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Where You Are

08/03/2014


Whether you are in the grandest cathedral with organ music reverberating through your soul, or wandering along a quiet path in the glory of nature’s wild places, find a moment to worship. To celebrate that spark of life that beats your heart and has you here, now, realizing the gift you have been given. This day. This life. It is beautiful, and one way to magnify the feelings of love is to focus on how truly endless God’s love is. Spend some moments in reverence today. Or all day. Blessings are all around us but we must have the eyes to see them. Let’s see them everywhere today. You are blessed, and you are a blessing.

God loves each of us

“The greatest teacher is our own soul’s connection with the Source. To access wisdom, distortions within our human nature must be removed: beliefs that do not serve, emotional attachments that cloud. We arrive in the present moment with no agenda of our own making. Here in the eternal present, a fountain begins to rise from within. It is the inner waters of wisdom, the essential wellspring of remembering.” ~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

My gratitude to the maker of this image with the spectacular photograph and inspiring quote. I wish I knew who to credit it to and will certainly add it as soon as I discover it. Namaste. Gina

Sing On

06/02/2014

joyful Maya AngelouI first heard this song from 1994 around that time on a Public Broadcasting Station (commercial-free radio!), allowing for this long song. Eight enjoyable minutes of movement-motivating music! This fantastic compilation by the talented Branford Marsalis and friends, which includes Maya Angelou reading some of her incredible poem, is delightful and makes me dance.

I hope this song brightens your heart and your day as it always does for me. May we remember our love for Maya with gratitude for her magnificent example, and how she blessed us with her years here. She will live on, forever in our hearts, and we are so thankful for all she shared. Namaste. Gina

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

(This is her complete poem; certain excerpts are in the song)

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Homecaring

05/19/2014 — 20 Comments

“The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” ~Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

This spring has found me on hands and knees busily clearing clutter and polishing the precious pieces I want to keep. Having read and marvelled at the wisdom of Thomas Moore for decades, I know I am caring for my soul as I lovingly care for my home. A section from a Louise Hay prayer that I repeat often is, ‘I love myself therefore I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill the rooms with the vibration of love so that all who enter, myself included, will feel this love and be nourished by it.’ I encourage us all to take time to appreciate our homes and the loved ones we are blessed to share it with, even if they are company if we live alone. Let’s beautify our homes and help nourish our souls. Namaste.

“Rediscover the sacred soulcraft of homecaring. Creating a comfortable, beautiful, well-run home can be among our most satisfying accomplishments as well as an illuminating spiritual experience. Like sweat equity, channeling your time and creative energy closer to home will produce a big emotional return for yourself and those you love.”

~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance

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[My gratitude to the makers of these lovely images found on Pinterest]

Nature is superior to our human mistakes. The vastness of her power is beyond our comprehension. One way to celebrate Earth Day, beyond enjoying time outdoors, is to focus on what is working. Certainly let’s take action with conserving energy, purchasing less and repurposing more. But let’s also help with our minds and hearts as we pay attention to what is working. Let’s focus on building the new. Together, with Nature’s awesome power and our opportunities for making a difference, we can fix this. Happy Earth Day! And let’s BE HAPPY for Earth Day. Namaste.

If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank you’ that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

Prayer changes things. Starting with the one who prays. ~unknown

Interconnectedness

04/06/2014

O God, we are one with You. You have made us one with You. You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us. Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection. O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love. Love has overcome. Love is victorious. Amen.
~Thomas Merton, his prayer from an informal address delivered in Calcutta, India, October 1968 [source]

 

taken a few days ago but we've had more snow since

taken a few days ago,
we have more snow now

As the snow continues falling I find myself more at peace with it today. Yesterday my inner pendulum had swung away from my recent admiration of snow’s beauty in the wind, to feeling trapped indoors behind daggers of ice. The icicle display of freeze-thaw evidence is harmless and really quite beautiful depending on the viewer’s perspective. [my other blog’s post]

Peace begins within.

Not being at peace with what IS is akin to trying to push the river or stop the dawn. Yet much of my life used to be filled with angst generated by my inability to accept what was happening in a particular moment. Take traffic for example.

Years ago I had an epiphany* in traffic that improved my driving. And my life. It was during a frequent merge, up an incline with a curve to the right and a very long length of lane to accelerate to highway speed (110km/h). I was directly behind a car that was going 40km/h under the speed limit. Practically growling at their (or their vehicle’s) incompetence, I glanced frantically over my shoulder with hopes of passing. In seeing a line of traffic led by a massive truck, I sat back and momentarily took my foot off the gas to allow space from the slow car.

sunbeamsIn that moment I observed, as if from a distance (my Higher Self), how my blood pressure had shot up. I saw how my wheel-clutching tension had materialized suddenly from what had been, moments earlier, a peaceful and loving morning at home. It was in that instant of really seeing myself that I let go and felt the tension melt away. All semblance of hardness left me, replaced with the softness of grace. I actually felt taller as a blanket of gentleness settled over me and I saw that I was resisting What Is. This is my moment, right here and right now, and just look at how lovely the sky is ahead. Those clouds are beautiful. There we go, that’s more like it! Feeling like my peaceful self again.

source FB PeaceFlash

source FB/PeaceFlash

Peace rediscovered in an instant behind a slow-moving car that I had erroneously given away my power to. I had given an external happenstance the power over my emotions and how my day was unfolding. In a moment of grace as I like to call it, or the lovely multi-syllable word epiphany, I reclaimed my power by birthright. Free will. The power of choice and I choose peace. A radiant peace began emanating from my heart. Everywhere. At the driver of that slow car, and the truck that whizzed past. I gave thanks to the drivers behind me who hadn’t honked, but even if they had I was too busy relishing my happiness to have even noticed or cared. 

That hard feeling of inflexibility doesn’t stand a chance when met with the encompassing power of grace that comes with the acceptance of What Is. Happiness blooms in my heart as I remember to be gentle and calm. No matter if I’m being detained, or they’re sold out of something I need, or it’s snowing when I want warm sunshine. No outer event need ruffle my inner pond of peace. Peace blossoms with letting go, and letting the moment just be. It Is and I Am. Thank You God For This Day.

May I remember to say this phrase of unconditional love and gratitude for this precise moment.
May I overflow with peace and thankfulness that I am alive and breathing and here. May we all.
May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

*Epiphany: ‘the moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you, or a powerful religious experience’ [source]. I share this note for my love of the word, and not because any reader here wouldn’t know. It’s celebrating this word over saying ‘an AHA moment’ although I love all moments of insight and growth, no matter what they’re called.