Tag Archive | happiness

Brave Enough To Be Who You Are

“We need to have the courage to claim our spiritual identity in the midst of a world afraid of light. We don’t need to flaunt our spirituality, argue about it, or attack anyone who does not see or agree with it; we just need to live it. The path of mastery does not require us to convince anyone else of anything; it simply asks us to remember who we are and be it.” ~Alan Cohen, Dare To Be Yourself

“There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,

The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,

Hath had elsewhere its setting,

And cometh from afar;

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come

From God, who is our home.

~William Wordsworth

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

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

Loving Action

God feeds the birds but He doesn’t throw food into their nest.

~ Old Saying

Take Loving Action

The ego seeks recognition, but in a life of Meaning,
loving action is its own reward.
There are a multitude of ways in which we can give.
It doesn’t really matter what we do – the point is to get in the habit
of replacing our attention on ourselves with attention toward others
and take loving action. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer, Take Loving Action

Be A Good Example

You preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

~ Old Saying

Sermons We SeeWe are all role modeling in every moment of every day. We are either showing what works to help lead us towards feeling happier and building more satisfying relationships around us, or we’re not. Years ago I used to role model how to feel depressed and without hope. Now I role model through my happy life how to hold to hope and speak words that spread joy. I share kindness in my travels and compliments with clerks. I smile warmly at strangers and hold doors open for others. I wave in merging drivers in traffic and wave my thanks when others do the same for me.

be an exampleMy nearest and dearest know me to be honest, forthright, and encouraging of their dreams and endeavours. They know I am someone who doesn’t hold grudges and rather likes to clear the air to ensure our relations are without misunderstandings.
I proudly work on the art of being a good listener and have learned how to release any thoughts of what to say, rather focusing on the person speaking and what it is they are conveying. I have come a long way, and so has my life. It may not always be rosy, but my faith is unwavering. I know from experience that joy is an inside job, and counting my blessings builds the foundation for happiness. This is what I hope to share by example, that joy is attainable for every one and that we are all worth it. I intend to preach a better sermon with my life than with my lips.

Sermons We See

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are those who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs
I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong one stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.
One good person teaches many, we believe what we behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with those of honor learns to hold her honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with their eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

~ Edgar A. Guest (1881 ~ 1959)


Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

Passionate Calling

True imagination is not fanciful daydreaming; it is fire from heaven.

~ Ernest Holmes

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“You simply cannot give to the world all that you have to give if you do not remain true to your own ‘selfish’ desires. You have a unique set of precious values that can only be fulfilled by pursuing what drives you the most: your passions and dreams.
Could Thomas Edison have tended to the downtrodden as Mother Teresa did?
Could Albert Einstein have preached salvation as Martin Luther King Jr. did?
Could Abraham Lincoln have built cars like Henry Ford? Always, the masses benefit from the individuals who insist on marching to the beat of their own drummer.” ~ Mike Dooley

Out and About

above all be true to yourself - art by Kelly CummingsMy updated ABOUT page has me excitedly celebrating all the reasons why I blog! I consider myself to be an ‘Inspirational Blogger‘ with an ongoing intention to help uplift and inspire others.

Also through this process of blossoming with bliss I have discovered a book within me eagerly writing itself out. It is by focusing on and meditating with the question What do I love that I am relishing these new discoveries of my greatest passions.

Living joyfully is no accident. I did not just wake up out of a painful life one day, suddenly brimming with smiles and happiness. It is a habit to be developed like a spiritual muscle, and I am proud to ‘work out’ daily. And as with all things in life, it gets easier with practice.

I began this blog in April 2012 and wrote my first About page. Last month I posted about Martin Luther King Jr. on both my blogs, and I then decided to really pray for clarity about why I want to blog and why I have two locations. My hero MLK had clarity. He definitely knew who he was and what his purpose was. His life was my inspiration as I sought clarity for myself. I went within and asked Why do I blog? What do I want to say? What do I hope to accomplish? But when answers didn’t come I simply asked, What do I love?

find out who you are - calligraphy by Kelly CummingsClarity about our purpose, like happiness, doesn’t just happen out of the blue. We must seek after it, lay the groundwork, and open our hearts for its arrival. Just as thoughts of gratitude and sharing kindness helps foster happiness, so too does regular prayer practice and meditation to quietly listen help foster our inner clarity.

This is worthy work and it’s worth every minute we devote to it. I encourage us all to work this spiritual muscle. Let us go within to find out who we are, what we love, and how we may be of service. What you discover on this adventure of introspection will help you to heal, blossom, and shine with happiness. Go for it! You’re worth it. And the world needs your light.
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

Be Who You Are

“Destiny is a personal adventure. Just as no two snowflakes or fingerprints are alike, every soul comes into this world for a unique purpose. Each of us manifests good according to our own strengths and intentions. Never compare your worth to that of others because you did not accomplish what they did; you were never supposed to be like them. Your highest purpose in life is to be true to yourself. If you honor your personal gifts, intuition, inclinations, and visions, you will fulfill your destiny and serve many others in the process.” ~ Alan Cohen, A Deep Breath of Life

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
“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

What If…?

God is Love. We are each a beautiful, magnificent, multi-dimensional being, whose soul purpose is to expand into love and be love. Be love. And then, what if we realized how powerful we are? May we shine the beautiful, magnificent love of God through our hearts and into the world. May there be peace within our hearts and within the world. Namaste.

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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

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A Clean Slate

image todayThe energy we begin with sets the tone. This is true for how we start our day, how we begin a conversation, even the way we greet our own reflection in the mirror. When I bring my most enthusiastic energy to my mornings, I can more easily maintain this cheerful momentum than on those days when I forget and find myself dragging along. It’s harder to raise my energy after a slow start than to maintain it after a strong start.

Even when waking in pain, as I did this morning, let’s practice awareness of where our focus goes. As I woke with a backache, I playfully jested with the thought ‘at least I have a back’! Similar to someone who says ‘at least I’m alive’ when asked how they are doing, we can choose to remember that being here is better than the alternative. If we cannot be thankful for more, at least be thankful for being alive. Even this bare minimum is better than focusing on what hurts, what we’re lacking, and what isn’t working in our lives.

As we begin each morning with a focus on what we’re thankful for, we are starting with a fresh slate on which to create whatever we want! Give thanks for life! Give thanks for the good health you DO have. Even while having a backache anyone can choose to notice all the other functions of one’s body that are working wonderfully, and feeling gratitude for pain relief medications and availability of health care specialists such as chiropractors and massage therapists.

Thank You God 400The phrase “Thank you God for this day” is a mantra-like prayer I repeat as I fall asleep and when I wake. I encourage you to try it! There are countless reasons to be thankful and to celebrate each new day. Every morning is a clean slate, a blessed gift, a fresh opportunity for finding reasons to be grateful and joyful. The more frequently we can remember this immediately upon awakening, the brighter our days will shine.

Blossoming Holiday Smiles

be SO happyYesterday as I entered a grocery store I received a nice smile from a silver haired woman who was leaving the store. I broadened my smile in return and it was then that I realized I was already smiling. Just a small, closed mouth smile that softened my eyes and my whole demeanor, and she noticed. She offered a smile in return for my pleasant countenance.

zig ziglar - things u can giveAs I walked into that grocery store, list in hand, my smile was blossoming from anticipating all the holiday baking, meals, and appetizers this store would help me make. I was imagining my loved ones’ smiles as they enjoyed the treats I’d be preparing.

sunbeam smilesI smile because I remember my blessings, such as how I enjoy easy mobility, I have a vehicle and can drive to a nearby grocery store, and I have enough money to purchase what I want. I have a cozy home with a good fridge and stove with pans and utensils to assist me in lovingly preparing foods for my family and friends. Thank You God for every detail of my life. I choose to remember how blessed I am and to show it through my smiling face.

My heart beams with gratitude in remembering how blessed I am. It’s not surprising that I decided to buy yet another Food Bank hamper for the donation box, because in acknowledging my own blessings I am reminded of those who are less fortunate.

Okay, I may not smile quite as broadly as Buddy the Elf here, but I encourage us all to smile out our inner joy! It not only makes you feel better, it brightens up the world around you.

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Consider Love Notes

“It is the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” ~ Claude M. Bristol

positive post its mirrorWhile it is genuinely affectionate to slip love-notes into the pockets or lunches of our nearest and dearest, it is truly inspired when we remember to do this for ourselves. ‘Love-notes’ as I like to call them, or Positive Post-it’s, Mirror Affirmations, whatever we name them, are a way to send a message to a deeper part of ourselves.

Just like when we happen across a hidden note sent from a loved one, so too are the notes we leave for ourselves delightful reminders of how truly loveable we really are.

Sure any old hand-written scrap of paper can suffice for a note, but it means so much more when we put some special effort into it, such as selecting a nice paper and carefully using our best handwriting (or a really nice font if we print the note). And this can be an instance when shorter is better. Short and sweet.

Way to GO!
You Light Up My Life.
I’m So Glad You Were Born!
You Make A Big Difference In MY World.
Thank you for all you do. Thank you for being you!

i am enoughPositive and life-affirming statements help spread love and light. Certainly for others and definitely when we send these messages to ourselves! Here are some ideas for messages can we affirm and send to ourselves.

I am enough.
I speak and think positively.
I am thankful for my blessings.
I am calm, relaxed and peaceful.
I am willing to change and grow.
I am deserving of love and kindness.
I enjoy being, feeling and thinking positive.

Perhaps the most wonderful thing about thinking positive thoughts and feeling positive energy is that it’s essentially self-perpetuating. Just thinking about the ‘bright side’ of every situation (and there is ALWAYS a blessing hidden as a silver lining of that dark cloud) helps to illuminate our hearts so we can ever more easily SEE the positive. It’s like a mental ‘muscle’ that requires practice to build up strength and habit. It gets easier the more dedicatedly we practice.

post it Smile!So let’s practice thinking positive thoughts, about our life, our situations, the people in our lives, and most especially about how we feel about ourselves. Let’s practice and build that muscle of kindness as we think positive thoughts.

Remember this basic affirmation: “I Am Enough.”
And practice this most basic prayer: “Thank You.”

Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘Thank You’ it will be enough.”

You Are Beautiful

Divine-Universe-smallerIn the movie ‘Contact’ Jodie Foster’s character catches her first glimpse of the spectacular cosmos and she is spellbound and can barely utter “Beautiful… so beautiful… should’ve… sent… a poet.” In sharing this title today, I am referring to that kind of beautiful, not an external beauty our society often attributes to tall slim women. Rather, I am using this phrase in reference to all my brothers and sisters: men, women, and children of all shapes, sizes, and colours. You Are Beautiful.

Luke 12:7 posterI recently took an evening class a wise woman friend of mine put on. At one point she was explaining how beloved we are by God, and she said, “You are more loved than you can realize. It’s as if God has pictures of you all over His fridge!” We laughed and her charming description touched my heart. It’s a whimsical way to help us realize how much we matter to our Creator. We are important and we are beautiful to Him. Like the glorious beauty we see in the cosmos.

In flipping channels a while back I came across the finale of a show I’d not been following: American Idol. It was near the end and the last two performers were about to sing their last song. They were outstanding, but only one moved me to tears and had me sit up and take notice. I was delighted when Candice Glover won, and as she performed that winning song once more, she pointed skyward to emphasize who the ‘He’ was she refers to in this song. It is not a song about some other man who loves her better; this is about the loving spirit of God who loves us best. I’d like to add that if you are in a hurtful relationship with someone who breaks your heart and shuts you down, please comprehend how deserving of love you are, and remove yourself.
You deserve the best! You ARE beautiful.

Candice Glover – I Am Beautiful (Written by Joleen Belle and Jaden Michaels) 


You say I sound silly when I laugh real loud

Talk about my day and you tune me out

You keep telling me lies to make things worse

But I don’t hear you

‘Cause I’m listening to His words,

And He says I am beautiful

And when I fall

It don’t matter that I’m not perfect

I am beautiful

I’m not alone

And in His eyes I’m so worth it

I’m worth every tear

And every scar

And even when you say I’m not

He says I’m beautiful

You say I’ll never be good enough

Knock me down

Won’t help me up

And you always say the right thing to make me hurt

But I don’t hear you

‘Cause I’m listening to His words

And He says I am beautiful

And when I fall

It don’t matter that I’m not perfect

I am beautiful

I’m not alone

And in His eyes I’m so worth it

I’m worth every tear

And every scar

And even when you say I’m not

He says I’m beautiful

And I deserve better things

He says He understands

I got to do what’s right for me

And He says I am beautiful

And when I fall

It don’t matter that I’m not perfect

I am beautiful

I’m not alone

And in His eyes I’m so worth it

I’m worth every tear

And every scar

And even when you say I’m not

He says I’m beautiful

He says

He says

I’m beautiful

And I’m worth every tear

And every scar

And even when you say I’m not

He says I’m beautiful.