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    January 24, 2012

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    Kumiko

    ~Mini Soul SpaOnce in a while during smuemr months when I have a day off during the week I can retreat from my world for a moment in time- no one else is home, the neighborhood is very quiet, the weather warm and sunny. I will take thirty minutes to an hour and get in my backyard pool. First I'll swim around a little- moving in the cool water is refreshing to these old bones and joints, it feels soooo good! Then I'll lay on my pool raft and float around, dreamily drifting. The gentle movement and rhythm of the water beneath my body is soothing and comforting. The warmth of the sun is wonderful on my skin, giving me (much needed) vitamin D and also a little healthy color! As I gaze up into the vastness of the blue sky over me, I meditate on the greatness of my God and what beauty He has given us to see and enjoy with our eyes. I even giggle to myself thinking that the clouds are the dust of His feet. . . I also sense how small I am in this huge universe- just a speck in the big picture of things . . . what is man that You are mindful of him? Sometimes I hear a cardinal, a blue jay or other birds as they land on my bird feeder- their songs are sweet to my ears and give me pleasure. Often as the breeze flows I get a whiff of jasmine or gardenia from a nearby bush. Or, my Hindu neighbor directly behind me starts her daily cooking and the wonderful smells of onion, garlic and Indian spices fill my nose with delightful aromas! Now this is truly aroma therapy! I find that (for me) anything to do with nature has a spa affect on my soul. I think that when all five of our senses are stimulated there is a healing affect on the soul. When I am quiet before God in His creation- Be still and know that I am God. . . these are my most precious communion times with Him. He speaks to me here in these moments. My mini pool spa ritual is very relaxing and refreshing to my spirit, soul, and body. I come away feeling rejuvinated (even if just slightly) and ready to finish tackling the days demands and chores! Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

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