Butterfly Secrets

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Stopping by for a visit

The sweet nectar for to sip.

In awe we watched the fluttering

As you enjoyed each flowering tip.

And we thank you for giving us

The moment for which to share

And capture the sweet memory

As you left without a care.

~ MaziGrace ~

 
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Your Relationship with Yourself

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“Our relationships with others are only as good
as our relationship with ourselves.”

~ TheRealCenter.Org ~

Recently I came across the phrase “somatic awareness”, which I had never heard of.  I started looking into this meaning and found out that it simply means “learning to feel your body.” It sounds very simple. Yet when I started to think about it I realized that most of us are lacking this . . .  our thoughts, our relationships and daily living. Perhaps that is the reason why there is so much pain and discontent in the world.

What we are missing in our lives is staying connected to our bodies during every day stresses, feeding ourselves with negative self-talk and not trusting our bodies to guide us and heal our ailments.

We forget to allow pleasures into our being that can nourish and heal us. We go about our daily lives in a rush to get done as much as possible, to find acceptance with our peers, our boss, our lovers. And we bring ourselves so much suffering. Why?

Because our relationships with others is only as good
as our relationship with ourselves.

If you are happy and joyful, those people around you respond differently toward you than if you are difficult to live with or moody and grumpy. Yes, we all have traumatic experiences that we face from day to day, but the more baggage you carry around with you the less you will enjoy life and the less others will want to be with you. This baggage weighs you down, keeps you bound in your negative thoughts and unresolved issues continue to be unresolved.

We spend years thinking and talking about the past, telling the same stories in our head and to those around us. We are literally “stuck” in our heads. However, the body knows how to heal and take care of itself. Healing happens in our body, not in our mind. Granted, the body cannot heal if the mind is constantly telling it otherwise.

We have been miraculously designed to heal, physically, emotionally and spiritually. When we allow ourselves to just feel our body sensations, our body knows how to heal and it takes over. If you get a splinter in your finger, the body knows how to get rid of it and heal. When we face traumatic situations, like a lover leaving us or a friend deserting us, our body knows how to handle that as well if we step back and just let our body do what it knows how to do. It will take care of you. We are resilient and designed to heal and we don’t even know it. We don’t know it because we have been conditioned to take pills and medications that we think will help. There are all those outside forces telling us what we should do. And then there is the self-talk that gets in the way. What do you say when you talk to yourself? Are they negative thoughts that hold you back. or positive ones that move you out of the situation and back on your journey?

When we step back and allow somatic awareness to take over, pain dissipates, we are no longer judging of ourselves and our situations, life takes on new meanings and you experience joy and peace you have never known. The hurt diminishes and you become the beautiful person you were born to be.

“You can’t be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
~ Wayne W. Dyer ~

“To the question of your life you are the answer,
and to the problems of your life, you are the solution.”
~ Joe Cordare ~

Awaken to Amazement

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Those who are Awake live in a state of constant amazement.
~ Buddha ~

I am always in amazement of the mighty, towering Sycamore trees. Their majestic and ghostly white trunk and limbs stand out against the background of the evergreen trees, scenic backdrops and the stunning sunsets we experience here in Arizona.
They are known to reach heights of 100 feet where they grace our canyons, streams and rivers with their beauty.

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A closer look at their bark reveals patterns that resemble a paint-by-numbers project we did when we were kids.

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We don’t get the brilliant red leaves during this time of year like on the East Coast, but the Sycamores are one of the more brilliant colors we get to experience.

You can never have enough of Nature.
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

 
And speaking of trees …. stop over at the Tree of Life.

Just Be . . .

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Mindfully walking in the warm sunlight,

A large boulder called to me,

“Sit down and enjoy the surroundings of Nature”.

Birds singing songs of happiness,

Crickets chirping to the beat of my heart.

Majestic mountains of green in the distance

Whispered to me through the wind,

“Walk in Peace.”

Glistening red rocks spoke softly,

“Make time every day to Just Be.”

 

Your Life …. Your Masterpiece


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Live your life like a work of art.
~ Wayne Dyer ~

What would it be like to live your life like a work of art in progress?

How would your life be if you treated it like a masterpiece that you are working on every day?
Look at the lives of your heroes.  Who is your most influential person that left a positive impression on you? Someone that stands heads above the rest with a message that you want to emulate. What was their approach to love and living a life of success and contentment, serving and giving of their ideals and what they taught?
We spend our entire lives trying to be successful, to perform up to the standards of our peers and achieve what others have. It’s like we are on a wheel, chasing our own tail, competing with everyone around us.
How much  does this all matter to you?
When you tune in to the things we stand for, the things that mean something to us, they will show up in our life.
What are you here for? How are you going to live your life? How will you serve others? Is this important to you?
Your life becomes a beautiful piece of art, perfect and in harmony with the Universe. Everything that you asked for will show up in some way or another. It may not be exactly as you wanted, but the Universe will bring it to you as it is supposed to be.
Now, go get to work on your masterpiece and see what shows up. What will your masterpiece look like?

What's Your Story?

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“You are the main character in the story of yourself.”
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

So, what’s your story?
How is your story working for you?
Are you alive?
Can you feel it?
Most people go through their day by rote …. totally in their heads….. absorbed in their thoughts. They live with their ego and their story.  Their minds are chattering endlessly.  Are you continually thinking of what to do next, what to say next? That is a normal tendency, but when you are in the present moment you give attention to those thoughts and to your body.
When we let go of the ego, and get to know our main character, the real you . . . your mind is quieter and calmer. You notice things you never saw before even though it is the same path you have traveled many times. When you look for the spaces of quietness and calm you become more alive. Your thoughts are more productive, spontaneous and suddenly you realize you have a new way of looking at things.
Get out of playing the game of your life. Do something new and creative and different and challenging. Discover who you really are …… your true essence. Get to know the deeper YOU. Concentrate on your inner body instead of the outer self.
Redirect your thoughts into the aliveness of your body. Live differently!
Sit still for a few minutes every day, and notice the changes. It’s just a matter of taking the time. Make the time. Make it a habit.
What does your body need? Perhaps healthier food, more exercise and energy, more attention. Give your mind, body and spirit the attention it is craving. Give it balance. If you don’t, it’s like living in a huge mansion and only inhabiting one room in the basement.
 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

 
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This story comes from the ancient Hindu philosophical texts called the Upanishads, dating perhaps more than 2500 years ago.  It integrates the powerful imagery of two birds, in dialogue.
There are two birds who are sitting on the same tree, inseparable and best friends.
The first bird eats from the Tree of Life, sweet and sour fruits alike, chattering incessantly.
The second bird just watches.
The first bird is your practical self, your monkey mind that chatters about everything, fearing, judging, analyzing and acting. This is the seat many of us take for most of our lives, where we spend our reality in our non-thinking minds. This bird is in the spotlight of attention all the time, running circles around the second bird.
The second bird is the watcher, checking out everything that happens in your life.  That’s all this bird does.

It watches everything, judging nothing. 

It has no opinion of anything, nor does it have a memory.  It is like a mirror, just receiving, keeping nothing.  This is the undiscovered part of you which has always been there. By turning your attention to it, and being aware of it, you will shift. This is the act of meditation when you shift to this seat. It is the place where you reside over the ocean of bliss.  You can go there anytime you want. With practice, this will become a natural space, putting you in control as you just quietly watch everything with calm and centering presence.
Shift to the seat of the second bird and make it become second nature to your being. Once you are in that seat, no one can take that away from you. And that’s empowering!

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

~ Wayne W. Dyer ~
 
 
 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

textures“The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself,
but in the colors and textures that come alive in others.”
~ Albert Schweitzer ~

We can find the most amazing textures in nature and all around us,
earth and sky.

When we look around us we see even the smallest textures like in a leaf,
an insect or even on ourselves.

When was the last time you were aware
and present in the moment with textures?

Today, I will awaken to the textures around me
and be abundantly grateful for them all.