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Happy 4th of July!

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Being a Jersey Girl, the beach has always been important to me so when I saw this photo on FaceBook, I copied and pasted it here.  I wish I knew who the photographer was so I could give proper credit, but I don’t.  So thank you whomever you are!

We are in strange times here, aren’t we?  The laws (rules) keep changing so I’m never sure where we stand.  I guess that’s what the pandemic has started.  It’s made a lot uncertain in the world.  It’s brought fear, escalated emotions and a wide political divide.  But I’m not here to talk about that because that’s not what my blog is about as you know.

Instead, I want to go back in history and remember how our country was founded and the unity that breaking off from England to establish the USA resulted in a firm foundation.  I wish that unity again for all of us.  I wish we could see eachother as the same, yet different.  To be united as human citizens of our country and to celebrate what each person has to offer.  Because we all have goodness to offer and talents to share.

I’m reminded of hearing how we all bleed the same color and when we die, we all turn to the same dust.  What if we could remember that?  That yes, our skin may be different shades, our backgrounds and childhoods may vary, our socio-economic levels may not be the same, but…what is the same?  We are all humans on this planet who need the same things – food, shelter, clothing, air, water and love.

Love is what brings us together.  Love heals.  Love unites.  Love is a universal human emotion that grows when shared.  We can exponentially expand love without lessening it.  Love is essential.

I wish you love today and always.  Keep shining your heart lights dear friends!

Shine On!

xo

June First – Rabbit Rabbit

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Rabbit Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit  came to mind this morning as it does at the beginning of each month.  What once began as a little family tradition and a monthly post here on The Presents of Presence has diminished over time.

There has been much turmoil lately in our world and I have been not posting as frequently for some time now.  I have missed you all very much, but other aspects of my life have prioritized themselves and blogging as you know, has taken a back seat on my to do list.

The dense dark vibrations of this world continue, but the choosing to be of the light, to shine our heartlights as we are meant to, in the most peaceful way possible emerges and blossoms in this month ahead.  What is not of love will dim and what is of love will grow as we connect with our inner heartlights and radiate kindness, compassion, and understanding with peace in our hearts.

We shine the light on truth and goodness.  We hold sacred the loving space in our hearts, minds and souls.  We join together with those who resonate similarly with gratitude for the blessings of awareness available to all of us.  May truth prevail.  May love surround you.  May mercy and forgiveness be yours.  May peace reign.

Shine On!

xo

Full Pink Moon…Is There Something Going On?

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I awoke this morning because my phone was ringing a little after 6am.  It was a local number, but I didn’t pick it up.  I let it ring through to voicemail, but the caller didn’t leave a message.  I wanted to pick it up, but then again, I was thinking it was one of those robocalls even thought it’s really early for them.  Then, I thought that perhaps it was someone who misdialed.  Then again, the question of if it were someone from where my Mom lives trying to get in touch with me.  But they would have left a message and probably called from the company number.  But, it remains a mystery still.

I couldn’t lay in bed any longer wondering so I just got up and fixed some coffee and fed the cats who were hungry.  I walked into our family room and one of the battery candles which works from a remote was lit.  It’s just for decoration because I prefer the timer ones so I never use it.  In fact, the remote is tucked away in a drawer.  But it was lit even though it’s paired candle was not.

It wasn’t lit before I went to bed and there wasn’t movement on the security cameras to show someone lighting it either.  But suddenly, it’s lit.  I feel there’s a strange phenomena going on with the phone call and the candle being lit.  One of life’s mysteries or signs from God?  A synchronicity occurring that may or may not ever answer my questions.

My questions are:  Who called this morning?  Who lit the candle and why?

I have a strange feeling that with the full pink moon today/tonight there are signs and I just have to get quiet to understand.  Perhaps one of you can give me some intuitive guidance if you get anything from my post?

My deceased Dad is one to play with electricity and remotely lighting a battery operated candle would go along with that notion.  Is he just letting me know that he’s here with me?  Lighting my way in the darkness?

Any and all psychic help or intuitive healing is appreciated.  Keep shining your heartlights dear friends.  We are all here to help one another.  I hope you’re doing well and that you’re staying safe and healthy.  God bless.

Shine On!

xo

Wise Advice From Sadhguru

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You cannot suffer

the past or future because

they do not exist.

What you are suffering

is your memory

and your imagination.

~ Sadhguru

Being at home during this pandemic can be difficult for some people since life has slowed down (partly to a screaming halt), so there’s not a lot to do to keep our minds off of what we’d been avoiding.  It’s not as easy to bypass those memories or future worries that we can’t seem to process to completion.  So they perseverate and continue to loop and repeat if we let them.

I like this quote from Sadhguru because it’s simple to understand and breaks down the thoughts in an easy way for me.

Am I going to let memory or my imagination run my life in negative ways?

No, I do not choose that anymore.  What I choose is The Presents of Presence!  Being in the moment with my family.  Staying centered in my thoughts and staying prepared for what we need.

I hope that you and yours are staying healthy and safe during these uncertain times.  May you stay blessed and at home.  Keep shining your heartlights because we need to stay connected.

Shine On!

xo

 

We Help Each Other To Rise

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It’s Sunday.  All is quiet in my home.  I’m sitting here in my family room all cuddled up with a blanket on my legs relaxing with our kitties nearby.  I love the mornings when there’s that sense of peace and tranquility in our little world.  I’m grateful that we are healthy and safe at home with plenty of food choices.  I pray that my post finds you and your families healthy and happy as well.

Under this stress of Covid-19 uncertainty, we need to find the pockets of mindfulness and of gratitude in everyday living.  I am reminded, yet again, of the gift that this is for all of us.  While you may see the situation differently (because it is extraordinary and scary), there are blessings to be found in what WE as a world are enduring.  Fear and anxiety have ramped up severely as well as discontent with how things are being handled which I understand.  But it’s also a time to realize that we can only control ourselves and not circumstances which are beyond our control.  On a restful Sunday, this leads me to increasing my faith (and washing my hands!).

The blessings of being quarantined in home with our families expands the opportunity to bond with our loved ones, to go within to learn about ourselves and to re-evaluate what we feel is important in our lives.

I have enjoyed seeing is the return to simple gratitude and connections.  The choice to help others in a ‘we are all in this together’ mentality instead of fighting one another and making it all about ourselves and not about the world in which we live and its inhabitants is increasing.  Amen!

The returning to a WE ARE ONE is emerging again and gaining a stronghold in some circles of light.  I feel that we are here by choice to help each other rise up again, to increase gratitude, love, faith and kindness in our daily living even through we are to remain at home.  With technology connecting us in different ways, we can merge together virtually from our sofas and bond with others around the globe.

Instead of allowing fear to win, we choose love.  We can increase our health mentally, physically, and emotionally by working on ourselves during this time.  There are not a lot of distractions when one is not able to leave the home.  We now have time for all the nesting required that has gotten delayed by being able to run errands.  While some may find it boring to be at home, I do not.  I can find plenty to do to fill my time as can you.  Simple pleasures of family meals and talking with friends helps.  Reading and connecting with others in healing ways helps us all.  Sharing intuitive knowledge and being mindful helps us all to rise.  We are all beacons of light when we allow our souls to shine.

Getting back to basics of relating with everyday people and those in our families is key.  Talking honestly, listening with compassion and being our true selves will grow when we choose that path.  It is a choice to view this confinement as a time of growth for our world.  A time to look within and to see ourselves and our souls as the loving, shining heartlights that we are innately.

So on this quiet Sunday, allow me to pray for us all.  Join me if you will in a quiet prayer of your own for the coming together in love of our world.  Perhaps when you wash your hands, instead of singing, you might offer gratitude and prayer for yourself and others.

Together we help each other to rise.  Shine your heartlights dear friends.  Let our love shine in this darkness to heal one another and to remember who is important.  Enjoy The Presents of Presence!

Shine On!

xo

The Good We Do

The good we do never dies. It lives on forever - in other people,

The good we do never dies.

It lives on forever – in other people,

in other places and in other times.

~ Matthew Kelly

I happened to see this quote the other day and felt like it was a great reminder especially on a Sunday morning.  Because goodness causes a ripple effect and we never quite know how far the ripple will reach.  Hopefully it will reach beyond the grave and we shall be remembered for our kindness and love.

That is the legacy I choose to live, having learned from those who have shown their goodness to me over and over.  It is not in the money that we make or spend, but in the time we spend, the memories we make and those priceless precious moments of truth, of goodness and of caring that last a lifetime in the hearts and minds of those with whom we come into contact.

There doesn’t need to be grandiose offerings, but instead small goodnesses add up to be more powerful in the end.  The daily love, caring, listening, and kindnesses far outweigh the every once in awhile big show.

It is in the simple love that we thrive, we grow and we blossom.

Shine On!

xo

The Lord Is My Shepherd

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A little Sunday prayer to begin this lovely day!  Do you know this psalm?  It is one that my Mom taught us when we were little and we have taught our children to continue to tradition as it brings us all such peace and joy.

When I sit mindfully and present, sometimes I receive a song in my head or a prayer and this came to me this morning.  So in honor of my Mom’s bedtime ritual for us as children, I thought it was appropriate to post!

We still say this psalm with our Mom and it brings us all great peace.  May it bring you and yours peace today as well.

Shine On!

xo

 

International Sunday

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God bless, it’s Sunday!  But this Sunday has something special to it!  It’s 02/02/2020 which internationally is not only the same date, but it’s also a palindrome!  I was reading an article that explained that the last one was 11/11/111 and I certainly wasn’t around then to celebrate that one!

I love numbers and find significance in them.  Often I see the same ones repeatedly and then go to look up their meanings which often make sense to me.  The number one is special to me as is 3.  Coincidentally, Sunday is the 33rd day of the year and there will be 333 days remaining…how about that for interesting?

Also because of the different ways in which countries write out the date, 02/02/2020 will look the same internationally which I thought was a fun fact to share.  So no matter where you are in the world, when you write Sunday’s date, we will all write it the same numerically.  Could we ask for a day of peace and connection because of this phenomena?  Wouldn’t that be a wondrous miracle?

Alas, we can only dream of world peace, but at least we’ll all be on the same date/page for once.  Whether you are relaxing on Sunday, attending Mass or watching the Superbowl, I hope you have a day full of joy and peace!

Shine On!

xo

 

February 2020 White Rabbit, White Rabbit

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I can’t believe it’s already the first of February of 2020!  Happy February!  Have you repeated Rabbit Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit yet?  Well here’s your chance dear friends!

Isn’t this a sweet white bunny out in the snow?  I found the photo on Canva as I usually find my photos there and I am eternally grateful to the photographer since this is such a great Winter Rabbit photo for today!

I hope that your February is filled to overflowing with love, health and happiness!  May your heartlights shine and sing out your songs of love.  Hold your loved ones close and never forget to say the blessed phrase, “I love you!” because those small moments matter more than we ever realize.

Shine On!

xo

 

Twinkly White Lights Make Me Happy

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The title of this post says it all!  I love Twinkly White Lights!  Don’t you?

I’m sitting here quietly at night, cuddled on the couch with a blanket draped over my legs and the computer perched on the arm of my couch typing to you.  As I look up over the screen of the computer I see my mantle shining with twinkly white lights festively decorated with the red left over from Christmas and in preparation for February’s holiday of Valentine’s Day!  Quiet soothing music in the background and I’m perfectly content.  Can you feel the magic?

It’s chilly outside, but not snowing.  It’s not the cold that happens when it’s terribly windy, but a peaceful winter’s night.  The perfect night to count our blessings and feel peace in our hearts.

We’ve made it through the first month of the new decade, although I’ll admit it felt like an extraordinarily long one.  Did you feel that way too?  It seems like many people felt that way, but maybe it’s just that January feels longer than most months since we’ve just come from the festiveness of December and it’s quieter than normal.

When we wake tomorrow it will February First and you know that means Rabbit Rabbit!  I haven’t seen my rabbits lately at all.  Mr. Groundhog made his appearance the other afternoon though and we have an outdoor kitty that I’ve seen hanging out in the yard.  I’m not sure if he belongs to any of the neighbors, but he looks strong and healthy.  We haven’t made friends yet, but perhaps one of these days.  So far, he will stand and look at me when he notices me but then scampers off into the woods.  I just hope he has a warm place to call home.

I hope that your January went smoothly as the transition to the new decade appears to have been a transition of sorts for many people.  A good transition, but a little rocky.  But then not all transitions go smoothly, but that doesn’t make them bad even when we fear change.

Have a lovely night wherever you are, whomever you’re with and whatever you’re doing.  I’m thinking of you all and wishing you serenity and an abundance of blessings.  My heart is full of gratitude.  My twinkly lights are shining and my heartlight is too!

Shine On!

xo