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From Sun Gazing

Nature’s Prayer

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Beautiful!  Thanks to Love and Light.

42 Lessons Life Taught me

90

This is something we should all read at least once a week!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more”:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

To Decide How

I read this beautiful blog post today. Kristi really has a grip on what it means to be human. Just beautiful Give a read…

The Children's Book Quote of the Day

There are always scary things happening in the world. There are always wonderful things happening. And it’s up to you to decide how you’re going to approach the world…how you’re going to live in it, and what you’re going to do. (from Countdown by Deborah Wiles)

I lay on the floor of my son’s room, wrapped in a soft alpaca blanket and listening for his breathing to change so I’ll know he’s really asleep. I can hear fireworks exploding, people celebrating the going out of one year and the coming of another. In our little home we have plenty to celebrate, and for that I am glad and grateful.

I’m glad because it really has been a good year–we had a baby (the world’s most beautiful and sweetest baby, I might add), we had the best year yet for our marriage, it’s been a year of reconnecting with friends, we’ve…

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Creative Energy and Connection: A Letter to My Daughter

By Lenny Rosen

This is part of a letter to my daughter, Tarani.  I was trying to encourage her to keep playing and writing music. I made a good living in my youth in the music industry as did my youngest son and I want to support her any way I can.

I truly believe there is a connection to the energy in my life force and to the energy in the universe and they affect each other. I have walked into the ocean and have thought about how the mass of my body was displacing the entire ocean. As miniscule as it was it was being felt across the globe. The water on my skin and the movement of the ocean creating reactions from me and my mass and movement in the water doing the same to the ocean. A connection I believe takes place with my energy and the universe.

At one time, I didn’t consider myself an artist. I can draw, but not creatively. I can transmit what I see to paper via pencil but I could never admire a copy machine for the ability to show emotion or passion in the paper it spits out from one orifice or another. I have come to believe that creating alone does not constitute a work of art but creative energy is a force in the universe.

The musician, songwriter, poet, sculptor, painter, every person with the talent to create a thing of beauty, does not stand alone as the artist. I believe that every person that appreciates and connects with the work of art becomes a part of the artist. A melody that creates a mood or a ballad that revives an emotion for you can connect you to the artist at the time it was created. Finding yourself lost within the lonely contours of a sculpture or sensing the despair of a painter through the colors he spread upon the canvas not only connects you to the artist but the emotion or passion that inspired the creation.

We are all artists the moment we create. Even a good liar can be considered a bull artist when they have mastered the craft. We are left with artistic creations that are virtual transmitters of energy capable of reaching across space and time to connect to the creator. We have all cried in a movie, been touched by song or stood motionless in awe of a painting by the masters and become a part of architecture. Every creation no matter how small or seemingly insignificant will stand as a tribute to its creator and the channel will be opened.

A crayon picture on the fridge that only reaches a few or a song that spreads joy or meaning to millions is ready upon creation to receive a form of energy. All creations are capable of transmitting the creative energy it took to create it. It allows you to be the character in the story, object in the art and subject of the song. Yes, the artist is singing about you or directly to you, if you allow it to.

The energy you create interacting with the artwork is funneled back to the creator. Energy is never lost and creative energy can expand. A John Keats poem states “A thing of beauty is a joy forever; it will never pass into nothingness.” The law of conservation of energy states that energy can never be lost or created it is only changed to a different form. I believe energy exists in the realm of consciousness to include love, beauty, art, emotional feelings that can certainly drain your physical energy.

I don’t claim to know the source I am only convinced that people have tapped into that energy to create changes. Either through prayer, meditation, creative energy, anger, positive thinking and I don’t know how this works but the evidence is clear to me. Human beings are capable of imprinting energy with creativity and it exists on a molecular scale within them. That energy will accompany the art created.