Clear Conscience

Only a person who has passed through the gate of humility can ascend to the heights of the spirit ~ Rudolf Steiner
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When we finally leave our here and now and go to our place of Spiritual Bliss, there should be no barriers of regret. No walls of guilt or chains of emotional destruction. There should be no negative debris. Our life landscapes should be free of such litter when we decide it is time to leave. Rather, we should strive for a life well lived. A life filled with love and good intention.

A clear conscience. So that when the time comes for us to pass through the Gateway, our Spirits will soar!

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Life’s Obstacles

Remember, that of all the elements that comprise a human being, the most important, the most essential, the one that will sustain, transcend, overcome and vanquish obstacles is Spirit ~ Buddy Ebsen

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Some see life’s obstacles as barriers. Negative energies put there purposely, by the Great Unknown, to stunt our mind, body and spirit’s growth. Perhaps we should rather see them as life’s rest stops. A time and place where we can refuel, build positive energy and think things through rationally.  A mindful way of approaching solutions.

Even the Bayou Teche in flood is seemingly gentle, overflowing barriers, as it slowly snakes it’s way towards the Gulf of Mexico.

The Ebb and Flow of Love

You don’t need to be the tide to rise and fall, you don’t have to be a wave to touch the shore; just be a little sand-grain and feel them all― Munia Khan

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Beneath the apparent calm, is an undercurrent of wild passion in each of us. Like the waves in the sea, love has a tendency to ebb and flow.  There will always be highs and lows in our relationships. The highs, when love fulfills our heart’s desire followed by a natural wane of emotional disconnect. Try to get to that place where you can ride the tide. To rise and fall in harmony with each other. To love and be loved.

Be that grain of sand that feels everything.

Invisible, yet not…

The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

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We should never take life, the people in it or our natural environment for granted. To do so is to lose the very essence of our spirit, to suffer a temporary blindness. There are so many extraordinary and inspiring people out there and so many breath-taking moments given to us by Mother Earth. We just have to open up ourselves, and our eyes, to see them. We have to open our hearts.

As we go through life, when we fail to appreciate what we have in front of us, we lose sight of the beauty that surrounds us. Like a bird in a tree, invisible, yet not.

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Starting in the Middle

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I have a friend, Johnny Blackbird,  who makes beaded story hat bands. They are beautiful in design and each has a unique story of spirit and journey.  He just recently posted a blog giving the meaning of the different designs and their placement on the hat bands. I found this so interesting as the choices we make and how we conduct ourselves sets the course with which we navigate our life journey. Johnny’s hat bands tell stories of spirit, energy and the path we travel.  A journey of courage, strength and dignity.

Aho Grady. The spirit animal while the focus of the hat band, my newer ones are all about the journey. The path we travel, the energy and how we all need good medicine in order to leave the illusion and touch the stars with balance, dignity and humility.

Here is the link to his latest Blog:  Starting in the Middle

 

Live your Best Life

Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals ~ Kallam Anji Reddy

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We all wonder about our purpose in life and what it is we could be doing to make a difference. There is something worthy within all of us. Something we can offer to others with very little if any sacrifice.  Kindness, compassion, perhaps a shoulder to lean on. A good sense of humor to lighten someone’s day.

And, even Jolie, a scruffy and muddied Guard Mule has purpose. Imaginary Unicorn grazing in a field of dreams keeping a mindful eye on the cattle.

Calmness of Mind

“Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.” 
― James AllenAs a Man Thinketh

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We all have so many thoughts churning inside of us. A kaleidoscope of thoughts.  Some chaotic, many questioning and perhaps a few just being hard to accept realizations. All fragments of ourselves within ourselves. All of them, undoubtedly, affect our internal balance.

Sometimes we have to find a quiet place within so as to make sense of the craziness without. A quiet place to restore our spiritual equilibrium.

Silence

In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence ~ Robert Lynd

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To sit in silence. To sit motionless, in anticipation and appreciation of nature’s gift.
A symphony of birds and colorful feathers of every hue. We should not envy the birds their freedom. Instead, we should embrace their moments of soaring, and dipping
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Liquid Gold Sunset

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Magical moments as day becomes dusk and the lake turns into liquid gold.  When day-end dips into momentary quiet before reaching a crescendo of night sounds. A lone Great White Egret fishes for his dinner while Alligators lurk in swamp shallows.  Motionless, while waiting for prey.

Then, with a grand flourish, Night drops it’s black velvet cape.