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Dwell on the Beauty

Take at least a few moments today to dwell on the beauty of life. It’s all around us, all the time, but we are often too overcome with our personal daily work and problems or the ugliness in the news to notice it.

“Take time to smell the flowers” is such a well-known phrase, I suppose it may be almost cliche. However, how many of us actually live it? Intentionally taking notice of life’s beauty is a regular habit we would all benefit from cultivating.

Life is a precious gift. When we notice the beauty and feel gratitude for it, we are essentially saying thank you for that gift. Gratitude is a great amplifier. That which we focus on expands and ripples outward.

Not only do we give ourselves a much needed healing elixir, but we raise our vibration and people around us feel it. Just one more seemingly small way (but it’s huge!) that we can heal the world around us.


Inspirational Quotes:

“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.” ~ T.S. Eliot

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.” ~ Saul Bellow

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” ~ Toni Morrison

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~ Rumi

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” ~ Roman Payne

"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running from them." Marcus Aurelius

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The Hunger

As a Western woman traveler, what was the greatest gift bestowed upon me in Asia and South America?

I became no longer insulated from the extensive poverty in the world. When a problem is right in front of your eyes, and if you are a compassionate person, your mind inevitably goes to how you can be part of the solution. It grew me.

We are not born here to just live a certain formula of life. Every society has a unique one, but rest assured, traveling has also shown me that we are all programmed from birth to live a certain way.

Part of our soul learning is to question the pat formulas, the way “it has always been done”, to break out of mental boxes and find new ways of thinking and living that are not only fulfilling to ourselves, but also uplifting to our fellow man.

When I lived in Asia, I met and befriended a young Thai woman, a waitress named Poom. She had a decent job and it is the custom for young people to work hard and send money back home to their very poor families. She was living her life out quietly, bound by her commitments, working long hours and seemingly with no prospects of ever doing better.

I soon came to realize that her greatest obstacle was not her limited education or her physical circumstances. It was her mind, which was taught to believe in limitations. It was stuck and unable to conjure any thoughts of other possibilities.

The great awakening in humanity right now is in both mind and heart, to see and make manifest the infinite possibilities rather than the limitations. Our societies, governments, and mass media are very good at reinforcing the limitations. That is our greatest mental challenge and where we must start, to filter out and see past that programming.

And this is our soul’s hunger… To grow and become more, to feel like our being here for awhile means something, that we are a positive force and we have the personal power to manifest good change.

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Our Big Opportunity

A little over a year ago, we all walked through a doorway of opportunity. That seems like a very odd thing to say, yes? How can there be opportunity in having life as we know it suddenly washed away in a global tidal wave of change? It quite frankly has been shocking.

You and I and everyone else on this planet have been thrust into an unexpected journey. This is where we are and what will we make of it? Denial will not make it go away.

Human beings are amazingly resilient and resourceful when put to the test. This may well prove to be the biggest test we have ever undergone as a collective.

As I observe my friends and family, I see various ways people cope. More exercise (endorphins are real mood-lifters!), bridging connections online (our contact with other humans are important to our happiness), coming up with new ways to be creative, productive, and adapt.

Now is the time to see of what we are really made. We are being challenged and stretched. We each must dig deeper to discover new attributes that we did not know we possessed. We in essence are searching for the best stuff in us.

Leaving one’s safe zone has a way of doing that. I love this quote from Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of the Open Road”:

“I am larger, better than I thought,
I did not know I held so much goodness,
All seems beautiful to me.”

Life on this planet has been brought into sharper focus. The superficial veneer of society is being shattered with a huge invisible pick axe. It is inevitable that we will go deeper, because we really have no choice. Well, yes we do but…The alternative is to give up, and I don’t know about you, but that is simply not an option for me.

We have all mourned loss in this global scenario, but can you see past the loss? Can you feel it?

We are being born.


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Just Let Go

Let go of your stranglehold on life.

Your stranglehold grows out of your fears, your judgements, your need to be right, your focus on self. These place great limitations on your life. You suffocate yourself with them.

Life becomes very small and petty and when we dwell in this behavior. (And we all do, to one degree or another.)

Start today. Be brave enough to just let go of the smallness… and fly.

Inspirational Quotes:

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

“Love is the absence of judgment.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. ~ Roy T. Bennett,

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Live & Learn

Mahatma Gandhi might have said it best, and is this not a big lesson we are learning in these times?

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The fact that we may only ever have today has certainly come into poignant focus. We are all acutely aware of our mortality, old and young alike. The fear of a virus and death now drives our society and every day lives.

But, virus or no virus, you many only ever have tomorrow. That is the nature of our mortal existence. Why do we have so much fear of death? It is a mystery, and we don’t like the unknown or surprises. We like life safe and predictable. Or, so we think… Is that not a rather dull and limited way of living?

Do you require a guarantee that your soul and learning and wisdom are eternal, that you never die, in order to assuage your fears? Would you then face any obstacle, including this current societal crisis, with a clearer mind and calm confidence?

This turmoil holds many lessons for us, both as individuals and as a collective humanity. These intense lessons are growing us exponentially.

It is my fervent hope that we will rise to the occasion and start to always live each day to its very fullest and learn right up to our very last breath.

Your soul is are a very precious part of the infinite All.

It has no end.

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