Path Preparation

“Whatever purifies you is the right path.” ~RUMI

Winter walks in below-freezing temperatures can be beautiful and invigorating, but must be respected. I’ve grown up knowing that we need to dress for the weather, not only to keep safe in icy temps but also to be able to walk securely with traction on frozen ground. One simply must have the right footwear and clothing. Stepping out in the winter in my northern climate requires preparation.

Similar to the preparation needed for a safe winter walk on a frozen forest path, we discover and embark on our life path with all our choices. When we decide to improve our lives we can see how changing habits and exploring new hobbies requires preparation, whether it’s deciding to prepare and eat a wider variety of vegetables, or learning how to knit a sweater. We prepare and step up, step into it. We prepare, and then take action and do it.

At this time of year when the freezing temps keep me indoors more than out, I remind myself that the process of taking new paths is as metaphorical as it is literal. As I prepare, I gain courage. As I step out, I gain strength. As I walk forward on my path, I continue to grow into who I am becoming. May we all find the right path, and take it. ~Namaste

“When the path reveals itself, follow it!” ~Cheryl Strayed

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Photo by Mihai-ela (found on Pinterest with source)

Be a force for Good

“Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.” ~Maya Angelou

“DON’T WAIT. We must generate the life we desire. We cannot base our actions on the actions of others. We cannot wait for others to be kind to us. We must offer kindness to them first. Those who wait to find someone deserving of their generosity may wait forever. Life is not a matter of deserving or not deserving. Life can only become what we dream if we become the expression of the dream we desire to live. Don’t wait. Become a transformative force for good.”
~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

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Image was on Pinterest without link but I searched the artist’s name and found Holly Madison’s beautiful painting ‘Fly me to Heaven’ in her Etsy shop.

Shrug it off

“I’m amazed at how many people go looking for things to be offended by.” ~Wayne W. Dyer

“Complaints we know. Complaints we’re good at. Most of us have already mastered the art of the complaint in all its many variations: gripe, groan, moan, kvetch, bitch, whine.

One of the reasons we love our close friends is that they allow us to complain knowing we’ll return the favor. But if we really love them, don’t you think it’s about time we started sparing them? Some of us spend half our lives griping. It’s time to get a grip. When we bitch and moan we’re not much fun to listen to. Try new outlets to channel hostility: moan on your diary pages, shout in the shower, blow off steam as you stomp on a brisk walk.

I’m not suggesting that we suppress negative feelings. But the petty stuff we’re often foaming at the mouth about isn’t worth the breath it steals. Our words are powerful, so powerful that they can change our reality – the quality of our days and nights. Moaning rarely makes either us or those around us feel better. In fact, it often makes everyone feel worse. Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~Alphonse Karr, p.1853 [source]

Choose Happiness

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

A definition of happiness: “Happiness is the process of creating and experiencing good feelings, in your body and mind, moment by moment by moment.” ~Michael Neal, Feel Happy Now

A definition of joy: “Joy is the emotion evoked by well-being or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Delight is the expression or exhibition of such an emotion.” ~Dr. Christiane Northrup, The Power of Joy

“Many events will transpire in which your conditioned response is to feel bad. Be aware of these outer incidents, and say the five magic words: I want to feel good. In that precise moment, ask yourself if feeling bad is going to make the situation any better. You’ll discover that the only thing feeling bad accomplishes in response to outer situations is to plummet you into anxiety, despair, depression, and of course, stress. Instead, ask yourself in that moment what thought you can have that will make you feel good.
I assure you that your decision to feel good is a way of connecting to Spirit. It isn’t an indifferent response to events. By feeling good, you become an instrument of peace, and it’s through this channel that you eradicate problems. By feeling bad, you stay in the energy field that creates resistance to positive change; and experience a stressful, anxious state as a by-product.”
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention 
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Images not mine. Top quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

Believe in Us

“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

“The world is in a critical phase because we are. The world is in a massive shift because we are. The world still has a chance for survival, both in spite of us and because of us.” ~Marianne Williamson, Illuminata (1994)

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Images are not mine; from Pinterest/Tumblr without source.

Blossoming

“There is so much love in your heart that you could heal the entire planet. But just for now let us use this love to heal you. Feel a warmth beginning to glow in your heart center, a softness, a gentleness. Let this feeling begin to change the way you think and talk about yourself.” ~Louise Hay

The snow has melted, the ground has thawed, and everything is bursting into growth as the hours of daylight lengthen. Roses, trees, shrubs, perennials… tenacious plants that return year after year as the earth swings closer to the sun for its summer vacation. Whether rainy or sunny, spring is when I spend every extra moment I have outside in my gardens. If it’s too wet, I will be moving rocks or building something. Planning and moving forward.

In spite of my powerful enthusiasm, spring helps teach me patience, over and over and over again. Every year as my gardens wake up and I get excited about what is coming and what will be, I’m the student once again, learning to be patient. When I find myself wishing that a plant or an area of my garden were better or different, I feel a kind voice in my heart telling me to ‘have patience’. These patient plants remind me that I am growing, all the time, even if only in my understanding of how to make mistakes. I’m blossoming the best I can in any given moment with the resources I have right now. Just like you, and every other living being.

Taking a restful moment to pause from the spring work, I breathe deeply and smile. I can feel it: I’m blossoming. I am growing better with each forward step and each weed pulled. I am becoming clearer and closer to my vision of the garden, and the life, that I really want. Truly, patience is a virtue. Namaste.

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Images not mine; from Pinterest and Tumblr without original source. 

Love and Service

“The motive of the Higher Self is always love and service.” ~Joan Borysenko, Pocketful of Miracles

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“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’ to serve. You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve… You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”  ~Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. from his sermon ‘The Drum Major Instinct’ [source]