Three Ways to Keep the Honeymoon Glow

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June is a time of blossoming, of joy, of full blooming roses and full blooming love.  I, like so many others, was married in June and the full moon then is called the Honey Moon. We have celebrated the Honey Moon twenty-seven times now and look forward to many more.  We have managed to grow together and have kept the fires of passion and love alive in our relationship.

So I will give you my suggestions for three ways to keep the honeymoon glow in a relationship:

1) Keep the spirit of play alive in your relationship.  Surprise your partner with something you know they’ll like; a candy bar, a comic book, a card…  Try new experiences together.  Pick out an adventure that you would both like to try, whether it’s hiking a trail nearby, or save up to visit Tibet.  Adventures together shake up your daily life and bring the freshness of the honeymoon back to a relationship.

2) Delight in each others’ bodies.  Be sure you remember to compliment your partner when something strikes you: that color looks particularly nice on them, you like that scent on them, or how nice they look by firelight.  Exercise and go for walks together.  Hold hands.  Cherish your intimate time together.

3) Delight in each others’ interests.  While we don’t do everything together, we can at least support each other’s interests.  He likes to fly kites, so I help him spread out the lines, help launch the kite and help untangle it on those few awkward occasions.  He is supportive of my art endeavors and loves seeing what I have created each day, giving me positive feedback.

Pink Kiss 1"x1.5" pendant by Patricia Robin Woodruff
Pink Kiss 1″x1.5″ pendant by Patricia Robin Woodruff

I created this painting, Pink Kiss, for my partner.  It was created in a very Zen like moment, where the brush strokes completely flowed, forming the likeness of two lovers merging in a kiss.  I like the fact that their genders are indistinguishable, since I believe love makes a marriage and should not be limited.

Wishing you love and light,

– Patricia Robin Woodruff

 

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3 Reasons I Believe in Angels

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I believe in angels. I’m not sure about the winged, heavenly versions, but I know for sure that earthly ones are out there.

Cherubim 11"x14" pastel reproduction

Cherubim 11″x14″ pastel reproduction

1) Angels turn up in unexpected places.  When my son was having to visit the hospital on a regular basis, we would stay at the Ronald McDonald House.  They only charged us a minimal fee of $10 a night.  However, my husband was out of work and we had absolutely no where to squeeze out that minimum fee but were scheduled for an appointment.  We were leaving that day to go to the hospital and were going to ask them to possibly waive it, when we got a $50 check in the mail!  The note included was from a neighbor who had just found out that our healthy looking son actually had a heart condition and they were grateful that their grandkids were all healthy and this angelic person was  giving us $50 to use for our son’s care.  That’s when I learned the meaning of,

“Don’t believe in miracles – depend on them.”                          – Lawrence J. Peter

2) Friends can be our angels.  Sometimes they can act as guardian angels, giving advice and keeping us from acting on impulse.  I have a dear friend who acts as an inspirational angel; helping me with art ideas and providing encouragement in my creative endeavors.  Best of all is a partner who can fill that role too.  I know I am blessed with angelic guidance all around me!

3) Children provide us with angelic insight. My 5 year old son was chatting with my father about a fellow on TV who made his living by fishing.  My dad was astounded that a person could make a living doing something that was fun.  Later, my son commented sagely, “Mom, I don’t think Pop-pop has his priorities straight.”  Little cherubs remind us of the things that are important to focus on; love, hugs, enjoying the day, taking joy in simple things, following a life you love…  For that reason, I turned this pastel into a pendant to wear as a reminder.

“Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you.”- St Francis de Sales

I see angels as personified spiritual energy and so my life is *full* of angels and their guidance.  – Patricia Robin Woodruff