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The following is a list of all entries from the Inspirational category.

Fond memories – Part 1

Fond memories of my recent trip to Boston to learn Tui Na, to deepen my knowledge of Tong Ren Therapy, and to re-learn that I can just BE my authentic self and don’t need to compete, ever!

Tong Ren Master and Founder Tom Tam

Tom Tam, Tong Ren Master and Founder

And

My Tui Na teacher, Aimee

My Tui Na teacher, Aimee

And

My Tong Ren teacher, Eleanor

My Tong Ren teacher, Eleanor

Much gratitude to these kind, generous and wise beings. ♥♥♥

Bird's eye view of Boston area, from the top of a Harvard building

Bird’s eye view of Boston area, from the top of a Harvard building


Messages of love

Written messages of love can come in many forms.

Here is one from Marianne Williamson which always resonates with me:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

— from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

I found this one on Facebook:

“If YOU are NOT being treated with respect, check your price tag. Perhaps you have marked Yourself down. It’s you who tells people what you are worth by what you accept. Get off the clearance rack and get behind the glass where the valuables are kept! Learn to value Yourself more! If you don’t noone else will! AND please help someone get off the clearance rack…”

— from the Live Laugh Love page.

And the following are feedback from some of my wondrous Sparkles and Angels customers:

“Perfect, it took me hours and hours to find this gift. Thank you, it’s lovely!” — D.A., Idaho

“LOVE these!! They are just what I had been scouring for for my mother for Christmas! Thank you so very very much!!!” — V.P., Kentucky

“Wonderful seller and person. Beautiful earrings, super fast shipping, lovely packaging! A true person in every sense ! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” — N.Z., New York

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! These earrings are so lightweight and they move beautifully. They also catch the light well which was unexpected but something I should have figured out from a store that has ‘sparkles’ in their name. I have been wearing them non-stop since they arrived 😀 ” — B.C., Illinois

“Very friendly and helpful seller. Gorgeous packaging and beautiful earrings. Thank you so much!” — M.M., Ireland

“Fantastic! I couldn’t be happier – I’m sure these will make a fantastic Xmas present. A+++ — T.F., North Carolina

My heart opens whenever I read these. Infinite love and gratitude to all.

What are some of YOUR favorite messages of love?


Prayer for autumn and winter days

I’ve just rediscovered this beautiful prayer from belief.net. I know it’s now winter and the title is Prayer For Autumn Days, AND I’m not crazier than usual, it is still appropriate and timely, and it resonates with me!

God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.

Source: belief.net


Spirituality through greeting cards

I love greeting cards — yes, it’s one of my passions (how many passions does this woman have, you might ask. The answer is: Many!)  These days I am constantly amazed at my finds. I stumbled upon the card below in a Rite Aid drugstore!!!

This is the message on the card, in case you can’t decipher it from the photo:

“We didn’t come here to fit in. We came here to be who we are. We didn’t come here to work. We came here to live our dreams. We didn’t come here for the stuff. We came here to love each other. We didn’t come here by accident. We each came here with a purpose that is uniquely our own… [and then inside the card] Be… Dream… Love… Thrive… Always… Happy Birthday”  — from American Greetings.

Wow… It would have been safe to say that I would never have found such a card ten years ago.

Here’s another one from a lesser-known company:

“Change is to our lives as water is to our bodies. Without it we dry up. It is the source. Change wakes us up: change keeps us from falling asleep during the best bits of our lives.”   — Mary Ann Radmacher — from Brush Dance.

And then there’s this one. I can’t say I like the art (not my style) but what it says rings true:

“Many people don’t know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don’t get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life.”  — from Artists to Watch.

I believe that all my angels are of this type 🙂


Choices

I am learning that I have choices in my life.

I used to wallow in self-pity whenever something “bad” happens.  I would be angry with God, with my Higher Self, with my guides and angels, for the way my life was.

I won’t claim to have turned around completely.

What I can say is that I am slowly getting used to the idea of asking myself: How else can I look at this? The above 3 pictures are of the same tree, and yet they are different from each other, it all depends which point of view you choose.

What is the opportunity in this situation? What can I learn from this? What is the next step I can take, that could change the circumstances I am in? Do I want to look at this glass as half empty, or half full, or full? (It is partially filled with water, and the rest is filled with air, so it’s not empty at all, right?)

I can think of my breast cancer as a horrible and expensive illness that I did not deserve, or I can think of it as a blessing whose repercussions  I am still experiencing.  I am healthy again now, but what I was taught will stay with me forever: learning to see life on Earth as a privilege rather than as a punishment, learning to find gratitude and have faith and trust, even in the darkest moments, and learning that I am strong!

The "Choices" necklace

I created the above “Choices” necklace to illustrate the fact that I have choices. There is an abundance of shades, shapes, colors, and materials in this piece of jewelry, because we don’t have to limit ourselves to one color, one shape, one idea, or one outcome.


Our deepest fear…

The following is an excerpt from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson. The bold emphasis is mine.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

You are as beautiful as this flower!

I love this passage from Marianne Williamson. I’ve have posted this before on various other Web sites and Facebook pages, because it is so important to me, because we all need to be reminded of it… and often!

If you were thinking “Nah, not me, I don’t belittle myself” as you were reading it, well, let me ask you: the last time someone complimented you, did you squirm? Did you say “Oh, it’s just [fill in the blanks]“? Did you reply with a deprecating joke? Did you say “Thank you, but [I’m not good in this other way]“? By the way, I’ve done all of the above 🙂

Do you cringe at the thought of speaking in public? Are you uncomfortable at the thought of a literal or figurative spotlight shining on you? Do you beat yourself up because [whatever] did not meet your expectations of perfection? Have you ever decided not take a course of action because “there’s no way I can do this!”? Me: check, check, check, check.

I know a dear man who said “I’m a failure” every time he felt he did some minor thing “wrong.” He probably doesn’t even realize what he was saying, but he is unconsciously reinforcing his poor opinion of himself, AND he’s teaching his young daughter to think the same way about him, and about herself.

Be aware of your thoughts, words, and reactions, it’s the first step to changing them.


Gratitude

I originally published this post on byhand.me, but decided to re-post it here because it means a lot to me:

Gratitude is the magnet of the universe. Life becomes much easier and more joyful when you get in the habit of finding something to be grateful for in every situation.

I learned a big lesson in gratitude through my experience with breast cancer. The chemotherapy made me very sick, and the treatments for those side effects had side effects of their own. For almost a year, I had severe anemia, which made me very tired. There were times I had to lie down to floss my teeth, because I did not have the energy to stand. There were several months of intense continuous hip pains. My face swelled to practically twice its normal size… and that was just some of the “highlights. ”

As dark as the circumstances were, I discovered that I was surrounded by love and support. Whenever I think of all those beautiful people who supported me in so many ways, my heart opens, and I feel better.

No matter how “bad” a situation is, you can find something to be grateful for. Perhaps it’s a hug from a friend, or a beautiful dandelion flower in your lawn, or the deep blue starry sky. Remember: it’s only when it’s darkest that you can see the stars.