Lessons in Love

We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog has made an alliance with us.” ~ Maurice Maeterlinck

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Life and living is about learning how to give and receive love unconditionally.  It is imperative that we love and be loved.  If not, our existence becomes dull, lifeless and almost monochromatic.  The day we turn our backs on each other is a life not worth living. There will be times when we feel abandoned or without purpose or direction.   This is when we need to create opportunities for ourselves. When we need to trust in ourselves and each other. Life’s most rewarding lesson is learning how to love and be loved.

The symbol of unconditional love and absolute trust.
A man and his dog.

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Migratory Spirits

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gibran

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And so, how do we know when the time is right to follow our Spiritual Path? As with the migrant birds there is a voice within.  If only we would listen to it.  It whispers to us with such certainty as to when to take flight and even the direction with which to proceed. As migratory birds form a V to make their flight easier so then should we form our own V to ease our Spiritual Journey. If we live mindfully and strive for moral excellence, our V will take beautiful form.  Naturally encompassing the 12 Virtues.

Love, Humility, Perseverance, Respect, Honor, Sacrifice, Truth, Compassion, Bravery, Fortitude, Generosity and Wisdom.

If we lead with Love and fly with a Winged Heart, the rest will follow.

Balance and True Peace

Find balance and be satisfied. Then live your life. Once you experience balance and true peace, life is much easier ~ Johnny Blackbird

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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.

A Thousand Petals

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.