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Empowerment Through Presence

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Empowerment to me is a strong word which lends itself to many topics, but the one topic that I find most empowering is healing.  Through life lessons, traumatic experiences, disappointments, abuse and all the yucky negatives that can occur in a lifetime, the presence of choice and of love is ever there.  While in the midst of the swirl of negativity, anxiety, martyrdom, feeling as though we are victims and wronged by others, we can sap our own strength and fall into the abyss.  We can make excuses for others and our behavior, focus on what happened to us and never be able to release those ties that bind us to those circumstances and people who have wounded us.  We continue a story that we’ve built around the past that perpetuates if we aren’t allowing ourselves to release the negativity from our solar plexus and embrace the peace that is a choice in this present moment.

It’s not easy to go within to do the work required in healing, but it is essential.  Otherwise we continue that path of not allowing ourselves to live a full life of presence.

Presence to me is filled with peace and love.  It’s that hiccup between moment to moment where we can feel our soul speaking as it centers in love.  Our soul longs to empower the human we are, to embrace us in healing light and to find the joy in the preciousness of our life.  Our soul is here to guide us as we navigate the muddy waters of life school.  As a precious touchstone, when we come back to the essence of love, we heal the wounds that bind us, that burden us, that make our life choices low vibration.

We are not meant for a lifetime of low vibration, but instead, we are meant to experience the negative, be with it, allow its emotion and to transmute it into healing positivity.  It takes courage to offer our experiences to the light in order to heal.  In truly feeling negative emotion, we can bring the darkness into the light of healing.

Many of us carry wounds from this lifetime and the longer those wounds perpetuate, the deeper they go.  Perhaps the next time you are feeling sad or wounded, you could find a quiet place, allow the emotion to flow and with courage, ask yourself – “What’s beneath this feeling?”  Like an archeologist, one never knows what will be found as we dig deeper into a wound.  Some wounds run deeply and seem to cycle back into our lives, manifesting similar experiences until we come to terms with the emotion that surrounds the wound.  That’s not to say to wallow in the emotion of however you’re feeling.  But instead to engage the emotion to uncover what’s beyond the simplicity of the common, “I’m sad because I’m hurt.”  You may be surprised by what you find beneath the hurt that when it’s exposed to the light begins to heal in the most miraculous of ways.  Having the courage to sit with the emotion, to ask yourself, “What’s here?  What’s beneath this?” over and over can reveal our inner wounds and spark healing.  When exposed to the light, healing requires we look at the emotional wound from an observer point of view and allows the soul’s infinite wisdom to begin what it wants to do – release and heal.

There is so much I long to say to you about this topic, but I also would love it if you would add your thoughts in the comments below as I am sure they would be healing words of wisdom from your own experiences should you want to share them.

I wish you all The Presents of Presence and healing.  Your beacons of heartlights shine in the lives of many.  May your infinite wisdom continue to aid you and others by sharing your story.  We are all connected and as one of us lights up, there’s a part in each of us that lights up too.

Shine On!

xo

What Is Love?

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What Is Love?

Love…

unites, comforts, is sacred.

Love…

deepens, cuddles, is affectionate.

Love…

believes, blinds, is infinite.

Love…

cares, listens, is loyal.

Love…

lifts, soothes, is cherished.

Love…

connects, forgives, is non-judgmental.

Love…

inspires, bonds, is universal.

Love…

is passionate.

Love is shared.

Love is heartlights shining.

Love is here to stay.

Shine On!

xo

You’re In My Prayers

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You’re In My Prayers

Lately it seems there are a lot of people in my life who need prayers.  I find myself saying often, “You’re in my prayers” in hopes that they find comfort in those meaningful words.  Because they are in my prayers for whatever reason is necessary.

I find serenity in prayer.  I used to pray the rosary in my car often and still do from time to time.  But it’s only when I’m on a longer journey and not in the car for a short span of time.  I like to listen to positive music as well.  Sometimes I even turn on Joel Osteen’s channel because it’s uplifting to me.

I don’t pray with much formality these days.  Many times my prayers are more gratitude in nature or a request for help for those who are enduring hard times.  I pray for strength for myself and others especially when they’re sick or someone in their family is.  I’m always thankful as well.  I find that being thankful and appreciative of the blessings bestowed on me and my loved ones increases our tranquility and blessings.

Do you find comfort in prayer?  Do you need prayers?  If you do, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.  I would be happy to add you to my growing list.  Perhaps that will help to give you some comfort.  I always feel uplifted after prayer.

Keep shining your heartlights my friends!

Shine On!

xo

Another Belated Rabbit Rabbit

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Well my friends, it’s another belated Rabbit Rabbit post.  I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to tend to my blog, nor to check in on my sweet blogging friends.  I hope that all of you are doing well!  One of these days I will be able to have some time to catch up, but in the meantime, please know that I still am saying Rabbit Rabbit every first of the month and I hope you are too!

What I’ve learned recently (and I’ve known for quite some time) is that change is inevitable and it pushes us out of our comfort zones in ways in which we would never have learned those life lessons.  Even when we are in the midst of an upheaval, life goes on.  Daily life continues with all of its responsibilities.  Onward marching as the days go by and we are just a blip in this big Universe.

To those who are close with us, we are not just a blip, but an integral part in the world that we’ve created.  A microcosm in our soul family unit.  Our place in that small portion of the Universe is important and for that, I’m grateful.

Situations challenge us to learn those soul lessons of forgiveness, empathy, compassion, kindness and loving acceptance even when the struggles to find them are real.  Holding onto the poison of the past helps no one, especially those of us who find that allowing and letting go are the keys to health, peace and love in our daily lives.  Counting our blessings and appreciating all that we have spiritually helps beyond measure in healing.  Expanding our hearts to hold the heartlights of those who have taught us these life lessons is key to moving forward in our soul journey towards the light.

Allow me to embrace you all as we continue to shine our heartlights!  I hope that what’s left of June continues with peace and love for you.  If you’re having some challenges, remember that change is inevitable and can many times be helpful even when we can’t see how or why at the present moment.

Shine On!

xo

 

Gone With The Wind

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One of my favorite all time movies is Gone With The Wind (aka GWTW).  I was raised on that movie, having read the book back when I was in middle school.  Luckily for me, it’s a TV staple that comes on every year and whenever I get the chance, I watch it, even if it’s only in bits and pieces.  Because it’s a long 4 hour movie so watching it in its entirety is a time commitment.

Recently GWTW had been released for a limited viewing on the big screen in honor of its 80th anniversary.  My cousin and I went to see it and it was lovely!  Seated in a quiet theater, we watched the movie in its entirety while snacking on popcorn.

What a difference watching it makes on the big screen as opposed to television.  While I held back from reciting every line by heart aloud (because after watching it so many times I can!), I just sat back and enjoyed it.

I never tire of watching this movie.  It’s been a staple in my life for years.  As my Mom is from the South, there are ties that remind me even though that wasn’t her era.  I love the complexity of the characters and their relationships and how they evolve.  Scarlett has been my favorite character my whole life.  Her resilience has given me strength.  Her relationship with Rhett, though complicated, touched my soul.  The humanness of her character, the wholeness in which she was not perfect, did regrettable things and yet did what needed to be done to help her family adds to my understanding of her.  While Melanie was a kinder, more loving soul, she touched me as well for she understood Scarlett with all of her foibles.  While I may lean more towards Scarlett, it is Melanie whom I strive to be in life.  Someone who understands the loving humanness of those around her and someone who keeps her rose-colored glasses on because she loves with her whole heart.

I could go on and on about GWTW and how my viewing has evolved from a young girl first watching it to a woman of a certain age with experiences and choices that now resonate certain parts of the characters with me that didn’t in years past.

Have you ever seen Gone With The Wind?  Are you a big fan as I am?  Have you ever seen it on the big screen?  It is even more magical on the big screen for sure!

Shine On!

xo

Grateful For Birthday Love

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MAY THE BEST

OF YOUR PAST BE THE

WORST OF YOUR

FUTURE

Today’s my birthday and, although the weekend has been busy, it’s been lovely.  I’m so grateful for the love that friends and family have been showing me, especially on my special day!

I’ve always been someone who adores her birthday because to me, each birthday is special!  It means I’ve made it through another year and I look forward with excitement and anticipation for what the coming year will bring.  I blow out the many candles with joy for the life I’ve been given and the life I have made, albeit with hard times, struggles and sadness, but coupled with love, light and gratitude!

I may not know where I’m going or what may come my way in the future, but I do know where I’ve been, what I’ve overcome and how strong I am.  My faith in a life filled with love cradles me as the year ahead opens to possibility.

I don’t shy away from owning the years I’ve spent on this earth for each one has led me to the next, with a plethora of life lessons along the way.  While some I could have sincerely done without, I am grateful for each of them for they changed me in ways that I have come to gratefully see as strengthening me.

I love deeply because of them, although as a Pisces, innately loving from my whole heart is how I’m built.  Often I have felt the pain from love, but I wouldn’t change me.

I am who I am without apology, but instead with gratitude.

I think that’s what growing older is all about in the end.  This aging process isn’t for sissies.  That’s for sure.  But there’s a momentous glee in looking back to see from whence we came and in looking forward to all the future blessings in store for us!  Being in this precious present moment with the kaleidoscope of love surrounding me, my heart is filled to overflowing.  I just feel so blessed!

So today, I’m sharing my virtual birthday cake with you dear blogging family!  You’ve been on this life journey with me for many years and I’m ever grateful for your loving support, kindness and encouragement along the way!

May all of our wishes be fulfilled!  Keep shining your heartlights!

Shine On!

xo