“There is so much love in your heart that you could heal the entire planet. But just for now let us use this love to heal you. Feel a warmth beginning to glow in your heart center, a softness, a gentleness. Let this feeling begin to change the way you think and talk about yourself.” ~Louise Hay
The snow has melted, the ground has thawed, and everything is bursting into growth as the hours of daylight lengthen. Roses, trees, shrubs, perennials… tenacious plants that return year after year as the earth swings closer to the sun for its summer vacation. Whether rainy or sunny, spring is when I spend every extra moment I have outside in my gardens. If it’s too wet, I will be moving rocks or building something. Planning and moving forward.
In spite of my powerful enthusiasm, spring helps teach me patience, over and over and over again. Every year as my gardens wake up and I get excited about what is coming and what will be, I’m the student once again, learning to be patient. When I find myself wishing that a plant or an area of my garden were better or different, I feel a kind voice in my heart telling me to ‘have patience’. These patient plants remind me that I am growing, all the time, even if only in my understanding of how to make mistakes. I’m blossoming the best I can in any given moment with the resources I have right now. Just like you, and every other living being.
Taking a restful moment to pause from the spring work, I breathe deeply and smile. I can feel it: I’m blossoming. I am growing better with each forward step and each weed pulled. I am becoming clearer and closer to my vision of the garden, and the life, that I really want. Truly, patience is a virtue. Namaste.
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“The motive of the Higher Self is always love and service.” ~Joan Borysenko, Pocketful of Miracles
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’ to serve. You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve…
“You only need a heart full of grace,
a soul generated by love.”
MLK from his sermon ‘The Drum Major Instinct’ [source]
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
“When we are at peace with our own nature we never need to pretend to be more or less than we are. Self-righteousness is an expression of inner uncertainty. Arrogance expresses a fear of inadequacy. When confronted with our inabilities, we can either learn something new about ourselves, or we can deny, distort, and pretend. We are pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. We fit perfectly, exactly as we are, into the space that has been prepared for us. Any smaller or any larger space will not do. The picture of life would not be complete if any one of us were different than we are at this time, in this moment. It is a peculiar perfection.”
~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
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“Few things are more revolutionary than finding true happiness in a suffering world.” ~Marianne Williamson
“If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.” ~Joel Osteen
“The world’s wisdom traditions all point inward, stating that there is a level of the mind that serves as the source of happiness. When a person locates this core self, there is peace and silence. One feels safe and cared for. Love and bliss are available as normal aspects of life, not as intermittent experiences that arrive randomly.”
~Deepak Chopra [read more of article at Oprah.com]
Composure is attainable, and from this calm place, happiness blossoms. Breathe. Relax. Soften. Accept what is, knowing there is a much larger picture of the story than we can ever understand. Being happy is not only a choice; it is a type of loving shield. It gives us strength in troubled times and allows us to offer gentleness and smiles to others. To feel happiness and smile at others is not naiveté; it’s a kind of superpower. It kick-starts the ripples of kindness and offers hope for our worried world. Namaste. Gina
“Wind in the trees, thunder, flowing water, falling leaves, rain, animal voices, birdsong – we live amid a teeming polyphony of natural sounds.
“Add to these the sounds of human activity, from soft footsteps to pneumatic drills, from muted conversation to pounding trains, from jetting fountains to jet planes.
“Then, we have the articulate, measured, imagined sounds of art – all the many kinds of music, which so specifically and directly convey the spirit of a people.
“Our world is permeated with sounds, some calming the heart and mind, some keeping us frenetic and on edge.”
The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
Quiet is something I need like oxygen. It’s why I camp. I have to get away from the sounds of the city, of the suburbs. Out of earshot of the squealing tires and noisy buses, the wailing sirens and garbage trucks, the roaring broken mufflers and low-frequency stereos at top volume, rattling my windows. These frenetic urban noises are why I need to go hiking and camping on a regular basis. I need to get away to a calming forest path.
Ahh. . . peace and quiet.
At the campground the most persistent sounds beyond the chickadees are the scolding chirps of squirrels and raspy caws of ravens. Crunching gravel beneath my feet as I follow a path to the creek. Water splashes over the rocks. Flames crackle softly in the fire pit. Breezes sing through the tall trees. These are sounds that refresh me deeply, and bring me back to life. This is why I camp. A retreat under the silent stars, immersing myself in the sounds of nature. Time spent amidst nature’s natural noises helps me hear happier thoughts. I wish for you a soothing walk on a quiet path. Namaste.
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