The Remnants of Us

We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there ~ Pascal Mercier

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We spend a lifetime making memories and we leave a little of ourselves in each memory we make.  A part of us remains with our family, friends, lovers, even passing strangers. We may forget some of these memories but the people we make them with very seldom, if ever, forget. So we should try to make our life stories memorable in the best possible way.

Fragments of our past, like tea leaves in the bottom of a teacup, remain behind to tell a story.  Mostly good ones but some, perhaps, can leave a bad taste in one’s mouth. Try not to be someone’s bad memory.

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The Real You

Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun  ~   Don Miguel Ruiz

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We spend so much time searching for The Meaning of Life little realizing that as we search, so we travel further and further away from our true self and how we perceived ‘our’ world back then.  Those precious moments of wide-eyed awe as we became aware of our senses and the emotional high that came with seeing a beautiful flower or holding a tiny kitten. To lie in the grass and stare up at the sky as clouds magically turned into animals and birds. A world of love, joy and freedom, a world of wonder and curious thought. Somehow the growing up years manage to take this away from us.

And this is why I am Searching for Grady.

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A young Grady

 

Make your own Music

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything  ~ Plato

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Take a step back and observe life’s different perspectives. It is easy to get caught up in the hubbub of mass thinking. You can follow a Marching Band, and misstep your way through life,  lose sight of your passions, or you can march to the beat of a different drummer.

Make your own music. Listen to your Heart.

Shadow Dancing

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves ~ Buddha

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In life we have choices. We can allow ourselves to get caught up in the everyday tumultuous dances or we can trip the light fantastic in the magnificent Grand Ballroom of Life. Either way our shadows will follow.  Choose wisely.

Dance with Joy!

Self-Indulgence

The self-absorbed cast themselves as victims to justify their self-indulgence ~ Alan Robert Neal
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For some, living in that constant state of self-absorption, making everything solely about themselves eventually leads to discord within their circle of family and friends.  A deliciously decadent choice of shoe can easily become an occasion for self-indulgence in the way of bringing conversation back to themselves.

Even ‘walking on diamonds’ gives them an opportune moment to become the victim, to strut out a repertoire of indulgent complaints, demanding from us our full and undivided attention.

 

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!

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