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Bring Peace

August 23, 2017

When we are truly connected to Spirit, we no longer need to “make it right”. When we are truly connected to Spirit, there is no need be concerned about an outcome.

The harder we work at making it right, the further we are from allowing God to do God’s work.

Peace, be still.

August 22, 2017

“Trust would settle every problem now.” A Course in Miracles. These words were spoken by Charley Thweatt on Sunday and are reverberating in my thoughts this morning.

As a human, I am not perfect and snap decisions/reactions are made based on historical “data”. Decisions and reactions that may not be true in this moment. However, it is amazing the physical and emotional change that occurs when I simply let go and allow life to simply unfold. Human tribulation falls away and trust emerges. Trust in the knowledge that there is, indeed, a greater plan at work.

August 21, 2017

Millions of people will be watching in awe today as the moon passes in front of the sun. Yes, it will be magnificent! It’s a once in a lifetime moment to be shared and savored.

Bring that same feeling of magnificence into this moment and share it. Savor every moment as if it were the Solar Eclipse!

August 20, 2017

Consciousness. It’s a word that is often used within my spiritual teachings. Defined it means awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings. Going further, awareness means having knowledge. Going deeper still, knowledge is defined as having an acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation.

Of course, as always, there are multiple meanings for these words but going back to consciousness – nearly every definition contained the word awareness. The origin of aware is watchful, wary. The origin of conscious (c1600) is knowing, privy to and then, around 1800 it became equated with the words active and awake.

For me, it clearly means we are always learning and we should always be questioning what we are learning. Just something to think about when you tell me it’s all about consciousness.

August 19, 2017

I cannot change “the” world. I can, however, change me.

If enough of us did just that and nothing else, I wonder what would happen.

August 18, 2017

Emilie Cady, writing about the different spiritual paths we are on in “How I Used Truth”, wrote “Let them become workers together with God, doers of the law, not judges. Let no one who has been born into a knowledge of God dare to speak or even think disparagingly of or to anyone who is seemingly behind him in spiritual growth, lest by doing so he be found working against God, who is infinite wisdom as well as love”.

We are all Infinite Wisdom. We are all Love. We are all God. Even in our perceived imperfection.

Perfectly imperfect working together. Learning, stumbling, and learning some more.

August 17, 2017

Yesterday, as a response to my post, someone posted words I did not feel comfortable with.

I almost deleted it.

I decided to leave it alone and read it a few more times. If I do not start from a place of love – and remain there – all of this is for naught. Let me seek, first, to understand.

 

August 16, 2017

There are days that I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut about what is going on in this country. I watch, I listen, and I am appalled.

But I am not surprised.

When anyone focuses on the color of skin or a spiritual belief and ignores the fact that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, trouble will undoubtedly ensue.

How that trouble unfolds has much to do with what those that lead say and do. It’s a history lesson that never ends.

My prayer, my thought, for the coming days is that those that lead us recognize that the one leading them has taken a step that may not be reversible.

My prayer for this country becomes deeper still and will always be a prayer for peace.

August 15, 2017

In the midst of this busy, busy world with all its pressures and demands there is a point at which I let go. A point at which I say, “Spirit, I give this to you. I can handle no more.”

My deepest desire is to never have to speak those words again and to live so deeply with the Spirit of my Being that my human life is a mirror of the Spirit within and not the world without.

August 14, 2017

This morning, as I was sitting in the silence, I was momentarily startled when I felt a cat rest a head on my leg. I opened my eyes in surprise and saw Turbo curled up around my leg and Lucy laying in front of us. We all looked at each other for a second and then they closed their eyes.

May your day be filled with this kind of peace.

August 13, 2017

It is, at times, difficult to see Divinity in every soul. What makes it so difficult to see, I believe, is the doubt within another’s heart that they are, indeed, Divine.

August 12, 2017

August 10, 2017

Last night the discussion focused around negativity – how we handle it from our personal spiritual perspective. It was a night for me to listen. Several times it was said that how we react is a reflection of something within us. Something we probably need to be working on. I have heard this often and am not sure I completely agree. My reaction to a situation may be the result of something I have already worked through and, more than anything, I simply want others not to experience what I have. And/or it is something I know, if continued, will cause harm to me or others and I have a desire (a very strong desire) to prevent that from happening. (Of course, the reverse is true in all of this – if I am reacting with pure joy, I want you to know why.)

I guess my question is – is my reaction, then, a “reflection” of a part of me that needs work or is it me trying to help you in a way that may reflect my passion to share what I have learned?

I am always growing, learning, thinking…

And, as Charles Fillmore eloquently said many times, “I reserve the right to change my mind.”

Let the lessons continue.❤️

 

August 9, 2017

There is a song we sing from time to time on Sundays by Karen Drucker:

“God is my Source, God is my Power, God gives me everything I need, so I give thanks for all my blessings.”

In the silence this morning those words came to me – but differently. When I tried to revert back to the original lyrics I couldn’t recall them and, instead, kept getting this:

“I am the Source, I am the Power, I have everything I need.”

I am at Peace and I am grateful.

 

August 8, 2017

I am spending extra time this morning in the silence. Seems there are many things demanding my attention, clouding my judgment, causing me to question my purpose here. I listen to the voices around me and know that they are not the voices of my heart. They do not know me. They only know the me they decide I am. They have not asked me.

So I go silent and find peace in knowing who I am in the eyes of God.

August 7, 2017

Don’t ever be too busy to pay attention to your body. It always tells you what it needs. Softly, at first. If ignored, however, be forewarned – sooner or later it will fight back.

Take care of your physical self so your spiritual self can flourish. Both are equally precious.

August 6, 2017

I am always learning and I appreciate the different perspectives. My post, yesterday, was referring to a conversation with someone who was in the midst of despair and the word hope kept being used with much doubt behind it. “I hope this is not what I think it is, but it probably is.” It was frustrating to listen to and not find a way to turn the conversation around.

What I began to realize as I thought more about it and read your comments, is that when someone cannot hold hope in a positive way for themselves, I can do it for them. Certainly, I already knew this, but it was nice to be reminded.

So, thank you.

August 5, 2017

Hope. We use the word all the time. I hope you feel better. I hope this project goes well. I hope I don’t have this disease. I hope to find a better home, car, job, life.

Hoping leaves me in a place of uncertainty.

August 4, 2017

It’s here! Nabalo Magazine! Page 17! “I Am You” Please click the link below to download the magazine (it will be sent to your mailbox). It’s free, it’s wonderful, and I’m in it! 

It really is a beautiful magazine and I am honored to be a part of its journey. I would love to know what you think. Feedback is always welcome! Thank you!

(I was going to write a different thought for the day, but this is all I can think about right now.)    www.nabalo.com/the-magazine/

August 3, 2017

While you are doing battle with the outside world (and the people in it), Spirit, the living presence within you, is quietly, patiently, waiting to show you what is truly important.

Let’s meet there.

August 2, 2017

With every step into the future we bring forward the energy of this moment. Everyone does this. Every thing does this. In order to create a peaceful planet we must live every moment in peace and bring peace to every thing we touch.

No exceptions.

August 1, 2017

I release and I let go. God’s got this. The mantra of my life.

July 31, 2017

Be grateful for all of it. Doing so brings answers.

July 30, 2017

When you focus your attention on what you don’t like or who you don’t like or what you think the rest of the world should be doing, you are doing two things. You are stopping the flow of positive energy – the energy that heals, the energy that creates space for good to occur. You are also reflecting who you are and mirrors rarely lie.

When life starts to feel like this, stop and think about the energy you are emitting. Would you want to sit in that?

July 29, 2017

If you believe that we are all connected (which is what we teach in Unity), then you cannot selectively love.

July 28, 2017

“When you have learned how to abandon yourself to infinite Spirit and have seasons of doing this daily, you will be surprised at the marvelous change that will be wrought in you without any conscious effort of your own.” H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth

This is my desire. There are times when it easily occurs – times when I am truly surprised by the knowing. Yet there are still (too many) times when, like a sudden thunderstorm can disturb a gentle garden, I wreak havoc on my psyche. As suddenly as it occurs, it stops, leaving me a bit tired and confused.

When I look back over those moments, I see that the storm ensued – not because I “caused” something, but because I reacted to something. I can breathe again, knowing that I continue to learn….

Your journey is not mine.

July 26, 2017

In our search for understanding of this “light within” we hang on the words of gifted teachers believing that if we just listen hard enough, if we sit in just the right position, with just enough silence and practice over and over again the steps to enlightenment that they offer us, we will find God.

I am grateful for the many teachers who have walked this path with me. I, truly, have learned much from each of them. But I will not find God through any of them. I will not find God by reading another book, listening to another lecture, attending another workshop. No one has the power to “give” God to me.

God is right where I am. It is who I am in the stillness. It is who I am in the giving. An equal measure of both. A perfect harmony of self.

Let your next teacher be you.

July 23, 2017

In the early hours of this day, before the birds began to sing, before the cats scratched at my door, I lay awake in quiet gratitude for the gifts this life brings to me.

I am keenly aware that appearances may show me otherwise, but I know that my soul shows me the truth beyond what my other senses experience.

And that’s why I am grateful.

July 22, 2017

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Its been hot out there. Maybe not as hot as the interior of my car, but hot enough to be really uncomfortable.

When it’s this hot the best thing to do is to go inside and be still.

(yes, I can connect just about anything to spirituality if you give me the opportunity.)  

 

 

July 20, 2017

Entering meditation last evening we talked about surrender. Peeling back the layers of what it means, we took our discussion into the silence. As we returned we were asked to speak a word. A word that was on our heart. My word was strength.

Entering into the silence this morning I opened to this:
“The activities of the day press upon you. There is so much to do in the coming hours. Yet would I have you pause, quietly, for a few moments with Me. You will have need of strength, need of wisdom, need of understanding. You will need poise and right action. …. I am your strength and as Life I fill your veins. You only need to use My strength for this present moment. It is there for you to use.” Eva Bell Werber, The Voice of the Master.

Yes, a busy day lies ahead of me and I will likely need to keep this passage close. However, as I begin this day, I pause and ask you for prayer and for strength for my family. My brother’s journey took a challenging turn yesterday and more specialty appointments are needed soon.

Last night I spoke about the times in our lives when things get really shitty. It’s important to look past the appearance of what we see and focus on the good that is on the other side. What I didn’t say, and what is most important when the world looks a bit horrific, is this: Yes, look to the other side knowing that there is good there. Look there and focus on the hundreds of hands that are waiting to pull you through. There is strength in those hands. Strength to help you stand up when you are on your knees.

I am here. Take my hand and allow me to be your strength.

July 19, 2017

My wish for all of you is this:

– Find time every day to walk outside and leave your phone behind.
– Have a meaningful conversation about something important that doesn’t need a solution.
– Laugh so hard, you cry.
– Dance across the kitchen floor to a song in your head.

And if you can find someone (human, animal or imaginary) to kiss on the nose – all the better.

(reprinted from 2013…jeez, I’ve been doing this for a long time…!)

 

July 18, 2017

This post was going in a completely different direction. It had to do with the prickly feathers of someone’s ego whisking away the ideas of others in order to bring importance to what the ego in them desires.

But then I glimpsed my reflection and saw my own prickly feathers beginning to flutter open.

July 17, 2017

Patience.

In this age of technology I am grateful to be blessed with multiple devices. When one of the aforementioned devices is taking two hours to update (Windows 10 will no longer be ignored, Diane) and my patience has worn very, very thin and the work I was planning to do can’t get done and even my thought for the day ends up not being very thoughtful and my impatience leads to run-on sentences….well, remembering that patience is a virtue is an important thing focus on.

That and remembering to be grateful that I am blessed with multiple devices and being very grateful they are not all updating at the same time.

And take a breath…all is well 😊

July 16, 2017

If you want something better, but are not willing to do anything to create something better, then why waste your time dreaming and talking about something better?

Do something or be quiet.

July 15, 2017

Who are the angels in your life? When was the last time you told them?

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July 14, 2017

Today, no replies needed. Just take time for personal reflection:

Fill in the blank: I wish I had more _________________.

If God lives and breathes as you, and you wish for more, are you saying that God is not giving enough? Is that possible?

July 13, 2017

How much of your life are you missing lost in what has been or wish will be?

There is a sunrise outside your door. Birds are giving you a song to sing. The roses are in bloom. Someone is waiting to be held and there you sit. Missing all of it.

Where are you??

July 12, 2017

I was thinking about this thing I do every morning. These thoughts I share and how they seem to resonate with so many of you. Asking myself why is that? And why do I continue day after day when some days it’s just not that easy to do?

Then I remembered the tag line of my website: “A place of peace. This Moment. A place where, together, we can learn to live here, as One. As it was meant to be.”

Yes, this is why.

A gentle reminder that we are all seekers on this path. The paths may appear different, they may teach from different perspectives, but they all have a common purpose.

Thank you, sweet Spirit, for the reminder.

July 11, 2017

It is not my journey. Your decisions, your lifestyle, who you love, where you live, your thoughts, your path, your choices belong to you. My role is to allow you to experience your journey through this life the way it was meant for you – not me.

This is a lesson I’m learning.

Yep… I’m learning how to keep my mouth shut.

(go ahead, ask me how that’s working!  )

 

July 10, 2017

Whether spoken or thought, until you stop using the word ‘ I ‘ you will never understand what it truly means to be ‘of service’, to be ‘in ministry’ to others.

You make a difference when you forget about you.

July 9, 2017

I love this picture. I took it on a girlfriends’ beach trip a couple years back. Just a little bitty thing dancing in the sand.

We all need to dance in the sand more.

TuTu

July 8, 2017

I don’t often get this blunt. I usually dance around it, trying to guide you gently to do it. I give you tips and share experiences (I’ll continue to do that, no worries there. 😜). But, here you go: You don’t know what to do, who to turn to, or how to fix this???

Ask God.

July 5, 2017

In the midst of troubled times, don’t focus on the trouble. The problem won’t be fixed from the point of struggle. Look, instead, within and admit that you don’t see the answer.

Become peaceful and gently shift the problem aside. As the solution steps up to greet you, smile and be grateful.

Learn to release the outcome. For me, it is the most important of all spiritual lessons.

July 3, 2017

Just taking today to say Thank You.

I hear from many of you that you look for my posts every day and that I often say “just what you need to hear”. I’m glad. I’m glad that my words sooth you in some way, make you think or see from a different perspective. I am grateful for the many teachers in my life who have guided me, questioned me and, yes, disagreed with me. The conversation is important, always.

Today, I just wanted you all to know that you have made such a difference in my life. It’s good to know we are all in this together.

From my heart to yours, Diane ❤️

July 2, 2017

If you are struggling with something, first tell me this:

What’s your prayer practice like?

June 29, 2017

All the advice in the world will not change the course of someone’s life unless they want it to change.
Listen to your heart, it will tell you the truth. It will remind you that this is not your journey and nothing you humanly do will change that. Wrap your someone in a blanket of warm, healing love and move on. Take the big, scary step away from your loved one and back onto your path. Place your trust in the Source that created you both. Continue your journey to peace knowing that God’s got this.
God’s got this. Breathe into that.

June 27, 2017

In order to live a peaceful life in a chaotic world, you must be willing to look at – and understand – the things that appear as obstacles to the peace you seek.

Keep asking why.

June 26, 2017

What have you done lately to bring peace into your life?

You spend 8, 10, 12, 15 hours a day working to put “food on the table”. Much of that time is spent in service to others and there’s nothing wrong with that. It is necessary and it’s good.

So is shutting off the world and spending time with your inner self. I would say (can I adamantly say this and still be peaceful about it?) that shutting off the world and spending time with your inner self is the most important thing you can do.

Without this time each day (and sometimes days) I would be a very different person. Without spending time in silence, I would not be me. And, lately, I like me. Maybe not perfect by human standards, but perfectly content in the silence of my heart.

Do something to bring peace into your life. Begin with gratitude for this moment. It’s a good place to start.

 

June 17, 2017

As you go through your day, today, pay special attention to the people you meet. Look into the eyes (the heart) of the sales clerk, the restaurant server, the ticket taker, the other walkers/runners, the kids playing at the pool. Share a kind word, a quick joke, a smile with those that you encounter every day but never really notice.

You are always making a difference. Today, be aware of that and watch for the reaction. You will not only brighten someone’s day, you will brighten your own as well.

June 15, 2017
Get out of the way. The more you talk about it, worry about it, think about it, try to figure it out – the more you obsess about it – the bigger the obstacle becomes.
What you’re not realizing is that you are the obstacle.
Maybe it’s time to be quiet and get out of the way.

June 11, 2017

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Last year, around this time, I was posting lots of pictures and telling lots of stories about my 40 year marriage to Dan, the love of my life, my soul mate, my partner in crime, my best friend. Well, tomorrow we celebrate 41 years. Nothing’s changed. He’s still the love of my life, my soul mate, my partner in crime, my best friend. He’s just a little older, a little grayer, maybe, but he’s still mine. And he still makes me laugh every day. That’s a good thing. Probably the best thing. ❤️

 

 

June 9, 2017

I am grateful for the gift of love.

From this place I can see the beauty that you might not see through your clouded lenses. It’s okay. I will love for you.

Love allows us to rise above that which causes sorrow and regret. From this place I can begin to gently clear the way and patiently wait for you to see life differently.

From this place, when you are ready, and with my heart swelled with love, I will welcome you with open arms.

Until that time, it’s okay – I will love for you.

 

June 8, 2017

Silence speaks louder than words. In your search for answers, become quiet. As you become quiet, you open up a channel where the One that wishes to guide you, can do so.

If, instead, you choose to continue to fill the silence with words, your words become your Guide and the One that has all the answers becomes silent.

Me? I’d rather shut up and listen to the someOne who makes sense.

June 6, 2017

Let’s do this together. Let’s find common ground. Let’s cross the aisle and shake hands and ask “How can we serve together?” This is not about, and never has been, how we can serve ourselves. This is not about I’m right and you’re wrong. This life is not that.

Walk by my side. Ask how you can help. Share with me your passion for the work you do. And I will do the same. As we share, common ground is always found. Let’s start again from this place of common cause and let’s watch miracles unfold!

June 5, 2017

A brave young woman with an incredible voice reunited the world for a few minutes yesterday.

June 4, 2017

What is it that is mine to do?

Anger serves no purpose other than to incite more anger. Release the rage and ask…

What is it that is mine to do?

June 3, 2017

Did you know that, in addition to trustworthiness, a synonym for integrity is unity?

 

June 1, 2017

Shh… Listen! God is trying to tell you something.

May 30, 2017

created by my beautiful, 90 year old, Aunt Edith for the Global Mandala Project. www.globalmandala.org

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May 26, 2017 (reposted from 2015)

There are times (probably some time every day) where you simply want quiet. In the midst of everything that needs to be accomplished in your day, you just want to step away. I call it going quiet. Others call it meditation or taking a break.

My question for you this morning is When was the last time you went quiet for more than 10 minutes? Sleeping doesn’t count. Being quiet but thinking about everything you have to do doesn’t count either.

I find that these early mornings are best for me. The rest of the house is still asleep and the birds are waking up. I try (and am mostly successful) to place my focus on the peace that I know is within me. Freeze frame the outer world (no doubt it’ll still be there when I come back) and just.be.quiet.

Sometimes I go quiet for a day or a weekend. Minimal interaction with the world. I’m grateful for those around me that understand this. Everything flows better when I allow myself this gift.

The storms around you will cease to rage when you go quiet and find calm.

Go quiet…

May 25, 2017

Reminder #3

May 24, 2017

 

Reminder #2

May 23, 2017

Reminder #1

May 22, 2017

Celebrate your differences

May 18, 2017

Throughout your day try to recognize the moments when you step outside love. The short reply (or thought) as someone interrupts you while working, the unkind words of judgement, or being so busy you notice nothing but the computer in front of you.

In the busyness of the common day, love exists. Catch yourself as you step off-center. Take a breath and recognize this as an opportunity to return to love and, then, speak from that place.

Go ahead, make someone’s day. ❤️

May 17, 2017

Yes, you are still perfect in a slightly complicated way (nothing’s changed about that since yesterday). But…

did you know that you are also important to many people? Even when you’re cranky.

That’s pretty impressive.

May 16, 2017

You are pure, stunning, absolute perfection. A little complicated, maybe, but still perfect.
❤️

May 15, 2017

For every second you spend trying to control or change someone’s behavior, you lose the beauty and simplicity of this moment. You’re purpose is not to change someone else, it is simply to enjoy you. Doing so brings peace to everything.
“….The Voice for God is always quiet, because It speaks of peace. Peace is stronger than war because is heals. War is division, not increase. No one gains from strife.” Course in Miracles
Choose the voice of God as your voice.

May 13, 2017

What is the one memory of your mother that rises above all others? Just one.

Mine: I was around 14 and Phil was home on leave from the Air Force after being away for about a year. I idolized him and was so excited to see him. He, on the other hand, began teasing me non-stop. I was shocked and hurt and ended up running to my room in tears. Shortly thereafter my Mom came in to my room and told me to stop acting like a baby. “Your brother loves you”, she said. “Teasing is his way of showing it.” I began to argue with her (silly me) and she stopped me and said, “If he didn’t love you, he’d ignore you. Now stop crying. You’re stronger than your tears.”

Yes, she always had the final word:  You’re stronger than your tears…

May 12, 2017

The world and the people in it suck. And it’s not your fault. If everyone would simply listen to you and do what you think they should, everything would be just fine.

Hmmm…good luck with that. The more you live in that world, the harder it will be to see any light at the end of any tunnel.

Happiness will never enter a closed mind. So unless you really, really like where you are, please just let it go. There is a way to do this life differently.

May 11, 2017

Every encounter enriches you, but not every encounter must change you. Every encounter will not bring you peace. Peace will come when you encounter your soul.

May 10, 2017

Today, live the answer to the question: What is my purpose? If you are unsure what that might be, begin with a smile.
What better purpose could there be than to share a smile with everyone you meet?

May 8, 2017

Yesterday morning as I clicked open my phone I saw the photo of a dear friend’s beloved dog with a post that said: “The light has left my life.” And I cried. I cried for my friend’s loss and I cried because I understand how deep love is. It is everything.

Throughout the day, as I thought about my friend and her beloved Hannah, I recognized that I had never actually met Hannah. In my trips back to NY over the last years, we just never got the chance. But I did know her. I knew her through this space. This bizarre social space where we share things that we love and that we don’t. Where we expose each other to the many likes and dislikes that we not have had an opinion about if this space didn’t encourage us to say something. This place where we reconnect with people and form new friendships, where we pour our hearts out and comment on what others are doing and saying. All without actually physically touching anyone. Without running our hands through the coat of the beautiful animal we see running on the beach or holding close the soul that is in pain. So we do it virtually.

There is something sad about this, isn’t there?

May 7, 2017

“I live for you and you live for me. Together we are finally free….One People, One Heart, One Soul, One Love…together we are far stronger..”

As she finished this song and began to lead us into another, Snatum Kaur asked us to reach across the aisle – something our government should probably do – and join hands.  

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May 6, 2017

Tonight this will be my experience: Snatum Kaur .  I am blessed beyond measure.

May 5, 2017

Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future (yes, thank you to the Steve Miller Band).  I find that there needs to be a third day off in order for me to enjoy the two I have.  I need a day that is simply a mindless one. One where I can completely shut down to recharge.  A day not to think, to do, to listen, to speak.

24 hours of absolute silence every week.  Yes, this.

May 4, 2017

It’s raining here this morning. A gentle, soft spring rain that sounds so soothing outside my window. Taking a moment to just listen to that sound brings me to a place of calm. It reminds me that there is life outside of “this” life.
The ground that absorbs this rain welcomes it gladly. It doesn’t complain or feel inconvenienced. It swells with gratitude knowing that it will now be able to move food to its many inhabitants. The birds still sing, hidden deeper in the trees. They know that this rain will quench their thirst and clean their feathers and help them feed their young.
And, we, well we benefit from all of this. This simple, soft, gentle rain is connecting us with Pachamama, Mother Earth. One. A connection that has no beginning and has no end. A connection that just is.
May 3, 2017

Yesterday I came home from work and Juno (our Grand-dog) wanted to play “run and catch it” with her ball…but she wouldn’t actually give me the ball. She thought she was being funny (which she was). So I finally gave up and went upstairs to change. When I came down the ball was sitting on the bottom step…

She is so damn cute… and sometimes these are the best moments…

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May 2, 2017

The same Spirit that resides in me, resides in you. Yet it lives there differently. It sees the world through your ‘eyes’, not mine. The lesson to be taught and learned is, therefore, done so differently. The lesson I am learning is being given to me as I am ready to receive it. The same is true for you.

Each of us has so much to learn and, sometimes, we become so excited that we think everyone needs to know this, to live like this! We want to bring everyone into our wondrous space so they, too, can experience this magic. We become shocked and disappointed when those we think “need it most” close their eyes and walk away.

It is your path. Your life. Your journey. Your beliefs. It all works for you. This is what makes you the unique being that you are. I, too, have a path, a life, a journey and beliefs – and it all works for me. It’s what make me, me. Please honor that as I honor you.

Let’s be at peace with each other.

May 1, 2017

When I cross the threshold and Lucy and Turbo meet me at the door, calm begins to surround me. I am home. I love my life. I love my work. I love the people that I share time with every day. My life is enriched by every encounter.

The busyness of this life can be overwhelming for the empath and the introvert, however. Sensory overload is real for us. It is a blessing to have a peaceful home. It is a blessing to be able to gently close the door on the world and soak up the quiet. Just for a little while. Just long enough to, once again and always remember I Am. In all ways.

Nirinjin Kaur I Am

April 30, 2017

Right thoughts. With every thought a little bit of the old you wiggles its way out and the new, more conscious, you eases its way to the front. Gently pay attention and allow this to happen. Focus on who you want to be, on the thoughts you want to have, on being the compassion and love that matters to you most. Don’t hang on to the old stuff. It’s not who you are anymore.

Every thought that tumbles through your mind carries with it the truth and that truth is always good.

April 29, 2017

I will spend my day today in Prayer Chaplain training. Spending a day in prayer and talking about prayer and learning more about prayer. Not a bad way to spend a day. If you think about it, it’s not a bad way to live. And then I get to end my day with these guys….Artizen!  All in all, it’s gonna be a good one.artizen12

April 28, 2017

I wrote this in 2014 as I started work at UNA and I reposted it last year as well. Some things are just worth repeating and I can think of a couple people it applies to today:

As one journey ends and another begins recognize that everything you have learned has led you to this point. Be grateful, be very, very grateful for the lessons that were painful and brought you to tears and for the eureka moments where you discovered you could do anything you set your mind to. All that and so much more brought you here. And here, at the fork in the road where you are choosing a new path, is a very exciting place to be.

April 28, 2017

As you are about to post that slightly sarcastic, somewhat judgmental post about someone else or a bunch of someone elses, have you asked yourself this all important question: “What if I were that someone else?”

Be kind, my friends. Please, be kind.

April 27, 2017

As you are about to post that slightly sarcastic, somewhat judgmental post about someone else or a bunch of someone elses, have you asked yourself this all important question: “What if I were that someone else?”

Be kind, my friends. Please, be kind.

April 26, 2017

Do not allow doubt to enter into your consciousness.

April 24, 2017

While you sip your coffee or tea this morning, think for a moment about how the cup feels in your hand. Do you feel the warmth or coolness, the smoothness of the ceramic or glass? Do you smell the aroma? Does that first sip soothe you, begin to wake you? Are you even noticing?

Or are you rushing to get ready for the day?

Every act is an important one. Every moment readies you for the next. Keep reminding yourself of the phrase so often repeated: Be here now. Notice the seconds in your life. Don’t miss a single one.

Savor life.

 

April 22, 2017

Understanding, fully, that there is a Plan for my life that’s guided, not by me, but by the Source of all that is, I can step through the turmoil of any given day. I am guided by the Source that lives within me and, therefore, I never weather a storm alone.

When I remember this, I find myself at peace once again.

April 21, 2017

Bring focus back to what moves you to joy.

April 20, 2017

“There once was a little girl who played next to a small chapel. Periodically during the day, the child would cease her playing and go inside the tiny church and sit quietly. After several minutes, she would leave the sanctuary and resume her playing. Her mother, observing the child’s behavior, asked why she entered the church each day. The daughter answered, ‘Because God might want to say something to me.'” Jim Rosemergy, “A Closer Walk With God”

When was the last time you entered your sanctuary to hear what God might want to say to you?

April 19, 2017

Let the bridge building continue.

April 18, 2017

Everything you read or listen to shapes who you are. Think about this – years and years of the thoughts of others shaping the being you are in this moment. So many thoughts each day and, subconsciously, you are choosing which ones you accept as true.

This morning I opened a book I read years ago – “Everyday Grace” by Marianne Williamson. As I read I realized that this is one of the books that has, indeed, shaped me. And this is what I read, long ago, that I chose to accept as true:

“…no manifestation of fear will long remain once humanity has risen to the understanding that only love is real.”

I am grateful to have chosen a path that has brought me so many thoughts like this.

 

April 17, 2017

We often struggle to understand why life seems to be so filled with “challenge”. From something as relatively benign (by comparison) as faulty communication with loved ones or coworkers to world issues such as disease, war, famine, political upheavals. It can be a frustrating life, yes? You sometimes feel like you could spend your day slapping people upside their heads….

Each of these, if looked at through the lens of love, is an opportunity to make a difference. An opportunity to change the expectation. An opportunity to not only see the planet and all it’s beings differently, but to begin to live here differently. Live as if the world is already a peaceful place.

No matter the perceived challenge, I will always return to this.

April 12, 2017

Only uncertainty needs defense – A Course in Miracles

In these uncertain times, we spend many hours defending our belief systems. “Let me pull out this book, this article, this video to prove that I’m right.” “You can’t possibly understand from where you sit.” “How can you believe such nonsense when the truth is so obvious.”

The truth is… The truth is that only with separation is there uncertainty. When you begin to realize that the heart sees no difference, you will understand that there is no defense that makes sense.

Understanding this truth, and living in a world where so much time is spent defending beliefs, makes one want to go quiet a whole lot more than usual.

April 11, 2017

The most difficult thing for a parent to do is to sit by and watch. What you really want to do is magically change a thought process that you know in your heart is going to cause incredible pain. All the lecturing, soft talk, coaxing, yelling will not change that process. It is not your journey.

The most important lesson we give our children is love. Unfiltered, messy, mistake-filled love. As parents we try to figure it out as we go along and it is never, ever perfect. As much as our children want us to be, we are not that. Not even close. But we don’t give up – not even when we say we must.

It may not be our journey, but we will ride the course anyway. That’s what love does.

That’s simply what love does.

April 10, 2017

Live your life as simply as you can. You don’t have to take on the weight of the world. You really don’t.

Imagine if we spent more time focused on what is right and stopped talking about what is wrong. It’s time to stop imagining it. It’s time to start living it. This is my choice.

April 9, 2017

We often hear that we are all Children of God.

How do you care for that child in you? How do you treat the other children of God in your world? How do you speak about the children of God that don’t live life like you do? What do you think about the children of God that make decisions that are contrary to what you think?

It’s time to remember who you are.

 

April 7, 2017

I don’t use this page to write about world/national/local politics or events. It doesn’t mean that I’m not aware and informed. I just don’t write about it.

This is a place of peace. A place you can come to take a breath and set the world aside for a moment. To not comment on what is going on in the world, but to comment on what brings you peace. I will hold this space sacred to that desire.

Take a breath with me.

I open my heart to your sacred presence, sweet Spirit, and trust in your enduring love. With love all things are possible.

With love ALL things are possible.

April 5, 2017

When I was little and I would stumble and fall, my mother would often say, “I should have named you Grace.” She would help me up, brush my hair off my face, look me over, smile and say, “You’re fine, let’s go.” No time for wasteful tears, we’ve got things to do. Let’s go.

In my office, today, is a block with just the word Grace on it. It is a reminder of my mother and her gentle strength. Lessons learned through stumbling. I am stronger – and more graceful – than I think I am. Thinking this, being reminded of it, I can face anything.

Get up, brush the hair off your face, and let’s go. We’ve got things to do.

Gentle, strong, grace-filled.

April 4, 2017

You create beautiful things and master your fears. You have come through storms and helped so many people. You continue to love deeply and completely and it shows.

Allow the beauty of what you have accomplished to speak quietly for you. There is no need to shout from the rooftop for people to see your magnificence. Everything you have done that has brought you to now will speak beautifully for you without you ever having to say a word.

April 3, 2017

Stop what you are doing and breathe with me.
Let’s begin this day as one breath.

April 2, 2017

What frightens you? Think carefully about this. Fear blocks everything, including your ability to create any viable solution to the perceived problem that created the fear in the first place. The Course in Miracles says that as long as you believe fear is possible, you will not create. The only reality, truly, is the good that is right here all the time. The absolute solution will always come from there. It is only from good that creativity thrives and survives.

So in a time of fear, where have you hidden your faith?

April 1, 2017

Be filled with peace because you are loved.

March 31, 2017

Stop searching for what you already know you possess.

March 30, 2017

In the middle of the night, my eyes fluttered open and I unexpectedly breathed these words:
Open your heart.

March 29, 2017

Every moment that you spend stopping a negative thought before it is fully formed is a moment of release. In time, these thoughts will disappear before they even reach your conscious mind. The reason is simple: there will no longer be any room for what does not serve you.

Fill your mind with joy!

March 28, 2017

Thought for the day: There must come a time when you stop searching and begin believing that all you need is right here. Begin to listen to the teacher within you. That teacher is waiting for a turn to show you, you.

Love you. Believe in you. See the Light in you.

March 27, 2017

I am grateful for secrets kept and surprises that brought tears to many. I am grateful for a phone call received three years ago from the man I now get to work side by side with every day. Thank you, Richard Burdick, for that call (I consider it a calling). More importantly, congratulations on your Ordination. You worked hard to accomplish that goal. Yesterday was fun.

So what’s next, my friend?

March 26, 2017

Allow yourself a moment of tenderness.

March 25, 2017

Remember who you are without all the name tags. Pure Love, identical to your Source. Gently shake away every name but that one.

March 24, 2017

Walk through this day with an open heart. There are folks you will meet who really need you to do that.

March 22, 2017

The only sound I hear is the stirring of a cat settling down after a morning feast.

Silence.

It is pure peace that fills my soul with its gentleness.

Silence.

The gentle unwinding of muscle as the body relaxes knowing that each one’s work will be there when this time is done.

Silence.

Intricately weaving through me bringing gentleness, softness, and, yes, peace to the far corners of this body.

Silence.

The mind quiets, gratitude rises and love overwhelms me.

Silence. The day begins.

March 21, 2017

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
– Muhammad Ali

I love this quote. I truly believe that anything is possible. Anything. Once I began to focus on what’s possible my wallet was never empty, my relationships became stronger, my faith deepened, my world changed. Dramatically. Impossible disappeared from my vocabulary.

The world opens up when you begin to trust in what is possible.. Change your language. Change your thoughts. Change the world you’ve been given. Make a choice to choose what’s possible.

March 20, 2017

A prayer does not have to be filled with words. Do you think your God is going to mess it up if you don’t you lay out the details of the outcome you want?

Let your prayer act as a clearinghouse for what is not serving you. Ask, very simply, for guidance: “What do you think about this?” Let the question float gently through you. Don’t guide it to a certain answer. The only roadblocks to your happiness are the ones that you put there.

Allow the wonder that is the God of your understanding to show you the miracles that are within you. You will be amazed at what you will see. Truly amazed.

March 18, 2017

It’s raining here today. Pouring through the downspout just outside the door. The wind causing the rain to gently pulsate as it hits the ground. Coming down hard and then slowing to a drizzle. The swoosh of a car passing on the street. The chimes on the porch adding to the music of the morning.

What magic do you hear this morning?

March 17, 2017

“A silent mouth is sweet to hear.” (My Irish contribution for this St. Patrick’s Day.)

The people I appreciate most are those who do without needing to say how great they are at doing it.

March 16, 2017

I believe that Spirit/God/Source lives as me guiding everything I do – if I simply listen. You believe that God is outside of you and that, through worship, you will receive His many blessings. Someone else does not believe in God but is guided by intuition.

Is one of us wrong?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This simple rule is found in every major religion, every spiritual practice and every life lesson.

I am as you are and, therefore, no one is wrong.

March 15, 2017

There is nothing and no one forcing you to take on what feels unlike you.

In relationships we often take on the energy of the other person. If they find fault with us, we feel beat up and responsible. If we are showered with love and attention, we soak it in and dance in the light of love. While the latter is the place we would prefer to reside, it is still someone else’s idea of us. We have a choice whether to accept it or not. We have a choice as to whether we will use it to define who we are or choose to define ourselves.

Try this exercise: Pay attention to the physical sensation that occurs as you begin to react to someone’s rant. (This can be a face to face situation, one you are observing or even something you are reading.) Pay close attention to how it feels and decide to release it in that moment – in the midst of the tirade. You don’t have to be pulled in. You can simply relax and let it flow past you.

There is nothing and no one that can force you to be anything but you.

March 14, 2017

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March 13, 2017

We try so hard to create a perfect life when perfection has always been who we are.

Live a simple life. It’s in the simplicity of living that perfection is found.

March 12, 2017

(Daylight Savings) Yes I’m late this morning… I posted earlier but didn’t finish. Yes, I forgot to set the clocks. Yes, that threw me into a tizzy. Still made it to work on time, though.

Setbacks are only setbacks if you believe them to be so. Yes, I’m always learning…

March 11, 2017

A little late this morning. Been listening to music and doing a bit of work. I know, I should not be working on my day off, but that’s so much easier said than done. Most everyone does it to some extent. If we are not doing work, we are thinking about it.

However….(and this is a conversation I have had several times lately)…. If we believe that we get more of what we focus on, why would we focus on work? We need a bit more play. At least I do.

If you did not have to work to live, what would you do with your days?

March 10, 2017

Sooo….. (that’s for my Toastmaster friends 🙂 )….that was some storm last night. The cats must have gone into hiding because they didn’t give me my 5:30 wake up call. Now fed, and the storm gone, they sit at the french doors waiting for their neighborhood buddies (or maybe a chipmunk or two) to stop by for a visit.

With the sun on the rise and the air smelling like the rain the birds excitedly tell their story of the storm. As you wake, and sit with your coffee, are you taking a moment to take it all in? There is a whole world going on around you. Have you noticed?

March 9, 2017

Close the book on your yesterdays.

Put your history on a shelf and let it collect dust. It’ll surely be there for reference if you need it, but it’s really not pertinent to this story. Use a blank page and write something new. This story won’t be saddled with that stuff. (If that nonsense pops up, just hit delete.)

Start from a place where only good is allowed to permeate the page. Begin to imagine that. Only good exists. Yes, that’s the story that needs to be written.

It’s not time for a new chapter. It’s time for a new book.

 

March 8, 2017

Nothing good will occur if nothing good is thought.

(I keep trying to add something to this “thought” but methinks its best left alone…)

March 7, 2017

Don’t let a problem reside in your head. Don’t let it get comfortable there. Your head will feed it to the point that it is so overweight it can’t move. The longer a problem sits in the brain the more complicated it will become. The more you try to control everything, the less in control you feel. The brain thinks it has to figure it out RIGHT NOW.

Deliberately move it to your heart – the center of your being. When you begin this process, you’ll find that you immediately breathe a little deeper as if by breathing you can move the problem even deeper (and you can). What begins to happen is that with each focused breath everything begins to slow down. Muscles relax. Oxygen to the brain increases. Your heart rate slows. Calmness takes over. The heaviness you felt is lifted. You begin to feel more in control.

The heart. This is where awareness and intuition work together to bring understanding and clarity. It is here that answers will come.

March 6, 2017

The only way I have learned to balance the scales of this busy, wonderful, life I lead is to ensure that one side of it is filled with quiet. It’s in the quiet that I find the strength to begin again. I am most grateful for the people in my life that understand this.

How do you find balance?

March 5, 2017

I have everything that I desire. It starts with this simple belief. The life that you want is not out-there-somewhere. It is right here, right now. You simply need to believe it’s so.

No ifs, ands or buts about it. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

March 4, 2017

Look into the faces of the people you meet. With gentle observation it is easy to tell when someone is walking in harmony with the universe. The reverse is also true. These human bodies emit so much energy! A glow, a sense of peace, a warm reaction to what is going on around them, a bit of excited joy at just being here now. A darkness, abruptness, untamed kinetic energy, unease with their surroundings. You can feel the difference as soon as you step into someone’s space.

Remember this: Every one is part of the same source. Everyone is divine. Each of us deserves the same love no matter the path we are walking. Be kind always.

March 3 2017

Free of all negativity…a continued thought.

L.E.N.T. Let’s Eliminate Negative Thought. We’ve all seen that before, yes? I’m not a big fan of “giving up” something for Lent (how many years did I give up fighting with my brothers or give up chocolate – such is the Catholic life!) But eliminating negative thought is something worth striving toward regardless of the time of year.

For today – 24 hours – stop any negative thought. Turn it around and try again. This means that you will have to pay attention to what you are thinking and saying.

Hmm…yeah, good luck with that…

(oops, was that a negative thought???) 🙂

Seriously, try it. Instead of seeing the worst, seek out the best.

Seeing the best is seeing the Divine. And that my sweet friends, is the beauty of this exercise.

March 2, 2017

Let it go. You know what I’m talking about. Let it go. Whatever is weighing heavy on you this morning is not yours to carry. Breathe into the morning and know that you are capable of anything. You are even capable of stepping into this day free of all negativity. Free of “I can’t”. Free of all doubt. Free of any thought that says no.

A negative life is never an easy life. Begin in this moment to live life one positive thought at a time.

March 1, 2017

Been spending my morning listening to new music (new to me anyway – Tina Turner/Beyond, Amy Steinberg/Exactly). I’m involved in 2 small groups that are talking about the same topic but in oh-so-different ways! I am excited, engaged, learning and thrilled to be a part of new shift in energy at Unity North (my workplace and my spiritual community). And I came home last night with some new music to listen to and a book or two to buy. Good stuff!

It’s all about connection. I often talk about going quiet, focusing on what is going on within you. Learning and living from that place is so important to me. Taking that peace and bringing it into the day to day activities of this life and allowing it to show up differently is what makes living so exciting. Taking peace and turning it into laughter at a life story someone is sharing (we laughed a lot last night!) or turning it into tears of joy or sadness for what someone is experiencing deepens the lessons I continue to learn. Knowing that I am not alone on this journey and knowing that each unique being has something wonderful to bring to the party, well, it just leaves me wanting to dance!

Connection. Heart to heart, mind to mind. Together from a place of peace.

February 28, 2017

Place of peace. Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is what I am purposely creating. Sometimes I need to remind myself not to “go there” with my thoughts. Sometimes I need to remind myself that it is better to spend ten more minutes in meditation instead of ten more minutes trying to decipher the news.

Place of peace. Always return to that. Always keep this space that. Let’s continue to remind each other that we have the power. It is not some force outside of us. It is a force within each of us. A place within that has the absolute power to bring peace to every single thing we do.

Place of peace. Keep that place (this place) sacred. Always

February 27, 2016

What magic will you make today? How about the magic of a kind word followed by the sparkling dust of a smile? Sometimes simple makes the day.

February 26, 2017

Have you ever watched someone who is avoiding a conversation? Or someone who has something to say, but doesn’t say it? Or they use innuendos? And then they lash out for no obvious reason – but you already know the reason based on previous avoidances? Or the next time you talk, everything is perfectly fine and you wonder if you imagined it all?

Say what you wanna say…. yeah, that song. Listen to it again. Let the words fall out – honestly. Let’s change the conversation.

February 25, 2017

Every now and then I like to share what I’m reading. “Quiet Talks with the Master”, first published in 1936, is one of four books by Eva Bell Werber. This little book has been close at hand for many years and today I opened it to this page. My life’s path has always been about this. Having to see a result has never been the need. The energy of the service is enough.

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February 24, 2017

You are eternal.

Not the physical, brush your hair and teeth every day, you.
Rather, the you that brings joy to this physical life. That says “Yes!” to possibility and then goes after it. When confronted with something dark, the you that examines it and then steps aside and lets the darkness pass on by. The one that is deeply and completely in love with the experience of living because you know you are just gathering data for eternity. Yes, this is you.

You are, indeed, infinite. Stop worrying about how you look on the outside and start grooming the inside. You’ve got a long life ahead of you.

February 23, 2017

I will continue to hold peace in this space.

No matter the illusion of the physical world I know that the space within, if ministered to, will create a greater space for peace to occur in the physical. I believe that the day to day tribulations that we all experience are better resolved when we learn to release the outcome of the trial we are experiencing.

Once we master this, the work we do is better served and peace is the outcome.

February 22, 2017

I love Emilie Cady. Whenever I struggle with something, I open Lessons in Truth and there is my answer:

“I want to stimulate you to lose sight of all differences, all side issues and lesser things, and seek but for one thing – that is the consciousness of the presence of an indwelling God in you and your life. And believe me, just as there is less separation between the spokes of a wheel the nearer they get to the hub, so you will find that the nearer you both come to the perfect Center, which is the Father, the less difference will there be between you and your brother.”

Look past the differences and focus your attention on the good you know rests within the heart of every being. What a difference when you begin there!

February 21, 2017

The only thing that remains when all else is released is peace. I believe peace is simply another name (of many) for the God that is always there, always waiting to show us what is possible.

May your day be filled with Peace.

February 20, 2017

We all have that person in our lives that just pushes every. single. button. every. time. we. see. them. It has been said that this person is actually your reflection showing you your “true” self.

I don’t think so! I would NEVER act like THAT!!!

Oh, really?? As much as you don’t want to see it that way, there is some truth to the idea. Examine what it is that you see that you don’t like. Don’t pass this by – it’s important. Maybe he is “too” something – loud, bossy, honest, picky, self absorbed. Maybe it’s the intensity of a trait that sparks something in you. And, maybe, just maybe, instead of simply judging, you ask yourself what.

Not why, what. What is it in me that needs to change in order to accept that this person is simply on a different plane than I am. No better, no worse, just a different place in their evolution. What do I need to do to accept him just the way he is? Change me, not him.

Yikes……

February 19, 2017

Listen carefully to the thought beneath the thought. You know there is more there for you to hear. Pause, be silent, and breathe deeply past the thought that keeps roaring at you. Listen carefully for the sweet, small voice patiently waiting to be heard.

There is magic in that voice.

February 18, 2017

Keep your heart soft. In today’s world it is easy to be caught up in anger and despair, to rage against or for something or someone. Once you harden your heart, wisdom and learning can no longer get through. Peace will bypass you in search of a heart more receptive.

It is easy to become blind to what connects all of us. Keep your heart soft.

February 17, 2017

Google is friggin’ amazing. I was thinking about how changing my thoughts from possibilities to probabilities has made such a difference in my life. I decided to get clear on the definitions (my two favorite books are the dictionary and thesaurus in case you were wondering). Lo and behold, this is what I found:

Probable refers to what is likely to be done, to occur, or to be true; possible refers to what can be done, to occur, or to be true.

So, there you have it. Google just did my work for me. (and, yes, apparently I’m easily entertained)

February 16, 2017

Attachment. Oh, how we hate to let go of things. I just completed a revision of an article based on very good feedback. The changes weren’t major and they made sense, but still….those were my words you were telling me were not quite right. My words. My attachment…. It reminds me of my staff teasing me about my attachment to certain commas – I like those commas just where they are…

Of course, there are much bigger things we attach ourselves to besides misplaced commas. Like people. We don’t want to let go for fear of …what? Being hurt? Hurting them? Maybe there are still lessons on frustration, discomfort, instability you need to learn from them? Letting go doesn’t have to mean “no longer in my life”. It can simply mean that you will no longer be held captive by someone else’s stuff.

An amazing thing happens when you no longer attach your life to someone else’s. You begin to live yours.

February 15, 2017

Life ain’t perfect. We say and do things that make us aware of our imperfections. Others say and do things that seem to magnify those imperfections in us. We suffer deeply, often quietly. We look at others and wish we had what they have as if, somehow, a different life would be better. On the surface it may appear that way. It may appear that others have found nirvana. We must be doing something wrong to have this life and not that one.

Be careful of appearances. Magnify the “perfect” life and you will see it’s not so different than your own. We are all simply doing the best we can with the tools we have in this moment.

Life actually is perfect because of it’s imperfections. Sometimes you just need to let it be.

February 14, 2017

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February 13, 2017

I am as you are. I breathe, I eat, I work, I play, I sleep, I dream, I fall down and I get back up. I desire to live life more fully, to love more deeply.

Love more deeply. In everything you do, do this.

People will call you naive. Do it anyway.

February 12, 2017

Every one of us goes through each day impacting the lives of others. This is one way in which we change the world.

So…how’re you doing?

February 11, 2017

In the midst of your marathon, remember to take time to care for your soul. It is from this place of peace that you learn what is most important. Don’t lose sight of that.

Take care of you so you can take care of the world.

February 4, 2017

Now. That’s where the activity of life exists. In this moment. Everything else is done or yet to be.

How are you demonstrating your life?

If you are currently saying you don’t have enough money, life sucks, you have a horrible boss – you are demonstrating lack.

If, instead, you are saying that it’s good to have a couple of dollars in your wallet, you will sit in meditation to recenter yourself, you have the experience to look for a new position – you are demonstrating opportunity.

Same situations, different perspective. It really is that simple.

February 3, 2017

Day to day, moment to moment, the world is changing faster than it has in my lifetime. As we work relentlessly to slow it down we risk burning out before it does.

Take care of yourself. Return to your prayer practice. Sit in the silence and become centered again. Look for the sunset each evening. Pause to play with your children, with your animals. Go for a walk and feel the crispness of the air on your face.

Bring peace to your world. In doing so you will bring peace to ours.

February 2, 2017

What are you looking at?

You won’t find happiness if you don’t look for happiness. It’s always a choice (I know, I sound like a broken record). If you’re unhappy – about anything – you should look past, over, under, above what it is that’s making you unhappy. I know a very wise Minister who reminds us from time to time that turning the other cheek simply means seeing a different perspective.

So, what do you see?

February 1, 2017

As many of you know, I believe deeply in the power of prayer, especially collective prayer. I’d like to ask a favor. Will you join me today in prayer?

With every recognized breath, breathe in peace. Exhale peace. Nothing else.
No desires other than peace.
Nothing else.
No attachment to the thought.
Nothing else but peace.
No interference.
Eyes closed.
Breathe in. Peace.
Breathe out. Peace.

As you exhale imagine your peace filled breath joining with others. A blanket of peace caressing our planet.

Breathe in Peace. Breathe out Peace.

One word. One prayer. One body. One heart.

Peace.

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matt 18:20.

January 31, 2017

So I’ve edited this post several times already…..Obviously, like many of you, I find myself conflicted.

My two children, one an empath, the other an anarchist, have both deleted their Facebook accounts. To me, that says a lot about the state of the world. We hang out in this surrealistic world so much we think it’s the real thing. And lately, it’s not much fun to be here.

What to do? Go or stay?

The jury is still out.

For today – see things differently. Take today and don’t engage in discussion that goes no where. Keep focused on what is right. Work for change – just don’t do it here where words easily become debated.

Read and research what you read and research it some more. Act, don’t act out. Make sure your actions serve a positive purpose for everyone.

Be smart, be wise, be safe.

January 30, 2017

Every negative thought, every negative comment, every negative feeling increases the likelihood of a negative life. Even if the thoughts, comments and feelings are temporary, they cause a downward spiral that is often difficult to come back from. They also never create a positive result. While you are spiraling (out of control?) you’re missing the opportunity to participate in real, intelligent, focused change.

The way you choose to make a difference matters.

January 29, 2017

In this place of peace we believe that all is well – just the way it is. Everything is unfolding as it is meant to. The light of God that lives and breathes as each one of us is shining very brightly, guiding us to understand that we are ALL One. Do you get that? Do you really understand the importance of that in the world we are facing? There is only God. There should be no question that follows that. No “but”, no “what if” or “what about”. No question.

We are of the same Source and that Source is always good. Focus your light (that is of and only God) on what is GOOD. Always and in all ways.

Take a breath with me.

January 28, 2017

When was the last time you sent someone a card?

One of my favorite ministries at Unity North is the Card Care Ministry. It reminds me how important it is to take time to care. Buying cards, getting addresses, and actually handwriting a thought or two – in the age of social media, this idea of writing cards is long forgotten by most of us. The Card Care Ministry sends cards for healing, condolence, celebration, encouragement, understanding or simply peace. I’ve been a part of this for years and have been a recipient as well. I know what a difference it makes.

Next time you’re at the store, pick up a few cards and some stamps. Instead of typing a quick note on someone’s timeline, look up their address and send them a card. Trust me, you will make their day.

January 27, 2017

Most of us wake each morning one of two ways. Ready to take on the world or wanting to pull the covers over your head. Lately, for me, it’s more often the latter. I have two cats, though, who will have none of that. So here I am at 6:00 a.m. I love you all, but I seriously would rather be in bed….

No matter. I am simply grateful for the opportunity to change the way I feel.

(In case you didn’t already know, gratitude changes everything.)

January 19, 2017

I have told the story of my Mom often lately. The story of her birth, of her physical differences – the fact that she was born without feet. The story of her childhood and of her moral character in the face of adversity. I have told of her determination and her courage, her laughter and her love. I have told her story so that I can say this:

I see Florence “Betty” Williams in every woman that is Walking to Washington. Whether you stand on the ground of the National Mall, in front of your state capitol, or your front yard, whether you have knit a hat, made a poster, helped to organize or said a prayer, I see her in you.

You love first with your arms outstretched. You grab hold and you don’t let go. You fight from a place of knowing that unless you speak out you will be shut down. And shutting down is never an option. You work and you work hard. Quietly behind the scenes or at the front of the line, you speak with intelligence but, always, always from a place of love.

We are women of great fortitude. Our message is universal. As we continue to feed each other through our commitment to love first, we teach each other to stand.

Stand on your own two feet because those two feet stand for all of us. Wherever you walk this Saturday, this is the lesson given to you, through me, from my Mother. I stand with you and I am grateful – and I know she is, too.

Take care of each other.

“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” Women’s March on Washington 2017

January 17, 2017

I step forward into this day on the strength of my own two feet. (Thank you, Mom!)

January 16, 2017

The music of my awakening: The simple sound of a bird’s song as I walk downstairs. The gentle ring of chimes on my front porch. The heat kicking on to erase the early morning chill. The cats meowing underfoot while I serve them breakfast. The bubbling coffee that will soon warm my hands and clear the last remnants of sleep from my mind. And, then, the click of the keyboard as I do what I love to do most –

This.

Enjoy today. It is a gift.

January 15, 2017

“The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows” Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the midst of discontent, you have a choice. Which path will you choose?

January 14, 2017

Every opportunity that is presented that allows me to look at something differently, to question what I believe, to stand still and listen, allows me to step a little deeper into the God of my being.

This is my journey, this is the life I have chosen.

January 13, 2017

We spend way too much time thinking about what others are thinking.

Stop it.

January 10, 2017

Do something positive. Every day. Do something positive without spite.
Without spite. Don’t tell me you are marching in Washington to show Donald Trump you are mad as hell and are not going to take it any more. Tell me you are walking side by side with a million other women in order to demonstrate that women are strong, beautiful, powerful human beings and spirited souls who have purpose. That men and women everywhere have value and, together, they can do so much good. Tell me that you will focus not on what is wrong but on what is right. Please tell me all of this.
Do something positive without spite and maybe, just maybe, you will make a real difference.
January 9, 2017

There is a wonderful story that Emilie Cady tells in “Lessons in Truth” when writing about perception. It’s one of my favorite subjects: seeing things through different lenses. She sets out to compare the “beliefs” of different faith teachers and how each believes their way to be the right and only way. They have educated themselves in their respective traditions and, therefore, they believe they have knowledge the others don’t. But they do all believe in one God.

And then there is this woman, without the education of the others, that has focused in on one line from the Bible: “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light…No man can serve two masters”. Reading and rereading this, one day it made sense to her. “Lookin’ at God with one eye and this evil with the other is bein’ double-eyed, and God told me to keep my eye single.” Her life dramatically changed and she began to see the good that exists in all situations.

Keep your eye single. Keep it focused on the Good. No matter what your lens, let that be what you see.

January 8, 2017

Even on a very cold morning when I need to get ready for work, I find peace in knowing that I am blessed to be here now.

And I will keep repeating that as I step outside into this cold, cold day…

January 6, 2017

With every breath I take I bring myself deeper into the Source of all that is. I am that Source as are you. As we breathe together, a gentle wisp ripples from us and begins to blanket the earth. Gently, softly it is breathed in and released. As One we breathe and the landscape begins to change. The Peace that lies within that breath becomes manifest.

You ask how many will it take to bring this to fruition?

Just One.

Don’t struggle. Just Breathe.

January 5, 2017

Look for the good. I began this idea of jotting down something good that happens during the day and putting it in a jar (to be opened and read next year). However, when I sat down to do that, nothing spectacular stood out. It was just an ordinary day.

Just an ordinary day that contained magical moments that I never noticed. Disappointed? Yes, but it has created excitement in me for the days to come.

Pay attention – there are magical, spectacular and extraordinary moments ahead!

January 4, 2017

Let’s make this short and sweet today.
Sometime today (I was going to say right now – but some of you have little ones hanging around) for 30 minutes turn off the TV, talk radio or any other news related media. Log out of social media and email.
Put your headphones on and turn on some gentle music. Let it be the background for a half hour of bliss.
Tune in to you.
January 2, 2017

The other day we looked back on the past 12 months and most tended to agree that it unfolded just as it was meant to. But now, New Year, New You? It seems to be the media mantra every year. So what was so wrong with the you of last year? Were you mean and ugly and a monster no one wanted to be around? If so, there’s more work to be done than this little post can handle and definitely more work than the flipping of a calendar page.

We keep forgetting that every day is a gift to be gently unwrapped in wonder. Many rely on dates and calendars and “what ifs” to the point of missing the point. This moment – this one, right here, right now, this one – is meant to be savored.

Do that always and the calendar will never matter – but your life will.

December 29, 2016

Many of us, at this time of year, look back over the last 12 months and decide whether the year was good or bad. No matter appearances or memories, it all unfolded exactly as it was meant to.

Celebrate your life – every moment of it. It is an incredible gift to be able to look back and see the road you’ve traveled.

December 28, 2016

In your “darkest hour” what do you believe? That all hope is lost, there is no way “out”, that life will never be the same?

Remember this, repeat this, understand this: You are never alone. Even in the midst of indescribable anguish that causes every cell of your body to scream, there is a deeper, more powerful vibration at work within each of those cells. And for change to occur, for peace to come, you simply need to acknowledge its presence.

Stay steadfast on this journey. There will be curve balls that will knock you off your feet. Stand up, brush yourself off, breathe deeply your faith and center yourself back into the knowledge that heaven is right here, right now. Always was and always will be.

December 27, 2016

It’s time to focus on what you want. Yes, yes, I know, you have a job to do, a family to raise. You need to put all your attention there. But….if we really believe that what we focus on is what is delivered to us, then….

Is this your dream job or just a job to pay the bills? What are your plans for what makes you happy? How much time do you spend thinking about that versus the amount of time you focus on the problems in your life that you think need solving?

Dreams don’t become reality unless you make them so. Here’s a simple way to start: Determine how much time you currently spend focused on things other than your deepest desire(s). Divide it in half. And there you go! You now have time to plan for the future that you want. It’s your mind, use it wisely.

December 26, 2016

Festivities done (spent with Dan, laughing and teasing with our beautiful kids) I sit here on a quiet morning with the windows open and a hot cup of coffee looking forward to lunch with friends. I am grateful today for a good night’s sleep, for friends and family that make my life magical and for work, while challenging at times, that continues to feed my soul. Life is a gift that I get to unwrap every day. Sometimes surprising, always special.

December 23, 2016

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December 22, 2016

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I shared this photo three years ago. Little me on Christmas morning. I was sitting here this morning thinking about the abundance I have seen lately in the world around me and feeling grateful to be a part of it. Then this popped up and my smile continued. I wish this bliss for everyone today. If you’re not feeling it, take some of mine. Focus on what is good.

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December 20, 2016

Yes, the unrest is still there, lying below the surface. Can’t seem to shake it. It’s unfamiliar territory, there is no more status quo. No more safety net. Many feel it, many are speaking about it, but others are quietly waiting to “see what happens next”.

It is time to step up, rise above the feeling of unrest and begin the hard work of changing the paradigm. History has proven time and again that violence (through thoughts, words and actions) does not solve anything. Use your unrest differently. Change your world dramatically by changing the conversation from one of anger, disgust and hatred for all things perceived as evil. We know the unrest exists so change the conversation. Listen and learn. Find common ground and begin to build relationships with those that see things differently than you. There is a connection between all of us that says the only way to fix anything is by working together.

Let’s see what we agree on and start there.

December 19, 2016

So it’s Christmas week. Another year almost complete. As we prepare for the Holidays and look back over the past year and forward into the next there will be many emotions to wade through. But for now, for this week, let’s focus on the message of hope that is woven throughout the story of Bethlehem.

When a seed of hope is planted and fed and nurtured, anything is possible.

December 17, 2016

From the moment you entered this physical realm, from the moment of your birth, you have been a miracle. Something amazing occurred in that moment and it continues to occur with every breath you take. No matter appearances. Just the fact that you were born and you breathe is astounding. No matter appearances.

When everything other than birth and breath appears to matter more, return to the Source of who you are. A miracle. Pure, simple, astounding. Breathe that in.

December 16, 2016

Open your eyes. Look up from your work. Step outside your world. There is something you need to see. Something that will take your breath away.

Please don’t miss this life.

December 15, 2016

We want more. We always want more. More peace, love, money, knowledge, attention, understanding, time – the list goes on and on. What if we stopped wanting and just allowed?

Allowed what? I know, you have so much you want and if you don’t keep saying it, it will never happen. Yet, what happens every time you say it? I’d venture to guess that it’s a little different every time.

Set down your desires – make them simple, please, and stop attaching stuff to them – and allow them to manifest. Every time you attach something more to the simple thing you want, you mess it up. It seems like you are changing it and God (Source, Universe, Spirit – seriously, one of these days I’m writing a post about this struggle people have with names) – and God keeps trying to give it to you but it doesn’t come through clearly because, um, well, you haven’t been very clear. And then you think this manifestation stuff is crap.

It’s not. Keep it clear. Keep it simple. And release. Give God a chance to help you without overloading the request with details.

December 14, 2016

On days when it’s a struggle to see through the clouds surrounding me, I return to what I know to be true. I stay there for a while, refilling my heart with the peace of heaven.

I know that if I have heaven
There is nothing to desire.
Rain and river, a world of wonder
May be paradise to me.
-from “China Roses” performed by Enya

December 13, 2016

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December 11, 2016

There is a “fountain of life abiding within us. From this fountain constantly springs new life to re-create our mortal bodies”. (excerpt from “How I Used Truth” by H. Emilie Cady)

This is a wonderful image. If we stay focused on the outside circumstance we become stagnant, unable to move forward. Focus, instead, on the fountain that is always, always within and life will be continuously refreshed. This fountain, if tended to, will begin to overflow into that outer world pushing away the muck. In its place will be a pure, healing spa of love.

December 10, 2016

With a whisper the morning arrives. Eyes flutter open as the warmth of the blankets cocoon you for a moment more. Let your first thought of each day be one of peace. As your feet touch the ground, be grateful for this new adventure. A wonderful chance you’ve been given to peacefully blanket your world in love.

Smile and begin.

December 9, 2016

If you keep walking away from the people who upset you, without ever telling them why, they will keep showing up the same way. They will keep coming back until you have the conversation that you think won’t make any difference.

Have the conversation. Please.

December 8, 2016

This may sound “old school” but I’ll say it anyway.

Thoughts are influential. If you have a thought, you have a life.

So, what’s your life look like?

December 7, 2016

Every once in a while I slip into the “old me”. The one who, in her passion to see people treated fairly, would raise her fist in anger and say “Don’t you dare!” That person is a little strange to me now and she makes me (and those around me) feel a bit uncomfortable.

But….I’m sorta glad she’s still here. She reminds me of how deeply I care.

December 6, 2016

Forgiveness. A big topic for such a small space. Each of us has experiences that appear to harm us. Some of us wear our scars loudly while others will bury them under layer upon layer of silence. Yet others seem to be able to “just let it go”.

Be strengthened by these challenges and not weakened. You can, indeed, stand in your power and change your world and do so without being harmed. It is always a choice.

No matter what, though, the aftermath can leave us standing on shaky ground. When you realize that the journey someone is on is not yours, forgiveness comes more easily. What was said and done has nothing to do with you – at all.

It is their work. Don’t make it yours. Don’t allow your wounds to be healed with anger. Bathe them in love and allow the scars to be gentle reminders of how strong you really are.

December 5, 2016

In the quiet depths of your soul peace resides. It is always there waiting to be pulled forth for the world to see. For some, this is easy. It is a way of life. For others, it remains buried and struggle is the way of life. And for many more, it is a wondrous journey of awakening. With bumps and bruises along the path, it continues to push upward bringing with it a light for all to share.

Be witness to the awakening of the collective soul.

December 4, 2016

This is the prayer I say each morning to start my day: “I open my heart to your sacred presence, Sweet Spirit, and trust in your enduring love. With gratitude for this sacred breath, I begin my day.”

Gently breathe and let the day unfold.

December 3, 2016

Look beyond the physical and see what lies within. There is goodness there. See past the personality and know that beneath all appearances is a heart overflowing with desire. Join me there.

December 2, 2016

If it is your desire to live a simple life, do that. The battle you create that says there is too much to do, too many problems to solve while the quiet, simpler you waits, is nothing more than a choice you are making.

And yet, even as I place the thought in your mind, you argue that you “just can’t now”. You want to, but…..

If it is chaos you desire, so be it. I would venture to guess, however, that you are pushing through the chaos in search of the calm. You think you’ll get there “some day”.

Your “some day” has come. Release the need to be all to all. Be all, instead, to you and live a simpler, gentler life.

December 1, 2016

When the petals of a rose are picked and crushed, they emit a beautiful scent stronger than the flower on the bush. Even in it’s destruction, it is graceful.

How quickly and easily its painful stem is forgotten once we touch the soft, delicate petals and inhale its heavenly aroma! We handle this beautiful flower very tenderly, don’t we?

Treat your life this way. Bathe the thorns in love and allow a soft touch to carry you forward.

Walk through this life with gentle grace.

November 30, 2016

This corner of my page will continue to be a place of peace. I will not enter into debate about world issues here. I simply think we all need something we can count on. I count on being able to come here each morning and leave you with a thought or two to start your day peacefully. It doesn’t mean that I am naive to what is going on. So, yes, from time to time, I will share a bit about causes that matter to me – but always from a place of hope.

I believe from the depths of who I am that peace is possible for everyone. We simply need to allow it to be so and live as if it is already our truth. When life presents as something other than that, I know it’s just an illusion. At the very core of every thing, there is peace and that is where I will shine my light.

Take a breath, feel the earth beneath your feet and the energy rise from your heart. Live today in peace.

November 29, 2016

Thought for the day: Early morning rain. Step outside and breathe it in. It’s been a long time coming.
(And then enjoy this classic written by the man whose music led me to the love of my life.)

November 28, 2016

Enter this day in peace and bring with you a soothing touch,a kind word, and a gentle eye.

The time has come to change the world.

November 27, 2016

The Golden Rule. Imagine if we all actually lived our entire lives by this one simple principle. Seriously. Think about that for awhile……

November 26, 2016

Stand up for what you believe. Do it with peace. If we have learned nothing else, we have learned that the other way does not work.

November 25, 2016

In the silence of the heart love resides. Trying to find the silence in a world that is crying so loudly, I struggle. There is so much work to be done and from every outer source I am bombarded with need. It is so noisy that I barely remember what it is I am supposed to be doing.
My new blog post… Read more here

November 24, 2016

Give thanks for the fact that you have the freedom to discuss politics at your Thanksgiving table. However, just because you are free to do so, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

Let’s give thanks and make this a politics-free day.

November 23, 2016

There is no room for hate in this life. I am what I was created to be. Pure, uncomplicated love. Any thought I have that is not of that is simply a momentary lapse in memory and I quickly recover. I return to that thought that created me. I breathe that thought into being and remember who I truly Am.

And I am grateful.

November 22, 2016

Pay attention to how extraordinary this moment is. It has never been before and never will be again. It simply is the most unique moment in your life. How you choose to use it will determine what the next moment will be like.

Yes, it really is all about choices….

November 21, 2016

I have started and deleted this post four times this morning. When I struggle with what I am seeing and hearing, I bring myself to silence.

I often speak about ‘listening to understand’. Sometimes we need to do that for ourselves. What is it that has me on edge? Why can’t I articulate what I feel? To what depth must I go to understand what I am experiencing?

Silence.

It is the magical potion that brings perspective and clarity. Allowing the thoughts to be there without focusing on any one in particular. I am grateful for this.

Be quiet. Settle down and your thoughts will settle with you.

As I come back to the keyboard, I understand. Without the rhetoric, I am simply a safe haven. Whether I wear a pin or not I hear you. No matter on which “side” you stand, I am listening.

You are safe here. This I promise.

November 20, 2016

As we enter this week of Thanksgiving may we put our weapons down. Whatever they be, put them aside.

Hold on to the peace that permeates your soul. Let that peace be what guides you and be grateful for the awakening.

Put your weapons down, whatever they be, and give thanks.

November 19, 2016

I get it. Life can suck.

Between the kids, the job, the partner or the ex, with the election, the traffic, the bills, the house, your parents, your siblings….. It’s too much for one person to handle.

I get it. I’ve been there more times than I like to admit. Life can suck.

But….here it comes…. only if you let it.

Yes, I’ve been there and, yes, sometimes it is so chaotic, so overwhelming, that there is no visible way out or way around it. But there is.

Breathe. Take 10 seconds and take a breath. Before you get out of bed, before you have a conversation, before you pull out of your driveway, before you walk into a meeting, before you pick up the kids, answer the phone, pay a bill. Just take a breath. Focus on the inhale and the exhale. Just that, nothing more.

Focusing on your breath will not eliminate the problems in your life. It will simply open a pathway so you can see the solution that has been there all along.

And one more thing…you’ve got this. Yes, you. You have the power within you to accomplish anything.

Have faith in yourself and breathe.

November 17, 2016

The undercurrent of uncertainty is unnerving. At times it feels as if we are tip toeing around broken glass. Looking for something to hold on to, we keep searching for the answers that will “fix” this. Whatever this is.

No matter what side of this equation you are on, there is fear. We are living in the middle of a great unknown and we are waiting with baited breath. People are taking action – on both sides – trying to prevent catastrophe from occurring. How will it all end? Where will you be standing?

History will continue to repeat itself again and again and again until we stop living in fear.

Stand in the middle with arms open wide, reach out your hand and listen to understand. There is a reason for the fear. Listen to understand.

It is the only way to clear the uncertainty.

November 16, 2016

Bring peace to your thoughts,
To your eyes,
To your heart.

Be the peace you wish to see.

November 15, 2016

We can do this. But first…..

Take refuge from the chaos. It is time to re-center yourself. Take a breath.

Root yourself deeply into the ground below your feet. Allow the energy that has tied your heart in knots to slowly unwind and work it’s way out through your pores. As you gently breathe, feel your heart slowing down and your breath becoming even.

Sit here for a while. It is safe here. There is no chaos here. Only peace.

Our anger will create chaos. Our peace will create change. Return to peace and work from there.

November 14, 2016

A new week begins and there is work to be done. What tools will you use to begin the process of changing your world? In the moments before I enter a meeting or a crucial conversation, I repeat the following:

“God please think through me, speak through me, act through me.”

It is my mantra and my salvation at times when my ego wishes to step in and take control.

May this be our mantra as we release the anger and the fear. May this be our mantra as we begin the task ahead. Take a deep breath and begin with peace.

God please think through us, speak through us, act through us.

November 13, 2016

In ‘Awakening Loving-Kindness“>Awakening Loving-Kindness’ by Pema Chodron (a must read for today), she speaks of taking refuge in the Buddha.

As you move along this path, there are dragons (obstacles) that need slaying. With every obstacle that is removed, a bit of your armor is removed as well, “particularly the armor that covers your heart”. Slowly you begin to discover that you truly are the Buddha, the Christ, the Atman, the One. As you get closer to your heart, your true center, you become more sensitive to what you are awakening to. You have less armor to protect you from the intense beauty that is being revealed.

You hesitate again and again and try to put your armor back on. But here’s the thing: Inside the armor it get’s really mucky, smelly and uncomfortable. It stays that way until you remove it. The intensity of your Buddha nature – the really real you – is intense. As you live there and breathe there, however, and interact from there, that intense beauty is released. Life becomes that which it was meant to be: a lesson in awakening loving-kindness.

November 12, 2016

img_0660-editedToday I celebrate my Mom.  This would have been her 92nd birthday.  She passed 23 years ago at the age of 69.  An incredible woman. She was born without feet but learned to dance. She was bullied as a child but designed prostheses that looked like real feet so she could wear sandals. She married the love of her life and raised four kids.  Most importantly, she taught her children to stand up for themselves and each other and to always love first.  Lessons that have carried me through this life.

I am proud to be the daughter of Florence Elizabeth Williams.  I am who I am because of her. Happy Birthday, Mom!

November 11, 2016

Today I breathe deeply into the beauty that exists in every corner of my life. What was perceived as ugly is now gone because of who I Am. I have come back to center and it is peaceful here. I breathe deeply into this space knowing that You are here with me.

I co-exist with You and as one we breathe this peace into the world.

As One we breathe peace. As One we breathe.

November 10, 2016

Yesterday, in response to the Prayer for Protection, someone wrote about God “Where was He yesterday?”

The God of my understanding hasn’t gone anywhere.

God doesn’t change. The only thing that can come between me and God is what I place there. God is ever patient, waiting to provide me with all the Good I desire. All that is asked is that I remove the obstacles (fear, anger, hatred, doubt) and put my focus on the Love that defines the source of my being.

With that image in mind, I understand that it’s time to remove the blocks of separation between you and me. It is time to move forward knowing that God is right here, right now, in this moment.

He never left.

November 9, 2016

The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us;
Wherever we are, God is!

November 8, 2016

I was going to simply say “Vote” but you all know how important today is. Instead, let me ask this of each of you:

No matter what happens today, remember who you are. Not the emotional you that is, right now – in this moment – a bit fearful of the outcome. Remember that you, alone, have dominion over your life. Not a politician or a government. Not a Republican or a Democrat. Not a man or a woman.

You.

Be at peace with you.

November 7, 2016

We all know that it’s important to keep the body maintained if it is to sustain us. As we become more physically stagnant, it becomes increasingly difficult to do what we know the body needs. We slowly, but surely, begin to doubt our ability to change. Set in our ways not being able to see a way out, we give up. It is what it is.
How’s that working for ya?

November 6, 2016

As this week begins, allow your focus to be on what is good in your life. As this week begins, walk with your feet firmly on the ground and keep your heart centered.

Don’t allow the hatred and anger you perceive to take you off this path you have worked so diligently to build.

As this week begins, know that God is in the house and all is well.

November 5, 2016

A peaceful life does not come about by demanding it.

November 4, 2016

I woke later than usual this morning and took my coffee, as I often do, and sat on the front porch enjoying the quiet. I’m up before most people and typically it is very quiet.

Today was a bit noisier. Traffic on the main road not far from my home, school bus picking up kids (at 6:50?!?! – those poor little ones!!), folks walking dogs. I was a bit taken aback and found myself distracted and, at first, a bit annoyed.

But after watching the activity for a minute or two I realized that I was still quiet. Nothing with me had changed, it was just the environment around me. It was only distracting as long as I allowed it to be. I gently put the outside distractions aside and returned to the moment of quiet that begins my day

Another interesting thought to carry me through the day.

November 3, 2016

The truth is you already have everything you need. Simply “let the light within you guide your way on….”

May the Long Time Sun
Shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light
within you
Guide your way on

Snatum Kaur
http://www.snatamkaur.com/

November 2, 2016

When life sucks it’s really hard to have faith. It’s the ‘forest for the trees’ syndrome. The mess you’re in appears so large that you can’t even imagine that there might be an answer in there somewhere.

Faith is patient. It will wait to be recognized. When you get a glimpse of it through the muck, it’ll gently smile, wave, and say, “Hey! I’ve been right here waiting for you! Let’s do this!!” All you have to do is take the step… and take hold of your faith.
Breathe deeply and know that everything changes once you believe it will.

 October 31, 2016

A daily practice of solitude, of quiet, is essential if you are to move through life peacefully.

And here’s a tip: find a place without electricity if you can. (No appliances, phones, computers, lights – no machines of any kind.) The silence becomes quieter. The energy clearer and the peace more sustainable.

Be quiet.

October 29, 2016

Love not to be loved, but to BE Love. Keep returning to this thought. Spend your lifetime learning what this means and continue to practice it. When you falter, begin again. It is here in the mind of Love that you will find pure joy.

October 28, 2016

In “Tears to Triumph” by Marianne Williamson, she speaks of the despair prevalent in today’s society and the antidote available to all of us: “The spiritual journey is not limited to the path of the individual. We’re challenged not just as individuals, but as nations, as groups, and ultimately as a species to become the embodiment of our more loving selves.”

There is work to be done by each of us. That work starts within you and shows up externally as loving kindness. It’s time to change the world.

One loving act at a time.

October 27, 2016

When you start living this life of opening yourself up to the beauty within you, you become very vulnerable. As you peel away the layers and expose more of that beauty, there are people that, in their lack of understanding, challenge you. They begin to back away and ask what has happened to you. As much as doubt tries to stop you in your tracks, it can’t. You can’t “go back”.

But there are others that begin to step forward and listen and watch and ask questions. You begin to realize that you are not alone on this new, awakened journey. Like a magnet, you are drawn together in conversation and in prayer and in service.

And a new family is formed.

October 26, 2016

Within each of us are two “beings”: The human being that is comprised of the “five senses” and lives through them – often tripping and falling along the way. Then there is the spiritual being. This being mingles with our human senses quietly, gently nudging us saying “Keep going, you’ve got this!”

As we listen closely to this other, much deeper, sense we slowly begin to realize just what this is….

This is the very voice that all the Master Teachers speak of….this Voice, this Guide, this Power, this Source, this God of your understanding?

This is who you really are.

October 25, 2016

Take a chance.

I used to ask the question, “What’s the worst that can happen?” It stopped me more times than I can count.

I now ask, instead, “What’s the best that can happen?”

Focus on that and take the chance.

October 24,2016

It happens to all of us and we do it ourselves: You’re having a conversation and the other person starts answering before you even finish what you’re saying.

Conversations are only as engaging as the people participating. Learn to listen.

There are words being said that mean something. Listen to them. Don’t formulate your answer based on what you think someone is saying. Put some space between the responses. Allow the words just spoken to sit with you for a moment or two. Something important is always lost when you talk over each other.

Listen and learn.

October 23, 2016

As long as most of your thoughts remain entrenched in what is not serving you, the life that you want will not become reality.

What you are learning in your current circumstance is needed. Think of it as a tool for future use. See this time as a stepping stone to the dream and not an obstacle.

So, stop complaining, pick up the tools hidden on those stepping stones, and use them to pave a new path.

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