"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
Summer is here. A time to en-JOY the beautiful weather, to relax, to spend quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors, to nurture yourself and to BE IN THE FLOW.
Living in The Flow is such a wonderful state to live in. When in The Flow you truly know that the Universe conspires to support you. Living in The flow is a beautiful, yet powerful state of being where life moves effortlessly through you. What does it mean to be in the flow? When in the flow you know the answers to life's challenges with little effort or figuring it out. When flowing, you tap into your creative juices as the words, music or art naturally flows out of you. You may be highly productive, tapped in and turned on with little to no effort. But, perhaps most importantly, when in the flow, you experience well-being or even bliss of which happiness is a natural by-product.
The spiritual practice for all of July is "heart" related. We are moved to new depths of tenderness, stillness, self-affection, waves of bliss, unconditional love for yourself & others and self-acceptance. Live each day to its fullest and know that the good you feel will expand all that you love and touch. May you dance with infinite possibilites and have a wonder-filled and magical July.
HAPPY SUMMER ! and remember to……..
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly...
The Angel of July - brings a season of leisure, a time to play and replenish our energy. The projects we began in the spring should be well underway and growing stronger on their own. July's angel urges us to take the time, now, to step back and observe what we have planted. The July angel encourages us to tend the garden of our life, to care for what we have started, and to be objective enough to weed out the unhealthy or unproductive elements. This angel of summer reminds us to nurture the people and things that bring us happiness, so we can produce for ourselves a crop of joy and fulfillment.
The flowers that surround us at this time of year are one of nature's most welcome gifts. The bright colors, the sweet fragrances, the delicate petal softness, the sound of the industrious bee, the taste of honey - flowers appeal to all our senses. While it is true that the colors and fragrances of flowers evolved in order to assist us with fertilization and thus reproduction of the species, flowers seem to hold more beauty than is strictly necessary. There is much in nature that seems simply beautiful for its own sake; there is a kind of surplus beauty that the planet offers to us. Accepting and celebrating this beauty and accepting and celebrating our own inner beauty is one of our most cherished duties as children of the Universe.
Let Your Mind Be a Garden of Delights
Let the day dawn in joy. Bring only beauty into your heart. Let the thoughts of the past be gentle. Let the thoughts of the future be bright. Allow your mind to become a garden of delights, where only the beautiful and bright, the joyous and wondrous, are allowed in to play.
Each thought opens like a tender blossom, full of joy and brightened by the sun peeking from between the clouds. A gentle shower or two of love and faith will gladden your heart even more.
A thought can be like a bird as well, starting out with a song and then winging its way to the heights. Make peace with your mind. Take advantage of its soaring wonder, the way it can take you into new territory through talent and creativity. Take advantage of the way it likes to catch the wind blowing through life. But also teach it to sit in the tree and contemplate quietly. Teach it to sing a bright and lovely song. Train it to come and sit on your hand and be one with you in peace and quiet, adding its spark to your enterprises, but not its bite.
And your mind can be like a furry little bee, flitting from flower to flower, pollinating this idea with that and allowing the garden of love to bloom in wondrous colors. Teach it to create the sweet honey of life and pollinate the world with beautiful ideas. Teach it not to sting.
Make peace with your mind during times alone and silent. Teach it to settle down in ease and comfort. Teach it how to inhabit now, this moment and this moment only, bathed in joy and quiet, love and peace, entering into the still of this moment like a cat on silent paws. Then let it just curl up and purr gently, happy and at peace with life as it is, just as it is, right now.
Here is a prayer for today
My mind is at peace, calm and quiet. My heart is full and loving, at peace in the oneness of being, still in the fullness of love, at harmony with my mind.
My mind and my heart know the same songs and sing them together, lifting me to ever greater heights of joy. We laugh together, we love together, we are ever at peace and in the warm embrace of love.
I am peace. I am the power of silence. I am love. I am.
I am a master here on Earth. I have come to expand into the fullness of my Soul in the physical. I am consciously creating a life of beauty, truth, joy, love, laughter, abundance, prosperity, creativity, and great wisdom. I trust myself to bring these qualities forth into my physical existence now. I am evolving, and this is Perfection in every moment. I embrace my journey and grant myself permission to explore, experience, witness, and expand now and always! And so it is.
Keys to a Fuller Life
Four Simple Keys to Transform Your Life
The Power of Choice. Every one of us makes countless choices every day. Every choice we make has an impact on our lives. Even insignificant choices can affect what we experience and how we feel. When hunger strikes, we can reach for a healthy, nutritious snack, or we can choose the sugar high of junk food. The more important the decision, the more profound its effect. For instance, how do I act towards that person who treated me badly? Do I generally choose to be passive, or do I actively and create what I want in my life? Every choice we make, however big or small, affects us in some way.
How Do You Make Choices? If you are interested in living a richer, fuller life, there is a foundation upon which you can base all of your decisions which can make life better not only for you, but also for those around you. This foundation is to choose based on what’s best for all. Imagine a world where every parent, spouse, friend, teacher, businessperson, and politician truly did their best to choose what’s best for all involved in every decision they made. We would certainly live in a more caring, supportive world.
It’s the Intention. “But how do I know what is really best?” you might ask. The answer is simple. It doesn’t matter. What matters is not the choice you make, but rather the intention behind your choice. What matters is that whatever decision you make, you are clear in your intention of choosing based on what’s best for all. If it later turns out that you made what appears to have been a bad choice, there’s no need for guilt. Knowing that you did your best to choose with a sincere desire for what’s best for all, your conscience stays clear and open. This then allows you to more easily learn from your mistakes, and to live with a clear heart and mind.
What’s Best for Me, Too! Choosing what’s best does not mean you have to always sacrifice yourself for others. An overly exhausted mother can lose her temper easily. Some time off for this mother might seem selfish, yet in the long run, it can help her to be a better mother to her children. So as we move through each day of our lives, let us remember to include ourselves as we do our best to choose what’s best for all.
Many Meanings for Divine. Guidance can come from many sources. Yet by opening to guidance from the divine, we open to the support of powerful forces greater than ourselves. The divine has different meanings for different people, whether it be God, Creator, Jehovah, Allah, or Great Spirit. Yet even if you don’t believe in any of these, consider the possibility that there is a very wise part of yourself—a higher self or a deeper self—which can provide you with guidance. What is important is that we open to this presence, however we choose to define the divine, and that we consciously invite this powerful guidance into our daily lives.
All Requests Only if it’s Best. When seeking divine guidance with a specific result, be sure to end with “only if this is what’s best for all.” There are times when what’s best is not what’s easiest or most enjoyable. Sometimes unwanted or unexpected challenges, difficult situations, and even pain can teach us important lessons that in the long run help us to enjoy life more fully. When we choose to see all experiences as gifts from the divine and opportunities for growth and understanding, we open to a deeper level of divine guidance.
Acceptance and Understanding
Our Core Essence. Deep down we are all beautiful beings . The sweet innocence of babies and young children is a clear example of this. Yet for most of us, the shining essence with which we came into this life became obscured over the years as our family and others were unable to give us the kind of unconditional love and support we so craved. As children, when we were repeatedly told that we were not good enough or were punished just for being who we are, thick layers of confusion and doubt developed, clouding our divine essence. Layers of fear and insecurity were woven into our personalities.
The Mask. By the time we are grown, most of us have developed a protective mask or persona to hide these layers of fear and insecurity from others, and at times even from ourselves. Outwardly we might appear happy or content, yet on the inside most of us to varying degrees feel unhappy with who we are. Yet beneath it all, that is still there. No matter how much we may have forgotten, no matter how thick those overshadowing layers may be, our beautiful core essence is and has always been there.
Accepting and Understanding Myself. By choosing to accept and understand all of who you are—both your deep shining essence and the layers of dark clouds within—you can invite that beautiful inner essence to shine through the clouds and to shine again in your life. When fears, dark thoughts, or difficult emotions arise, first choose to accept that they are there. Then work towards understanding these dark clouds and where they came from. Ask for divine guidance as you explore and .
Courage. It takes courage to accept and work to understand our fears and weaknesses. Yet by doing our best to be fully ourselves in all our strengths and weaknesses, our relationships can grow richer, deeper, and more meaningful. This may be challenging, as some people are unable or unwilling to accept certain parts of us. Yet as those around us see us becoming more real and honest with them, many will also be inspired to be more real and honest with us. Thus, instead of continually avoiding or denying those clouds or dark layers in both ourselves and others, we open to a deeper, more authentic way of living and of relating to others.
Accepting and Understanding Others. As you develop greater acceptance and understanding of yourself, you will notice that others, too, have lost touch with their shining core essence. As you work to accept and understand yourself, it is most important that you choose also to to those around you. Acceptance of what is, coupled with understanding of what we can change and what we cannot, allows us to find the courage to be all that we can be, and to empower others in doing the same.
Love and Empowerment
Let me start with myself. I will do my best to love and empower myself to be the best I can be every day of my life. By making this commitment to yourself, it becomes easier to love and empower those around you. But do you really want to give this gift to all other people? What if you really don’t like someone? In this case, you can remind yourself that it is usually a person's personality that you don’t like—the mask or dark clouds blocking their deeper essence. Remember that beneath the mask is a shining divine essence. While acknowledging those parts you don’t like, do your best to empower the shining being hidden beneath the mask or personality that you don’t like. You can choose to love and empower the divine spark within all.
Negative Judgment. Judging someone to be bad as a person does not empower or inspire anyone to be a better person. When you find yourself feeling negative judgment, first acknowledge the part of you that wants to judge—the part that wants to be right or better than others. Then do your best to learn from your judgment and let it go. Open to finding first acceptance, and then understanding and love both for you and for the person you judged. Choose to let your last thought always be that of love.
Stopping harm. What if someone does something that is clearly wrong or causes harm? In this case, be firm and take whatever action you feel is best to stop harm. Enforcing a serious consequence with someone who has acted out of extreme self-interest may be the most loving, empowering action you can take. Yet even as you take action, open to seeing the inner turmoil that causes people to do harm. You can act from a place of love and support, even while firmly stopping someone from doing wrong or causing harm. Through choosing to see beneath all of the pain, suffering, and hatred, and to recognize and within even those who would do us harm, not only do we heal the world, we heal ourselves.
Imagine… Imagine for a moment a world where all people truly did their best to love and empower each other. Imagine if a significant number of the people on this planet truly did their best to live by these simple keys. You can choose to become one of those people right now. You can choose to make your life and our world a better place. It is fully possible. There are people of all races, religions, and beliefs around the globe already committed to living by these or similar ideals. Let us then choose with an open mind and heart to add to their numbers. Let us choose every day of our lives to do what's best for all, to open to divine guidance, to accept and understand, and to love and empower ourselves and all around us to be the best that we can be.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many, or merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason, then accept it and live up to it.
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