Gratitude Attitude Return

             We are encouraged, through uncountable religious, belief systems, and spiritual paths, to Be In The Moment.  To sit in a state of grace.  To appreciate our small gifts.

             And truthfully?  They’re right.  We absolutely should.  We absolutely need to count our blessings and not our problems.  We absolutely have to spend more time being thankful and less time complaining.

             The trick is, to do it.  To capture those:

Precious Moments.

             It is (like so damn many other aspects of this long, arduous, strange journey) simple.  But not necessarily easy.

             I did some of it today, though.  I sat.  I breathed.  I rocked.  I held my grandbaby.  I stopped time for those brief and beautiful never-to-be-captured-again fleeting moments.

             It is Self-Care of the highest order.  It is about taking the time to NOT notice time.  It’s good for us.  And sometimes, that’s the best thing.

             To perfectly personify this generosity of the soul, we have an ideal validation on our card altar right now.

st nicholas of myra

“Generosity  ~  St Nicholas of Myra

You are being asked to start or continue giving time, money, assistance, or goods.  This act helps you know how much you have, and leads to a feeling of abundance that automatically attracts greater prosperity into your life.

The more you give, the more you will receive.  Contribute with joy and be totally detached from the outcome of your offering.  St Nicholas reminds us of the happiness we receive when we give to others, from the spirit of love.  

Allow yourself to be surprised at how the universe gives back to you.”

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this affirmation.

i deserve the best

I deserve the best.

And I accept the best now.

I am mentally and emotionally equipped to enjoy a prosperous and loving life.

It is my birthright to deserve all good.

I claim my good.

I deserve the best.

And I accept the best now.

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Standing Strong, Holding On

             Somewhere here, amongst our many boxes of cards and stacks of decks, there’s one which says, “don’t give up before your miracle occurs” or a similar sentiment.

             This idea has been on my mind lately, as I work every day at not losing faith.  (Faith over fear, faith over fear, faithoverfear!)

             I know that everything happens just when it needs to happen; I know that we are right where we should be; I am not floundering, there is no fear.

             But, still.  The doubts can creep in.  Stealthy and silent.  They erode our sense of stability.  They rot our foundations.

             Truthfully, I am not in a panic, nor am I currently freaking out.  The nagging, back of my mind feeling though, it’s

Kinda Edgy.

             In order to regain our equilibrium, and banish the creeping dread; to breathe through our stress, we’re being reminded of how important Self-Care always is.

             Whether it’s that Quick 3 Minutes we just reach out and cling to, wrestling it from our already overpacked day, or a full afternoon off, with no errands, no chores, no tasks to complete.   Take what is ours, that’s the key.

             It is never selfish to honour our own needs.  It is always healthy for us to be well, so that we can care for others.

             In order to validate our message to its fullest, I was directed to preciously the proper place.

self-care

“Revelation  ~

Listen to your life.

The right path will reveal itself.”

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Oracle Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Sharing:

is to show you where I go, when I’m not here.  For those who might be curious, here’s the “day” job website.

             As you look at those views of my Front Desk, keep in mind, I was sitting just out of camera-range, chatting with the photographer (when my phone wasn’t ringing, that is).  The only shot which wasn’t taken in our building is the smiley lady and her dog.

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Precarious Equilibrium

             The measurement of “success” has been on my mind lately.  Not surprising, as I have also been feeling it necessary to understand failure.  Challenging for me, since I don’t believe in mistakes.

             It’s about my tendency to bristle against societies constant competition.  And what constitutes “winning” in our warped and broken culture.

             I’ve struggled recently.  And what that usually means is I need to rest.  Here’s what I heard:

down-time.

             What’s the answer?  Why, Self-Care, obviously.  Except…. except it just isn’t always THAT obvious to us when we’re drenched in the stress, the anxiety, the conflict of weighing our ability to even leave the bed versus our family’s need for the money we bring in.

             That’s the moment we have to open our tool box and rummage around for assistance.  We have to reach out to friends and loved ones.  We have to STOP the cycle, step off the ride, pull our quilt up over our head.

             My wish for everyone who might ever come across this post (and all the others I’ve been fortunate enough to channel) is that they have as sturdy a safety net as I do.  My wish for all the planet is that we, each and every one of us, find relief, have care, discover lovingkindness, and share compassion.

             As if in answer to an unvoiced plea, we see that on our card altar, this perfect validation appeared precisely when we needed it most.

self-care

“The Resting Tree  ~  22  ~  patience, stillness

The Resting Tree is a sign for you to stop focusing and planning and be at peace in the moment.  This is the representation of nonaction and relaxation.  Patience is the key to being with this Ally.

The Resting Tree asks you to slow down, sit back, and watch the roses bloom and the birds feed in the meadow.  This isn’t the time to forge ahead in any way.

You may not be taking enough breaks, so you are invited to be still and contemplate your good fortune, even if it means blessing the chaos in your life.

This is a sign to allow everything to fall away except the stillness of the moment; it’s like living within the space between breaths.

When The Resting Tree appears, it signals that you’ve done all you can for now and it’s time to unwind, allow your story to unfold of its own accord.  You have earned the right to rest and relax.  Amazing things will come if you do.

Remember the ancient saying: we do without doing and everything gets done.”

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realms Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is this affirmation:

My life is a safe place of joy, love, and peace.

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…coeur, corazon, coracao

             Briefly, today.  Because: oh, the reasons.

             There’s so much, right now, right here, which we cannot control (or really, even fucking understand).  It’s more important than ever to lead with our hearts.

             We need to keep joy and laughter close, looking constantly for that silver lining.  We just . . . .  have to.

             Here’s where I was guided.  It basically says everything I’ve been hearing and feeling.

              There is a message in this one for everybody.

chakras

“Heart Chakra  ~

‘Love is the heart of the matter.  Your heart is the center within your physical being attuned most to love.

It’s safe for you to love and be loved with an open heart, as we stand by with perfect protection and guidance.’

The angels give you this card because the answer to your current situation and questions rest with your heart.

The more that you open your heart, the more love, joy, and peace you will feel.  You can open your heart chakra by asking the angels to send their healing energy, by visualizing your heart surrounded by pink light, by inhaling the fragrance of pink roses, by holding or wearing rose quartz, and by focusing on love.

Additional messages:

send light and love to your heart chakra

take very good care of your cardiovascular heath

a departed loved one who passed on from a heart-related condition is saying ‘hello, I love you’

have a heart-to-heart discussion

keep heart-shaped tokens and symbols close to remind you of Universal love.”

Today’s Deck:

Daily Guidance From Your Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is another type of love, one we can only understand when we spend time with children.

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Squeezed. Then sweetened.

             Another big long painful stretch of work for me, no breaks, no days off.  My (hourly) mantra has been:

attitude of gratitude, be grateful for the job.

             But, ya know, it can be challenging, and I’m not super patient.  Hopefully now that some new folks have been hired (and some of MY suggestions have been heard and enacted), we won’t be going through this sort of torture again.

             At the end of it all, here’s what I heard,

lemonade.

             By which, of course, the Universe means, when we are gifted a basket full of golden citrus fruits . . . .

we are to celebrate.  To bake.  To make healthy juices.  To zest ’em and add to every damn thing we eat.

             Last place is still worthy of a prize.  We finished, we didn’t give up.  Even if we started over, we continued on.  We arose every new day and moved through it.

             And sometimes, we drank tasty lemonade.  Because the truth is, we CAN handle it.  We WILL be fine.  We DID set this all in motion.  We ARE worth it.

             On our card altar right now is an excellent validation, and just the right type of reminder.

respect

“Skunk  ~  7  ~  Reputation

Unlike other predatory animals, Skunk does not threaten your life, but threaten your senses.

Skunk is teaching you that by walking your talk and by respecting yourself, you will create a position of strength and honored reputation.

Learn to assert, without ego, what you are.  Respect follows.  Walk tall, be proud of accomplishments you have made.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson, illustrated by Angela C. Werneke

Today’s Sharing:

is this small piece I just spotted recently.  Jot it down, hold it close, I’ll be doing the same.

Forget yesterday,

don’t worry about tomorrow,

enjoy today.

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