SKYscape Simplicity #61: A Meditative Moment

Take a moment to watch the clouds roll by as you connect to the calm and beauty of nature that is always there for you.


Wishing you and yours much peace throughout your P.L.A.Y. days.


If you find the work and vision of P.L.A.Y. supports you and your family on the life learning path, please pass it forward to friends and neighbors as a Simple Gift that keeps on giving.

SKYscape Simplicity #59: A Meditative Moment


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Look skyward

< Breathe In >

< Breathe Out >

Take a moment to watch the misty cloud veil roll in front of the mountain and soak up the beauty of nature that is always there for you.

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Wishing you much peace & prosperity throughout your P.L.A.Y. days.


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peace: inner calm

prosperity: good fortune & well-being

A Simple Gift: Act * AS IF *


Passing forward this Simple Gift to inspire and encourage everyone on their

naturally curious and creative P.L.A.Y. journey. 🙂


Act * AS IF * you are about to receive the greatest gift.

Then remember that being present is always the greatest gift.

We can learn from every experience, every day, if we simply stay present.

Being present provides an opportunity to grow, practice, and P.L.A.Y.

A simple gift to remember this by is:

A – Abundance   vs.   S – Scarcity

I – Inspiration   vs.   F – Fear

🙂   * AS IF *  🙂

Combine this with connecting to nature and now we are really setting ourselves up for success and true P.L.A.Y.!

Time spent in the great outdoors, a few minutes to a few hours, is a natural way to bring you to the present moment especially if you key into your sensory experience.

Tune in to the hum of the bumblebee on a flower or the babbling brook making its way through the rocky path. Rub the scented pine needles between your fingers or inhale the brisk cool air on a winter’s day. Splash about down in the river or balance on a log. Look for snails in the tall meadow grasses or spy stripey rocks down by the water’s edge.

There are truly countless ways to engage and be present as nature always provides abundance and inspiration if you are willing to put aside your thoughts of scarcity and fear and simply be in the moment.

Time to tuck this gift under your thinking cap and get on with your day.

As always it is time to P.L.A.Y.!!!

Sending smiles,

Karen ;0)

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A Simple Gift: Greetings Celebrity


Passing forward this Simple Gift to inspire and encourage everyone on their naturally curious and creative P.L.A.Y. journey. 🙂


A NEW YEAR – 2020!  TIME TO CELEBRATE!


In an age where social media has created a new definition of celebrity I’d like to expand the idea even further and say that we are all celebrities.

Consider this, if we truly celebrated the presence of everyone we meet throughout our day wouldn’t that mean we would treat each of them as if they were a celebrity?

And if this were true wouldn’t it be a wonderful feeling to know that as you greet people throughout your day: loved ones, friends, neighbors, folks in the grocery store check-out line, and so on that you would be celebrating their existence through your smile, nod, or exchange of kind words? 🙂

Who knew if we simply celebrated our loved ones, everyone, then we would all be celebrities! 

Loving Kindness in the palm of your hand. Love rocks pass it on and celebrate!

Time to gather up your friends & family (celebrities all) and go out and P.L.A.Y. to celebrate this idea a little more!

Sending Smiles,

Karen ;0)

A Simple Gift: Train Horns – Sounds Like


Passing forward this SIMPLE GIFT to inspire and encourage everyone on their

naturally curious and creative P.L.A.Y.-filled journey.

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‘Tis the Season for special sights and sounds

and to remember to BE PRESENT all year round!


– – – – – – – – – -TRAIN HORN = SOUNDS LIKE – – – – – – – – – –


While my family and I built our new home in a hilltown of Massachusetts we stayed temporarily in an apartment that was right below a set of train tracks in a small village.

Every day for nearly a year we delighted in the sound of the oncoming train and loved identifying it by the sound of the horn. It was a game of sorts to use only our hearing to become familiar with this new “oddity” that became a part of our daily rhythms.

There was the squeaky wheel horn and the loud + proud horn and an odd one named the city traffic horn.

However our favorite horn hands down was the one we called, unfortunately and yet true to the sound, the strangled goose.

This horn gave off a sound that was so strange that you couldn’t help but chuckle every time you heard it. Even when we were many streets away walking to the post office we knew when the strangled goose was going by. I often wondered why someone didn’t try to adjust the sound and let the “goose” horn sing more sweetly.

It is rare for us to hear a train horn where we live now as we are happily nestled in amongst mountains and meadows deeper into the hilltown setting.

However, now when I happen to cross the path of a train horn it always generates a smile as I remember the simple gift of those P.L.A.Y.-filled moments created in getting to know those horns and learning more about the sounds and rhythm of the little village we temporarily called home.

Sending Smiles,

Karen ;0) 🙂

In Loving Memory of CLOVER: Your Strength & Courage Will Never Be Forgotten


In Loving Memory of CLOVER


Being present with Charlotte & Starlight in the sunlight.

Often we humans become easily attached to the animals that live with us or near to us. They work their way into our hearts and make our lives all the better for it.

The animals provide us with the opportunity to be present in every moment, to P.L.A.Y. often, and frequently they show us the simple gifts life has to offer right under our noses.

Since moving to an intentional farming community our family has had the honor of getting to know a variety of animals and most especially goats.

Over five years ago a special family brought a wonderful herd of four female Nigerian dwarf goats all the way from California to begin their new adventure in a small New England farming community.

From hoof trimming to mucking out the shed, baby goats born and some bottle fed, milking goats to bringing them out to graze in the meadow it has been quite the amazing experience over these last few years. Helping to raise and care for these goats has been filled with magical moments and the opportunity to be present for so many gifts that nature has to offer.

And over time we have had to say goodbye to some of the original herd, welcome new goats as they arrive, and learn to embrace the babies for the short time they are with us and then wish them well as they find new homes.

We’ve also had moments of brief illness and long term struggles with some of the goats including Clover.

Clover required special attention and rehabilitation after an illness that left her back two legs barely functioning. She demonstrated, that along with loving caretakers to tend to her needs, her determination to be a part of the herd and lead the herd was still strong. And so she carried on as best she knew how and was always one of the first to the gate to greet folks and get her chin and head scratches.

Today Clover, the last of the original herd of 4 goats, was laid to rest with a befitting wreath made of bittersweet. Our hearts are heavy at this time with her passing. ❤ ❤ ❤

However, as with all things in nature there is a cycle of life and death, especially in a farming community, and so onward we must go. We carry our heavy hearts and turn our face to the sun and to the animals that still need our tending.

It is our good fortune that Clover’s legacy and that of the herd lives on with two offspring in my daughter’s care. When we look into Charlotte and Starlight’s glistening goat eyes all that have come before them shines through like magic as they P.L.A.Y. and carry on with the younger goats in the new herd.

And what I know for sure is that  when I see the signs of spring appearing with the passing of the seasons I will think of dear Clover, with a tear and a smile, whenever I see her namesake.

Karen

In loving memory of CLOVER – your strength and courage will never be forgotten.

 

Skyscape Simplicity #3: A Meditation Moment


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Look skyward

<Breathe In>

<Breathe Out>

Take a moment to watch the clouds roll by . . .

and connect to the calm and beauty of nature that is always there for you.

Wishing you much peace & prosperity throughout your P.L.A.Y. days.


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peace: inner calm

prosperity: good fortune & well-being

A Simple Gift: Problem=Situation=Opportunity


Passing forward this Simple Gift to inspire and encourage everyone on their

naturally curious and creative P.L.A.Y. journey. 🙂


A problem is simply a situation that provides an opportunity for P.L.A.Y.!

Think about it . . .

When a problem comes up it really is just a situation that is asking to be looked at. It is usually not intended to be a stressor, it is simply a learning opportunity.

You have the opportunity to be present with the situation, <breathe in><breathe out>, see it from all angles and all possibilities, and even tinker and play with it.

Then you can simply decide to solve it, step away, revisit it, let it rest, engage help from others, or pick a host of other options.

This is P.L.A.Y. at its best providing you with another simple gift to learn and grow from on your life long journey.

Wishing you and yours many wonderful *problems* *opportunities* on your P.L.A.Y.-filled path!

Sending smiles,

Karen ;0) 🙂

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