Guided and rerouted

Hello folks, I’m a bit speechless, but not really, or else I wouldn’t be writing this…

The making of Sandi’s Sacred Spritz, has been such an amazing personal experience. Sharing it has been a priority for me. Financial attachment isn’t important – getting it to the people that need it, is. This morning, I wondered how I was going to incorporate my intentions with the finished product and getting it out there.

I went to Taco Bell, (please don’t judge! Walmart is next door!) to get a bite to eat, in Espanola, NM.

I don’t make it a habit to eat out this way, but if you twist my arm… as I waited in line to order at the window, I noticed a small group of people gathered around a table. There were a few things on the table. There was a sign hanging in front. It said, ‘Barrios Unidos‘. I was very curious to see what that was about, but I was in line, and my grumbling stomach won out.

I ordered, paid, and decided to park next to this mysterious set-up. Hunger aside, I walked over and there was a lovely woman, with kind eyes, and endless patience speaking to a young lady. They both sat on a cooler. The young lady looked unkempt. She looked scared, and tired. I didn’t mean to interrupt, but I asked the dark-haired woman what they were giving or selling. She explained to me gently, that she was in the middle of explaining what the first-aid kit was for. She finished her conversation, and then walked over to me. I asked her what they were offering. She explained it was an outreach for people struggling with addiction. They were giving out these amazing first-aid kits, snacks, face masks among other goodies.

Barrios Unidos First Aid Kit

After introducing herself as Lupe Salazar, she explained that they are supporting those who are struggling with drug addiction. And they are not interested in judging, only helping, and supporting in any way they can. I told her I was happy to know there was a program like this out there. She offered me a bag of KIND Clusters, dark chocolate vanilla nuts & fruit. Delish… I thanked her and then she said she wanted me to have a first-aid kit, but there were other people behind me, and I didn’t (or so I thought) need one. I told her that other people needed them more than me. Then she said they had enough to give away.

She brought out a kit, and then opened it, and explained everything that was in it. In the pics shown here, I don’t show all the goodies. But here’s a list:

  • Comfort & Support Salve for COVID times
  • Yarrow Flower Styptic
  • Wound Healing Salve
  • One packet of Arnica Montana 200C for bruises, sore muscles
  • One packet of Ignatia Amara 200C; shock, Grief
  • One packet of Mellifica 200C; stings, Bites Swellings
  • Organic Calendula chapstick
  • A small vial of Breathe well essential oil
  • Vial of Bergamot essential oil
  • Vial of Lavender essential oil
  • Baby Orajel
  • Triple antibiotic
  • Chest rub (because everyone uses it and it’s a household remedy!)
  • 2oz hand sanitizer
  • Packages of bandages and disinfectant wipes
  • Tierra Madres Nopal + Pina herbal tea bags
  • Higado Deto-X Herbal Tea Clean Liver (Lupe told me that liver problems are associated with anger.)
  • And, a bundle of cedar smudge stick

You might be able to imagine my surprise. I was very happy and gladly accepted the kit. She then told me about a support group for grandmothers who are taking care of their grandchildren. Which I plan on attending. I then asked if I could donate my Spritz as part of the First aid kit. She was very happy that I offered this. My 2oz lavender, and lemongrass bottles should fit in this kit!

Folks, donating can mean sharing links, word of mouth, volunteering, giving… in whatever form that comes. Please visit Barrios Unidos, here, and lend your support!

Many, many blessings, Sandi.

Manifrustration

Podcast – thanks for the listen folks!

The word manifest, has me lighting a match to what it means to get what you want, but might it be harmful in the end?

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What are your thoughts on manifesting?

Many blessings, 🙏🏼 Sandi

Freedom

A new day, in a new life. Breaking free of self-imposed chains; external forces that cuffed me somewhere along the way; seeing a new way forward inspired by seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome; Easter. The day we observe The resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This isn’t a post about religion. It’s an acknowledgement that we experience many endings in our lifetimes. And through those endings, emerge new beginnings.

Today, I celebrate my own release. Release from negative live-feed internal nonsense, and build healthy boundaries around those who seek to tear down my efforts.

🥂, may you all find beauty, courage, and strength around your soul. 💞

Many blessings 🙏🏼, Sandi

Faithful Forty: Day 30

Ana, Azra, (brown spot) and Benji

As I reach my 40th post into celebrating and observing lent 2021, I’m reminded of how often I need to express gratitude. My sister and her family are visiting, and I don’t see them often. Benji is high-fiving Ana my niece, and his actions say it all!

I have 10 more posts to go. Already more than knee-deep in my spiritual observance, I don’t know what future posts will look like. I do know that I’m more aware than normal, of the sun as it gently brushes across my face; soon will turn to a bit of burning.

I’m aware of the kindness I see from strangers to other strangers. Of the support, sympathy, empathy, and caring through these difficult, stressful times.

I express great gratitude to my higher power, for all I receive and am able to give.

Many blessings folks! – Sandi 🙏🏼

faithful forty: day 12

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay 

The kindness of humanity never ceases to amaze me. And today Sunday, the last day of February, 2021, we head into another month. I’m reminded by the generosity of people in the unlikeliest of places. About a month ago, I found myself in a store in northern New Mexico called Bode’s. Bode’s is located just across the street, next to the heart of Abiquiu. Some folks call Abiquiu, Georgia O’Keeffe country. Namely, because the renowned artist is an icon around these parts. Abiquiu Inn just city blocks away, (country style) has a nice restaurant, and gift shop and next to that, is the Georgia O’Keeffe Welcome Center.

Bode’s is located approximately, one hour, or 53 miles north of Santa Fe. It’s a mere ten miles from where I live. Picture this: you forget that your bank is mailing you a new debit card, because yours has been compromised by thieves. So, you walk into the store, and when you go to pay, your card is declined. The nearest town is about 35 minutes away. You remember that your new card is on the way.

That’s when the cashier understood my plight; my new card was on the way, but I forgot, and their ATM is not in working order. She kindly put in the few dollars I needed to complete my order. Her kindness reminds me of how I offered a little extra help when someone in front of me at a store was missing a few coins or dollars they are shy of. Some people accept this kindness, but others, fish for the remaining coins in their pockets, purses, or run back to their cars for the change (which I’ve done on a few occasions).

I love living in the country. I am a native New Mexican, and though I have lived in different cities, in other states, I always come back home. This is why: the sand of New Mexico runs through my veins – small towns, huge hearts. But more importantly, the kindness we show each other regardless of where we live is a great way to pay it forward 100 times over.

Happy Sunday, many blessings, and BTW, I’ve included links to Bode’s, Santa Fe, Georgia O’Keeffe Center, (currently closed to the public) and Abiquiu Inn. Enjoy! -Sandi