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

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 132011
 

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“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
~ Khalil Gibran

As we walk along our spiritual path we often stumble and fall or run smack into brick walls or fall off cliffs, we may even feel as if our very being is shattering into a million tiny pieces leaving us empty, broken, useless, and lost. At those times we have a choice – we can yell at the gods for abandoning us, we can crawl inside a hard shell and lock out the rest of the world, we can stay put in a our puddle of tears and pain, or we can chose to learn and grow and take a risk of transforming the pain into something new, whole, vibrant, and healing.

What struggles have you transformed? What has helped you cope with a stressful situation?

I’ve been through many major traumas and periods of chaos in my life. I know how difficult it is to keep balanced and positive when all the energy is being sucked out of you just to get through the day and put one foot in front of the other. These are the times to reach out for help from friends, family or even public services; to make the time to nurture yourself no matter what, and to remember to connect with the earth and the sky above and draw strength from the universe, ancestors, old ones, guardian angels and other positive forces of nature.

I’m not perfect at it trust me, but I am learning and each time I face a challenging situation I manage a little bit better each time I learn and grown a little bit more. In my younger days the whole idea of “positive thinking” just made me angry (“no amount of positive thinking was going to fix my life” was my belief), and people who smiled all the time were annoying (how could any one be that happy! was the response in my head). Fortunately I’ve grown in wisdom a bit over the last 50+ years and I now see the value of positive thinking and smiling really can cure a whole lot of things and makes the day go by much more pleasantly even in the worst of times.

Learning and practicing coping skills and healing techniques is very beneficial for learning how to weather the storms. Cultivating positive habits and thoughts that reinforce the connection to spirit and love in order to stay connected even in the darkest of times. Here are some examples of some of the practices that helped me to develop the inner resources needed to transform pain into healing: a daily practice of meditation (even just 10 to 15 minutes a day), keeping a journal of inspiration, maintaining a sacred space in my home to connect with the divine, learning relaxation and breathing techniques (qi gong) for reducing stress and healing.

Over the years I’ve survived and transformed from being a victim of childhood abuse, rape, cancer, extreme poverty and much more. It wasn’t easy and I don’t sugar-coat the experiences, but I have come out the other side of the dark tunnel of these experiences whole in body-mind-spirit, happy and loving, and dedicated my life to healing and living as a wise woman. It took a lot of hard soul searching and inner self work on my part. And I also allowed myself to accept the love and support of family and friends, and the inspiration and guidance of teachers who came into my life at different times in my life.

I invite you to share your ideas on transforming pain into healing, either in comments or if you wish to write a blog post about it please leave a link.

Namaste, Lady Rose

Note: photo from an anonymous facebook post, I added the quote.

Nov 062011
 

Star tarot We Are All Stars

“Every man and woman is a star”
~ Aleister Crowley (English poet, author, philosopher, 1875-1947)

I love this quote.  It helps me to remember that our feet rest upon the Earth, our spirits pour down from the stars and our heart resides between. When we remember the truth about our essense and allow the Source of spirit to flow through us into our physical existence we can manifest the Divine within.  We can release our doubts, worry, self-criticism and allow our creativity, strengths, and love to shine and we can live our lives with humor, kindness, compassion, and healing.

Namaste, Lady Rose

Releated Posts:
We Are Spiritual Beings Having A Human Experience.
We Will All Be Stars.

Photo source Angel Paths.

Nov 052011
 

ToSeeTheWorldquote 275x300 Simplify Your Life

Keep It Simple – This is a reminder I need all the time.  One of my major goals that I have in the months and years ahead is to declutter my house.  After losing 172 lbs and reaching my goal weight of 135 lbs Jan. 2011, I am feeling strong enough and pain free enough to start tackling the huge task of sorting, cleaning and organing every room in my house.  I blogged about my journey to “declutter” my body of unneeded pounds at my blog Diet Pulpit (weight loss summary – May 1, 2006 to Jan. 1, 2001), it was a bumpy road with lots of ups and downs.  Here at Blissful Moon I will  blogging about the my adventures of my “end the clutter project.”  Feel free to share your tips and ideas, your successes and frustrations.  I look forward to sharing the journey to a more simple, relaxed, and enriching lifestyle.

A house is not the only thing that gets cluttered.  It is all to easy to for life in general to get cluttered with stress, negative emotions, complications, etc. that all drain and waste our time and energy.

Here are some suggestions and a gentle reminder to simplify your life, your rituals, your every day and connect to what is really important.

  • Nurture your energy and the flame within and it will be available to you when challenges arise unexpectedly or when you choose to challenge yourself to achieve something wonderful.
  • Take a small step each day to uncomplicate your life.
  • Toss out things you don’t need (or donate it to someone who does). Strive to own little, but enjoy more.
  • Keep a notepad handy to jot down things you want to remember so you can unclutter your mind.
  • Take a few minutes throughout the day to be “still” and just breathe, to focus entirely on being quiet and connect with your inner wisdom.
  • Evalaute your surroundings and find ways to bring joy and simple comforts to your every day – for example, if you enjoy coffee in the morning treat yourself to a good cup every morning, sip it slowly and truly taste it. By creating an oasis of simple moments of pleasure throughout the day, the outer chaos won’t seem as intrusive.

Homemade Simple (website) – ideas to help make your life more enjoyable, ways to simplify, organize, beautify, and inspire your life and keep it simple. They also offer a free newsletter.

Keep it simple, so your spirit can shine through. You will be glad you did.

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Suggested Reading:
” target=”_blank”>Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy.
” target=”_blank”>Simplify Your Time: Stop Running & Start Living! Simplify Your Life.
” target=”_blank”>How to Simplify Your Life : Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life.

Photo: this is a photo of flowers at Fernbrook farm where we have our farm share

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