I have been blessed with many moments of kindness by complete strangers. Most of them simple, but they stay with me. I often reflect on them, and hope that I have also shared kindness with those unknown to me.
Roughly thirty years ago I was working in a bicycle shop in Sacramento, California. I loved it! I had eclectic coworkers and I received discounts on bikes and gear. After two years, I was ready to move on to a new adventure. I wanted to ride a mountain bike from Sacramento to Moab, Utah. My route was drawn on a map and I purchased the camping gear needed.
I was young and my entire life plan only took me to Moab; I was open to what the Universe offered me.
The trek was going to begin in June. I chose the roads least traveled, combined with some of our National Parks. I was planning a solo adventure, when a frequent customer, at the bike store suggested he join me. I don’t remember thinking it was either good or bad; just a different plan.
We picked our start date. Packed our paniers and slowly pedaled out of Sacramento. Our days were scarce of people. It was hot, dry and frequently windy. The route took us thru California, Nevada and into the four corners before heading to Moab, Utah. Along the way, Jeff decided he was no longer having fun. We were camping in Great Basin National Park, when he unexpectedly hitched a ride out of the park with some of my gear and a camera.
The morning of his great escape, we had made plans to meet at the bottom of a long hill. I coasted down the hill and waited… and waited. Eventually a park ranger came by. He knew of our plan. He also saw Jeff climb into a truck, with his bike. I never saw Jeff again.
I was now traveling solo; and not disappointed. I was however, dispirited that I had to pedal back up the long hill and reorganize my gear, before I could begin again. This meant a delayed start and much more time in the intense sun of Nevada.
The ranger offered me the opportunity to stay with him and a friend, one night. This allowed me to reorganize, refuel and rest before I started on my new adventure. I still remember his kindness. He helped me navigate a negative situation, and I got a rest day.
I can easily remember acts of kindness from strangers. I don’t remember any acts of unkindness from strangers. Certainly they occurred, they just didn’t hit home. They didn’t leave a mark. Is this selective forgetfulness some strange phenomenon that protects our heart and our connection to humanity?
There is a distinct difference in the acts of kindness with strangers versus people we know. If we don’t have a history, we have no prior connection. The kindness is a beautiful act standing alone.
What are the elements of kindness? I believe kindness is composed of a pause, observation, courage, compassion, and an open heart. We recognize the potential connection with another and show respect to another. Namaste.
When we are kind, our hearts are wide open. We have paused and taken the time to observe. Compassion guides us to reach out and connect. We both feel and respect the open heart connection.
Perhaps the unkind acts are not remembered because if the heart is not opened, a connection was not made.
If a person is acting unkind; there is no open heart to make a connection with. The unkindness has no place to leave a mark. With this point being recognized; we do remember the unkind acts of those we love, because our heart is open in anticipation of love. When unkindness finds the way to an open heart forgiveness is the miracle.
Is it possible to practice only kindness in life? What would we need to do? What would our life feel like?
We can live in a world of kindness and open heart experiences. It begins with each of us.
The first step is creating and living in an environment where we feel safe. Practice meditation and prayer. These help you pause, observe and live with an open heart. Be kind to yourself, this also keeps your heart open. Create a life that has open spaces. This means you have time for solitude. You have time for ease.
Kindness also requires a brave heart. Be willing to reach out to someone or something. Fear doesn’t rule a kind person’s heart. Be willing to experience compassion and set another free from their pain. Recognize their heart and your heart contain the same light and connection; we all do.
Our lives move much slower in a kind world. We observe more, speak less. We are fearless and compassionate. We celebrate all moments of grace.
The beauty of this is, we each have the ability to live in a world of gentleness in this moment. We don’t need to wait for a miracle or a shift; the miracle and shift is waiting for us.
On a side note: This summer I’m off for another adventure. I don’t have it mapped out. I’m not sure who is joining me. I’m open to the Universe. I will blog about it.
Call in all miracles of life, death and rebirth. This moment is to be shared. Imagine every sweet thought, word and moment of Grace intertwined together in a story that lasts a life time; eternity. This is the fabric of your mind.
This awareness of kindness and compassion is a step away, a thought away from living a life of indescribable thoughts and experiences. The kindness and compassion is a gift for you to see how we are all interchangeable. I am you.. You are I.
Understand that we are all ONE, in every moment. Call for the awareness of compassion to guide us to our highest potential.
Within the peak of our awareness, thoughts occur... They are of the highest frequency, the brightest colors the most melodic and beautiful sounds. This is where only love is shared and created... the thoughts fill what once was understood as space; what once was understood as time. Eternity is a shift of perception; an awareness of the heart, an opening of the mind…
Let us see one another in the light of love... Let us hold one another in the arms of love. Let us call love and light in...
Let us be thoughtful.
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I will be holding a special opportunity for healing and intuitive growth in Arizona, March 2nd. Information will be shared on my website and Facebook in the next couple days.
I will be holding a gathering in Anchorage March 31st. This will also include Brenda of Camai Healing. This will also be on my website and Facebook soon.
Enjoy the last of January and make February memorable!
Years ago while driving my daughter through icy streets, she shared something interesting. She felt time standing still. Sometimes she watched for the pause while I drove. Chloe would pick an area in front of the car and then close her eyes. When she reopened her eyes, everything outside and inside the car was exactly the same. Logically she should have seen a different part of the road. I’m sure there is an easy explanation. I choose to think the reason is part cosmic and part scientific.
I inquired if she still saw colors around people. Her response was, “Yes, when I think about it”. I understand this. All it takes to connect to an expanded world, is to think about, and feel the expansion. When she was much younger she was afraid there was something wrong with her eyes. She saw colors that other people did not. Eventually she shared with me the colors of her world.
She is not alone; many children experience the ability to easily live in an expanded, or more supple world. They may see images or hear sounds that others can’t. Gradually some children loose this ease of connection. Our adult understanding of the world shadows over their sweet version of life.
The following day Chloe and I were talking about a classroom situation that was stressful. When we pulled up to the school I asked her to imagine sending love, peace, and happiness into the classroom and building. She quickly sent the love and jumped out.
Much later I inquired about the school day. There were no hurt feelings or unkind words through- out the entire day. Was it the simple intention of sending peace and love into the building?
I have learned the easy process of connecting to peace, calm, and even Angelic protection. It really is a one step process. Think and imagine peace and calm. Instantaneously you will feel peace and calm.
In Alaska we continue to experience Earthquakes. Some quakes are small and occur when it is light out. Others have been sizable and come in the dark. This has been happening in temperatures hovering around 0 Fahrenheit. The shaking, rumbling, cold and dark has been eating away at my peace and calm.
I wonder what the world is trying to tell us.
I have lived in Alaska for almost 18 years. The Summers are magical. The sun light and green plants almost last forever. There is a sense of freedom to explore land that is not built up by man. Your body doesn’t need as much sleep. The energy is light and quick moving.
In the Alaskan winter the energy feels dense and slows down. Most of the trees have lost their leaves. The sun does not fully rise in the sky and only a tiny bit of light is offered. The temperatures drop. We spend more time inside. Alaska in the winter doesn’t share subtle messages. The Earth speaks loudly here.
As I feel and hear the Earth speak, I try to interpret the messages. I watch the dogs react to the changes. I see the birds fly, and wonder if they feel the shifting. I recognize now is the time to send the energy of peace and love to our planet.
Let each of us imagine every part of our world is bathed in the light of love. We only need to think of it. It is not necessary to be in a temple, climb a mountain or even light a candle. It is so easy, think of love and experience love. This is living with a supple heart.
Suppleness is the ability to flow from fear or sadness to comfort and love with just a thought. Sometimes, as we age our hearts don’t expand with the gentleness and grace of our younger years. There might be pauses or difficulty connecting to a higher vibration energy. Perhaps collectively our consciousness is shifting, and finding easier ways to form a remembered connection. Maybe this consciousness is causing the jolts and shifting of the Earth.
Maybe our human consciousness is beginning to blend in with the healing energy of the Earth and together we create a new understanding of life.
Or maybe the Earth is showing us the way to live a supple and graceful life. In this perfect moment of stillness our hearts are expanding and the Earth is watching.
Imagine the gift of just observing human kind. Imagine watching when people are experiencing shame, fright and fear. You also observe the experience of courage, joy and pure love.
The energy of joy creates a vortex that pulls love, courage and all the sweetness of life into it. This vortex is always around you, even part of you. Feel it.
The energy of fear and loneliness creates a separate vortex. Your thoughts can pull you into this experience just as they can pull you into the experience of love.
These ribbons of consciousness or human awareness are always expanding and contracting in accordance to your beliefs and thoughts, even emotions. You have the ability to control what you want to experience in your life. Start with your emotions. Observe what and who brings you into the vortex of love. This is meant to guide you deeper into the world where only expressions of love remain.
Higher up we no longer connect with anything but love. The rest has been released and transformed into love. There are no words, thoughts or comprehensions of anything but love.
As you explore even deeper into our world, you experience the ability to review your entire existence with the notion of love. Every act, thought and word is reviewed. You see the ripples caused by your kindness and insight. You see the gifts you have shared with others. You experience the gratitude again and again.
You fall in deeper and deeper and see how others have shared with you. Their kindness, words and actions triggered a memory of awareness in your heart. You understand the gifts in each lesson. You witness every miracle that occurred. In recognizing that everything can be viewed with the emotion and connection to love, nothing else exists.
It is impossible to experience anything but love.
The energy all around you and with-in you is love.
Only love remains.
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Blessings and love.
As I crested the top of a hill I spotted two and then three hot air balloons. They were so distant, that I could not make out the individual colors. The balloons were both beautiful and inspiring. The way they moved through the air on wind currents reminded me of someone moving gracefully through life. The vantage point they shared from high above the ground, offered a greater scope of our world and thus our connection. Both the grace and the ability to observe on a large scale, reminded me of living a conscious life.
The following day my family and I were gifted the opportunity to visit a Horse and Human Sanctuary; Tierra Madre. As I opened the gate into the sanctuary we all felt the powerful healing energy. The gate protects everyone and everything in the sanctuary; only open hearts are allowed inside.
There was a small wild rabbit just inside, observing our entrance. Soon we were greeted by a dog. We learned the dog had been rescued from the side of the freeway. We found it easy to leave everything but love and inspiration outside. The sanctuary is a safe place for all.
Christine, our contact, met us by the stables. She has been involved with the sanctuary for years. In the beginning she worked as a volunteer. This allowed her the opportunity to not only see how the horses had impact on her life, but how the sanctuary as a whole affects people. Eventually she received training as a coach. She now offers therapeutic coaching with the horses.
I could see her kindness as a person, but also recognized how the sanctuary experience brought out a strength in her. She shares this strength and resiliency with others. This is her gift, helping others find their personal power in the presence of the horses. People learn how to connect to their strength and how to keep the connection outside the gates of the sanctuary.
As we were introduced to the horses we learned of their stories. Some of them had a history on race tracks, some were wild horses. One had belonged to a family that was offering the horse as live feed to lions. Each of them had an amazing life story. Most of them also had suffered injuries both physical and emotional. Many of them were very old. Besides being destined for slaughter, all of them had something in common. They had nowhere else to go. Tierra Madre saved their life.
Jim the founder of the sanctuary reminds me of a huge display of colorful fireworks. He grabs your attention and shares his soul with you. Jim has fully embraced his life as guardian of the gated sanctuary, and all it holds.
As we toured the sanctuary we could choose to see the horses as farm animals, or see them as sentient beings that carries the love of the Universe.
I know that part of living a conscious life style is recognizing that everything carries the energy of our creator. Thus we must recognize each and everything as the creator. This is why our ability to observe on a greater scale, the impact of our life choices, is so important. As soon as we recognize that a life choice is causing harm; we must let it go. This is conscious living.
Conscious living or living with the intent of recognizing our creator in all, is a choice. It is a choice that brings you into a vortex of love.
Jim shared two stories that stuck with me. One was of a guest that visits the sanctuary to experience peace. This person takes medication to quiet scary voices in her head. She visits the horses because they also quiet the voices. Two of the horses carry the voices completely away. This guest experiences the gift of safety at the sanctuary.
The next story included a picture. More than once hot air balloons have dipped from high in the sky, to skimming just above the tree line of Tierra Madre. They then rise back into the blue sky. This supported my belief that the animals and people held safe within the sanctuary have created an energetic vortex so powerful it can pull you in and change your life.
Just as the sanctuary has an energetic vortex; you can also create an energetic vortex. Live your life with an open heart. See the energy of our creator in everything. Observe the effects of your life choices. As you increase your observation, you will discover a world of less reaction and more appreciation. You will find yourself experiencing a vortex of love, abundance and intuitive awareness.
Living with an awareness of all that is and weaving love into each thought and each vision is our greatest gift. The world of creative love and thought is found within each and every-one of us. This creative world of thought hears us and calls to us.
It is with open heart and faith that we find ourselves fully immersed in the place of only love. You can safely experience the vortex of love that pulls and tugs at your heart and mind.
The energy brings shifts and quakes into your world. Your thinking begins to allow other possibilities into your mind. Your awareness begins to include the awareness of others. The collective consciousness of all.
You begin to live in a world of miracles, healing and unlimited possibilities. This energy is calling to you. Allow yourself to believe that you are much more than the physical.
Your entire being is calling for love and light. This being is so much greater than the physical, even emotional energy you recognize as self. You are all that you see, all that you know, all that you imagine.
It is time to trust in the awareness of your part in creation with the Divine.
It is time to open your heart and mind to the possibility of love and suffering that occurs anywhere, also occurs deep within you.
You alone can end all suffering.
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Thannk you so much to the wonderful people and animals of Tierra Madre Horses Sanctuary. Our family is so inspired by the love that everyone extended to us. Check out the beautiful photos and stories on their website.
One last story is of a student volunteering on the sanctuary. Her high school required community volunteer hours to graduate. She fell in love with the horses and the possibilities. She now has her master’s degree and continues to work at the sanctuary.
Blessings of love and compassion to guide us each through the new year.
A plow was loudly pushing the snow from our drive way. I waited in the softly lit hallway with the dogs. I had just finished my morning meditation and was not prepared for the noise of the blade bumping and scraping on the driveway or the loud engine running.
As the truck pulled away I let the dogs out. I followed them into the snow. The contrast was amazing. I was surrounded by silence. Snow was gently falling. The lights glowed in the darkness. I felt peace all around me. Watching our dogs, run made me smile. It was a morning like many others; but perhaps the contrast helped me recognize the presence of peace.
One of my favorite traditions comes with the New Year. I love writing goals that lead to celebrating success.
The magic of the New Year shines brightly with possibilities. For years our family has taken part in the ritual of writing down goals for the New Year. When our children were young we helped them. Now they are independent in this practice. Goal writing is an exciting process. The action of putting dreams down on paper; cultivating them with inspiration, and watching how they come to life, is like unwrapping an endless gift.
It is really fun to check in during the year. Look at your life. Maintain the awareness of your dreams and intentions. This brings them to fruition.
Before we celebrate the arrival of new possibilities, we need to say goodbye and thank you to the adventures of the previous year. Allowing this transition to take place; automatically offers you the choice to let go of what you don’t want. Energetically, now is a great time to let go of bad relationships, poor health, imagined lack, and anything else undesired. The first step is to look at these items differently. Notice what you gained from these situations. What did they bring into your life? Connect to gratitude. They served a purpose; maybe they offered contrast.
It is up to you to release the unwanted back into the Universe. Tell the Universe thank you, I am now done with this experience. This opens wide, the door for your new inspired year.
There are many approaches to setting goals. Writing them down is a way of showing you are serious and committed to experiencing your desired life. I usually write mine in a planner. I want to be able to easily review them.
I also use the New Year as a time to write my visions of love, peace and accomplishments for my loved ones. These goals are almost like prayers. This also helps me recognize how I can support my family through the year.
Creating goals in all areas of life keeps fresh inspired thoughts in all you do. If you can’t find an intention for an area of your life; it is time for a change.
Make some small goals that are easy to attain. Be sure to celebrate all success. Enjoy the process of creating and receiving your dreams. If you have a huge goal, for example becoming a doctor. Write it down. Also write down what you need to do now. Maybe currently you are focusing on getting good grades as a freshman in college. Write the long term and short term goals down.
Most importantly is connecting to the joy of calling your dreams to life. Set a specific time to write your goals. Create a little personal ceremony. Light a candle. Allow yourself to really connect to how you will feel when you achieve your goals. Enjoy the experience of living your life with intention.
The last piece of successful goal writing is recognizing fear has no place in the process.
Writing down goals also helps me stop and enjoy not only my success, but the moment of now. I feel eternity and all possibilities when I pause and connect to the Universe. Living a life with intention is the act of recognizing the power every moment.
Behold in the brilliance of your awareness.
Deep within, you know the patterns that are used to create the dreams that become reality...
Your Universal wisdom has the ability to create and manifest all that you desire or all that you fear. Universal consciousness allows the magnificent tool of contrast to help guide us.
We are given the ability to see both sides of all that is. Compassion rises from this.
In truth it is no longer needed to live or experience the reality that is not of joy, or based of love. We are no longer tied to the vision of unrest or fear. We are completely free to experience only the highest form of expansion...
Your thoughts, your mind, and your soul resonates with the likeness of you. The likeness of you is love and pure potential... There is no other.
Humanity mistakenly has fear and love tangled together.
We call you to a world that is of pure love and light
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Blessings and love,