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“The Essence of Life “

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“Seeking life everywhere, I found it in the burn of my lungs.” -Mark Nepo

I go to take a sip of my morning coffee of which I’ve added a drop of peppermint essential oil. I can barely touch my lips to the rim before the blast of its essence smacks me in the face. Like a cool breeze it enters my nose and burns all the way down into my lungs. It is simply divine, decadent and mind blowing. There’s no doubt I’m awake now, I think to myself. As I get past the blast and begin to enjoy each sip, I open todays reading and there is the quote above by Mark Nepo.

Have you ever ridden a bike or went for a run on a cool fall day? The air burns the lungs in the same way. It can feel like a rude awakening, but suddenly we feel alive, invigorated and hopeful again. And like the old commercial where the guy smacks on his aftershave waking himself up, I say too, “thanks! I needed that.” Now the work of the day begins as I try to remain in this awakened state of mind.

“Flower Power & Peace”

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Today is International day of peace
 

I should change the name of my blog to “Flower Girl,” because I do love spreading peace. The thing is I want to be taken serious when I talk about it, and the flower girl tends to be looked at…as having no-clue. My brother told me not long ago that I always reminded him of Janis Joplin. I have no idea where he got that impression except I had a tougher edge to me when I was a teen. I needed that in order to survive the world I was thrust into. Maybe he was talking more about the way she looked, I don’t know. What I do know is that when caught between our own right and wrongs sometimes letting go of all the hurt and ager they cause us…opens up a space for peace to come in.

I was with a group of ladies the other day taking a yoga class. At the end, I stayed for a group meditation. In the space of time between yoga and meditation the heaviness of the world events was the subject of talk. One of the ladies asked if we could focus on gratitude. I was thinking to myself how much more attention we put on the things that go wrong rather than the many more things that are still right in our life. The beautiful thing about counting our blessings is that we always find more to be grateful for than all the bad things we place our focus on. Letting go allows the peace to come in and when the peace comes in it gives us a healthier outlook on what we can do to help and make the world a better place. We could all aspire to be a little more like St. Francis who not only said, “Let peace begin with me,” but lived it as an example to all of us.

May you have a peace filled day!

“Morning Prayer & Meditation”

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As I begin my day I light my spiced pumpkin candle. The light representing the presence of God. The smell awakening my senses and I give thanks for another day to experience what life has to teach and offer me. Then I open my little marble book that holds the names of people who are in need of prayer. I don’t ask God for what he already knows their needs to be. I simple see them as receiving whatever it is that God has to offer them on this day. Then I center myself through meditation and as I concentrate on my breath I can’t help feeling blessed to be alive yet one more day. One breath at a time and nothing else matters except the moment I find myself in. All else stems from this moment of thanks and praise. I breath in wellness and out happiness in and out filling myself with all that is good and right in the world. Remembering that with all that can go wrong there is so much more good to draw from.
May your day be blessed and filled with all your hearts desire.
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“THE MAGIC BANK ACCOUNT”

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I recently celebrated another birthday. “Celebrate” that’s the key word here. However, as I get older, it isn’t the number that bothers me as much as the time I have left between now and the finish line. I feel like I’m running out of time, and I still have a lot I want to do. So instead of whining about it, I kind of look at it as a chance to reevaluate what is important to me. Everything looks overwhelming if we look at the big picture, and all that does is take away from what I have right in front of me “Now”.

A couple I know, who are a great example of how to enjoy life to it’s the fullest, sent me this interesting reading that put everything into perspective for me. I hope it opens your eyes as much as it did mine.

 THE AUTHOR IS NOT KNOWN. IT WAS FOUND IN THE BILLFOLD OF COACH PAUL BEAR BRYANT, ALABAMA, AFTER HE DIED IN 1982

THE MAGIC BANK ACCOUNT

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has Rules:

The set of Rules:

1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend It.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with    another $86,400 for that day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say, “Game Over!” It can close the account, and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself – right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

THIS GAME IS REAL!

Shocked??? Yes!!!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*.

We just can’t seem to see it.

The PRIZE is “TIME”

1. Each morning we awaken to Receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of Life.

2. And when we go to sleep at Night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.

3. What we haven’t used up that Day is forever lost.

4. Yesterday is forever Gone.

5. Each morning the account is Refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING…SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much More than the same amount in dollars.  Think about it and remember to Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than You think.

So, take care of yourself, be Happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.

Start spending….

“DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD

SOME PEOPLE DON’T GET THE PRIVILEGE!”

 

“Where Is The Joy”

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Even in times of trouble, when we’re sad and blue. Joy can be found under the rug of gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for. There’s breathing in air, hands to pick things up, feet to carry us where we want to go, a nose to smell the flowers, eyes to see the rainbows, ears to hear the heartbeat of the one we love, a brain that holds our most precious memories. We don’t have to be rich or poor to find the things that give us the ability to experience joy. It’s right under our nose. If you can’t find it there look a little deeper maybe you’ll find it hidden under a rug.

“A New Journey Begins”

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As I sit with my new journal in hand I pause to look back over a trying 2016 for me, my family, friends, our country, and the world. But instead of carrying the negative, sorrow and pain with me into 2017, I choose to let it go, and as the cover of my journal reads I plan to live the story I want to tell. 

Standing before a brand new path I want only to take what I’ve learned and gained from my experience. The only way I know to get beyond the pain and sorry is to look for the good that remains. As always when I sit down to list all that I have to be grateful for, it never fails to show me that there is so much more good in my life than not. 

I’m ready and packed for the journey with my positive optimistic bags full. I intend to make the best of each day I’m blessed with, and to continue to learn and grow from the days that bring me difficult paths to climb over. 

I hope that your journey this New Year will be blessed, and that you are able to live the storys you want to tell as well.

Happy New Year!

“The Gift’s Beneath The Tree”

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I was thinking today that this will be my 63rd Christmas celebration in my lifetime. Wow! I know, that’s a lot of Christmases when you look at it that way. When I was a child, I was more excited about what I was going to get under the tree than for what Christmas actually stood for. When I had my own children, I tried to teach them that it was Jesus’s birthday we were celebrating. As much as a child can try to articulate the true meaning of Christmas it still takes a backseat to the anticipation of the gift beneath the tree. The true meaning comes with time, maturity and the challenge that faith brings into our life.

There’s nothing I really need or want at this point in my life, materialistic anyway. However, there’s still a bit of that child in me that lights up with an unexpected surprise. But the real gifts come when our consciousness is in line with the spirit within us. It is than that I am able to wrap my mind around all the gifts that Jesus’s birth has to offer. It is than that I get down on my knees and look beneath the tree for the gifts that are hidden from sight. There is always a gift to be unwrapped at Christmas time, and many times it’s the same gift over and again. Like the gift of love, hope, joy, faith, forgiveness, gratitude, friendships and family. Celebrating Christmas for 63 years has giving me the opportunity to reopen these gifts over and over again, but each time seems like the first. With the same childlike anticipation I’m eager to gather up my gifts, and let the spirit of Christmas lead the way into the New Year.

“One Is The Loneliest Number”

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Portrait of Deserted Island by TaniaElric

Do you remember the movie “Castaway” where Tom Hanks played the part of a man who was stranded on a deserted island all by himself? He became so lonely that when he found a Wilson ball, he drew a face on it and began having conversations with Wilson as if it was a real human being. It was a great example of how we as humans are not designed to be an entity onto ourselves. We have this innate need to connect with all of creation, but more than that we long to be needed, wanted, recognized, appreciated, and most of all loved. When we don’t have these things, we often find ourselves feeling as if we too are alone on a deserted island.

We were born to be a part of each other’s lives, otherwise how would we come to understand what love is, and what good is love if it can’t extend, touch and grow? What good is life without others to share it with, for love is the giving of oneself, and without someone to share love with we may as well be stranded on a deserted island.

I have always been grateful for the people in my life, but I don’t stop often enough to realize how precious is the time they give me. It is after all a portion of they’re life that they will never get back. Our connection to each other becomes a selfless act without any expected intentions. I’m learning that the greatest gift I can give in return is to receive what they have to offer. 

“Going With The Flow”

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Yesterday I talked about resistance. Today I’m focused on going with the flow. It reminds me of when I went white water rafting with my family. How the river pulled us along its current. I remember thinking how hard it would be to try to paddle against it. It would be an endless struggle going against its resistance. As we floated along there were lots of obstacles in the way  that we had to work our way around. If we lost our focus it would have been easy to get stuck. That’s when panic and fear can set in causing us to easily become disoriented. Thank goodness we had helpers floating around us who could get us unstuck.

Real life is this way. We can be floating along going with the current of life. Than suddenly we get stuck by the obstacles that get in our way. Confusion sets in. We find ourselves resisting the direction we need to go. Fear comes into play, followed by disillusionment and we become disoriented. There is no one to help us get unstuck. Even with God’s help we can’t become unstuck until we are willing to let go of that which stands in our way.  

As I prepare for Thanksgiving day instead of focusing on all the work there is to do, and what comes after this holiday.  Remembering the people I love and how thankful I am to have them in my life reminds me what Thanksgiving is all about in the first place. Being in the flow of all I have to be grateful for keeps me centered and focused on the direction I’m going.

Wow! It’s a whole lot easier to float along the current of love. I’m also finding it to be a lot more fun!