Guided Meditation for Emotional Healing


From a lovely, loving blog I recently stumbled upon – Cupcakes and Cauldrons … just what I needed this morning – a meditation for emotional healing …. thank you, Nicole!

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“…spiritual or emotional pain doesn’t become a memory so much as a bruise …” 
~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

I was up extra early this morning, after a difficult night. My daily practice, no matter where I am or what is happening in my life, is to meditate. So I found myself rugged up against the cold night air, sitting on the steps of my veranda at the farm, looking out over the night-time landscape.

An owl came and settled in the grand old Jacaranda tree overhead. The dark sky twinkled with stars, and I knew how easy it would be to offer up my pain and torment, and to find peace and calm again within my soul.

And then I thought of you.

I thought of how much you might benefit from sitting here in meditation with me, offering up your own emotional pain to the…

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“Just Give Your Love And Don’t Look Back To See If Anyone Takes It – Ma Jaya


I read the title above quote in Arlo Guthrie’s Facebook page in which he talks about his family and his gratitudes.  It made me think ….

Our universe is in a sad place right now – be loving.

Be kind and compassionate.

Walk in the other person’s shoes before passing judgement.

Offer a hand up to someone in need.

If you cannot offer assistance, don’t forget how far

a simple hug and a word of encouragement can go.

Be truly grateful for what you have.

Find contentment, happiness is fleeting.

We are all perfectly imperfect.

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Namaste – wishing you love and kindness all the time, but especially in this wonderous season of rebirth and reflection – however you celebrate it!

Itty Bitty

Just Show Up – Motivation To Keep On Trying


While perusing LinkedIn this morning I ran across the following blog – by James Altucher.  It just hit home with me as I am feeling a bit “aged out” of the workforce and still not yet ready to stop working.  I needed this encouragement today.  Had my interview yesterday and realized that the company was doing marathon interviews all day, I walked away not truly confident – and while not having a pity party with myself, am coping with the reality that this opportunity is not going to happen.

“Just Show Up” By James Altucher

So this is part of my just showing up.

Namaste – to all my friends struggling to show up.

Itty Bitty

Facing Our Fears – “LungLeavin’ Day”


You never know who is reading your blog – or how they get to your blog- stumbling on it – following a blogger who follows you – they see your response to a comment – searching tag words – however they get to you, they do.

A week ago I received a comment (into my spam) from a young man named Cameron Von St. James, asking me to please email him back as he had something to ask me. Not something I would normally do, but as I “Googled” him and found that he was published on HuffPost, I figured it was reasonably safe.

Here is Cameron’s response –

“Hi there!
I really appreciate you getting back to me! I wanted to reach out to you to share something very special to me. I actually found your blog while searching for those who have overcome obstacles in life. I noticed that you acknowledge it and I was wondering if you’d be willing to help me with a cause that means a lot to me.

Eight years ago, my wife Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer that kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis. She had just given birth to our daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, LungLeavin’ Day was born. On February 2nd, we celebrated 8 years of Heather being cancer free!

The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage others to face their fears! Each year, we’ve gathered around a fire in our backyard with our friends and family, wrote down our biggest fears on a plate and smashed them into the fire. We celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, we celebrate life.

This year, we weren’t asking for money, or donations of any kind, we were just asking bloggers to participate and spread the word about LungLeavin’ Day. We’ve created an interactive page that tells the full story of our special day here:

(please click on their website and read about “LungLeavin’Day”)
http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday/

Although the day has passed, we hope you will still check it out and share it on your blog. It would really mean so much to Heather and I. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

Sincerely, Cameron

What an incredible young couple … survivors in this game called life … and wanting to pay it forward.  How could  I not?  At the moment, I could smash a STACK of dishes to face my fears – and think I will.  But I will also smash one for Heather, Lili and Cameron Von St. James – with the hope that they stay cancer-free and have a long, happy and wonderful life together!

Won’t you smash a few plates?  And please pass on the link to their website and their sweet story – and their effort to encourage all of us to face our fears.

Namaste – I honor you as you face YOUR fears …

Itty Bitty

Happy Saint Pattie’s Day!


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May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!

With Love, Light and Laughter …..

The Itty Bitty Boomer

Finding Love & Trust …..


Five years ago today I met the man who would convince me that it is possible to trust again and to love unconditionally again … thank you, my friend, lover and now (for one year and one month) my husband!
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And though through the first three and a half years we each struggled with our own insecurities and fears, we finally realized that we, could, indeed, surrender and simply love each other and enjoy every day we have with each other.
As I was pondering the implications of that now distant January 23, 2008 evening when we (after meeting on Match.com and spending much of a month “winking” and exchanging bits, then emails, then phone calls) first decided to talk face to face, only one thing now comes to my mind …..  and it is so true:
I Carry Your Heart ……
 
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done …by only me is your doing, my darling)
 i fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
 i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)   – e. e. cummings ~
My wish is that everyone has or finds this love …
Namaste – I honor you … and love …
Itty Bitty

18 Angels In Newton, Connecticut


18 Angels

Why did 18 angels have to get their wings this morning the way they did?  Please send your prayers, healing energies, love, hugs, tears to all the families affected in any way by this horrific tragedy.  My heart is ripping for you.

I would love to give credit to the artist for this photo … I wish I knew who you are … but thank you from my heart.

Namaste … I honor each and every one of your innocent souls.