Tag Archive | prayer

Staying in the Present Moment

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Whew, I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s mighty hard to stay in the present moment.  With all of life’s busyness, I think sometimes we get caught up in the hubbub of what needs to be done today and we let being present fall by the wayside.  Does this happen to you?

I know it happens to me.

Bills, appointments, responsibilities, paperwork and all the roles I play during day to day living sometimes have me running without a break to simply stop and smell the roses.  To be in the stillness of the moment, whether alone or with someone else.  To just feel the gift of being present.

Often, we live in a whirlwind where we scurry from moment to moment without hesitation when our lives are full and then we fall into our beds at night, exhausted from life in general.  It’s hard to find a few minutes of peace to go within the stillness of our hearts.  Meditation helps if we can find the time to still our minds for a respite, but more often than not, unless we are disciplined, other responsibilities take precedence.  But meditation doesn’t have to be a formal time set exercise.  It can simply be taking five minutes to really enjoy that cup of tea or coffee and relaxing our minds.  It can be taking a quiet walk outside and listening to the birds or feeling the earth under our feet.  It can be closing our eyes and enjoying the peaceful silence.  We can think positive thoughts, speak affirmations that work for us, pray or just be grateful for this moment in time.  I find that taking 10 minutes to simply free write helps me to clear the clutter from my brain which builds up after time.  Even writing my blog allows me to be still and get into that place of peace.

What helps you to find stillness in the present moment?

Today, try to carve out a few minutes of peace for yourself.  Breathe deeply, stay in the moment, be grateful for all that is in your life and be joyful for the blessings that you enjoy.  Give yourself the gift of presence, even for a few precious moments today.  You deserve the peace and tranquility that comes with it!

Shine On!

xo

 

The Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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“Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me bring your love,
Where there is injury your pardon Lord,
And where there’s doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

O Master grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive.
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

O Master grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
And to love as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive.
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Make me a channel of your peace.”

~ St. Francis of Assisi

Shine your heartlights.  Our world needs peace.

Shine On!

xo

Those Who Feel Deeply

thosewhofeeldeeplyThe more we know,

the better we forgive.

Those who feel deeply,

feel for all living beings.

~ Madame de Stael

Just a small reminder on a Sunday.  I pray your week ahead is filled with love and healing light.

Shine On!

xo

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gratitude for the gifts I did not see coming.

Gratitude for the connections made when I was broken.

Gratitude for this perfect moment in time.

Amen.

Shine On!

xo

Do You Pray?

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“All I know is that when I pray,

coincidences happen;

and when I don’t pray,

they don’t happen.”

– Dan Hayes

Do you pray?  Do you believe in the power of prayer?  I’d love to hear your experiences this lovely Sunday!

Please share below!

Shine On!

xo

Under the Moon at Home

mooncarolbakerThanks to CSB for the amazing moon photo!

I awoke last night to the moon shining through the skylights in my home.  They were the most amazing, brilliant moonbeams which danced on the floor of my room.  I was infatuated with them and as I looked up, I realized how blessed I was to be so at peace in my life.  To understand the splendor of simply enjoying the feeling of inner peace.

I moved myself so that I was able to see the moon and have the moonbeams sparkling on my shoulders.  Illuminated by the presence of the moon, I spontaneously began to pray.  Words came unbidden to me as I clasped my hands together.  I prayed for the health and healing of loved ones and myself.  I prayed for peace within as well.  I prayed serenely for several minutes naming blessings and gifts for which I was incredibly grateful.

And when I was all through, I smiled.  For throughout the house, the neighborhood and my world in that moment was a sense of peacefulness, a fulfilled moment of appreciation, a breath of calm caught between the still of the night and the dew of the morning.  And I was there ~ I was present in that special moment.

It was as if nature, life, love and humanness all converged inside me for a moment.  I know it’s something that we hold already, but to experience it so profoundly was amazing.  A blessing, an a-ha moment to be cherished.

Have you ever had a special moment where you just feel that supreme inner peace settle into your body, your bones, your mind, your heart and your soul?  If you haven’t, you may want to try to see the moon tonight.  I hear it’s going to be spectacular!

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  Moments like these are what I miss the most when I’m away from home.

Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home

When you’re away from home, what person, thing, or place do you miss the most?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HOME

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/daily-prompt-home/.

Memorial Day ~ True Heroism

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.

It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,

but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” —Arthur Ashe

On this Memorial Day 2012,  I am reminded of all who have served our beautiful country, the Unites States of America…allowing us to LIVE in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.   Members of my family have served our country and I am proud to say that for I feel it is our duty to all participate in supporting our military in whatever way we choose ~ be it by serving in the forces, by volunteering to help, by commerce ~ even by prayer.

I have had the pleasure of meeting many military personnel in my life and hearing their stories.  What always brings tears to my eyes is the fact that they have faced fear and had the courage that many times we shy away from in our own lives.  I’ve heard it said many times, that they would repeat what they had done because of their amazing conviction, devotion and urge to protect our country and its inhabitants.

Just for a moment today I’d like to ask that you give a thankful thought to all of those who serve our beautiful country ~ be grateful for all that you have today ~ that as you go about your journey to your party, to the beach, to a friend’s house, to a picnic or perhaps to work ~ that you do it safely because of those who serve are watching out for you and me.

Happy Memorial Day!

xo