My beautiful friend, Kelly/Dove English of Star Compass expressed this simple and powerful share that reflects, and resonates with, my own feelings:
Forgiveness does not mean you have to allow someone back into your sphere of life. It means forgiveness. Boundaries are honored in all choices made. Forgiveness is an activity of release from blame.
Release from blame creates beauty. Forgiving is never required in a reality structure of honor for there is nothing to forgive. Just be. This is peace.
Today, or rather this eve, is one of those enchanted times I remember as a little girl and carry that magick in my heart always and all year round. I find myself singing Christmas songs no matter the time of year, especially the ones from my favorite stop-motion animations like Rudolph, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town, etc.
I’ll always be a child at heart and no matter how many times I see those movies, it’s like the first time.
So it’s no wonder that one of my favorite statements of 2013 comes from a little girl I overheard this weekend at the closure of this year. There have been a lot of profound messages and moments of inspired realizations throughout the year, but because this one is so simple and yet has so many layers of depth to it, and of course because it comes from a child, it makes it all that much more profound and memorable.
If nothing else, it’s sure to give you a giggle. 😉
Straight from the mouth of babes, comes remarkable and insightful statements that inherently have wisdom beyond their years and will surprise you. The beauty of these statements is that these children simply are speaking purity and truth, not knowing anything other than this, because they have yet to have their open channel from Source obscured with conditioning.
This weekend as we were hiking, we came across a father and his young son and daughter (likely both around the ages of 5 – 7. The son had picked up some rocks and started throwing them over the side of the hill, as we passed by. The father said to his son, “Do you remember what I said about throwing rocks?” And something to the effect of reminding him not to do that.
“Instead of throwing rocks you should eat kale.”
LOL!! I LOVE this! What depth of meaning this simple and seemingly arbitrary statement implies, as to an understanding she already has a hold of at such an early age.
I immediately giggled and asked Dave if he heard what she said. He asked me to repeat it and I told him. He said, “That’s what I thought she said, but it was so surprising that I thought I’d heard wrong.”
I said, “Nope, you heard right and that was the beauty of what she said.”
The family went on to have a very interesting and meaningful discussion we could hear for a little while, until our faster pace distanced a hill between us.
Maybe it’s just me and Dave, but we both said this was our favorite thing we’ve heard in a long time because it was so innocent and pure, yet powerful.
Rather than explain what I took away from the meaning of her statement, I’d rather it sit with you, as I think it’s more valuable to explore things for yourself with curiosity and reflection, so that you can arrive at answers that speak YOUR truth.
But I do indeed love the message of her statement, as we celebrate the light of this holiday season and welcome a new year of possibilities and change.
Wishing you much peace, compassion, and love today and always. However you choose to celebrate the holidays, I hope it is a joyous and heart-opening experience.
Speaking of which, a quick shout out to my precious “Joy” who also celebrates her 10th birthday today – also a shining example of purity, joyous love, gentle power, tenderness, serene wisdom, and childlike laughter and wonder.
After a beautiful full moon last night, I am settling in to another miracle of a day today. Although it is my 40th birthday today, to me it is simply and exquisitely another magickal day in the Earth neighborhood.
The photo pictured here is what I captured last night at 7pm and when I saw it I was reminded of one of the messages from my post yesterday – Finding Your Peace: Full Moon in Virgo & Mercury Retrograde in Pisces 2013 from Cathy Pagano that it seemed to reflect beautifully:
“Full Moons are the part of the cosmic dance when things become clear—or they turn into drama, another form of definition created by unconscious acting-out.
The truth is Full Moons can indicate the dance of true partnership, where each side is seen and valued. But you have to let yourself be seen; you have to take on the Sun’s light and let the Moon speak to you of what it wants to create. Then your purpose becomes manifesting the vision.
So take hold of your courage and dance the dance this Virgo Full Moon. Because we are being called to birth the brightest truths of our spiritual essence.”
And a cosmic dance is what I put conscious effort towards embracing each day, even if in my own little world I’ve created. 🙂
I have actually never really deliberately celebrated my birthday in any huge way that maybe others might, that I can remember. I’ve done some things that I loved, but hadn’t ever been drawn to large gatherings. I’m not sure why other than having felt drawn to more subdued celebrations that resonate at heart, and the same holds true for this year.
I find that the more you live each day fully as the miracle and joy it is with all of your heart – dance the cosmic dance that is – the more it demonstrates how every day is a celebration. Every day is fun and fulfilling because of integrating more of that core passion and authenticity with collective service and connection.
You’ll find yourself enlivened by regularly seeking quiet places and time where you can go within and be with yourself, free to “be” with your connection to the miracle of creation in and around you.
And as Cathy shared, that dance of true and balanced partnership you courageously embrace, will lead you to the core of your spiritual essence.
Having received some “balanced” gifts for my birthday including things at opposite spectrums like a new large computer screen and speakers, as well as flowers, crystal pendant, scented candles, an inner reflection calendar of gorgeous images and quotes, a peace cap…this reiterated the message from an Eckhart Tolle video we listened to and watched on the long drive home from Utah, which focused on daily and minute-to-minute balance that creates a deeper sense of connection and peace amidst all of the stimulation.
In the solitude of my inner silence I have found the paradise of unending Joy. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
More and more I find myself spending large amounts of time in nature (whether hiking, walking on the beach, or taking trips that immerse myself in the outdoors), in quiet reflection away from external stimuli, focusing on the crystals I have on my desk, snuggling and playing with my little animal companions, and doing calming things I find fun in between my work in order to recharge, stay present and connected, and create peaceful harmony within.
The intensity of my work, although creative and healing in service, can be amplifying, not to mention the amount of time I also have to spend at the computer can be challenging, and so time to just “be” in natural ways is valuable and necessary – whether that’s literally in nature, with things of nature, or being at home with what flows through me naturally.
Just a year ago, Eckhart Tolle shared some good insights on the importance of balance to avoid potential dangers of technological advances, while chatting with Bradley Horowitz of Google. The subject of his talk is: “Living with Meaning, Purpose and Wisdom in the Digital Age.”
He also touches on other valuable insights, but there are some good key points in his message to gain greater sense of clarity, peace, and joy of being alive in terms of this theme of creating balance in a world of expanding technology and being one with that cosmic dance within. I hope you find value in his message: