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Something to talk about   #28

 A few minutes ago I had the impulse to turn on the radio at a time of day when I wouldn’t normally listen. That usually means there’s a message coming. 🙂 The first song was one that always reminds me that my dad is with me in spirit so that got my attention. The next song spoke about how, “maybe, someday, we’ll figure all this out, we’ll live our lives out loud and find a way to feel better now.” Well, that’s something I’m certainly working on, for myself and to share with others. The third song was, “Let’s give ‘em something to talk about”, which is one of my favorite, upbeat songs to dance to. As I was dancing and singing my heart out (they say you gotta dance like nobody’s watching J) I had an ah-ha moment. The song goes on to say, “How about love?”

 So if I string these three messages together, here’s what I get:

     My dad is watching over me and guiding me.
     He knows I’m trying to figure things out and share a message with the world
      I need to dance joyfully through life and what I’m supposed to talk about is LOVE!!!

 THAT’S IT! That’s the message that all my life experience, introspection and studying has led me to. All I need to do is talk about and be love (a.k.a. joy), because love is the only thing that’s real! And it isn’t something we have to get. It’s what we ARE!

Let your spirit soar!
Paula
Photo: courtesy of Meghan Moore

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A recent comment from the famous poet, Maya Angelou, reminded me of something that happened when I was twelve years old. My dad worked in construction at the time. He usually worked locally but for a few months he had been working far away in Montpelier, Vermont. He only came home on weekends and I really missed him during the week. On this particular weekend, my dad wasn’t going to be able to get home so I was excited when my mother announced that we would be driving up to visit him instead. We arrived at the hotel and I happily ran up the sidewalk and went inside to find my dad. I found him sitting in the lounge, talking with some of his construction buddies. I will never forget the look on his face when I entered the room. His eyes lit up and he smiled the biggest smile I had ever seen. It seemed he just couldn’t wait to hug me and introduce me to his friends. In that moment, I felt like a queen! Even as I write this, my eyes fill with grateful tears for the love he gave me back then and the love I feel from him in spirit now. I think of that moment often. Each time I do, I pray that everyone has someone in their life whose face lights up when they enter the room.

 Whether it is a child or another adult, who can you do that for today?

Let your spirit soar!
Paula

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Too important to miss

Hello everyone,
 Since Spirit Rising is all about helping us return to joy, I just have to share the link to this most amazing video with you.  It is 25 minutes long but I found it to be well worth watching to the very end. Very comforting and uplifting!
 
Enjoy. 🙂
Paula

 

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Loving Mirrors #17

Mid-week, I found myself filling out a questionnaire about my self image. Part of the instruction was to think of someone who has helped me to believe in myself and to tell how important it is to support others by focusing on their true loving nature instead of their false ego identity. As I wrote about a lifelong friend who has supported me in so many ways, my eyes filled with tears of gratitude. This is part of what I wrote about how much her help meant to me: “It is so easy to belittle ourselves that we surely don’t need any outside help. When we are feeling lost and emotionally battered, it’s the people in our life who act as loving mirrors who play an extremely important role in steering us back to the truth. Instead of siding with our smallness, they hold open a space containing the truth about how beautiful we really are until we are ready and able to step into that space and claim the truth for ourselves.”

It occurred to me that, perhaps, those words are a description of what God (or your version of a higher power) really is; a force of pure love that doesn’t recognize smallness but, instead, holds a mirror up to us reflecting the beautiful spirits that we really are, waiting patiently for us to see the truth and come to our senses.

Let your spirit soar!
Paula    
Artwork: Wisdom, sold

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