You Are The Gold

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder

“You are the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow.” This darling expression is a favorite of mine, especially when making crafts with children around Saint Patrick’s Day. I feel that way about my readers too. Yes, you! I am deeply grateful for the friends I have made through this blog. There are so many good people in the world, and many of you wonderful people have found your way here. Your visits encourage me to do something I love: share things that I find inspiring. Every post is created with the hopes that it may brighten someone’s face with a smile, lift a weary heart, or help spark a person’s creativity.

mirror old friendAmidst the process of sharing these topics I myself am elevated. So thank you. My gratitude goes out to each and every one of you who travel with me on this fascinating blogging journey. Along with my reading of your own wonderful blogs, it is through your presence here, reading what I share and offering your Likes, that you add gold to my life.

My treasure for you at the end of this rainbow is actually a mirror, because I’d like you to look into it. You are the gold. You are a treasure. Thank you for being here, on this Saint Patrick’s Day, and every day. Namaste. Gina

 © Gina ~Professions for Peace [Other than the Irish blessing, these images are not mine; sources could not be found. Please notify me of any source info.]

Quiet Understanding

Psalm 147:3 NKJV ~ He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

“We become truly compassionate when we are wise enough to remain inwardly detached from the melodrama of life. True detachment is the ability to allow everything and everyone to be where they are and who they are. It is an ability to remain centered and grounded whether our advice or offering is received or rejected. Detachment is not indifference to the feelings or sufferings of others. It is the quiet understanding that everything is unfolding exactly as it should.” ~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

Sober Celebrities

The recent loss of an incredibly talented and creative man named Philip Seymour Hoffman has had me feeling introspective and pondering the serious prevalence of addictions in our society and what can be done about it.

As I continue developing upcoming posts in further depth of this important topic, I want to celebrate this handful of famous individuals who overcame their addictive behaviours. Let’s choose to focus on what is working and remember that addictive behaviours can be overcome. I know. I’ve been there, and I got sober.

May we all choose to focus on what is working in our lives, and release that which doesn’t support and encourage our further growth. May we find and celebrate our inner peace, and shine that peace outwardly. May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina

Source Tri-State Treatment Connections Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP
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Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP
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Treat Yourself Kindly

Life is a Mirror, so let’s smile at ourselves when we look in the mirror. It makes a difference!

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With deep gratitude to the makers of these randomly sourced images off the Web.

Love Life

BE in-love-with-life 550have a love affair with your life

It Begins Within

your task rose-rumiMarianne Williamson has written that loving ourselves isn’t selfish; it’s humble. To think that we are not worthy of our own love is to forget that we are a child of God. This isn’t suggesting we’re not flawed, but rather that we offer love to ourselves while we are learning better, while we are improving. We can decide to love our self right now, right here. Just the way we are. 

hug you rockThere are goals I’m striving for and ways I’m inspired to keep learning. And there are times I fall down and feel too hurt to get back up. But I always do, because I know every wound carves me into a larger being, a wiser heart, a deeper spirit.

The life-long, on-going process of ‘growing up’ keeps me wildly interested in life. Our world is fascinating, terrific, terrible, upsetting, awe-inspiring and heart-breakingly beautiful. Life is incredible, all of it, and accepting and loving ourselves helps celebrate that!

Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others… 

Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.  – Margo Anand

Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.  – Ellen Sue Stern

You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing.  – Ram Dass

It’s not your job to like me… it’s MINE!        – Byron Katie

Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.  – Marianne Williamson
(As always, my gratitude to the creators of these images, randomly sourced off the Internet)

You Deserve Your Own Love

Sadi, a 13th Century Persian poet, advised “If thou of fortune be bereft, And in thy store there be but left, Two loaves, sell one and with the dole, Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.”

Being in the presence of beauty, keeping our spirits lifted, and enjoying some recreation are all just as important as accomplishing mundane, necessary tasks. All the achievements in the material world are meaningless if your heart is empty.

To love yourself is to give your soul the nourishment it needs.

be beautiful accept yourself Thich Nhat Hanhfall in love with yourself Alan Cohenyou yourself deserve your love