Since the focus of my blog is to share journal writing and inspiration, I want to highlight some of the work of my friends who offered to share in the joy. I put the call out on Facebook and am delighted to show you what came in from some of the people who make my everyday life shine. No matter what kind of mood I’m in, my angel friends are always there to help keep it real.
Below are their blogs, journal entries, poems, photos and essays in the order they were received. I’m looking forward to doing 100 more blog posts. I’m looking forward to another year of living and breathing on this great planet of ours.
Angel blessings to you all.
APRIL JOY GARRETT
I am ready for more.
Lovingly I believe in me.
Chances are this beautiful
willow tree holds the key
of a history I never seen.
Watch the leaves,
Believe in more and more.
Unraveling the knots of
thought into a dreamy trust.
A note from the poet: here is a meaning of the willow tree.
Colorful Adventures Await!
EDIE WEINSTEIN, journalist, speaker, and social worker shares her many talents. Once in a while there is a person who is willing to jump right in with both feet; that would be Edie! I decided to pick one my favorite blogposts about writing that she posted. Here’s one about finding your expressive voice and the writing muse.
GABRIELA DOMINGUEZ, CA
Love has no boundaries
It is endless and real
Love holds friends together
It holds families together
Love grows bright within our
hearts Like a never ending fire
That ignites deep with in our soul.
Love makes life possible
There is love within our land
That radiates through the flowers and the trees
It flows through the rivers and streams
Love brings compassion and kindness to our hearts
Love is shared with just a look,
it’s deep with in our eyes
Love is shared with a smile,
Love is shared with a small act
Love is all there is.
photo credit: Veronica Payan
GINGER BLISS from The Writer’s Water Cooler on Facebook
I am a wind walker
I whisper to the breeze,
on the wings of angels
I ride with ease.
The wind sails,
on pretty tales of tomorrows dreams.
The wind blows
who knows where life will lead me?
I am a wind walker
I whisper to the breeze
Singing sacred songs
in my heart they belong,
as the wind whispers to me.
@ Ginger Bliss
May God and his Angels touch and embrace you with their wings of flight. Behold the wing of Pegasus in honor of the year of the horse. Let time take you on your quest of loving victories and conquests of divine love. May you truly find the wings of angels comfort and heal you every day. Just know that you are truly blessed by the wings of your guardian angel. ~ Louie
Dr. IDARA E BASSEY
Operating as an Integrated Being
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” (Mahatma Gandhi)
Think about the times you really wanted to get something done- perhaps you cleared your mind in an attempt to rid yourself of distractions, buckled down and got focused. And more often than not, if your preparatory efforts were well-intentioned and sincere, sometime later, tangible evidence of progress began to come into view. When your whole being is engaged in a clearly defined pursuit, on a singular path, you are rewarded with the fruits of your labor- this is a simple enough concept for most of us to understand.
What may not be immediately apparent is the energy dynamic at play beneath the surface. When we wish to create anew- be it a physical object, a state of being or a transformation of any kind, we begin with some vision of the end point in mind. This is where the creative process begins, and any eventual manifestation in a form we can interact with depends on what extent all pistons are firing, so to speak, with all the other relevant players.
For example, say you want a new car. It would be quite reasonable to visualize the vehicle in question, perhaps to think about the features you would prefer; its appearance or even to conjure up the sensation of tootling along on the freeway at top speed. Again, all plausible things to consider-however, stopping at this stage of the game would make it very unlikely that that car would ever arrive in your driveway. Thoughts must eventually morph into action, and if they do not, we can clearly see that as far as the desired goal of securing a vehicle is concerned, a key component is missing- the energy of integration that is present whenever we take an action that is in alignment with our desired objective.
When we expand our vantage point to the broader issue of how we live our lives, we can also apply this same thinking about operating from an integrated core to the success (or lack thereof) we achieve, both personally and professionally. Say you would like more synergy between your personal values and your career path. And while you may make this declaration to yourself, the you who wishes to impress friends and family is relying a bit too much on how well your current title “presents” to the world, the cynical part of you wonders whether your goal is a bit too unrealistic given the present economic climate, and the worried part of you figures it’s better to continue suffering in your present job rather than face the unknown of exploring different options. At the end of the day there is a considerable disconnect at work here, and not surprisingly as a result, the status quo will continue to limp along. Thoughts are developing into “actions” alright, but the question is whether said actions are in alignment with the results you desired to begin with.
To move beyond this kind of disconnect that is operating here additional energy must be expended and two options immediately come to mind- you can continue to spin your wheels by using your energy to find new and inventive ways to wonder why your goal of a fulfilling professional position is not any closer in sight.…OR you could shift gears and actually bring your actions into alignment with your hopes for a career path where you can really shine. With the latter option, each and every action we take moves us closer to realizing our intention and a very different energetic momentum is unfolding. An integrated approach to living is emerging. Tangible progress is much more likely when all component parts- intentions, thoughts and actions are singing from the same hymnal.
What kinds of actions support us in operating in an integrated fashion in our lives?
• Being clear on our values
• Choosing relationships with supportive, like-minded people
• Eliminating aspects of our life experience that pull us away from our best selves
• Cultivating a dialogue with people who are already where we would like to be
Our effective and satisfying operation in the world flows beautifully when we come from a space of unified focus. Deciding who we wish to be and putting some quality attention into determining just what is necessary (and what needs to be “minimized”) to bring the vision of the life we desire into fruition means we have much more to offer. Cheers to making yourself a priority in this fashion and best wishes on the quest!
Idara E. Bassey is a lawyer, energy healer, spiritual counselor and author of Reflections of a Mystical Sistah: On Traveling Down the Road to Self-Definition (iUniverse). For more information about her services and upcoming programs visit her website at http://onelightmessenger.com/
She does amazing readings!
PAULA BROWN, NYC
We in Dis Mess
Fenced in on all sides
Hours, minutes, seconds
Nothing to do-trouble is wide..FREE ME!
all I see is cry faces
all I see is dark places
all I see is missed races
What we need is Gods’ graces.
*inspired by “The Interrupters”
Frontline documentary, re: the Chicago street gangs
Thank you, Paula! I always enjoy your messages and quotes.
photo credit: Jadianc Aidaj
I have more fun reading other people’s work and looking at blogs. What an amazing world. I promise to get more techie so that I can do a better job in sharing the work.
Journal Prompt: What do you want to write about in your own life? Don’t wait. Do it now.
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