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Where The Happiest People Live

One of my teachers for decades has been author Alan Cohen, and today I’m sharing a special excerpt from his wonderful book A Deep Breath of Life. May you enjoy, and may all of us learn to live from a place of thankfulness and thereby enrich the quality of our lives, and the world. Namaste. Gina

Alan Cohen on gratitude

Glorious Greys

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them. ~ John Ruskin

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micro snowflakesOn this half way point, this vernal equinox, the planet is poised between black and white, darkness and light, teaching the lesson of the bountiful beauty to be discovered amidst the shades of grey.

“Thank You God for this day.” My daily prayer, a mantra of sorts, is something I say a lot. Often aloud and definitely daily.

Thank You God for this day.

Today where I live it sure doesn’t look or feel like the first day of spring as the calendar indicates. The sky is filled with wet spring snow. Angled sharply with bursts of wind, it stings the face and causes treacherous driving. As I drove the lad to work this morning (the transit service to his work is awful) and the grey sky pelted at the world, all I could see was the beauty. Gorgeous shades of grey.

As you know I believe in practice. Everything gets easier with practice. We have to keep at things, and they will get easier. Because I say Thank You God often, I live mostly in a state of gratitude.

snowy branchDuring today’s commute, all I could see was my blessings. How lucky my son and I are to be travelling safe and warm in this car. I am thankful for excellent tires and the great condition my husband keeps this car in. I give a prayer of thanks for my husband. And just look at all the other good drivers, paying attention and signaling like I do. And the colour, oh the gorgeous shades of grey everywhere! The misty effect the blowing snow gives to the very air as it moves and undulates is breathtakingly beautiful. To actually see the air the way we can with falling snow is really a kind of a miracle.

So rather than view it as awful, and what ‘shouldn’t’ be happening, I feel so much better when I tune into a sense of celebration in my heart for this moment. Now. I am thankful for the beauty and blessings of this life and I feel, at times, like I see priceless, incredible gifts everywhere I look. Joy is contagious and I want you to catch it with me!

See the soft shades of grey and the undulating shapes in the wind-driven snow and sleet. Come back indoors and give thanks for the shelter. Give thanks for scarves. Get back in your car and give thanks for the security of being able to drive somewhere warm, and indeed back home as well. Make some tea and give thanks for that.

lovely shades of greyI’m not saying I don’t wish spring would arrive and get blooming. I’m suggesting that we look for and find the beauty right here, in every moment. Every day is the most beautiful day of the year, up to this point, don’t you agree? We are lucky to be here today, and this is the weather today comes with. I choose to see the beauty now (even if I would rather see blooming bulbs in my gardens).

Do not allow yourself to feel crestfallen if the first day of Spring blows in like a lion, whipping snow around and keeping bulbs and buds sleeping.

Let’s say it aloud together:

Thank You God for this day.

And thank you for the gloriously gorgeous greys.

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

 

Visit my Pinterest board of “Nature ~ beauty beyond words” to see this owl, and more.
http://www.pinterest.com/Ginas4PEACE/nature-%7E-beauty-beyond-words/

Both the macro flakes and snowy branch images are from this board by Trudy Tarasoff on Pinterest with images of winter and I love what she wrote: “Snow ~ I live in a part of Canada that can experience up to 7 months of snow. Some people curse the white stuff. I, however, think that it is beautiful. These photos are testimony to that beauty.” Thank you Trudy! 
http://www.pinterest.com/tlt55/snow/

In celebrating greys, one of my favourite bloggers came to mind. When I revisited, once again this incredible post reverberated through my soul. If you have seen it already, perhaps visit again. And if not I am certain you will be uplifted and mesmerized by the beauty this talented artist captures. Thank you Sriram. You bless us with your wise poetic heart and skillful eye.
http://sriramjanak.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/mind-seeing/

And lastly, if you are indeed craving a sight of spring please click link to visit my other blog’s post for today. It’s a collection of bright and cheerful photographs of spring decor to celebrate its arrival if only in our hearts. Springing For Joy 

You Are The Gold

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when

our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

“You are the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow.” This darling expression is a favorite of mine, especially when making crafts with children around Saint Patrick’s Day.

when good people get togetherI feel that way about my readers too. Yes, you! I am deeply grateful for the friends I have made through this blog. There are so many good people in the world, and many of you wonderful people have found your way here. Your visits encourage me to do something I love: share things that I find inspiring. Every post is created with the hopes that it may brighten another’s face with a smile, lift a weary heart, inspire someone’s faith, or help spark a person’s creativity.

mirror old friendIt is amidst the process of sharing these topics that I myself am elevated. So thank you. My gratitude goes out to each and every one of you who travel with me on this fascinating and expansive blogging experience. Along with your own inspirational blogs, it is through your presence reading what I share and offering your Likes, Comments, and Follows that you add lovely blessings to my life.

My treasure for you at the end of this rainbow is actually a mirror, because I’d like you to look into it. You are the gold. You are a treasure. Thank you for being here. Namaste. Gina

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

 

Let’s Make our own Luck

In mathematics, two angles that are said to coincide fit together perfectly.

The word ‘coincidence’ does not describe luck or mistakes.

It describes that which fits together perfectly. ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

When I observe a loving older couple caring for each other I know it’s not luck that they have each other for support. When I witness the glowing face of my genuinely happy friend who has just had her own book published I know she’s not lucky. When I celebrate at another’s home filled with incredible art and furniture with floor to ceiling windows that have a spectacular view, I would never entertain the thought ‘Oh, they’re so lucky!’
There is a quote that has often been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, who was an incredible human being, yet this phrase was coined by Coleman Cox in his 1922 book Listen to This:

“I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.” (quote info)

Kudos to that! I definitely agree. As well as with this rather firmly worded statement by Emerson:

“Shallow people believe in luck, believe in circumstances:

It was somebody’s name, or he happened to be there at the time,

or, it was so then, and another day it would have been otherwise.

Strong people believe in cause and effect.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life (1860)

A long and loving relationship requires consistent care and tending to, as much as any garden. The writing of a book and the publication process requires a tremendous amount of effort and persistence, and my friend worked very hard for her ‘good luck’. Prosperity and abundance doesn’t ‘just happen’ to people. They have to work at it. We all do. And often the most difficult form of the work is in between our ears.
We have to work at changing our belief patterns and developing good habits. Living with gratitude, prayer and meditation, regular physical exercise, reading nourishing material and avoiding entertainment that lowers our energy… all these things are ways we can work at ‘strengthening the muscle’ of the Happiness Habit. Things take practice and we have to work at anything to get better at it. As the adage in sports goes (likely adapted from that quote) “I am lucky, and the harder I practice the luckier I get.” Let’s practice, work at it, and make our own good luck.

May God grant you always a sunbeam to warm you;

a moonbeam to charm you; a sheltering angel

so nothing can harm you.  ~ Irish Prayer

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Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

What Do You See

Faith sees the invisible, believes the impossible, and receives the impossible.

~ Corrie ten Boom

“We can transform our lives by changing the way we think about possibilities. We are prone to picture our future as an extension of our past. But we have no guarantee at all that our future will be anything like our past. The nature of a conscious shift is the release of an old belief system, replacing it with a new and grander one.” ~ Alan Cohen

Today’s Affirmation: I open my mind to the new and the better. I bring my vision to life with faith and action. I live in a universe far grander than I can imagine. Thank you God for this day!

God Knows My Heart

“Today I am so grateful that God knows my heart. Others may misunderstand my good intentions, judge my words or deeds, find fault, or blame what they do not understand. But God knows my heart. He knows I am learning, trying, endeavoring, to be all He created me to be.”

~ Lori Nawyn, The Gratitude Journal Project

Art by Lori Nawyn

Art by Lori Nawyn

This sweet image and wise saying by the talented
Lori Nawyn lifts my heart and brightens my day.
May it uplift your heart as well. Blessings. Gina

Our First Valentine

We experience God’s peace and harmony to the extent to which we love, forgive, and focus on the good in others and in ourselves. We ask God to help us do that, so that relationships that are new will be good, ones that are good will keep getting better, and ones that are broken will be repaired. God’s law is that we love one another. Obeying that law is the key to a happy life. ~ Marianne Williamson, Illuminata

Dear Lord,

I open to receive You.

Please enter where You already abide.

Please prepare me for greater service to You.

I surrender to You my doings this day.

I ask only that they serve You and the healing of the world.

May I bring Your love and light and goodness with me, to give unto others wherever I go.

Give me strength and compassion and courage and wisdom.

Make me the person You would have me be.

May my mind and heart be pure and true, and may I not deviate from the things of goodness.

Direct my footsteps, and show me what You would have me do.

Please give me the opportunity to expand my heart into the life of another in the holiest way, the most beautiful way, if that serves Your purpose. For I would learn the secrets of love and use what I learn to grace the life of another. What a marvelous possibility, Lord, that such a treasure would be placed in my hands.

May I become more fully a reflection of Your radiance.

May Your light that surrounds me, ever more shine through me.

Soften my heart.

Thank you God.

Amen.

My prayer today is inspired by Marianne Williamson’s writing.

“Read my prayers or someone else’s,” Williamson says. “By all means, create your own.” Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. “No conventional therapy,” she says, “can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world.”
From the back cover of Illuminata: A Return to Prayer

Eye Heart Nature

open hearts see love everywhere

Here’s a photographic celebration of seeing loving hearts everywhere.

Each and every day is a blessing. May you enjoy these Nature Valentines! 

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[Images gratefully sourced from Google]

Being Grateful

Being Grateful = Being In Love With Your Life

Lately I’ve been observing that as I focus on gratitude my love affair with my own life increases and blossoms. This rose image beautifully presents for us a basic prayer. If one can do no more, let us say, or even think ‘I am grateful. I am thankful. I am blessed.’ Repetition is encouraged.

This group of art images and quotes makes my heart sing. They came together as I pondered Jack Kerouac’s encouragement for us to ‘be in love with’ our own lives, every minute of it. I’ve shared this quote recently with different art because, well, I do that. As a regular reader you’ll notice themes being returned to and some quotes repeated as I continue to examine a certain topic. And I love the topic of being in love with our lives!

I feel this love affair is to be discovered in the present moment as we remember to be grateful for what is working right in our lives, and all we’re already blessed with. The list is endless once you begin to really see blessings everywhere. Even after the darkest of times the brightness of joy returns, just as spring follows winter and dawn follows night. Every dawn is a beautiful occasion to focus on and celebrate the gratitude we feel. It’s a brand new morning, waiting with magic opportunities of new and better things. Thank you God!

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

[Gratitude to the makers of these awesome images ~ sourced from Google]

Love Your Life

Just as Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors discovers in the movie Groundhog Day, let us remember that happiness is an inside job. For whatever reason this rude, unkind man has been gifted with a repeating day that will not release him until he learns to love his life. Even his striving to ‘get the girl’ must be released and replaced with his development of a love affair with his own life. It is through acceptance, growing, and caring for others that he, and each of us, finds genuine happiness.

May we all discover the beauty amidst the imperfections, the joy amongst the hurts, and the abundant bliss waiting to be noticed within the ordinary every day life we live. Let’s open up to the miracle and learn to love our life, today, just the way it is. May this day, and every day, be as a celebration in our hearts.

The Secret To Loving Your Beautiful, Imperfect Life

by Kate Bratskeir
Excerpt:
“Bliss, instead, relies on just one individual: You.
Bliss isn’t a matter of perceiving your life as utopia. ‘We can’t be Pollyannaish,’ [he] says. ‘In our lives, things always go wrong. None of us have perfect lives.’ The wonder of bliss, however, is that it prevents the inevitable things that do go wrong from devastating us. When we tap into bliss, ‘things really can shift.’
To activate the transformational principles of bliss, you have to make tapping into your bliss a daily practice. But this isn’t as daunting as it seems. ‘None of this is very hard to do, you just have to do a little bit every day and you can make tremendous progress very quickly,’ the teacher encourages. You have control of your thoughts, and there are a few tried and true techniques to guide these thoughts toward bliss.” ~ source: Huffington Post

My Singing Heart

find what brings joyWhat may appear to be a simple question can often be the most difficult to answer.

Who am I?

What do I love?

How may I serve?

These are questions I’ve been mulling over, contemplating, and growing with lately. As I examine what I most love, those things that add joy and make my heart sing, the other answers rise to the surface. In moving towards what makes my heart shine with happiness, I am uncovering who I really am and how I may be of service.

do what you canClarity regarding why I blog, what I want to post about, and why I have two blogs has shone through me at last, and I am feeling renewed. Summarizing my two blogs in one sentence, Professions for PEACE is like my ministry and P.E.A.C.E. is my daily life.

Professions for PEACE is where I share my highest and most enlightened observations. I am using the definition of the word professions as in declarations, testimonies or assertions. These professions are like my Sunday sermons, so to speak, no matter what day of the week they arrive. They are my celebrations of all that inspires me. Joyful declarations of people living together in harmonious acceptance, celebrating our differences while acknowledging our sameness. It’s a faith-based place where I share what sparks my spirit, lifts my heart, and speaks to me of God. Between my longer writings you’ll find posts with inspirational quotes, posters and poetry. May each discovery of these offerings add brightness to your day.

People Excited About Co~Existence is where I post about the rest of the week as I seek the miraculous in the mundane. While the name of this site is long I hope you’ll find each visit worth it: peopleexcitedaboutcoexistence.com without spaces, caps or dashes. Co-existence begins within, in the home and in the heart. Whether we live alone or with a multi-generational family, the essence of peacefully co-existing begins inside our own hearts. I bring peace with me on all my tasks and travels, and here’s where I share how I do it. You’ll find posts on easy organizing, simple recipes, gardening tips, green shopping, walking to the store, living with pets, and other familial topics. In the minutiae of daily life I discover the shining gem of inner peace. If I can do it, any one can do it. Let’s celebrate the creation of a calmer, sweeter existence. We help bring peace into the world through happy lives and peaceful hearts.

no one injured bright side of life 400This is what makes my heart sing: celebrating what’s working. Pointing out the positive is one of the things that sets my heart to singing.

Moments that make us feel happy deserve to be noticed. I believe we need to pause, observe, and feel grateful for whatever is happening right in the moment when our hearts feel bright.
Whether it’s making kids laugh or dogs’ tails wag. Serving up an incredible meal, laughing with friends, fixing a vehicle, being in our gardens, or writing an inspiring post.

Whatever makes our hearts happy and harms no one, let’s do more of that. That’s what I share about. I blog about things that make my heart sing. May you burst into song along with me.

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

Image sources: 1 2 3 

Powerful Prayer

prayer changes things“OUR PRAYERS HAVE POWER: Prayer vibrates the etheric web. If we pray for another, a vibration flows out from our intention toward the person for whom we pray. Never underestimate the energy that is stirred and released through prayer. The more comfortable we are with prayer, and the more faith we have that our prayers have power, the greater will be the intensity of the vibration we send forth. Take time to pray. Discover the potency, the wonder that unfolds.” Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

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“We must not conceive of prayer as an overcoming of God’s unwillingness, but as laying hold of His highest willingness.” ~ Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin

God is a frequency “In the name of God, stop a moment, close your work, look around you.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“More things are wrought by prayer
than this world dreams of.” ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“God is a frequency. Stay tuned.” ~ Alan Cohen

I pray to have faith in things unseen, knowing Your loving hand sustains me.
Help me keep You in my thoughts, that my world may reflect divinity everywhere I look.
I place my life in Your hands, trusting that You always lead me to my right place and my highest good.

Additional reading:
http://patcegan.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/sincere-prayers/
http://professionsforpeace.com/2013/09/16/prayerful-thoughts/
http://professionsforpeace.com/2012/05/27/prayer-for-a-new-start/
http://professionsforpeace.com/2012/05/30/the-difference-about-prayer/

Please click image to visit source in a new page. Unlinked images are from Google.

Wake Up Thankful

wake up and be thankfulWaking up cheerfully doesn’t just spontaneously happen. It’s a habit to be developed. As we work at it, waking up with feelings of gratitude becomes easier. After years of practice it has become quite natural for me, but I can always continue to hone my skills.

Gratitude is the first and foremost way to greet your day. As soon as you wake up. Every day.

beginning of a new dayI find this comes more easily if I fall asleep thinking of all my blessings. And not only thinking about them but really feeling gratitude. Feeling a glow in my heart with deep and powerful thanks to God for this life I love so much. 

We often unconsciously wake up with the residual effects of what we fell asleep musing over so let’s endeavor to add joy to our mornings by falling asleep with thoughts and feelings that uplift us, rather than listing what we have to do tomorrow or things that went wrong. Let’s all eliminate mental lists from our bedtime thinking!

believe there is goodEmbrace optimistic thoughts as soon as you wake up, for these will help set the tone for the brightest and most productive of days. Let’s celebrate this day!
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

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PSALM 106:1-2 ESV ~ Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, or declare all his praise?

It's never too latePSALM 136:26 ESV ~ Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

“Sunrise is a wonderful time to arise, for the sun, the dew and the birds are awakening with us. This is a time to open ourselves to the pulse of creation. Greet the day with thanksgiving for another opportunity. It is never too late to have the life you were born to enjoy. No matter the circumstance. No matter the obstacles that confront you. Give thanks for the chance to begin anew.”
~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

Hope anchors the soul“Pay attention to your senses, everything you’re seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and maybe even tasting, and see how many things you can find to feel grateful for. This is a powerful way to shift your mood and open to the flow of abundance that always surrounds you.” ~Deepak Chopra

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Gorgeous ceramic signs! ETSY SHOP Owner Malena Bisanti-Wall – mbwstudio
Today’s images are from these two talented artists ~ click names/images to visit 
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