"EVERYONE without exception is very, very special with extraordinary qualities and extraordinary powers. You just may not know it yet. The secret is to be, love and cherish yourself; it is to be your true essence. You are love and light, infinite wisdom and unlimited possibilities. Whatever you ask, you shall receive. You can have, be and do anything you want. You just need to choose what makes you happy in your heart. It is very simple. Remember, you are loved beyond measure for who you are and you are beautiful."
Author Unknown ~ but a very Wise Soul
What a beautiful month – the trees and flowers are blooming – the weather is warming up, we are feeling more energetic and alive. Look around at all the beauty, the colors, the plants, the water, the mountains – what magesty we live in – we have so much to be grateful for. May 12th is Mother’s Day. May you celebrate this special day with love, kindness and appreciation for your Mother. Also, remember Mother Earth (Gaia) who everyday lovingly nurtures us with the richness of the land. She gives us everything to sustain us – so it is up to us to take care of her and to be thankful for having the opportunity to be part of this very special Planet.
I trust that the words on these pages plant beautiful seeds within you and that you all grow into the beautiful shining stars that YOU ARE. May you always be your authentic self, trusting in magic, following your heart, dreaming BIG, and having fun. Remember, there are no mistakes in life, only lessons. Each day is a brand new day for you to CREATE exactly what you want.
May your journey BLOOM into “magnificence” and be gentle and sweet.
Believe in yourself, in love, in trust, in magic, in angels, in happy endings, in God, in promises, in miracles, in people, in fairytales, in following your heart, in peace and happiness, in never growing up, in following your passions and making your dreams come true, in always having fun, in helping people, in making the world a better place, in changing for the better.
I have deep gratitude for your presence in my life for we are ONE !!!
May your journey be blessed and your steppings be light and joyful.
In Love AND Gratitude, ME.
The Angel of May - brings the blush and promise of spring. May's angel rejoices with us as we take heart at the sight of trees ad shrubs in bloom and relish our anticipation of the fruits to come. This angel of spring reminds us that this is a time of awakening the seed within ourselves. Perhaps we have a deep longing, an artistic talent never explored or a friendship never quite attempted. This angel of May will help us discover this potential, nurturing our spirits as we can dare to fulfill this hidden promise and bring forth the fruit of a life fully lived.
The Life Cycle
Bud and Blossom and Beyond
It is through watching the cycles of nature that we more fully understand the cycles of our own lives.
Flowers and leaves both begin their lives as organisms so tiny we cannot see them with the naked eye. With time, they become visible, curled in upon themselves, colorful buds slowly softening and releasing. With the proper warmth and moisture, they unfold little by little, revealing with each degree of opening a new color, shape, or dimension. Sometimes buds open seemingly all at once, unfolding the full majesty of their potential, of what looks to the human eye like courage, openness, and generosity.
As days go by, the bloom slowly moves through more stages, revealing still more colors, shapes, and dimensions of its essence. It falls apart, strewing its petals on the ground, or it wilts, or it closes back in on itself. When we can appreciate the full beauty of each stage of the cycle of life, from bud to blossom to disintegration, we feel more at home with our own earthly process. We can be inspired not to hold back the fullness of what we have to offer, knowing that our time to give of ourselves in this way will come to pass. At the same time, we can honor others, and the little processes that go on within the larger process of living our lives.
Each stage we go through has its time of fulfillment and recession, as do all living things. Every moment of every stage has its own particular beauty, and we can appreciate that, even as most of us tend to love the spectacular moment of full blossoming most of all. When we feel the wisdom contained in the budding, blossoming, and dissolution of a simple flower, we begin to feel it everywhere, in each moment that comes and goes, in each sunrise and sunset, in every hello and goodbye, as the very essence of the pulsating ebb and flow of existence.
Life Is Its Own Metaphor
See the flower as dying and you will see the flower sadly. Yet see the flower as part of a whole tree that is changing, and will soon bear fruit, and you see the flower's true beauty. When you understand that the blossoming and the falling away of the flower are a sign that the tree is ready to bear fruit, then you understand life.
The 7 Steps for Cultivating Authentic Happiness
You were born to be happy. In fact, everyone has a deep-seeded impulse to blossom into a radiant, joyous, ecstatic human being.
Happiness has held our attention for thousands of years, but only recently has 'positivity' become the focus of behavioral scientists. We're now beginning to look deeper into the root causes of joy and understand the science of authentic happiness--how it develops, why it gets lost, and what can be done to reclaim and sustain it.
Studies from neuroscience show that happiness is wired into our brain. Like an acorn holding the promise of a giant oak, the infant's brain is packed with happiness potential, ready to sprout into a life-time of edifying laughter, pleasure and bliss. But like all brain functions, if we don't stimulate our happiness potential early and often, we risk losing the capacity. If our latent potential for joy is ignored or only marginally evoked, we may never know what it means to feel truly happy, deeply connected, passionately in love, or wildly euphoric.
But here's the good news. Research also shows that our brain has a remarkable capacity to grow new neural networks (called 'neuroplasticity'). Given the right kind of attention and enriching environment, our brain can be "rewired" so that specific functions that determine how we think, feel and laugh can be recovered and enhanced.
For happiness to flourish, it needs to be carefully nurtured from fragile neediness, through confident independence, into the ultimate blossoming of its fullest potential. But how can we feel joy if it's never been nourished in our life? How can we boost our HQ ('happiness quotient') without using addictive drugs, medications laden with side-effects, or risky thrill-seeking? And what does it take to reach the height of pleasure--ecstasy--which has been the inspiration for countless poets, mystics and lovers the world over?
If there were a handy guidebook of gardening tips for growing happiness you'd read about the basic art and science of joyful living. You'd learn how specific methods for promoting gladness are scattered among various disciplines and traditions around the world, some dating back hundreds of years. You'd see how some perfectly natural methods for achieving peak experiences of ecstasy and
pleasure are sometimes buried in unfamiliar terms or concepts that you may need some help translating and time to master. Taken together, our little pocket guide would illustrate seven essential techniques for cultivating and sustaining happiness:
1. Tend the Soil
First, if you expect to reap the rewards of a joyful nature, you'll need to attend to your physical body with the same degree of knowledge, care and attention that a gardener uses to cultivate beautiful flowers or delicious fruits. You can begin by "tending the soil", that is, learning to support and enhance physical conditions within your body that create a fertile environment for growing positive physical, emotional and mental states. Like every living creature on the planet, you need sufficient exposure to sunlight, adequate oxygen and hydration, and the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats, and other nutrients to live a healthy, happy life. In addition to eating right, targeted use of 'nutraceuticals' (nutritional supplements) can help provide a natural means of nourishing the body while stimulating hormones and peptides within the brain that make you feel good. By ensuring that your body is provided with the right kind of nourishment, you'll maximize your internal defenses against disease, keep your body running strong, enhance your cognitive abilities, boost your mood, and improve your optimism. Happiness is far more likely to take root and flourish in this kind of nurturing environment.
2. Seed Your Positivity
Just like cultivating a garden with a rich array of exquisite flowers, you can engage in activities that continually seed your inner garden with a wide range of positivity states--from optimism to sheer joy. For example, physical exercise is an excellent way of growing a heightened sense of vitality and contentment in your life. When you swim, jog or play tennis you not only keep your body healthy, but also stimulate your brain's reward center, enlivening your sense of pleasure. When you immerse yourself in the expressive arts--poetry, dance, music--you not only boost your feel-good hormones, but often lose yourself in the moment and open to the experience of 'flow' (more on this later). Humor and playfulness also play an important role in bringing joy and happiness to fruition. By seeding your positivity, you'll feel more awake, more alive, and more enthusiastic. However, if you ignore your joyful nature, hurtful feelings and negative thoughts--like weeds in a neglected garden--can quickly choke-off your capacity to feel lighthearted, joyful, and exuberant.
3. Feed Your Awareness
Happiness has a strong impulse to grow spontaneously and it needs the freedom to do so. But when we cling to limited perceptions of ourselves and the world in an effort to make sense of it all, we create psychological and emotional barriers that often prevent us from flourishing. To grow, you need to let go. But to let go, you must first see what you're hanging on to! That's why the cultivation of 'mindfulness' becomes critical for nurturing a more joyful nature. By feeding your awareness with mindfulness practices, you accomplish several important goals: first, you learn to relax--totally relax. With time, you can take a blissful vacation whenever and wherever you want. Secondly, mindfulness means that you develop the capacity to recognize the moment-to-moment cascade of thoughts, feelings and desires that keep you pre-occupied, often burying you in a quagmire of worry, distress and agitation. By feeding your awareness, you nurture an important skill that allows you to more easily identify and let go of those attachments that erode your attention, stifle your growth, and prevent you from living more radiantly. Thirdly, mindfulness plays a central role in opening you to 'flow', allowing your true nature to blossom.
4. Follow the Light
Just as plants exhibit a natural, upward growth toward the sun--the source of vitality and life--humans also have an innate heliotropic tendency to seek-out and follow positive, life-affirming ideas and images. These take many forms--dreams, career goals, cultural and political heroes, fairy tales with happy endings, and epic mythologies that call us to a higher purpose. Visualizing your 'best possible future self' can help feed and nourish positive images of yourself as a whole, healthy, radiant, and beautiful human being. Visualizing in this way can help rewire the brain, creating new neural networks that support behavioral changes critical for leading a healthier, happier life. Picturing a radiant image of yourself, an image enriched with daily affirmations, gratefulness practices, and other positivity exercises, can also serve as a powerful beacon, guiding you along the path to joyful living. It can warm your heart and give you hope, no matter how cold and dark your life might seem.
5. Heighten Your Sensuality
Our mind/body has evolved into an exquisite array of sensory organs and refined forms of consciousness. We both feel and know that we feel. Like a rare orchid, this higher-order 'sentience' is the most distinct expression of our species' uniqueness and beauty, giving us the novel ability to perceive such refined sentiments as empathy, compassion, and love. By staying in touch with your body, playfully exciting your senses, and engaging the world in ways that naturally stimulate your pleasure, you can ensure that your sentience continues to thrive. Massage, for example, is a perfect way to excite your senses and turn-on your brain's pleasure center. A virtual Miracle-Gro for heightening sensuality, massage or any form of affectionate touch can immediately increase the level of oxytocin in your blood stream--the powerful hormone that makes us feel closer and more loving. Other activities that promote sensuality are using incense and flower scents around the home, listening to relaxing music, and enjoying fine cuisine. With heightened sensuality, you begin to experience yourself as a lush garden of erotic delights, rather than a mechanical device built only for practical use. You also soften your boundaries of 'self' and 'other', leading to more intimacy in your relationships and a deeper merging with your lover, leading to even more ecstatic states of love-making.
6. Feel the Bliss
But the flowering of happiness into ecstasy--the fullest expression of a joyful nature--requires more than a stimulating massage. You must open to flow. The state of flow occurs with a single-minded immersion into the present moment so intense that you lose your habitual sense of 'self' and merge with an 'oceanic feeling of oneness'. This merging generates a profound sense of peace, overwhelming joy, even rapture. Yogis, monks and mystics use the term 'ecstatic union' to describe this heightened state of presence (ecstasy means 'to stand outside the ordinary self'.) This is why contemplative practices that center us in the moment, like meditation, prayer, yoga and chanting, play such an important role in most spiritual traditions.
But flow is not confined within the walls of ashrams and monasteries. Flow can occur in all kinds of endeavors where we passionately engage ourselves in the moment--through the arts, in sports, while hiking in the woods, and in various other activities at work, home and play. The concept of flow was developed by researchers at the University of Chicago when they began studying the phenomenon experienced by artists who get so immersed in the moment that they disregard their need for food, water and even sleep. Some historians believe
that Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in a flow state. In sports, the concept of 'being in the zone' during an athletic performance fits the flow experience. Many musicians and dancers, especially improvisational soloists, perform in this ecstatic state. And flow is certainly the experience that lovers know so well and poets dwell so tenderly upon:
As the river surrenders itself to the ocean,
what is inside me moves inside you.
The more focused your awareness in the present moment, the more likely you will blossom into the blissful being you are destine to be.
7. Radiate Your Beauty
Every flower has its own unique set of features that express its beauty. Some give-off a delicate scent. Others radiate a brilliant color. When you cultivate a joyful nature, 'character strengths' (such as sympathy, charity, and loving-kindness) naturally blossom within you, allowing you to express a rich bounty of unconditional love, joy, and happiness. People who radiate such beauty are often said to have "heart" because they make the world a more compassionate, peaceful and inspiring place to live. But then something even more extraordinary begins to happen. As you selflessly share your gifts with others, you are naturally filled with a special joy or elation--the kind that only comes with the profound recognition that, despite our differences, we all share a common bond. Jesus encouraged this blissful exchange with his proverb: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." And sympathetic joy is one of the four fundamental virtues taught by Buddha.
Our fragmented, fast-paced culture makes it difficult to develop and maintain authentic happiness. But if you use an enlightened approach to cultivate your joyful nature, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor by living a life full of optimism, joy and pleasure. By carefully tending to your inner garden and 'raising your ecstasy', you can also come to know the fullest expression of yourself as an ecstatic human being and freely experience the sweetness that life has to offer in the here-and-now.
Uncovering Your Natural Gifts
If you're like most people, you probably focus nearly all of your attention on what's wrong with yourself-- your problems, struggles, and stressors-- and lose sight of what is precious and good in yourself. In a manner of speaking, you allow the weeds to take over the gorgeous garden that you are inside! When you place your focus on what's best about you as a human being and shift your focus from what's wrong to what's strong, your life almost immediately takes a turn for the better. A good way to start 'raising your ecstasy' is to identify those character strengths that are already an essential part of your nature--these are your "natural gifts", those sometimes hidden forces within you that ultimately give your life meaning and measure to your happiness. Once identified, you can apply these strengths more proactively in your life-- to help you find direction, build more confidence, lift your spirits, and help you reach the fullest expression of your joyful nature.
This is Your Time to Bloom
By Carrie Hart
Open, open, little blossom. Spread your petals to the sun of life. Feel the energy running through the vine, all the way down to the roots. Feel the roots as they go deep, deep into the earth, pulling in sustenance.
Open, open little blossom. Feel the warmth of the sun. Feel the blessings that flow all around you. Feel the love that flows like a gentle breeze in the air and like a river underground. All around you flowing and humming, love, gentle and true, love to soothe your sorrows, love to remove your worries, love to heal what has been injured, love to cure what has grown ill, love to open your heart to the great flowing beauty of life.
Feel it and be one with it, the opening, flowing, blossoming life that is yours in this moment. The beingness that asks you to meld with it now. The energy of the shoot of grass as it pushes to the sun. The energy of the sun itself, as it burns and glows in the heavens. The energy of the floating clouds. All of this is you. All of this is one. All of this is.
Open, open, little blossom. This is your time to bloom. This is your time to be. This is the season in which you grow and open. And when this season is over and you drop to the ground, this adventure of a life ended, you will still be in the vine and in the roots. You will still be in the memory of the butterflies and bees that visited you. You will still be here in sprit, as you are now, a part of all that is. And one day, you will form again as a little bud, and it will be time yet again to grow and bloom, to experience this adventure of a life anew.
And each time you do this, each time you appear upon the vine and show yourself to the world, you will be born in ignorance of all the seasons that have come before. But each time, you will glow more vibrantly in your own way, all of the experiences of the seasons before distilled within you, purified and made into a more and more powerful force. And gradually, the world changes, as it is filled with more and more purified beings, their experiences making them stronger and more beautiful, more able to send their perfume out across the world, more able to project an energy of peace and love.
Your primary purpose is to build this energy within you during this time that you have. To build this energy of love and peace, to purify and strengthen your presence, your earth essence, through this experience. And if you do not accomplish all you might wish in the affairs of people during this lifetime, this season of blossoming, if you have simply lifted your energy higher, then you have done much, you have done enough.
For as your energy lifts, as your perfume strengthens, so is the world lifted and strengthened. You may think you do little, but it is no small thing to bloom. It is everything.
For your light is a light for all; your energy is a strengthening for all. Your presence in a lifted state, in an energized state, becomes a part of the energy that flows on the earth, and this energy joins and gathers force; this energy stays on the earth even after you have fallen to the ground, your season complete for the time.
So you have done your work and done it well, simply by lifting your face to the sun, becoming deeply present and one with this moment, and filling it with love and peace. This is a life well spent indeed.
Today and every day I AM creating a life filled with joy, creativity, purpose, and fulfillment.
When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of this we can be sure ... either God will provide something solid to stand on or ..... We will be taught to fly.
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