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3
Aug

La Vie en Rose

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La Vie en Rose” literally translates as “Life in Pink”. Metaphorically, it translates as “looking at life through rose-colored glasses” or it infers an optimistic outlook one has on life. The song “La Vie En Rose” was sung by the legendary French singer Edith Piaf (1915-1963). Throughout Piaf’s short life was much sadness and tragedy, yet the beauty of love was a central theme in much of her music. Her life was later immortalized in the 2007 film of the same name starring actress Marion Cotillard.

Ancient and modern symbolism for the rose representing beauty and love, are often given as gifts on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year, to symbolize ones’ affection for another.

A mind-body-spirit perspective regarding the rose is to remember to “stop and smell the roses” as we work our way up the corporate ladder. Oftentimes we are so transfixed on the destination, or so busy with the minutiae of daily life, that we are not fully present in the present. We forget that it’s the process and journey that molds us into the people we become. Certainly, the destination is worthwhile, but as soon as we achieve something, aren’t we often left wanting more? There are always new literal and figurative mountains to climb, so isn’t it important to enjoy where we are at in the here and now?

Cultivating your inner rose” is to allow the beauty of the rose to shine from within you. Yes, we have heard the cliché that “beauty is only skin deep,”  although ancients describe true beauty as “radiating from within.” It’s a presence, a light, and a way of being in the world that makes one irresistible, no matter their age, gender, or ethnicity.

To cultivate your inner rose, take a few minutes each day to stop, close your eyes, and breathe deeply in inner gratitude, peace, and love. Feel this positive energy, while placing one hand on your heart and the other hand on your solar plexus. Just sit or lay quietly someplace safe for a few minutes, breathing in slowly and deeply through your nose, and out through your mouth.

That’s it! All it takes is a few minutes. If you do this in the morning, this wonderful energy will set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Do this simple exercise for a month straight and observe the positive ripples in your life!

Even if halfway through the day something happens that causes you to feel negative or “off center” (traffic congestion, kid’s screaming, boss yelling), you can always close the door to your car, office, or bathroom cubicle if need be.

Just stop, close your eyes, and breathe deeply in inner gratitude, peace, and love for a few more minutes, someplace safe. Remember, even your overbearing boss or your irritating co-worker has something to teach you.

Once you have observed the positive ripples in your life, and you are ready to “cultivate your inner rose into an inner rose garden,” you could practice mindfully eating your lunch in the park, you could take yoga or Tai Chi classes, learn to meditate, read inspirational books, eat healthier foods,  and/or volunteer to help those less fortunate.

Then there is sharing the beauty of the rose with your family, friends, and co-workers. That’s what I am doing now. I’m sharing this beauty with all of you! Sometimes just sitting on a mountain top gives me the greatest joy. You should try it sometime.

Vive la vie en rose!

2
Aug

Attachment

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“Attachment leads to suffering.”
― Gautama Buddha

To let it go
Is to know
That this is the ebb and flow
Of the universe

For, to let it go
Is to know
That all things come and go

The tide of the ocean
The rain
The seasons

All things come and all things go
This ebb and flow
This cosmic dance
This intricately woven web of life

Embrace what comes in life and embrace that which leaves you
For all comes
And all goes

In its own special time
In its own special way

All is a gift, in this cosmic dance called LIFE!

 

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28
Dec

One Heart

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Inside my heart
There is a space
It’s like a beacon of light
Full of hope
Of inspiration
Uplifted

At times my heart is like a fire
Blazing with heat
Intense
Alive

Sometimes my heart wants nothing
So full of compassion and love
It wants only to give

At other times my heart feels a longing
An aching
To know
To be
For connection
For acceptance

It searches…

My heart has felt broken
Betrayed
Fragile
Empty
Tender
Child-like

My heart feels as all hearts feel
In this feeling, we are like brothers and sisters
Connected

Like one universal heart beating
We are connected by our feeling

One heart
One love
Connected

27
Dec

12 Things I’ve Learned So Far

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1. Acquired wisdom gained over time makes one feel more aware, powerful, peaceful, connected and centered.

2. It doesn’t matter what your age is; what matters is what you choose to do with it.

3. The greatest love one can know is the love that radiates from within. It is a connection to Source and “all that is.” It is powerful and it is beautiful!

4. Do that which you are passionate about. Life is an exciting adventure! Stay passionate and inspired!

5. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living as much as it matters who you are as a person. What you do for a living is merely a vehicle for your becoming.

6. Our emotional bodies become clogged with the pain of past experiences. This pain interferes with our ability to give and receive love. We are like wounded birds attempting to fly. Love is everywhere, but our pain, insecurities, and judgments interfere with our ability to give and receive love.

7. Forgiveness and “letting go” begets healing, peace, and love.

8. Life is a journey and a process that guides us to deeper levels of BEING. How much we suffer or prosper at life depends on our ability to perceive, comprehend, learn, and grow from life’s lessons and experiences.

9. What we think, say, and do, vibrates as energy that radiates out into the universe and like energy is drawn back to us as Karma. Everything matters!

10. Sometimes the universe asks that we take a “leap of faith” into uncharted territory, which makes us fearful (The Hero’s Journey). It is when we have faith and walk through our fears that our consciousness evolves into deeper levels of BEING. The reward for this test of faith is the “new you” becomes greater than the “old you”.

11. We are co-creators with the universe. To change your life, change your thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and actions as the universe responds in kind.

12. We only have THIS precious moment, we are always at the beginning of our journey in each and every precious moment, and there are always greater levels of BEINGNESS and love that we can manifest.

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