Where Do You Find Yourself?

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“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.” ~ e.e. cummings

I’m a gal who loves the beach and the sea, having grown up with its beauty nearby.  In fact, I would say that I could never be too far away from the ocean with its magnificence as it is so calming to my soul.  It is the sea, in all her moods, that beckons to my soul so this quote above by e.e. cummings rings so clearly to me.

Do you find the sea a place of tranquility for your soul?  Or do the mountains beckon to you?  Perhaps the plains in all their glory call to you?  Or is it the city lights which spark your beautiful soul?  Or does simply being outside, surrounded by nature help you to connect with yourself and your inner power?  Or are you blessed to be able to connect whenever and wherever you wish?

Whatever place it is that you find yourself, my wish for you today is that you go there (even if it is only in your mind) and spend a few precious moments with yourself.  Fortify your soul with the food of a loving embrace for all that you are ~ for you are special.  Your soul shines and I know that because I can see you twinkling from here!

I would love to hear where you find yourself.  Please share!

Shine On!

xo

Solitude

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By Ella Wheeler Wilcox  

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

I found this poem today and thought it may ring a bell for some of you as the first few lines are known to many.  I’ve been reading a lot of poetry these days and writing it as well.  It is amazing to find such solace in the words of others.  Do you feel the warmth of human connection in the poem above ~ the commonality of man?

What is your favorite poem?  Do you write poetry?

Shine On!

xo

Meaning of Today 12/13/14

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Today’s date is 12/13/14!  Did you notice the sequential numbers of today’s date?  Are you like me who finds it interesting enough to go to Google and see if it means anything?

Well, here’s what I found here:

“12-13-14 is also unique because it is made of four sequential digits 1, 2, 3 and 4…

Among the first 11 such sequential dates that already occurred in this century,

only 01-02-03 possesses the same property…

Although 12-13-14 will be the last sequential MM-DD-YY date for 89 years,

we won’t have to wait until 2103 for similarly interesting dates to pop up…

Jan. 2, 2034 gives you something similar [1-2-34],

while Jan. 23, 2045 lets you use all double-digit listing [1-23-45].

Feb. 2, 2022 is going to be the next one to get headlines, though [2-22-22].

 I would argue that April 3, 2021 — 4-3-21 — might be worthy of note as well…

For most of us, such sequential calendar dates won’t occur again in our lifetime…

After December 13, 2014, the next one is 01-02-03, to occur on January 2, 2103.

 If you follow the European DD-MM-YY convention,

however, you’ll have to wait a little longer — until Feb. 1, 2103.”

So there you have it, your lesson for the day!  It’s always great to learn something new everyday to make our lives richer and more interesting!  I hope you find today 12/13/14 to be a day in which you enjoy peace, love, happiness and health!

Shine On!

xo

 

Imagine Christmas Lasting All Year Long!

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“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern,
is very simple: loving others.
Come to think of it,
why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” 
~ Bob Hope
Bob Hope was wise, don’t you think?  The idea that we can make Christmas last all year long simply by loving others (and ourselves) is the best gift of all!  Why not allow the gift of love to permeate the whole year long in all you do, say and are!
Many people joyously welcome the holiday season of giving with such aplomb, going out of their way to give to others during this time.  However, there are those who fret about our spending and trying to find the perfect gift to give to family, friends and loved ones.  Truly, I know a gift that we can give a gift that is priceless and that doesn’t cost a single dollar.  We can give the gift of love, gratitude and forgiveness.  Imagine receiving such a gift in your life ~ Imagine giving such a gift to others!  What if we were to give that gift of gratitude and love all year long?  Wouldn’t it make every day special?  Wouldn’t it evolve into a year long celebration of love and gratitude?  I can imagine such a world, can’t you?
So this year, let’s try to bring that Christmas spirit of love, peace, laughter and joy to everyone’s hearts and allow it to grow and shine throughout the year!  What a wonderful world this would be!
Shine On!
xo

Joy

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The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

~ Christopher McCandless

Sometimes we forget to EN-JOY the changes and different experiences that we find ourselves in and instead label the changes as good or bad.  But they are not all black and white like that, even though they feel hard and sometimes impossible to accept.  I understand how you feel.  But you must remember that they are simply changes and new experiences.  There’s no definitive label needed ~ just the Joy in Living ~ and by living, we have endlessly changing horizons, for each day has a new and different sun!

Remember, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!” ~ Wayne Dyer

Choose JOY! 

Shine On!

xo

 

It’s All in Your Mind

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“It is our mind,

and that alone,

imprisons us or sets us free.”

Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche

Our minds are precious machines which like computers often only repeat what is put into them.  Whatever story you’ve evolved in your mind, often plays out in your life.  What you concentrate on, appears many times and you may wonder why.  Are you attracting negativity into your life by drawing it with the words, thoughts and actions you choose?  Do you harbor resentments, refuse forgiveness or hold the victim story in your head so powerfully that you continue in a cycle of sadness and ugliness in your life?

Do you long to break free from the prison, the sadness and the negativity?

You can.

That’s the best thing about your mind.  You can change the channel by focusing on the power of positivity!  You can allow your mind to imprison you with the story you have in your head about your life, your past, your list of depressing experiences or you can change the way you look at your life and find the positivity.

So let’s begin today ~ take my hand and let’s change that channel to the one you want to live!

 Shine On!

xo

We Love Life Because…

loving“True, we love life,

not because we are used to living

but because we are used to loving.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Love, isn’t that what this whole world is about?  Heaven on Earth is found when we are loving.  At least that’s what I’ve found in my own life.  It’s a choice my friends to live with a loving heart and not allow circumstances to erode away our loving essence.  We all endure painful experiences throughout our lifetimes, but it is how we deal with them and what we do with the knowledge that the experiences bring to us is what counts.

I believe that when we connect with loving hearts and outstretched hands in friendship that we can heal ourselves.  For me, it is in being supported and in supporting others that we remain true to our essence and our Dharma (our life purpose).  We have the ability to heal broken hearts, financial issues, our health and every other negativity simply by remaining true and steadfast in love.  It’s not always easy.  I believe it is a choice to look to the good when ugly experiences occur.  I do know that this can be a difficult task, but it is not impossible.  Being loving is an innate ability that we all share, but sometimes it is hard to reach within and find it in ourselves which is why connecting with others helps to heal us, strengthen our loving selves and to enable us to move forward on our life journeys.

Never lose sight of the love within you.  It radiates when given freedom to shine.  Allow yourself to shine!

I see your light from here!

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  The above photo came from Contagious Optimism which is a loving place where like-minded people rejoice in goodness.  Take a moment to click and be inspired! ♥ Thank you to JHAngel  and AMAngel for introducing me me to them!