A Message for the New Year

 

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Well, here we are, on the brink of closing one year and welcoming a new one. This year, 2016, has been a full year to say the least, a tumultuous one, full of a great many ups and downs. We end 2016 in a bit of confusion and uncertainty. What do we put behind us and let go of? What should we anticipate, look forward to, expect…in the New Year and 2017?

I had been pondering this…and then I heard a song from many years ago by the folk singer Cat Stevens, from such a different time and culture so long past. But the words struck me…hard…as the perfect message to go forward into a New Year…a year that we are all wondering how to feel about.

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The song is titled: “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out”, Cat Stevens 1972

I recommend listening to it, it has a great melody…but it is the words that will keep you going through the transition into the New Year and beyond it. Because, I want to suggest that we not allow the circumstances we may be facing to keep us from living our own personal authentic lives as we wish…in Happiness, Love, Compassion, and Unity. It can be easy to let the energy and negativity envelop us and lead us to feelings of hopelessness or defeat or thinking that it has to affect us. But it doesn’t…if we don’t allow it.

Here is the first stanza of the song…

“Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
‘Cause there’s a million things to be
You know that there are”    Cat Stevens, 1972

So…what if we believe this…and do it? What if we choose to be Free…of anything that isn’t what we want in our own personal space? This isn’t to say we don’t deal with what is going on. It just means we do not allow it to pierce the circle of Love, Happiness, Peace, and Light that we draw around us and our loved ones. Don’t let the negativity get under your skin and win by entering and disturbing your life. YOU have a right to have the life and energy around you that you want, not what is dictated by circumstances that, for now, cannot be changed.

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“Well, if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
‘Cause there’s a million ways to go
You know that there are”

“And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
‘Cause there’s a million things to do
You know that there are”    Cat Stevens, 1972

THERE ARE A MILLION THINGS TO DO, A MILLION WAYS TO BE, SO MANY CHOICES TO FULFILL US AND KEEP US HAPPY AND CONTENT…AS WE SHOULD BE. THIS IS OUR LIFE. THE WAY NEGATIVITY WINS IS IF WE STOP LIVING OUR TRUE AUTHENTIC LIVES BECAUSE OF IT.

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SO BE YOU…AND BE HOW YOU WANT TO BE IN YOUR LIFE…DREAM UP A MILLION DIFFERENT WAYS TO BE HAPPY, DO GOOD, SHINE, AND ENCOURAGE AND HELP OTHERS TO SHINE. LET THIS SONG BE A MANTRA TO REMIND US THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT AND THE POWER TO BE FREE AND MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE LIVE. IN OUR OWN SPACE, IN OUR OWN LIGHT.

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So if you want to Be Free…

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BLESSINGS AND LOVE TO ALL!

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“Getting Over The Hump Day” Humor

 

With Christmas passed and only a few days left of 2016…we need a few laughs about now. So join me in some giggles as I give you a few “after Christmas” funnies and a few regulars. I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Blessings, Love, and Laughter!

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(All the wonderful cartoons are courtesy of Google Images and signed by the author)

We Made it!

 

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The packages have been opened…the food cooked and eaten…and the messes made and cleaned…or some at least!

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This is how I picture Santa the day after…

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And how most of us are feeling this morning…

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So I send you all a burst of energy…

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And wish for you a smooth, happy start to the week!

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BLESSINGS!

A Holiday Message

 

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The holidays seem to have arrived quickly this year. Alot has been going on and perhaps we are not in as festive a mood as we have been in previous years.

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But, no matter what is happening around us…we can draw the Spirit of the season as a circle around us and fill that circle with Joy, Love, Light, and Blessings. That can be our focus…to Radiate Joy and Love…and feel the Spirit of Love for All.

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I Wish You All A Wonderful Weekend full of Love, Laughter, and Positive Energy!

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And for those having a tough time or are feeling alone…I send you this…

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And all the Love in my Heart!

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Through The Tunnel

 

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We have all heard the expression that “there is always a light at the end of the tunnel”. But it is sometimes difficult to remember that when we are at the beginning or middle of a tunnel.

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It is dark and dank in there. It is uncomfortable…and there is a wall around everything we are used to seeing in our lives. The tunnel blocks our vision and looks impenetrable.

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But remember this…as we move through the tunnel and leave the light at the entrance…we wade into the center of the issue (tunnel)…we lose a bit of light and direction…and it actually gets darker…and the darkest in that tunnel…

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…Right before you get to the light at the end.

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If it looks to be the darkest you have seen…know that the Light, then, is just ahead!

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And then…Rejoice!

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BLESSINGS!

“Getting Over The Hump Day” Humor

 

I, honestly, cannot believe it is Dec. 20th already. How did this happen? 😛 Perhaps it is because I lost 2 weeks with that nasty cold, but time seems to have flown by. So, here is our weekly blog full of laughs to help us let off some steam and remember there ARE things still to amuse. Laugh Long, Love Hard, Shine! Blessings!

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Monday Message~Dolphin~Breath of Life~Repost

 

As I sat this morning and meditated on this week’s message, I had the urge to seek one from the animal kingdom. So I took to my “Animal Medicine Cards” and book, “The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals” by Jamie Sams and David Carson and asked what they would tell my readers this morning. The card I pulled was the Dolphin. Here is what it had to say:

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Dolphin: “Breathe, Take In Life Force, Accept The Gift of Usable Energy, Touch The Invisible”

Message (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.

Dolphin teaches us how to use life force through our breath. It revitalizes each cell and organ, and breaks limits and dimensions of physical reality so that we can enter “soul time”. Dolphin knows that all communication is pattern and rhythm and became a carrier of messages. And that breath is the communication with the rhythms of nature.

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

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

As Dolphin says, breath is the sustenance of our lives, and of nature. 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.

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.

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As the message indicates…sometimes we feel we are “just trying to keep our heads above water”…and that if we submerge, we will be overwhelmed. But Dolphin shows us that we can survive those times of traveling underwater…and emerge again, able to release the tension and stress that difficult times create. And we can release it all, through our breath. It is the Life Force that sustains us, that connects us to our inner life force and feeds our cells the precious oxygen they need to flourish and thrive. When we breathe deep, we are nurturing our mind, body and spirit…in one breath.

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Deep breathing can also take us through those moments when we would react to life’s difficulties in a negative way. It can help us take that pause we need before we react, and it can infuse us with clarity and calm so that we can have that moment to assess the situation before reacting.

Breath is the elixir of Life. So feed your soul and take a few moments each day to close your eyes, breathe deeply…take the breath all the way down past your chest and into your belly, your core. Hold it for a few seconds, then let it go, like the pop of a Dolphin breath, and release your tension. See it flowing out of you as you exhale. Do this several times and feel your body and mind relax as well as promoting the blood flow through your cells. There is also the element of connecting to Divine Energy with prolonged deeper breathing.

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So, no matter how, when, where or why you do it…take those few minutes daily to breathe life into your mind, body, and soul and tap into the rhythms of your unique being. Feel that deeper connection to Self as your breath flows through you. And be as the Dolphin…go with the flow.

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Blessings!

What To Believe In

 

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That is a question I have heard a great many people sounding out lately. Everywhere, in all corners of our lovely Mother Earth…”stuff” is happening. Unsettling things, events we never imagined, people and governments doing wild and erratic things…and it feels like the energy is only ramping up…and we wonder how to deal with it all, how we will continue to forge our own paths. In the midst of our confusion lies an impossible conundrum…

What To Believe In…Anymore.

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I read a headline this week that said we have lost hope and have nothing more to Believe in. And I want to challenge that headline here. Because we absolutely DO have something left to Believe in. Even in the face of such things we appear to have no control over…we still have something solid, steady, and powerful to Believe in. And that is…Ourselves!

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We may feel we are at a low point, and when we look out into the world, there is precious little to stake our hope and belief in the future on. And So…if we cannot find Belief out there…the most profound and sacred choice would be to…Believe in Ourselves.

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Believe that we can still retain our Inner Light, our Inner Peace, and our Inner True Soul and Self…because nothing and no one can ever take those from us. And with those, we can still forge our lives in the best way we can to follow our paths…which we still can…and must…do.

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By Believing in ourselves even in the face of all this confusion, it keeps the concept, the energy of Believe alive and real and resonates in the air and energy around us.

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We cannot allow Belief and Hope to die. We must keep it alive, within ourselves, so that…no matter what…we still have US, our lives, and the Love and Light that we shine. It can and will make a difference. We must not stop Believing in that.

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NO MATTER WHAT WE THINK IS OR ISN’T OUT THERE TO BELIEVE IN ANYMORE…THE MOST IMPORTANT AND LIFE AFFIRMING BELIEF…IS IN OURSELVES. THAT IS WHO AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IN…AND THAT CAN CHANGE ANYTHING!

Blessings!

Dazzle The World With Your Light ~ Repost

 

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Everyone has a Light within their soul that Shines. It is connected to the Universal Light…the Divine Light…the God Light…the Goddess Light…the Earth Light…the Celestial Light…it reflects and is a reflection of the Light…however you define it for yourself.

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The thing is…..we are full of Light….we shimmer with it…and if we look deeply, we can see the glow of that Light that sparkles within us, warms us, and illuminates our beauty.

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We need to focus our attention on this Light now more than ever, bring it forward and let it shine upon this world. Let the Light gleam from your heart. Dazzle the world with your unique radiance. Let it stream over your loved ones, friends, neighbors and into every corner of the world.

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Direct that beam of stunning love and compassion as you go about every day, and let it illuminate the gloom and glitter in the shadows. It WILL make a difference, in your life and universal life. We need your Light to shine so….

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Dazzle The World With Your Light!

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BLESSINGS!

 

 

“Getting Over The Hump Day” Humor

 

Well, I am back in the land of the living this week having mostly gotten over the beast of a cold/flu that I had last week. It is a doozy…so take care and don’t get it! I am definitely in the mood for a laugh now that it won’t bring on a coughing fit. 🙂  So join me, take a break, and laugh the germs away. Blessings!

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