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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Relax, Revive and Recharge in the Blue Ridge Mountains





I often write and speak about the journey, as we continually travel in this life, navigating a never-ending set of experiences, no matter our sex, race, age or profession. It begins each morning when you open your eyes and continues until you're fast asleep.  It’s when we take those first steps forward with appreciation and excitement at the wondrous things that we will be exposed to that we find that inner peace and ultimate growth.

I’m reminded of this as I write today’s article here meandering the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, taking in all its beauty.

I just love this area, with its crisp mountain air, invigorating hikes, spectacular scenic views and remarkable wildlife. At days end, I landed at the Alpine Inn, in Little Switzerland, NC. As with most things in my life when I go with the flow, I stumbled upon this gem and was glad for it.  





I traveled back in time when I walked in, the energy of this place enhanced by the hospitality of owners Susan and Ron. Built on the mountainside in 1929, it has that old world flavor that seekers of authenticity can appreciate.   

My room had a deck overlooking the expansive valley below. I sat there drinking in the scene, as I relaxed, revived and recharged after a long drive.  



It was shortly after the sun melted behind the mountains, signaling the twilight of another day, that I stirred to the smell of freshly lit kindling burning in a cast iron chiminea around the side of the property. 


I was greeted by several guests and owner Ron telling stories about the area and each other’s travels. Well after dark I said my good nights, retreating to my room.




My bed, decorated with country quilt, was very comfy. I was quick to fall asleep and my internal alarm clock had me stir at predawn. I spent a few moments, appreciating the deliciousness of my surroundings and my comfort in that bed. 

I laid in a state of bliss as I occasionally opened an eye waiting for the sun to begin its ascension. I leapt up as it made its presence known, the view of that sunrise from the deck and window from my room was one of the more magnificent that I’ve seen.  



I soaked in the sun on the dining room deck along with several others seekers of beauty at breakfast, enjoying house made granola. 



I spent the morning watching the local wildlife, as I enjoyed the sounds of song birds and engaged in great conversation with new friends on the deck 





I was excited to discover that the neighboring town of Spruce Pine is home to several mines, with folks boasting around fires in evening about the emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethysts and other minerals discovered on day excursions.  

Take the time to relax and recharge from the stress of the week in a place where you find peace.







Sending you love,
LeeZa Donatella
Author | International Inspirational Speaker
The everyday person's spiritualist, striving to help people move forward 


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Trust and Believe



Trust and Belief are interesting words. You never know what they mean until you thrust yourself out into the world, believing and trusting that when you follow your heart, that you'll be led to something more wonderful than you can imagine. At first it can seem a little scary, and perhaps you feel a little numb. But when you’re vibrating from love, the highest vibration, you know that something more amazing is about to happen. 


Often in my life, I’m guided to take the road less traveled. It always ends up leading me to places and people that I would not have met otherwise, if I had chosen the safer easier route. It's become my guiding principle and ultimately brings me joy.

But even so, when I take that leap of faith based on the guidance that I receive, I'm sometimes a little afraid of what tomorrow will bring. I think that some of you can relate to what I am saying. 

I remember the time I began a spirit journey back in 2013.  During that time, I had many opportunities to be afraid. It was when I found myself at a deserted Inn, in Northern California, that I was shown that there was nothing to be afraid of. It came in the way of a poem scribed on a chalkboard:

Faith
by Patrick Overton

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly.

Whether I was guided to this message by some divine presence or dumb luck, every time I make a decision that has me venturing out into the unknown with a little trepidation and the beginnings of a knot in my stomach, I remember those few but precious words, and all is right in the world once more.

Today,  I'm sharing these beautiful words with you, in the hope that they provide you with comfort if you're also feeling less than brave about a new situation.

Sending you love,
LeeZa Donatella
Author | International Inspirational Speaker
The everyday person's spiritualist, striving to help people move forward 

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Moving Forward


As I find myself in an unfamiliar place, I pulled out my traveling hammock to find a quiet place to literally, hang for a while. It has seen more places over the years than most will see in a lifetime, from Sedona, Valley of the Gods and Northern California, to Mexico, Central and South America. Now tattered and frayed, I said goodbye to my old friend that had served me so well. As I searched for a replacement, I wished for something similar, a breathable material comfortable on warmer days, with a length a perfect fit to my shorter stature. I was grateful to find its sister replacement in a carbon copy, a new friend that fits so neatly in a shoulder bag. 

I found the perfect place in a local park. I tied up and meditated for an hour under 2 closely situated pine trees. When I finished, I lay there gazing up into the branches. It brought me back to the time when I laid quiet for days in my hammock outside Sedona as I readied for my spirit journey. 

Funny, but I sometimes forget that we’re continually on that journey, as we venture to new places, meeting new people and having new experiences. It’s that exploration when we go with the flow that moves us forward. And it always seems that we are guided to the right people at the right time, sharing those experiences that provide us with the most opportunities for growth. I can tell you that it’s the most challenging of people and circumstances that has propelled me in the right direction. It may not always seem like it at the moment when I'm in the midst of the chaos. With a little reflection, I see the situation for what it truly is, an opportunity.

A recent “opportunity” involved interactions with those who were not vibrating what I call the state of being love.  This was an occasion for me was to realize it and not to react. I would love to say that it was immediately apparent to me, but I believe that would have made this situation too easy. It wasn’t until I took the time to be still and quiet did the light illuminate. Once it did, I was able to put the situation into perspective and realize that I was provided yet another gift, to learn and appreciate it, in its entirety.

The next time you are presented with people or situations that have you getting frustrated or angry, biting your nails, or even wanting to pull out your hair, know that they are really gifts to help you grow and move forward.  When you do, then you can appreciate and learn from them. Once you do that, the situation always changes for the better. 

Wishing you a day filled with love,
LeeZa Donatella
Author | International Inspirational Speaker
The everyday person's spiritualist, striving to help people move forward 

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