Monday Message ~ Breath of Life

 

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.

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.

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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.

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!

Thoughts For The Day

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

“We are more than just physical beings. We are whispers of love, dancing in the breeze.” ~Michael Teal

“Love transcends the self. If you exist in a feeling of love – you can find it in everything you do, transmit it through your touch, through your words, eyes, and feelings – you can cancel out, with one act of love, thousands of acts of a lower nature.” ~ Orin

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MarDrag’s Thoughts:

We are more than who we think we are. We are more than just physical beings…we are Spirits within a physical self. Don’t forget this. Our Spirits are what connect us to feelings of Love, Compassion, and Caring. It is what we are supposed to be doing here…Loving and living in Harmony. In a huge way, we have forgotten this.

So today’s post is a reminder that…we ARE Love. Love transcends everything. It is what will heal the negative that now rages around our beautiful planet. It may seem overwhelming and impossible to change what is happening…but we must not give in to that belief. The way we can contribute to a force that will change things…is through the energy of…Love.

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Do absolutely everything…with Love. If we each look into our own hearts and make the choice to come from Love when handling the difficulties in our own lives, it will create a pool of Love energy that ripples out, further and further, the more we feed the pool droplets of Love. And…we will feel better within ourselves too. Rather than going about the day with negative thoughts or churlish feelings and moods…what if we just send everything Love.

As the quote by Orin says above…”You can cancel out, with one act of Love, thousands of acts of a lower nature”. Let us see what we can change around us today by coming from an act of Love. It changes us, and changes what is around us. And we are better, much better, for it.

Take Love into your hearts…and into your day. Change your world with Love, and the world will be changed by it too.

I send Love, from the deepest part of my heart and soul, to each of you and out into the world today.

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Blessings!

Weekend Inspiration ~ Purpose

 

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We are all unique individuals, with our own unique characters, gifts, skills, and spirits. And, we are perfect in who we are. We are who we are for a reason. The gifts we each possess are part of us for a reason. And, each and every one of us…are here on this Earth…for a reason. We have something to give, to share, that completes the complex tapestry of the Universe. We each have a special place that is meant just for us. We each…have a Purpose. And the main Purpose…is to give our lives Purpose. No matter what we do every day…give it Purpose. To know that every step we take, every emotion we feel, every task we work, every hug we give, every smile we give…everything we do, think, and feel contributes to the energy and function of the Universe. We are an integral thread in completing the weave of the tapestry of Life…and without each thread, without each one of us…the World would not be the same.

You are important…and so is your Purpose. Even if for today that Purpose is but to smile and change someones day. So, live today with Purpose…and seek to find your Life Purpose, for without you, a Light in the darkness would not be seen…and we need your Light. Shine the Light of Purpose…just by being You. Blessings!

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Monday Message ~ Separation ~ Old To New

 

Good Monday Morning! I hope you all had a good weekend listening to your inner voice and building Self-Esteem. Because today’s weekly message will take a bit of courage. I took to the Runes, as they called me this morning, gathering the stones in my warm hands, I tossed them…and the Rune that presented itself is (from “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum):

Othila: Separation, Old Skins

Message (paraphrased): “This is a time of separating paths. Old skins must be shed, outmoded relationships discarded. When this Rune appears, a peeling away is called for. The proper action here is surrender, and quite possibly retreat – for there is wisdom in knowing when and how to retreat and possessing the firmness of will to carry it out.

The separating and retreat is associated with old beliefs, old ways, which we may be called upon to give up, in order to move forward. You must look closely now at what you may have proudly called a part of your background. Whether it is your attachment to your position in society, the work you do, or even your beliefs about your own nature…the separation called for now will free you to become more truly who you are.”

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

As we move along our life path, we gather information, wisdom, and form a belief system that we use as the foundation for building our life, and our path. As we grow, change, and gather more information and wisdom…those beliefs often change, or need to change. It is sometimes difficult to see this, or acknowledge that a certain belief or way of life needs to change or grow with us. We become attached to these beliefs because at some point, they served us.

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We wear the skin of all our past accomplishments and failures, and carry them with us as evidence of how we have formed our path. Othila tells us today that…some of those old skins, old beliefs, and old ways of walking our path have become outdated, and it is time to shed those that no longer work for us. It is often difficult to see this…and even more difficult to let them go, because they have been a part of us for so long…and we think if we let them go, they will change the foundation of who we are.

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But the truth is…we change. We live, learn, grow, and change…and sometimes we need to allow all of that to catch up to us, and make room for the new energy that growth brings. It does not mean we lose anything of ourselves…it simply means we recognize that the peeling back of layers of old skin, old beliefs, uncovers the new, fresh, growth beneath that wants to emerge and blossom…like the new shoots of Spring. So…this Rune is timely, as we move into the season of Spring when we pull the old, dead weeds of winter from the ground, plant new seeds, and tend to them as they shed their seedy shell and shoot up from the soil, blossoming into the beautiful foliage they always have been, tucked inside that seed.

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Othila calls for us to have the courage to shed old skins, so that new cells and new life may grow. And this will, indeed, free us to be truly who we are. As the seed is truly a blossom.

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Blessings!

Monday Message ~ Movement

 

Good Morning! Here we are at the start of another week. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are feeling refreshed. I come with our message to begin this week…and for that I turn to the mystical Dragons for their wisdom. I have always loved Dragons, since I was a small child. And so, over the years, I have gathered many fine depictions of them. I have a small deck of cards that have beautiful drawings of Dragons accompanied by words of wisdom. Today, I draw a card with a magnificent blue, green, and gold Dragon streaking across the sky and its message is:

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Blue Dragon:   Movement

Message (paraphrased): Oftentimes, when on a life journey, one feels as if they are in a bottomless void, with no direction to guide them out of the situation. That is the time to call upon their personal guardians, look within for spiritual direction, and use their willpower to find their way to their goal.

Today, know that, barriers fall and events begin to move quickly. Messages of a positive nature come your way. Pay close attention, and listen.

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

There has been much talk in our weekly messages lately…about receiving Messages. Have we been alert and paying attention? Here is one more, letting us know that messages abound, and today’s are of a positive nature, so we must raise our awareness to listen and hear them. Sometimes they come from unexpected and unlikely places…and these are the places where miracles and solutions and resolutions come from too. This is good news for us…for as the card says, oftentimes, this journey we call life can be confusing, difficult, and arduous.

But, those are also the times to delve even deeper into our Spiritual beliefs and seek our guides, or pray to our deities, or do whatever our particular path calls us to do. Live every moment within that Spiritual blanket, knowing that everything we do contributes to that Divine energy that moves through us…every candle we light, every prayer or ritual we recite…it is in every move we make, every spice we use, every touch to others, every step we take at work, every report we submit, every tear we dry for another…every heartbeat we take…make it filled with the Spirit of our paths and the Spirit of Love. It is within that living that we find our direction…when it would seem we have none. If it appears there is a bottomless void…go deeper into Spirit. It is there we find our way.

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And today…the Dragons tell us to be ready…to prepare as barriers fall, and there is Movement. And when things begin to move, it can be swift…so be ready with open ears, heart, and mind…and sneakers on! Most welcome news to us all!

Blessings!

Weekend Inspiration ~ Spirituality

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“Spirituality is to be found and nurtured in the smallest of daily activities. The Spirituality that feeds the soul and ultimately heals our psychological wounds may be found in those sacred objects that dress themselves in the accoutrements of the ordinary.”  ~ Thomas Moore

This quote is on the post that has been up the last couple of days…and as I have been befuddled with a hazy mind as I have been sick…this quote floated and looped around that haze and caught my attention. It is really very profound to me because…sometimes we can think that Spirituality, or the Spirit in our lives, lives outside of us, or is something we look for outside ourselves. But the Spiritual Path is not something that is “above” our life, or “outside” it to find…it is that blanket of Belief, Oneness, and Power that we lay over our life to rise up from the mundane and connect with the Divine. For it is when we allow the Divine energy, and Spirit by whatever name we call it, to manifest and become one with our Soul, that Understanding, Love, and Harmony can truly become part of us.

Be inspired to look for, and see, Spirit in your life today. It is within you yet all around you too, and in everything you do. And when found and connected to Divine energy, that is when miracles begin to happen. Blessings!

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Sometimes UGH Is OK Too

 

A lovely and cherished client asked me to write this blog the other day. We were talking about how most days it is part of our routine to begin the day with Spirit in our hearts and on our minds…and to say our daily prayers or rituals, or whatever name we give them, to draw positive and spiritual energy around us and make the day better because of it. I write a great deal about this here on the blog, and encourage us all to be aware of, and actively manage, our thoughts and actions in a positive direction. I believe that putting focus and attention on these topics every day helps to steer us away from negative thought and energy and retrains us to realize that we have command over what we think and feel…and that we always have a choice about how we direct those thoughts and feelings.

But then…there are…”THOSE” days.

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The “UGH” days. The days that, no matter how hard we try to bring Spirit into the day, we fail. Or no matter how hard we try to redirect our thoughts, or let go of something that is bothering us, or release anger and hurt, or send Love into the world…it just does not happen. It just won’t happen. It just doesn’t work. And what’s more…we might not want it to. For that day…we just might want to feel cranky, or sad, or frustrated…and no matter what we read, or what someone tells us, or how hard we pray…”it” won’t leave us…and we revel in it and can’t draw ourselves out of it.

My client asked me…is that ok? Do I always have to bring it around to positive? Shouldn’t I try harder? Or can I have an “UGH” day?

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I chuckled…and told her a story. For that very morning, I had an “UGH” moment myself. They do not come often anymore…but they come. And no matter how much I tried to do my Cleansing and Grounding exercise, or to Release what I was feeling and Balance my energy, or to Change my energy flow to Positive…nothing worked. It was not happening. And, it was not going to. Now, I have done this work for a long time, and with all that practice, it usually has tremendous impact on me and my day. I teach this to others as well. But that day…oh my…

So, I Surrendered to it. I gave up trying to make it anything other than what it was, and I allowed myself to Feel “It”. Really Feel it. Let it course through me and make itself known…to have its experience within me…so that it got what it needed, and then I was able to Release it…later. (After doing what we all do and putting it aside during work and obligations).

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For that moment though…I closed my eyes and turned my face and my heart and soul to my Higher Powers and said that, perhaps I could not reach the level of Spirituality I normally do that day…but if I could just send out my prayer of Gratitude for all that I have, and ask for Guidance and Support just to get through the day…then would that be good enough. And the answer from above was…Yes, It Is Good Enough. Sometimes we just have to accept that things are the way they are, even if they are not the greatest. And that we can’t always change it at that moment…or be the stellar Spiritual Warrior we usually expect ourselves to be, and are. Some days, our “best” is just to get through it. Some days it is hard to have a positive attitude when you feel like you do not have one more ounce to give. But, just remember, there is always tomorrow.

So on those days when you just can’t pull it all together…know it is OK to be “UGH”. Know it is ok to be exactly where you are at and not to feel bad about it, or inadequate, or like you should be “doing it better” or “making it happen”. Some days…it just doesn’t happen. And…it is…OK.

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Take the pressure off…and be who you are today. That IS enough!

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Blessings!

Thoughts For The Day

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“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.”  ~ Hayley Williams

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

Floating on a cloud through life does not a character make. It is when we fall off the cloud and pick ourselves up again that we find out how much power we really have. So we all need a good fall once in awhile to find out how strong we are and to tap into the creativity that builds the foundation that will break our fall the next time.

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“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”  ~ Frank Herbert

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

Sometimes…things just do not make sense. And that can throw us off and confuse us. It can make us question our ability for critical thinking, which comes from our logical side. If we could only have all the answers to all our questions, with logical solutions and insight, then we might get it right, we think. But…logic goes only as far as we can see right in front of us. And the real creativity…the real universe…is way beyond logic. Look into the empty spaces, outside the boxes, and see the gifts there.

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“Judging is preventing us from understanding a new truth. Free yourself from the rules of old judgments and create the space for new understanding.”  ~ Steve Maraboli

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

There seemed to be so many references to “space” this week in the blog posts. And here is yet another. I think the universe is trying to tell us something! I like this quote because it is so true that judging ourselves, circumstance, or others limits our scope of understanding and therefore limits our creativity. Look at any old judgments you may be holding onto that no longer work in your current frame of thought. Once released, a space opens up to be filled with all the goodies that the old judgment told you you could not have. Let go…and open up.

Blessings!

Thoughts For The Day

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“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”  ~ Author Unknown

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

Life is a series of hills and valleys. When we are climbing and conquering those hills, we are building and forming and creating our way upward. But, when we are coming down the opposite slope and heading for the valley…as sometimes happens in life…it looks like everything is falling apart and we worry that all that we have worked so hard to create is coming apart at the seams and we become discouraged. But if we look from our observer position, we might see that, even though things are unraveling or changing, they are actually pieces of the puzzle that are shifting around to bring about something new that we might not have even considered…had the shifting and falling apart not happened. How many times can we recall saying, “I never would have gotten HERE if THAT had not happened”? TRUST!

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“Stillness is the space that life flows through.”  ~ Marynance Schellenbach

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

Go into the Quiet, the Stillness, and listen for the voice of Life, Your Life. That voice that you can only here in the silence. Ask your questions…and hear the answers that you might miss through all the cacophony of every day life. There is where the flow moves.

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“The spirit of (wo)man is an inward flame; a lamp the world blows upon but never puts out.”  ~ Margot Asquith

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

One’s Spirit can never be vanquished. It is the Eternal Flame within us that will always be present, no matter how tough our lives can get. Look to that Flame for Light and Life. Trust that Flame will never go out…and watch that Trust fan the Flame into a golden ball of purpose and life. Do not focus on the darkness around the Flame…focus on the Flame and it will grow and inspire you.

Blessings!

Finding Comfort

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”  ~ Edith Sitwell

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“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” ~ Tom Robbins

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“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~ Maya Angelou

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“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

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“Dream about things that envelop your being like a comfortable blanket.”  ~ T. Devour

from The Desk of MarDrag:

I had a long, busy, activity filled day the other day and when I finally completed everything and could take a break and a breather, I looked to find some relaxation and comfort. So I gathered an ice cold bottle of water, a snack, and a chocolate and climbed the stairs to my loft, where all my treasures, books, and my desk are located. Also in this lovely space is my favorite purple reading chair. It is an indulgence of plush material and sits deep. It has a matching ottoman perfect for resting tired feet. I keep a small table next to the chair, which is positioned in the middle of the loft, and I placed my food and beverage there. I lit a stick of incense, lit several candles, and turned to my chair. I sat down, deliberately scooting into its depths to find the exact right position, pushing and plumping the cushions with my body to fit it most comfortably. I propped my feet upon the ottoman, and took several long, deep, core breaths. This…I thought…is absolute Comfort.

This…I also thought…is what we need to strive to find a few moments for ourselves every day. I know, it is difficult to find the time. And some would say they cannot find Comfort in their life right now, that there is too much turbulence.

But…there are those simple, quiet things, as simple as a favorite chair, that can make those moments of Comfort for us. And it is those moments when we allow ourselves some Comfort that keep us going, nurtured, and replenished.

So, whatever Comfort means to you…allow yourself to find it among the stressful minutes of your day. Comfort can come in many ways or from many things or people…it matters not where it comes from…but that it comes to be a natural part of our lives, our days. Especially now, gather Comfort to you and give yourself that gift. It makes such a difference…and you deserve it!

And…may you find a bit of Comfort from your visit here. Know that Love and Warmth are wrapped around you with every click to the blog!

Blessings!