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The Gifts In Surrendering


Sounds like a strange title for a blog post, huh?  Well, I guess it is, but a comment from this post made me feel like I wanted to write more about surrendering.

To surrender is to allow the Universe to have a hand in life.  Surrender isn’t a negative as many of us deem it when we hear the word.  Surrender is simply presence during whatever chaos surrounds us.  It’s not picking up the karma of chaos, but simply allowing it to swirl around us while we stay peaceful, centered and present.

Surrender isn’t allowing the past to whip our emotions up into a frenzy of negativity, of hurt, or of resentment.  It isn’t allowing the good of the past to be lost, but instead to hold it tenderly in a place of peace.  It isn’t allowing the loss of the good to overshadow the present good with bereftness or grief.  It is being in the present moment, truly being in the present moment with peace – no past – no future – just now.

And if that sounds hard to do, well, by golly, you’re right!  (Sorry, I needed a giggle to break the seriousness.)  Because many times it’s not easy, otherwise we’d all be doing it and be like Eckhart Tolle or the Dalai Lama without straining to stay present.

Surrender isn’t giving up or giving in or allowing others to control you.  It isn’t being a doormat or losing the battle.

Surrender is breathing in the gratitude for what we currently have at this very moment and acknowledging it.  Surrender is faith in integrity.  Faith in ourselves.  Faith in the Universe that all arrives with Divine Timing.  Surrender is letting go and letting God.  Surrender is putting the desired outcome out there and taking the baby steps that we can in order to accomplish whatever it is we want without putting restrictions, nor past or future limitations on ourselves and our situation.  It’s stillness and prayer.  It’s a loosely built plan of what we’d like ultimately, but with the caveat that somewhere close in that vicinity would be fine as well.  It’s allowing the Law of Attraction, the angels that are friends and strangers or maybe, actually angels, to help us.  It’s continuing to do our best daily, with integrity and lay our worries on the bedpost as we sleep in peaceful slumber, knowing we have done our best today and have earned a restful sleep.  Surrender is  allowing the freedom of peace to envelope our souls.  To find the peace in the current situation, no matter how bleak it seems and to remember that tomorrow is another day with a new dawn and the possibilities of miracles abound.  It’s reaching out to others when times get tough, for more often than not, they are waiting in the wings to comfort, to help and to encourage.

It’s finding The Presents of Presence, unwrapping the peace and being grateful for what is in this very moment.  It’s finding the good now.

Have you every surrendered?  What was the outcome?

Shine On!


What is Courage?

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger,

misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good;

that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding

and that there is always tomorrow. – Dorothy Thompson

Some days I find myself aggravated with how things are going in my life.  And some days, I simply melt into the flow of my life without worry.  Does this happen to you?  Lately I’m finding inner peace within the confines of my thinking and expanding it outward in spherical circles.  It’s as if the Universe/Spirit/God is laying breadcrumbs of courage, of knowledge and of a-ha moments for me to find on my life path.  And it’s most certainly interesting, exciting and perhaps even shall I say, titillating!

I feel like I’m on fire ~ for what ~ I don’t exactly know.  But I don’t think I need to know yet, I think it’s still in pre-launch mode.  Launching 2014, laying the groundwork for the year ahead, going with the flow of where life will take me on this special journey.

Do you feel it too?  Can you get quiet and just be for a bit?  Live in the present moment as Eckhart Tolle reminds us to do…to find the gifts/presents in being present?  When I find that I am getting aggravated, I simply say, ‘present, presence’ as a gentle reminder for myself.  I could perseverate on the past, on conversations spoken, on deeds that are done and over-with, on the woulda coulda shouldas that have caused me pain.   I could pursue ‘what if’s’ for my future, planning, controlling, being obstinate with how I feel things should go.  Instead, I quietly turn my monkey brain around and just utter, ‘present, presence’ quietly and things just seem to not matter.

I’m not saying I don’t have long-term plans in place nor goals because I do.  I’ve imagined what I’d like for my life to look like this year and I’m ready to create something big!  But I’m also taking baby steps and allowing that red carpet ahead of me to roll out and help me on my way!

So do you have courage?  Can you remember that there’s a tomorrow?

Can you find the presence within?

Shine On!


We Need Presence


“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolle

I extend my heartfelt thanks to Eckhart Tolle whose quote above gave me the inspiration for today’s post.  Take a moment to just breathe and read again his wisdom.  Today is the day to begin to let go and to enjoy The Presents of Presence.

This is my gift to you….

Shine On!



What you can’t recover…


Four things you can’t recover: 

The STONE after the throw. 

The WORD after it’s said. 

The OCCASION after it’s missed. 

The TIME after it’s gone.

Sometimes I need a good dose of reality.  I don’t mean to sound preachy, but this sign caught my eye today on Pinterest ~ by the way, click here to buy it!  and I felt like it was a good reminder for me and to share here.

I”m not much of a stone thrower, I’m rather weak ~ but I have been known to throw a few ~ most notably the snowball which was ice encrusted (and I honestly didn’t know) that I threw at my Sissy as a kid.  Shocking to both of us since my aim is really off, I hit her square in the eye and gave her a black eye when we were little!  Boy did I get in trouble on that one!  We were just playing snowball fight and I guess I packed a wallop of a snowball!  I would love to tell you that I learned my lesson and I don’t throw them anymore, but that’s untrue.  Now I just aim for your feet so that I hit you in the torso ~ and I make sure that it’s not a hard ice-ball snowball!

Words ~ ay yay yay!  This one’s a toughie because I wish I could eat a few of the words that have escaped my lips over the years.  Unfortunately, I have saddened myself and others and this is one that I monitor now that I’ve learned.  On the flip side, there are phrases which replay over and over in my head rent free that I wish I’d never heard.  Since I can only control myself, I am working on my words and trying to evict those harsh words running rampant in my brain and heart.

Occasions ~ this one makes me sad as there are a few moments in my memory that I wish I’d gone out of my comfort zone to do something, to say something, to do more than to recognize the occasion as ‘one I could say/do such and such’ and instead, I allowed the moment to pass.  Regretfully, I admit there are times that I should have taken the opportunity/occasion to say yes to opportunity instead of staying safe, playing it cool and regretfully even  turning away.

Time ~ When one loses a loved one, time is what we crave, regrets are what we wallow in and we hold tight to the time we spent with them.  But instead of lamenting after the passing of our loved ones, here’s the once in a lifetime chance to use our time now wisely!  We have all the time in the world ~ why not use it while we are here on Earth and while we are among the living!

Bottom line ~ live in the now ~ enjoy the Presents of Presence ~ put down stones (and icy snowballs), watch our words, never allow the occasion to pass us by and wring all of the love and presence out of every single blessed moment of our time here!!  Perhaps keeping this little saying in the back of your mind will help you to enjoy the holidays more and to make more memories to cherish!

In the words of Eckhart Tolle, “The only thing you ever have is now.”

Do you have stones, words, occasions and time that you wish you could change? 

Please don’t tell me I’m the only one after I’ve laid my heart out for you!

Shine On!


Banish Worry


“The key to transformation is to make friends with this moment.

What form it takes doesn’t matter. Say yes to it. Allow it. Be with it.” (Guardians of Being)

from Eckhart Tolle’s Present Moment email this morning!

Yesterday’s worry post and today’s email from Eckhart made me think that there was more to say about worry.  So, I searched in our friendly WP reader to see what others had to say about worry and boy do we WP bloggers have a lot to say!  I just picked up a few links to share with you, but I thought they were all interesting ways to deal with worry.  Many come from a spiritual place, allowing faith in God to thwart the evil worry gene, while others use simple quote reminders to eradicate worry from our brains.

Either way, I thought it would be a great moment to expand our village in order to loosen the bonds of worry in our lives.  I hope you enjoy a few bloggers that you may not have seen before ~ and perhaps you’ll learn a new quote to help you get rid of worry in your life once and for all!

*I took the liberty of making some of their quotes into posters and cards with my SendOutCards account.  See my post https://misifusa.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/make-this-world-a-better-place//  for more information.

Shine On and Worry Less My Friends!



Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

Corrie Ten Boom



“Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.”  —Norman Vincent Peale