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Poem: The Strength of a Woman

Strength of A WomanThe strength of a woman is carrying the burden of family without
expectation that someone will feel her pain or cry her tears.

The strength of a woman is the first one to wake up and
the last to go to bed.

The strength of a woman is to pretty and doll up all the masks
she has to wear in order to survive.

The strength of a woman is crying herself to sleep at night then
embracing you in the morning with a hug and a smile.

The strength of a woman is my mother,
a woman who says she’s okay when you can tell she’s in pain,
a woman who smiles when the going gets tough and
a woman who finds laughter after crying.

The strength of a woman is to raise a child she does not know.
The strength of a woman hears a child’s cry and
knows exactly what they want.

The strength of a woman is courage and independence.
The strength of a woman is doing whatever it takes to survive.
The strength of a woman is the backbone that holds everyone together
. . . behind every strong man there is a strong woman.

The strength of a woman is her abilityThe Strength of A Woman
to hold her tongue when her significant other is wrong
to stop her children from misbehaving with a look in her eye
to pick herself up and dust herself off
to make her family smile in the midst of a storm
to multi-task and adapt to different situations
to swallow her pride.

The strength of a woman is her unconditional love
for her children and others.
The strength of a woman is to be a peacemaker.
The strength of a woman is to be able to feel things no one else can.
The strength of a woman is to be able.

Helping others when they are in need,
always there to take the lead.
Suffering hard times not for long,
because her will is very strong.
Makes you happy with lots of jokes,
most importantly they are jokes of hope.
Her colors are beautiful—scarlet red—
lots of blessings upon her head.
The strength of a woman we’ll always know,
because her strength will always show.

 ~ By New Foundations Writers, May 7, 2010

Founded in 1994, New Foundations is a non-profit organization located on St. Paul’s East Side that provides permanent, supportive, affordable housing and comprehensive on-site services for homeless dually-diagnosed chemically dependent and mentally ill adults in recovery and their families.

2015 Celebrate Woman's Strength & Worth

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A woman’s beauty is not only
In the glow of her skin
But the depth of her eyes
And the warmth of her heart
cdelebrate you
A woman’s strength is not only
In the bow of her back
But the magnitude of her tears
And the softness of her words
celebrate you
A woman’s wisdom is not only
In the value of her words
But the knowledge of when to hold them
And the journey she takes to learn them
celebrate you
A woman’s courage is not only
In her determination to fight
But her willingness to walk away
And confidence to say no
celebrate you
A woman’s grace is not only
In the way she dances through her day
But in the love notes she leaves
And the wonderful meals she prepares
celebrate you
A woman’s love is not only
In the kisses she gives
But in the sacrifices she makes
And the moments given to you alone
celebrate you
A woman’s worth is not only
In the things she does
But who she truly is
And who she helps you become
celebrate you
Celebrate Women

 ”A strong woman knows she has strength for the journey,

but a woman of strength

knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.”

2015 Celebrate Your Strength

CELEBRATE YOU! 

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The Caring Tree

December 1st, 2014 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

THE CARING TREE

‘THE CARING TREE’

I am The Caring Tree,

and I have survived the day.

If you climb my branches,

I am afraid I cannot stay.

If you touch me carefully,

you can feel my strength.

If you stand close to me,

you can sense my peace.

You see my body is fragile, 

tender, and very worn.

Each time you stand upon me,

a part of me is torn.

Come close my friend,

feel my strength and peace.

It is a gift I give you,

and it is what I hope to teach.

But please do not climb my branches,

as I wish to stay.

 I would like to remain here,

 for yet another day.

 THE CARING TREE

ALSO ENJOY PLENTY OF SELF-CARE THROUGHOUT DECEMBER!

November be Thankful for…

November 1st, 2014 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

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Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,

for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

November Thankful For...

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,

because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,

because it will build your strength and character.

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Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,

because it means you’ve made a difference.

November Thankful For...

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,

 and they can become your blessings.

~Author Unknown

This Month Be Thankful For...

What are you thankful for? 

November Be Thankful For...

Join me in celebrating each day of November with a Be Thankful For… Day.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TODAY AND EVERY DAY!

 

We Honor Ourselves and Our Creative Energies When We: 

"Remember "Take Time To..."

Chakra Chart Introduction

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Chakra Chart Introduction

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Ode to the Woman Within

Ode To The Woman Within

 by Helene Averous

To the woman who carries water to quench my thirst, I bow

To the woman who gave me life, I bow

To the woman who wipes my tears, I bow

To the woman who keeps on feeding my heart, I bow

To the woman who is tender with me, I bow

To the woman who cries, I bow

To the woman who prays, I bow

To the woman who is grateful, I bow

To the woman who suffers, I bow

To the woman who keeps on loving, I bow

To the woman who nurtures my soul, I bow

To the sacred woman, I bow

~Om

Ode To TheWoman Within

Nature's Healing Gift 1st Day Of Spring

I was out for my morning walk on the first day of Spring.  It was 36 degrees and the roof tops were white with frost. The moon hadn’t set in the west and the sun was coming up in the east shining through the trees.  As I continued on my walk, the crows did not meet me that morning.  It was the robins that joined me, which brought the following message of energized change: Spring time is here, ENJOY!

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What the Robin Told

The wind told the grasses,

And the grasses

told the trees.

The trees told the bushes,

And the bushes

told the bees.

The bees told the robin,

And the robin

  sang out clear:

Wake up!

Wake up!

Spring is here!

~ anonymous

Nature's Healing Gift 1st Day of Spring

when I started loving myself

When I Started Loving Myself by Charlie Chaplin written on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959 

When I Started Loving MyselfWhen I started loving myself
I understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity
in the right place at the right time.
And I understood that all that happens is right –
from then on I could be calm.
Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

when I started loving myselfWhen I started to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
When I tried to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time is not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I know: It’s called LETTING GO

When I started loving myselfWhen I started loving myself
I could recognize that emotional pain and grief
are just warnings for me to not live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself
when I started loving myselfI stopped longing for another life
and could see that everything around me was a request to grow.
Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.

When I started loving myself
I stopped depriving myself of my free time
and stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future.
Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me,
what I love and what makes my heart laugh,
in my own way and in my tempo.
Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

when I started loving myselfWhen I started loving myself
I escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me,
from dishes, people, things, situations
and from everything pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”,
but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

when I started loving myselfWhen I started loving myself
I stopped wanting to be always right
thus I’ve been less wrong.
Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

When I started loving myself
When I started loving myselfI refused to live further in the past
and worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

when I started loving myslefWhen I started loving myself
I recognized, that my thinking
can make me miserable and sick.
When I requested for my heart forces,
my mind got an important partner.
Today I call this connection HEART WISDOM.

when I started loving myselfWe do not need to fear further discussions,
conflicts and problems with ourselves and others
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS LIFE!

december looking at the mystic heart

“Where have you experienced humility of heart and simplicity of spirit this year?”

december looking at the mystic heart

In Angeles Arrien’s book Living in Gratitude, for the December, she has us look at the ‘mystic heart’ (the moral capacity within the heart for selfless service and compassionate action).  She recommends that we take time to reflect and give gratitude for our own mystic heart and how it has expressed itself this year in our work, relationships, health, well-being, and difficult circumstances.

December looking at the mystic heart

The utterances of the heart-unlike those of the discriminating intellect-always relate to the whole.

In this sense, the heart shows the meaning of things in great perspective.

What the heart hears are the great things that span our lives,

the experiences which do nothing to arrange

but which simply happen to us.

~ Carl Jung

december looking at the mystic heart

Studies show the more we extend gratitude, appreciation, and compassion, the healthier our heart and immune system become. I am extending all my heartfelt gratitude to all authors, healers, teachers, students, clients, and family members that have contributed to my mystic heart journey this year.

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