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Gratitude Is Heaven

 

“Gratitude is heaven itself.”-William Blake

Ponder gratitude.  Enter into each day with an attitude of gratitude that spills over into every interaction you have.  Do a gratitude dance. What would that look like? I imagine it starting with a wee bit of toe tapping that takes over my legs and from the top of my head that has my hair stand on end, meeting in the middle and building to a “whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.” 

When I consider all of the people, places and things that bring an appreciative smile to my face, I envision a  royal treasure trove filled to overflowing with shiny gold coins and lush silks.  Each one is valuable beyond measure. Magic surrounds me. Cosmic coincidences give me the giggles. Folks I didn’t know months or years ago are now dear to my heart. What was life like before them?  Hard to imagine.

 

This song by the brilliant musical inspiration Rickie Byars Beckwith, beckons with the perfect invitation to do my gratitude dance. I dare you to stand still while listening:)

Alle-Alleluia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhz1En2rAzo

A Love Letter To Yourself

Imagine, if you will that someone you love dearly is writing you the most exquisite creation that comes straight from the heart. As we age, sometimes, we come face to face with ‘shoulda, woulda’ coulda’ regrets; we look at our bodies and recall a time when they may have been leaner or more flexible and could do more things than they can now. One of my favorite lines comes from Pete Seeger: “How do I know that my youth is all spent? My get up and go has got up and went. But in spite of it all, I’m able to grin, when I think of the places my get up has been.”….but I digress…back to the letter. Pick out a beautiful card or a piece of stationary. Use a lovely color ink and let flow from your pen, words eloquent and affirming. What would send you swooning, have you feel cherished and treasured? You can write about your physical attributes…choose one thing you like when you gaze into the mirror. You can offer a tribute to your generous spirit, your open heart, your creativity, your gardening skills. Then, seal it in an envelope and give it to a friend to mail to you in a few weeks when you may have forgotten that you had written it. It will show up in your mailbox as a delightful surprise. Remember, guys, this is not just an exercise for the women. Men need affirmation too.

So as we appreciate those we love and cherish, make sure to honor the lover in the mirror.

 

You can sing this song to yourself as you gaze into your own eyes… 

 

You Are The Face of God by Karen Drucker

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB3QMZdk7-4

Positive Music Month

November is Positive Music Month; an opportunity to celebrate and use the power of melody and harmony  to enliven and heal our bodies, minds and spirits.  According to The Positive Music Association (PMA), it is  “about using popular music to improve the quality of people’s lives. We’re about seeing music not only as entertainment but as a means of creating positive change in the world. It’s about using music more intentionally, to inspire, uplift, heal or enlighten. Think of it as medicine or therapy via popular music.”

 

Members of the PMA include some of my favorite singer-songwriters: Elaine Silver, Jana Stanfield, David Wilcox, Scott Kalechstein, Shawn Gallaway, David Ault and Karen Drucker.

How does music enhance your life?  Who are some of the musicians that delight your soul and tickle your ears?  What are some songs that warm you from the inside when you hear them, inspire your creativity, have you tapping your toes and wiggling your hips, that have you singing in the shower, or along the highway?

 

www.positivemusicassociation.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVI_WeLVay4   

Strong Beautiful and Brilliant

The first time I met Melanie Eatherton, she was behind the counter of her family owned Bucks County bakery. Celtic music wafted side by side with luscious smells and yummy treats.  Melanie’s smile and warmth was part of the appeal. Fast forward and we found ourselves part of a group of spiritual entrepreneurs wanting to make a difference in the world. I was fascinated with Melanie’s perspective on what it takes to live a fully realized life. She thinks of herself as a “Law of Attraction Diva, Peace Maker, Love Creator, Bad Image Annihilator”  who believes that our thoughts help to shape the outcome of our actions.

 

She was clear that  “When Life circumstances aren’t as I would have them be, I remember that I make it what it is. I take a good look at what’s going on inside to give me these outside results. Then, I read the paper my son wrote about where he will be in 10 years time. He told his class and teachers that his mom has been through a lot and despite it all has managed to stay positive and that she inspires him more then anything. That is what really gets me through it. Remembering that I am not only a mom but a mentor and what I do affects those around me.”

Musing about her identity, she shares: “I discovered who I am by looking in the mirror. You see, we always know who we are but sometimes need reminders. I was really down, had been through great adversity, and when I saw that person looking back at me with tear stained cheeks and creases beside her eyes, her eyes hard and swollen….I realized that I need to look deeper in that mirror. I did just that. I could see that twinkle in my eye. I could see that vibrant little girl jumping up and down waiting to play. I could see that the lessons that I had been taught through out all the ups and downs were actually gifts. I remembered the words of my Grandmother when she told me I was an earth angel. ( I was knee high to a grasshopper then ) . And then I rediscovered me… the woman, the girl the soul that is here for very good reasons, to live and to be….to raise the consciousness of this world we live in and to feel how good life really is.”

Enthusiasm about each day seems to come naturally to this go-getter. “For me, when I am helping someone discover themselves again I feel as though I am playing. You see I have great passion for what I do…and when I get to do it I am like a child. Giddy sometimes, and always so very grateful to be given such gifts as to help someone else find themselves and live the life they are here to live.”

Melanie is grateful to have found her passion and purpose: “I not only feel, but also know that I was born to raise the consciousness of the world. Not alone of course, but as the united collective. I know that I had to go through the things I have to be able to help others see past the same things. I know that I am here to teach people to lift up their own pens and write their own stories without taking on the endless stories of everyone else. And I know I am here to show people that its all about choice.”

She joyfully expresses:  “You see, we are all energy. When you are living your dream your energy levels go higher and higher. That energy is like the ripple effect in the ocean. It spreads farther and farther. When you are happy and your vibration matches that happiness you give it out tenfold…which is that ripple effect…and it becomes very contagious…and very strong.”

 

www.manifestwithmelanie.com

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