STAY POSITIVE

July 1st, 2020 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

How To Stay Positive

Negativity can be contagious if you let it and that will spill over into your work and personal life.  Accepting negativity is toxic to your well-being.  Below you will find recommendations for handling negativity?

“I never let anyone through my mind with their dirty feet” –  Mahatma Gandhi

Not Your Fault.  The best answer to negativity is accepting that it has nothing to do with you. Taking negative criticism to heart can weigh you down faster than a ton of bricks. Don’t tie yourself to the baggage of being responsible for a person’s thoughts. Giving people’s opinion more credit than they deserve will only steal your joy and peace, mainly when those insights don’t stop coming and never get better.

“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy” – Henry Ford

Focus on You.  Someone who is always in a bad mood or spirits can suck the life out of you. Prioritizing yourself will help you build a stronger character and defense for dealing with such people. Your happiness lies in how much you value yourself, so take that duty seriously. Pursue dreams, take risks, make milestones and that will give you power.

“The mind is everything.  What you think you become”  – Buddha

Check your Reaction. A natural response to a toxic person may be to hit back similarly or worse. try to reverse the reaction to a negative situation. Answer agitation with calmness and brashness with reason. A few common tactics to calm yourself down may be useful in these cases. Deep breathing works wonders when looking to clear your head. Breathe in and count slowly.

“How you choose to feel today, should not be dependent on others” – Anthon St. Maarten”

Don’t Pay Unnecessary Attention. The more interactions you have with negative people, the stronger their impact in your life. Keeping conversations brief and concise means you don’t have to listen to negative thoughts. Think of negativity as fire, and attention as its fuel. Starve it, and it will die down. Setting boundaries can help a great deal in these situations. Engaging in regular conflict with negative people is paying them too much attention. Know when it’s time to put up a fight and when to let it go.

“You are no advantage to anyone who has your negative attention” – Esther Hicks

Sometimes Speak Up.  Letting an individual know that his/her attitude is hurting others may be the wake-up call required. An individual who thinks they are getting away with being toxic to other people may make that space their comfort zone, and that will not help, especially if it’s a family member. Talking to them may bring awareness that will trigger change.

“People inspire you, or disarm you.  Pick them wisely”– Hans F. Hansen

Staying Positive. To quote Dr. Robert H. Schuller,  “it takes one positive thought that is given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an army of negative thoughts.” Take time to identify the positivity triggers in your life and always have one on hand when you anticipate an encounter with a negative person such as a motivational quote or a peaceful place in your head where you can retreat to mentally for a minute or two to keep yourself from drowning.

How To Stay Positive

PLEASE HAVE A SAFE AND POSITIVE JULY! 

'Ring Out, Wild Bells'

‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’  

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let it die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let it go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all womankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

RING IN the valiant woman and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in 2020 that is to be.

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)

(changes made in bold represent current times)

'Ring Out, Wild Bells'

 

November's Morning Blessing

 Dear Great Spirit,

You are inside of me, within my very breath,

Within each bird, each mighty mountain,

Your Sweet touch reaches everything,

And I am well protected.

Thank you for this beautiful day before me.

May joy, love, peace,

And compassion be part of my life,

And all those around me on this day.

I am healing and I am healed.

~Ayurveda Morning Prayer

November's Morning Blessing

This lovely Ayurveda Morning Prayer

 Says everything there is to say

About what we wish for our loved ones,

 Our neighbors, all nations, our planet, and ourselves.

November's Morning Blessing

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New Year’s Healing Poem for Peace and Wellness

New Year's Healing Poem

 
The greatest achievement is selflessness. 
The greatest worth is self-mastery. 
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. 
The greatest precept is continual awareness. 
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. 
The greatest action is not conforming with the world’s ways. 
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions. 
The greatest generosity is non-attachment. 
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind. 
The greatest patience is humility. 
The greatest effort is not concerned with results. 
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go. 
The greatest wisdom is seeing beyond appearances.
(Translated from the Ancient Indian Buddhist leader Atisa,
from the 11th century AD) 

Wishing Everyone Health, Peace and Love

New Year's Healing Poem

 

The Guest House by Rumi

Rumi (13th century Sufi mystic), uses the metaphor of a guest house to describe life’s journey.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

The Guest House by Rumi

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The Guest House by Rumi

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

The Guest House by Rumi

WELCOME YOUR NOVEMBER GUESTS!!!

Fall In Love

September 1st, 2018 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Fall in Love

I was fortunate to spend Sacred Time on the Big Island with Kahuna Kalei’iliahi and a small intimate group celebrating love, wisdom, and compassion ceremonies of the Ancestors of that ancient land.  Kahuna Kalei’iliahi has a lovely small book published called Messages from the Ancients.  I am so grateful that the Kahuna gave me permission to share with my readers passages from her book.  I chose the following because we all know love is healing.

Fall In Love

Fall in Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love with the sun as it rises

and as it sets, say thank you.

Fall in Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love with the moon as she rises in

the night sky,

and send it a kiss.

Fall in Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love with the Light you see in a

child’s eyes

and the song of a bird.

Fall in Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love to today with the wind as it cools your

face and rustles the leaves.

Fall In Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love today as you touch the face of

your Creator through your compassion.

Fall in love today…

~Messages from the Ancients, Kahuna Kalei’iliahi

Fall in Love

FALL IN LOVE EVERYDAY WITH SEPTEMBER!

Practice Transforming Energy
One of my favorite award winning authors is Sandra Ingerman.  Besides known for her books on shamanism, she also teaches workshops and on-line classes all over the world.   A great way to kick of the month of June is to share this author’s  8 Simple Practices to Transform Energy. 
1.  Breathe
Breathing is one of the simplest ways to transform energy. When you are in a state of reaction, your breathing becomes shallow. By breathing deeply, you naturally transform your reactive state.Practice Transforming Energy
2.  Set an Intention
When you feel upset, just say the following statement to yourself: “I need to express how I am feeling right now, and I ask that the energy of my feelings be transformed into love and light so I am feeding the world with love.”
Practice Ptransforming Energy
3.  Think of a Precious Image
The energy behind your emotions goes out to all living beings. If confronted by someone who evokes strong emotions, think of a loved one and impose his or her image on the face of the person challenging you. For example, you might work with the face of a baby kitten, puppy, or your favorite flower. What thoughts do you want to send to those you love?
Practice Transforming Energy
4.  Use the Power of Words
Spiritual traditions teach that words are vibration and the words we use affect our lives. As children many of us used the phrase “abracadabra.” This is actually an Aramaic phrase “Abraq ad habra” and means, “I will create as I speak.” Use words throughout the day which remind you of the energy of love.
Practice Transforming Energy
5.  Be Grateful
Think about what you are grateful for. Being grateful always transforms your current state of consciousness.
Practice Transforming Energy
6.  Project Strength
Don’t pity others whom you perceive as suffering — this only pushes them deeper into a hole. When you see people in their divine light and perfection you help give them the strength they need to deal with their troubles.Pactice Transforming Energy
7.  Connect with Nature
Water can wash away your pain. As you wash, visualize negative energy flowing from you and being transformed into light. As you stand in the wind, imagine the wind carrying what needs to be released and being transformed into light. Light a candle and imagine the fire transmuting your intense feelings. Or you can bury your troubles in the earth with the intention that the energy be transformed to love.
Practicies Transforming Energy
8.  Surround Yourself in Light
If you feel someone is being energetically hostile toward you, imagine a protective light surrounding you. Some people think of being surrounded by white light. I imagine being enclosed in a translucent blue egg. Find a color that works for you.
Practice Transforming Energy 

ENJOY A POSITIVE ENERGY MONTH OF JUNE!

Ancient Walker 2--3

I release my parents from the feeling that they have already failed me.

I release my children from the need to bring pride to me;

that they may write their own ways according to their hearts,

that whisper all the time in their ears.

I release my partner from the obligation to complete myself.

I do not lack anything,

I learn with all beings all the time.

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I thank my grandparents and forefathers who have gathered

so that I can breathe life today.

I release them from past failures and unfulfilled desires,

aware that they have done their best to resolve their situations

within the consciousness they had at that moment.

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I honor you, I love you and I recognize you as innocent.

I am transparent before your eyes,

so they know that I do not hide or owe anything

other than being true to myself and to my very existence,

that walking with the wisdom of the heart,

I am aware that I fulfill my life project,

free from invisible and visible family loyalties that might disturb

my Peace and Happiness,  which are my only responsibilities.

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I renounce the role of savior,

of being one who unites or fulfills the expectations of others.

 Learning through, and only through, LOVE, I bless my essence,

my way of expressing,

even though somebody may not understand me.

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I understand myself, because I alone have lived and experienced my history;

because I know myself, I know who I am, what I feel, what I do and why I do it.

I respect and approve myself.

I honor the Divinity in me and in you.

We are free.

(This ancient blessing was created in the Nahuatl language, spoken in Mexico)

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Empowered Woman

March 1st, 2018 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Empowered WomanThe Empowered Woman, she moves through the world
with a sense of confidence and grace.
Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation
and the life she leads is of her own creation.

She now understands what it means to live and let live.
How much to ask for herself and how much to give.
She has a strong, yet generous heart
and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart.
Like the mythical Phoenix,
she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence,
unfettered by the things that once posed such resistance.

Empowered Woman Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly.
She hears the wind rustling through the trees;
beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.
She feels the softness of her hands
and muses at the strength that they possess.
Her needs and desires she has learned to express.
She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life,
overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife. 

And the one thing she never understood,
she now knows to be true,
it all begins and ends with you.

~author unknown

Empowered Woman

 

 REMEMBER TO MAKE MARCH AN EMPOWERING MONTH!

 

Native American Code Of Ethics

Ronit Baras shared the following in her Family Matters Blog:  “My work in personal development is in the service of all codes of ethics. I believe that regardless of which one we follow, if each and every one of us strives to live by them, to the best of our ability, we will create a better world.  Judaism is about 5,000 years old, Buddhism is about 2,500 years old, Christianity is about 2,000 years old, and Islam is about 1,500 years old. Meanwhile, the Native American Code of Ethics goes back 11,000 years. Fortunately, if you go deep into each of these belief systems, you will find them very similar”.Native American Code Of Ethics

Can you see the similarities between the North American Code of Ethics and your own beliefs?

  • Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
  • Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy, and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
  • Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
  • Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
  • Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
  • Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.
  • Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
  • Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
  • All persons make mistakes and all mistakes can be forgiven.
  • Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

  • Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.Native American Code of Ethics
  • Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.
  • Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
  • Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
  • Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
  • Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.
  • Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
  • Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
  • Respect others’ religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.
  • Share your good fortune with others.

Native American Code Of Ethics