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Title: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on November 27, 2017, 04:15:21 PM
A continuation of the Healing Porch, which grew to 21 pages :D

Original thread can be found here http://outofthefog.net/C-PTSD/forum/index.php?topic=6910.0
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on November 27, 2017, 07:55:44 PM
Thank you, Three Roses, for building onto our porch.

I agree that this has been helpful as a place to come together, or be alone as needed, and just be.

We can state our needs simply, or just breeze by without typing a word. Knowing this is here, and that all the wonderful people of OOTS are bringing their magic and healing and weary souls here brings peace to my heart.

I've had a challenging few months, but not cPTSD related, at least not completely. I am hoping that things can settle enough that I can return with more regularity. Until that time is here, I am with all of you in heart and spirit.

I am a praying sort, so I pray over each of you that healing and peace may be yours as well.

For now, I'll check the blankets to be sure none got lost in the move. Yes, all seem to be here. Great!

I'm coming over to the forest side, to wonder at the majesty of creation and enjoy the view of the treehouse. I have my Chamomile tea, my strength blanket wrapped around me, several good books to read and magical treats that won't injure my health no matter HOW many I enjoy.

The new porch is open. Welcome, all who wander here. You are here for a reason and it is your business if you want to share that or just be. We do believe in leaving judgment out there past the yard, past the street, past the horizon when entering the porch. Stretch if you wish, wander about if you wish, plant, use the magic floating all about this place. It was constructed just for you.  :bighug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Blueberry on November 27, 2017, 08:34:17 PM
It's nice to see you again wife#2  :bighug: Thank you for setting up the Porch again and checking that everything's there.

I could do with some of those magical treats, IRL too  ;)

Hoping that those challenging aspects of life settle again for you soon!
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on November 27, 2017, 09:54:32 PM
Good to hear from you Wife2  :wave: :hug: :hug: I hope everything settles. Thank you for checking the blankets and beinging tea! Also for creating this beautiful place. It has become a place where I can go mentaly even if I am not able to post here at the moment.


Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on November 29, 2017, 02:18:02 AM
I need this place tonight. Both exhaustion and being triggered ish tonight. As the title says, rest for weary souls, my soul is definitely weary and needing rest.. for only being 23 I have a lot that weighs on it every day.

Tonight I need community but in a safe not overactive way. A nice warm cup of tea, some soup, and a comfy chair. Hearing others that may be on the porch tonight, and gentle hugs if anyone is willing. My soul needs comfort and safety. As San would conjure up the earth mother spirit I will try to do it as well. 
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on November 29, 2017, 03:06:23 AM
Think I'll just sit with you quietly and play softly on my guitar, if that's okay with you.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on November 29, 2017, 03:07:32 AM
That is perfect. I love that you play guitar, as a musician the little bit of light playing is peaceful for me.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on November 29, 2017, 04:01:09 AM
Three Roses, what do you like to play on your guitar ?
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on November 29, 2017, 02:08:04 PM
I'm not very good, so easy songs  ;D
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on November 29, 2017, 02:30:55 PM
You donít need to be, I was just curious. Really love that you play at all   :)
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: sanmagic7 on November 30, 2017, 03:08:03 AM
love guitar music, so glad i dropped in.  perfect place for me tonite.     :wave:   wife2, good to hear your voice again.

i will fall asleep thinking of all of you here.  el, your earth mother spirit will be just right.  love and hugs all around.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on November 30, 2017, 04:52:43 AM
Thank you, she did well when I needed her. I think I will curl back into the earth mother spirits skirts tonight and rest here. I am exhausted and just need to find new energy,
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on November 30, 2017, 01:35:08 PM
My visit to the porch this morning is complicated.

May I curl up at the feet of the wise people here? I need to absorb wisdom, calmness, a sense of purpose - maybe even duty. There may be tears as I work through this, it's ok. I'm learning how to cry again and that is one blessing in this mess. These magic blankets instantly absorb tears anyway.

The tea smells wonderful. The music still echoing through the porch and woods is calming and beautiful. All of you who visit this porch, who do gain strength and calmness and healing help me to heal as well. Knowing you are here, when you can - when you need. I feel your energy and it strengthens me. I hope to leave some positive energy here for all of you.

Peace. What a beautiful, joyful word. This is what I wish for each of you. Even if it doesn't, can't last. For those moments when we are gifted with the experience of peace, let us savor and rest in that feeling.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Blueberry on November 30, 2017, 03:21:10 PM
That's beautiful to read, wife#2.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on November 30, 2017, 03:36:43 PM
Wife2 I am sorry your trip here is complicated today, but I am glad you are here. I feel the need to be here today to help everyone in anyway I can. So I will make sure there are plenty of blankets for you this morning. I am also here with a shoulder to cry on as you learn to release these tears.  :hug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 02, 2017, 03:14:36 AM
Anyone else here tonight? I am coming here for some peace and reassurance. Lots of my mind today so I need some rest to be able to properly think things through
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: songbirdrosa on December 02, 2017, 03:20:26 AM
I think I'll sit for a while and drink some tea. It's been a very long and very exhausting fortnight, and I think I need this.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 02, 2017, 03:31:07 AM
Tea is a great idea. Hopefully you get much needed rest
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: DecimalRocket on December 02, 2017, 12:38:16 PM
Hi there. I havenít been in the healing porch before.

I think Iíd stay in the part of the porch where itís near indoors enough to have lights, but near the outdoors enough to see the ocean. The waves splashing gently and the moon shining brightly above. Iíd love to have quiet time with a fuzzy warm healing blanket and a fruit shake ó I love fruit shakes.

Iím usually the type who has a thing for intellectual novelty and look for new hobbies more often than other people, but now today, Iím just nostalgic for the types of books I read in childhood.

I grabbed myself a book called ďThe Universe : An Astrophysical TourĒ by Neil degrasse Tyson. Tyson has been my childhood hero ó one of those science writer giants that influenced me to cultivate a sense of wonder and awe towards the world.

As I take a drink on the porch and place the book on my lap, I look up to the night sky and wonder what else is out there. I watch the skies extend beyond forever to the horizon, and I just feel tiny and awed.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: sanmagic7 on December 02, 2017, 11:00:00 PM
glad you're here, d.r.

i need to just chill for a bit myself.  get back to feeling peace within me.  can't think of a better place to do so.

i'm going to rock and read and just be with the rest of everyone here, quietly and gently.  it's always just so good to see you all.  hot chocolate will be my drink of choice today, and a blanket of peace. it's working already.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: woodsgnome on December 03, 2017, 12:23:41 AM
I've wandered back here today, not sure how; rather aimless, but not pointless. Maybe something here will soothe. I seek peace, can't find it; but here it's different, as if all peace is a natural part of everyone's core being. You can't seek it, it just is--you are peace and it is you. Even when one leaves this porch, that renewed sense of peace travels with.

Here there's no need to ruminate on the slings of that other unfeeling world, which has forgotten how to find this place. They'd call it unreal, a place only for dreamers. Even those those who reject its existence would be relieved to have found their way to such peace. Shhh--for now I really don't want them to find me; it'll feel like I'm still being haunted by those who hurt me.

If they ever found me again...stop me, I'm sliding into futile rambling again. Why not accept the peace that's here, like before...not my home away from home, but a place I was meant to find. A place to just be--it's as if I never left...this is the real world, and all shall be well again.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on December 03, 2017, 01:03:44 AM
Beautifully said  :cloud9:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: biggerfish2 on December 03, 2017, 06:20:43 AM
Was lying awake in hpervigilant state when i cranked up my tablet and found this porch. Meeting all of you here was so peaceful that i now realize I'm hungry which explains why I'm awake. So I'm gently drifting away now to go get a lovely bowl of cereal.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: LittleBird on December 03, 2017, 09:53:04 AM
Thanks for helping me to this place. I feel I can try to rest now and take my own advice as well as yours. You're all very patient.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 04, 2017, 04:33:35 AM
I need this place, and the people in it. You all create and leave such a feeling of courage and peace in this place. I want to sit quietly over looking the water with a blanket of comfort, reassurance, and peace
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Blueberry on December 04, 2017, 05:45:54 AM
Good to see you here, Restful.

Nice to meet you biggerfish2, and welcome to OOTS  :heythere:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: DecimalRocket on December 04, 2017, 09:46:52 AM
Hey guys, a pleasure to see everyone else enjoying this place.  :hug:

Iím thinking of staying on the beach again, watching the gentle waves move about, to sink my knees into the edge, and to possibly stare off wondering about reinforcing and balancing feedback loopsís leverages in the strategy of a project in life. Also, itíd be cool if the water would float around in mid air showing these thoughts in diagrams using telekinetic powers.

Sigh . . . what relaxing, joyful and beautiful thoughts.

Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 04, 2017, 01:29:58 PM
So many wonderful souls drifting to the porch, warms my soul!

DR - this place is magic. If floating water is helpful in your solace, then float it shall. Nothing helpful or healing is impossible here.

I have a pretty large and eclectic vinyl album collection and a pretty nice stereo system. Peruse through, you may find just the sounds to accompany the eternal peace feeling of this place for you. The albums are in a bookshelf just inside the door. The stereo is by the window, with speakers aiming out, so that you can enjoy the music, earth sounds or whatever brings gentle healing to your soul. For me, it's classical or 60's folk/ballad music. But, there is jazz, pop, rock, progressive - everything you can think of - ahhh the powers of magic!

The fridges are stocked, the stove warm - a loaf of bread is baking in the oven, just for the lovely aroma. It's ingredients harvested from the gardens of other porch participants. Magic means I can't burn this loaf and that it'll be warm for all to enjoy as they wish. The blankets are all dryer fresh with just a hint of your favorite scent so you can snuggle your nose into the blanket should you want. The drinks are steamy hot or ice chilled as the drinker prefers. The pillows have been puffed and the whole porch swept.

I'm thinking we could have a pier on the ocean-facing side, so one can drop their feet into the water and feel connected to our Earth home.

Today, I am wrapped in a blanket of patience and courage. My drink is fresh coffee with my favorite flavor creamer blended in. I am surrounded by photos of all those I love and who I know love me. Some of you are in these photos (my imagination and your avitars filling the frames). I am breathing. Slowly and deeply, calmly and with purpose.

Once again, your presence, current or past, on this porch has brought me some healing. Thank you.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on December 04, 2017, 03:24:23 PM
I love it, your energy here is so refreshing W2!  :hug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 04, 2017, 03:33:16 PM
Wife2, I always adore hearing from you in this place. Your imagery for this magical place is beautiful. I love flipping through old vinyl collections, there Is something cathartic about looking through them all compared to online music. I know that makes me sound old  :)

I will be in this place resting, and absorbing all the positive healing energy everyone brings to this place. My soul needs to take in a lot of good
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: sanmagic7 on December 04, 2017, 10:19:27 PM
el, to me it makes you sound real.  there's definitely something true about the music that comes off vinyl. 

so good to see you back here, wife2.  you really have made this place magical, soothing, and beautiful.  thank you again.

that pier gave me an idea, and i'm so happy.  behind the log cabin is a lake, stocked with all sorts of freshwater fish.  a little boat tied to a pier that can take me to any part of the lake so i can just fish for a bit at dawn, my favorite time of day.  anyone is welcome.  that's what i'm doing today.  then, a magical fish fry - all cleaned and scaled and delicious.  nothing like fresh perch to me.

yummy!
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 04, 2017, 11:33:24 PM
San, I am glad it makes me sound real. I do truly love the sound of it off of vinyl.  :hug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: DecimalRocket on December 05, 2017, 02:42:13 AM
Hi Wife#2. Nice to meet you. Iíve heard about you when Iíve gone through old recovery journal entries on this site before, and I wondered if we could interact someday.

Elpha and San inspired  me to flow my imagination into this place so I thought Iíd try it more.

I want to be in the forest sitting under the shade of the tree. The seasons would change forward and backward at a flick of my finger. Iíd write in my notebook how the leaves and the greens of the forest change, how animals live from the little antsí strategies of working together to bigger deers eating habits, the light and shadow of objects and the movement of the stars and sky.

Sounds . . . wondrous.

Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 05, 2017, 01:19:32 PM
DR - I can see the scenery! It's beautiful and peaceful and soul-building. The twitch of a fawn's ear. The subtle scraw sounds of insects pushing leaves aside as they scurry along a fallen tree. The play of light as the breeze sways the branches with all their wide green leaves. The call of birds close, but not visible.

Thank you! This place is great for allowing your creativity to flow. Your imagery is a salve to my hurting heart today. I think I'll take that comfort and wrap it close to my heart with a gentle calmness blanket. With tea this morning. On the forest side of the porch.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Blueberry on December 05, 2017, 01:28:47 PM
I love flipping through old vinyl collections, there Is something cathartic about looking through them all compared to online music. I know that makes me sound old  :)

I can picture you flipping through which keeps imagery of the Porch in mind. I don't think it makes you sound old. It sounds as if you're a tactile person.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 05, 2017, 02:52:27 PM
I am definitely a tactile person. Hands on is the best in a lot of ways
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Mia2017 on December 05, 2017, 07:56:25 PM
This is so beautiful here! Thank you so much, Blueberry, for introducing me to it  :hug: and thank you very much wife#2 for creating it!  :applause: Hello to everyone here  :wave:. I am Mia.

Today I feel like going to a nice and comfy lawn chair, sitting in the sun to relax the tension in my hip, which is hurting badly again today. I like to watch the puppies playing on the lawn and listen to the birds singing in the trees. There is a little breeze moving the branches slightly. It's wonderful breathing in fresh air and enjoying the stillness away from cars and traffic. I have a cup of herbal tea, which smells good. If anyone would like some, too, I made a larger pot to share 

This is the first time today that I can calm down a bit. I am so thankful I can be here with you all  :grouphug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: DecimalRocket on December 06, 2017, 08:20:38 AM
Hi Mia. Welcome to OOTS and the porch.  :wave: Glad youíre enjoying nature and your tea. Itís really relaxing in here, isnít it?

I thought Iíd do something different here today and take a walk around the porch. What is it like to touch the oceanís gentle movements beating into and out of the sand without thinking of waterís covalent bonds? What is it like to see the majesty of the stars above without thinking of the nuclear fusion in them? What is it like to be under the shades of grand trees without thinking of its complex ecosystem? The tranquility without deep thought?

Just the ocean as the ocean. Just the stars as the stars. Just the forest and the forest.

Just me as me . . .

Iíve walked around and I still donít get it. But Iíve felt a spark of peacefulness in me, and I wondered why.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Blueberry on December 06, 2017, 07:20:56 PM
I've come onto the Porch for a break between writing about myself and doing moderating.  But really I need either to take a break IRL and do something nurturing and/or write more about myself before moving onto moderating. Move to music to process and then write? Anyway coming onto the Porch has helped me to not go immediately onto moderating.


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Actually I had a long read over at the original Healing Porch instead. That was really good. That Porch feels warm and summery and somehow with this new Porch I can't get the winter out of my head though I don't want it around, if that makes sense.

I'm going to add a voliŤre of birds. There is one near my therapist's place, with 4 subsections, and I almost always visit them after therapy. I talk to them and listen to them and watch them. However, T is coming to an end, my appointments will be getting a lot less frequent, so I won't be going to that town much anymore. Need to have a voliŤre here instead.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: woodsgnome on December 07, 2017, 04:50:54 AM
 
I found myself, again, here on the porch. Something new, over there...I'm drawn to it, don't question why--this is the porch, I come to it to lose my mind, not think so much, not knowing what I'll find--somehow I just know I'll find the peace here I can't find elsewhere, no matter how hard I try.

Today I noticed there was a new shelf, and a sound system nearby; hadn't seen these before. The shelf was filled with vinyl records with an explanatory note attached [referencing Reply #27 of this thread by Wife#2]. Music, my heart's delight! Scanning through, I notice several items that speak to me--heart music, I call it. I soon realize these are perfect, exactly what I need today--and drift into the peaceful rhythms of a life worth living, the one that was meant to be, the one that seemed so hard in that strange place called 'real' life.

Where did that life go wrong? No time for that here; I pick out more tunes, absorb and soar into the essence of their messages, which I can only find in music.

Who knows how long I spent here. But on leaving, I found some crayons and paper from a box I'd previously stashed nearby, and scratched out a little note for the friend who left these: "Thank you for these, Wife#2. They were precisely what my soul needed to find today, here on this peaceful porch. Thanks again and here's my drawing...I hope it's alright...  :boogie:   :)    :hug: 
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 07, 2017, 02:53:35 PM
Oh, porch visitors, you all warm my heart so much!

Elph - here's a big hug on principle - I just love you, little sister, so very much! San, where are you? You get one of these soul-encompassing hugs as well!

Decimal - my wonderful, smart, beautiful soul new friend - my first rule of life is breathe. It's kind of a yoga/zen thing, and it helps me every day. Just think about breath filling your lungs, giving your blood the oxygen it needs, that little bit of oxygen floating around in your blood, finding just the cell that needed it's healing. That little cell releasing all the CO2 that had been holding it back, absorbing that clean oxygen. The blood, hard worker that it is, carrying that CO2 back to the lungs so it can be expelled good and permanently from your body. Ahhhhhh...... Yes. Now, another draw in of that magnificent, body healing, invisible air. This is how I came to think of the porch. I used to do this very exercise just because it occurred to me, while sitting on the very large (especially to my childhood eyes) front porch of the rambling huge home I grew up in. I would close my eyes, pretend I was completely alone (crowded large family) and breathe.

Woodsgnome - I am so very glad that the vinyl collection made your day better! I love the picture you drew for me. Do you mind if I frame it and place it on the mantle piece? Just up there, to the right of the record collection shelves.

Now that it's winter weather, I will start a fire in the wood-burning fireplace. And in the portable biers outside. I may even take a few unsent letters and burn them here. Watching their ashes float out of the bier and into the night air, seeing how they have lost their weight. It releases me from the pain those letters represented. In with a deep breath.... out for 2 seconds longer.... Ahhh. I am alive. I am valuable. Some treasure me. I treasure you right back! For this feeling I can continue my journey. This porch heals me to have the strength to get through just one more day. Then, I return and am strengthened enough for one more day.

Ahhh, the music is relaxing and invigorating all at the same time. I can feel my body relax and move. This, the elemental beauty of the music and of my soul moving together - yes. I will move with the music as I set up the ipods for those who prefer different music right now. The fires are stoked, I am breathing. The candles are lit. More air for my healing. The blankets warmed and the snacks (no calories on the healing porch!) and beverages are set up on little tables around the porch and living space inside. The windows are half-closed but all the curtains are drawn back anyway. Light passes in and out of the windows, so that all can feel connected regardless of their location. We can even see through the house to the other porch areas! Breathing deeply one more time.

It's time to return to the working world for me. I'll be back as time allows.  :grouphug: Every soul here matters to me. Even you! Especially you. Thank you for widening my world with your existence and your journey that has touched mine for this season. I consider myself blessed to have met you.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 07, 2017, 04:58:38 PM
Wife2, that made my day  :hug: :hug: I am so grateful to be your sister. It is always so amazing to hear from you <3 Sending you a hug full of warmth and so much love.

The wood burning fireplace is my favorite, I think I will sit there for a while, enjoying the music and smell of candles.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on December 07, 2017, 05:02:50 PM
W2, you have a gift for writing.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 07, 2017, 07:05:11 PM
Thank you, Three Roses. I had lost touch with that gift, along with my tears and deepest emotions. They are resurfacing. You encourage me by letting me know the gift did not decay while it hibernated. The tears are remembering how to flow, and reminding me of the healing they can bring. Happy and sad tears are both welcome again.

My heart is beating a little stronger right now. I think it's gratitude. And love. Thank you.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: LittleBird on December 07, 2017, 08:23:06 PM
Thank you for all you bring here, I'm so grateful. It's peaceful here  :hug: thanks for letting me join you.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on December 08, 2017, 03:41:43 AM
Restful, your presence adds something here. Each one of us adds something unique, something needed, something wonderful to our group.
 :grouphug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 08, 2017, 01:35:41 PM
Restful! You came again! I'm so glad. What I've read of your posts, you have such a gentle way. I'm feeling protective lately, so let me know if I overwhelm.

Enjoy the beverages (alcohol is allowed, nobody is driving away from the porch <wink>), snacks, warm blankets of magical peace, love, hope, courage - whatever you need, wrap yourself in a blanket and feel the emotion you need gently envelope you. We all enjoy being here whether it's to be alone and contemplate or to join the group.

Everyone is encouraged to be their genuine self here. There is no judgment. Well, the moderators do frown on cussing, but just about everything else is fine. If you are a hugger, you will find many like-minded folks who love to give and receive hugs. If you are NOT a hugger, we will respect that as well!

I may not get here to comment every day, nor to welcome others like you to the porch when you first arrive. Please know that all of you are welcome, anyone who comes. We are glad you joined us. Let us know what YOU envision as YOUR perfect healing porch. Being magic, that will be here whenever you return.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: M.R. on December 08, 2017, 03:00:33 PM
I am going to be here this weekend. I am being very socially active and out there because I'm helping my grandparents. I'm hoping that it'll be better for me IRL knowing that I can come back here if only on my head.

I hope everyone enjoys there weekend. (:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 08, 2017, 03:52:07 PM
I hope that it helps, MeoldieRose. Thank you for the wishes. We'll be here, hoping all goes well with you as well.  :hug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: sanmagic7 on December 09, 2017, 08:23:06 PM
been busy re-writing, an onerous task, but will be coming here in the evenings for a break.  i'm going to hang out in the cabin, build a fire, and just watch the flames.  anyone is welcome to join me.  hot chocolate all around, cushy rocking chairs, braided rugs.  a black-bellied stove in the corner to make popcorn on.  rest, relax, chatter and chuckles - whatever suits you best. 

i will be allowing ideas to swirl around my mind.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: M.R. on December 10, 2017, 01:47:29 AM
Well, one more day but for tonight I'm going to be at the porch wrapped up in a warm soft fleece blanket in one of the rocking chairs sleeping. I'm exhausted.

For those here, sorry I'm not going to be much for interacting. I'm still here for those that take comfort in others around. No need to be quiet. I'll be sleeping hard and we don't have to worry about waking others here on the porch anyways. ;) haha

MR
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 10, 2017, 06:23:35 AM
I will be here tonight.  Coming to this place utterly and completely exhausted. However, I canít sleep... hoping some peace will come from  sitting in the place tonight.

Thereís is a wonderful, oversized, soft chair in one corner of the porch for me tonight. It is where I can see the stars and hear the water. I like to envision it as a beautiful shade of blue that induces sleep. I will curl up here with a cup of tea. My blanket is heavy tonight, full of peace and comfort  :hug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: DecimalRocket on December 10, 2017, 01:04:36 PM
Hey Wife#2, thanks for the reply. I really needed someone to hear me out today. I was nervous no one would acknowledge me. Iíll try to give myself a breather, especially seeing that my stress is getting worse these days.

No thinking deeply today. Even with all my intense love for analysis, even a little of it is enough to make me exhausted and more emotionally vulnerable.. I just want to stay inside the porch, have a warm blanket over me and some hot chocolate.

Iíd love to go outside, lie down at the sand and just gaze at the night sky the whole time. Thereís something about it thatís calming. Expanding. Spacious. Open. Endless. Powerful.

I think I get it now, at the very least. What it is to feel the outside than to think about it to enjoy it. . .
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 11, 2017, 01:18:44 AM
Decimal, I am glad you can come to this place. I also tend to over analyze everything, so I understand where you are coming from. I canít respond super well because of my current state of being, but know that this place is one you can come to find peace.  I am here if you ever need someone  :hug:


I am coming here to rest. Hoping this place is magical enough that I can at least envision myself without this migraine. It is finally improving enough I can look at screens again, but I will not spend long on here. This is more to just help create a vision of me resting in that chair again, creating a space where this migraine can heal, the less stress my body holds the quicker this thing might go away,
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on December 11, 2017, 05:16:34 AM
I'm here tonight, too. The night is warm, the stars are out, and the crickets are chirping gently. There are little votive candles illuminating the walkways thru the tall sand grasses and someone in the distance is playing the guitar. I'm going to hang in my hammock that is suspended under my treehouse, anyone's welcome to come by for some conversation or companionable silence.  :cloud9:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 11, 2017, 02:11:37 PM
Ahh, it's morning in the US. I'm back here at the porch, stretching, yawning and enjoying a lazy mental start to the day. Today, I am warming and folding up the many blankets not currently in use. I'm checking the warm and hot water levels. It feels good to serve. I'm motivating myself here on the porch, so I can carry that into real life and my job. Yes, this is good.
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 13, 2017, 12:54:30 AM
Going to here this evening. I need a place to rest after my therapy session. My inner six year old needs to be comforted as much as adult me does. In this case, I am going to sit on the porch with my blanket full of comfort and reassurance. Little me just wants to curl up and feel safe. For her I am going to do my favorite peppermint cocoa and a coloring book.

I like having people around to be safe, and guarding, but not really to talk right now. Knowing others are close is so good, even hugs are okay but for right now words are very difficult
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Post by: alliematt on December 13, 2017, 04:25:42 PM
Hi.  I need a hammock and a quiet place to take a nice long nap.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 13, 2017, 08:33:34 PM
Coming here during my break. Thankfully I have a few hours before I have to go back. I am honestly stuck in a perpetual state of exhaustion.

I am going to grab a blanket full of comfort and rest, go sit in my favorite chair on the porch. It is big enough I can curl up in it so I feel fully comfortable and safe. It faces the fire place that I believe Wife2 added to the porch for the season. I will drink some decaf tea to create even more warmth and peace.

I can hear others here today and feel the calming, reassuring presence that you all leave in this place. I need that energy, even if I am not getting it irl I can try to soak it up in here.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 14, 2017, 05:20:27 AM
Does anyone mind if I sleep here? I am quiet, never snore or even sleep talk anymore. I will be in a corner in an oversized chair, just peacefully trying to rest. May not actually sleep but I need it and this place brings peace. I am hoping with that peace and the company that is normally here I might feel safe enough to sleep well. I have only used this place to sleep once before, and someone just kind of sat on the porch to watch over me. Revisiting that image is helping me breathe a bit.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 14, 2017, 02:55:41 PM
Sleep, if that helps and brings healing. We wouldn't even mind if you did snore (which I do - loudly), because on the magical porch, nobody else will hear it. We will only see you sleeping deeply and send comforting, restful thoughts your way.  :hug:

I feel like Good Witch Glenda of the North, waving my wand over your head. No snowflakes, unless you want them. 'Sleep, my lovely, sleep.'
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 14, 2017, 03:03:22 PM
It isnít morning here now, but that image isnít perfect. I also adore the snowflakes. Little did you know just hour much I love the Oz stories in all of their forms. My screen name is even an adaption of a character from a version of it.<3

Sleep, true sleep, will bring some peace when I can finally get it. I am hoping this place might help bring enough peace for me to get it. The second porch is named Rest for Weary souls, that is certainly me right now.
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Post by: Three Roses on December 14, 2017, 03:06:44 PM
Hi Allie Matt! Nice to see you joined us here.  :hug:

Wife 2 comes by now & then with fresh, fluffy blankets and warm drinks (or cool, if you prefer). Pick a spot you'd like to lay in a hammock, and a hammock will magically appear! Don't know if you've read anything about the Porch up to this point, but it's a place where everything you need is...just here.

There are views of the ocean or forest or whatever else brings you healing. Animals are welcome and they're all friendly, with us and with each other.

Thanks for joining us!
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Blueberry on December 14, 2017, 05:37:34 PM
I will come and sit here for a while and see if I can calm down my Fight response. The dogs will help in their calming doggy way. If I sit and stroke a dog, I'll calm down because I concentrate on the dog and I feel the dog with my hand. That probably helps reground, moves me out of my head and out of those triggered emotions and unhelpful triggered emotions.

Maybe I can find a blanket which gives me the ability to separate types of anger into helpful anger and non-helpful? Why not? The Porch has everything else after all!
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Post by: Wife#2 on December 14, 2017, 07:49:55 PM
Elphanigh, I share your love of all things OZ. I have read every book Mr. Baum published and several other adaptations. Though, I really love the Dorothy of the books. She's strong and confident most of the time. She embraces the magic, knowing it's as real as the nose on her face. If others scoff, that bothers her not at all. Their skepticism doesn't change one iota of the reality of OZ.

Allimatt, thank you for joining us! We have hammocks, some already set up on the forest side, see? Under the tree-house? There's also one by the beach, low slung so you can touch the Earth as you rock. If you want.

DecimalRocket, how are you faring today? Did you get to look out and watch the asteroid shower last night? Or was that the night before? I missed it, but there will be others. I've enjoyed their majesty before. I will again, should the fates allow.

I'm going to sneak off to the ocean side of the porch and wrap in a calming blanket. Just listening to the ocean, with my eyes closed, is the healing I need right now.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 14, 2017, 08:25:07 PM
I have read them all as well, and adore that I have found someone that appreciates them like I do. The Dorothy in those books is certainly someone to look up to and admire.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 15, 2017, 12:50:28 AM
Rest here again this evening. I am coming here slightly more peaceful than I have been, but I am glad to be able to come here and rest. I am going to sit on the porch steps so I can look at the stars and water. The blanket around my shoulders is one of peace, and somehow one that gives that peace to my little ones as well. I am still seeking one good night of sleep. So finding as much peace and guilt free rest that I can.

I adore all of you and am glad to have company on the porch today
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Post by: Andyman73 on December 15, 2017, 01:12:00 AM
Porch look nice. Lots of people.  Stay in shadow of woods, not too close. Safer this way.  Hear music across lake.  Smell bread.  Hear laughing and singing.  Stay very still in dark shadow, behind stump and log. People looking across lake...slowly slowly slink away, further into darker shadows deeper in forest.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 15, 2017, 01:21:38 AM
It is always safe here, and as quiet as you need it to be. Such a magical place, if you feel safer in the woods that is perfectly good. If you need anything warm you just let me know. I can sneak it to you without any true interaction.
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Post by: Andyman73 on December 15, 2017, 10:36:47 AM
Okay.  Am okay for now. Watching, observing, listening.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 15, 2017, 01:33:49 PM
Andyman, you can always hide up in the tree-house. It overlooks the porch and gardens. Nobody will bother you up there and we are happy to give you the privacy you seek. What warm blanket of healing emotion would you like for me to fold and leave by the edge of the forest? They don't have to stay on the porch to work! Also, we have thermos containers to keep coffee or tea or whatever your preferred beverage is at just the right temperature.

Sometimes it is nice to hear the sounds of others without actually being a part of it.

I'm on my way to the porch today, but just for a quick visit. The calming blanket helped yesterday and I'm in a much better place to trudge forward on my very busy work day. Hugs to those who enjoy hugs, smiles for the rest  :)
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 15, 2017, 05:45:43 PM
I am here again for a little while. I will probably spend a good chunk of my day on the porch doing different things. Right now I want to take a walk around the yard before coming to sit back down on the stairs to the porch. Life is really kicking me in the tail recently... so I will sit here (after my walk) with a blanket of peace, reassurance, and anti anxiety magic.

I am welcome to company, and will give hugs to anyone that wants/needs them.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Andyman73 on December 18, 2017, 03:28:56 AM
Wife#2,
Tree house sounds fantastic, but be trapped only one way out. So, will have to pass on that. But thank you for telling me about it. I hadnít noticed it before. Blanket....hmmmm...maybe unconditional love and acceptance. That is a major struggle for me. And a thermos of coffee.Thank you. Will try to keep blanket clean for you. 
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Post by: LearnToLoveTheRide on December 18, 2017, 05:21:05 AM
Dad had a bad weekend. It's just me and the boys at the moment. I really need to cry but they won't understand and I don't want scare them seeing me this way.

I'm not great company either. Would it be OK if I let the boys run around on the lawn in front of the porch while I sat by myself in the forest on the lake's edge.

I'd really appreciate it if you fine people could keep an eye on them while I tend my broken heart.

Thank you kindly. LTLTR
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on December 18, 2017, 05:37:57 AM
Sure thing! Prop up your feet and let your boys run wild! It's all magically safe, there are dogs and other animals to play with; and if your boys get hungry we'll give them healthy, delicious food, and you too!
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 18, 2017, 04:53:56 PM
Three Roses - I love the new look & quote! IT brought a smile just as I really needed one. THANK YOU!  :hug:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Three Roses on December 18, 2017, 05:40:33 PM
Thanks ;)  I got tired of being serious....
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 19, 2017, 12:16:16 AM
Coming here to rest this evening. I miss you all in a way. It will be so good to sit here and feel all the peace you all leave here. To see everyone that is hanging out on the porch as well. I just need a bit of peace after doing some hard things today.

If anyone needs me just let me know  :hug:
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Post by: M.R. on December 19, 2017, 05:58:26 AM
Will be here preparing for a T session tomorrow that's going to be hard. I don't know what I'll need. Peace maybe. Or calm.

MR
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Post by: DecimalRocket on December 19, 2017, 06:42:00 AM
I want to go research with deep concentration in a tree house somewhere, overlooking the forest greens, and a nice calm stream. A few hidden birds singing a gentle song, and a breeze blowing by from time to time.

Also, this place magically has the internet for me to research things well. Technology and nature. One of my favorite mixes ó who says they canít be combined? Sure. Reminds me of programmers who code next to a beach scenery. . . Thatís . . . thatís awesome.


Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Wife#2 on December 19, 2017, 03:03:52 PM
 :) Yes, the blend of Earth and Ethernet is a wonderful combination. Like salty & sweet - just meant to be together.

I'm here for peace and strengthening today. I'll be inside, next to a window, looking out. No, I've changed my mind. I'll take my blankets with me and go walk the beach. Feeling the sand between my toes, the water lap over my feet. I'll feel that wonderful drag of the undertow as the water recoils back into the ocean. I'll watch the sand draw from around my feet as the water pulls it in every direction.

There is my son, up ahead, running towards me, holding some new treasure he simply MUST share with me. How much he makes me feel precious and special! Reminding me of all of you, how I want each of you to feel that same genuine love and honor just for being who you are.

The shell he shows me is beautiful. I smile and share with him how cleaver he is to find it. Confident with my encouraging words, he's off again. I can't help but smile, now. I'm thankful for these years he still runs to me. I know the day is coming when he'll run towards his own destiny and that I might not be in the same direction. That's ok. He'll be around, our bond is strong.

Yes, the porch, the beach, the blankets and all of you have helped me put into perspective what needed adjusting. I am strengthened and at peace. At least for right now.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Andyman73 on December 19, 2017, 06:38:32 PM
Somebody in woods sitting near lake. Will go other way. Walking slowly, fell on snow covered curb other day. Was cleaning off car, slipped, went down legs under car, bang knees up under car, landed on arm, protecting ribs.

Maybe go soak in hot springs I found deep in secluded box canyon.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Blueberry on December 19, 2017, 10:08:14 PM
Wow, Andyman, you found hot springs!! :woohoo: I'll have a soak in them later ...

I could do with a bit of time at the porch. I'm enjoying being with you all, sitting peacefully, my mind is at rest. A dog has just come up to sit beside me.  :)
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 20, 2017, 01:08:36 AM
I need to come here tonight. Everything is wearing on me, I have no mental bandwidth anymore. If I could sit curled up in someoneís arms, fall apart, and then finally sleep I would. I need to get through the next few weeks and hopefully this will start to come down a little, so too the porch I come.

If anyone is up to a hug I would be forever grateful. If not I am going to curl up in my favorite corner, my oversized chair, a cup of peppermint hot cocoa and a warm blanket of comfort and encouragement. Maybe one for peace, and that magically allows me to release all of this for a moment.

I need warmth and caring more than I ever have before.  : :fallingbricks: :fallingbricks: :fallingbricks:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: woodsgnome on December 20, 2017, 01:29:33 AM
Hi, Elphanigh ... come by the waterside fire ring tonight...I've spent a good portion of time today splitting wood for a solstice blaze...was going to light it in a couple nights but I heard you speak of needing warmth...so tonight it is, for whenever you come by.

You spoke of wanting to "release all of this for a moment". However you'd like to observe the moment, you're welcome to the share the fire's warmth tonight, and even more welcome to release not just for a fleeting moment, but for years to come.  :hug:

Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 20, 2017, 01:46:35 AM
Thank you so very much. This touches my heart truly. I will come enjoy the fire, campfires or any type of thing like that has always brought me a certain peace and warmth. Not just physically but also mentally/ spiritually as well. I really appreciate you lighting it for me tonight. It means the world to me

I will try to release them, it feels impossible at this point but it is what I need
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Post by: woodsgnome on December 20, 2017, 01:57:34 AM
If I may, just a small suggestion per releasing.

Write out your fears, regrets, people, anything you'd like to release. Then, drop them in the fire.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 20, 2017, 02:04:11 AM
Thatís a good idea. I havenít done that in years. Havenít even been able to cry in a few weeks
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Post by: Andyman73 on December 20, 2017, 04:14:13 AM
Wow, Andyman, you found hot springs!! :woohoo: I'll have a soak in them later ...

I could do with a bit of time at the porch. I'm enjoying being with you all, sitting peacefully, my mind is at rest. A dog has just come up to sit beside me.  :)

Yeah, easy to get to, but about 30 minutes walk for less able folks. But cloudiness of water tells me itís a mineral hot spring, very soothing on bone weary bodies. Very rejuvenating too.  Can you tell the others? 
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 20, 2017, 04:54:08 AM
Andyman, when I have more energy I will definitely join in. Tonight I am going to rest by the fire. Tomorrow I can do the walk
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Post by: Andyman73 on December 20, 2017, 08:42:29 AM
Andyman, when I have more energy I will definitely join in. Tonight I am going to rest by the fire. Tomorrow I can do the walk

Elphanigh, I checked the trail over, see if safe for less steady on their feet in the woods type walkers, and seems trail is wide enough and smooth enough for electric golf carts. So you can come sooner. I saw a barn full of clean shiny new golf carts off to the side of the main house. Sort of by the neat tree house.
And Incase anyoneís worried, the hot springs is inside a large stone cottage. Has changing rooms and three soaking rooms, F and M and coed.

Hope everyone gets a chance to take a relaxing soak.
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Post by: Wife#2 on December 20, 2017, 02:07:22 PM
Oh, Andyman, I hope there's room for me there today. I could really use a long soak in a healing mineral spring. Yes. I am able-bodied for the walk and each step feels like I'm shedding some of this pain.

The walk was certainly worth it. Close enough to see the fire's light at night, but far enough away to feel at peace. The water is just a touch hotter than others might like. To me it is just perfect.

I'm stocking the changing areas with bath sheet sized towels, each magically endowed with the same emotional helps as the blankets down at the house. Weary bones and weary souls, Andyman has brought us a wonderful help. Thank you!

Now that I feel somewhat rejuvenated, I'll head back to the main house. I'm going to rock in the changing perspectives swing on the border between the ocean and the garden sides.
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 20, 2017, 02:41:21 PM
Thank you Andyman. Glad there is an alternative to the walk. Although I will take the walk for my sanity today. I love walking in the woods p. I just couldnít last night p. Today I have the strength for it.

Wife2 thank you for all stocking of towels and such. When I am done here I will join you closer to the water if that is okay. Easy company, even silent if needed
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Post by: Wife#2 on December 20, 2017, 04:29:13 PM
Yes, the comfortable silence is just what I need today. To feel the loving energy, the healing energy is enough. Words might spoil it.  :hug:  :)
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 20, 2017, 04:37:03 PM
Comfortable silence is perfect today, just to rest and feel the presence of everyone here.
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 21, 2017, 03:16:00 PM
I finally got some sleep irl, seven hours of no nightmares.  :cheer:

Anyways I am going to come here today. Both San and Three Roses weíre here yesterday night with me (posted in my journal) feeling the left over calm from them is amazing. I think I am going to take a walk down by the shore with a cup of coffee that never spills, gets cold, or makes me too jittery.
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Post by: Andyman73 on December 21, 2017, 05:47:24 PM
Wife#2,

Thereís always room for everyone, seats and towels too. Glad you were able to enjoy it already.   :hug:

Elphanigh,

I hope you feel much better now, after a nice warm soak.   :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 21, 2017, 06:22:20 PM
I do feel much better. My muscles really loved the warm water
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Post by: Andyman73 on December 21, 2017, 11:18:53 PM
I do feel much better. My muscles really loved the warm water

Iím so glad to hear that.  😃

Andy  :phoot:
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Post by: DecimalRocket on December 22, 2017, 10:13:42 AM
Hey guys, coming here feeling pretty sick and feverish so I hope I can relax here. Iím too weak now to walk around or go outside much so I thought Iíd stay in and cover myself in warm healing blankets . . . with a cup of hot chocolate. Maybe Iíll relax by the fire, and gaze into it.

Thereís something calming about watching something flickering, moving, even flowing in some kind of way to me. A world without fire. . .ancient human beings wouldnít be able to cook food that would have allowed them to evolve more complex brains or find some heat in the winter.

Well, cheers to fire and its warmth. Even something dangerous can find a way to heal.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Elphanigh on December 26, 2017, 04:33:22 AM
Donít really want to see anything super festive so coming here instead of the holiday place we have that Three Roses started. I am feeling drained( have traveled all day, been awake 21 hrs)

Tonight I am going to sit on the porch in peaceful silence, just feeling the energy of this place and hearing only some background noises (I canít do complete silence that is unsafe). Might make a good cup of peppermint chamomile tea to sip on. I am forever grateful for this space and all of you
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Post by: Andyman73 on December 27, 2017, 06:13:54 PM
DR,
I do hope you feeling much better now.
 :bighug:

Elphanigh,
I hope you feeling better too.
 :bighug:

Andy :phoot:
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Post by: alliematt on December 28, 2017, 12:21:21 AM
Crawling into a hammock.  I need a long nap.
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Post by: Andyman73 on December 28, 2017, 06:13:31 PM
Crawling into a hammock.  I need a long nap.
Hope you got well rested and restored on that hammock, alliematt.  Safe  :hug:if okay.

Andy :phoot:
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Post by: Blueberry on December 28, 2017, 08:30:37 PM
Hope that somebody will come and join me dancing around. No couples dancing, but just more people moving around than me. I'm having trouble moving today.
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Post by: Wife#2 on December 28, 2017, 11:46:14 PM
It might look like a smash up of yoga and ballet, but I love moving just for the sake of moving! I'm out of practice and out of shape, but I'll give it a go.

::: Dancing like nobody is watching :::
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 29, 2017, 03:20:16 PM
I will join in as well! Might look a little odd, but movement would be great  :cheer:
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: Blueberry on December 29, 2017, 03:21:43 PM
However, wife#2, moving is moving. I often close my eyes which helps me feel safer. Yeah, I know, I know, it's what little tiny kids do. But if it helps, it helps.
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Post by: LittleBird on December 30, 2017, 07:42:58 AM
I'd join in if I could take someone's hand. What music is playing?
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Post by: Elphanigh on December 30, 2017, 08:31:46 PM
Little bird, you can take mine :hug: I think with this being a magical place the music you hear is exactly what you need/want. I know we are all of varying generations so it is probably different for each of us, but similar enough we can all move along
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Post by: sanmagic7 on December 31, 2017, 01:35:42 AM
i got distressing news today, so seeing you all dancing, hearing your music sounds just about right for me tonight.  so glad you're all here.
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Post by: Blueberry on December 31, 2017, 07:25:55 PM
 :hug: to you san.
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Post by: Sceal on December 31, 2017, 09:27:55 PM
I am cuddling up and a earthly colourful woolen blanket, and got a cup of hot spiced wine, looking out towards the ocean.
Very open to someone elses company and good conversation.
Title: Re: The Healing Porch2: Rest for Weary Souls
Post by: DecimalRocket on January 01, 2018, 02:51:10 AM
You know I thought of sitting around reading about the technical physics of why Spiderman couldnít use his webs to save Gwen Stacy from her falling death, but I think dancing could be fun too.

Now watch me take the dance floor with my terrible dance moves. Imagine the dancing moves of a 10 year old high on sugar, and you will get the point.


IM SO COOL. Bwahahhahaha!
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Post by: Blueberry on January 01, 2018, 09:53:05 PM
The porch is magical, DR. You might just find that your dance moves surprise you.
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Post by: Kat on January 02, 2018, 01:19:58 AM
I haven't been here for a long while.  I'm not exactly sure why.  But I'm glad to be back.  I think I'll climb the tree and just sit there awhile watching the dancing and resting and healing.
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Post by: sanmagic7 on January 02, 2018, 09:59:23 PM
been having a lot of dreams lately, disturbing events in my life plus some therapeutic advances, so i think my poor mind just needs a healing break.  this is the best place i know for that.  gonna cozy up in a periwinkle blue blanket - that sounds healing to me.  hot chocolate, rocking chair, steinbeck.  deep breath.  in.  out. 
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Post by: Sceal on January 03, 2018, 06:41:05 AM
I'm going to be here today. Curled up infront of the fireplace like a cat or a dog enjoying the heat and ignoring the rest of the world.
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Post by: alliematt on January 03, 2018, 01:38:56 PM
Today I need to wrap up in a blanket and drink hot chocolate.  I'm cold!
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Post by: Three Roses on January 03, 2018, 05:15:37 PM
Wrapping you in the softest, warmest blanket with a perfect cup of hot cocoa.  :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 04, 2018, 07:33:05 PM
Coming to this place for rest and to bring s new friend. I have a new black kitten, her name is Yuna. She is small but warm, extremely cuddly, and purrs so strongly. If anyone ever needs a companion all of my peaceful animals are here, they do each play as well. In the old post I had brought my chocolate lab Milo, and my other cat Thalia, both are still around for everyone.

Currently my new little one is curled up with me on a chair on the porch. She is new here but is sleeping because of the peace this place brings. Hope that she can bring her light and love to everyone as she has already done for me.
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Post by: Three Roses on January 04, 2018, 08:56:43 PM
🐱❤
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 05, 2018, 12:12:25 AM
She has cuddled with me all day irl and on the porch, only wandering around to explore occasionally
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Post by: WhiteFlame on January 08, 2018, 01:25:20 AM
Hi everyone  :wave:, I'm new to this site and this porch. I like hugs  :hug:. I'm 32 but feel 70 or 3 depending on the moment. I'm bringing my cat Juliette (nickname baba), she is a maine coon cat with big loving eyes and a purr like a roaring fire.  If you lay on your side she will curl up and shape herself to your body aligning her heart with yours.

I've been running a long while, I just need a quiet place to rest and feel safe with others who like hugs and need some loving company. What a beautiful warm breeze there is here, I think I choose this rocking chair with a pink check blanket and listen to the wind chimes.

Love

 :grouphug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 08, 2018, 03:26:06 AM
Hi WhiteFlame  :heythere:

I am so glad you found this forum, and then the healing porch as well. I too love hugs, so I am always here for those (as are many others)  :hug: :grouphug: I love cats, your Juliette sounds amazing. If I may join you I have my favorite chair on the porch tonight. I am a bit physically ill irl, so some peace here will be perfect
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Post by: Three Roses on January 08, 2018, 04:14:18 AM
Welcome, white flame!
 :heythere:
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Post by: Wife#2 on January 08, 2018, 04:24:52 PM
Welcome, White Flame! And also welcome Juliette! It'll be good for my puppies to me a cat bigger than they are - LOL

We are very glad you found your way to us (though we never are glad that you had cause to need us).

 :hug:    :bighug: :hug:  I'm another big hugger, so you have several of us around.

I'm inside, sitting by a window and enjoying that breeze. It feels warm, tropical almost! Just what I really needed today.

I'll be in or around most of the day. Make yourself at home. That's part of the point - this porch IS like home - whatever helps you calm, center, breathe (I'm a BIG fan of breathing), that's what this porch will have. As you need it, when you need it. Oh, and all the many animals at the porch are well behaved (here, at least) and get along together :-)
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Post by: WhiteFlame on January 08, 2018, 09:10:26 PM
Thank you all for the lovely warm welcome and all the hugs (wish I could have some irl but I will a some point!), sending hugs to you all tonight  :hug:. Thanks for the company last night Elphanigh, very healing and peaceful. Sorry you arenít well, hope the rest and cat purrs helped and you are a little better today.  Thank you Wife #2, so glad I found my way here, the tropical breezes are beautiful

 :)
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 08, 2018, 09:18:21 PM
Thank you Whiteflame for the well wishes. Today I am a bit physically better, should be even better tomorrow. I have rested today and done some good self care
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Post by: Blueberry on January 13, 2018, 11:50:44 PM
I'm going to climb into the hammock wrapped up in a big fluffy warm blanket and rock gently to and fro. It's safe on the porch so I can close my eyes. I know it's dark and that the stars are shining, but I can't see them. It doesn't matter I know they're there. I'm warm in the blanket but can feel cool air around my face and smell the air's freshness. I like it.
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 14, 2018, 06:31:41 AM
I am going to come here to rest and maybe even sleep tonight. I sat down after getting home from a 12+ hour work day and realize how much pressure my body has felt. I have not been properly listening to the stress I have been under.

So tonight I come to my oversized chair in the corner, with a cup of peppermint chamomile tea that has just a dash of honey in it. I have some very soft blankets full or peace, and calming warmth. Hopefully I can silently dose off remembering that this space is one where I am safe and cared for.
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 14, 2018, 09:43:13 PM
I am struggling a bit today so to this magical place I go. Today I will walk down by the water for a while, maybe sit at the shore to take in the sounds in nature. There is a small fire going thatís anyone is welcome to join if they would like. My purpose hereis to rest and to feel all of the strength and compassion each of you leave in this place. The presence you all leave in this place might bring me the peace and comfort I need to feel today
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Post by: Sceal on January 14, 2018, 10:14:26 PM
I could need a place like this right now.
I'm not sure what I'd be doing. Don't have energy to muster much
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 15, 2018, 01:03:54 AM
Sceal take whatever time you need to rest here. No need to do anything in particular. I come here often with the image of being able to allow myself to fall asleep without fear. Doing nothing but trying to regain energy
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Post by: alliematt on January 15, 2018, 01:20:18 AM
Today I need a warm, fluffy quilt and a TV to play Hitchcock movies on an endless loop.  (I happen to be a fan of his.)  If Hitchcock is triggering for some, I'll change to Gone With the Wind.
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 15, 2018, 03:13:45 PM
Coming here to rest today, irl I have to work lunch today but I will need a safe space to mentally go to. Recovery is so hard sometimes. Today I will go back down by the fire with a warm blanket and coffee that will magically never make me jittery or anxious. There will be many refills of it, as the taste is a calm one that helps me ground myself.

I am welcome to calmer company today or being alone, so the fire is a place anyone can hang out today. I am grateful for you all making this a safe space for me  :hug:
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Post by: alliematt on January 15, 2018, 04:08:19 PM
Would you like me to bring you a cup of hot cocoa?
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 15, 2018, 04:13:07 PM
That would be lovely, Alliematt. Thank you  :hug: The fire is nice and warm today, and the perfect place to enjoy cocoa. Glad you are on the porch today
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 22, 2018, 02:12:02 AM
Coming to the porch tonight. I know, having read other posts, that San will be here as well. I am up for peaceful company of anyone that may need it tonight. I can supply warm tea, cocoa, cider etc.. just let me know. I want to help the people here that need it tonight. Otherwise I will sit peacefully by the fire
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 23, 2018, 03:49:51 AM
Going to come here again tonight. I am just feeling emotional and drained at the same time. This place is magical and full of healing energy I need right now. There is peace here and currently so little in my life, so I come here to get what I can.

If it doesnít bother anyone here tonight I am going to rest curled up in my big chair with several warm and fuzzy but extremely soft blankets. One is full of peac and healing, the other is going to magically be a sheild from nightmares. I donít know how better to describe it, so it is my nightmare sheild. (Irl I have a true Native American dream catcher that I was given by my grandmother whose mom gave it to her. It was passed down directly from my great grandma who was in the tribe fully. It means a lot to me to have til although itís dream catching hasnot been as affective lately, the lore is fascinating to read)

Anyways back to resting on the chair, I will have my cat Thalia with me and my dog Milo on the floor next to me. He is lovable and anyone is allowed to love or visit both of them. They are the calmest, and most healing animals I know. I am going to try to use them and the calm on the porch to rest tonight. I am always very quiet and hide in a corner as to not disturb anyone. The image of sleeping here with earth mother spirit, and someone here to watch over me has helped me sleep in the past. Thus I am trying it again.

I feel safe here, so hereís to trying to get some much needed peaceful rest. Thank you for allowing me this space and sharing all of your beautiful energy with me  :grouphug:
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Post by: alliematt on January 23, 2018, 02:18:40 PM
Today I need to curl up in a hammock with a big box of Kleenex and have a good, long cry.

 :'( :'( :'( :fallingbricks:
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Post by: Blueberry on January 23, 2018, 02:28:20 PM
 :hug:  :grouphug:
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Post by: sanmagic7 on January 24, 2018, 02:19:16 AM
right next to you, allie.   big hug.  i'll be near in my rocker. 
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 24, 2018, 02:22:18 AM
Coming here tonight, not really sure what I want to do I am lost. Just looking for warm, comforting company
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Post by: Sceal on January 24, 2018, 06:33:54 AM
Are you up for a easy going game, Elphanigh?
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Post by: Blueberry on January 24, 2018, 10:29:03 AM
Getting back into the hammock after some moderating, well actually answering posts but with Mod hat on. Now for some self-care - realising I've done enough! One of the dogs is wandering over. The hammock is hung low so that I can stroke the dog - it's a Lab - without getting out. This dog likes to stand under the hammock actually, so I'm touching the dog's back but without the dog bearing any of my weight.

IRL I'm about to get ready to go to the farm.
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Post by: Elphanigh on January 24, 2018, 01:56:35 PM
Sceal, an easy going game feels safe this morning. Could be fun

Blueberry, glad you are taking a break after having the Mod hat on for a while. It helps me to do so too. The hammock sounds wonderful  :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 05, 2018, 01:51:43 AM
Weird to see this space regress back to last week. Glad to still have this space though.

I am coming here in need of peace, reassurance and comfort. Tonight has been beyond difficult irl... will probably have a bit of a good cry, quiet and not disturbing anyone I promise. Will allow myself to realease a bit of that here so I can soak up some good. I just need to be around people that are calm and understanding tonight. This place is always so full of that.

Think I will go down by the fire tonight, it has become one of my favorite spots. When I feel more like resting I will come back up to the porch to sit in one of my favorite chairs with a cup of mint tea. Will also have a cat of some sort with me all night
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Post by: woodsgnome on February 05, 2018, 02:19:36 AM
Elphanigh said: "I will go down by the fire tonight, it has become one of my favorite spots."

Hey, Elph, I've split lots of wood out there this past week, so feel free to dive in and bask in the glow tonight, and whenever you need it. I even left an axe behind the pile, under a tarp--splitting wood is good for frustration release.

But seriously, enjoy the fire however you'd like; I saunter down there every few days to do some fresh splitting.

 :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 05, 2018, 03:13:02 AM
Woodsgnome, that gave me a much needed smile tonight. That is such a huge thing tonight. I am glad you have recently split wood, it will be nice to keep warm with the fire this evening,  I will also remember that the axe is there, although it is not frustration that brings me here tonight sometimes it is the reason though. Could see it being good frustration relief.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 08, 2018, 02:31:28 AM
Going to rest here tonight, I have been through a lot more than I give myself credit for the last few weeks. Think I will sit down by the fire again, tonight I am bringing marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, starburst, and sour patch kids. The last two sound weird but they roast in the fire so well. I have sat it down on a little table I have made out of wood for everyone to have.

While the fire gets going I am walking around the edge so of the trees to gather a few fresh branches that are the perfect level of new to create good roasting sticks. There are endless supplies for anyone that wants any. I have also got a large container of hot cocoa or cider to enjoy while we sit out under the stars.
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Post by: woodsgnome on February 08, 2018, 04:53:29 AM
I'm not sure how I made it here, but it's the place I need to be. To see the fire already aglow, and the preparations of a thoughtful person also needing this warmth tonight...thank you, Elphanigh.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 08, 2018, 12:49:17 PM
Youíre welcome, Woodsgnome. I am glad that this space can be used by someone else as well. It is good to have company
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Post by: alliematt on February 08, 2018, 04:35:27 PM
I need to proofread today . . . and then I may crawl into the hammock and listen to crickets. 
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 08, 2018, 06:03:49 PM
Sounds like a great plan, Alliematt. I hope your proofreading went well
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Post by: Blueberry on February 09, 2018, 08:54:23 PM
I'm going to come on here for a while and sway quietly in the corner to my nursery rhyme CD. I have my 4 year old with me, she's actually one of my more resilient ICs. She helps me to play when I need it. She's swaying too. I'll continue the interaction in my head but it's a good one.
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Post by: alliematt on February 10, 2018, 04:29:33 PM
Coming here to cry.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 10, 2018, 05:16:55 PM
Alliematt, if it feels safe Iím shoulder is a great place to cry so you donít have to be alone. I am also great at comforting hugs. I can also just sit with you (silent or not) to make sure you know someoneís is there for you  :hug:
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Post by: alliematt on February 10, 2018, 05:37:16 PM
Alliematt, if it feels safe Iím shoulder is a great place to cry so you donít have to be alone. I am also great at comforting hugs. I can also just sit with you (silent or not) to make sure you know someoneís is there for you  :hug:

Thank you.  I'm bringing an unlimited supply of Kleenex for anyone who needs it.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 10, 2018, 10:56:38 PM
Youíre welcome. Kleenex is a great thing to have.

I am coming here to rest and calm down now. Rough shift at work and I am just on a high that is not good...

I think I will go walk by the water, there is something calming about the feeling under my feet with the nice breeze going. Feels like comfort and starting over sometimes
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 12, 2018, 08:59:36 PM
Going to come here to find a sens of peace, I find that I am getting really nervous for my lesson in a couple hours.

If it is okay, I am going to got sit cross legged under a blooming tree and play flute for a while. To let myself feel at peace in nature, to bring peace to my playing, this is a magical place so if you donít want to hear it you wonít. If you do want to I will be playing beautiful flowing melodies, and occasionally a little jig like music just to find some lightness
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 13, 2018, 02:15:08 AM
I feel like I post in this place a lot but I am exhausted and recovering from a very anxiety filled situation for me.

I will rest in my favorite chair on the porch. I am okay with or without company so feel free to let me know. I will be calmly resting with a cup of peppermint cocoa, and a blanket full of warm reassurance.
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Post by: Sceal on February 13, 2018, 08:26:53 AM
I am going to take a hike in the forest, carrying a lunch-pack with me and a bottle of health energizing drink.
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Post by: sanmagic7 on February 14, 2018, 06:12:44 PM
just going to bask here tonite.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 14, 2018, 09:22:23 PM
I have to work tonight, but for the moment I am going to come here and rest. My emotions and mind just need some time to recover. There is a lot going on there.

So I will come sit on the porch just observing and listening, trying to create a sense of peace and calm
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Post by: sanmagic7 on February 16, 2018, 01:19:32 AM
need more break time.  just some peace of mind for a few moments.  rocker and a blanket of no problems. 
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 17, 2018, 03:18:09 PM
Going to sit on the porch today in my favorite chair. Think I will make a cup of tea, then find a blanket full of comfort and peace. Will be here if anyone needs me  :hug:
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Post by: sanmagic7 on February 18, 2018, 02:30:36 PM
i feel like sitting here today in my rocker doing my rewriting.  i want to hear the waves, feel the air on my face, eat a bit of whatever is around - i know someone always brings some kind of goodies here - smell the campfire, and look out over the sea of caring people who might also be here.  it's like a hug for all the senses. 
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Post by: woodsgnome on February 20, 2018, 05:37:10 AM
Something's missing out here at the shore...ah, I know--toys.

So here's a start--it's a beach character and he comes with a name--Puff the Magic Dragon. Feel free to visit, and bring some of your own toys and/or pals if you have them--he loves joining in with you. Mostly he just revels in knowing YOU. Maybe soon old lonely Puff will find a host of new playmates... :grouphug:
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Post by: Sceal on February 20, 2018, 08:06:11 AM
Hahaha! I had completely forgotten about Puff the Magic Dragon! I think that was one of the first english children songs we were taught in 2nd grade (although most of us already knew the disney songs at the time). I'd like to bring in a character too then. It's also from a children's song, It's Captain Black Bill. He's a mighty pirate!
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Post by: Blueberry on February 21, 2018, 03:28:23 AM
I'll go down and dance on the shore with Puff the Magic Dragon. Have the tune in my head.
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Post by: Three Roses on February 21, 2018, 06:53:00 AM
Wife#2, I miss you.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 21, 2018, 12:43:43 PM
I miss her too, Three Roses. It is good to have a piece of her here but is never even close to the same  :'(
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Post by: Sceal on February 21, 2018, 03:04:42 PM
I want to stay here until monday 13.00 my time. That's when my exam is finished. I've worked so hard the past two weeks, and my mind is all mush and swampland now. I having difficulties forcing myself to concentrate to read. So I would have loved to have my worn out brain get some healing and better memory consolidation from this magical place.
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Post by: Blueberry on February 21, 2018, 06:02:49 PM
May all the magical properties here and just the fresh air de-mush your worn out brain! I hope you feel better and that you do as well as you can on your exam. However it goes, you're still loved as and appreciated for the person you are on here.  :hug:
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Post by: Sceal on February 21, 2018, 07:31:21 PM
Aww, thank you Blueberry. If there was a blush -emote now would have been the appropriate time for me to use it!
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Post by: LearnToLoveTheRide on February 22, 2018, 09:30:16 AM
What a beautiful thunderstorm we had last night. Rolling in from the ocean, water beat heavily down on our little retreat. But it was such a relief from the mid-thirties centigrade oppressive heat that has been sitting over us for weeks.

I sat on the edge of the porch and got completely drenched.. I loved it.

Then the lightning started up, crackling all around the porch, lighting up the forest and the mountain top towering over us.

The Littles started screaming at the lightning so I had to go inside and soothe them while the storm raged overhead.

It was magnificent! Nature!
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 22, 2018, 12:42:02 PM
The rain and moving ocean are such wonderful things! Even more fun when we can danc or just stand ad enjoy s nice warm rain with thunder in the background. I definitely love to enjoy these storms as well :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 22, 2018, 05:47:30 PM
Coming here because I quite literally feel like falling over out of pure exhaustion. 3 hours of sleep on either side of a 17 hour work day, and then to attempt another 15 hour day.... needing to repeat the process again tomorrow...


Am going to find mt favorite hammock, and just collapse. Getting even just a few minutes of rest with an nice breeze

Edit: Sorry that was whiny. I apparentally really need that nap
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Post by: Blueberry on February 22, 2018, 06:34:24 PM
I hope you have many more good naps Elphanigh. :zzz: :zzz: It really sounds to me as if you need them. Even back in my 20's I wouldn't have managed to work the hours you do. Would've collapsed long since. I'm glad you have more power and stamina.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 22, 2018, 08:19:03 PM
Thank you, Blueberry  :hug: I need them badly. My stamina and power are running low. I can manage the hours for a while but only so long. The weather here is not helping. I definitely am feeling the massive toll these hours are having on me
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Post by: sanmagic7 on February 22, 2018, 08:45:56 PM
coming here to rest and recover. 

bringing my fav magical creature - the cheshire cat from 'alice in wonderland'.  he will entertain.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 24, 2018, 07:51:56 PM
Going to come here to try to find a sense of peace and compassion for myself. I need to find some understanding for myself in the same ways I do with other people.

I will go for a walk down by the shore, no shoes of course. Feeling the sand between my toes, and the slight breeze in my hair. It is a dose of fresh air that I could use. If anyone wants a small walk they are welcome, if not I am content to just walk by myself as well. I might even find a little place to sit and skip stones for a bit. To watch them as they bounce across and take inspiration from how they just skip across the waves effortlessly
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 25, 2018, 03:58:54 AM
I feel like I come here so much. Tonight I am coming for some peace as well, but from a bit different set of emotions. I am going to rest because emotions are exhausting. Might find me on the porch tonight, in my favorite chair. There will be endless tea, as I have felt true hatred for the first time in my life, tea is a calming substance for me. Help me finish this wave of things
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Post by: Blueberry on February 26, 2018, 09:24:50 AM
I guess I need to put some parts of me on the Porch so that other parts of me can continue the work I'm meant to be doing. The only thing is I have to figure out which parts go where and that's not so easy! The sleepy babies can go in a cradle, watched over by Blueberry a few decades on, and the sleepy teenagers are climbing onto an old sofa where they can pull the covers over their heads.

Some of the ICs like 4 year old and 6 year old will go and play in the garden, running barefoot, or maybe they'll even go down to the shoreline, the 2 year old is running with them because she likes to play near water. They're not real little children so I know in their cases that they can play on the shore without being in danger. They can come back to me in an hour and a half maybe to remind me of the sensation of running barefoot in the sand and at the water's edge. That might help me re-ground and take a break from thinking, reading, writing, making decisions. Something to look forward to!

The part of me that makes jerky movements to music can maybe do that from time to time to help blockages unblock. But not all the time or the main part of me won't be able to concentrate. 
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Post by: Sceal on February 26, 2018, 08:13:45 PM
I need to hide from my shame today.
So I'm wrapping myself in a big, heavy and soft blanket and curling up in the most comfortable chair in the world, staring at the blinking stars high above.
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Post by: Elphanigh on February 28, 2018, 01:10:03 AM
Coming here tonight...  need a peaceful space that doesnít make me jump or have any form of additional anxiety. Session was rough, so here to kind of forget the real world for a moment.  :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 03, 2018, 10:06:20 PM
I am going to leave the scared version of me here tonight. I need to be able to focus at work, although I am thoroughly freaked out. So taking a page from Blueberry.

The part of me that is freaked out is about 14 or 15... she loves to read, dance, listen to music, and make music. So she will be here tonight playing music on the shore for anyone thatís wild like to listen.  I will have the fire going, and a place to read set up for breaks.
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Post by: Blueberry on March 03, 2018, 10:10:42 PM
The fire sounds lovely. Hope your ITeen finds healing and solace, or just a good outlet for feelings. Great self-care, Elphanigh!
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 03, 2018, 10:36:58 PM
Thank you, Blueberry  :hug:
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Post by: sanmagic7 on March 05, 2018, 09:44:35 PM
i just want a place away from tension.  i'm not doing well with it in this house at the moment.  rocking chair, blanket, i'll listen to the music if it's still going, otherwise just rock and rock and calm and soothe myself in the magic of this place.
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 14, 2018, 06:42:17 PM
Goodness I have not been in this place enough recently. This afternoon I want to sit on the porch drawing and drinking a cup of coffee (magically always warm and jitter free). I will also have some music on in the background, not loud ad triggering, but fun and uplifting. I love drawing to show tunes of other upbeat options. 

I need just a safe place and rest from some recent craziness. Feel welcome to say hi, otherwise I am just sitting on the ground of the porch enjoying the peaceful energy of this place
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Post by: Blueberry on March 14, 2018, 07:00:33 PM
I didn't even think of coming on here before! So it's good for me that you did Elphanigh cuz makes thread appear in Updated Topics  :thumbup:

Idk even what to do here: go running down to the water's edge barefoot to rest and comfort my feet in the sand and water; sit in a swing seat and drink my diluted multi-vit juice; get up and dance to music that nobody else can hear who doesn't want to (sooo glad we have a magic Healing Porch)

I'm sure I'll find the right one, or do them all one after another.
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 14, 2018, 07:03:18 PM
All of that sounds wonderful, especially putting your feet in the water. That is such a calming sensation. I might opt to do that at some point too. Need to get to feeling a bit more comfortable first. Sitting just directly on the porch, in kind of an odd but comforting position to draw is more controlled right now. Guess I need a sense of control and calm today
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 16, 2018, 02:07:11 AM
Going to be here tonight, bringing little 5 year old Elpha. We are going to both work on sitting calmly and being more connected to each other. I am making the best hot cocoa with milk, even has marshmallows on top. Sitting in a could of rocking chairs enjoying the calm motion with the energy this porch gives both of us. We have both been struggling so hard with all of this, and existing in our separate worlds. Now we can start to calm and heal this together. So hear we are.

Slow motions and no loud noises for us but the porch is magical so any noise everyone else needs to have we wonít hear. Thanks for letting little Elpha be here as well everyone
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Post by: Three Roses on March 16, 2018, 05:50:38 AM
*waves to little Elpha*
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 16, 2018, 02:06:01 PM
Awe thanks Three Roses. Little Elpha waves back  :wave: She is finally feeling a little safer
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 18, 2018, 12:54:45 AM
Bringing ice cream with me here tonight. If anyone likes any I magically have enough for everyone. I am going to soak up the positive and calming energy here. Maybe do some drawing while I am sitting on the porch with the fire off in the distance.
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Post by: Blueberry on March 18, 2018, 04:55:04 PM
I could do with being here for a while so as not to be alone. Nobody on here is likely to notice that I really need to wash my hair and shower before I go out among people, as the 'effects' will magically disappear on the porch.
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Post by: cosmo79 on March 18, 2018, 06:21:30 PM
I'm here, too, tired and teary and a phone call with NM yesterday (had been having a good day so thought I was resilient enough to be able to do that.) My partner gets home soon and teariness upsets him,  but here at HP, tears...water the many plants?
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Post by: Three Roses on March 19, 2018, 03:11:40 AM
Tears here are completely healing and cathartic. Here's a cup of tea and a big fluffy blanket just for you.  :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 25, 2018, 03:34:22 PM
Coming here to rest today, yesterday was completely exhausting. I am not quite ready to share in my journal yet but maybe tonight.

For now I would like to sit with a warm cup of tea, and draw on the porch. When I have a bit more energy I will go for a walk down by the water. Feeling the sand and water against my feet is always healing. Will wrap a blanket of comfort and peace around my shoulders for now. It is s beautiful lavender color, with the softest and fuzziest texture imaginable
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Post by: Blueberry on March 25, 2018, 03:37:46 PM
Sounds lovely Elphanigh!
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Post by: cosmo79 on March 25, 2018, 05:16:23 PM
Thank you so much, ThreeRoses! Sorry I didn't see your lovely reply earlier.
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Post by: Three Roses on March 26, 2018, 05:09:08 PM
 :thumbup:
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Post by: Sceal on March 26, 2018, 05:10:54 PM
I could need some gentle company today/tonight. If anyone would like to play some cards, or have a tea-party with biscuits, or something?
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Post by: Three Roses on March 26, 2018, 05:16:51 PM
Oooo a tea party! I will break out my mother's China tea set. I'll make a center piece of woodland flowers and ferns, light some like candles, and make some delicious finger foods. Every one is invited, and it's ok to just sit quietly! No pressure to interact just 'cuz you're here.  :hug:
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Post by: Sceal on March 26, 2018, 05:23:06 PM
Oh, that's wonderful ThreeRoses! Thank you so much! I'll bring a wide selection of tea, milk and sugar and honey for those who would like that. :)
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Post by: Blueberry on March 26, 2018, 07:18:47 PM
Sounds lovely 3Roses! I like all those decorations including flowers and ferns!
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 26, 2018, 08:01:14 PM
That all sounds fabulous. Can I join in?
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Post by: Three Roses on March 26, 2018, 08:28:32 PM
Of course! It's for everyone. (Even people who don't ever make comments on the forum. This is for you, too, because we care.)
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 26, 2018, 08:29:37 PM
Awe, you are all truly the best. Glad to have somewhere to be right now  :hug:
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Post by: Sceal on March 26, 2018, 09:09:27 PM
Yes, please join!
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Post by: Cookido on March 26, 2018, 09:55:39 PM
I'd like to join too. The porch seems so calm. I will bring my pet gecko, he is usually shy but I think even he would enjoy hanging out with everyone.

I would like to play cards Sceal. Maybe it can be a summer evening out on the porch, and warm enough to take a late swim in the ocean afterwards.
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Post by: Sceal on March 26, 2018, 10:00:09 PM
I'd love a card game. I won't be swimming tonight. But summer evening sounds nice
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 26, 2018, 10:09:09 PM
Card games are the best. I will definitely play. Also, Cookido I love geckos  :cheer:
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Post by: Cookido on March 26, 2018, 10:18:37 PM
Sceal and Elphanigh, if you don't mind I think Kim (the gecko) would like to have some company when I jump into the water. He has a dry and warm belly and likes to keep it that way.  :cloud9:

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Post by: Sceal on March 26, 2018, 11:01:25 PM
I wouldn't mind at all. I've always wanted to say hello to a gecko
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 26, 2018, 11:48:08 PM
I don't mind at all. May swim in a bit too, but fun to hang out with Sceal
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Post by: Sceal on March 27, 2018, 10:34:48 AM
 :hug:
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Post by: Blueberry on March 27, 2018, 01:49:56 PM
Pets are all welcome on the Porch. Because it's magic here all pets are safe from each other even if maybe not IRL...
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 28, 2018, 02:12:13 AM
Coming here tonight, completely zapped and definitely as the title says weary...  :fallingbricks: :sadno:

Going to sit somewhere quiet with kind of a low light about it. Nothing to harsh sensory wise. Grab a really soft blanket, kind of like those cool weighted ones, and curl up in a chair under it. Feeling itís warmth. It is full of safety, comfort, peace. I am glad this is a magical place where no one can just suddenly make loud noises that make me jump, or unintentionally sneak up on me.
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 28, 2018, 02:08:34 PM
Little El, is going to be here more today. I am wondering if visualizing her here will help me in my own day. She is about 8 and loves to play card games or hop scotch. Like me, she is still struggling with super loud noises and anyone sneaking up on her but she knows you are alll safe people.

For now I think she is going to play with some of the animals, offering to play fetch with any of the dogs that might want to.
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Post by: Sceal on March 29, 2018, 07:45:55 AM
If Little El wants a cup of hot chocolate and play some cards once she's no longer playing with the animals, I'll happily play.
But first I will take a walk in the forest.
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 29, 2018, 01:32:18 PM
Sceal she would love to play cards and drink cocoa. It is one of her favorite things ever, thank you for offering to her when you are done taking your walk  :hug:
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Post by: Estella on March 31, 2018, 10:24:39 AM
Can I bring a pot of rosehip tea to the porch? Anyone care to share?
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Post by: Elphanigh on March 31, 2018, 01:44:52 PM
Definitely. I love all sorts of tea, so I would love to share  ;D
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Post by: Sceal on April 05, 2018, 08:51:35 PM
I desperatedly need to be here tonight.

I'm going to find a big comfortable blanket, and a spot somewhere on the ground where I can watch the stars, and hear the waves of the ocean nearby rolling onto the beach. And when I get tired of lying on my back, I'm going to roll over and stare out at the ocean.
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Post by: sanmagic7 on April 06, 2018, 12:27:40 PM
i'll be here today, just enjoying the company.  did too much yesterday physically, so need to rest.  will bring my knitting, sit in my rocker, listen to the waves, and smell the sweet odor of the earth coming alive once again.   mmmm . . . i love springtime.
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 06, 2018, 12:52:58 PM
I will be here too. Have put out a lot of energy the last few weeks. Not having an actual day off for three weeks is really difficult (and this next week has no days off)

I want to walk around in the grass, enjoying the blossoming trees and growing flowers. I will find a tree where I can see the water but also still sit directly on the base of the tree comfortably. I brought a book, my art supplies, and a good cup of tea.
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Post by: alliematt on April 09, 2018, 02:32:17 AM
I need a hammock, a blanket, and some soothing noises to drift off to sleep with.
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Post by: Sceal on April 09, 2018, 11:57:34 AM
ooh, that sounds lovely allie.
I would like a milkshake without feeling guilty, and some nature walks
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 13, 2018, 02:23:18 AM
I want to rest here tonight, down by the water with the fire going. I love the reflection of the moon on the water, and the way the fire dances in the cool night breeze. I have a blanket wrapped around my shoulders for comfort. My heart aches tonight, and it is safe for me to hurt here.. this place always helps heal me.
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 13, 2018, 02:46:01 PM
Find myself missing Wife#2 today.  Wanted to come here and feel a bit closer to this place again. Not sure I ever left it last night though.

Think I will go for a walk around the porch (because my knee magically isn't in pain here.) I will greet all the wonderful animals I pass by and maybe find a cat that will let me hold it for a bit. I think wife2 was always one for dancing or gardening. When I feel a bit stronger I will do both today.
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Post by: FTmomPTsurvivor on April 17, 2018, 12:47:07 AM
First visit to this porch.
Feeling so alone the past few days. Need a safe place to drink tea, cry, and feel the pain I have buried so very deep for so very long. I always have to be the strong one, and I am so tired. 

Even though I am physically alone (with the exception of 2 little nuggets still wide awake and loud as ever)- I know somewhere out there, someone is on this porch with me, soaking in the scenery and the silence, and validating my insatiable need to ugly cry about nothing and everything all at once.

Thanks for allowing me to visit the healing porch, I feel a touch of relief and acceptance after finding this outlet- exactly what I needed to remind me that there is always hope <3

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Post by: Elphanigh on April 17, 2018, 01:25:59 AM
I am so glad you found this space. There is always company here, and tonight that happens to be me. I too feel the need to ugly cry right now. Had some pretty rough feelings come up and I am not really sure what they are but I think hurts
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Post by: FTmomPTsurvivor on April 17, 2018, 01:45:24 AM
Thank you!! I was a little too excited that someone responded to me! haha

Mine were triggered by a combination of a text from my BPD /NPD ex, ripping apart my existence basically and ending it with "I am so much better off without you, thanks for giving me the best gift by leaving so I could see how pathetic you are- the only good you have ever done is bring our children into this world"- & my 5 year old son deciding after a visit with dad he "liked dad better and is going to move in with him" and that dad told him its up to mom to decide if he can live there.

I gave up everything for my babies, protected them from the harmful and dangerous and neglectful things he did the 8.5 years we lived together. Finally got the courage to move into my own place, have my own car, and have been surviving without him for 9 months now. Got my kids in therapy, support them financially (with the occasional monthly transfer of 200 bucks for 2 kids), take care of their school stuff, am involved in their activities, we go to play dates, jump zones...
and yet he shows up for a weekend and I'm the bad guy and he's the hero and "more fun" then mom.

Thanks for sitting with me, ugly crying with someone else that understands is comforting- ill say a prayer for your healing as well <3
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 17, 2018, 01:57:18 AM
That is a lot to be going through. I am glad you are taking care of yourself here. It is good to have company that understands. I really greatly appreciate the prayers for my healing, they mean a lot. I will sit with you here as long as you need someone to be tonight.  :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 19, 2018, 01:53:03 PM
Coming to sit here today. I think I will bring some drawings and a nice cup of tea to the porch today. Right now, I feel like going on a walk through the trees and then down by the water. Barefoot, just letting my feet feel the earth below me. It is full of calm and reassuring sensations. When I am done I will come back and draw, it may not be beautiful today as my heart is full of hurt and violent memories today. Somehow the colors and lines do always get to something beautiful at the end though.
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Post by: Sceal on April 20, 2018, 10:19:20 AM
Walking barefoot sounds wonderful!

I will put the part of me who needs to acknowledge alot of things in here today. That part of me is so fragile, and vulnerable yet stubborn... That part is afraid of tenderness, but is even more afraid of rejection. That part will be here today. Unsure of what that part needs of the porch.
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Post by: Blueberry on April 20, 2018, 02:54:00 PM
There's probably a magic Healing Blanket for parts of us that don't even know what they need  ;)

In fact two. Because I need one of those as well. Thanks for inspiring me with your post.  :)
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 20, 2018, 02:57:03 PM
Younger El is gonna join in too. That blanket sounds magical  :hug:
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Post by: Sceal on April 21, 2018, 12:24:49 PM
I like the Healing blanket
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 22, 2018, 11:31:46 PM
Going to be here tonight with a blanket full of reassurance and peace. I think adjusting to being back is really going to be difficult.. I need a safe place to sit before I can fully accept the reality I have to come back to
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Post by: Cookido on April 23, 2018, 02:36:56 PM
I feel like staying here today. Lay down under a blanket and sleep, being alone and not deal with anything, have no obligations. Forget all relationships and just be with myself.

I enjoy my own company but it was a long time since I had a whole day just hanging out with my own thoughts.
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 24, 2018, 01:45:15 AM
Going to be here tonight. I am exhausted and the younger parts of me need to feel safe. I will go curl up in my favorite chair with a big warm blanket and a purring cat.
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Post by: sanmagic7 on April 24, 2018, 06:58:24 PM
i'm here for the rest of the day.  emotional exhaustion.  want my rocker, pillows for my head and back, blanket of calm, sweeties cuz i'm still not having them in real life, but i can enjoy them here all i want.  that sounds loverly.  i can feel a smile in my heart......
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Post by: Blueberry on April 24, 2018, 08:24:41 PM
"a smile in your heart" sounds lovely, san.
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 24, 2018, 11:00:25 PM
That really dose sound lovely.

I am coming here after a really intense therapy session. Going to lwt little six year old Elpha come here with her stuffed polar bear (from my therapists office actually). She will be busy coloring and drinking her favorite hot cocoa on the porch. She loves people and company as long as you are calm and don't sneak up on her.

I am very much still in her emotions/feelings/thoughts more strongly tonight so hoping this will help me settle in more fully to myself.
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 26, 2018, 02:59:30 PM
Going to rest here with the sunshine warming me, and a gentle breeze reminding me to breathe in. My body has started to get sick, little worried it is strep or something of the like. So going to rest with this visualization for a bit. My body is telling me to slow down, so here I am trying to do just that.
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 28, 2018, 01:23:18 PM
I am bringing lots of tea, and coffee that doesnít make you jittery to the porch today. I have all sorts of anyone wants any. I will be camped out in my favorite chair on the porch drinking some coffee, and reading a good book. If anyone one is up for board/card games or even a walk around the garden let me know  :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on April 30, 2018, 12:29:20 PM
Tried to go to work this morning, and they told me I could go home.  I then called into my other job. Looks like another self care day on the porch.


I am bringing lota of tea and soup today. Right now I am enjoying a warm London Fog that I magically have all the stuff to refill all day. If anyone needs company I have cards as well. Until then I will be sitting in a comfy chair reading my book
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Post by: Blueberry on April 30, 2018, 08:10:31 PM
I'm coming onto the Porch to move gently to music, esp. calming / meditative or children's nursery rhymes. Some smaller ICs are with me.
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Post by: sanmagic7 on May 01, 2018, 04:37:23 PM
i'm here for the rest of the day, eating and drinking and doing all things unhealthy for me in real life.  a virtual fiesta of naughtiness so i won't actually do it.  that feels so good.  so does the magic blanket.  i like magic.
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Post by: Elphanigh on May 03, 2018, 03:23:55 AM
Going to come here tonight where there are magically no tornados and there is no hail or wind to destroy the trees.  If it is okay I will try to take a bit to sleep here, maybe the image of sleeping in a hammock under the stars will help my anxious mind. Thank you for creating such a peaceful space
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Post by: Deep Blue on May 04, 2018, 12:54:59 AM
Coming here tonight. Itís been a long day and Iím curled up in a chair and relaxing with my dog on one side and my cat on the other side.  Sun is setting and Iím listening to some music and taking deep relaxing breaths.
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Post by: Sceal on May 10, 2018, 08:05:15 PM
I'm crawling into a blanket fortress full of soft pillows and heavy blankets. Where I can easily watch the starry sky if I dare to. I desperately need a safe place tonight.
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Post by: Blueberry on May 10, 2018, 09:39:39 PM
Wishing you a safe place IRL too tonight!  :hug:
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Post by: Sceal on May 11, 2018, 06:23:44 AM
 :hug:
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Post by: Elphanigh on May 12, 2018, 12:27:32 PM
Going to come here for some peace and magical healing energy. I want to go sit criss cross on a blanket near the water, it is a blanket full of ease and reassurance. Looks kind of like an old hand woven Native American blanket, the kind my grandmother used to make. I am going to sit down there and play flute. This peaceful environment might allow me to just let it be, and bring some healing to that damaged part of my soul. I have a lot of different types of songs so if there are request I can play them. Or if the noise would be bothersome, this magical place can make it silent to you.


I am going to bring a perfect cup of coffee with foam with me. The kind that tastes like home, and wonít make me jittery. Instead it warms my insides and helps remind me that I am safe and loved.
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Post by: Deep Blue on May 12, 2018, 01:17:11 PM
Elphanigh,
I hope you find the healing you need.  Iím sitting next to you with the same cup of coffee. 
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Post by: Elphanigh on May 12, 2018, 01:33:12 PM
Deep Blue, thank you for sitting next to me. It is great to have company out here today  :hug: I have peppermint in my coffee, I find that comforting, if you want some.
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Post by: Estella on May 12, 2018, 02:04:14 PM
That sounds very nice Elphanigh, may I have some? I can bring some Turkish delight to the table
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Post by: Elphanigh on May 12, 2018, 02:06:40 PM
You can certainly have some, Estella. Thank you for bringing Turkish delight with you, it sounds great
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Post by: Elphanigh on May 16, 2018, 10:21:03 PM
Going to come here and draw. I am hoping this visualization helps me figure out what creative thing I need to do tonight. I also just still feel drained, so resting here is a comfort. I will rest in a big comfy chair as I draw, if I fall asleep donít mind me. I am quiet and donít take up much space.
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Post by: Elphanigh on May 17, 2018, 02:58:38 AM
Found peace doing yoga tonight. Went to a restorative/yin class and want to continue some of that. I am going to walk down a trail between the trees a bit. I think there is a flat bit of grass where I can set my yoga mat and enjoy some healing practice out here. It is beautiful with the open sky and fresh air. If anyone wants to learn let me know, I am always up for company. This is meant to be peaceful and healing for all types.
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Post by: Elphanigh on May 19, 2018, 06:20:51 PM
Bringing art supplies to the porch today. Whatever you would like I have, it is the wonder of this place. I am going to be enjoying the beautiful sunshine on the
porch today, trying to capture the beauty of the spring flowers that are in bloom