What’s Your Essence?

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Flowers for You!

This photo came to me this morning from a friend.  Because I’ve not been posting and have been very quiet lately, she sent me the above shot, with the caption, ‘flowers for you,’ as she knows how much I adore flowers.  In her sweet way, she just wanted to send me a photo of a tree which she saw during her walk this morning…but I saw more.  I saw my friend in the photo as well ~ her shadow, her essence, her kindness ~ her spirit.

It got me thinking…and this post emerged from my heart.

In everything we do, we share a touch of ourselves.  Even within the most mundane tasks, our signature essence shines its light on the job at hand.  Think about it.  You share your essence with everyone with whom you meet and come into contact ~ be it the grocery clerk, a stranger on the street, your family and friends, pets, neighbors, cyber-friends and even ants on the pavement.  You are constantly in motion sharing your essence.  Even cleaning the toilet, wiping the counters or doing whatever your work is, shows us YOU in how you complete the task at hand.

So who is that YOU?

Are you kind-hearted, helpful and loving?  Or are you angry, resentful and mean?

Are you caring or are you burnt out and blah?

We all go through periods in our lives where we aren’t ‘our best selves’ for whatever reason.  We can become ‘a shadow’ of negativity in our own lives.  We can find the negative instead of the positive in everything we experience, in everyone we meet, in all things.  I’ve heard recently that astrologically, we are in a bit of a cycle of change in which we need to flow to allow the changes that need to happen to occur so that we can come out on the other end, better, stronger and more spiritually planted in our lives.

For me, this period of change hasn’t been easy.  I’ve been busy with changes and upheavals so I’ve simply not had the time nor inclination to blog so I hope you’ll forgive me for my absence.  In my heart, I know that this period of unease is necessary and there are lessons to be learned.  No matter how much I balk at them, they remain, ready to be learned so that I may grow from the experience.  Finding the stillness as our dear Laurie explains in Laurie’s Notes click here, is possible, especially when we have caring friends who can help us as we walk this life journey.

As always, we grasp hands and hearts, connecting to help each other ~ trusting in the future, knowing that the Present of Presence is ours, right now, to enjoy, to experience and to benefit from this very special moment here on Earth.

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  Does anyone know what the name of this flowered tree is?

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48 thoughts on “What’s Your Essence?

  1. What a great post! I love how you said that “in everything we do, we share a touch of ourselves.” This is so true. Even in the blah days when you aren’t feeling your best, you still have the ability to reach out and touch others, just by being you. I love how you do that in this post. And please remember that it’s okay to take some time, be a little selfish and soak up some love from great friends like the one who sent you the flowers. You’ll get through this. Remember, “there is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Sending you lots of love and light! X

  2. Thanks for this, and I hope everything is going well for you, Yvonne.”As always, we grasp hands and hearts, connecting to help each other.” I love how that’s written-it reminds me of an essay by Annie Dillard, one of my favorite writer:
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4270641
    I’m also intrigued by what you wrote about how we’re in an astrological “cycle of change.” Are there sources online you know of that discuss this?

    Unfortunately, I do not know what tree that is in the picture.
    -Jack

    • I love that essay, thank you so much Jack for including it! ♥ I have to find the email I got about the cycle of change. I believe it changed after summer solstice, but I will look for it and send it via email to you. I hope you are doing well! ♥

  3. I think it Is a crepe myrtle. They are very popular In the South. We have several. Shine on! Love Aunt Phyllis

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Hi Yvone,
    Welcome back. Missed you. I’m not sure of the flower’s name. But, we have that tree in our yard. We have some cut and on our dining room table-very fragrant. My brother just walked in-he said he believes they are Lilac. And if fragrant they are French Lilac.

    Regarding your Hiatus: Always a good idea to take a step back and take a breather.
    -Alan

  5. Dear Yvonne
    I think the flowers are Lagerstroemia Indica – Latin name, don’t know the English name, in french Lilas des Indes (India lilac?).
    As usual your post is so wise and true. Yes, negative feelings lead to postitive one. I mean, dawns need nights, evenings needs days, white needs black, vice versa. You know in my ebook “Rise! 365 spiritual tweets” (by the way: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IT4ELCW)
    I’ve an aphorism that says “shadow will turn to darkness, and darkness will turn to light”, I love it because I deeply think it’s true, and that’s (in my opinion) your post is about. I mean, if we are negative today, tomorrow we’ll be not anymore. It’s hope. It’s the necessity of Learning and Improving. If you’re interested in my aphorisms you may have a look at my videos & book trailer


    and book trailer

    As we are connected and “on the same wavelenght” I’m sure you’ll understand my words, and I hope you will like it. I’m sure they may help a little.
    Much love to you.
    Et merci encore pour tout
    Love to you.
    Frédéric

  6. Your goodness flows from your words straight to the heart…I hope this period of unease passes soon, that you feel the love and concern in the air you breathe, for it’s all around you. YOu receive what you have give to so many so generously..Shine on sweet friend..xo

  7. This is a lovely post. I know I have not been the brightest person to be around – for quite sometime. I know this. I have been fighting things, but then again, don’t we all? I shall cherish this post. It is beautiful advice. xx

  8. What an absolutely precious post! I, too, haven’t been blogging much recently, so I’m not even sure what’s happening in your life. I’m sorry. But thank you for sharing so much of your heart here! Blessings and peace to you, my friend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

  9. So very thoughtful.
    I’ve low-key on the WP lately too. Seems like a lot of folks have been.
    So- nice to get back (or try to get back) into the swing of things here.
    Take it easy & take care.
    {Abrazos}

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