While still in the cage of your being behold the spirit bird before it flies away ~ Rumi
Behold your Spirit and embrace it with unconditional love so that it may fly high on the wind. Even a cage sans bars has the power to hold us hostage. We should not be a caged Spirit caught up in a Universe of limiting thoughts. We are meant to be free. To feel, to experience, to live, to love, to learn and, yes, to teach. We may feel as if we have no purpose at times but even the smallest of gestures, perhaps just once in a lifetime, will make a difference to some one or some thing. If we learn to love and be loved we will embrace our Spirit.
If we learn to love and be loved we will behold our Spirit. Love is like a bird; it needs to soar!
Find balance and be satisfied. Then live your life. Once you experience balance and true peace, life is much easier ~ Johnny Blackbird
If we are mindful about living in the now we are able to take note of what is going on around us. By re-awakening our senses and using them wisely, we are then able to embrace the Five Senses. To see the myriad colors of life. To taste the sweet nectar of love. To feel the touch of silk over skin. To listen to the songs of birds on a wing. To smell the fragrance of an abundance of flowers.
Then meld these with the Five Virtues – Truth, Compassion, Contentment, Humility and Love. All of this will remind us that we are more than the cluttered thoughts we allow inside our heads. This is what will bring us back to the moment. This is what will bring us Balance and True Peace.
This post was inspired by a good friend of mine. Check out Johnny Blackbird’s Blog Blackbird and Colors here and be sure to check out his shop to see an array of exquisite Hat Bands that tell a story.
Spirituality is a flower with a thousand petals: every act, every thought, every talk, every movement of our heart is a part of it ~ Robert Muller
Sometimes it is hard to escape the hurt, the disappointment, those feelings of inadequacy that have a way of corroding our good intentions. We need to recognize the illusions we carry with us. These negative energies have the power to strip us of our purpose and divert us from our intended course. We need to stay on our spiritual path. Love is what we are at the deepest level and it is what we are here to do. We live for these moments. To love and be loved. To give and to receive. Love can be so simple. If we would just let it be.
When we allow love into our hearts. When we embrace the very heart of us. We become one. Our words, our actions, our thoughts will burst into a cascade of a thousand petals.
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
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.
In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate peace ~ Richard Louv
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.
My friend, Johnny, makes the most beautiful beaded hatbands. Each one tells a unique story using symbols and colors within the bead work. Each Hat band has a different spirit animal on the front of it. From a Blackbird to a Thunderbird, a Spider Mother or Turtle. Each tells a story of Spirit which is the energy that drives the animal.
Just recently he introduced the Dancing Blackbird to his line of hat bands. If you get a chance go in and take a look at his Story Hat Bands.
Seeking Solitude is a deliberate choice. A quiet space or place where one can feel free to savor moments of quiet reflection. To meditate with firm intention. To change old habits with mindful thinking. To recharge your energy. Uplift your mind, body and spirit. Reawaken familiar yearnings. A place within where thoughts are free to stay. Or, go wherever one’s spirit desires. A flight of fancy, a soaring of the imagination. All this and more can be achieved when in quiet solitude.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us ~ Albert Schweitzer
It doesn’t happen very often, if ever, that someone comes along and rekindles that
spark of life energy within us. Especially when we have lived a full life and get to
a point where we feel that perhaps we have experienced all that we deserve in this
illusion called ‘Life’. So, when that someone appears, seemingly out of nowhere,
and shakes things up a bit. Embrace and Engage.