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Chill Out & Relax

Ah, sweet spring! Springtime is an amazing gift, when the Earth brings us back to a place of renewal and remembrance that all things are possible in an infinite universe. Its sweetness is fleeting, so…

I’m making today a time to relax, unwind, chill out, play. I’m very good at work; not so much at play. If you are the same, try to make some time today to soak up some sunshine. Or, dust off that umbrella if need be, and do a little rain.

Whatever she’s doing in your neighborhood, try to get outdoors and enjoy some Nature. She never fails to slow us down and unbend our minds, returning us to the true center of our being.

Inspirational Quotes:

“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.” ~ Suzanne Collins

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ~ Pablo Neruda

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” ~ Hal Borland

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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Power of The Creative

In this modern world that prays to technology and the almighty dollar, some might ask, “What true value does art have?” My reply to them is, “Plenty”. If that were not the case, we would not see mass-produced prints and souvenirs with Van Gogh’s masterpiece “The Starry Night” perpetually evaporate from store shelves worldwide.

Creatives (artists, musicians, writers, etc.) and their work touch our souls, in ways that many people may not readily see or acknowledge.

Creativity Speaks to Us

Some artists paint simple pretty pictures; others create at the level of grand vision and spectacular works of art that the whole world embraces. Is one any more important than the other? If the little painting rendered by a child touches your heart, it is magnificent in its way as any famous masterpiece that may do the same.

This holds true of course for any creative soul, one who expresses themselves through the arts. At its very root, why is this so important? Creatives do not just show us the deeper essence of life in their work. They also remind us that we are all creative at our very core. Society and the grind tend to stifle that part of us. We can easily forget.

Creativity is about heart and soul. It feeds and inspires us to find more in ourselves. So I would argue, in this modern but ofttimes cold technological world, we need to get in touch with that part ourselves more than ever.

Inspirational quotes from Vincent Van Gogh:

“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.”

“What is done in love is done well.”

“I can’t change the fact that my paintings don’t sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture.”


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Love is the Glue

It’s the main lesson we all came here for – To learn to love better. It’s the force that draws us inexorably together, the glue that will not allow us to give up on each other. It’s our greatest challenge and our biggest source of miracles.

There are many types of love, they were categorized and named by the Ancient Greeks, and as was well demonstrated by my excursion to the Galapagos Islands and an interaction with the tame wildlife there: A Little Love Story

How will you expand your personal realm of love today? Humankind has waxed poetic about love for eons, here are just a few hand picked quotes…

Inspirational Quotes:

“Where there is love there is life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” ~ Nicholas Sparks

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” ~ Sophocles

“The more one judges, the less one loves.” ~ Honoré de Balzac

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa


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All is a Dream

Have you asked yourself lately, “What is real?” The natural world is real, nature is real, you are real, but everything you observe around you in society is a humankind-made and enforced matrix.

Lately do you feel like you have entered a nightmare over which you have no control? The matrix of society is built on ever-shifting sand, where individuals at the top of the social hierarchy constantly make up new rules for us.

When I was a child, I had several recurring lucid nightmares that haunted me night after night, until my consciousness realized that I did not have to play the victim. I had the ability to think my way through the problem and control the outcome.

When I came to that realization and experimented with it, the fear-induced dreams ended. Whatever part of my psyche that was susceptible to the fear was overruled by my deep  desire and then intention to overcome it.

Why is our awake time in this world any different? We can play victim to the fear spun in this authority and media contrived matrix, or we can decide that we will have intention to manifest a different outcome ourselves.

What will be your dream of life today? Theirs, or yours?

“Time is an illusion.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very
persistent one.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“I have realized that the past and future are
real illusions, that they exist in the present,
which is what there is and all there is.”
~ Alan Wilson Watts

“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for
the spider is chaos for the fly.”
~ Charles Addams

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The Word “No”

Many people, it would appear, are disillusioned with the status quo. At the root of their dissatisfaction is the gradual loss of higher principles in society. Important ideals such as truth, integrity, and responsibility are landing on the garbage heap.

Good people don’t like it. Deep down they know, these fundamental principles (and others) are the foundation of the type of society they want to inhabit.

The wind of change is blowing, and it carries on it the word “No”. It’s time for a new vision, a new way of being.

Do you have a vision in your mind of what a good world would look and feel like? We can’t focus on all the negativity to achieve that. We must hold a vision and intention for the new. But first, we must say “no” and turn our backs on the old.

Inspirational Quotes:

“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.” ~ Ernst Fischer

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” ~ Tom Schulman

“Civil unrest occurs when the feelings of overwhelming powerlessness hit critical mass.” ~ Michael Connelly

“Few travelled in these days, for, thanks to the advance of science, the earth was exactly alike all over. Rapid intercourse, from which the previous civilization had hoped so much, had ended by defeating itself. What was the good of going to Peking when it was just like Shrewsbury? Why return to Shrewsbury when it would all be like Peking? Men seldom moved their bodies; all unrest was concentrated in the soul.” ~ E.M. Forster 


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