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Happy Thanks Living!

HappyThanksLiving copyNamaste Awake and Aware Beings of Light, Love & Prayer!
I greet you in the name of changing seasons, Thanksgiving (USA), and the ongoing Spirit of Thanks Living! How is your attitude of gratitude flowing these fine fall days?! There are so many ways to be Love expressed in the midst of how we are infinitely blessed! The act of saying, thinking, breathing, “Thank You” is such a wonderful way to express Love and appreciation for all we have! Sure, we say it in passing and it is always good to say. Yet when we bring our full attention, awareness and appreciation to our words, it deepens the grateful joy that fills our hearts and perhaps those of others. I am blessed to be surrounded by nature’s beauty and sometimes I just (have to!) get close and personal. Just yesterday, I nuzzled a tree, breathed her beauty, gave thanks, and felt at one with the sacred beauty. Ah, Thanks Living!

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It was at once a prayer and a breath of fresh air!

Giving thanks is an elixir to the heart. Much like forgiveness, it is mostly for our own good to give thanks. Though others feel the high vibration of gratitude, and everyone likes to be thanked, it generally does us ~ the ones feeling and expressing it ~ the most good. There is an unfortunate pervasive attitude of entitlement in many of the youth I have worked with over the years; so much so that the ones who genuinely express their thanks seem to really stand out ~ like it’s not the norm. Gratitude is one of the higher vibrational ways of being so it truly is for the highest good that we teach our children ~ and ourselves! ~ to not take the infinite blessings of life for granted, but rather to notice and give thanks for the ever present omnipresent blessings in a natural flow of Thanks Living!
ThanksMillion copyAgain, nature is the perfect backdrop for Thanks Living. How wonderful that our days begin and end in a blaze of color! What a reminder that life is a celebration! Yet … we probably miss more of these moments than we embrace? The skies here are magnificent, especially this time of year, but I don’t take in every sunrise and every sunset. Many days I do relish them with reverent reverie yet many days, I don’t. Too busy with the tasks before me. The skies are still ablaze whether I stop to be with them and fill my soul or not. The colors are still glowing in the sky whether or not I give attention and appreciation.SunRiseSet copy
So! Deep breath of awake and aware appreciation! What or who have you been taking for granted lately? Ask that wise heart of yours this marvelous mindful moment … let’s send them or “it” some deep gratitude now! Perhaps even take a tender moment with yourself to give thanks for all you do, all you are. It is so easy to take it all, even ourselves for granted!

So, in the Spirit of Thanks Living, we can expect to see divinity ~ everywhere! And so it is!Divinity copy
CreekPeekABoo copyLast week we looked at forgiving and Thanks Living. I have been widening my education of the humanitarian crisis with refugees and the effects of the civil war in Syria. It is staggering so I am looking to take some small actions … a webpage on the New Thought Families site and I signed up to represent Syria at a local, annual event for young children and families where each participant represents a country. I will keep you posted! While it seems like nothing, it is the small something I can do from here for now. That and prayer of course.

Sometimes when families come together for holidays like Thanksgiving, there can be tension and stress. My family is no exception. In fact, it’s started already! I’ll spare you most of the details though I know the aging elders and all their ongoing health problems is a strain for all. Last week, more doctoring with my dad as my stepdad landed in the hospital on the heals of my mom’s surgery. He is home now and we will all gather there on Thanksgiving Day. I will keep returning to Love & gratitude through any stresses and hopefully the collective grateful vibration will reign. This holiday does indeed remind us to be grateful for each other and all we have. And as you get by now, I am practicing the Earth Day every day way of being this remembrance in daily Thanks Living.

This week’s Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf  is a full on feast of food, family, and gratitude; 4 Super Songs, 3 Yippee E Books and the Sensational SoulPlay Camp Chef Anne Baker shares body wisdom (what is up with gluten?!) and 2 very cool how to videos … making apple pancakes and gluten free potato latkes ~ so much yummy! Thank you Anne Baker of  Nourish Holistic Nutrition!

SoulPlay Chef & Nourish Holistic Nutrition Anne Baker

SoulPlay Chef & Nourish Holistic Nutrition Anne Baker


“Yum yum color is inside your head!”

Whatever Thanks Living moments of feasting, fun, frolic, aware appreciation, and divinity delights fill your week, may you be blessed in it and may you be blessed by your appreciation of it. If it serves you, remember and appreciate with us on our Thanks Living daily Play & Pray Calendar. I am so grateful for you and the gift of your presence here and on this beautiful planet home. Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanks Living! Namaste, sweet Love.


Forgiving For ThanksLiving


Namaste Vibrant Voices of Leaf Dance!
In this beautiful fall moment, my heart is full of contemplation, celebration, and compassion. In the wake of another unthinkable attack on humanity, I have been holding heart space with our global brothers and sisters as well as many in my immediate family who are hurting. Ah, if only we were as deciduous leaves in our life and death cycle … glowing colors of change throughout the seasons ending in a rapid, victorious dance down to return to the earth! Fall leaves, I celebrate you!

There are so many ways to celebrate life and navigate death and to forgive the injuries sustained along the way. In this 3rd post giving attention to ThanksLiving, let’s sit with life’s tears a moment and the freeing gift of forgiveness. How can we not cry when we are hurt, when our loved ones suffer, when our global family is harmed and heart broken. Forgiveness is a powerful force of the heart and can sound like an empty word or concept sometimes. Let’s practice some right now, this peaceful moment. Think of something that hurts your heart; something you have or are suffering yourself or something that may be outside yourself like the attacks in Paris. Hold the hurt for a moment and let your mind/heart go where it wants to … blame? Anger? Deep sadness? Now let’s think of forgiveness … if it’s just a word, let it be so. Maybe you are already great at this … bring that energy here. Ask your heart to open up room for Love to hold the wound/wounded … Ask your heart to allow the power of forgiveness to bring peace to all those you blame or feel anger towards. Let the peace envelop your  heart in angel wings of light. Speak the words inside and/or aloud, “I forgive you.” And if necessary, “I forgive me.” Breathe into it and feel the peace and Light of Love fill you up. Do you feel lighter? Freer? If so or if not, know that it’s a start. Forgiveness like any spiritual practice comes naturally but usually after some time and choice to keep implementing it. Think of it as necessary heart, soul & joy maintenance!

The cleaning process of release and forgiveness can be important stepping stones to walking the path of ThanksLiving. Everything in this world needs some clean up now and again if not regularly like clockwork. I have written here before about some great tools like Colin Tipping’s Radical Forgiveness, Dr. Brad Nelson’s The Emotion Code, Alex Lloyd’s The Healing Codes, Access Consciousness to name a few. Prayer, intention, meditation, allowance and surrender are also right up there ~ linked within!

You see, I find for me, and I think this true of humanity, we cannot truly be in Thanks Living when we are harboring the heaviness of hurting hearts. We need the clean sweep to free ourselves up to live joyfully and gratefully. As I posted here in the September post, Balance Beckons, among the raging Butte Fire that devastated so many families’ homes, I believe that part of what is ours to do is to lift humanity up by gratefully living the blessings we are so richly blessed with. Yes hold heart space for the pain of others and absolutely do what we can to help but part of what we can do is to fully embrace the good we have joyfully in ongoing Thanks Living.

Our November PlayShop was yesterday and we did just that; we held the doors open for grateful celebration! We made appreciation chains and gratitude rocks as well as stone soup to eat and a creativity stone soup bowl:ChainsGratitudeRocksCRSoupCCRSoupI love our PlayShops and the beautiful families who come. One of our moms had been in a serious car wreck and she was back with her whole family ~ thank you God! Her young daughter sat with her eyes closed and a beautiful smile in a heart filled space while I sang “Grateful For You” ~ it really filled my heart! We drummed our thanks, and sang We Thank You and Soup Of The Soul. We heart shared gratitude and blessings and colorful art creations. Here are a few invitations I gave the families, and now you too, for the old paper chains as holiday decorations ~ and family affirmations!Chains1 1. Take colorful paper strips of paper and decorate them with affirmations of Joy, Love, Peace or anything you are living and/or want more of.
2. Write wonderful words about your family members … Create the chain between now and Thanksgiving and then read them together. You can make it like a riddle and have everyone guess who each one is about!
3. You can simply write things you are grateful for and build your chain up over time. Jeremiah and I did this for a few seasons and a Home Spiritual practice video from our New Thought Families archives is on the Leaping Literacy Free Shelf this week. Also on the Shelf is a Gratitude Walk I took a few years back on my birthday and the Laurie StorEBook Snake In My Birthday Cake in further birthday celebration ~ yes, happy birthday to ME! Whee! I’m turning (gulp) 53! Our SoulPlay featured fun one this week is Harriet Tubman Wright of  The Wright Resort who was our Spirit Sanctuaries Counselor for the SoulPlay Camp. 3 of Harriet’s videos are on the Free Shelf with her building altars and play, play, PLAYing with us! Yes, mixing 2 of my most favorite things ~ sacredness and silliness ~ thank you Harriet! FreebiesAltars are a powerful way to super charge the energy of your home or any space to bring in … beauty, gratitude, mindfulness, peace … forgiveness! Anything goes!

One of my window sill altars with our beloved dogwood smiling fall brilliance!

One of my window sill altars with our beloved dogwood outside smiling fall brilliance!

So yes, this week is full of Thanks Living celebrations … tomorrow/today! (long post process!) is my birthday and I will be pretending to be 3 instead of 53, with no responsibilities, just painting, singing, a teddy bear picnic! On Wednesday, Jeremiah and some of his drama classmates are performing a preview for some of my family of the student written one act play entitled “14 Main” … remember the old store and home of my ancestors I’ve been cleaning out? It’s going onstage! I’m hoping my 90 year old father can be forgiving of the teenage poetic license! Jeremiah has also made his way into the community theatre production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” which opens Friday .. with lots of meetings, appointments … and a teddy bear picnic in between … indeed another full week of Thanks Living!

Whatever your week has in store, may you be filled with deep peace ~ through forgiveness if need be ~ and may you be fully free to enJOY a week of Thanks Living. Thank you for the gift of your presence here and in the world. Namaste, Love!Fall copy

Thanks Living Moments

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I greet you this mindful Monday moment full of Thanks Living! As declared last week, this is part 2 of a 5 part series this November To Remember on the art of Thanks Living. I do consider it an art as well as a discipline, a practice, a choice … moment by moment. In the circle of time, we meet at the beginning and at the end in any given moment. And, of course, like time itself, the concepts of start and finish are only human constructions to help us reason and make sense of things. Aging shows us time but our hearts and minds are free from those restraints if we so choose. And yes, I am constantly navigating the effects of aging these days … elders, teens, messy middle. When I free my heart and mind, it doesn’t necessarily change the physical before me yet I allow myself to be happy or at least in compassionate peace with whatever is. And! I often go to gratitude with the prayer to deepen my embrace of the moment.  Let’s take a deep breath of sacred appreciation … here and now … in the circle of time … make a wish if you want or simply revel in the perfection of this now breath.


Great spiritual teachers like Tolle have taught us about the power of the moment. More and more I am finding deeper facets of that power ~ in Thanks Living sacred awareness and gratitude. I practice it all the time. The most sure fire path to happiness I have found is to simply start saying thank you … naming and claiming the beauty around me with sincere appreciation. And when needed, I name and claim my own perfection with the same expansive appreciation of all that I am. Try it with me in this moment … look at your hands with the eyes of Love … the way you would look at your child, pet, spouse, anyone or anything you deeply love and appreciate. Tell your hands either aloud or in your mind how beautiful they are and how much you appreciate all they have done … just this very day. Now see if you can watch your hands in motion for the next little while noticing their beauty and sending that appreciative awareness as they are in motion. Try it even and especially when those hands are washing the dishes or some (other) task you might find unpleasant. Let your awareness and appreciation of water and suds and food consumed flow through your hands. You can do this with any part of you or anyone else or you can simply keep reminding yourself to bring this awareness of gratitude into as many of your moments as possible. Some days I am in this flow of joyous Thanks Living and some days I have to catch myself in some sort of (emotional) pain or misalignment and actively call back the moment … and the gratitude for it. I call on my heart thoughts for Happy Thanks Living! And I often send them out to others ~ bet you do too?! Woo Hoo! If so or if not, send one right now … up, up and away Heart Thought!
HeartThoughtsLast week was intense for me … extra time at doctor offices and hospitals with my parents, the school with Jeremiah. I had more than one frustrated moment of wishing things were different. Yet I put into practice sacred awareness of the present moment and the choice to be grateful for it ~ instant shift! More peaceful happy me able to send heart thoughts to myself and others! And though I got very little of my own Leaping Literacy work done, I did a bit and continue to show up even in fleeting moments.

SO! Leaping Literacy Free Shelf this week:
FreebiesI re-illustrated one of the Long OO vowel celebration Laurie StorEBooks, TWO ~ it’s there in multiple formats for you!

From the Laurie StorEBook, Two.

From the Laurie StorEBook, Two.

The ChildSing Song this week is only 2 words ~ Yes & No ~ a 4 year old Jeremiah is singing with me (we are still doing the yes/no tango at 15!), We Thank You mp3 song & music video is a joyous song of gratitude from the I Am A Seeker CD featuring boisterous young voices from the youth choir days at the Spiritual Life Center. And look who is here from SoulPlay ~ Charmaine Quintana ~ who truly makes numerology easy peasy ~ download her free eBook and hear her explain numerology as well as an 11/2 Day and a 13/4 day in 3 SoulPlay audios. Tuesday of this week is an 11/2, Thursday 13/4 with the auspicious 11/11 on Wednesday and Friday is the 13th. Numerology can be great fun as well as holding ancient wisdom … visit our Free Shelf and let Charmaine make it easy peasy for you! Her free eBook is great for the young too ~ a coloring page animal or totem for each number. Thank you Charmaine!

When we study anything like numerology it can give us more light &  insight into ourselves and our worlds; life is an intricate web of connections. Often, we can be overwhelmed by the volume of what is coming at us. Enter … again … the MOMENT! Any and all we need is always available to us … moment by moment … and when we can gratefully grasp that, we can indeed live the happy Love of Thanks Living. That is my wish for you and all beings … in this and every moment. Namaste, Love!

Play & Pray Every Day with Thanks Living this November To Remember on our free calendar!  If you are local, join us for our Thanks Living Stone Soup Gratitude PlayShop this Sunday!

All Souls ThanksLiving

IMG_3520Namaste Shining Souls Of Light Filled, Love Expressed, LIFE!

On this 2nd day of November, All Soul’s Day, I greet you in the Spirit Of Life & The Transformation Of Death ~ and every sacred breath in between! Following Halloween, the 1st of November marked the Christian All Saints Day and the 1st & 2nd of November hold the international, cultural celebration of  Dia de los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) honoring our ancestors and predecessors in the human journey of leaving our bodies behind. The word dead or death is often avoided in this society for many reasons … and even though denial is often so unhealthy, life is, indeed, a continuous circle. Yes, bodies do breakdown and die but our souls, our true essence, is everlasting energy as life embodied and Love expressed.

Breathe deep and give thanks!

Breathe deep and give thanks!

Let us think of dear ones now that we have lost in death; giving thanks for who they were with us … grateful Love in life’s deep breath … The human journey is one of connection especially to those we love ~ our families, friends, communities. Perhaps the greatest tool we have for experiencing this interdependence is gratitude. The attitude of gratitude not only frees us to live more joy and abundance, it deepens our heart and soul connections with others. Often, we only express the fullness of our appreciation for others after they are gone … in funeral and wake rememberings. How many posts of appreciation have you seen since Robin Williams or Wayne Dyer died? Both beloved spotlight people who died unexpectedly, we are jolted into expressing what they have meant to us. In this way; death can be a great reminder to appreciate & communicate with each other … in the present gift of right here and right now.

DSCN1357Death also reminds us of how our loved ones carry on in the world … pollinating in us and our memories of them as well as in any of the accomplishments of their lifetime. I watched a Hay House Memorial Celebration Service of Wayne Dyer ~ 2 hours, 37 minutes! ~ with many wonderful moments of inspiration. One I’d like to leave with you is to write a letter to any or all of your loved ones saying all the things you would say at their passing … say it now while they are alive to hear, feel, know, how much they’ve touched your life.

MrRogersFor any of your loved ones who are passed, you can still write a letter to them now or speak it aloud. Or, as the wonderful Mr. Rogers would always do when public speaking, accepting awards, etc. … “Take just 10 seconds to think of someone who has made a difference in your life. … How pleased that person must be to know that you have thought of them now.”

So it is that a 5 part series on Thanks Living begins today and will post each mindful Monday as we remember this November. In starting this series with a breath of death, it seems like we are beginning at the end, the conclusion, the punchline, of what it is to explore a life of Thanks Living. Yet, the Circle of Life reminds us that time is truly not linear, and death is, like no other, the great reminder to live. We can even frame our lives from the doorway of death … write our own eulogy now in self reflection of all we have been and dream filled imagination of where we are going … just what would we like others to say of us after we’re gone? Irrespective of what anyone else says, it is a gift to live a mindful, conscious life co-creating the highest callings of our hearts & souls.

It is also a sacred blessing and ancient ritual to honor those who have gone before us. There is an old proverb I’ve heard expressed in different ways. Here is what just googled up: “I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” Banksy

No soul wants to be forgotten so let’s remember this November and beeeeeeeyond to honor, thank, and celebrate ALL of our loved ones! It is pivotal, powerful practice in spiritually parenting ourselves, our families, our local and global communities.

Two of our SoulPlay Camp Counselors were excellent Grief Guides who played and navigated death and loss. Author of Losing Ama, Uma Girish played death games with us and we playfully received inspirational messages from fun friend Ranger Bob Keller and nurturing neighbor Fred Rogers. Tune in from the Free Shelf this week to hear some of Uma’s book and to play games in listening for your own deceased loved ones! You can also do some AWEsome therapeutic sounding, dancing, and cartooning with Michelle Peticolas. Grief, loss, death, can be heart hurting devastation … And! We can embrace it with SoulPlay! Play, as well as gratitude, are powerful, transformative tools. Our Free Shelf is doubled and tripled this week with the SoulPlay section holding 2 Uma Girish audios and 3 Michelle Peticolas videos. Yippee! Hooray! Souls are out to play!SoulPlayFreeShelf

H. Emily Cady

Author of Lessons In Truth, Emily Cady

Thank you so much for remembering and celebrating here with me! I know how precious time is and we all are such busy bees yet there is nothing more important than nurturing our Spirit through remembrance and celebration! For any who are interested in hearing and experiencing more from the Parliament Of World Religions, here is a New Thought Panel discussion with luminaries of our New Thought path + links to other big sessions from that blessed gathering. As I listen to the New Thought panel, I gratefully think of the voices of the past who whispered the tradition into being … Emerson, Quimby, Myrtle & Charles Fillmore, Emma Hopkins, Ernest Holmes.

Since the last Parliament Post here, my own days have been swirling with spiritual parenting 15 year old Jeremiah and 90 year old dad who is undergoing more body breakdown resulting in loss of independence & dignity. Slow death is perhaps the hardest to breathe through moment by moment, day by day. My mom is going in for another major surgery this week and she and my stepdad are also on the radar of care and prayer this week. I’m breathing!

So it goes that my own integration of family, the Parliament, Leaping Literacy, and what is mine to do keeps unfolding. I will (blessedly!) close with my Thanks Living for all beings alive and “dead” now … including all of you, great ones like Wayne Dyer & Pete Seeger as well as beautiful angel Renee, Ranger Bob and Faith Petric (singing below). As Faith sings, let us remember to touch our loved ones by any means of memory, word, story, feeling … in our infinite Circle Of Love. Namaste, Living Love!

TipiMorningNamaste Glorious Glimpses of the Heart Of Humanity Reclaimed, Reawakened, Reunited with the One Heart that created us all!

Traveling with my teenage man cub across the desert was good heart time.

Traveling with my teenage man cub across the desert and at the Parliament was quality  time truly at the center of this mother’s heart.

We returned safely home last night from our time at the Parliament Of World Religions which wraps up today. The first Parliament Of World Religions was held in 1893 in Chicago; the 2nd 100 years later in 1993 also in Chicago, then in 1999 it was held in Cape Town, South Africa, on to Barcelona, Spain in 2004, Melbourne, Australia in 2009 and now Salt Lake City in 2015. We had a great adventure in attending and also in the honor of presenting as part of a huge gathering of religions and hearts from all over the planet. The Parliament’s 2015 theme was “Reclaiming The Heart Of Humanity.”

The Dali Lama was scheduled but had to cancel due to health concerns. He had a special recorded message for us ...yes, it is in our hands!

The Dalai Lama was scheduled but had to cancel due to health concerns. He had a special recorded message for us …yes, it is in our hands!

Jeremiah was back at school at 7:00 a.m. this morning and me back on grandpa, groceries, life and laundry duty ~ with trying to do this blog and other work in between it all ~ ya, business as usual! Still, I am committed to the expanded heart just experienced and want to share a color packed photo smattering of what was an awe inspiring event; one that will take some time to assimilate and integrate. In fact, there was so much there, any one of us attendees could only experience a tiny fraction of it and yet, there is so much take away, it is almost easier to not do the work of integration. Except, of course, that’s not really a possibility giving the calling of our hearts that had us all there in attendance in the first place and all we couldn’t help but take in while there. Deep breath … of … zealous … YES!

The closing ceremony of the Women's Inaugural just before the opening ceremony of the Parliament.

The closing ceremony of the Women’s Inaugural just before the opening ceremony of the Parliament.

One of many captivating dancers ... chanters, singers, speakers!

One of many captivating dancers … chanters, singers, speakers!

The ceremonies and plenaries we attended were bursting with powerful energies from those on the stage and those in the audience. I was trying to reach Jeremiah and found myself in the midst of this pulsating throng taking pictures of the opening ceremony procession; with the native drums on stage, Chief LookingHorse led the way for his people followed by many more leaders of other faith and cultural paths. As you can see from the audience pictures, we were indeed a very diverse gathering:

Chief Looking Horse in Procession

Chief Arvol LookingHorse in Procession



In between all the power packed huge gatherings, were hundreds of smaller sessions including our own. All that I attended had more empty seats than filled which made me (my ego) feel better that we had probably 20-30 present in our small ballroom for our In Our Hands PlayShop. Because the room had no tables for the hands on crafts I brought, I was Spirit led to lay them out down the center aisle and our playful participants for the most part readily took to the floor and created throughout our songs and invitations.

In Our Hands PlayShop at the Parliament

In Our Hands PlayShop at the Parliament

They came up with wonderful, colorful representations of their lives through their hands punctuated with words and thoughts in their art or in the little notebooks we had for them as we took some still moments to reflect. We had some group spoken, physical, and musical interaction and connection including a beautiful, hand in hand version of our song, Circle Of Love. Our small gathering was for the most part the joyous, play filled experience we planned for. We sang 11 of the 16 songs planned ~! Some of our peeps left their hand art behind and I found a little message that nearly broke my heart ~ I can only hope this lovely one doesn’t really feel this way herself ~ in one corner it said “Nobody Special” …  in the other corner was drawn a little bug … I had passed out a plastic creepy crawly for each and we sang, If I Were A Bug as we were compassion in action for our earth from the smallest of creatures.PPlayShop3 PPlayShop4 PPlayShop5 PPlayShop7I was able to be a helping angel for a new friend I met there ~ came to the ‘rescue’ with my laptop for her powerpoint presentation; Mangalam runs the children’s program at the biggest Hindu Temple in Melbourne, Austraila and she brought her adopted aunt, her ‘oldie’ to the Parliament, we are all pictured here.ParliamentFriendsWe made friends moment by moment in workshops and hallway encounters; so many delicious, serendipitous meetings, greetings, pictures and scriptures ~ religious displays of information, inspiration, and celebration:

Harmonious, Happy Hallway Moment!

Harmonious, Happy Hallway Moment!

A flowing flock of angels fluttered through!

A flowing flock of angels fluttered through!

Tibetan Monk's Sand Mandala Creation

Tibetan Monk’s Sand Mandala Creation



Artist Kelli Bickman with her mother and daughter and her 9ft x 36 ft incredible Peace Banner!

Artist Kelli Bickman with her mother and daughter and her 9 ft x 36 ft incredible Peace Banner!

Me jotting a heart note on Kelli's Peace Banner.

Me jotting a heart note on Kelli’s Peace Banner.

I re-connected from afar with an old folkie friend/voice in Pat Humphrey ~ we unfortunately left the next morning so I couldn’t attend her full concert set ~ there were far too many things we couldn’t attend yet we floated in a sea of divine order divinity!

Pat Humphrey's and Emma's Revolution with a beautiful, local children's choir on stage singing shalom, salam, peace ~ yes, we all sang along!

Pat Humphrey’s and Emma’s Revolution with a beautiful, local children’s choir on stage singing shalom, salam, peace ~ yes, we all sang along!

From the plethora of powerful voices we did hear, there were many transformational moments and a few surprises. I was excited to hear Karen Armstrong after reading some of her books. She deservedly won an award for founding The Charter Of Compassion. I ended up being in disagreement of her message … I think … it may be that she spoke an inconvenient truth I am not ready to embrace so I am sitting with it. Briefly paraphrased she said that if compassion had a feeling, it would be ‘disturbed’ and that she was often asked what a compassionate city would look like and her response is ‘uncomfortable’.

Karen Armstrong, founder of the Charter For Compassion.

Karen Armstrong, founder of the Charter For Compassion.

While I get her meaning that in her estimation we have to feel disturbed or uncomfortable to be moved to action, I really do disagree. For me compassion in action is a natural outcome from living a mindful, sacred, aware existence. Even without the consciousness of it, people do want to help, it is a natural response and part of who we are as a species. And yes, there are a myriad of ways we are not living this … overwhelm for instance … as co-creators, we can go way over the top ~ I, and the Leaping Literacy Library are good examples of that ~ as was the Parliament event itself … yet we can adapt to how we are often ‘too much’, to how we here in the West have ‘too much’ in juxtaposition to so many on the planet … with deep breath simplicity. We can, in any breath, align with the shine of our divine design … in heart and mind … and focus on what it is for each of us to do … on any given day, in any given moment. I do believe we can act out of joy and Love rather than uncomfortable disturbance.

Jane Goodall embodied peace, power, poise, humility, and harmony.

Jane Goodall embodied peace, power, poise, humility, and harmony.

While it was a thrill to hear people like Rev. Michael Beckwith & Mairead Maguire speak live, the highest speaker in my heart was Jane Goodall. I was, of course, excited that she was speaking but her presence was breath taking. When it was her turn to take the stage, she did not enter from backstage like all the others, she arose from the audience. She, like no other, truly embodied peace. She opened with the chimpanzee calls/language of how her chimpanzee family would know her. She told of some ways her own mother had shaped her by believing in and supporting her ‘crazy’ dream of living with animals in Africa. Her mother also did a remarkable thing post World War 2 when everyone’s fear of the Germans was so thick; Jane’s mother wanted her to know that the war was a terrible thing but Germans were not terrible people so she found a German family and sent Jane to live with them for a while. Wow! Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots organization to empower youth through social justice is definitely on my follow up list of inspiration & integration! JaneThere was so many whisperings, stirrings, and shoutings as a call to social justice that I am digesting with relish and the peaceful prayer of ‘How can I help? And what is mine to do?’ And even as I was stirred and sometimes ‘disturbed’, I was also SO blissed to be witness to so much beauty. The first day I set my intention to see beauty everywhere and I was quickly bursting ~ needing to add to my intention to allow the beauty in and through and to be a mirror of it for others! I also kept seeing people who looked so familiar, I could swear I knew them but we had never met. We did see a few beautiful faces from our old church, Spiritual Life Center and that was a fun, warm smile. We ate Langar … the ‘Open Kitchen’ free lunch served by the Sikhs as an amazing gift to anyone who wanted it. Though it was an astounding operation, I couldn’t help think of the harm all those styrofoam plates and plastic forks were doing every day as they got thrown ‘away’ … and as the refrain of Allan Boesak ‘s speech said, “We mustn’t be afraid to say it.”

Mountain Clouds ~ Mama Truth

Mountain Clouds ~ Mama Truth

And the truth is, especially when we travel, all the ‘disposables’ we are dealing with are not in keeping with tending to our Mother from the heart of humanity. So many of life’s gifts are indeed a double edged sword. Which is exactly why social justice is such an important part of reclaiming our humanity! For our part, we will continue our integration of informations and heart centered commitments. And! We offer some bravery, Love, and the SoulPlay awareness of the social justice goodness found on the Overground Railroad this week on the Leaping Literacy Free Shelf ~ enJOY!FreebiesAs we travelled home yesterday, I stopped at the Salt Flats. Jeremiah chose to stay in the car and sleep as I was amazed to see peeps walking and driving across the flats that seemed to be mostly salt, part water, and a mirror like something that seemed like ice but obviously wasn’t.  I sifted through some of my own alchemy of Parliament, life, Laurie, and Leaping Literacy. And I picked up some trash.

It is always ours to do to walk our talk.

It is always ours to do to walk our talk.

Choices are always in our hands.

Choices are always in our hands.

The freedom of who we truly be is always a celebration!

The freedom of who we truly be is always a celebration!

Well, it is no wonder this epic event turned into an epic blog post! There were constant reminders to tweet and blog there at the Parliament but I was full up in the moment to moment as it was! So thanks for letting me begin to integrate here and now. I am ever grateful for you and your heart time shared here with me, thank you, thank you, thank you! Whatever alchemy you are in the middle of this blessed breath, may it be full of joyous and grateful allowance for all that is, and all that is to be. Whee! Namaste, Love!

Awakening Awareness

Namaste Awake and Aware Beautiful Beings Consciously Channeling Divine Energy!

Grateful Greetings this 10/10 begin again autumn moment of reverent renewal and reverie! I am much like the fall leaves outside the window ~ some changing color, some holding steadfast and green, some twirling and swirling in their one big moment of flight as they make their way to the ground to begin again anew … the old becoming one in the infinite circle of life. This day has me tending to many areas of life, work, family. A perfect day to realign with our spiritual ABCs …

This is the core of consciousness; without awareness, we can fall into a humdrum human existence with the divine constantly tapping at our door and us too busy to notice. There are, of course, multiple layers of awareness … to be self aware is to be able to course correct in attitude and action, to be divine aware is to be awake to the sacred beauty truly everywhere, and to be oneness aware is to see the divine order connections and perfections always at work and play … in every moment of each day. Today I am aware on all 3 of these levels to various degrees and I am deep breath grateful for how awareness makes me free!

We are so blessed to live on such a beautiful planet! I live surrounded in nature and truly so much beauty is always beckoning. When we embrace beauty, we are called higher ~ into that deeper awareness of who we truly be. And when we look with the eyes of our heart and divine connection, beauty is all around waiting to be noticed. Sometimes I use the prayer to see with God’s eyes or the eyes of my heart and it does indeed help heighten my beauty vision.

What a beautiful awareness compassion is! I regularly employ compassion in action for myself and others; this practice often entails a surrender of judgment for the higher ground of unconditional Love. Again, a simple prayer or intention will bring about this alignment because our hearts are always seeking peace and Love. The adage, “Would you rather be right or kind?” comes into play here; where our ego likes to be right, our heart and soul prefers kindness, compassion, and peace. Every time.
Take a deep breath of the divine energy you are. Right here, right now … allow the divinity of your energy to consciously be. Bringing our awareness of this beauty automatically helps us to align with the divine shine of our design! For my part, I can block this divine, energetic flow consciously and unconsciously in a myriad of ways … too much sugar is still a favorite vice of mine. Yet the beauty of awareness and compassion is that they help shine the light of Love on the divine energies always at hand. Whew! What an AWEsome design!
There are many faith filled freedoms in our spiritual ABC’s and I find fortitude to be a great one. There is a bit of moxy and tenacity in this virtue that combines the power of perseverance with the strength of unwavering faith. There is a fair amount of faith and fortitude sprinkled into this month’s Zealous Yes Expressed daily Play & Pray Calendar. Stop by any day or every day for a dose of intergenerational inspiration as we help each other remember the Yes Expressed we are!
Ah yes, the grace filled gift of gratitude makes anything and all things better! Meister Eckhart named and claimed it best, “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” And yes, I am so grateful for this moment with you! And no, I am not going to do ALL 26 letters today ~ to which you may say, “Whew! Thank you!” ~?!
Library Reopens!
I am though, oh so grateful for so many things that make up this 10/10 begin again ~ we have re-opened our Leaping Literacy Online Membership Library ~ yes, again! After much consolidation and renovation that I suspect will be continuing on for some time to come! Our traditional, creative, and spiritual family literacy resources and offerings are vast and humbling … so much co-creation! Here’s your weekly invitation to our freshly stocked Free Shelf:
There is always so much In Our Hands to do, to have, to embrace, to BE! What is yours to do? See what your heart answers zealously!  We continue our online and live offerings with our local PlayShop here tomorrow on 10/11 and our Awareness of Fairness, Compassion In Action In Our Hands PlayShop at the Parliament of World Religions this week on 10/16. Mmm mmm good, we are Love In Action!

And so are you … thank you for all you do! I am so grateful for you, for us, for the divine energy of our compassionate beauty awakened in this moment. Namaste, Love!

Synergies & Energies


Namaste Blessed Yes! In the fleeting moments of this transformational September, the smell of first rain is trickling in and all around me as light sprinkles fall on our drought soaked land … I am smiling a blessed, zealous YES! And! I am making the transition from September’s Trust The Truth To Transform Daily Play & Pray Calendar to October’s Zealous Yes Of Love Expressed.  Join us  any day and every day to remember, to celebrate, to co-create! I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm, and do the things that ought to be done by me.”~ Charles Fillmore, founder of Unity at age 94LeapYes
Ever notice how different folks react differently? Ignited or indifferent? It IS always a choice! As I continue the caretaking and spiritual parenting of my 90 year old father, this truth has become poignantly pronounced. Yet, all I can really change is my own energies in this or any other situation. As my father is dying, there is a myriad of responses around us; denial remaining a prevalent one. For some reason, our society in general prefers quantity over quality. As he constantly talks of death, I am one of the few who engages with him in that conversation, that prayer, that silence, that mystery. Others are constantly affirming he has plenty of good years left even though his days are increasingly full of bad moments. As a life long empath, I have to continually separate my energies from his … I sometimes feel so exhausted ~ like I am dying ~ then I turn to my transformational tools to free my energy and align with the ever present omnipresent synergy of what it is to die/give space for rebirth. And ya, sometimes I simply NAP! For any other caregivers out there, you know the exhaustion and I invite us all to keep nurturing ourselves with the same Love we give others. For all those who may read this who know caregivers ~ especially those (siblings) who provide this service in your own family, stop this moment to send Love (in any form) to those in service. As we all choose who and where we serve, we can honor ourselves and all those who do it … especially those who may do it differently than us.
How we are called to the music of our souls is always different!

So! My other choices of how to align with the shine of my divine design include spiritually parenting my teenager, Jeremiah. He is working on getting his driving permit in time to do some of the driving to Salt Lake City this month of October when we go the Parliament Of World Religions. Do say a prayer for us! And I know our helping angels will have the pretty Prius surrounded! I greatly enjoyed making music with my man cub this last Saturday at the El Cerrito Folk Festival. And am so excited & delighted to be presenting a performance PlayShop at the Parliament with my compassion in action, oh so talented teenage musician & co-presenter! Our Creative Spirit Families ministry both online and in live events is still my favorite way to serve! Did you know that the meaning of the word ministry is to serve? So, when we answer the callings of our hearts and souls, we are not only serving our purpose, but also the others we touch, the earth at large and THE creator that breathed our life, passions and gifts into these bodies in the first place! Yessing that blessing of full circle co-creation and manifestation!CreationInHand
Yes! I am loving the Leaping Literacy Online Library that is in my hands as the consolidation nears completion and we ready for the begin again re-opening to paid Marvelous Memberships on 10/10. This week’s Free Shelf is singing and we update the Free Shelf every Fab Friday so do join us with your free Leaping Literacy Library Card! SoulPlay, Spiritual Literacy, New Thought Families, Laurie StorEBooks, ChildSing Music … so much goodness is zealously YES blessed! Freebies
May the energies and synergies of your heart & soul callings be in full bloom this moment of our connection. Whatever your circumstances, may beauty find you and bring a smile to your heart and a zealous yes to your breath. Namaste, Love!ValleyBloom


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