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.

Inner Battles

We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear and hatred and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph  ~ Yip Man

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Life is never a smooth journey. There is a constant battle that goes on inside all of us.  Negative energies that taunt and deride us. Fear, uncertainty, frustration, even anger. Constantly tormenting us and stunting our spiritual growth.  Just like with every battle, we can choose to submit to these negative energies or we can choose to fight and overcome them.  Embrace your power. Be strong in Spirit.  Be fearless.

Even a one hundred year old oak tree,  limbs worn and weathered from battling the elements of nature, continues to grow and seek warmth and solace from the sun.

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.

Winds of Change

Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass  ~ John Steinbeck

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We reach a point in our lives where we realize our need for change. On reflection we may see something in ourselves that we feel we can improve on, make worthier. Instead of trying to attempt immediate and profound changes within, we should rather allow our inner essence to flow freely, gently, slowly.  For it is our spirit, our authentic self, that wants to express itself, to grow and experience life and for this to happen, our spirit needs change.

Change is like soft gusts of wind, blowing through the entrails of our minds within the colorful fabrics of our lives.  Embrace the Winds of Change.

Spiritual Warrior

To be nobody but yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting  ~  E.E. Cummings

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We have to embrace our inner Spirit and remain true to ourselves, follow our self-beliefs. For Spirit is our weapon of strength.  Stand firm, stand tall and never give in to Life’s Battle of Conformity.   We must strive for Exceptional Spirit.

A lone warrior albeit standing tall can so easily be lost in the sea of trees,  fading into the shadowy waters, becoming almost invisible in its surrounding sameness.

Colors within

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” ~Marcus Aurelius

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It is far better to cast the colorful and vibrant radiance of yourself towards others.  The beautiful hues of your inner self. The reds, the golds, the blues and silvers. The yellows, and violets, the spiritual purples. The very spirit of you in kindness, respect, love and compassion.

Should the winds of fortune ever change, instead of dark, ashen colors of anger and angst, everything that you have put out there, with good intention, will be picked up on the wind and given back.  So always try to be kind and generous of heart.

Make your own Music

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything  ~ Plato

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Take a step back and observe life’s different perspectives. It is easy to get caught up in the hubbub of mass thinking. You can follow a Marching Band, and misstep your way through life,  lose sight of your passions, or you can march to the beat of a different drummer.

Make your own music. Listen to your Heart.

Shadow Dancing

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves ~ Buddha

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In life we have choices. We can allow ourselves to get caught up in the everyday tumultuous dances or we can trip the light fantastic in the magnificent Grand Ballroom of Life. Either way our shadows will follow.  Choose wisely.

Dance with Joy!

Life’s Obstacles

Remember, that of all the elements that comprise a human being, the most important, the most essential, the one that will sustain, transcend, overcome and vanquish obstacles is Spirit ~ Buddy Ebsen

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Some see life’s obstacles as barriers. Negative energies put there purposely, by the Great Unknown, to stunt our mind, body and spirit’s growth. Perhaps we should rather see them as life’s rest stops. A time and place where we can refuel, build positive energy and think things through rationally.  A mindful way of approaching solutions.

Even the Bayou Teche in flood is seemingly gentle, overflowing barriers, as it slowly snakes it’s way towards the Gulf of Mexico.