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You as The Lotus

Spiritual enlightenment, rebirth, the divine. For centuries the lotus flower has symbolized all of these, particularly in Buddhist and Egyptian cultures. It also represents good old grit and determination, the will to endure. A lotus seed can survive without water for thousands of years, and is still able to germinate. And when it does, it grows out of the murky mud beneath the water, gracing our world with exquisite beauty.

Whether you choose to embrace the pragmatic earthbound or the ethereal symbolism, they in fact go hand-in-hand. During our lifetimes our souls accumulate wisdom through our experiences, our willingness to learn, and our strength to endure.

Envision your soul as a beautiful lotus flower ~ growing your wisdom, unfolding and blossoming, petal by petal.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.” ~ Buddha

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.” ~ Osho

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames” ~ Rumi

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” ~ Buddha

“Our own life has to be our message.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.” ~ Buddha

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” ~ Rumi

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Feel Nature’s Pulse

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for an important break.

A nature break, that is. Nature’s poetry brought to your doorstep. Breathe deeply, let go of the chaos and negativity in the news, and feel the gentle pulse of the sweet soul of the Earth. Steadfast and true, she waits for you…

Inspirational Quotes by John Muir:

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

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“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”

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“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

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“Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.”

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” 

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“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”

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Power of Positive Words

Our words and stories are powerful. We must be careful, because we have the ability to create a positive or negative reality with them.

Focusing on negative narrative keeps everyone’s minds confirming and expanding that reality. Have you noticed? Words used in the current COVID narrative too often leave us feeling weak, reliant, and disempowered. But, we’re not. This is just the story that has been thrust upon us, in this moment. We did not create it, but we are responsible if we choose to perpetuate it. We have the power to overcome this negativity with selective word and thought replacement.

Let’s Program Ourselves for the Positive

Start to create a positive narrative now, by actively using expansive and encouraging language. These words aren’t new; we all have them in our vocabularies. We’ve just been using them much less lately. How is this for a short list, just as a start?

Wellness
Love
Joy
Life
Birth
Creation
Beginnings
Beauty
Adventure
Playing
Cooperation
Abundance
Preparedness
Self-reliance
Independence
Celebration

When we use positive words, we raise our vibration and increase our power, as well as that of people around us. Positivity in our minds and hearts does affect the resiliency of our bodies. It keeps us in a healthier state holistically. We are then in a place of taking responsibility for our overall health, and, envisioning and creating a better future.

Taking responsibility for our words sounds simple, but it is not necessarily easy. It takes some practice and discipline, particularly when others around us try to engage us in the negative narrative. However, this is a fundamental way to exercise our own personal power to create positive change. We’ve got this!

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Your Infinite Potential

Are you happy with where you’re at in your life right now? I know, 2020 put a real damper on that thing we call “happiness”. It does not help when the mass media constantly tells us we might as well forget real happiness any time soon; we “need to” hunker down and settle for thoughts grounded in limitation.

Consider this. It’s a new year and psychologically a clean slate (if we allow it to be). Waking up and honestly addressing the root of unhappiness is the first important step to changing it. It’s just too easy to gloss it over, or numb it with small pleasures. I’m seeing way too many “jokes” out there about the weight people put on eating junk food in 2020 to salve their misery.

This article outlines six factors that require just a little effort and are likely to increase your happiness quotient. If you don’t want to read the whole article, scroll to the bottom: The formula for a happy life… 

The sky is not the limit. You are full of INFINITE possibilities. Big changes require baby steps. And the good feeling you get from a small change grows into desire to do more. It’s the ripple effect.

I’ve started a journal of my daily actions and successes, big and small, that contribute to my happiness and sense of fulfillment this year. What are you doing right now to move towards yours in 2021?

Inspirational Quotes:

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and openhearted vision of people who embrace life.”
~ John Lennon

“You learn something valuable from all of the significant events and people, but you never touch your true potential until you challenge yourself to go beyond imposed limitations.”
Roy T. Bennett

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Muhammad Ali

“The choices you make now, the people you surround yourself with, they all have the potential to affect your life, even who you are, forever.”
Sarah Dessen

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Grow Your Soul

We all experienced discouragement, and some of us even despair, in this peculiar year called 2020. This year was not “normal”, but in fact these feelings are always part of life. Perhaps it was heightened because we were feeling it collectively and globally. Every person we encountered became a potential mirror for our inner landscape.

We may not all recognize it yet, but the silver lining is that 2020 was a year of extreme soul growth. Our souls use obstacles and disappointments to learn and grow. When I look back at the most difficult challenges over my lifetime, I would not want to do them over. But when I evaluate the growth in myself, it has been tremendous. I am grateful for those soul lessons. I am stronger because of them.

When we are struggling in darkness, it can be difficult to see light. Other people can extend a loving hand, either with a different perspective, or, hands-on assistance. But in the end, we must own our inner journey. It is ours. It is we who develop the fortitude and mindset to deal with whatever life throws at us.

During one particularly tough time in my life, focusing on gratitude helped tremendously. That’s right! Really seeing and acknowledging all of the blessings, big and small, that surrounded me. I built on that. It created a positive mindset, in which I could then conceive of hope and possibilities and solutions.

Light begets light, and that which we focus on expands.

This Psychology Today article outlines small, simple actions that can bring us closer to happiness: 10 Simple Ways to Find Happiness

Inspirational Quotes:

“If seeds despaired in their darkest hours, they would never rise to enjoy their brightest days.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo

“Challenges are part of life. Overcoming them makes you a stronger person.”  ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

“A quick way to overcome your despair… is to go out and help someone else overcome theirs!” ~ Timothy Pina

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” ~  Roy T. Bennett 

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