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Springing Into the Light

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. ~ Joseph Campbell

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Happy Spring! …

ImageHappy SpringIt’s a beautiful time of year, just like all of you.  I have been thinking a lot about what to write as to this beautiful time of year, and the cycle of life, etc. and then I came across this image and it spoke to me.  It is about confidence, having the courage to spring forth in your own beauty  It is so important to stand with certainty in all you do, from wearing “the dress” to standing in front of your peers, your family, and most importantly yourself.  There have been many times in my life when I have not felt “it” and everyone around me could see my lack of confidence; I believe this is the part called standing in the shadow.   When you stand in your shadow, it is crucial to recognize this, and to lean into it even, acknowledge the experience.  However, it becomes necessary in order to live in the moment, to step out of it and bring yourself into the light for that is the time of growth.  Spring is a time of rebirth, and we can take this time to make a choice  to stand in our light.   Remember to hold your voice in all you do, for you are beautiful just as you exist at this very moment.  There is no reason to look back, you are not headed that way.  Worrying about tomorrow is not going to help you.  Standing where you are right now, and loving you just as you are is what you can do for yourself.  As Spring is blossoming, take the time to water  your own garden.  When you do this, everyone around you will love you as well, and see you for someone that should be loved and respected. You see it is not about the dress, it is all about the woman!  Embrace that luscious woman inside of you today and bring her forth into the light of spring and nurture her great beauty for all the world.  If we could all remember to do this, just think of how much better the world would be filled with light and love!  Happy, joyous Spring!

Finding Center

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Finding your center is a work in progress for us all, it is in fact a daily practice. Reflect upon this beautiful photograph of a maze, which can be thought of as a symbolic form of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment.  We must each walk our own path to reach enlightenment, so why not try a walk in a labyrinth or a maze if one is located nearby.  You can even make a simple one in your own garden or yard using rocks.  Whatever you do, the goal is to make time for yourself to be quiet, and meditate.  You can start simply; there are many wonderful CD’s and books on the practice of mediation available at your local library or via the Internet.  The idea is to commit to the practice and make the time.  You are doing this because you love yourself, and when you love yourself you will be able to give back to those around you in greater abundance.  Here is the place to establish your voice, make a commitment, inform those around you that you will be setting aside this time for yourself, and commence upon the journey.  At first, it might seem unnatural, and your mind may wander to all the things you could be doing, but you must find your center first in order to be heard.  Do one good thing for yourself; establish a time to mediate every day.  Not only will it aid you in helping to hold your voice, but it has also been scientifically proven as a health benefit.  (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=meditation-on-demand, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070, http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news%2Fhealth%2Fyour_health&id=8587190)  Go for it!  Remember, it is about loving you.

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Loving Your Inner Self

Loving Your Inner Self

As human beings, one of the fundamental laws of nature we are charged with in our lives is to love ourselves. This means loving your body, mind, and spirit completely. All to often we judge, not only others, but mainly ourselves. We compare, critique and dislike what we have been given by the Divine. In order to start the journey, we must learn to love ourselves just as we are right this moment.

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
~Marianne Williamson

I invite you to take this journey with me, and may the musings of my life guide and assist you on your own path.