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Good people are everywhere.

I know how evil humans can be, and I’m watchful. But, I know something else, too: bad people are rare. Good people are everywhere.

To that I’d like to add: AMEN!

The quotation is from Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attacks, who lost both of  his legs when the first bomb went off at his feet. He learned much later that he had been standing right next to one of the bombers. Jeff feels that he was lucky to have survived. After nine months of healing & rehabilitation, he is home & learning how to walk with his prosthetic legs. Bauman’s book, Stronger, was excerpted in Parade magazine, March 23, 2014.  Parade.com to learn more about Jeff.

To leave an inspiring message for Jeff, go to facebook.com/parademag.

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Our next steps as we move forward…

Sadness
by GYA today

In times of immense and senseless tragedy we are appalled at what mankind is capable of doing to others. We feel vulnerable, sad, angry, helpless. We can offer our condolences, prayers, and assistance, but we cannot eliminate the pain. This we must all endure.

For the future, however, we must re-commit ourselves to kindness, tolerance, and compassion towards all, so that atrocities which lie ahead of us might hopefully be fewer and less painful. We can take a more active role in looking out for one another, in supporting and helping one another.

Also, we can look for the good in one another and actually believe in that Divine spark that is in each of us. We can know that regardless of future events, we at least made a genuine effort to foster harmony, wellness, and tranquility in our world.

May the innocent children and the courageous educators of Sandy Hook school who lost their lives on December 14, 2012 rest in peace. May their families, friends, co-workers, fellow students, and the community of Newtown eventually find peace and acceptance.

Paul Mark Sutherland
Give Yourself Away

[Note: My additions are in italics. LL]

Learning to listen to your Heart…

Early abuse, shame, violence and fear compelled me to think critically about decisions of the heart. My concept of self-mastery evolved from that early bias toward thought over feeling: the mind must control the passions of the heart. However, my idea was born from a wounded heart and the raw emotional tempest it stormed.

But through years of support of my family and friends, and daily effort to heal and embrace the gifts of my circumstances, my wounds healed and my bias shifted to the push of my heart over the pull of my mind. When you come from a centered place of peace within, then the mind no longer needs to paralyze your passion.

The Mind can only ask, ‘WHY?’ before it is decides. And it should.

But the Heart when healed asks, ‘FOR WHOM?’ before it commits.Commitment binds much deeper than decision for when confidence fails – when evidence compels you to quit and run away – the decision your mind had made, wavers and falters. However, despite the weight of evidence to give up and stop pursuing your dreams – when your confidence fails – if your heart has committed, your courage will remain to fight on. Therefore, “When at a conflict between the Mind and the Heart, follow the Heart.” ~ Vivekanand
Where I once, from a place of wounding, necessarily favored the scrutiny of the mind, healed of the burden I no longer carry, I favor the guidance of my heart in committing to helping and loving others.”Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is power.” ~ Lao Tzu

But…

Though, self-love is necessary, it is insufficient for a fulfilling life. Only love fills the soul.

Very Respectfully,
Scott Sonnon
www.facebook.com/ScottSonnon
www.positiveatmosphere.com

I was so touched by this post on my FB page, I decided to repost the whole thing here. I am still in the journey that Scott describes of learning to get out of my head and to connect with the deeper aspects of my being. Everyday I learn a little more about listening to my Heart and living from that place. It is an exhilarating journey! Blessed be.

My Six-Word Memoir

I decided to follow a suggestion in O, The Oprah Magazine, Feb. 2012:

“YOU in Six Words.”

http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Six-Word-Memoirs-O-Magazine-Mini-Memoirs/

“O” picked up the exercise from Larry SmithSMITH Magazine,

Six-Word Memoir,” www.smithmag.net.

Anyone who knows me and my love for words and using them will not be surprised by how difficult it is for me to be CONCISE! Or what a challenging Spiritual Discipline it is for me to write a well-balanced, spiritual, 17-syllable Haiku capturing a moment from nature!

In the first exercise of a workshop years ago, we had to describe ourselves in one word that began with the same first letter of our first name. I became: Loquacious LindaLou!

Anyway, here is my Six-Word Memoir as of Friday, June 29, 2012:

LETTING MY LIGHT SHINE. PAIN TOO!

However, true to form I have an alternative, on June 30th!

OR

LETTING MY LIGHT SHINE… WITH HUMOR 🙂

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Getting on the “fast track to personal growth”

My dear,
When it feels like you’re under attack, try your darnedest to thank your lucky stars.
When times are roughest, you can bet you’re on the fast track to personal growth and spiritual awakening.
While it may feel unfair and you may get pissed off, life uses tragedies and hardships to shape us into who we’re meant to be.
So roll with it, baby. And if you’re not sure what you’re meant to be learning from what has hurt you or what you’ve lost, just ask me.
Loaded with insight,

Your Inner Pilot Light

Lissa Rankin
Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved
innerpilotlight.com

owningpinkmojo@gmail.com
Owning Pink | 3001 Bridgeway, Suite K231 | | Sausalito | CA | 94965

Thank you, Lissa, for sending us daily insightful nudges from Our Inner Pilot Lights!

GRATITUDE for Opportunities to Heal… Some More

 

June 23, 2012

“Every wound is a call to heal.

Answer it.

You deserve to live and be fully expressed.”

  Cynthia Jam

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Ah, so last Sunday, I’d just started a couple wash loads at the laundr0mat and returned home to do some chores. As I was doing dishes, I also cleaned up some items for the recycling bin.

Oops, where did the lid from the canned chicken come from hiding in the soaping water of another food container? Well, as the rubber met the road or in this case the tin can lid met my index finger, I knew I was in trouble.

Skipping forward several hours, while waiting for and after getting the needed stitches, I went through the usual berating myself for my carelessness (“How stupid…”) and dealing with the logistics (getting someone to pick up my laundry; getting someone else to take care of my 13-yr. old doggie baby Heidi while I was at the hospital; and so on)…

Later Sunday night and for a period on Monday night, I had a crying jag because I was so mad at myself in general & because I’d been yelling at Heidi, who was expressing her concern for me by overdoing her usual “velcro dog” behaviors!

Ok, that’s the prelude. If you are still with me here, I’m wondering if any of you can relate? Probably not–I’m the only person who is this hard on myself, right?

I’m the only person ever who has ever yelled at the dog who just wants to be close to me because she thinks that will make me feel better, right? I’m the only person who knows in her head that this is another opportunity to heal at a deeper level but the gut level hasn’t gotten the message yet, right?

Miss Heidi

That aside, several days later, now I am back on track–mostly!  I am meditating and journaling and giving myself Reiki and tapping (EFTing) and feeling GRATEFUL for another opportunity to go deeper in the spirals of healing.

If the Universe and I didn’t work together to create ongoing opportunities to help me heal, where would I be? Maybe stuck in a pit of self-pity and frequently yelling at my dear, sweet Miss Heidi.

During this lifetime I am here to heal, and GRATITUDE is my spiritual practice to that end. Yes, I am healing and I am GRATEFUL. And, it still hurts, but so it is.  🙂

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Why GRATITUDE?

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

“Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
—  Maya Angelou

While reflecting on the above quote, let’s consider this:
Like many of us,  Maya had an early history of abuse.
And, like many of us she developed a variety of coping mechanisms to get through the rest of her life.
For me, I always had a sense of a SPIRITUAL PRESENCE with me. I didn’t question that presence. No, I don’t know why. I just know that even in my despair of those years, I still felt a presence with me.
So, I guess one could say I’ve always been on a Spiritual Journey, at least since about four years old.
Somewhere along the line, I developed my “weird” SENSE OF HUMOR that tends to see the ironies in everyday life.  That’s been a key coping mechanism through the years, and now I frequently talk about the healing power of LAUGHTER.
After the memories of the early abuse returned, exactly 23 years ago today, I learned about FORGIVENESS and how my deep spiritual awareness made that possible. What a healing it was to truly let go.
And, that brings me around to what Maya speaks of:  GRATITUDE. I talk about GRATITUDE frequently because that is what my journey has taught and is teaching me. GRATITUDE in every day.
GRATITUDE in the small things that cause me to smile, such as: 10# bundle of energy, my 13-yr. old mini-doxie, Heidi; my cozy apartment with the deck & its beautiful wooded view that nurtures my soul; a successful Haiku when I can tame my natural wordiness to 17 syllables; my family; my spiritual friends; my health & talents that are still intact (I turn 69 in a couple weeks!) and MANY more.
There have been other tragedies, like my younger son’s suicide 23 years ago. But, there have been MANY occasions  for Optimism and MANY more for GRATITUDE.
Blessed be.
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