4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

An Illuminated Path, A Shooting Star

My morning walk is my time for Gratitude expression; each morning when I walk with Grace the dog, I speak out loud of that for which I am grateful. Some mornings that may include seemingly small details and other mornings, my gratitude is for huge and powerful blessings. This morning was HUGE.

I’m currently immersed in a mind-bending project involving the integration of a computer system for data collection. Suffice it to say that I have had to dig deep to find mindful moments throughout the day, which has elevated the value of my morning walking gratitude. This morning, I was expressing gratitude for my previous night’s restful slumber, the excellence of my teammates at the office, the warmth of our home, my dog’s wagging tail, the delicious crispness of the early morning air, and the magnificence of the sky in the pre-dawn light. As I came out from the forest, into an open meadow area, I looked up to admire the sky and was gifted with a shooting star! Right away, I opened myself to the whatever beautiful message that was intended for me; I stood in wonder under the big sky, expressing thanks for the simple beauty of that shooting star, just beginning to see that the message may have something to do with movement, dynamics, impermanence, change…and WOW, another shooting star bestowed it’s beauty upon me. Just for me. My heart was so open in that moment, the word Illuminated came to me just then and I got it! I understood with clarity that my path was illuminated, knowing that this project, with all of it’s distractions and chaos, was simply perfect, and that in holding the energy of illumination, of acceptance, of dynamic state of being–that all was and would continue to be just as it is intended. I felt pure joy in my heart, thoroughly touched by this understanding, and energized for the busy day.

May your day too, be blessed with an illuminated path, wherever it may take you.

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery is passionate about food! Starting from where and how it's grown, to how far that food travels to the dinner table, to how it is prepared and savored...Robin blends shopping, cooking, and eating tips with her unique Kitchen Zen and mindful meals approach to enjoying real food.

While you are waiting for her to finish the upcoming book, "Kitchen Zen: The Journey to Nourish Body and Soul in Our Changing World", you can find Robin's sporadic blog posts here or on FaceBook.
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2 Responses to “An Illuminated Path, A Shooting Star”

  • Robin, thank you for sharing such a delicious moment! What a sweet glimpse into your private thoughts of what makes you the kind, compassionate, supportive person that you are.

    And I love that your dog’s name is Grace. Makes me imagine that even if she’s misbehaving, yelling her name must help you keep perspective.

    XO
    ST
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  • Robin Mallery:

    Thank you for this lovely note, Shawn. I felt so blessed by the experience that I didn’t hesitate to share it. And yes, Grace was named intentionally, when she became ours as a rescue dog. xoxo

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