Psychic Medium Ed
~May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May the walk gently through the world and know
Its beauty all the days of your life.~
Happy Mothers Day
Happy May Day
Happy Cinco De Mayo
Remembering during this Memorial Day
“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future.”
- Elie Wisel
The month of May got its name from the Roman Goddess Maia. “Maia’s themes are sexual prowess, playfulness, and wishes. Her symbols are braided and knotted items. This Roman Goddess, whose name means ‘mother’, offers all who seek it fulfilment and renewed zest. She is the queen of the flowers, and today was one of Her festival days, celebrated suitably with an abundance of blossoms. In later times, Maia became strongly associated with Bona Dea, whose name literally translates as ‘good Goddess’.
Mother’s Day is all about celebrating the woman who raised you and shaped who you are as a person. From all the packed lunches with napkin notes, to the bandages and kisses after falling off your bike, to being the first one to cry at your graduation– your mom was there for it all. It’s important to thank her for all the love and work she put in through the years. Remind her of your love and appreciation. Just as Thanksgiving and Christmas allows us to take the time to reflect on the blessings given, Mother’s Day for me is a day of reflection. It causes me to think of the wonderful women in my life through the years, including relatives, my sisters and sister-in-law, my mother-in-law and others who were influential that made an impact in my life.
Mother’s Day allows me to look back on the times when I needed a mother’s touch and there was a woman there who fulfilled that need in her own way. My Mother always believed that I had talent and purpose and is a great cheerleader and encourager. She’ll fight my battles now from afar as she prays for me, listens to me, and allows me to be myself. She has taught me how to have grit and determination as well as find people to be a blessing to.
“A Mother is one
who can take the place of all others
but whose place no one else can take.”
Happy Mother’s Day Mom
I Love You!
The month of April brought warmer though indecisive weather to our area. Thunderstorms and windy conditions took control of a lot of April with up and down temperatures. We saw the first signs of our summer vegetable planting peek out of the soil. Toward the end of the month, we transplanted outside as we hope we have felt the last frost until fall. We spent many days going back and forth or waiting around the schoolhouse for our son who is a part of his school’s track and field team. They did a great job this year and he made it to conference. April brought challenges as well as we continued to travel to the mountains to tend to family members who have fallen ill. It is hard to watch our loved ones grow old and lose control of what they thought would last forever.
And so we head into another month. Let the healing fountain continue. Be well good friends. I am thinking of you and sending good thoughts. We'll talk again next month.
Did You Know
Did you know May 1st is May Day. It marks the return of spring by bringing in branches of forsythia, lilacs, or other flowering shrubs from your region.
May 1st is also Lei Day in Hawaii. Leis are garlands or wreaths that are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and leaves. Nowadays, they are given as a symbol of greeting, farewell, affection, celebration, or honor, in the spirit of aloha.
May 8th is Mother’s Day—don’t forget! Do you have something planned to show appreciation for your mother?
May 21st is Armed Forces Day, which honors those who serve in all branches of the United States military.
May 22nd is National Maritime Day. Created in commemoration of the first transoceanic voyage via steamboat (completed by the U.S.S. Savannah in 1819), this holiday recognizes the efforts of the U.S. merchant marine during both war and peace.
May 23rd is Victoria Day in Canada. This holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was born on May 24, 1819. The holiday is observed on the penultimate Monday in May.
The flower that represents May is the Lily of the Valley. It is beautiful with blossoms that resemble a bell. It has a sweet fragrance.
The birthstone for May is the precious emerald. The popular color is green, but that's not the only color of an emerald. Green is the primary color, but yellow and blue are also colors of some emeralds. They are precious no matter what the color is.
Mays full flower moon will occur on the 16th at 12:14 am. The appearance of flowers in abundance inspired the name for this Moon, a term used by Algonquin and Ojibwe peoples.
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Tarot of the Month
For the month of May we have potential to enjoy the fruits of our labor. It's a wonderful opportunity to start planning (or going on) a vacation for yourself. The summer energies are usually more intense so enjoy the freedom which comes with the summer,
The three cards pulled are for the 31 days. The first card being the first ten days, the second card being the next ten days, and the last card being the remaining eleven days. (Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza)
1st Card: Three of Pentacles:
Three artisans are at work in the studio. Although they often act as a unified team, their unique personalities come through in their creations. The three pentacles represent their individuality. Divinatory Meanings: Artistic ability. Working with others in a creative environment. Skill and craftsmanship. Collaboration. Mediocrity. Poor workmanship or quality.
2nd Card: Six of Swords:
The city is ablaze and turmoil has overtaken the land. A lone citizen ferries himself to new shores in hope of finding peace. Six swords aid in creating a vehicle for escape. Divinatory meaning: A journey. Escaping bad situations and entering good ones. Inability to break free of bad circumstances. Entrapment in miserable events.
3rd Card: The Chariot:
The charioteer prepares to venture out of the city. Overcoming past adversities has made him strong; now he takes his experience to new lands. Divinatory Meanings: A journey to new places. Boldly venturing into the unknown. Failed plans. Poor strategy.
Questions and Counsel
I feel like I am finally coming out of a funk. I am having trouble navigating how to get back into the world. Any advice
My greatest advice will always be acknowledgments. First acknowledge what you are experiencing, reentry anxiety. After a funk, ebb, isolation period, etc. there is always reentry and anxiety because nothing is as it was before; it’s not supposed to be. Be careful of comparisons, it’s not as it was and you are no longer who you use to be. Next, I want you to begin acknowledging who you are now. What have you learned? What have you integrated? What resonates with you now? What have you left behind? What do you want to work towards? Now I want you to acknowledge what you can handle. Reentry has to be done slowly. Start small. Give yourself the necessary time to recoup and recharge. It’s incredibly easy to exhaust yourself during reentry. We cannot go from detachment to reattachment without identifying what fits and what doesn’t. It’s a whole new world.
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Spiritual Wellness: The Importance of Hope, Connection and Purpose
Spirituality is expressed in many forms, whether tied to a religion, a moral philosophy, or an inherent sense of connectedness with something greater than oneself. In any form, spirituality is always personal. The need for spiritual wellness is often downplayed as less important than emotional, physical or social wellness, but vital to the overall wellness in is a sense of hope and belonging – of purpose.
Spiritual Wellness means making time to contemplate your purpose in life and achieving greater mindfulness of your impact on the rest of the world:
Contemplating your purpose in life helps put you in touch with your potential to create, to affect change, and to proliferate good things in the world — like love, compassion and peace. For service members engaged in the protection of our nation, connecting with a greater purpose strengthens morale and encourages unity.
Achieving greater mindfulness is necessary in order to locate yourself as a member of a global community. No person is an island, which means every person has significance and importance to others, including family members, friends, peers, your neighbors, and beyond. Spiritually well individuals sense their implicit connection to others within their sphere of influence and outside it.
1. Spiritual wellness means achieving harmony with one’s surroundings and balancing one’s personal needs with the needs of others:
2. Harmony with one’s surroundings is achieved when one’s actions and intentions align agreeably with the environment to the benefit of all within it. Considering the impact of your actions on your world can expand your perspective and inspire acts kindness, compassion, tolerance and altruism.
Balancing one’s personal needs with the needs of others is part of fostering healthy relationships. Spiritually well individuals consider the needs of others in relation to their own needs so that they are neither acting only in self-interest nor draining themselves for the sake of others. In other words, they transcend ego and act in universal interest.
3. Spiritual wellness means having personal values and beliefs and acting compassionately in accordance with those values:
Personal values and beliefs may change throughout the course of a lifetime, taking shape through the influence of relationships, events and personal experiences. A spiritually well individual will take care to notice when their values shift, when to readjust them, and when to reassert their importance.
Acting compassionately is the physical expression of spiritual intention. Examples of compassionate action include prayer, efforts to find understanding in the midst of conflict, mentoring a peer, expressing love and affection, and other acts that cultivate mutual respect and nurture unity.
Signs of spiritual distress
· Loss of direction
· Sense of emptiness/feeling alone in the world
· Hopelessness and helplessness
· Withdrawal from family and friends
· Self-destructive language
· Bitter or jaded outlook on life
· Fearfulness, dissociation
· Anger at God/higher power
Tips for improving spiritual wellness
1. Find some “quiet time.” It’s easy to feel encumbered at the end of a long day, especially for service members experiencing stressors related to deployment or managing the balance between military and civilian life. Fit some quiet time into your day to recharge your inner battery, where you can observe the present moment, pray or read something uplifting.
2. Say something. Preferably out loud. Many faiths believe you can shape your world by speaking aloud the world you want to manifest. In psychology, the same idea is behind the recitation of affirmations. For many religions, it is achieved through prayer, chanting, liturgy and singing among other audible modes of expression. Whatever you believe, speaking your intentions out loud can change your thoughts and ultimately affect your life.
3. Ask the big questions. “What am I doing here?” “What does it all mean?” The quest for greater truth begins with big questions, and you’re not only allowed to ask, you’re allowed to answer. Contemplating the meaning of life and seeking your greater purpose teaches the importance of the present moment and opens you to the infinite possibilities that lie ahead for your life.
4. Find out what you believe. Determining a set of values begins with discovering what’s important to you. Is tolerance important? Is it important to defend those who cannot defend themselves? Is love important above all things? Defining your values gives you a framework to live by – and it’s important to revisit them from time to time to see if they’ve changed.
5. Be true to yourself. Living authentically can offer tremendous benefits. When you honor your true self, you are stronger in adversity, a better leader to your peers, and reap the added benefit of a clear conscience. Best of all, your confidence will rub off on your friends.
“I can’t stand the thought of looking at you someday, this face I love, and not knowing who you are.”
There is a Buddhist saying,
"No resistance, no demons.”
My mother towards the end of her life, like so many others, was living with Alzheimer’s Disease. As I watched my mother suffer with the disease, I did not know how to handle it. I tried to ignore it and deny it. I tried to act as if it would just go away. I felt regret for not being there for my mom as much as I thought I should. I had a very hard time understanding and accepting my feelings and what was happening to my mom. After all she was my Mom.
This strong beautiful woman that raised me to be strong and reach for the moon.
As I started to accept what was happening, I decided to write a letter to her. While I was writing it, my son, who was ten at the time, started reading it over my shoulder.
He asked me, “will Grandma remember me?”
I responded, “I do not think so. She really does not remember very much anymore.”
My son had a special bond with his grandma. She was the first family member to hold him outside of his immediate family. I still remember Mom was flying into Philadelphia shortly after our son arrived. We were going to meet her at the airport and bring our son, but her flight got delayed and it was late in the evening when she finally arrived. When she walked into our home she immediately went to his room and just stared at her Grandson sleeping so peacefully. She held his hand and smiled not saying anything. Her smile told her story. It was a smile I will never forget.
He then asked, “how do you get Alzheimer’s Disease?” I responded, “no one really knows.”
He looked at me and said, “are you going to get Alzheimer’s Disease? I do not want you to get it. I want you to always remember me.” I tried to reassure him that I would do everything possible to not get it. He is a smart kid and he said, “but you don’t know for sure.”
He paused and looked me in the eyes. He said, “I want to see grandma. Even if she cannot remember me, at least I can give her a hug.”
Talk about words pulling at your heartstrings. I looked at my son and was so proud. I wanted to know how someone so young could be so rationale and have so much compassion. I hugged him tightly and kissed him hard on the top of the head. I told him we would go see his grandma – my mom – and he could give her that hug and, even if she did not remember him, she would love his hug. Then I finished my letter.
It was a cool Fall Day; my son and I drove down to see my mom. On the way to my sister’s house, I talked to my son about mom’s condition and what he could expect. He asked questions but was calm and excited to see her. When we got to her new home she was in her usual position – sitting on a comfortable chair, staring straight ahead, and rocking back and forth slightly. My siblings were there when we arrived, and we talked a bit prior to going inside. Once inside I went over and held my mom’s hand. She kept staring straight ahead. My son said, “hi grandma,” but at first, she just kept staring. Finally, she started to gain some energy and we walked her outside to sit and talk.
After spending some time with my mom, my son, brother, and sister went back inside the home leaving me alone with mom. It was a magnificent fall day. The sun was shining, the leaves were turning brown, and orange and the small white clouds looked beautiful against the blue sky. I was staring at my mom, and I decided it was time to read my letter to her. For some reason I was nervous. Even though I knew she could not understand what I was going to read to her and even though I shared so much with her as I was growing up, I felt anxious about what I was going to share with her now. But it was time to tell her how I felt.
So, I said, “mom, I would like to read a letter I wrote to you.”
Surprisingly, she turned to me and said “ok,” and she positioned herself and looked at me in such a familiar way – it was the way she listened to me growing up sharing with her my dreams, thoughts, and ideas.
My mom always listened to me no matter how long I wanted to talk. I smiled at her and started to read. I read the letter slowly and she seemed to be following along. She interrupted a few times with random comments and when she did, I would respond to her and smile.
As I read one part of the letter to her, where I wrote, “I know you want to talk to me, to give me a hug, to recognize me and to be there for me. But you cannot,” she looked at me and asked, “would you like me to hug you now.”
I said, “yes I would,” but, in the instant I answered her, her mind was already somewhere else.
She started staring straight ahead again. She started to rock back and forth and mindlessly stared straight ahead. I asked her if she would like me to continue reading and she turned to me and said she would. I read the entire letter to her. When I was done, I said, “thank you for listening to the letter.”
She put her hand in my hand and responded, “thank you for reading it to me.” She was present. She was with me. She was my mom.
Then she looked at me. I tried to hide the tears I knew would come as I read the letter to her.
“You look sad,” she said, “are you ok?” I choked up. She recognized me. She always knew how I was feeling. She had a sixth sense when it came to me. We were always connected. And she knew right then exactly how I was feeling, and she wanted to be there for me. She wanted to help. She wanted to be mom. I tried to speak but could not get the words out. I was choking on my own breath. Finally, I pulled myself together and said, “yes mom I am ok” but she was gone again before I could finish the sentence.
As we were getting ready to leave, we took my mom back inside. I walked over and said, “bye mom, I love you, we have to go.” She did not look up. I held her hand for a while. She did not acknowledge the hug or me holding her hand.
My son walked over to her and said, “bye grandma.” She sat there staring straight ahead. I felt a sudden wave of sadness for my son. Then, out of nowhere, my mom turned to my son. She looked at him and smiled. She reached out toward him, and he walked into her arms. She pulled him close and hugged him tight. He wrapped his arms around her for at least a minute, holding each other. I watched. I had tears in my eyes. Tears of happiness, tears of sadness, tears of loss, tears of hope, tears of pride and tears of love.
When my son and I were driving home, he asked me a lot of questions about Alzheimer’s and whether there would be a cure. Then he said something – something that will stick with me forever. He said, “Alzheimer’s Disease is the worst thing in the world, and I hope no one in the world ever gets it again.”
I sat driving through a haze of tears as I thought about my mom and her moments of being present as I read the letter to her, my son’s hug and his words. And I realized that I wrote the letter for me and for my mom and for my son and others.
I lost my mom five years ago and yes the tears still come and go.
I wish you were here with us now Mom.
I wish you could see your Grandson and all his accomplishments.
I miss you.
Happy Mother’s Day in Heaven...
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