come out of its long winter sleep. There were many people around me who were sharing the same experience. A smile here, a nod there and we knew that we were filled with gratitude and love for our planet.

 

Mother Earth was a gift given to humans from the Universe. Each blade of grass, each leaf on trees and shrubs, each floral scent carried on the wind is a boon for our lives. Life is precious and it is found everywhere. We are charged to take care of each other and what we have been given. It is up to us to love and care for everyone. It is up to us to care for everything in our world. We need to be responsible.

 

“Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—

and to her soil: rich, rare, and sweet

in our minds so be it.

 

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing light-changing leaf

and fine root-hairs; standing still through the wind

and rain; their dance is in the flowing spiral grain

in our minds so be it.

 

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and the silent

Owl at dawn. Breath of our song

clear spirit breeze

in our minds so be it.

 

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers and sisters, teaching secrets,

freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk,

self-complete, brave and aware

in our minds so be it.

 

Gratitude to Water; clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers,

holding or releasing, streaming through all

our bodies salty seas

in our minds so be it.

 

Gratitude to the Sun, blinding pulsing light through

trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where

bears and snakes sleep-he who wakes us-

in our minds so be it.

 

Gratitude to the Great Sky

who holds billions of stars–and goes yet beyond that-

beyond all powers, and thoughts

and yet is within us-

Grandfather Space. The Mind is his Wife.

so be it.

—Gary Snyder (after a Mohawk prayer)

 

 

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Mountain stream Photographed and copyrighted 2015

Mountain stream
Photographed and copyrighted 2015

 

 

Blue Ridge Mountains Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2015

Blue Ridge Mountains
Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2015

The Heart of Mother Earth


At the heart of the landscape of Mother Earth, there is a feeling of belonging. Belonging is the basic truth of our existence. We belong here. Life belongs here. At the heart of gratefulness we also find an expression of belonging. When we say “Thank you” we really are saying “We belong together.” Many people don’t want to be connected or interdependent. Many of us don’t want to be obliged.

 

In a healthy society that is exactly what we seek: mutual obligations. Everyone is obliged to everyone and everything else, we all belong together, we are of each other. In this awareness we are freed from self’preoccupation—and only then, emptied of self, can we be filled with thanks.

 

” Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise—then you will discover the fullness of your life.”   —Brother David Steindl-Rast

 

Within this human impulse to gratitude flows the vast cycles of universal reciprocity—for everything that is taken, something has to be given in return. You can’t merely breath in, or only breath out. Death would find you. Life is not giving or taking, but it is giving and taking.

 

Universal Belonging

 

We give away our thanks to the earth

which gives us our home.

We give away our thanks to the rivers and lakes

which give away their water.

We give away our thanks to the trees

which give away fruit and nuts…

 

All beings on earth, the trees, the animals, the wind

and the rivers give away to one another

so all is in balance…

—Dolores La Chapelle

 

 

I will sing of the well-founded Earth,

Mother of all, eldest of all beings.

She feeds all creatures that are in the world,

all that go upon the goodly land,

all that are in the paths of the seas,

and all that fly,

all these are fed of her store.

 

Hail Earth, mother of the gods,

freely bestow upon me for this my song

that cheers the heart!

—Homeris Hymns XXX, adapted by Elizabeth Roberts

 

 

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Awakening

in a moment of peace

I give thanks

to the source of all peace

 

as I set forth

into the day

the birds sing

with new voices

and I listen

with new ears

and give thanks.

 

You can see forever

when the vision is clear

in this moment

each moment

I give thanks.
—Harriet Kofalk

Morning Salutation

Morning Salutation

 

Smokey Mountains. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

Smokey Mountains. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

 

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Reality Check


 

 

Welcome to the real world.

 

 

The Milky Way. If we destroy ourselves, what happens to the universe?

The Milky Way. If we destroy ourselves, what happens to the universe?

 

 

 

Dolphins living free until we completely destroy our planet

Dolphins living free until we completely destroy our planet

 

 

 

Twilight on boat launch at Avon. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Twilight on boat launch at Avon. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

California Poppies. Another gift from Mother Nature.

California Poppies. Another gift from Mother Nature.

 

 

 

Upper Waterfall in Letchworth State Park. The Genesee River has formed a gorge. We must take care of the gifts from Mother Earth.

Upper Waterfall in Letchworth State Park. The Genesee River has formed a gorge. We must take care of the gifts from Mother Earth.

We have to take care of our planet. It is more important than oil, money, arms, greed, jealously, bigotry, injustice, hatred and war. We must take care of Mother Earth. Our planet has changed greatly during just my lifetime. There is a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park. If it blows, it will destroy most of America. Yet we continue fracking, mining, polluting the earth and the air. We must stop. To choose not to stop is to commit suicide.

 

 

 Great Spirit

 

Great Spirit,

give us hearts to understand;

never to take

from creation’s  beauty more than we give;

never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed,

never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth’s beauty;

never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand that to destroy earth’s

music is to create confusion,

that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;

that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;

that as we care for her she will care for us. Amen     —U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program

 

 

 

 

Praying for Mother Earth.

Praying for Mother Earth.

 

Only a self-destructive species would do to our planet, what we have done.

Only a self-destructive species would do to our planet, what we have done.

Eve of Destruction


 

 

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I look around the world and what do I see? I see unrest and I see intolerance. I see people who want to kill other human beings for looking different or believing in a different God. I see people praying and they are being killed. I see our children living in terror because there is no where safe here on Mother Earth. I hear lots of yelling and screaming and I don’t see much peacemaking. I believe we are on the Eve of Destruction again. While we have managed to sneak out of the reality of destruction so far, that was dumb luck. We may not be so lucky the next time. Walk away.  Save this world for our children and grandchildren.

 

There is much we have to lose. Think about it. We may lose the beauty of the world. We are in control here. We can change all of this and keep this beautiful world without war. It will just take our belief in and actions for promoting peace everywhere in the world. Let’s talk about it. Write me and tell me what you think. Namaste.

 

The simplicity of a sunrise.

 

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   The sunrise this morning from my front porch. Photographed and copyrighted by

                                                                                   Barbara Mattio 2014

 

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Magnolia tree in bloom Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

Magnolia tree in bloom Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

REMEMBER!

The Blue Ridge Mountains. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

The Blue Ridge Mountains. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

 

 

REMEMBER!

Holden Beach at twilight Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

Holden Beach at twilight Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2010

We are Human Angels


Angelic Woman for Peace

Angelic Woman for Peace

We Are Human Angels

We Are Human Angels the book, a reader review on Amazon

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)°( Are you a Human Angel?

From “We are Human Angels”, the book

If since childhood you have wanted to change the world and have not stopped believing… If you have always dreamed of relieving the sorrows of all living beings… If you feel that you have a special talent to help others… If you have an out of the ordinary sensitivity… If you have overcome difficult trials in your life… If you think that despite everything, life should be lived with joy… If, while always trying to give meaning to your suffering, you believe that there must be a way to stop yours and others suffering… If in your heart there is no room for hatred and resentment… If you always try to change evil into good and darkness into light… If you always follow your heart even when it seems to be the hardest thing to do… If you have always had a vision of heaven on earth and would like to spread it throughout the world… If you have the ability to read people and know what is hidden within their hearts… If you silently bless everyone you encounter in your life… If you, from the very beginning, have always felt a sense of not belonging to this world… If you have never been able to relate yourself with any group of people, but you have always had a deep desire to connect yourself with your Souls’ family here on earth… If the search for truth is your greatest passion… If you live with honesty even when it hurts… If you believe in the healing power of Love… If you still have the same dreams you had when you were a pure-hearted child… If you feel you were born for a greater purpose and would like to express it…

you are a Human Angel and you are just trying to remember.

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Human angels

Human angels

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Some one sent me information about this book. I thought that it was interesting. I don’t know whether it is real, or possible or not. The profile of a human angel did strike me because it has many of my characteristics.  We will never be sure and I realize some will scoff. That’s ok. My shoulders are wide. I did have a spiritual teacher thirty years ago that told me the sixties happened because angels wanted to come to earth. God values humans over even the angels. When they got here, it was much harder to walk this journey that they had expected. He felt that the drug use back then and the number of OD’s / suicides were angels who couldn’t handle the life on this plane of existence. Again I don’t know what is true but my gut tells me that it is possible.  At the time, I was shocked because I didn’t think any sentient being would opt for this life over being in the presence of Divinity and singing praises, if that is what happens. The Bible and the Tanach teach that angels walk among us. So this is for each of us to decide on our own. I did find the book on Kindle for $4.99 if you are interested. I figured five dollars was worth the read. I am sure libraries carry or can get you the book.

The Pledge of Allegiance is a treasure I found to remind us that while we owe our allegiance to our countries, the real allegiance goes to Mother Earth. One Earth, one world, one people and we will carry the consequences of what we do to heal or to destroy Mother Earth in our souls for eternity. So whether or not there are human angels, there is one planet, with one people and one love. We can destroy ourselves or we can heal our home and ensure life for many generations to come.

Are we human angels?

Are we human angels?

 

 

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