Another Kind of Day

             We’ve never been a family who understood the TGIF mindset.  For generations we were the weekend and evening workers.

             We covered all shifts, we were there when other folks needed time off for holidays with their loved ones.  It’s how we were raised, it’s what we instilled in our children.

             So, it throws me off when I unintentionally end up with a Sunday off.  It also reminds me of how important it is to rest.

             I mean, I know it.  I live for it.  I’m just not always able to do it.  To do it with intention.

             All I have to share today is this:

take care.  Of yourself.

             It’s okay to say “no” when you feel like a request is simply too much.  It’s fine to be selfish.  Because in truth, you are NOT.  You are caring for someone who is valuable and precious.  You are caring for You.

             It can be ANY day, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or commercial or extravagant.  But do make it special.  For you.


             This is perfection.  For me.  Please find something which speaks to you.  And pursue it.  Sit with it.  Be there.  Be You.




Educated Observations

             For days now, this message has been bouncing around in my head.  It has refused to take shape.  The edges staying blurred as I struggle with my own personal “things” versus letting go and opening up to receiving what we all need to hear.

             Partly it’s been challenging for me because the signs of winter ending are simply not welcome.  I require a much colder forecast than what’s been my reality.

            The truth though, is that weather makes a perfect metaphor for where we’re headed.  Wait a few minutes, and it’ll change.

             We are being guided in:

Acceptance Lessons

             A strong wind will blow away.  A frost will melt.  A heat wave wilts, to be replaced by a refreshing breeze.  Rain does dry, and even droughts are eventually washed into green again.

             So, too, are we moving through our journey.  Our learning changes on every level.  We begin with simple tasks, and move (hopefully) in to more complicated lessons.

             That’s our soul’s evolution.  That’s what we’re here for.  That’s the actual goal.

             When we get bogged down with the mundane, the physical, the difficulties, we forget to look at how much progress we’ve made.  We forget to notice the beauty in a tranquil sunset, or the glory that is a glitteringly gorgeous frost.

             The most basic concept, the most simple idea, that of being in the moment, appreciating the gift in front of us, is what the Universe would like us to hold lovingly close, and to take forward as we walk our path, in all types of weather, on all sorts of roads.

           And in validation, here are the two most perfect cards as illustration.

osho zen tarot

“3 of Water: Emotions


You are becoming more and more available and open to the many opportunities that there are to celebrate in life, and to share this with others.

Let your hair down, take your shoes off, and start splashing in the puddles right now!  The party is happening all around you every moment.

10 of Rainbows: The Physical

We Are The World

This view, humanity being depicted as a rainbow of dancing beings, represents a time of communication, of sharing the riches that each of us bring to the whole, it shows us joined together in joy and gratitude.

When we recognize the common source of our humanity, the common origins of our dreams and longings, our hopes and fears, we are able to see that we are all joined together in the great miracle of existence.

When we can combine our tremendous inner wealth to create treasures of love and wisdom that is available to all, we are linked together in the exquisite patterns of eternal creation.”

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

From Me to You:

             These are the reasons I still have hope.  These are the messages which pull me out of my depression.  These are the signs I find inspiration in.  And to share them, that is what brings me joy.






To Adapt

             Many of us have difficulty with Change.  “New” is not always better, in our eyes.  (I, personally, prefer nearly everything from before 1900……)

             This past year or so has been nothing BUT upheaval and challenges and different for me, for my family.  But, I’ve also embraced much of it.

             I’m not “better” at dealing with Change, but I am learning the lessons of


             And since our journey here, this life we’ve mapped out, is all about the lessons, it’s beneficial to address our success as well as our less-than-successful experiences.

             There’s no such thing as mistakes, nor failure.  So, all of the aspects involved are worthwhile.  (Some simply feel more positive than others, that’s okay, perception is as unique as we are.)

             The Universe, in Its divine and infinite wisdom, has even given us this gift of validation.  As if to say, “hey, you’re doing well, keep up the good work!”


“Opportunity  ~

Release your ties to the past.

When you let go of the old,

you make room for the new.”

             While I’m not such a huge fan of “new” I do feel willing to accept these Opportunities for the promises that they are.

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from  Instagram.

See this #tinyhouse? It's called The Vicarage, and it's some sort of #collectable (from #england, of course). Next to it, for size reference, is a #VotiveCandle. It's no bigger than a medium #pear. I found it in a #SecondHand shop recently. It called out to me (and was incredibly #inexpensive), so I brought it #home. Some days I just walk around the #SmallHouse we live in, enjoying our space, carrying my #vicarage, feeling it with my fingers, and cradling it in my hands. I like the #miniature detailed nature of it, and I really like living here. The two places are similar, linked. New post up, on the website. I'm expressing #gratitude and working to #destress. Join me? #MentalHealthAwareness #ChooseJoy #TarotCards #SelfCare #FromOurHomeToYours

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             I don’t always post when there are updates here; Social Media and I have a complicated relationship.  Sometimes there is crossover, sometimes not.  Sometimes it’s timely, sometimes it’s not.



So Insightful

             As I learn the lessons of this lifetime’s purpose, I’m surprised by how simple and direct they can often be.  Today’s message is the perfect example.

             On Thursday afternoon I was sitting in a comfy and inviting waiting area (one of my favorite things to do right now, surprisingly enough, is to sit quietly and wait) when an idea popped into my head.  (Or it was placed there, you choose.)

             This is what I heard and understood:

enlightenment = lightening/lighting up

             As in “to let go of physical attachments and darkness; weight release, both biological and metaphorical.”

             Writing it all down here, transcribing my notes, has made it even more clear.  When we hold on too tightly, to too much, we are encumbered.  We are burdened.

             There’s a very real reason why so many sacred men and women, mystics, healers, and holy people take vows of poverty and relinquish all possessions.  It directly connects to their personal enlightenment.

             What I came to know was that the more we open our hands as an intentional releasing motion, the more we are actually creating opportunities to receive, and to understand.  Because to “see the light” is bascially about BEING (the) light.

             And on our card altar right now, we’ve been handed a continuation of this concept.  (It was VERY determined to show up, too.  No mistaking that this one needed to be heard.)  It is recommended that we not only concentrate on and comprehend this message, but that we share it, widely.

archangel gabriel

“Leadership  ~

Archangel Gabriel:

‘It is time for you to assume your leadership power and position, and lovingly guide others.’

Additional Message:

‘Embrace your power in a loving way, and use it for the greater good.  I’ll guide your actions so they inspire and motivate others.  I’ll also replace any self-doubt about your qualifications with an increased desire to serve, help, and teach.

When your focus is more on ‘how may I serve?’ then you won’t worry what others may think about you.  Focus upon your strengths, the many lessons you’ve learned, and how good it feels to be a living example of following one’s Divine guidance.’

Working with Archangel Gabriel:

Gabriel can help you fearlessly tap in to your power and strength.  She’ll reassure you that it’s safe for you to be powerful and strong.  She will protect you in all ways.”

Today’s Deck:

Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Universal Truth:

Our misery comes from the mistaken belief that we are powerless.


A Matter of Evolving

             So, here’s a thing.  As you all know, my primary lesson in this lifetime is about Release.  But, I wonder, how many are drawn here for their own similar message?  (Especially in light of who sticks around and who shows up anew?)

             Our coming together, being pulled here into one place, is absolutely not by happenstance.  (Nothing ever is.)  This is no accident.  The exact spot we occupy is made sacred by our very existing in it.

             We travel to the locations, virtual or physical, which can benefit us the most.  This is a Universal truth.  A spiritual law.

             Here we all are, which then moves us to the next level……..

where does it lead?

             Do we help each other out?  Hell, yeah!  Do we support each other in all ways?  No question about it.  Does a coming-together heal?  Not a doubt about it.

             Simply being here (any lovingkindness-based location) is part of our journey.  Interacting with those who are also learning and growing and healing can do nothing BUT improve our lessons and growth.

             We are here, for our highest good, and that of those we care about.  (Here being where we sit, where we travel, where we land.)

             And on our card altar right now, within the regular rotation, we have even more validation.


“Letting Go  ~

‘I surrender joyously to the ebbing and flowing of life.’

Card meaning:

Surrender.  Relinquish control and allow Spirit to take over.  You don’t need to do everything by yourself.

All is well.  It’s time to just let it all go and enjoy the ride!  Doing so gives others permission to let go in their own lives.

The Universe wants you to know:

There are times to hold on for dear life, and times to simply throw your hands up and let go.  It’s time to release any limiting patterns, emotional attachments, or inner and outer clutter. 

Surrendering does not mean that you’re yielding to a force outside of yourself.  It means that you are allowing your soul to take over.  

Release the stress of needing to control things, wanting to determine the outcome of a situation, or expecting others to act in a particular way.  There is a simple grace and beauty that unfolds when you truly let go.

Loving spiritual help is all around you . . . . simply open your heart and let it in.

Questions to ask yourself:

Is there anything that I need to release?  Is there a person or situation that I need to let go of?  Is there anyone who needs to let go of me?


I surrender joyously to the ebbing and flowing of life.”

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

Today’s Gratitude:

is for my (many!) wonderful and generous friends.  Thank you.  Your gifts mean more to me than I can ever express.