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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Merci, Gracias

             This afternoon went delightfully well, what with grandbaby holding, a nice meal out, and some sewing room projects.  The entirety of which brought our message through, loud and clear.

             Because, as beautiful as those hours where, they were brief.  My time with loved ones, crafts I enjoy, self-care moments, they all fly by due to an unbalanced amount of on-the-clock time (and overtime).  There is an uncomfortably rushed undertone to all that I’ve been doing lately.

             The Universe would like us to address this, and look at

Appreciation.

             We are being asked to take a sec, just that quick few minutes, and really wrap our gratitude around us like a cozy old quilt.  FEEL how warm and comforting it is.  Hold on to it, enjoy it, be there with it.  Be in those precious experiences while they’re happening.  Fully.

             Additionally, if there’s anything in our lives right now, anything we can acknowledge and appreciate involving others . . . tell them!  We must honestly reach out and say Thank You.

             Whatever it is we are grateful for, we absolutely HAVE to tell/show/offer our appreciation.  Say it outloud, say in a text, say it in card we mail with a damn stamp.  Just so long as we say it.  Just so long as we appreciate these gifts.

            As the perfect validating reminder, here’s what appeared on our card altar.

life

“Life  ~

Since we all have chosen our charts, life is an individual learning experience, like classes we take in school.”

Affirmation:

I do my best to pass my charted courses so that my soul may reflect Divine magnificence, as I live my life in Joy and with Love.

Today’s Deck:

Heart and Soul Guidance Cards by (the late) Sylvia Browne

Today’s Sharing:

is to say that, true, I do not believe in the commercialized version of Valentine’s Day.  I do, however, believe wholeheartedly in the value of letting our loved ones know how we feel.

             Sending love, far and wide, from me to you.  I appreciate each and every one of you, any and all who may be reading this post.

             Thank you, for being here, and for being you.

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