The JOY of Listening


Once you notice the things there are to listen to,
you allow new and wonderful gifts for yourself.
You begin to listen without actually thinking.
When you find your mind thinking,
bring it back to listening.
Any judgments, opinions, stories, beliefs, labels
or concepts that arise might come in.
Note these and then return to listening.
Align yourself with peace, contentment, love, acceptance and JOY.


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Give it some L❤VE.

Do You Feel It?


 “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.
We must learn to see the world anew.”

~  Albert Einstein ~ 

When we look at the world through the eyes that have been viewing the same situations of our past we keep ourselves stuck in the same place. When we use the same logic and conclusions in our minds that have not served us in the past, we block ourselves from enjoying the richness and fullness that life has in store for us.
It’s these thoughts that continue to bubble up inside our heads and keep us stuck. It’s these thoughts that we are not good enough, not rich enough, not smart enough, not lovable or even attractive enough. You fill in the blanks.
When we stay in this power we cannot create abundance for ourselves because we identify ourselves as being in the position of a victim.
If we are facing a situation of fear or anger and we stay in the same mind-set, there is little chance that we will be able to reach a state of peace and understanding when we are telling ourselves how angry or fearful we are inside. It’s all about “self-talk” and what we talk about in our heads that keep us in a state of drama and restlessness.
BUT when we change our thoughts, shift our power, and step outside our limitations, that’s when we see the bigger picture. When we open our minds to the possibilities of what could be and what we deserve, these emotions fall away to positive and expanding possibilities. When we connect ourselves to our inner wisdom, see and feel the underlying causes of our drama and emotions, step away and view them from another perspective, then we see the world in a different way of peace and love. As Einstein says, when we raise our consciousness and allow ourselves to shift into our power and embrace ourselves with love and affection, we see the world in a different way.

So how do we do that? 

1.  Breathe. Stop what you are doing and feel your breath. Breathe in and out. If your mind starts jumping around with thoughts, stay with it. Just keep focusing on your breath.
2.  Accept what is. Feel your emotions fully. If it is anger, step outside your mind for a moment and feel what is going on. You can even give it a shape or color or sound to help you feel it. That will help it to dissipate.
3.  Focus on what is going on outside. If it doesn’t help to feel what is going on inside, focus on the outside. What do you feel? Are you sweating? Does your stomach feel like it’s in knots? Distract your mind with something that makes you feel good, like taking a walk in Nature, noticing the trees, flowers, or birds. Listen to music. Crank it up. Feel the beat. Do something that you haven’t done for yourself in a while, like play on the swings at the local play ground, talk to a stranger and compliment them in some way. Buy yourself a little something special.
4.  This too shall pass. If you are still scared, or angry or fearful, tell yourself that this will not last forever, even though it feels like it will. It won’t. It’s all part of life’s dance and something sent to use as a learning tool. Inside you are still a worthy and lovable person. You are worthy of respect and yes, shit happens to all of us.
5.  Don’t try to solve the problem. When you feel overwhelmed, it’s natural to want to alleviate the situation so you feel better. However, it’s probably not going to go away immediately, so sleep on it or talk to someone to get their perspective. Allow yourself to get more centered before trying to fix the problem.
6.  Look at the world from a different perspective. Change your state.  Treat yourself with love and care that you deserve. Mentally, challenge yourself to look at the world with another perspective. Do you feel the difference?

Darkness and Light

where there is light there is shadow
some are shadow, some are light
someone must take responsibility for the darkness
until you get seduced by the light you will be stuck in that dark energy
we are addicted and seduced by pain and negativity
every one plays a role, yet everyone is a gift
you don’t have to be in control and limitation
that is our teacher
it balances the life cycle
we are not as separate as we think
show me the aspects of what I am experiencing
show me those shadow thoughts that come from my subconscious
everyone is a part of me
we are all stuck in limitations
we all want to be in control
the gift is to release
to recognize it
send love to yourself
dissipate that energy
do not let it control me
even it feels like lack
i tell myself that i am sorry that it happened
we all chose this at one time or another
we play these roles
they are pushing our buttons
i don’t choose this role anymore
i am now in the higher realm where I want to be
i love everyone
i love myself
it is pure love
i thank you for what you have done in making me realize this
i send you love to dissipate the darkness
when they are ready from the soul level we can all move forward
i cannot be like them
their personality trips us and we are not their personalities
i trust my journey
i appreciate what they have brought to me
it helps us to trust our relationships with others that we have met
i am not getting caught up in the limitations
my ego won’t let you keep up with the light
i don’t want to be like this
it’s what the spirit has sent to us to learn
we are playing a role to help us awaken
we are creating all of this
we don’t have to feel bad for them or us
we are processing this in an honoring and humbling way
we hold the light for ourselves first
we nurture and deserve positive situations
then i hold the light for them
they are the catalyst for us cleaning up things from the past and beliefs
i create the love for them and send light
spirit makes us see things like this to see how big love is
it is expansive and all-encompassing
in reality we can heal from anything
we are going through a big healing
be gentle with ourselves
what we are living is in absolute correlation to our balance of thought
it is our balance of thought and feeling that is effecting what we are receiving

I Love You, I’m Sorry, Forgive Me, Thank You

~ Ho’oponopono ~

these loving words and thoughts by CC

Why are you trying so hard?


Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out?


Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out?

Do you fear being thought of as “strange” if you “stand out”?
Are “different” from others?
Do you look at the world through different eyes?
Do you know your gifts? Are you grateful for them?
You are your greatest gift!
We all spend more time than necessary trying to fit in or blend. It’s the way our culture has programmed us. But consider this …. some people were meant to stand out. However, for many of us, the older we get, the more we don’t care how much we stand out in the crowd because we have finally come to reason with our self-esteem. 
Accept who you are even if you are different or stand alone. It doesn’t matter. You are your own person, an individual who has confidence to accept who you are in the face of others who may laugh at you. Let them laugh! Besides, what you think of me …. is none of my business! 
You are and have something special, whether you know it or not right now.
Love yourself! Be thankful for your gifts. You are the greatest gift of all!
Live your own life. Stand in your own confidence. Start living your life as if no one is watching.
It’s a beautiful world and it’s all right out there in front of you. Go for it!!
…and once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive, you won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over, but one thing is certain… when you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in … that is what this storm is all about.
Haruki Murakami ~

What I'd Really Like to Grow this Year . . .


As we prepare for another gardening experience this year,
here’s some thoughts to ponder:

“I planted too much anger and resentment last year, so this year I will replace them with some tolerance  and patience. I really could have used some more enthusiasm, too, so I will add a little extra this time and plant it next to the hope I have always wanted to cultivate laughter, and I have the perfect spot right next to the lighthearted expressions.
“Perhaps I should thin out the tears. I really don’t need very many of those. And, you know, I never really liked the frustration – it’s so invasive. I think I will replace it with harmony I didn’t care that much for that variety of judgementeither. It’s casting a shadow over the kindness. It does complement the blamebut the other plants that are near it are not doing well. I will move them both to that far corner, and be sure to keep them pruned back. I should probably move the criticism back there, as well.
“A person could never have too much peace, so I will order twice as much this year. I will add a couple more varieties of love and put them right here in the front, so that I can smell their fragrance whenever I walk past them.
“There. Now I can place my orders. This catalog says that is I place an order of $20 or more, they will send me a free good will  bush. It would look so pretty, tucked in between the peace and the harmony.

Now if spring will just hurry up and arrive.

“I’d better not wait, though. I will start these seeds right away. I’ll begin them inside, to give them, and myself, a good start” on the new growing season.
By Lisbeth Ann Williams
From the Weeder’s Reader

My Wish for You . . .


This is my wish for you:

Comfort on difficult days,
smiles when sadness intrudes,
rainbows to follow the clouds,
laughter to kiss your lips,
sunsets to warm your heart,
hugs when spirits sag,
beauty for your eyes to see,
friendships to brighten your being,
faith so that you can believe,
confidence for when you doubt,
courage to know yourself,
patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Before you speak . . .


You are the master of your words. Before you say anything about someone or make a comment, THINK!

Once you say anything about anyone that is an exaggeration, a lie, a story, or unkind, you are now a slave to those words.

“Life isn’t about just talking, it’s about thinking too.”

~ Marie Symeou ~

Can YOU do this every day?

So often we get caught up in our every day routine and wouldn’t dare do something that might draw attention to ourselves.  We all have our “off beat” traits but are afraid to express them for fear of what someone else will think of us. Instead of being ourselves, we seek out ways to suppress our eccentricities that those around us might think of as being “odd”.
How would you feel about totally being yourself … if no one was watching? Or if you knew for certain that those people waiting in line at the cash register or in your work place wouldn’t judge you if you did something random that made you happy, like get up and start dancing to your favorite song? What if no one even notice?
Visualize your day without any judgement of your or those around you. Go ahead, shake your tail feathers in that dance class you always wanted to take, color your hair purple, skip across the street, shout out to the heavens that you love your life!! What is stopping you? Inevitably, someone is going to disapprove. But who cares?  Be the YOU you were born to be!!
Celebrate your individuality!  Life is short!!!

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

Mark Twain …. Alfred D. Souza …. William Purkey ….. we aren’t sure who originated this quote so I’ll give credit to all.