“When a storm is raging and the waves are tumultuous, it is wise to dive deep down to where the water is calm. If we remain on the surface, we will be tossed and turned. But if, like the whale, we retreat to the quiet depths of our own being, our true home, we will find rest and peace there. Once refreshed, we can resurface. This is the value of meditation. We can weather any storm with greater ease if we allow ourselves to retreat when necessary to the still, vast depths within.” ~Ann Mortifee
Here is a story that takes less than ten minutes to enjoy yet its message is timeless.
I’m sharing this read-aloud story with my deepest humility, knowing I am terribly new to this. Certainly I will get better at my recordings, but I read and reread through my old, lovingly worn edition of the book until this version felt acceptable.
Yes I have a bit of a lisp. Yes my equipment is less than stellar. Yes I am self-taught. However it is from my heart and shared with love, therefore I feel it is good enough.
Strong has been the pull from within me to share this story from my children’s youth. Its message is very important for us to understand, all year round but especially at this time of year.
Let us see others as if they are illuminated with the magical light of the Christmas candle, and we will see that we are all members of one family.
Let there be peace, and let it begin with me.
Warmest blessings of the season! Gina
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Having discovered how much better life is now that I live sober, I want to share about it. Certainly repeated attempts and failures at quitting bad habits are part of the process. However it was once I understood that I had to focus on what I want, rather than what I don’t, that the monkey fell off my back for good.
If there is a part of life that doesn’t look like what we want to see, let’s put more energy into seeing (even if only in our mind’s eye) what we do want, and cease from staring at, agonizing over, or giving energy to what we don’t want. This is the best and most thorough way to let those harmful habits fade away… by replacing them with new, better, healthy habits. The obsolete organically falls away as we grow into larger happier beings. Pay attention to how loved you are by God, right here and right now. Focus on what brings genuine joy. Let’s put our energy on that, and let the real fun begin!
“At the root of addiction is a natural impulse to satisfy our human needs for security, comfort, self-esteem, sensory gratification, and power. But at a deeper level, we know that that our addictions cannot fill the emptiness inside ourselves and will not lead to lasting peace and inner satisfaction.
“Identifying the void you have been trying to fill and replacing life-damaging beliefs and behaviors with those that are life-supporting ~ including meditation and other practices for higher consciousness ~ will serve you immeasurably on your journey to healing and transformation.”
~ excerpt from the Chopra Center’s ‘Overcoming Addiction’ [source]
Let’s be courageous adventurers and risk keeping our hearts open!
“The only gift we can give to life is to arrive in the present moment with the strength to be open.” ~Ann Mortifee
“An adventurous life does not necessarily mean climbing mountains, swimming with sharks or jumping off cliffs. It means risking yourself by leaving a little piece of you behind in all those you meet along the way.” ~Shawna Grapetin
Whether you are in the grandest cathedral with organ music reverberating through your soul, or wandering some quiet path amongst the glory of nature’s wild places, find a moment to worship. To celebrate that spark of life that beats your heart and has you here, now, realizing the gift you have been given. This day. This life. It is beautiful, and one way to help magnify the feelings of love is to focus on how truly endless is God’s love. Spend some moments in reverence today. Or all day. Blessings are boundless around us but we must have the eyes to see them. Let’s see them everywhere today. You are blessed, and you are a blessing. Love, Gina