What’s in your mind?

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“It is our mind, and that alone, that imprisons us
or sets us free.” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

I like this quote because I think it is true.  I believe that sometimes our mind controls us and we must learn to train ourselves to control our mind.  What we believe, many times comes to fruition ~ when we declare we can or can’t do something, it sets in motion either limitations or a limitlessness to what we can accomplish.  Haven’t you ever heard the expression that “it’s all in your head?”

So today, watch what you are thinking.  Is your mind running you or are you the boss of your mind?  Are you allowing your mind to say you can’t do something or are you training your mind with the power of positive thinking to know that you can do something?  It’s your choice!

Set yourself free!

Shine On!

xo

4 Steps to a Successful Week

quote“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream,

not only plan, but also believe.”
- Anatole France

Act.  Dream.  Plan.  Believe.  These are the 4 words that are my mantra at the moment.  Please say them with me.  We act, we dream, we plan and we believe.  Together we accomplish great things.  Whatever your goal, know that I believe in you.

Shine On!

xo

Lift Your Spirits

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 If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

–Booker T. Washington

My heartfelt gratitude to all of you who lift my spirits up every day.  May you always remember how special you are, how much your visits here are appreciated and how delighted I am to communicate with you through our blogs and comments.

Shine On!

xo

Pretty Does, Pretty Do

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My Mom is from the South and she married a Yankee.  She was the first and only one in her family to do so which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it did take her family some getting used to my Dad’s Yankee ways (not to mention his accent!)  Growing up, we divided our summer time between NJ and South Carolina so that Mom could visit with her family for a spell. (Southern for time).  Wanting to fit in as Southerners, Sissy and I would begin to mimic their drawl and lose some of our Yankee-ness while we were there and we watched as our Mom’s accent increased the longer we stayed.

Those were fun times for us as life down South is a bit slower than up North.  People take the time to talk a bit more to others and the words, “yes ma’am, no, ma’am, yes sir and no sir” are quite prevalent.  In fact, we just revisited her family home a few weeks ago and the ‘ma’ams and sirs’ are still widely used which I adored!  There’s something about being respectful to everyone which makes me so happy and I think that the way in which the Southerners all seem to still use those phrases makes life there even sweeter.

My Grandmama, being the mother of 9, had a saying for everything and as children, my Mom often took to repeating them to us in order to make her point.  In fact, she used them so often that my Dad suggested she write a book called, “Mama Says” for Grandmama had a little ditty for practically everything!  For instance, when we would misbehave, Mom would say, “pretty is as pretty does.”  As little girls, Sissy and I would always want to be thought of as ‘pretty’ in the way that we had manners and made our parents proud by the way we were acting.  So it was ingrained into us.  We knew, “pretty is as pretty does” and we would comment on anyone who was ‘acting ugly.’

Well, one day, I guess I was doing something less than stellar and so Sissy at age 4, decided to remind me.  But instead of saying the quote as it should be, she declared, “Remember, pretty does, pretty do!”  Well, I got the gist of what she meant and my Mom who overheard her, giggled and the saying stuck.  Now Grandmama’s saying has evolved to, “pretty does, pretty do.”

Do you have any family sayings that have stuck?  Please share!

Shine On!

xo

What You Seek…

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“What you seek is seeking you.” ~ Rumi

Such a beautiful quote by Rumi that I simply had to share on this lovely Friday.  I shot this photo myself of the Paradise Island Lighthouse near the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.  I thought it was appropriate since lighthouses look for ships and ships search the seas for lighthouses.

May all that you seek, be seeking you!
Shine On!
xo

Laughter is the best medicine

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Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images – © 2008 CBS WORLDWIDE INC.

I confess, I Love Lucy!  Sure there are other comediennes that have made me laugh, but there’s something about Lucy that just touches my heart.  Do you know what I mean?  Lucille Ball, with her red hair, always seemed to have such a friendly way about her.  She was the gal you wanted to have as your friend, even if like Ethel, you’d be lead to do crazy things.

Do you remember the show?  Lucy and Ethel would always get into silly messes and it was by pulling together in friendship that they would eventually triumph.  Ricky and Fred (their husbands) would either get hoodwinked or join in the fun.  Like a good sitcom, there was a happy ending and lots of hugs and smiles.  All would be right even though there might have been a bit of trouble during the show.

I think there’s something to the whole “I Love Lucy’ philosophy though in how to stay young.  Be curious, don’t be afraid to get what you want.  Be kind, but be yourself and don’t apologize for it.  Be optimistic.  Surround yourself with family and friends who love you for who you are and will join you when you suggest trying even the most outrageous silly things!  Don’t worry, just be happy!  I could go on and on, but you get my drift by now, don’t you?  I have so many favorite episodes ~ the wine making, the one with Harpo, the one with Bob Hope, oh I think all of the ones with the famous actors who guest-starred on the show~ what are your favorites?  Let’s share below for a giggle start to our day today!

I wish you an I Love Lucy day ~

surrounded by happy loving people, laughing and smiling all day long!

Shine On!

xo

Nature Heals

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,

places to play in and pray in,

where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. 

~ John Muir

Do you feel grounded?  Do you feel a kinship with the Earth?  Do you ever open your arms to the wide beautiful planet we live on and look up to the skies at the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets which surround us and embrace the experience of this life around you?

Today, for a few moments, I’d like you to try.  Take a moment, plant your feet on the earth, open your arms wide and look up, left, right, down and all around you.  Turn yourself around, only one spin is necessary as you allow yourself to really see the world around you, feel the air, the ground and the beauty which surrounds you.  Breathe in the air.  Notice the sky’s colors.  Feel the pull of the earth and allow yourself to feel grounded in Mother Nature’s beauty pageant.

Feel the healing strength which comes from the experience.  Allow yourself the spiritual high which emanates from your soul as you commune with nature today.  You may have to indulge yourself a few times in order to embrace a glimpse of the healing possibilities which are yours to take as needed.  Spiritual love, nature and healing are all here for you.  You only need to notice and to embrace the beauty which we sometimes take for granted.

May you experience the healing power of nature today and always.

Shine On!

xo