Psalm 27:1 NIV ~ The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
“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
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“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
“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
“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.
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And now let us welcome the New Year
Full of things that have never been.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
January, the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons.
Come, let winter weave her wondrous spell: cold, crisp, woolen-muffler days, long dark evenings of savory suppers, lively conversations, or solitary joys.
Outside the temperature drops as the snow falls softly. All of nature is at peace. We should be, too.
Draw hearthside. This is the month to dream, to look forward to the year ahead and the journey within. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Source of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
As you enter this new year, nothing in the past has any power to affect what you do now. You are an entirely new person, different from the person you were. This year has never been lived before, and you have never had the consciousness you now have. You are setting sail on a great adventure determined only by how grand you are willing to think. This year, think big thoughts to create miraculous results. ~ Alan Cohen
You have known us, Divine One, since before the foundation of the world.
You are closer than hands and feet.
Truly, as it is said, in You we live and move and have our being. Yet so often we feel alone, like strangers in a strange land. Although the mind may forget its divine birth, the heart yearns ceaselessly to remember. ~ Joan Borysenko
Let us close our eyes and take a deep breath. Become aware of the deep stillness within. Let us affirm: My Divine Beloved and I are One.
[My warmest gratitude to the creators of these images randomly sourced off the Web]
“Oh, would that Christmas lasted the whole year through, as it ought. Would that the spirit of Christmas could live within our hearts every day of the year.” ~Charles Dickens
“If as Herod, we fill our lives with things and again with things; if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have the time to make the long, slow journey across the desert as did the Magi? Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds? Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary? For each one of us, there is a desert to travel. A star to discover. And a being within ourselves to bring to life.” ~Author Unknown
“The image of Christ being born in a manger symbolizes that God comes forth in a place of humility. Spirit seeks not fanfare, human riches or, accolades, but the simplicity of an open heart.” ~Alan Cohen
Wishing each and every one of us, the entire human family that we comprise, a truly peaceful heart and a peaceful loving world. God bless. ~Gina
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Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative.
Not sure if your self-talk is positive or negative? Here are some forms of negative self-talk:
Filtering: You magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all of the positive ones. For example, say you had a great day at work. You completed your tasks ahead of time and were complimented for doing a speedy and thorough job. But you forgot one minor step. That evening, you focus only on your oversight and forget about the compliments you received.
Personalizing: When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself. For example, you hear that an evening out with friends is canceled, and you assume that the change in plans is because no one wanted to be around you.
Catastrophizing: You automatically anticipate the worst. The drive-through coffee shop gets your order wrong and you automatically think that the rest of your day will be a disaster.
Polarizing: You see things only as either good or bad, black or white. There is no middle ground. You feel that you have to be perfect or that you’re a total failure.
You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. The process is simple, but it does take time and practice — you’re creating a new habit, after all. Here are some ways to think and behave in a more positive and optimistic way:
Identify areas to change: If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you typically think negatively about, whether it’s work, your daily commute or a relationship, for example. You can start small by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way.
Check yourself: Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
Be open to humor: Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
Follow a healthy lifestyle: Exercise at least three times a week to positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn to manage stress.
Surround yourself with positive people: Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
Practice positive self-talk: Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you.
Practicing positive self-talk will improve your outlook. When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you’re able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way.
Excerpt from MayoClinic.com. With gratitude to the makers of these randomly sourced images.
Today I am sharing an old poem by the ‘People’s Poet’ and it describes the importance of liking ourselves. This is an essential component of raising our self-worth, and strengthening our self-love.
From this foundation we all can see that challenges make life interesting, and the overcoming of them is what makes life worthwhile. We are strong enough for everything we find in our path.
Remember Victor Hugo’s wisdom: “God doesn’t make fruit grow on branches too weak to bear its weight.” This old adage reminds us that if we are given a challenge it means we are up to it, and the stronger we are sometimes the tougher the obstacle. If we find ourself in a rough patch, let’s hold our head high and know that we must be up to the challenge or it wouldn’t have landed in our lap.
Having faith in ourselves and our abilities is sometimes as simple as the ability to lift our heads up off the pillow. It is another day. A new day. And we are here, with ourself. We must like ourselves. After all, we know ourselves the best, and we know how much we have been through.
Sometimes when I take a moment to remember where I came from and all that I have been through, I cannot help but want to pat myself on the back. ‘Way to Go’, I cheer to myself. ‘I’m so glad you’re still here’. Try saying that to yourself and see how much better it makes you feel.
Edgar Guest (1881 – 1959) worked for more than sixty years at the Detroit Free Press, publishing his first poem at the age of seventeen, then going on to become a reporter and columnist whose work was featured in hundreds of newspapers around the country. Guest is said to have written some 11,000 poems during his lifetime, most of it sentimental, short, upbeat verse. Critics may have occassionally derided his work, but America adored him. He was known as the “People’s Poet,” served as Michigan’s poet laureate, hosted a long-running radio show and TV show, and published more than twenty books.
Paul Mark Sutherland found a wonderful verse from Edgar A. Guest. Thanks Paul!
Here’s a couple of my earlier posts with additional poems from Edgar A. Guest:
Fractures well cured make us more strong.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee
Surmounted difficulties not only teach but hearten us in our future struggles. ~ James Sharp
A wise man adapts to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. ~ Chinese Proverb
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor humans perfected without trials. ~ Danish Proverb
Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a [courageous] heart. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All sunshine makes the desert. ~ Arabian Proverb
Man was made for Joy and Woe,
And when this we rightly know,
Through the world we safely go;
Joy and Woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
~ William Blake
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. It is in the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed.
~ Helen Keller
My gratitude to the makers of these posters from Google images, especially randigfine.com
On this summer day we Canadians celebrate our nation’s birthday. Bright red and white flags are blowing in my front yard amongst the flowers, cheering passersby with a sense of national pride. And in my heart I cheer that it is no longer June.
This past month has been the roughest patch endured since my mother’s passing. First my relatively young dog went unexpectedly blind. Then my area of the world (and too many others as well) endured catastrophic flooding which still has this region under a State of Emergency. Then a horrific final blow: one of my younger son’s best friends since junior high school, Nick, a lovely young man who came over to our place to hang out with our son at least once a week for the past 5 years, committed suicide last week. Apparently there had been previous attempts I hadn’t known about. I have cried more lately than when I lost my parents and my beloved in-laws, because at least they had full rich lives.
So on this day I awoke thinking, ‘It’s July!’ with a sigh of relief and an eagerness to have that horrible month behind me. This is not to say that my tears have completely dried up. The choice Nick made to end his life at 20 years old has hit me tremendously hard. I’ve never experienced suicide so closely before.
On the night it happened, my son called around midnight to tell me, and after the wrenching sobbing subsided I lit a bonfire in our outdoor firepit. It felt like the only thing that could help… the ancient practice of staring into the flames has comforted humanity through millennia, and I hoped it could offer some comfort to me, as well as my son when he returned home. And it did help.
As I start this new month, and a new era of rebuilding my energy after the tragic loss, I am reminded of how much I love this life. Nick’s choice magnifies my own choice to stay. Clad in my new mosquito-netting jacket I’ve been bravely bringing my harness-wearing blind dog for early morning runs in the nearby field as a determined effort to shed some pounds and get back on that promising track of healthier living.
Nick’s choice reminds me of how precious and short life is. We are only here NOW! I like the acronym as No Other Way.
I love it here! This planet is gorgeous, amazing and awe-inspiring. I look for the beauty in nature and am rewarded by witnessing it everywhere. Thank You God For This Day is a mantra-like prayer I breathe aloud often.
I choose to be happy. Or at least grateful when still shrouded in sadness. Gratitude always leads me into happiness and a brighter energy. And being thankful to be alive is one of the best things to be grateful for.
With deep gratitude for the makers of these images that were randomly sourced off Google.
The silver lining is much harder to see when devastation is blinding us. As we evacuate from our homes and feel helpless, let us remember that faith overcomes fear. Even if you don’t go to church and perhaps don’t consider yourself religious or spiritual, leaning on faith means having a positive expectancy that eventually everything will turn out all right.
It isn’t blindness to focus on what we cannot see. Positive expectancy is a higher sight, gathering strength from knowing things will work out. Things will get better.
I went through painful dental dilemmas and learned about hanging on to faith in the future. Even as it culminated with the extraction of my deep-rooted molar, I breathed through the procedure as best I could while holding knowledge that this too shall pass. I endured the painful needles, pulling, and pain, which required more needles, as I kept thinking “This will be behind me soon! This time tomorrow it will all be a memory. Even in an hour from now – half an hour – it will be over and done with.”
By focusing on how soon I would be looking back at it all, I found strength. The hole in my gums from the extraction has healed over! I am now safely in the future that I imagined when I was in the middle of that painful procedure.
Losing our homes to disasters like hurricanes, tornados, fires and floods is vastly different from dental pain, but my point is how hanging on to hope and faith helped me immensely. I believe that hope and faith can help us get through anything. Sure, we can still get through it without these characteristics, but with them we soon discover that we feel less exhausted, less frightened, and less alone.
I choose to focus on the heroes, all the professional and volunteer rescuers who themselves focus on who can be saved and what can be done. A perfect example of an optimist is an emergency worker, striving for life and rescue amidst the ruins. Let us be like that with all our troubles – let’s have faith that it can be saved, that it will work out, that we have the skills and abilities to help remedy this situation.
There is always a silver lining but sometimes our eyes have to clear of tears before we can see it. Focusing inwardly on our strength and our faith in the future can help dry our eyes. Let’s all decide to focus on HOPE: Hang On, Pain Ends.