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Be a Warrior for Peace!

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops 

of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” 

Mahatma Gandhi, Lawyer, politician, activist and writer

I was especially touched by Gandhi’s words this week. Although he is known for his activism I think of him as a warrior for peace. With so much chaos in the world due to the Pandemic and major life changes that have occurred we’ve seen, first hand, how inhumane some people can be. We’ve seen what appears to be little value for human life. We’ve seen black men, especially, singled out and killed by police. There is an underlying ongoing culture of discrimination that has reared it’s ugly head more publicly. In addition to being black there are biases against anyone that is perceived as “being different”. It feels like there’s a darkness and yet I believe that light and love will prevail. We have an opportunity to change these biases but first we must change our own. No one said it would be easy. Change and peace begin within! read more…

Forgive, Love, and Accept You!

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
`Gautama Buddha, Philosopher, Spiritual Teacher, & Religious Leader

Staying home and being more physically isolated has created many opportunities for self reflection for me. How about you? Have you ever wondered if a decision you made in the past was the right one even though it may have been a few years ago? This has come up for me lately and kind of like an annoying gnat it doesn’t go away. It buzzes around and what I noticed is that self doubt, judgment, and second guessing became more dominant. In fact, I reached the point where I had to stop myself and sit with it for awhile. I found myself asking, “Why are these thoughts persisting? What is mine to know? How do I resolve this, stay present, and not dwell in the past?” 

I know that I’m not the only one that does this. Hmmm. It seems that I have an old habit of judging myself. I guess it’s been a learned behavior through the years. After so many years self-judgment feels like my favorite pair of comfortable shoes. Yikes! “Why do I find it easier to judge me than accept and love me?” I wondered. Spiritual author, Don Miguel Ruiz has written, “Forgive yourself. The supreme act of forgiveness is when you can forgive yourself for all the wounds you’ve created in your own life. Forgiveness is an act of self-love. When you forgive yourself, self-acceptance begins and self-love grows.”  read more…

We’re Only Human After All!

“The greatness of humanity is not being human, but in being humane.”
~Mahatma Gandhi, Lawyer, Politician, and Activist

A couple of songs have been playing over and over in my head this week. First, “Rise Up” and “I’m Only Human After All” sung by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. I couldn’t get the refrain out of my head today so I’ve been considering what’s mine to write about. Yes, I’m only human after all and I’m a spiritual being, as well, here to express my divine self as a human being so I began to think about what is happening around me. Change is a constant. Fear is all around if you choose to embrace it. Goodness and love are there to embrace as well. There are examples of humanity being humane and there is the contrast of human beings not being humane. Contrasts are very visible these days.  read more…

Can You Love Yourself Too Much?

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it you feel it.” – Pooh

Almost 20 years ago I participated in a weekend retreat that was designed to explore awakening the soul and why I was here. It was an intense weekend and I remember on the closing day one of the last experiences we had was asking our soul, “Why am I here?” Everyone was invited to shout it out. Although this was a group exercise each person’s answer was different. I heard shouts of courage, family, relationships and so much more. I shouted out, “Love.” Wow! I had no clue what it meant except what I will call a limited understanding of what it meant at that time. I realized that something deep within me had opened a door and I’ve been on a journey of remembering and rediscovering what love is since then.

For many years I felt romantic love with my husband and love for my family. During meditation I felt, at times, an overwhelming sense of receiving love unconditionally. I’ve also accepted that my family loves me unconditionally even though what I believe has changed through the years. Intellectually I knew that there was a deeper love – a love of Source – a love that is me eternally. Last year when experiencing a family health crisis I became more vulnerable through the pain and fear of possibly losing love – love as I knew it. read more…