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Rabbit Rabbit December First!

Rabbit Rabbit December First

Well my dear friends, it’s December First which means it’s time to say Rabbit Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit!  Did you remember?  Well, if you didn’t, you can say it now!

The holiday season is here and with it comes all of the traditions that we’ve built up over the years.  Do you have holiday traditions at your home too?  What are they?

For us, it’s always been that we go to ‘our place’ to choose a live cut Christmas tree and then we bring it home, water it, let it acclimate to our home temperature and then decorate it the next day.  But we’ve changed it up this year.  Yes, I bought my first artificial tree for Christmas.  Me!  Whose tradition was a cut tree because I love the smell of balsam!  Me – who’s never thought artificial trees looked real enough.

But guess what?  I decided to go with the flow and I’m so happy I have!  Change is good!

Do you have an artificial tree or a real one?  I’ll admit it’s a new experience for my children as we all loved the live cut tree, but this new one is a great substitute.  It was really easy to set up and it’s full!  I bought some of those balsam scentsicles so that the tree smells real even though we know it’s not.  It’s pre-set with lights and even though I’ve always been a white light girl only, I’m enjoying the twinkling colored lights as well.

Sometimes I think we get bogged down with the limiting thought that the holidays have to be a certain way because “it’s tradition.”  Sometimes people have difficulty with not getting their way when it comes to holiday traditions.  But life is ever expanding and changing.  Traditions are lovely, but they’re not set in stone.  Life is fluid.  We have to go with the flow and change with the new situations as they arrive.  I know it’s not easy to expand our thinking especially when we strongly feel that we’ve always done it this way, so that’s the way it has to be.  But it really doesn’t.  Besides, traditions can be stifling over time and changing it up can add a breath of fresh air!  You never know, you may even enjoy the change like we have with the colored lights and an artificial tree!

As I sit here relaxing with the colored lights on, I’m smiling.  As it gets darker outside, I will push the new tree light remote and change the lights to white because I like them in the dark.  I always feel like white light is healing when it shines into the darkness.

Happy December First to you!  Whatever you’re doing, keep shining your heartlights!  Go with the flow and expand your thinking.  You may find unexpected happiness when you allow new traditions to emerge from the old ways!

Shine On!

xo

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Blessed

May our lives be full of both thanks and giving!

Good morning to you!  If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, please allow me to wish you many blessings on this day along with my gratitude for our friendship and the connections we have made.  Happy Friendsgiving to you!

It’s a quiet morning here.  My children are still sleeping in their beds and as usual, I’m sitting here sipping coffee, thinking about life and counting my blessings.  Especially as I grow older, I find myself appreciating The Presents of Presence more and taking the much needed time to remember and to be grateful for all that I have endured to make this moment in time more precious.

Life continues to change with every passing year.  We lose friends and family along the way as we grow older.  Situations change.  People change.  Life can seem more complicated.  But the simplicity of gratitude which is what Thanksgiving represents makes the now, this present moment, all the more real, for we never know what can change in our lives at a moment’s notice.

So, take this day and remember to:

Speak from your heart and say I love you more often.

Appreciate those with whom you have a lasting connection.

Be thankful for all blessings – big and small.

Shine your heartlights.

Connect with kindness.

Be grateful for all of the kindness you’ve received.

Make sweet memories, for they are your legacy.

Enjoy this day that you’ve been given.

Shine On!

xo

World Kindness Day Inspiration

World Kindness Day

Kindness has a beautiful way of reaching down into a weary heart and making it shine like the rising sun.

~ Unknown

World Kindness Day, the purpose of which is to highlight good deeds in the community, focusing on positive power and the common thread of kindness that binds us was the other day.  I’m sorry I missed it as it was celebrated on November 13th.  In fact, it happens on that day every year and began back in 1998!

There are a multitude of quotes about kindness, but the one above has a special meaning for me for I have known kindness in my life that has unexpectedly lifted me up when I needed help.  I believe that’s the importance of kindness.  Do you feel the same way?

Kindness counts in so many ways and one never knows how even a smile can change another person’s attitude or even life!  So please, remember to be kind!  Shine your heartlights with the warmth of kindness!

Shine On!

xo

 

Happy Sunday Soul Day!

Happy Sunday Soul Day

I awoke this morning, reminded that I am a soul having a human experience here on Earth.  While I have known this, it was important that I share it with you.  For sometimes, I think we forget who we are when we are mired in the human experience.

As humans we fret (worry) and we sink to those emotional levels of low vibrations.  We grieve.  We feel disappointment.  We get caught up in the story in our heads of what is going on here on Earth.  The human story becomes all encompassing and we forget temporarily who we are because the human experience is so overwhelming at times.  Every little nit-picking bump in the road of life becomes disastrous and bigger than it really is because we are seeing it from the human viewpoint and not from the soul.

I believe we are born as a soul to have a human experience and dare I say, the life lessons we endure here are meant to empower us as we break down the limiting human beliefs we accumulate over time and through various experiences from childhood through adulthood.  When we concentrate on the sometimes harrowing atrocities that we endure, our focus is not on the soul side, but the human.

The human experience allows us to learn life lessons such as forgiveness, trust and being an observer during the life’s harder times.  Our soul is here to witness, to nurture and to guide our human experience when we allow the innate flow of knowledge to calm us, to enlighten us and to lovingly support us.  Our faith and God allow us to observe the soul connection in all with whom we engage.  We can be with the soul in others even when their human reactions are difficult to bear.

We are all one here – a collection of souls here on Earth having a human experience.  Like busy atoms, we bump into each other, perhaps connect for awhile, only to be released.  We may bump on friendly terms or not so friendly terms.  We may merge with others for a time, only to realize that we are not on the same path anymore and thus, we disengage.  But the connections and disconnections are here for learning the life lessons and for training our human side to expand through experiences and wisdom.

Once we realize our soul connection with our human and the soul connections with other souls outside of our own, an inner peace emerges with faith, love and wisdom.  We realize and forgive because we understand that our human experience is prone to making mistakes in order to learn and we are willing to stand in peace without judgement on others.  We are given the insight in observance of the other soul’s human and we are given the ability to see beyond the fractured being through enlightenment.

I am not implying we are two people inside each person.  Our human side and our soul are connected.  Perhaps we forget when we are born as a human and one of our jobs here is to remember that we are a part of a bigger plan and an expansive source as souls.  Once one sparks that connection between the human and soul of ourselves, we cannot forget from whence we came.  Indeed, I have found that avenues of life learning lessons come into play like a growth spurt with the added caveat of the soul now connected and helping our human side to understand the bigger picture here.  That helps to answer the “why” we have chosen to have these human experiences!

I have always loved the book by Neale Donald Walsch called, The Little Soul In The Sun for it aptly makes sense to me in explaining why many of us endure life’s challenges.  Our soul longed to experience the human experience and to learn through it.

If you feel different than others when you are in the midst of a not-so-savory experience, connect with your soul and allow wisdom to enlighten you.  You are not alone as you walk through this lifetime.  Once we realize that we are not alone, that we are Divinely supported and loved, experiences do not take on the magnitude of pain nor error.  Instead, it is replaced with forgiveness, mercy, faith, love and connections.

I am not sure if I have explained myself well today or even after reading thus far, you understand my point.  Sometimes I feel as if I know what I want to say, but it gets lost in translation unless the reader and I are on the same wavelength.

Please let me know if you have a similar knowing inside.  I have had the knowing my whole life, but it was blocked for years due to the human experiences I endured.  In this precious moment, the connection is strengthening and for that reason, I wanted to share it with you.

On this lovely Sunday Soul Day, please know that I am thinking of you, wherever you are and sending my heartlight to shine to yours in connection.  May you feel the abundance of love and light in your heart.

Shine On!

xo

 

 

Ode To November

Ode to November

November first flew past me without a Rabbit Rabbit post, but here’s a quick reminder in case you’re new or couldn’t remember why I say Rabbit Rabbit.  Did you miss me?  Because I’ve missed all of you and I hope you are doing well!

November is a busy month as we begin planning for the holidays.  It’s also a melancholy month as we remember those who have passed.  November first is All Saint’s Day and coincidentally the birthdate of my late Father.  November fourth marks the passing of my beloved Uncle as well.

Onward sparks the holiday of Thanksgiving where gratitude for who we have in our lives, both past and present, and for all the blessings that have been bestowed on us are appreciated.  Family meals and traditions continue through the rest of the year with much anticipation.  Are you beginning to think about the holiday season which is coming upon us with rapid speed?

We have a limited time here on this planet and we really never know how long we have, so we need to make the most of today, this precious present moment, for that’s all we can truly count on.  Embrace those loving souls in your life for whom you are grateful.  Take time to quiet your mind and listen to the inner wisdom that you already have.  Reach out to help others and be kind.  Find the gratitude for all you have in your life because those little things sometimes mean more that you’ll ever know.

I’m reminded of a Bible quote my Mom says,

“This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad.” 

To me, it sounds like the perfect plan for a blessed Sunday so I thought I’d pass it along to you too.  May your day be filled with precious moments of love, kindness, health and goodness.

Shine On!

xo

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