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A Time For Light

“When tragedy strikes, our first human response is to react in anger and with rage in our hearts, to attempt to end such dark behavior by throwing more darkness at the problem. Yet our rational minds tell us that reacting with darkness in the form of hatred and madness simply expands and multiplies the darkness. The only answer to so much darkness is to bring light. As Saint Francis of Assisi reminded us, Where there is darkness, let me bring light.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer [source]

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Let us pray and help bring light to this time of sadness and darkness for Calgary, Alberta. Rest in peace Lawrence Hong, Joshua Hunter, Kaitlin Perras, Zackariah Rathwell and Jordan Segura. My prayers are with all affected by this tragedy. Here are prayers from Illuminata: A Return to Prayer, by Marianne Williamson

Prayer For The Victim of Violence

Dear God,
I have been wounded in body and soul.
My memories, my thoughts, dear Lord, are full of horror, and I am powerless to heal them.
The hatred I feel,
The pain I feel,
Is beyond my ability to deal with.
Please, dear God,
Come into my mind with your spirit, dear God,
Please wash me clean.
Take out of me this sword.
Take out of me this wound.
Take out of me this pain.
Help me forgive,
For it is beyond my power to do so myself.
Release the one who did this
And release, dear God, my heart.
I need new life.
Please give me this.
Thank you, Lord.

Prayer For The Perpetrator

“While we strive to heal the world, the darkness is putting up a massive assault on the planet. God’s healing must extend itself, not to heal light but to heal the darkness. The perpetrator of violence may or may not be consciously horrified by his own behavior. For those who are, that horror does not always lead to the cessation of criminal behavior. As with any addictive pattern where the drive toward certain behavior overwhelms and drowns the yearning of a human conscience, it is only through the power of a genuine spiritual awakening that the deepest darkness is turned to light. For the perpetrator of wrong action, the need for prayer is great indeed. God hears all prayers. He judges no one.” ~Marianne Williamson, Illuminata p.237
Dear God,
I recognize the evil of my behavior.
I ask forgiveness for the pain I’ve caused to others.
Forgive me, God, and cleanse my heart.
May God cast out this evil from within me.
May I be returned somehow, through Your grace, dear God, to the ways of goodness.
Please bless and protect those who have been victims of my perpetration.
May my life be somehow lifted up that I might be redeemed and receive from You the chance to live the rest of my life on the path of good, through the grace of God and in service to humanity forever and forever.

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

Trust and Hold to Hope

We must be humble enough to admit that we do not see very far down the road, and confident enough to acknowledge that there is One with us who does see the right direction for us. If we are willing to trust the Divine Lighting Technician to show us our way, one step at a time, we are apt to appreciate our journey more and enjoy the adventure of following the path set before us – one light at a time. ~ Alan Cohen, Dare To Be Yourself

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Luke 1:37 ESV ~ For nothing will be impossible with God.


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Fix Our Eyes

We know more than we have read, heard or studied; we know more because we are more; we have a direct link to universal wisdom; we only have to look, listen, and trust.
~ Dan Millman

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. ~ Carl Jung

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2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV ~ So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

A Wider Vision

“The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something… To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.” ~ John Ruskin

Higher VisionToday really look around at your world: your family, your home, your pets,
your co-workers, and the strangers on the street. Smile at everyone you meet because you can see them. Never forget that the gift of vision was so important that when God created the world, the first command was for Light in order to see, and after the Great Creator was finished with each day’s task, He glanced back on his handiwork and “saw that is was good.” We need to see how good it is, too. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Travel Light

Romans 12:12 NIV ~ Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

“The greatest spiritual achievement is to maintain a sustained inner equilibrium in the midst of the fluctuating upheavals and demands of daily life.

Our moment-by-moment behavior and mood is the measurement of our true freedom. Cultivate a calm and peaceful disposition. Practice acceptance and surrender to life as it is and spiritual freedom will be yours.”

~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

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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[Images sourced from Google.com]

Who Would You Be

“Go to your highest thought about yourself. Imagine the person you would be if you lived that thought every day. What would you say, do, and think?”  ~ Neale Donald Walsch

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“According to the law of dharma, you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something you can do better than anyone in the whole world. When you are doing that one thing, you lose track of time. The expression of that talent takes you into timeless awareness.”  ~ Deepak Chopra

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Good Morning Wishes

wake up grateful repeat“Like a gift, beautifully wrapped at the foot of your bed each morning, today asks that you open it and enjoy everything inside. Exhaust yourself with all it has to offer!” ~ Steve Maraboli

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

“Now that your eyes are open, make the sun jealous with your burning passion to start the day. Make the sun jealous or stay in bed.” ~ Malak El Halabi

seeds of today“The first few moments of the day are some of the most important as they can determine the mood for the rest of the day.”
~ Daniel Willey

“Open your eyes! The world is still intact; it is as pristine as it was on the first day, as fresh as milk!” ~ Paul Claudel

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” ~ Meister Eckhart

PSALM 5:3-4 NIV ~ In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

PSALM 30:5 ESV ~ Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

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Morning Has Broken, performed by Cat Stevens

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

Morning Has Broken” is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It was written by English author Eleanor Farjeon and is set to a traditional Gaelic tune. Writing credit for “Morning Has Broken” has occasionally been erroneously attributed to Cat Stevens, who popularized the song in the early ‘70’s. The familiar piano arrangement on Stevens’ recording was performed by Rick Wakeman, a classically trained keyboardist known for his tenures in the English progressive rock band Yes. (source)

My warmest gratitude to Fiona Child for ladybug image (click image for her link) and the unknown makers of the randomly Google-sourced mug image and the purple flower field image.

Look To This Day

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Kalidasa Salutation to the dawn

When I was a child I was given a copy of this poem from the ancient Sanskrit ‘Salutation to the Dawn’ which I cherished for years. I read it over and over. Still to this day these fine words imbue me with optimism! I hope they cheer your day as well. Please feel free save this image and print it off for your wall or fridge. May its cheerful wisdom brighten all your mornings. Namaste. Gina

[With warm gratitude to the creator of the Google-sourced earth sunrise image]

Here Comes The Light

Winter Solstice 2013

let us love winter“Peace be with you. The darkest day of the year has come. The silence of winter covers the land, and even the waters are still and frozen. Their clarity reflects the purity of heart that we may all claim in this season. Their mirrored surface reflects our insight and understanding. Let us pray, ‘May there be peace on earth and goodwill towards all’.” From the writing of Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. in Pocketful of Miracles

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Quote by Rabindranath Tagore

May today be a tipping point towards ever-increasing light and kindness the world over.

Living at the 51st parallel North, the Winter Solstice is an anticipated point of the year. At long last, the globe begins its return to increasing daylight. I feel my spirits lift for I know this cold, northern hemisphere is on its return trip towards summer, more sunlight, and abundant growth.

Yin Yang EarthFor us residing this far north, today the sun is up for less than 8 hours – from 8:35 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. This is less than half the time it’s above the horizon on the Summer Solstice, when it’s up for 16 hours and 33 minutes. I sympathize for those living even farther north. In the extreme north the sun doesn’t rise for a week around the Winter Solstice, only allowing a faint twilight between 9am and 2pm.

astonishing light beingAs I contemplate this earthly return towards the light, I also envision humanity’s spiritual return towards ever greater light within us all. This is a prayerful time for offering not only the light of our hearts during meditation and prayer, but also to share our light within through genuine smiles and acts of kindness. It needn’t cost a thing as we offer a compliment or a gentle word to a frazzled clerk or shopper. We can anonymously shovel a neighbour’s sidewalk or scrape the ice off their windshield. We can gently offer our arm to a senior traversing an icy parking lot or treacherous section of sidewalk, or our hand to someone who has dropped a bag. We can put up sweet posters on public community boards, offering quotes on hope or faith or joy. Our acts of kindness are only as limited as our imaginations!

light shines johnLet us turn our faces towards the light and our hearts will inevitably follow. Let us take even one step of action towards kindness and we become an active member of the tipping point of goodness in the world.

light-a-candleI will continue to give thanks for my beeswax candles, Christmas tree lights, and outdoor strings of lights adding cheer and warmly illuminating these long nights. I feel gratitude for the blessings that each day brings, but especially today on the Winter Solstice, I feel a burgeoning hope!

I will joyfully watch for evidence of the lengthening days to start appearing soon, as well as evidence of humankind’s active kindness towards each other. We can all do something that brings ever more light. I will do my part, and let this little light of mine shine. Namaste.

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Please note parts of this post were originally posted here on last year’s Winter Solstice. Also all these posters have been randomly sourced off the internet.

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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[With gratitude for the makers of these randomly sourced images]