Love Another 

To love another is to see the face of God  ~  Victor Hugo
What a profound statement of the meaning of life.  These are the last words of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables", the musical adapted from Victor Hugo's novel.  "The Miserables" lived in horrible poverty and oppression under a decaying government.  French peasants who came from nothing, had nothing and died with nothing.  Yet in deplorable conditions the meaning of life, the hope and purpose of living is revealed.

This I command you, love one another  -  John 15:17

We have entered into the Golden Age.  All the corrupt and negative behaviors we adhered to in the past will not survive in the light of the Golden Age.  Lying, deception and selfishness will no long breed success.  Focusing our thoughts on love will catapult us into joyful and fruitful lives.  We have the opportunity right now to create a different future.  Devastating calamities and erratic weather patterns might directly reflect our negativity and fear. What we focus on expands quickly now. 

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Thanksgiving Meditation 

Holiday Refresher, Sunday, December 2nd from 2 to 5pm House of Nutrition in Luzerne.  Retreat from the chaos!  Rid your self of holiday stress.  Recharge for the days ahead. Restorative yoga, relaxation, pain relief through breath and massage and a guided visual journey.  See calendar page for more info!

May my mind and heart be pure and true and may I not deviate from the things of goodness - Marianne Williamson

Well my belly is still full and my feet are tired from shopping! (see workshop below!)  What a great Thanksgiving!  I hope you had a great day too!  I wanted to offer thanks to all of you who love and support me.  Thanks for reading my newsletter, thanks for attending my classes and workshops, thanks for reiki sessions.  Thank you for blessing me by sharing this sacred, creative journey of life.

I'd like to share another meditation with you.  God continues to bless my life on so many levels.  Contemplation of gratitude creates a richness, fullness and abundance in our life.  It creates more love.  I work through this meditation when I feel a sense of sadness, loneliness or lack.  Read through the gratitudes, not all will apply to you but allow them to spur your own offerings of gratitude.  Feel how your heart begins to open with every offering.  Play some gentle music, sit back and relax and create love and abundance in your life. 

I am grateful for my body, even with it's aches and pains, it can still walk in the sunshine or climb the stairs to sleep in a warm soft bed.  My hands are strong to do work or clasp another in friendship.  My voice can yell, sing and speak the truth.  I can see the sunlight on the water, red berries on a leafless bush; see beauty all around me.  I can hear the laughter of children. I enjoy the smell of morning coffee and the taste of Thanksgiving feast!  I am grateful for my body.

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Rose Meditation 

Holiday Refresher, Sunday, December 2nd from 2 to 5pm House of Nutrition in Luzerne.  Retreat from the chaos!  Rid your self of holiday stress.  Recharge for the days ahead. Restorative yoga, relaxation, pain relief through breath and massage and a guided visual journey.  See calendar page for more info!

Wondrous truths, and manifold as wondrous God hath written in those stars above;
But not less, in the bright flowerets under us stands the revelation of his love. - Longfellow

Bright, warm sun, rich, radiant leaves, what a wonderful autumn it is.  I 've enjoyed many marvelous walks on these beautiful days.  I felt guided to share a meditation with you in this newsletter.  So without further ado......

Sit comfortably in your chair with a straight spine.  Begin to take in any sounds around you.  As each sound occurs simply let it enter into your ears and fade out through the back of your head.  Every sound you hear, every movement of your body, every breath, will only serve to take you deeper and deeper inside yourself.  (Inhale and exhale)

Take a deep breath to release stress. (inhale & exhale)
Take a deep breath to release tension in the body.
Take a deep breath to release the questions of the mind.

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Conscious Contact 

Imagine!  Divine Love in us!  It barely seems possible sometimes.  In these past weeks I have not really felt that but, today is a different day!  Not to rehash old news, my mother is legally, medically diagnosed, paranoid/delusional schizophrenic with suicidal tendencies.  Not kidding.  She has been mentally ill her whole life.  What a sad and terrifying path she has walked.  In some ways, through therapy and proper medication she is better; in other ways as she ages (81) the attitude gets much worse.  For the past 11 years I have been her primary care giver.  She resides in an assisted living facility.  For several weeks now, she has needed medical attention, cataracts surgery, broken hearing aid and a dentist visit.  I have spent many hours in offices with her.   She is un-cooperative, stubborn, self destructive and often abusive.  Needless to say, spending time with her usually leaves me feeling like I've been run over by a real long train and remained conscious to the pain the whole time.  When I take her home after an appointment,  I drive to the remote end of the parking lot and scream first then usually cry to clear myself of negativity as to not bring it home to my family or generally wreck the rest of my day.  Sometimes that's just not enough.

  Divine Love is in us! and was there with me and Mom through the whole ordeal.  God got me through.  There were many signs given to me through out those days that Divine love was near.  All worked out perfectly.  New hearing aid, successful surgery and now 20/40 vision and no cavities.  However, I STILL felt angry, frustrated, disappointed in my own behavior and generally miserable.  Still feeling bad, I listened to a lecture from one of my beloved teachers and a few things he said snapped me back into reality and out of the pain in the illusion that I am less than Divine Love.  That is hell, the illusion that we are separate from God and that we are something other than love or loved.

Upcoming events :  

New Yin Yoga class starts Thursday, October 20th at 10:30 (no class October 4th)
                                      Into the Heart Yoga and Meditation Workshop Sunday, October 7th 2-5pm
                                      Open Drum Circle Saturday, October 20th, 1-3pm
                                     Go to calendar page and click on event for all the details!

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Freedom Flight 

Just beneath the surface there is a great re birthing happening from within people and it will become more and more visible over time.  We are each more than we seem to be.  The time we live in is full of promise and many people are feeling the call to fall back  in love with life on Earth.  Choose to renew and pursue your sense of connection with the immanent Spirit that is within everything on Earth, for Earth holds the key to opening your heart to joy and joy awakens your spiritual wisdom.  -  Robin Rose Bennett

What a beautiful day in Frances Slocum park!  After the humidity and heavy rains of last week, I welcomed this glorious cool Monday, abandoned my computer and moved my "office" out of doors.  I relish the days I can relax, meditate, read or contemplate life in the beauty of nature.  I am completing Sunday's workshop for world peace.  I am very much looking forward to this and will say more later in this letter.

I would like to share an experience I had last week.  I spent most of Thursday afternoon at Eye Care Specialists with my Mom.  (very long day!)  I felt very worn, tired and overburdened by responsibility, then a little miracle happened.  Upon returning home, I opened the door and entered my kitchen.  As I was setting my purse and other bags down I heard an odd but familiar sound.  I turned toward the sink and the window above it and there was a tiny sparrow fluttering against the glass trying to get out.  He was fluttering gently but continuously at the glass.   What a surprise!  I have no idea how he got in.  A Divine messenger sent through Mother Nature's hands. 

My windows slide to the side.  I slid the screen open on the right and attempted to guide the bird out.  It would not move from the closed side.  He must have been tired and he settled on the sill.  I was able to cup my hands around him.  He did not fuss.  What an honor to be trusted by this delicate, little bird.  I held my hands out the window and then slowly opened them.  The bird flew lightly from my palms to the near by pine tree.  How easy it is to be free.  So simple, so quickly he was free and flying once again.  A simple shift in perception from closed glass to open screen, from intellect to intuition; surrender to a Divine nudge and off we go.  Our souls are breaking free.  No more peering through the clouded glass, dreaming of freedom.  We are already free.  Allow your soul to expand, let go of ego driven chaos, follow your soul's voice, ask and allow the helping hands to hold you gently, then open your wings and fly.  The time is now.  The change is here.  Let go and fly!

Onward & Upward 

My child, do not permit yourself to be pessimistic.  You are bearers of joy and you must not be cast down or dismal about the world; the evolution of the race is steadily going forward and you must always see the progress, see the beauty, see the good outworking. - White Eagle

A time of great change is upon us.  The earth is shifting, transforming and expanding to a higher state of being.  Our ego driven lifestyle is deteriorating.  It is time to release old ways of thinking and being and lift up to a higher state of consciousness.  New energies are flooding our planet every day.  Our bodies are changing just as the body of the earth is changing.  Everything ego driven is disintegrating, jobs, relationships and organizations.  All darkness is being revealed and cleared.  Great and new energies from the heart of the Creator are pouring down upon us.  Every day is a new creation.  We are being called to be very present in each moment.  That is where God is.  If you are in nature take in every blade of grass, every cloud and bird.  If you are with people be present, look in their eyes and really see the light there.  Go deep into each human connection.  Go deep within yourself.  God is there. . . . . .  


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A baby pigeon stands on the edge of a nest all day.  Then he hears a whistle, Come to me.  How could he not fly toward that?  Wings tear through the body's robe when the letter arrives that says, "You've flapped and fluttered against limits long enough.  You've been a bird without wings in a house without doors or windows.  Step off proudly into the sunlight, not looking back."

Those who don't feel this Love pulling them like a river, those who don't drink dawn like a cup of spring water or take in sunset like supper, those who don't want to change, let them sleep.

- Jelaluddan Rumi - Sufi Poet

I love Rumi. I read his poetry when I feel stuck or detached.  He stretches one's imagination way past limitations of the mind.  The focal point of his work is about living in awareness of our oneness with God and cultivating that relationship.

Much has already changed for me in this past year, my body, my work and now I find the relationships in my life changing.  When Venus transited the sun on June 5th & 6th it opened the hearts of humanity to love and began to heal and change our personal relationships and our ability to communicate.  It also affected the way we relate to life in general.

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Fine Appreciation 

Affection never was wasted: If it enrich not the heart of another, it's waters, returning back to their spring, like rain, shall fill them full of refreshment.  - H.W. Longfellow

Saturday morning did not start well.  My MP3 player wouldn't work.  I got some sad news about a friend.  Then I dropped off slacks for my Mom who has lived in assisted living for the past 10 years.  She is not well mentally.  It is often disheartening to visit with her.  She is very negative and unhappy.  By the time I left, I was upset and just wanted to make the half hour trip home as quickly as possible.

In the middle of Bennett St., the car in front of me rolled slowly to a stop.  I didn't know why.  There were no pedestrians or cars anywhere.  I allowed my already surfacing emotions to get the best of me and made a poor choice in my desperation to get home.  I crossed the yellow lines and as I passed the car I saw the Mama and 2 baby ducks in the street far from any water.  They were making their way across.  I felt horrible.  Fortunately they were moving in the opposite direction of my car so I surged ahead and got back in my proper lane.  The ducks crossed the street safely.

I am very grateful God was watching out for the ducks and for me despite all my drama. . . .

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Sheer Perfection 

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like on of these.  -  Matthew 6:8

I'll be happy when. . . .

I'll relax when. . . . .

How many times have I uttered those statements, setting the stage for disappointment and let down.  I held all sorts of circumstances and conditions over my own head.  I allowed my happiness and peace to be governed by outside circumstances.  I could not relax and enjoy life until all my conditions were met. 

Perfectionism tainted everything I did.  I looked for the faults in myself and my work, instead of appreciating the creativity flowing through me.  I usually picked myself apart after every class or session.  This hindered me from feeling any sense of accomplishment.  Each task brought a greater sense of dis-satisfaction.  I focused on negative qualities of myself and others.  These thought patterns caused me a great deal of unrest I always thought something was wrong or something needed fixing in every moment of the day.  Of course, I believed I was responsible for "fixing it".  Needless to say, this was a very tiresome state of being.  Life was a continuous struggle to get things right or not being or having enough. 

Through some soul searching I have adopted a new attitude toward perfection.  The vision I had. . . .

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Journey’s End 

Ithaka by Constantine Peter Cavafy

As you set out in search of Ithaka, pray that your journey be long, full of adventures, full of awakenings  Do not fear the monsters of old.  You will not meet them in your travels if your thoughts are exalted and remain high, if authentic passions stir your mind, body and spirit.  You will not encounter fearful monsters if you do not carry them withing your soul, if your soul does not set them up in front of you. - written in 1911 by Greek poet Cavafy

Ithaka was the beloved island home of legendary Greek hero, Odysseus.  After playing a leading role in the Trojan War, Odysseus roamed the world for ten years, having adventures, meeting challenges and learning lessons that profoundly changed him.  Today an odyssey means a long often exhausting, exhilarating and/or excruciating trans formative journey.

"The search for authenticity is our own personal odyssey."  - from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

I have endured my own personal odyssey in the past 6 months.  The journey was long.  It was full of beautiful moments of discovery.  I awakened to the habits and limitations that kept me from my true purpose.  My monsters were set up before me so I could slay them.  Once I was able to see the old negative and habitual thought patterns and the emotional and physical reactions they created, I could allow them to be cleared.  I learned I could change at a level I did not even know was possible.  I had previously accepted some of my shortcomings as "just part of my personality."  I am staggered by the depth of change

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