Uniquely you

03/06/2017

“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”

~Lao Tzu

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

~Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

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Live brightly

03/06/2017

“Let everything we do and say be an expression of the beauty in our heart, always based on love.”

~Don Miguel Ruiz

Live brightly. Be who you are. Who you really are. With all your wrinkles and warts. All your cuteness and kindness. You are enough. Just relax and be you. Your light shines brighter as you become more authentic. One cannot help but be original as we share our own journey. Namaste.
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“The important virtues are only learned with much repetition. Their importance is revealed again and again in obvious and then gradually subtler ways. Some of the deepest virtues, like patience and temperance, perseverance and compassion, take a lifetime to assimilate. So relax. The journey is meant to be a gradual unfolding.”

~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

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Sparkle like gold

03/04/2017

The incredible story of the golden Buddha statue that was masked and forgotten beneath a layer of clay for centuries until a piece of the coating chipped off to reveal the glorious golden artifact that it truly was, has been told and retold. It is an important tale that symbolizes our rediscovery of our inner worth. Joni Mitchell sang the truth: “We are stardust. We are golden.”

“Just because you are soft doesn’t mean you are not a force. Honey and wildfire are both the colour gold.”

~Victoria Erickson

“Just as in the story of the Golden Buddha, sooner or later the chisels of life’s trials pick away at our armor. And this dismantling is wonderful, for there is no greater tragedy than hiding behind something that we are not, living a life that is less than we are. The universe is continuously working to remind us of our identity and our purpose. If we are living a life that is untrue to our soul’s calling, our inner guide will not let us rest until we step back onto our true course.” Alan Cohen, Dare to be Yourself

Every breath

02/27/2017

“Light the candle of love. Spread the rays of happiness in every direction in every breath.” ~Amit Ray

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“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.” ~Erich Fromm

“Sometimes it’s the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.” ~Steve Maraboli

Our human family

02/25/2017

Incredible images of some of the members of our human family, beautifully compiled and composed with Maya Angelou reciting from her powerful poem. To me, this iPhone ad is a work of art. I encourage us all to view this gem. The beauty it shares in one fast minute can help warm hearts and open minds. Let us remember how vast, and yet somehow small, our world is. Let’s know that each of us are part of a diverse and dynamic human family. Namaste.

Human Family, by Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

Sage advice

02/22/2017

From her deathbed, Cinderella’s mother tells her to ‘have courage and be kind’. Five little words carrying so much wisdom. The girl heeded the words well, and years later in the face of cruel treatment she remained calm. Her character displays equanimity, rather than rage or tearful hysterics at such ill-treatment. Ella held on to courage and kindness. May we all heed this sage advice.

Be kind, be honest, be loving, be true, and all of these things will come back to you. ~unknown

“Cinderella’s refusal to surrender to thoughts of retribution is part of what drew the Fairy Godmother to her in the first place. Hate can summon the powers of the world, but only love can summon the powers of God. It takes tremendous faith in the power of love to refuse to hate those who behave in hateful ways. Yet in that refusal lies our grace.” ~Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace

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