The Declaration of Intent

Just what is meant by ‘your word?’ It means your conscious intention, your conscious direction, your conscious faith and acceptance that, because of what you are doing, the Power of Spirit will flow through your word in the direction you give It. ~Ernest Holmes

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Say what you mean and mean what you say. What is the truth behind the words you speak? Do you say one thing and mean another?  Allowing your heart to lead you is living with intention.

Do you wake up in the morning and think you’d like to experience a peaceful day, or do you wake up with the intent of spreading and living in peace? It is true we reap what we sow. If one wishes to paint a portrait or write a book, one must first pick up a paintbrush or a pen. Dreaming of the future without taking action toward it does not create it. One must live intentionally to accomplish his goals.

Intention carries powerful repercussions. When you make a point to become intentional, your actions become your life.

Everyone has the power to live his dream. It only takes determination.

Intention. It is the first step into your future. Do with it what you may, but know you own it.

Why Questioning is a Matter of Life

“He explained to me with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.”  ― Elie Wiesel, Night

IMG_5571Without query, there is no growth in life. This is how we grow spiritually. Questioning promotes learning and production. Curiosity and desire fuel creativity. Creativity leads us to our soul’s purpose. This drive within us is authentically our own. No one else has this exact design. Even if they ask the same questions of themselves, their imprint will send an answer uniquely theirs.

Questioning our desires and motives teaches us about ourselves. We not only find what we like and dislike, but we come to experience the very state of our existence. The issues that bog us down tell us who we are, what we fear, and why we’re holding back. The matters which soften our hearts introduce us to our gifts and help us to lead with love.

When we become comfortable to piddle within our own confines we lose sight of who we are meant to become. As we are shaped internally we come to know a new satisfaction, an inner peace one finds when traveling the path only he can meander.

Question yourself. Question those around you. Question life.

Listen. Learn. Grow.

How Mindlessness Becomes Mindful

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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I often empty my mind in order for it to become full again. It can be a mundane task or a moment of being which grants me an inner peace. From this point the well begins to flow.

The void I often wish to escape is the place I find fulfillment. When I empty my mind, truth rises to the surface, and my soul is filled with peace. When this happens, new worlds open up. My energy soars as my creativity skyrockets. In retrospect, I realize these are moments I choose happiness. These are the moments I allow my passions to lead me. These are the moments I am me.

Letting go of pretensions and expectations, releases the mind of obligations and allows the soul to do its thing. Emptying the mind permits the soul to take its rightful position. This mindlessness helps us become mindful to living.

 

In the Silence of Spirit

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.” — Henry Miller

IMG_5811I sat upon the backyard swing this morning sipping my coffee while listening to birdsong and inhaling the lovely scent of irises wafting in the breeze. I allowed the blessings of the morning to settle in my bones.

I have been gifted a glorious life. I don’t take it for granted; however, I admit I do not live my life to its fullest potential. Perhaps at times, I am lazy. More so, I forget that in not doing so I am denying my Creator. There are times I must step up to the plate. I must acknowledge my talents by the simple gratitude of trusting in them.

I think at times I confuse confidence with arrogance. I also fear failure, but truly failure is only a stepping stone of experience. Experience provides growth. Growth leads to wisdom. At the root of wisdom is authenticity. And authenticity is where is all begins. It is where passion lives.

Synchronicity shows me when I am on the right path. The signs are everywhere, in snippets of conversations, dreams, and the simple nature of life around me. Who am I to judge myself?

Why I Relay

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” ― John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love

IMG_5888Together we gather strength. We collect hope among us. Within one another, we survive.

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This day was so rich in legacy and love, I dare to voice my words less they taint the sacredness of this union. And yet you know, I will say what I must.

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We do what we do in the spirit of love.

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We walk in the spirit of community.

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We walk with friends and family.

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We never lose faith.

Charles and Susan at Relay 2014

As we have both lost our fathers to cancer, we will continue to fight the beast because

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as the saying goes, hope floats…

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and sometimes it soars.

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We will never forget

For The Love Of Motherhood

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou

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The most beautiful woman I know shines from the inside out. Some women are taught to be mothers; mine was born to be one. My grandmother died before my mother even turned two. Though her grandmother helped her father raise the family, those days were filled with hard work and tired bones. Times were just different. God graced my mother with love and strength which shaped her into a mother, a role in which she blossomed.

With Mama in 1997

With Mama in 1997

A mother/daughter relationship stirs you to the core. There is no one a girl is needier of, nor anyone she more looks up to for learning her place in the world. There are times the invisible line between love and hate blurs and we struggle to remember how deeply rooted we are; yet, it is these very roots of love which make us struggle. We fight for independence while we yearn to forever belong.

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With my Mama in 2014. So blessed to still have her in my life.

While God powered my mother for parenthood, it is she who gifted me by example. She is my prime pattern of selfless love, humility, devoted determination, timeless wisdom, faithful courage, and infinite beauty.

As mothers and daughters we make mistakes, but still we do even more things right. When we fail, we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and continue. We learn and grow through loving. As both a daughter and a mother, I know it all begins and ends with love.

“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”  ― Kristin Hannah, Summer Island ****This is a wonderfully written and emotional novel about the intricate relationship between a mother and daughter. I came upon it when I stumbled upon this quote, and I am so glad I did.

 

Balance

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” ~Rumi, The Essential Rumi

IMG_4824As the days wear on, I am becoming more and more of myself.

In life we experience both contraction and expansion.We are the unfurling flowers of the universe. It is in our nature to expand. When we choose to contract does that make us the dying bud? I don’t think so. It is necessary at times for us to contract in order to learn. It pushes us to open up to the world. You must know one to know the other; kind of like having to experience the dark in order to know light. Who wants to spend a lifetime shut off, hardening?

When we are cold, uncaring, suffering from guilt or shame we are contracting. We are unable to forgive in a shriveled state. When we are stagnant, we don’t experience growth which is vital to fulfilling purpose and finding peace.

When we set our intentions to believe in life and the guidance of spirit, we open ourselves to love; we expand. When we surrender to Spirit, we receive truth and extend love, thus entering the dwelling of gratitude. It is impossible not to be at peace when one lives a life of gratitude. Sure you might experience rough times. Pain is paramount to growth. You will even shed tears as you will be sensitive to the good and bad of the world. But because you know it’s a part of the purpose you’re not in a state of anxiety.

Grace allows us to let go of fear and anger. Grace leads us to forgive. This is expanding. Have you ever noticed how difficult life seems when you are contracted and how easily it flows when you are expanded? This is a part of coming in tune with the nature of our true selves.

What do you believe? It makes all the difference.

Where is the heart guiding? Is the spirit energized, is it blossoming? Are you coming into yourself?

In reality, we have a choice of contracting or expanding.  Finding peace is a choice as well…we choose the road we travel.

Endless

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul. ~Victor Hugo

IMG_5764Have you ever felt like the road you’re traveling is endless, like no matter how far you travel you’re not getting anywhere? It can be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Perhaps you’ve lost your purpose or passion. Perhaps your faith has slipped away. You feel exhausted, spent, and discouraged. You’ve become weak and everything seems meaningless. Within that darkness there is light. There is reason.

We forget that one must experience the dark to appreciate the light. Within that endlessness we can find the resolve within us to resist what isn’t working. We can take the next turn in the road. Perhaps we are traveling so fast we aren’t enjoying life. We can slow down and enjoy what is offered.

What if life really is an illusion? Does that make it a waste? Certainly not, we’re here to learn, to love, to live. As long as we’re doing all these things is it possible to be deluded when the lesson is the answer?

Perhaps it is only our questions that are endless. Sometimes the answers create more questions which make it seem endless. This cycle of living and learning leads us to a place of infinite peace. Once you feel that comfort you won’t allow the storms of life wash it away. You will approach the growth process as a cleansing. You, the fingers of life, will slip into the glove of timelessness.