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.

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.

Free Spirit

In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate peace ~ Richard Louv

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Embrace the free spirited nature of your authentic self and nurture the energy that exists within.  To reawaken your inner self and begin creating a life that you love is a sign of truly being a free spirit.   Be the one that is constantly curious, that welcomes surprise in their life. The one that asks, “just how alive do I need to feel to be able to experience all-encompassing love?”  The one that strives for balance in Mind, Body and Spirit.

Never give up on that young spirit within you, the one that sees the simplicity and beauty of nature and life through a child’s eyes.

Indifference

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Every so often I have come across someone who practices the Art of Indifference… and believe me, it is an Art.  I wonder to myself if this is something that they have learned along Life’s way, from a parent or has it been there within the very core of their beings right from the start? Out of all the emotions, I think indifference is the most calculating of them all. Only when you are on the receiving end of indifference do you feel the impact of its power. We can overcome anger, we can change attitudes with love but as long as indifference stands in our way, nothing will change. The person who holds indifference close to their heart in the end, has no heart.

Lighted Flame

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us ~ Albert Schweitzer

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It doesn’t happen very often, if ever, that someone comes along and rekindles that
spark of life energy within us.  Especially when we have lived a full life and get to
a point where we feel that perhaps we have experienced all that we deserve in this
illusion called ‘Life’.   So, when that someone appears, seemingly out of nowhere,
and shakes things up a bit. Embrace and Engage.

“Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge.”

Day  Three:
A big thank you to earthwalking13 for nominating me for the “Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge.” Be sure to take time out to visit this interesting and thought provoking blog – an absolute joy to read!

Here are the Rules:
Thank the person who nominated you.
Post a quote for three consecutive days.
Nominate three bloggers for each post.

And the Quote:
Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life ~ Thomas Merton

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And My Nominees Are:
Empowered Everyday
Thoughts!Pens!Words!
Undersquid

There is no timeline to respond, and you do not have to participate if you don’t want to, but it would be great if you would take time out to visit these blogs. Super interesting!

Moments of Quiet Reflection

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photo by Grady

Step away from the maddening crowd and find your place of quiet repose.  Look within and find your passion then paint your life in vibrant colors. Find your truth and tell no lies and live in alignment with your purpose.

Find your bliss. Where heart dances to love’s sweet melody.
Where spirit gambols in delight.

“Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge.”

Day One:
A big thank you to earthwalking13 for nominating me for the “Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge.” Be sure to take time out to visit this interesting and thought provoking blog – an absolute joy to read!

Here are the Rules:
Thank the person who nominated you.
Post a quote for three consecutive days.
Nominate three bloggers for each post.

And the Quote:
Some people open up new worlds within us. Don’t always assume there will be many more to come as a great understanding between two beings is often rare.  Be sure to nurture and fiercely appreciate these beautiful friendships and connections.  You already know who they are.  ~ Victoria Erikson

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photo by Grady

And My Nominees Are:
DancingBlackbird
Eternal Conversations
Blue Bridges

There is no timeline to respond, and you do not have to participate if you don’t want to, but it would be great if you would take time out to visit these blogs. Super interesting!

Authentic Truth

The authentic true self that we recognize when we look at ourselves in a mirror. Those first moments as a young child when we see our reflection and recognize the person staring out at us. The moment when we look into those eyes, into that conscience, and realize that no matter how many stories become fabricated fragments of ourselves over time.. eventually our authentic truth will balance everything out.

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A young Grady

Always be true to yourself because one day you might come face to face with your conscience ~ Grady