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Let Your Heart Be Light

“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, because the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” ~Marianne Williamson

Rest Your Heart

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe.” ~Jeffrey R. Holland

Faith Sees Through

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.” ~Isak Dinesen

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” ~Peter Marshall

“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog; the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.” ~Corrie Ten Boom

Ripples of Kindness

To the world you may be one person,

but to one person you may be the world. ~Bill Wilson

Here are two short videos that demonstrate the ripple effect that happens when we do good deeds. Let us all do good deeds, just for the sake of being kind. Remember, there are a lot of good people in the world. Unsung heroes are everywhere. Let’s endeavor to be an unsung hero ourselves, leading the way to a kinder world, one act of compassion at a time.

My deep gratitude to KindnessBlog.com for helping me find the first video “Unsung Hero” so that I may pass it along to even more people. The endless examples of kindness they gather and share on their blog not only lifts hearts and raises spirits, but the abundance shows there is no limit to examples of kindness. Let’s look for the good all around us and share about it. Let’s be the good.

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

Cultivate Kindness and Patience

Here’s an excerpt from Ann Mortifee’s lovely book In Love With The Mystery which encourages us to keep tending to our gardens of kindness. Even when we do not observe immediate results in our gardens, we know there are wondrous works taking place underneath the surface. Every moment of cultivating kindness in our thoughts and actions makes a beautiful impact, even if we must wait to witness results. Have faith. And have patience. Every choice to love makes a difference. Namaste.

Gina's front yard

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

Love is the Great Attractor

Love is not a sentimental emotion. Love is a state of being, a force of the Universe. Love is the binding energy at the core of all Creation. Love pulls and holds all things together. Atoms are drawn to one another to create themselves into molecules. Molecules unite into cell, cells into matter, muscle, blood and bones. Love holds the moon to the earth, the earth to the sun, the sun to the galaxy. We exist because of Love. Love is the Great Attractor, the permanent, binding energetic fusion that holds all Creation together, uniting us into One. ~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

Neil deGrasse Tyson WeAreAll Connected copy
If you’re not following Neil deGrasse Tyson’s COSMOS, I encourage you to check it out.
Be prepared to be inspired and amazed! [click to visit website CosmosOnTV.com]

Be At Peace Here And Now

taken a few days ago but we've had more snow since

taken a few days ago,
we have more snow now

As the snow continues falling I find myself more at peace with it today. Yesterday my inner pendulum had swung away from my recent admiration of snow’s beauty in the wind, to feeling trapped indoors behind daggers of ice. The icicle display of freeze-thaw evidence is harmless and really quite beautiful depending on the viewer’s perspective. [my other blog’s post]

Peace begins within.

Not being at peace with what IS is akin to trying to push the river or stop the dawn. Yet much of my life used to be filled with angst generated by my inability to accept what was happening in a particular moment. Take traffic for example.

Years ago I had an epiphany* in traffic that improved my driving. And my life. It was during a frequent merge, up an incline with a curve to the right and a very long length of lane to accelerate to highway speed (110km/h). I was directly behind a car that was going 40km/h under the speed limit. Practically growling at their (or their vehicle’s) incompetence, I glanced frantically over my shoulder with hopes of passing. In seeing a line of traffic led by a massive truck, I sat back and momentarily took my foot off the gas to allow space from the slow car.

sunbeamsIn that moment I observed, as if from a distance (my Higher Self), how my blood pressure had shot up. I saw how my wheel-clutching tension had materialized suddenly from what had been, moments earlier, a peaceful and loving morning at home. It was in that instant of really seeing myself that I let go and felt the tension melt away. All semblance of hardness left me, replaced with the softness of grace. I actually felt taller as a blanket of gentleness settled over me and I saw that I was resisting What Is. This is my moment, right here and right now, and just look at how lovely the sky is ahead. Those clouds are beautiful. There we go, that’s more like it! Feeling like my peaceful self again.

source FB PeaceFlash

source FB/PeaceFlash

Peace rediscovered in an instant behind a slow-moving car that I had erroneously given away my power to. I had given an external happenstance the power over my emotions and how my day was unfolding. In a moment of grace as I like to call it, or the lovely multi-syllable word epiphany, I reclaimed my power by birthright. Free will. The power of choice and I choose peace. A radiant peace began emanating from my heart. Everywhere. At the driver of that slow car, and the truck that whizzed past. I gave thanks to the drivers behind me who hadn’t honked, but even if they had I was too busy relishing my happiness to have even noticed or cared. 

That hard feeling of inflexibility doesn’t stand a chance when met with the encompassing power of grace that comes with the acceptance of What Is. Happiness blooms in my heart as I remember to be gentle and calm. No matter if I’m being detained, or they’re sold out of something I need, or it’s snowing when I want warm sunshine. No outer event need ruffle my inner pond of peace. Peace blossoms with letting go, and letting the moment just be. It Is and I Am. Thank You God For This Day.

May I remember to say this phrase of unconditional love and gratitude for this precise moment.
May I overflow with peace and thankfulness that I am alive and breathing and here. May we all.
May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

*Epiphany: ‘the moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you, or a powerful religious experience’ [source]. I share this note for my love of the word, and not because any reader here wouldn’t know. It’s celebrating this word over saying ‘an AHA moment’ although I love all moments of insight and growth, no matter what they’re called.

Be Like A Bee

photo by Marc Guitard

photo by Marc Guitard

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We ought to do good to others


as simply and as naturally 


as a horse runs,


or a bee makes honey,


or a vine bears grapes



season after season 


without thinking 
of the grapes it has borne.


~ Marcus Aurelius

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God to me, it seems

is a verb,

not a noun,

proper or improper.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

pussy willow Pinterest

source Pinterest

“Scientist, inventor, and philosopher Buckminster Fuller talked about the precessional effects that issue from just getting started in the service of humanity. Fuller explained precession by pointing out that the honeybee’s seemingly primary objective is to obtain nectar to make honey, but while going after the nectar, the honeybee is unwittingly involved in a much bigger purpose.

“As it flies from flower to flower in search of more nectar, it picks up pollen on its wings and thus ends up cross-pollinating all the rooted botanicals in the world. It’s an unintended by-product of the bee’s nectar-seeking activity.

“Think of yourself as a speedboat moving through the water. To the sides of you and behind you is a wake of activity caused by the sheer force of your forward motion. Life is like that, too. As long as you are actively in motion in the pursuit of your goals, you will create processional effects that will turn out to be far more important than you were initially capable of understanding or intending. You just begin, and the path of opportunities just keeps unfolding in front of you and to the side of you.” ~ Jack Canfield, The Success Principles

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.  ~Helen Keller

Love Took My Hand

Professions for PEACE:

I find it fascinating that immediately after posting Be A Good Example, I decided to type in DreamPrayAct.com as I do to visit this quality writer. I feel deeply pulled to share this! He signs this rare post (another gem worth waiting for) “Grace and peace” which is exactly what I feel Mark embodies. He writes, “God bless you, my friends, with the knowledge that God is for you and with you, and that indeed God is Love!”
Blessings to you Mark. Please allow me to pass along this amazing poem, sung by a parishioner inspired by one of your sermons. Ripples of Love always spread the farthest, and continue to spread. You are a fine role model indeed. With loving gratitude, Gina

Originally posted on dreamprayact:

Twelve years ago, on the Second Sunday in Lent, at the church I was serving in Los Osos, California, I preached a sermon titled, “Love Took My Hand.” The sermon was based on the very familiar text of John 3:16, which reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” I have subsequently preached a revised edition of this sermon in my current church in Santa Maria, California, because so many people have responded positively to its underlying message of grace and hope!

The scripture text is almost too familiar. People of all stripes think they know clearly what it means. But my approach in the sermon was to make the words of John’s gospel very personal for myself and my listeners. I wanted us to consider how God searches for…

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Now for something Completely Different

Elevate the Energy of your Party!

With gratitude to all of my readers!

With gratitude to all of my readers!

I’m the kind of person who enjoys celebrating. I like theme parties, block parties, and potlucks. I like getting to know my neighbours names, and staying in touch with friends and family. Any event is a great reason to plan a get together.

Building and strengthening relationships helps build happy communities which helps foster peace. Joyful gatherings help people feel good, and as within, so without. Let us feel joy and radiate it outwards. Here’s my click-to-open slideshow celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. May it bring you a smile and spark your creativity to host, co-host, or encourage a family-friendly party.

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we’ve put it in an impossible situation. ~ Margaret Mead

Members of one family rarely grow up under the same roof. ~ Richard Bach

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~ Albert Einstein

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To see more of this collection, visit my St Pat’s Pinterest board
http://www.pinterest.com/GinasGardens/saint-patricks-day-fun/
Related reading at my other blog:
http://peopleexcitedaboutcoexistence.com/2014/03/14/good-olsober-saint-pat/
http://peopleexcitedaboutcoexistence.com/2014/03/11/inspiring-green-decor/
http://peopleexcitedaboutcoexistence.com/2014/03/13/crazy-easy-beef-stew/

A Higher View

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

~ Albert Einstein

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I have long believed in the power of visualizing what I want to see in my life. This is why I learned to release worry. To participate in worrisome reflections is to contemplate what I do NOT wish to see. Therefore I refuse to worry. I now only look at, and think on, that which I want to experience.

Years ago when my sons were small and went camping with their dad, I permitted the bad mental habit of worry to fester. After waving goodbye I would fight back tears, sometimes outright crying, as I worried about all the dangers lurking in the backcountry.

There were cliffs to fall from, lightning strikes in those high open places, and lions and tigers and BEARS! Oh my! Okay, no real tigers in my part of the world, but worry tore at my mind like claws.

Then the light switch flicked on in my brain as I saw what I was doing: I was visualizing – with emotion! – the worst possible scenarios. A chill ran through me as I suddenly understood I was inadvertently meditating with feeling for an outcome I did NOT want. I immediately began imagining, with great joy, my boys arriving home with happy shouts of “Mommy! Mommy!” I felt their hugs and could hear breathless animated tales of campfires under stars and big fish caught.

Any moment my mind began to wander down a dark pathway about the latest grizzly bear mauling or forest fire started by lightning, I would take a breath, shake off that erroneous use of my creative mind, and replace it with the imagined sounds of happy shouting boys bursting through the front door. And guess which one always came true for me? The young men who are my grown sons now have amazing stories from their youth of the times they hiked and camped in the wild backcountry. And I learned a valuable life lesson to only visualize that which I want to experience. I encourage you to do the same. Maintain the highest viewpoint possible and create a joyous life.

Proverbs 4:23 NCV ~ Be careful what you think,

because your thoughts run your life.

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Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

You Are Loved

Always remember this fact:

Sweet One, You Are Loved.

You are SO loved“To remember that you are a part of God, that you are loved and lovable, is not arrogant. It’s humble. To think you are anything else is arrogant, because it implies you’re something other than a creation of God. Love is changeless and therefore so are you. Nothing that you have ever done or will ever do can mar your perfection in the eyes of God. You’re deserving in His eyes because of what you are, not because of what you do. What you do or don’t do is not what determines your essential value – your growth perhaps – but not your value. That’s why God is totally approving and accepting of you, exactly as you are.”
~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Jeremiah 31:3 – I have loved you with an everlasting love.

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[Images gratefully sourced from Google.com]