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My holiday greetings for YOU!

Happy Holidays and the Best New Year ever!

My suggestion to help you have the BEST any Year ever is to start your day with GRATITUDE; a quiet time (on or by the toilet if needed!); 2 – 10 Deep Belly Breaths; a Sense of Wonder (Nature, your Kids, your Job/Retirement, your ____); a well-developed, maybe crazy, sense of humor (mine is called “wicked” by friends!), and a Smile–no matter what comes at you in those first challenging moments/hours of wakefulness!!

Remember that you and EVERYONE you meet Every day is also a Child of God, just as you are. And, I believe that we do project outward whatever we are feeling inside of ourselves–OMG!     So, inwardly (or outwardly, if you dare!) bless that person who you find to be “difficult,” who triggers your buttons! Take a DEEP breath. Then, Smile & move on with your day!

I didn’t mean to sound so preachy! But, I do wish you all the best from my heart with JOY!

Blessings and love to you and your families.

LindaLouise

PS. BTW, yes, I’m back after months of challenging health issues. I’m wishing you, and me (!), a healthy and/or healthier 2015!! “Bless us, Everyonel!” And, thanks for reading “LindaLouiseReiki.”

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My Saturday-delayed “Six-Words” that became a Haiku!

Hummingbird moth on Valerian

Saturday, September 22, 2012–Sunday, September 23, 2012*

silently
listening
watching
a hummingbird waits
is it safe now?

Note: It came to the feeder a few minutes after I wrote this.  🙂

*I wrote this in my long-hand journal on the back deck on Saturday.
Then, Ms. LuLu Dell (all my computers have had the given name of “LuLu”!) decided to take an unscheduled vacation for most of Sat. & Sun., so I couldn’t do the computer thing until Sunday evening…

Oh, who cares?! My Haiku isn’t Six-Words anyway!! Silly me!!  🙂

I love it when I create opportunities to laugh at myself!!  :))
LindaLouise  

First thing in the morning…

WORD FOR THE DAY
Saturday, Aug. 18
First thing in the morning, before you meet or greet anyone, remember to greet all of nature, all visible and invisible creatures. Say to them: “I am grateful for your work, I love you and want to be in harmony with you!” At this very moment, in response to your greeting, all of nature will open to you and send you energy for the entire day.
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
Prosveta Publishing
 From our friends at Gratefulness.org,
a 501(3)(c) non-profitSpring Blossoms

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 🙂

A Cup of Blessing

Spring Blossoms

WORD FOR THE DAY
Never lose an opportunity
of seeing anything that is beautiful;
for beauty is God‘s handwriting –
a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face,
in every fair sky,
in every fair flower,
and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

From Gratefulness.org, 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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.

“Take a moment to… feel….” and breathe.

“Take a moment to consider how peaceful and happy you would feel if the negative opinions and actions of others had no power over your emotional reactions… From this higher place of Self… You would be able see these dramas and the people involved more clearly for what they are and for how much they truly matter… This would allow you the freedom to move past their hook without getting emotionally reeled in…” ~Debi Hebel

Shared with Love,♥
Light Workers World

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