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“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

-Corrie Ten Boom

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A Time To Rest

12/28/2014

take a bath copyToday is a good day to relax. Let us set aside moments to relish a bit of nourishing solitude.

How about spending time outdoors, reading some uplifting words, and cherishing a long, soothing soak in a tub.

There’s really nothing quite like laying down amidst warm water to help melt away the stresses of life. That’s where I’m headed and I wish that for you as well. Sometimes we just need to unplug.

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“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”

~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)

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“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”

~ Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

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old fashioned soap copy“This is what the Sabbath is for: reverence, rest, renewal, rejuvenation, reassuring rituals, recreation, rejoicing, revelation, remembering how much you have to be grateful for, and saying ‘thank you!’ You can do this in a church, mosque, temple or synagogue, on a walk, while antiquing, sitting in bed propped up on pillows reading something wonderful with a breakfast tray, working the crossword puzzle before a roaring fire, attending a marvelous art exhibition or movie matinee, or listening to opera in the kitchen as you sip sherry and prepare a fabulous feast. What matters is that you do something special that speaks to your soul and that you revel in whatever you do. Your activities on the Sabbath should uplift you and provide enough inspiration to sustain you during the week to come.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

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“Anybody can observe the Sabbath

but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”

~ Alice Walker

“When a storm is raging and the waves are tumultuous, it is wise to dive deep down to where the water is calm. If we remain on the surface, we will be tossed and turned. But if, like the whale, we retreat to the quiet depths of our own being, our true home, we will find rest and peace there. Once refreshed, we can resurface. This is the value of meditation. We can weather any storm with greater ease if we allow ourselves to retreat when necessary to the still, vast depths within.” ~Ann Mortifee

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Quote is from an amazing, highly recommended book called ‘In Love With The Mystery

What Is

07/22/2014

billowy morning curtains“It is said that if we want to be truly powerful we need but command what is happening to happen. While there is a humorous note in this advice, there is also a profound wisdom. We are most powerful when we are aligned with the flow of the universe.

dawn sunlit meadow“To deny what is would be like running out on your front lawn in the morning and commanding the sun to reverse direction and set in the east. No matter how strong your wish for this to be so, your chances of succeeding are very slim.

“Our attempts to make life other than it is are just as foolish and ineffectual. To try to change other people to suit us or fight against unchangeable situations is debilitating and useless.

“If something cannot be changed, our most powerful position is to go with it and find a blessing that we could not see when we wanted to be in charge.”

~Alan Cohen, Dare To Be Yourself
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“As we learn to meet whatever arises in our body, heart and mind with radical acceptance, we discover a precious freedom.” ~ Tara Brach tarabrach.com/article

Homecaring

05/19/2014

“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.’

Let’s take time to appreciate our homes and the loved ones we are blessed to share it with, even if they are company and we live alone. When we beautify our homes and surroundings, we nourish our souls. Namaste. Gina

“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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[Images not mine; found on Pinterest]

A Time To Pray

04/16/2014 — 10 Comments

“A weak faith is weakened by predicaments and catastrophes,

whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.” ~ Victor Frankl

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Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers

but to be fearless in facing them.


Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,

but for the heart to conquer it.


Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield

but to my own strength.


~ Rabindranath Tagore

Praying woman hands

“Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” ~George MacDonald

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“Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness,

or else forgiving another.” ~Jean Paul