Have Courage

 

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ~ Nora Ephron

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” ~ Harper Lee

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” ~ Mark Twain

“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” ~ George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”  ~ Victor Hugo

from the Desk of MarDrag:

Wednesday’s are usually mid-week humor day, but in light of the severe storm in the east that touched and affected so many of us, I wanted to pay homage to those brave people who withstood the storm, are helping their neighbors, and beginning the long and tireless effort of rebuilding.

Facing adversity, in its most violent hour, takes courage. To have courage is to face ones fear head on and not waiver in the knowledge that the deep and unchecked strength we all have within will surface and aid us. We all have a deep well of courage and strength that we are not always aware of….until we are faced with an event that causes the need to dig deeper than we thought we ever could…and when we do, that pool of  daring, power and vigor rises up to meet us and says, “I was always here for you, and now I will help you get through this”!

That comes from within….but we also must not forget that, we all have Guardian Angels that watch over us, and when they are needed, all we must do is call on them, and they will lend their helping hand as well. So, from within and from above, we can draw on the reserves of what we need to push through the coming difficulties of rebuilding and reshaping lives. And know that a new life will be born out of that reshaping, and that can be good as well.

For those of us not directly affected by the storm, we can still connect to our reserves within and above to send love, energy and hope to those affected so that they will know they will NEVER run out of what they need to get them through.

So have courage, push on….and try to remember that, out of adversity it is still possible to find or create something worthwhile and beautiful.

We are pushing for you, and we will lend our courage should you need it!

With Love and Blessings!

And, of course, one more message:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

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About Family

 

“When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” ~ Erma Bombeck

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” ~ George Burns

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family.” ~ Jim Butcher

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” ~ Mother Theresa

“My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.” ~ Rick Riordan

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.” ~ Trenton Lee Stewart

“I sustain myself with the love of family.” ~ Maya Angelou

from the Desk of MarDrag:

I spent the day yesterday…all day!…helping my Darling Daughter with her baking projects for Halloween and some birthday parties. She is a master baker who will be opening her own bakery (cross fingers) in the near future. We had a wonderful time! I love my daughter beyond all reason, she is an amazing woman and I would do anything for her. Having said that….I was exhausted at the end of the day, and still prepared a lovely dinner for us both to end the long and tiring day, and to nourish our flagging energy.

After she left, and as I climbed the stairs to my loft to prepare a post for today, I got to thinking about FAMILY, and what it means. We all have various family members with different traits that create different relationships. We also have extended family that can be just as close as blood family. And friends that are just as close as well. And too, some family we wish were farther away, or that we do not get along with or some that we do not even see or speak to anymore.

BUT, that family connection is always there. There is that thread in the tapestry of life that intertwines, always, and whether we embrace it or not, from choice or not, it is still part of us, and we are part of them, and that will always be so. I too have some family members I am not in touch with, for deeper reasons, but their connection is still with me, and there is purpose to that. So too, are the family threads that have passed on, still intertwined with our threads, as they always will be.

I am thankful and blessed to have the family and friends around me that I do. I offer a prayer of gratitude for them….and for the ones that are not around me (LOL). Shall we remember to be grateful for our families whether they be good, bad, indifferent or absent….whether we keep them close or at a distance for self preservation….they are part of important lessons and ultimately personal growth that would not happen if they were not, or had not, been in our lives.

Let us remember and pray for the families today that are being touched in one way or another by this super storm in the east and wrap them in love, light and safety.

Blessings!

Prayers Through The Storm

 

It is well known that a powerful storm is coming upon the East Coast this weekend and through next week. Many of us have family and friends who live there, and even if we do not know anyone personally, the potential for great harm is there.

We can not control the weather, but we can offer our prayers and send positive energy and balancing energy to the people and to the area….that the damage is minimal and everyone makes it through safely.

St. Medard is said to be the patron saint of good weather. Legend has it that he was sheltered from bad weather and heavy rain by an eagle, who spread his wings over the bishop and saved his life. Let us pray to St. Medard that the great eagle spread its wings over the east coast and protect it from great harm.

And let us add to that our prayers to the Sun Gods: Apollo (Roman), Helius (Greek), Lugh (Celtic), Ra (Egypt) and Sunna (Norse)……that the power and warmth of the Sun balance the power of the storm and decrease its ferocity, sending their rays of light over the people to keep them safe.

Join with me in wrapping the east coast in the warmth of prayer and good energy that Mother Nature sees fit to curb her wrath and the Saints and Gods see everyone through this storm safely.

Blessings and Love to All!

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May your mood be light, your work go smoothly and your day go quickly! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! Do something amazing for yourself. You deserve it!

Blessings!

Breath of Life

 

Well……I did it again folks. I had another dream to share! I know, you are all probably saying what is with this woman and her dreams….but I do have them all the time and they are so vivid and profound. I was actually once asked to be part of a study at a dream institute when I lived in New Mexico. I used to think everyone dreamt the way I do, but found that most people do not recall their dreams. So, I feel blessed with this ability.

This dream was about…..a Dolphin. A purple dolphin. Now, the purple part was probably just because that is my favorite color. I could not find a significant distinction for purple, so if anyone knows about the meaning of colors, let me know.

So, when I woke, I went to my trusty book, “The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals” by Jamie Sams and David Carson and looked up the entry for the Dolphin. Here is what it had to say (paraphrased):

“Dolphin speaks to us of the breath of life, the only thing that humans can not go without for more than a few minutes. We can live without water and food for days, but oxygen is the source of our sustenance. Within the breath we encounter the rhythm of energy that all life emits. In changing the rate or rhythmic texture of our breath, we find an easy way to connect with Divine energy as well as with our own personal rhythms.

Dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of life, and teaches us how to release emotions through breath. Dolphin creates rhythm, swimming through the water and breathing before submerging, then holding its breath for the duration of underwater travel. As Dolphin comes above water again, it blows its breath out in a manner resembling the popping of a cork. We can use this same technique to pull the stopper on our tensions and create total relaxation.

Be mindful of your body rhythms and patterns of energy.  Breathe and know that you are whole.”

from The Desk of MarDrag:

As the book says, breath is the sustenance of our lives. By becoming aware of the rhythm of our breath, we can tap into our own personal rhythms and change or adjust them. We can also release tension and emotions that have built up because of stress or worry. We can notice that, when we sit for long periods, our breath becomes shallow. When we are in movement, our breath becomes deeper.

By consciously  paying attention to our breath, we can help our minds and bodies to release and relax. Haven’t we all been told when we are upset to “just breathe” in order to calm down or relax? And it works. But we do not have to wait until we are upset to use that technique.

This dream came at such a perfect time for me because I had just started walking (outside) again (now that the weather has cooled off). I had begun to notice how my breathing patterns were changing, and how much better I felt. My circulation improved, and my mind cleared, and I could feel my life rhythm getting healthier. And, as stated above, it is such a great stress reliever.

So take a few moments each day to close your eyes, breathe deeply….all the way down through your lungs and into your solar plexis, hold it for a few seconds, then let it go, like the pop of a Dolphin breath, and release your tension. You will feel your body and mind relax as well as promoting the blood flow through your cells. There is also the element of connecting to a higher energy with prolonged deeper breathing.

So, no matter how, when, where or why you do it……take those few minutes daily to breathe life into your mind and body and tap into the rhythms of your being.

Blessings!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday ~ “Getting Over The Hump Day” Humor

 

Another post full of humor to get you over the Wednesday hump.

Enjoy, laugh like crazy, ……and have a great day! Hugs!

“Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?” ~ Robin Williams

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” ~ Robin Williams

“If women ran the world, we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.” ~ Robin Williams

Finding Focus

 

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” ~ Colin Powell

“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”  ~ T. F. Hodge

“When you fully focus your mind, you make others attracted to you.” ~ Toba Beta

“When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.” ~ Stephen Richards

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain

“Only when our consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson or delight that moment has to offer.”  ~ Beverly De Angelis

from the Desk of MarDrag:

There is so much in life now to distract us…. Besides daily life, work, family, stress and worries, we now have technology too. Count all of those in one day, and you have unlimited potential for diversion. It makes it difficult to stay focused on our goals, whether they be short or long term, or even just the work at hand.

I believe that worry and stress are the main detractors of focus, because they cause the mind to wander to those things that we can’t, at the moment, take action on or change. So our minds twirl between obsessing about the issue or day dreaming about how it might be if the issue were resolved.  In addition, we might spend thought and energy on self-deprecating thoughts about how inadequate we are because we cannot find the answer to solve the problem.

So….we need to take control of our thoughts and…FOCUS. On something. Consciously redirect our thoughts to focus on something that we CAN have some control over. We need to tell our minds to stop listening to the negative stream of thought and direct it to the focus of something that we know and love about ourselves. This helps to promote positive thoughts and feelings and gives us confidence.

On a larger scale, that which we focus on is what promotes and grows. So if there is a specific goal or endeavor that you wish to succeed at, make that your daily focus and do not let up! Be the laser light pointed on your focus! One thing I have read about so many successful people (and felt myself) is the fact they had an unrelenting focus on what they wanted to achieve and did not waver from that focus until they accomplished their goal.

Every time you feel your thought process waiver, consciously redirect it to the flow of thought that will take you closer to where you want to be. The more you practice this, the more your mind will respond to the discipline and lead you on the road to your desired destination.

Blessings!

Laughter IS The Best Medicine

 

“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing. My soul probably looks like Fred Astaire.”  ~ Jarod Kintz

“The earth laughs in flowers.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”  ~ Mark Twain

“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man.” ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” ~Victor Borge

“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Laughter is poison to fear.” ~George R.R. Martin

“There is no greater power than that of a laugh and happiness is a force which can save a person from the horrors of the world.” ~ Hillary DePiano

“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.” ~ Sean O’Casey

from the Desk of Mardrag:

I spent the day Saturday with my Darling Daughter (adult) going to lunch at a new restaurant and indulging in a bit of retail therapy. We have a close relationship, after years of cultivating it, and we have a great time together. We are both grateful for that, and grateful for the good things in our lives and we recognize that we are in relatively good places. Having said that, there are also some things in both our lives that need to change or that we are not happy with or that cause us stress and worry. Just like everyone.

But one thing we realized yesterday was that….we can always laugh together. When we made the date to go out, there were things we could have talked about, analyzed and dissected. BUT, we made a pact that anything stress related was off limits….just for this time we elected to spend together. We made an agreement not to talk about anything that did not bring us joy and laughter. And, we had an amazing afternoon!

We drove, ate, shopped, as if we had not a care in the world, and for those few hours, we didn’t have a care. We were silly, self-deprecating, and teasing….and it relieved so much pent up energy for both of us….we were quite changed by it and felt it was the best medicine for the afternoon. Even when I said something teasing to her and she told me, “Ma, that’s it, you are walking the rest of the way home”….*we were in my driveway*! Wink!

So today, put aside any worries, stress or pain….and make a pact with a loved one (or with yourself) to only have laughter and joy in your day. The rest will still be there tomorrow to deal with, but the laughter you feed your soul with today will make tomorrow so much easier to face. If laughter is wine for the soul, then drink deeply of it and nourish yourself, get drunk on it, it is the only hangover that doesn’t come with a headache…..in fact, it is the medicine that relieves the pain.

Have an hysterical Sunday!

Blessings!

Inspiration For A Saturday

 

“What’s meant to be will always find a way.” ~ Trisha Yearwood

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ~ Lou Holtz

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~ Maya Angelou

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ~ Paul Coelho

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~ Jane Goodall

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”  ~ Mary Kay Ash

from the Desk of MarDrag:

Words are so profound and carry such power to inspire, create, show love and share feelings. These quotes above are some of my favorites, and I hope they inspire you to say something magnificent to someone today, or even yourself, that makes the day a special one.

And….I love the last quote by Mary Kay Ash. Live life doing what you always wanted to do because you never even realized you couldn’t do it! Don’t think about it….just do it!

Have a beautiful Saturday!

Blessings!

The Strategy of Patience

 

Well, by now you know about me and my dreams! I have a lot of them and derive a great deal of messages and wisdom from them. Having said that, I had another one last night that spoke to me to share with you.

It was a dream about……ANTS! I know, strange isn’t it? But, that is how my mind works. I was actually having a good time with friends in the dream. We were outside in a beautiful grassy, park like area when I looked around and, suddenly, there were mounds of ants around me. They were not bothering me, they were just going about their business, building their homes and occupying their mounds. The one strange thing about the ant mounds was….that there was light shining on each one, individually. Or, light coming up from the ground inside them, or perhaps both. What I knew upon waking was, that those ant mounds were meant to be illuminated in my dream so that I would see and pay attention to them.

So, when I woke, I went to my Animal Medicine Card Deck and read about Ants. And their message is about….Patience. So here, I will share what the book “Medicine Cards, The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals” by Jamie Sams and David Carson says about Ants and Patience (paraphrased):

“Ant can carry a leaf over hundreds of miles just to get it back to the anthill. Ant’s medicine is the strategy of Patience. Ants are active, community-minded folks who see the greater future needs of their town. They are planners and are content to see their dreams being built a little at a time. In today’s society, that is a rare quality.

Having Ant medicine shows that you are deliberate, and content in knowing that “what is yours will come to you”. It shows a trust in the universe to provide.

If Ant meandered into your cards today, it is time to show a little trust and patience in some life situation. You may have forgotten that you will always receive that which you need at the time you need it most. If it is not on the horizon or just around the next anthill, you may need to use some strategy. How can you put to use your power of creation until “it” arrives – whatever “it” means to you at this time.

Ant is also working for the good of the whole. If you are, be assured that the whole wants the same goodness for you, and that it will be provided.”

from the Desk of MarDrag:

Patience is one of the virtues that is hardest to conquer. At least for me it was, and at times, still is, though I have become better at it! When we are anticipating a change, an event in our life, or waiting for something to happen, having the Patience to allow it to happen in the way and time it was meant to can be difficult. Everything seems to be in a hurry these days, and we expect ourselves to keep up with the rush.

But, sometimes, we can’t push the river…or the mound. Sometimes, the moment calls for deep breathing, slowing down, and having Patience, like the Ant walking many miles to bring his one leaf to the anthill, confident in the knowledge that we will get there when the time is right. Or what we are waiting for will be provided at the exact moment we need it.

While we are practicing Patience in our own lives, we need to keep in mind that there is the good of the “mound” to also consider, and what can we do to make sure that everyone is taken care of, as well as ourselves. How can we can use our power of creation to add to the Strategy of Patience.

This dream and message was very “timely” for me as I too am waiting for something and had begun to get “antsy” and impatient about it. This reminds me to get centered, be calm, and have patience and confidence that what is meant to be will be and things will happen when the time is right. It is no better to get flustered and have the right thing happen at the wrong time, or the wrong thing happen at the right time. Patience will bring it all together in the right way at the right time.

So, have Patience and be like the ant….deliberate and steadfast. You will get there!

Blessings!