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Just saw a writing prompt on Facebook (a source for many of them these days). Someone had a beautiful sunset image on their page with the words “A Thank You Note To God” under it and it reminded me that there are times when I forget all of my blessings in the midst of life stuff happening. At the moment, I am lying down with an ice pack under my left knee. It has been stiff and ouchy for the past week or so, and even though I walk and work out several times a week, it still feels like a rubber band that has been pulled too tight. Earlier today, my computer charge cord shorted out and I was grateful that it waited until I had unplugged it from the laptop  before it sizzled and sparked. A few times during the day, I experienced frustration that inflow of abundance hasn’t been keeping pace with outflow and yet I know that I am always taken care of and provided for by a generous Universe. I had the satisfaction of meeting with clients at my day job as a recovery counselor in an outpatient drug and alcohol rehab. I enjoyed being interviewed on a Blog Talk radio show tonight. My debut article for the Huffington Post was published today. I am getting together with kindred spirit/soul friends this weekend. I am still, little by little doing repairs and renovations on  and around my house so that it feels like a haven for me and for all who enter.

Tonight I sat on my back deck and watched the sun set, catching the early evening, late summer breeze, with the serenading cicadas ushering me into a state of slowing down. I lit the twigs and small fallen tree branches in the fire pit and listened to them crackle and the flames leap. I sighed with a need to let go of expectations for how I (in my infinite wisdom) think life should be and instead, accept life on life’s terms, knowing that all is in Divine order.

Photo: Glowing embers <3

 

For all of these things and so much more, I say a profound thank you to God/Goddess/All That Is~

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edie-weinstein/life-questions_b_3768496.html

One of the wisest people on the planet is under 5 feet tall and under 10 years old.  Although his birth name is Robby, he is better known worldwide as “Kid President”. A few things that are amazing about this young man:  although he has what is commonly known as Brittle Bone disease which has caused over 7o breaks since birth; not only does he keep on keepin’ on, but he lives an active life that includes running and dancing.  He is also clever and outspoken about all kinds of things, most especially ways to make the world a better place.

I’ve written about him before, but love to hear about new things he is up to. I just watched a brief You Tube video that his brother in-law Brad shot for Soul Pancake which is  Rainn Wilson’s creative baby. In it, Robby tells us about World Humanitarian Day which is coming up this Monday 8/19/2013.

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“Every year  on August 19th we mark World Humanitarian Day in honour of aid workers, who have  lost their lives in the line of duty. We commemorate their sacrifice and  reaffirm our commitment to the lifesaving work that humanitarians carry out  around the world every day, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, where  others cannot or do not want to go. This  year our World Humanitarian Day campaign is calling on people to answer a  question: ‘What do you think the world needs more of?”-Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Hmm….I have a long list, which includes

Love

A sense of belonging to a global family

Healthy food and water

Safety

Shelter

Compassion

Sustainability

Freedom from violence

A safe way to express emotions

Rec0gnition of unique gifts and talents

Breaking the cycle of abuse

Respect for the planet

Recovery from addiction

Honoring each other

Forgiveness

Healing

Bliss

I agree with Kid President that the world needs more laughter and HUGS!

http://youtu.be/_7SI9Sw1dN0 Kid President on World Humanitarian Day

www.worldhumanitarianday.org

www.soulpancake.com

 

 

Imagine an entire day set aside for the purpose of……doing nuthin’. You wake up and smile, noticing the sun beaming in through your window, with a blank agenda, an empty schedule, nowhere to go; an invitation, instead to be ‘now here’. Is that possible? For me, it would be a delight and a dilemma, since I have become so accustomed to busy-buzzy doing, rather than simply being. Perhaps it is that way for you too.  My days generally consist of writing, counseling, cleaning, laundry, teaching, speaking, gym time and interludes with friends and family. I am able to snag brief moments of sitting, staring into space, daydreaming. Even while driving, my mind is plotting out my next adventure or activity, be it work or play related.
Enter National Relaxation Day, August 15th that was created in England and made its way across the pond to the USA. Today, you are invited to consider what it is that makes you sigh, what turns stiff muscles into mush, what gives you a reprieve from toil and what replenishes the stores. We are all aware of the ramifications of stress on the body, mind and spirit in the form of dis-ease and in some cases, death.  In Japan, there is actually a word for it: Karoshi   which is translated as ‘death by overwork’. Young, otherwise healthy workers, suddenly have been known to have heart attacks or strokes. It has become more than a trauma for the families, but impacts on the nation as a whole.

The benefits of relaxation include:

Lowered blood pressure and heart rate

Improved mood

Enhanced relationships

Safer driving practices

Longevity

Decrease in depression and anxiety rates

Raised self esteem

 

So, what are some of your favorite ahhhh-activities?

Mine include:

Lying on a blanket in a park.

Meditation

Massage

Listening to music

Writing

Reading

Hot tub soaking

Walking in nature

Going to the gym

Spending time with kindred spirits

Being with children

Blowing bubbles

Dancing

Drumming

Aromatherapy (lavender is my favorite scent)

Even if just for today, write yourself a permission slip to play, breathe, take even a few minutes to simply BE~

http://youtu.be/3Lw5m1YbISo  The Heart Codes 1 by Barry Goldstein

 

 

I love this word:  beshert  which is Yiddish for ‘meant to be’. It refers to the heart and soul connection between partners whose reunion is predestined. There is a similar concept in the Gaelic language, called anam cara (soul friend). I read an article that my friend Naila Francis had written as her regular column in our regional newspaper, called The Intelligencer.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/entertainment/local_entertainment/yes-we-are-meant-to-be-no-matter-what-happens/article_e5ba795b-95b1-5378-b185-a4510363d9e2.html

In it, her long time partner Zane asks her if they were ‘meant to be’. She answers that she believes they are, even in the midst and perhaps as a result of being in the midst of challenges brought on by depression that he faces and that they are facing together. I cried as I read the words that offered revealing of her heart, perhaps since I know for certain that every relationship I have ever been or ever will be in, has that flavor to it. Even those that I wouldn’t wish to repeat, were called to me for a valuable purpose which is to learn something I might not have, had our paths not crossed. Some taught me about what I didn’t want and some what I desire with every fiber of my being.  It is said that relationships are there for a reason, season or lifetime and are no less valid even if they are brief encounters.

I count myself blessed to have many of what I consider those types of relationships that ripen by duration. There are some folks who I don’t see face to face often, but we pick up where we left off and others who I am with regularly. Depth and frequency of contact are not one in the same. I allow some people in more deeply than others, by choice, inclination and  a sense of safety with them. Some of them have been lovers and our relationships have shifted. Others are platonic and no less treasured, just different energies.

How do I know that a relationship falls into the beshert box?

At our initial meeting there is a feeling of “Oh there you are again, how long has it been?”

A goofy shared sense of humor, laughing at the cosmic joke.

A heart racing feeling of  I’m so excited to be in your presence whether it is physical or just emotional.

A synching up of energies; thinking of that person and then they get in contact with me.

A shared passion for life.

Being able to talk freely about ‘life, the Universe and everything’, never running out of things to say.

Comfortable silence.

A knowing that there was a ‘sacred soul contract’ that we agreed to eons ago that we are living out now.

Being a greater force for good in the world together.

What does it mean to you?

http://youtu.be/hcf9LwtHTOo  Beshert  by Ari Gold