Dec 182011
 

PrayforPeace Pray For Peace

At this holiday season when every day is hectic and everyone seems distracted with shiny objects and shopping, a little reminder to remember Pray for Peace,

Pray for Peace

Pray to whoever you kneel down to: Jesus nailed to his wooden or marble or plastic cross, his suffering face bent to kiss you, Buddha still under the Bo tree in scorching heat, Adonai, Allah, raise your arms to Mary that she may lay her palm on our brows, to Shekinhah, Queen of Heaven and Earth, to Inanna in her stripped descent.

Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, Record Keeper of time before, time now, time ahead, pray. Bow down to terriers and shepherds and siamese cats. Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries.

Pray to the bus driver who takes you to work, pray on the bus, pray for everyone riding that bus and for everyone riding buses all over the world. If you haven’t been on a bus in a long time, climb the few steps, drop some silver, and pray.

Waiting in line for the movies, for the ATM, for your latté and croissant, offer your plea. Make your eating and drinking a supplication. Make your slicing of carrots a holy act, each translucent layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.

Make the brushing of your hair a prayer, every strand its own voice, singing in the choir on your head. As you wash your face, the water slipping through your fingers, a prayer: Water, softest thing on earth, gentleness that wears away rock.

Making love, of course, is already a prayer. Skin and open mouths worshipping that skin, the fragile case we are poured into, each caress a season of peace.

If you’re hungry, pray. If you’re tired. Pray to Gandhi and Dorothy Day. Shakespeare. Sappho. Sojourner Truth. Pray to the angels and the ghost of your grandfather.

When you walk to your car, to the mailbox, to the video store, let each step be a prayer that we all keep our legs, that we do not blow off anyone else’s legs. Or crush their skulls. And if you are riding on a bicycle or a skateboard, in a wheel chair, each revolution of the wheels a prayer that as the earth revolves we will do less harm, less harm, less harm.

And as you work, typing with a new manicure, a tiny palm tree painted on one pearlescent nail or delivering soda or drawing good blood into rubber-capped vials, writing on a blackboard with yellow chalk, twirling pizzas, pray for peace.

With each breath in, take in the faith of those who have believed when belief seemed foolish, who persevered. With each breath out, cherish.

Pull weeds for peace, turn over in your sleep for peace, feed the birds for peace, each shiny seed that spills onto the earth, another second of peace. Wash your dishes, call your mother, drink wine.

Shovel leaves or snow or trash from your sidewalk. Make a path. Fold a photo of a dead child around your VISA card. Gnaw your crust of prayer, scoop your prayer water from the gutter. Mumble along like a crazy person, stumbling your prayer through the streets.

pray for peace – ellen bass

Happy holidays and bright blessings, Lady Rose

Dec 112011
 

WordsHavePower 300x244 Words Have Power
Every word spoken or written has the power to make a difference for good or for bad. Change your words, change your thinking, change the world. Take a minute to watch this video and with a little change in perspective and a few well chosen words who knows what you can accomplish.


Link to video: The Power of Words

This video’s simple message is inspiring, and is a gentle reminder to use words wisely. As I strive to live life as a wise woman, it is important to remember that “words have power” and can impact the world and people around us.

Remember to chose your words wisely – each word spoken builds the quality of your life and those around you.  What affect do your words have:

  • bless or curse?
  • heal or harm?
  • expand or constrict?
  • nourish or poison?
  • loving or hateful?
  • uplifting or insulting?
  • encourage or discourage?
Be careful with your words and use them wisely.

Dec 052011
 
ManifestLife Manifest the Life You Desire

Manifest the Life You Desire

After an awesome morning on Friday selecting (or being chosen by) a healing drum, I spent the rest of the day with my friend Joan Bright and then in the evening we went to the Banana Factory in Bethlehem PA for an art gallery event, where her friend Stephanie Smith was also celebrating the grand opening of her art studio. I had no intention of buying anything but enjoyed browsing all the wonderful art work. One piece I found myself holding and felt the urge to get it, but it didn’t have any “purple” (my favorite color) in it, and I didn’t want to just have an impulse buy so I decided to put it down and enjoy the evening and see how I felt about it later. But every time I went to put it back, I kept “feeling” resistance and the thought “but what if someone else bought it” kept going through my mind. So I would hold it for awhile and then return to it’s spot and try to put it down again, this kept happening over and over – I was really determined to NOT just purchase an impulse buy. After awhile Joan noticed that the painting must be “stuck to my hand” since it seemed I couldn’t put it down. We both chuckled about it, and after awhile I just gave in and realized the painting was coming home with me. Once it was paid for and safely mine, I could put the painting down and free my hands to drum for awhile and browse the other artists in the building.

The painting “Manifest the Life You Desire” is now hanging in my bedroom in a spot where I will see it first thing every morning. What a wonderful reminder to start each day with. I think it is part of the gentle nudging the Universe has been doing to make sure I keep moving along my path as a healer, growing, expanding, learning, and teaching.

Here is a collection of photos of Stephanie’s Art:

StephanieSmithArtist Manifest the Life You Desire
About Stephanie Smith, Mandala Art, mixed media artist – (from Facebook Artist Page):  Stephanie utilizes a diverse range of media such as pen and ink, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, colored pencil, markers, and pastel. Impermanent mandalas are created using chalk, sand, stones, sticks, and seashells. Stephanie not only creates these works of art as a way to encourage personal growth within herself, but also in the participants of her interactive personal growth workshop entitled: “Mandala: An Artful Meditation” in which her goal is to encourage creativity without fear of judgment.  Stephanie has conducted this workshop at nationally recognized retreats such as The Summer Rhythm Renewal in Loretto, PA, The Great Rhythm Revival in Sherman, NY, Circle of Trees Retreats in Milford PA and at The Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA.  Stephanie is also the author of the blog Spiritual Evolution of the Bean.

I’m looking forward to visiting Stephanie’s studio again and reading her blog often.

Namaste, Lady Rose

Related Post:  Chosen by a Healing Drum

Nov 272011
 

YinYangSunMoon 300x225 The Promise of TomorrowThe Promise of Tomorrow
~ Jamie Sams ~
“Earth Medicine”

The promise Creator gives us
Comes with every new day,
The gift of breath, the gift of life,
Opportunities in a vast array.
How do we count our blessings,
Through the choices life can bring?
Is it through joyful lessons?
Or the fears to which we cling?
Are we learning to show gratitude,
For the victories over human pain?
By honoring the feeling choices,
We grasp the will we’ve regained.
Can we change our focus,
With no need to defend?
Acknowledging joy and sorrow,
Without judging foe or friend?
Tomorrow promises the fullness
Of every human way to know:
How we master each challenge
Determines our balance –
reflecting how we grow.

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I enjoy collecting inspirational quotes, poems and various writings and when I find one that is particularly thought provoking or enlightening I will share it here. I hope you enjoy this Native American quote.

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Nov 202011
 

SingBodyElectric We Will All Be Stars

I sing the body electric
I celebrate the me yet to come
I toast to my own reunion
When I become one with the sun

And I’ll look back on Venus
I’ll look back on Mars
And I’ll burn with the fire of ten million stars
And in time
And in time
We will all be stars

I sing the body electric
I glory in the glow of rebirth
Creating my own tomorrow
When I shall embody the earth

I Sing The Body Electric We Will All Be Stars
from the movie Fame We Will All Be Stars, lyrics by Wade Lassiter

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It’s good to remember we all come from the stars, that we are not just our physical body.  So let’s sing out loud and celebrate our “electric” (spirit) body and let our inner wise woman (or man) shine brightly.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

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We Are Spiritual Beings Having A Human Experience.
We Are All Stars.

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