Such a wonderful journey this butterfly has been on to become one of God's most beautiful creatures.
In my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, I share how imagery and meditations helped me face the cancer, and put my body in a balanced state. One of my favorite meditations leads me in visualizing butterflies healing my body. At the conclusion I see the butterflies leave my body carrying with them any disease or imbalance or negativity.
We spend time in our mothers' wombs gathering nutrition, forming our bodies, and maturing to an age where we can live in the world. Then as children and adults our lives are filled with joy and sorrow, fear and courage, disappointment and enrichment, and so many more times of valleys and mountains. Once our earthly lives are over, I believe we go to be with God.
FOR THE BUTTERFLY:
The egg is tiny, oval or round, and is often deposited on a leaf, a great source of food for the soon to be caterpillar.
The caterpillar gorges himself with food preparing to go into a cocoon in order for the butterfly to be born. It is a time of growth and it often sheds his skin three or four times to accomodate his growing body.
The pupa or chrysalis is a time of rest and the tissues
of what once was the caterpillar are broken down...
and the legs, wings, and body of the butterfly are formed.
The mature butterfly lays her eggs to begin the cycle again.
A dear friend of 93+ years young watched his wife lying in her chair often sleeping during her last days on earth. Harry said, "I believe we are like the butterfly. We live as the caterpillar; then become like the cocoon as we enter the "dying phase;" and then we go to heaven where we are like a butterfly that radiates beauty." After his wife passed away, Harry said "I miss Annabelle now, but I know she is a butterfly waiting for me."
March 5th I celebrate the one year anniversary of my book's publication. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
March 7th I celebrate my 72nd birthday. I am so grateful that I have had the last 4+ years to share with my family and friends.
March 14th marks the 49th birthday of my first-born. I will always be thankful that I had the privilege to be a Mother, not just once, but three times.
March is Women's History Month, so I invite you to let a woman know what she has meant to you.
March 31st is Easter Sunday...a time of rebirth and renewal.