Life’s Rocky Road

There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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We tend to allow negative thoughts to amass like great piles of rock.  We need to develop the Art of Wisdom and put it into practice. To become more self aware. To reach a state of consciousness where we can achieve freedom of mind and spirit. Balance. When we return to the center of our hearts through mindful living we will come to realize our true authentic self and find our sense of purpose. To Love and be Loved. We should build our Life Foundations on strength of character and replace the rocks heavy with Anger, Hate, Ignorance and Intolerance with spiritually light rocks.  Rocks made up of Compassion, Respect, Truth, Humility, Generosity, Sacrifice, Wisdom and Love.

Especially Love.

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Journey Within

We all have our paths in life we are supposed to follow to find who we are supposed to be, but it’s not always a straight path. There is something inside of us that guides us, and if you are quiet and listen to it, you’ll be all right  ~   Kyan Douglas

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It takes courage to live, to express oneself, and lead a meaningful life. Be fierce. Be tenacious and above all, have the courage of your convictions to walk your road with dignity and respect.  Live your life with purpose and be kind and generous of heart. Be willing to help your fellow travelers on life’s seemingly bumpy road. There will be challenges, forks in the road and distractions along the way but at some point, hopefully, we will stop, be quiet and listen.

When we turn to our compass of life and find our truth, we will realize that the only journey is the one within. Bon Voyage!

Tree of Life

When we surrender when we do not fight with life when it calls upon us we are lifted and the strength to do what needs to be done finds us ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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Just like a majestic tree standing tall in the midst of rain, wind, sleet or hail. It surrenders to the elements, sways with and leans into the great forces of Nature until the clouds disperse, the sun comes out and it’s purpose becomes apparent once again.  To give shade and a resting place for creatures big and small. To surround us with beauty and life. To give shelter from the storm.

So then should we be there for each other. To give shelter from life’s storms. To share the fruits of Spirit; Humility, Respect, Truth, Compassion, Courage and Generosity. To provide a Sanctuary of Love. To love and be loved.

Spiritual Path

We’re all golden sunflowers inside ~ Allen Ginsberg

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We all search for love, for peace, for inner tranquility.  It’s only when we focus on being still. When we stop and listen.  Only then will we be able to hear this soft whisper encouraging us to make the choices that are best for our lives. We should visualize ourselves in golden light and embrace the energy of Spirit..

As Sunflowers, the sentinels of Summer, follow the sun so should we follow our spiritual path.  Our unique journey in our own way, in our own time.

The Spiritual Heart

We may not be able to grasp love with our hands or even see it with our eyes, but we forever feel it with our hearts  ~  Unknown

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Our Spiritual Heart is in that place deep within our innermost self. Sometimes lying dormant and oftentimes bursting with passion. It is that place where our consciousness takes root and as we nurture and grow mindfully so does our Truth, our Learning and our Capacity to Love. The Spiritual Heart awakens to the realization that everything we need to grow spiritually, is within us. Before we can love unconditionally we have to be able to give and receive unconditionally.  The Spiritual Heart is pure love. Free, complete, balanced and whole.

Even a time worn figurine, seemingly powerless, has the capacity to embrace spirit and spread love through the calm and quiet of a heart of wood.

Johnny Blackbird does it again…

Hot off the loom! Johnny Blackbird has created yet another stunning story hat band. This is the Medicine Bird on a bone-white background.  The red-winged blackbird has feathers edged in dark and medium blue. Click here for more info and pics of this hat band.

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Also, I just had to share this review because it is everything I have always felt about Johnny Blackbird’s story hat bands.  I just love how when people take ownership of these wonderfully unique story hat bands, it is almost as if the story was written especially for them. I know I felt that way with mine and I guess that is why I try to bring them to peoples’ attention as much as I can. This is a Medicine Turtle hat band that was sold recently. I have posted a photo and an excerpt from Johnny Blackbird’s blog with the story, followed by a touching and well deserved review.

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The medicine turtle on the front with strong medicine on his shell, is an old turtle on a journey toward the stars. This turtle is going to the west and is near the end of his path through the illusion. The turtle is walking on his black path, the color of completion and return to our ancestors. Next block is the red road inside peaceful and calm arrows that contain the sun and the moon (yellow and white). Our turtle is walking a dark red path where his steps will be peaceful guided by honor, humility and compassion. In the center of each side is the Great Mystery with its energy star. The blocks are linked together just like the elements of life. The sun star lives on one side and the moon star on the other. Their energy along with that of the mystery keeps turtle moving towards his ultimate goal of freedom.
Review from TeriBennette – 8th July 2018
This was a gift for my brother who is now 62, and he was so overcome by the gift itself, but also the story that it was based upon. He will be the patriarch of the family after our 
father leaves us, and it will be a reminder to stay on that Red Road we all know will lead us Home. I thank you for making such a beauty; I feel the Love and Guidance from it. I know he will cherish this hat band the rest of his days! Continue on in Beauty, Johnny Blackbird.

Inner Battles

We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear and hatred and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph  ~ Yip Man

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Life is never a smooth journey. There is a constant battle that goes on inside all of us.  Negative energies that taunt and deride us. Fear, uncertainty, frustration, even anger. Constantly tormenting us and stunting our spiritual growth.  Just like with every battle, we can choose to submit to these negative energies or we can choose to fight and overcome them.  Embrace your power. Be strong in Spirit.  Be fearless.

Even a one hundred year old oak tree,  limbs worn and weathered from battling the elements of nature, continues to grow and seek warmth and solace from the sun.

Spiritual Imagination


Imagination doesn’t always mean looking outside of the box, but taking a closed box and seeing a different world from within it ~ Lionel Suggs

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Our Spirit, the very essence of it, gives us our passion. Spirit also gives us our imagination.  We need to look deep inside of us,  so that we may see, feel and live our lives in a better, loving and more mindful way. Don’t lose sight of Spiritual Imagination, it sets our passions afire. It makes everything and anything possible.

By closing our eyes, we can open up a wondrous world within and just like that, we can breathe life into and make iron birds take wing, leaving a trail of luminous stardust swirls and whorls behind them.

Love waits

It is at the edge of a petal that love waits  ~  William Carlos William

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Love has many meanings and for the most part we tend to get caught up in its complexities and try to be too many things to too many people. We lose our sense of balance and we either take more than we need or we give away far too much of our self, our very essence.  We tend to look beyond the obvious, that Love begins with us.  Once we make that deeper connection to self we realize the power of self love. To truly give our love to others we have to first love ourselves and when we put it into practice then and only then will we experience an awakening.

Our life path seemingly rickety and likened to a skeleton stretched across a barren land but in that moment of awakening, there love waits.

Free Spirit

In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate peace ~ Richard Louv

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Embrace the free spirited nature of your authentic self and nurture the energy that exists within.  To reawaken your inner self and begin creating a life that you love is a sign of truly being a free spirit.   Be the one that is constantly curious, that welcomes surprise in their life. The one that asks, “just how alive do I need to feel to be able to experience all-encompassing love?”  The one that strives for balance in Mind, Body and Spirit.

Never give up on that young spirit within you, the one that sees the simplicity and beauty of nature and life through a child’s eyes.