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239.QuietReflectionNamaste Quiet Reflections of Reverence & Remembrance!

I greet you today with a deep reverence and respect … for what it is to be alive and what it is to choose to be in oneness remembrance this moment … big breath of connection and reflection … with some reverie & celebration!237.QuackGo ahead and QUACK! Or make any other sound your heart calls you to … a sound of celebration or frustration, retribution or solution … an animal or human sound or any other that is to be found in your remembering being this moment! By giving our thoughts and inner world a voice, we invite in more awareness … of oneness with all that is. Mmmm … oneness is a reverent remembrance worth quacking for!242.Remember

The Quintessence Of Remembrance
There are a myriad of things for us to remember in our busy lives … as a mom spiritually single parenting a 16 year old and a 91 year old in 2 households as well as running Creative Spirit Families & Leaping Literacy Online Library, I sometimes feel like my mind is constantly in review and execution of a never ending To do List. Does busy you ever feel like that too? I often say, ‘more list than day’ which I know is a self defeating affirmation! So I counter affirm, “It is not I but the Spirit within that doeth the work.” Ah, opening up to divinity, infinity, and the quintessential remembrance of who I truly be does indeed set me free!

As our song, “I Remember” affirms, “I remember who I am. I’m a child of God born to Love and serve in all the best ways I can. When I look down deep inside of me, then I truly understand. I’m a child of God born to Love and serve. I remember who I am!” 

Whatever your name for God or Source, we have a thread or direct connection to our origin. When we set our intention to remember, we open our hearts and minds to an ever expanding consciousness that allows more of this remembrance. As we affirm the pervasive presence of sacredness, our awareness is heightened. We see through our hearts with eyes of reverence.241.EyesReverence

Seeing life with reverence can be an AWEsome experience of soul expansion. It is also accessed through joy, play, deLIGHT! Our spiritual reality is one that we develop through our daily spiritual practices ~ at New Thought Families, we employ the energies of pray and play as ways to be more connected and aware …  to take care of ourselves, each other, (global) family, and our planet home. Though we engage in grateful ThanksLiving for our abundance, we also stay in prayer care of our resources.243.RRRLiving Green has always been a thing for me. I remember as a young child crying when I saw litter on the ground. What I have found as an adult in this throw away society is that being reverent and respectful with our resources requires slowing down. And slowing down seems to really lend itself to a prayerful way of being! I quit using a clothes dryer about 10 years ago … hanging the clothes to dry always offers me more time to be mindful and grateful for the clothes themselves … and the water & soap that washed them, the places in our home where they hang to dry, sun, wind,  as well as the hands that made them before they got to me! I am engaging prayerful reverence & gratitude as well as playful imagination, intuition, connection. Oneness! Sure, there are times where my mind is busy on the “To Do’s” of the day as I hang up the clothes … And! I can always remind myself to remember to be yessing the blessing at hand.244.RespectRelationsThe more I practice the ways of remembrance, reverence, and reverie, the better able I am to respect and revere ALL creations! I’ve come along way on say … spiders … while admittedly, I still have a ways to go on a certain current Presidential candidate and those (in my family!) who are choosing to vote for him! Still and all, daily spiritual practice provides Presence for ALL my relations!

The number one free resource we offer at New Thought Families is our daily Play & Pray Calendar ~ currently rollin’ in the reverent reverie of Letter R!FreebiesOur revolving Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf has made way for the rockin’ Letter R ~ with extra offerings on our New Thought Families Shelf in celebration of our Sacred ABC’s presentation tonight … The free Association Of Global New Thought’s Engaged Spirituality Webinar features ME! Yippee! Honored, excited & delighted to be sharing Spiritual Family Literacy ABC’s … Live at 5:30-6:30 Pacific ~ with opportunities for YOU to share too! If you can’t join us live, video replay available for a week and audio up for the duration of the series through October. So many great, grassroots, practical tools in this series for you! I am truly honored to be offering ours especially for families, children, and the inner child in all of us! Webinar Banner ABCLogoNTFIf our playful and prayerful approach to spiritual family literacy calls to you, I do hope you’ll join me tonight LIVE or for the replay. And! Our Leaping Literacy Library is so full of reverent & celebratory resources ~ full Marvelous Members have 24/7 access to a myriad of ways to remember. Shout out to our SoulPlay section ~ 2 years ago today our experimental TeleSummer Camp came to a close and in many ways, it has taken me 2 years to integrate all the offerings into the Library ~ such a rollicking roster of AHmazing SoulPlay Camp Counselors ~ artists, authors, teachers, healers, soul reachers ~  thank you all for your time, talents, treasure ~ now a rich resource for Leaping Literacy’s Spiritual Family Literacy Library! SoulPlay Counselor, Wild Mystic Rachel Flower is on our Free Shelf with really rad rock training including some ‘Unblock with Rocks’ work/play with Laurie Story. So many ways to the rainbows within …240.ReachRainbowsJust as rainbows need the perfect blend of sunshine and rain, so it is with the colorful tapestries of our lives. Whatever color your skies, this day, this moment, may you be filled with the reverent remembrance of the rainbow you are … the rainbow you were born from … May you be wrapped in rainbows now, Love! Namaste!247.WrapRainbows

214.PlantSeedsNamaste Powerful Possibilities of Positivity … Quiet Quests of Peaceful Practicalities!

You, and this quiet, patient blog space have SO been on my mind and heart for weeks now and this Transformational Tuesday is finally the time for now past P and quiet Q to be mindfully mattered. Even as our alphabetic calendar year rolls on, there are remnants of our om-ing Letter O still whispering to be remembered … Succinctly put, even as we organize and order the obituary of our lives ~ living the legacies we leave behind, the practicalities of our possibilities and peace infused priorities are the prana of our purpose. Let’s quietly breathe that in … Prana (life force) … possibilities … priorities … purpose.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs
225.PeacefulQuietThis has been a summer of organizing & prioritizing for me … some of it in peaceful quiet, some of it in noisy movement. Spiritual single parenting my 16 year old son, 91 year old father and our Creative Spirit Families’ nonprofit the last year or 2 has been increasingly overwhelming so I have sought this summer to bring more organization, order, planning, and peace to all of our homes. What I realized as a pivotal piece in all the puzzles was my personality or prana … the way I do life. Credited to different people, the saying purports, “How you do anything is how you do everything.”
It is my propensity in all my prolific creativity to be over the top overwhelming to myself and others. SO many times growing up I was told, “You’re too much!” Purposefully, our greatest gifts can also be our most challenging weakness. I have long since seen the self sabotaging me that knows (the lie) that I am not enough. I can quantify and qualify that if you make your list long enough, you will indeed, never be enough! So! We have our Transformational Toolboxes of Treasure … Practice! Spiritual Practice is just that. Does practice make perfect? As perfect as we allow ourselves to be!216.PeaceI have been practicing peace. Peace begins with me. Loving, accepting, allowing me to be freely me. And! As I practice acceptance, I also plan, prepare, produce the changes I prioritize for more peaceful practicalities. Sometimes, this requires practicing patience.222.PupaPatiencePatience has always been a challenge for me as I believe it is for many in our fast food society. Personally, parenting  my parent(s) has been huge for me in this. I have come to think of the ‘patient’ who requires care as one of the greatest opportunities to practice patience … as well as compassion and peace. The practicalities of practice call on many of our Ps ~ and a few Q’s! ~ Prayer is a most powerful piece of practice as we align our principles and perceptions to set the precedent of our priorities. In the stillness of quiet, our prayerful hearts can come to peace. Through prayer and contemplation, New Thought & Divine Science posit, “If we consistently “practice the presence” then we will see more and more positive results in our lives.” 223.PrayPeaceOh, how the moments and choices of our pathways press on whether or not we stop to look at the (obituary) big picture of our lives.  My own prayerful path also requires passion and play along the way ~ sometimes preserving this priority provides some of my greatest challenges. Among my own other pressing priorities of the last few weeks, this past weekend was our annual Feathers Of Freedom Family Camp in the sacred Sierras! Camp16In the midst of all the free form loving play, we had  a few prayerful moments; seeds of positivity were planted and scattered all throughout the intergenerational, interfaith hearts in attendance. My own love of the playful presence of parents, grandparents, babies, littles, tweens, teens ~FAMILY! ~ was passionately reignited! Our playtime was heightened along with the freedom inspired invitations to open up to more free and easy for me personally … in how I do … everything! Even though I have been planning & preparing for Camp all year, I felt like a major procrastinator in the packing and final production phases. So, I just kept yessing the blessings, breathing into the stressings, counting on the Love & support of others even as I continue to be so challenged in asking (!) and implementing the true freedoms of forgiveness, acceptance, and trust in the divine order that truly is always perfectly unfolding! “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese Proverb218.PresentYes, in being present to the present moment, there is peace, sweet peace. Mixed with non-judgmental acceptance of what is and trust in what is unfolding, peaceful presence can be practiced even when it feels like stormy seas are swirling. My biggest freedoms in producing camp and all else this summer come from loving me no matter what. In preparing and planning, and then flowing with what actually shows up ~ free from the need for everything to go according to plan! And so the peaceful, prayerful path unfolds …226.AskQuestionsI have come to know questions as a powerful part of affirmative prayer. In staying on a prayerful, peaceful path, alignment can come through open hearted questioning. My current question has become, “How can I do easy? Allow ease and grace to flow?” This has been bringing more and more vision as well as applied practical steps to let go, let God, be the ease and grace flowing through, abundant, prolific, co-creative me! Yippee! I do so choose to protect and pamper myself by painting positive pictures of all my ~ and our ~ human potential!224.Protect

The only political point I will posit in this celebration and affirmation of the powerful letter P … is that the current polarizing, politicizing practices plead for peaceful prayers for the path of Humanity!212.PeacefulPath
As I practice patience and peace, acceptance and forgiveness,  I Am that I Am better able to celebrate the organizing time I spent this summer as I return to the alphabetic production schedule of Leaping Literacy that seemingly got somewhat derailed. I affirm divine order perfection! And so it is that Q quietly comes to sit on the Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf already double packed with powerful, positive P’s:FreebiesOur New Thought Families daily Play & Pray Calendar is our consistent place for everyday spiritual centering and play ~ for all ages. Pop in anytime!

The Association For Global New Thought’s webinar  is in full swing on Monday evenings, 5:30-6:30 Pacific. Last night, Rev Dan Landis spoke on Holy Money ~ you can still catch his and others’ replays! Next Monday, we will experience Spirit guidance through shaman David Cumes, M.D. and on Monday, August 29th, I am honored to share Sacred ABC’s: Everyday Spiritual Family Literacy. Join me and the AHmazing others in these ground breaking, interactive webinars practicing and celebrating engaged spirituality!Webinar Banner ABCLogoNTF
And so it is this Transformational Awareness August Tuesday that I proclaim a peaceful, prayerful, playful positive path for you and me and all of Humanity! May you know your own divine perfection … no matter what! Namaste, Love!

 

Om Of Oneness

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Namaste Original Ones!
I greet you with an OM of oneness! In the midst of a sizzling summer swirl, I made it back to the beach this week for 2 nights arriving home just before Jeremiah and dadio Daniel arrived from their coast to coast driving adventure … after 5 weeks away, my boy is home! I am cherishing the oneness that I felt while he was away as well as the atONEment I feel now that he is home. Practicing this OM of oneness in this now moment … here … even as the next few days loom large, breathing OM now … Before I take him on to band camp, take his dad to the airport to fly home, take my dad to more doctors, get back to Laurie StorEBooks and the Leaping Literacy Online Library, and finish my county fair entries … So! I know you have a long list too so let’s just center in this cyber space together and OM as ONE!…! grandomMy meditation on the letter O is offered below followed by a bit more on sacredness in politics mentioned in the last July blogpost here. And! Here is the ‘Ocean OM’ vlog celebrating Letter O I did on the beach if you want to om with me here or directly at Vimeo with the password: VLOLS

In Our Origin Is Oneness!
All of life originated from the same Source; with intention we can open ourselves to this sweet Spirit oasis place anytime, anywhere. With the desire to experience oneness, we can allow our awareness to expand. As we breathe out the sacred sound of OM, we can connect with all of creation … no matter how much our conscious brain allows for, the experience is there. When we say Namaste, we are honoring the divine in us sees the divine in another. When we use compassion to see others, oneness awareness is fostered. When we give thanks for our food thinking of some of the hands and lives that brought it into being, we expand our awareness of oneness. Though oneness is in the natural order of who we be, often (always?!) the process of awakening into oneness consciousness is like water over stone. It’s spiritual practice!

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In Our Origin Is Our Originality!
The place of our originality ~ the uniqueness of our own gifts to give the world is also innate in our origin. All too often, this too is forgotten as adults become overridden with responsibilities and seeming obstacles to happiness. Yet, the truth of our being is always there. What did we love doing as children? What do we love doing now? When we do what makes us feel blissful, we are in alignment with our originality. Knowing and feeling this should be all we need, right? Sure. From the earliest stages of life, babies and children look to others for encouragement and acknowledgment, “Watch me!”, and permission, “Is this OK?” Unfortunately, our originality is not always rewarded which can be one of the reasons we tune it out. Yet! Original us always exists! And in fact, it often will persist and insist to be let out (again!) to play!

205.OwnOptimismIn Our Origin Is Optimism!
Yes, I know some of us seem to own more optimism than others yet when we turn again to look at our youngest teachers, the evidence is there that we are born with hope, good cheer, and an optimistic outlook that life is a gift worth living! No matter where you find yourself on the optimism scale, it is like any other habit or virtue ~ with attention and nourishing, it will grow! Another spiritual practice, gratitude & appreciation can help your outlook be more optimistic as you gratefully see your blessings and life’s goodness. There are scientific studies and/or you can just trust me on this: optimistic peeps are happier than pessimistic ones thereby bringing more happiness to others!

201.OrganicallyOur Organic Origins are LOVE!
The place where we connect to Source and Oneness is Love. The place where we align with the original shine of our divine design is Love. The place where we allow an optimistic outlook to guide our way is Love. We are organisms programmed for Love because that’s what we’re made of. And then there are the opposites. The opposite of Love is fear … forging it’s way as hate, abandonment, even mental illness that commits acts of terror and senseless violence. Often quoted here, it bears repeating that, “Everything is either an act of Love or a cry for Love.” ~ Ernest Holmes208.DivineOrder

We are One with all of it! Yes, one with beauty & goodness yet also one with ugly and pain. This is so beautifully expressed by the great poet Thich Nhat Hanh. Here is part of his famous poem, Please Call Me By My True Names:
“… I am the frog swimming happily in the clear water of a pond. And I am the grass-snake that silently feeds itself on the frog. I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones, my legs as thin as bamboo sticks. And I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to Uganda. I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat, who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate. And I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving. … Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion. …”

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Our Old Ones …
In the circle of Love and the circle of time, our old ones offer us a great opportunity of heart opening compassion. Of course, as in generations past, our old ones offer a wisdom of life experience and way showing. Sometimes, the wisdom slips away before the body does. As many of our elders live longer and longer in aging bodies that cause the indignities of deterioration, those of us that care for them can feel oppressed as (parts of) our own lives are put on hold to take care of them and their needs. However, when we can center in the optimistic origins of life, allowing our hearts to open, we organically come home to Love, home to ourselves, to family, to community ~ local and global.

And so it is we return briefly to the discussion of sacredness and politics. Mmm … politics … oh … ow. A needed place for OM if ever there was one! I had shared about Stephen Dinan’s book, “Sacred America, Sacred World” last time as I was so excited to receive and read it. When it arrived, I was drawn immediately to the chapter on family. After reading that chapter, I couldn’t quite get into the book. I waited a few days and read the chapter again in an effort to stay really open. I re-realized a few things … everyone has their own opinions and views of our world … I see the model of family as one with global family and from that perspective, Dinan’s offerings, “Building Stronger Families” had way too many omissions for me. I think there’s probably lots of other good to be gleaned from the book so am trying to stay open. Meanwhile! I re-read The Tao Of Pooh at the beach and it settled my soul. And! There’s another outstanding voice blending sacredness and politics that you can listen to here:

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Peter Bolland was this week’s guest on the Association For Global New Thought’s webinar and his recording is linked on his page above. You can still sign up for this outstanding offering; the first 2 of 16 weeks are still available to hear and week 3 is next Monday. Thanks AGNT and Peter Bolland!Webinar BannerAs our pictures here obviously show, we are all about the Letter O at the New Thought Families Play & Pray Calendar  ~ For Humanity! ~ as well as on the Leaping Literacy Online Library Free Shelf!FreebiesIn a blink, we will be pondering the powerful letter P full of playful prayers, and promises of peace. For now, another OM of Oneness ~ for all our letters, all our relations, and all our own originalities operating with, for, and of, the One. I am deeply grateful for you sharing this OM moment with me. May you be filled with optimism, openness, and opportunities! Namaste, Love!

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Namaste Natural Nest Nurturers! Namaste Hungry Birds!

Thanks for sharing a mindful moment here … I am posting in the afterglow of the July 4th celebrations~ Happy Birthday America! For any who like to reach a bit beyond the BBQs into the heart fireworks of true freedom, I salute you! And bow to you. Namaste.

For as much as I celebrate the freedoms of our free nation, and appreciate all the freedom fighters who have gone before us to make it so …. I truly treasure the inner freedoms more ~ forgiveness, allowance, alignment … the freedoms of imagination, inspiration and celebration itself! In that Spirit, here’s a little voice from our New Thought Families spiritual literacy video section of the Leaping Literacy Library:

Home Spirit Celebration: Freedom Of Forgiveness
Passcode: LJFree

Jeremiah’s young voice in that video is narrating and celebrating from one of our daily, multimedia calendar pages, way back when, even as the now 16 year old Jeremiah is winging away from our home nest all summer! Our current calendar and Free Shelf at Leaping Literacy Library feature Letter N which has us nurturing nature and letting nature nurture us! From imagination celebrations to Niagara Falls to nesting to natural beauty Lake Tahoe and an Earth Gym demonstration from SoulPlay Rachel Flower, N is naturally nourishing!FreebiesWith our daily, multimedia New Thought Families Play & Pray Calendar, we are reminded to notice newness and reverently kneel with nature negating the negativity of life which seems to be working overtime these days! 188.KneelNatureIn this celebration of freedom and life ~ especially in the face of what can feel so oppressive ~ we are reminded to rise up like fireworks in the sky, rising from the inside out, naming and claiming the truth of the splendor of who we truly be!

194.NegateNegativityNegate Negativity: Denials And Affirmations
In New Thought, the use of denial and affirmation can be powerful when focused on the inner truths of freedom. To deny is not to insist that something doesn’t exist, rather, it is to focus on the positive affirmation of the highest and best you while you disallow the outcome or impact in your life of the negativity you negate or deny. In this way, forgiveness is a denial. You are denying anger or resentment to eat away at your peace and joy. Whatever thoughts and emotions we experience ~ especially repeatedly ~ we are using them to shape our outer reality. When we focus on what we truly desire from the inner truth of who we be, we deny the power of negativity to bring us down as we affirm the holy presence that is always present in divine order. For a (more!) clear explanation of Denials and Affirmations, see this post from Finding Unity. And so it goes that we mindfully measure meaning of what we’re nourishing  … For more about New Thought … our webpage is here. And! The Association For Global New Thought is hosting a weekly webinar that begins this Monday, July 11. Check it out and sign up here ~ it’s free!Webinar Banner

And! Yes, there’s more … Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network is launching a new book that engaged my heart so fast, I did the Amazon 1 click! Yes I am excited to read “Sacred America, Sacred World” available with launch bonuses today and tomorrow here! I am hoping this book lays out spiritual wisdom for nurturing our national nest. Here is author Stephen Dinan with the book trailer:

Sacredness in politics?! Sign me up! You’ll find this timely and oh so needed book here, thank you Stephen!

And as we nurture our nest with the best of us, so shall freedom rain and reign … with a true liberty and justice for all. Of course it’s a tall order but there is only infinity in divinity and I see, know, and affirm divine order ~ always! This ~ denial ~ and affirmation really help me align and realign with peace, joy, and freedom.

FREEDOM! Our Feathers Of Freedom Family Camp is coming! You can still join us for sacred Sierra time … Sacred You, Sacred Family! Our family nests are indeed naturally nurtured with time away to pray and play, connect and reflect. Ask your inner wise one; our camp may just feed a need for you and yours … heart and soul!

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So, thank you again, for making mindful meaning and feelings of freedom as we nurture our nests with our highest and best. Namaste, Love!

Rays_spinNamaste Shining Rays of Summer Solstice Love Expressed!
I greet you in the name of compassionate oneness this illuminated June of justice where the world spotlight has been on mass murder and the mayhem of hate manifested through the hurting heart of humanity. And! The resurgent rise of LOVE in the face of the hate that cannot survive the Light of Love we truly be. We are the Light Of Love ~ yes blessed expressed!

Solstice June 20th marked this year’s Solstice; here on the Northern hemisphere, the longest day of sun rays. Today, June 21st, is the ‘official’ first day of summer which originated, no doubt, from this turning point in our planet’s rotation around our life giving sun. Metaphysically, summer Solstice illuminates our lives; giving us an opportunity to more clearly review our life’s meaning. While the winter Solstice is a time of darkness, harkening us to turn to the light within for wisdom, the summer sun beckons us to look around at all we have done, all we are doing, and all we wish to do … to co-create, to mindfully manifest.
LoveWriteBecause this co-creation is messy middle Love life long, don’t miss the magnificent manifesting opportunities for living more of the shining truth of you found below near the bottom of this post!

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It is often challenging to see the truth of ourselves and to take responsibility for the life we have manifested ~ especially when we are (proverbially?!) living mired in the messy middle ~ the place between where we have been and where we see ourselves going. Yet! As mindful, conscious, compassionate, co-creators, looking through the illumined eyes of our heart is imperative to seeing where we are in Love. Ernest Holmes said, “Everything is either an act of love or a cry for love.” I wrote a song about it called, “Always Love” that I offer here, now, in music video … as a response to recent, loud, painful cries for Love … with the hope this song and what it sings can bring some compassion and maybe a bit of inspiration from the messy middle of humanity’s family:
Always Love Music Video
Passcode: Always14

Love is Love. Love wins. We have been heartened by these responses again this last week from, and for, the LBGT community in the wake of the shootings in Orlando. There were other tragic killings for more of our brothers and sisters worldwide this last week ~ the high profile ones we heard of and sadly, the many that happen daily, we never hear of. I am reminded that, most often, when tragedy strikes, Love is reawakened within us, calling us to rise up. It is Love that carries us through the daily challenges of being family ~ our immediate families and our global family. We let the best of us lift us up from natural disasters ~ floods, earthquakes, wildfires ~ lift us up from human attacks ~ the big ones like the Pulse Nightclub as well as the little ones like words of condemnation or the indifference of silence from our immediate family. We rise up in Love in the face of hate, fear, illness of body, mind, Spirit. We rise in compassion to meet the mental illness that takes away precious lives leaving a path of incomprehensible pain. We reach for Love & goodness; we make Love and we make music!174.MakeMusicFor surely, the song of Life is always singing in our souls calling us to rise … and rise again! The message of music singing our souls is in part, the song we sing and in part, the songs we choose to listen to ~ And! The response we choose in how we listen!

This past week held a lot for my personal family; a big one was my 16 year old Jeremiah going off to Spain with a school group. Another big piece of sky for him to fly and me to gracefully allow ~ as well as work hard to get him up, up, and away! After leaving him at 4:00 a.m. at the SF airport, I drove to the beach where I used to live before becoming his mom. Arriving there at 5:20 a.m., I embraced the silence of the beach and early dawning sunshine. Some hours later, I sat at a picnic table doing some notebook reflections and a good deal of people listening as lots of them walked by. I also watched a mole digging a big hole; she would move massive mounds of dirt with her mole body surfacing briefly and quickly retreating. She did her work efficiently and mostly silently (except for the crunching of roots!) largely unnoticed as multitudes of peeps strolled by. I marveled at how the mole methodically did her work irrespective of the hub bub going on above her and all around her. I also noticed how dogs are so interested in each other; often causing their people to interact with each other. I remembered last year during the Butte fires here how strangers took such a vocal interest in each other’s lives. As I sat there by the beach, I listened to so many interesting tidbits ~ getting caught up in a few. Most memorably was the mom pushing a baby stroller and talking to her 8 or 9 year old daughter walking beside her … “That little boy drowned. It was not the alligator ~ you don’t have to be afraid of alligators!” The little girl did not answer, her head down. Admittedly, I think I was gaping at the woman who caught my eye. I tried to ease my judgment with compassion ~ for all. And I do have judgments! Not the least of which is that alligators are wild animals who live in some waters (not the one we were next to!). They are to be feared. The little boy would not have drowned had the gator not snatched him. The frantic father could not save his son from the quick snatch of the alligator. I could go on … more judgments about what the Disney Resort should have and shouldn’t have done … yet, for the sake of our mindful moments … let us be free to embrace all in Love, compassion, and the divine order meaning that always lives in the messy middle. Always. No matter what. And in every moment of our choosing, we are free to choose unconditional Love. When we do, we are free.176.FreeMindLet us freely turn to the magic within our minds … it is ready for us whenever we choose to let go of messiness and embrace the blessedness. Truth is, we are infinitely blessed in every breath! And! Not the least of our blessings, is the capacity to live the divine, see the sacred, manifest the magic that lives in each of us and all of us! Yes, it is ‘natural’ to feel the pain of others and the horrible hurt that hate can inflict. It is just as innate to align with the magic flow of life … to feel good, to laugh, to see beauty everywhere present as the Creator’s gift to us ~ and our own gift to us, as co-creators giving to each other! Art, music, inspiring words, kind deeds, conscious conversations. When we set our mind on magic, we manifest more and more of it!          172.ManifestMagic

So! Let’s magically, mindfully meet! Here are some invitations for dancing with the divine; everyday spirituality meets extraordinary opportunities! First, our ongoing daily Play & Pray Calendar ~ multi-media reminders currently embracing the magnificence of mighty, marvelous Letter M ~ also found filling our Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf which also features SoulPlay Color Me Yoga Marsha Therese Danzig sharing a few mudras from her children’s book of them!Freebies
We also have a very exciting event to tell you about ~ one that will help you live engaged spirituality! This FREE Monday Night Webinar Series begins July 11th & ends October 31st running every Monday from 5:30–6:30 PM Pacific Time:

Webinar BannerJoin powerful spiritual activists and a community of friends in this revolutionary new series. Each 60 minute fully interactive video onscreen (or phone) weekly session will feature inspiration, models, and take-away tools on a variety of leading-edge topics. Learn and engage in the dialogue. Attend as many as you can to open up new paths for practical action. My interactive session will be on Everyday Sacred ABC’s on August 29th. You can register directly HEREABCLogoNTF
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These free webinars initiate The Association for Global New Thought’s new mission and
lead up to our exciting October 24-27 symposium in San Diego, “Engaged Spirituality: Tools to Empower the Conscious Majority.” Check it out … Will YOU be there? Early Bird symposium registration ends June, 30th.

What a great webinar series and symposium! And! We still have some cabins for our sacred Sierra’s Feathers Of Freedom Family Camp! I visited the Camp this first day of summer and have the video invitation below. Deep breath of YES! There IS support, Love, and conscious community for us in the messy middle of this joyous journey! Offerings like the Engaged Spirituality webinar and symposium, and our Feathers Of Freedom Camp are here for you should you be called. Thank you so much for sharing the shining truth of you. Namaste, Love!
Feathers16AFeathers Of Freedom Family Camp Invitation Video
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158.LiveLoveNamaste Light Of Love!

I greet you in the name of Love! How is your Love life? That is to say how are you living your life of Love?! Our sweet ’16 Alphabetic Calendar has us at the lovely letter L in a celebration of Love, life, light, laughter! As we remember who we truly be, our shining light illuminates our path of living Love expressed.168.LiveLlamaLive like a llama ~ or a lama?! Of course, the Dali Lama is an enlightened soul we can aspire to be like; shining light of kindness, unconditional Love acting for justice, peace, goodness. The animal llama also offers some luminescent life lessons we can emulate. In particular, like the Dali Lama, llamas are willing to be of service; as pack animals they will carry a weight for a long distance. Yet! When the weight becomes too much to bear, the llama will lay down, refusing to take another step. Sometimes, they even spit angrily to get the point across. When their load is lightened, they will resume their service. Brilliant self preservation! I am learning this wise boundary setting … living like a llama treating myself as well as others, with kindness and compassion.
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Grow Love? Of course! We plant seeds and nurture them with our thoughts, words, deeds. We also grow Love every time we remember to bring Love to a situation where there seems to be a lack of Love. A prayer grows Love in our own hearts as well as in those we are praying for. An apology grows Love in whomever we have wronged and in our own hearts as we consciously recognize where we have fallen out of Love, speaking our intention to rectify and replenish.157.BigLoveLiving Big Love is being in Love with life itself. Loving the holy, divine presence always available is living our Love life. Letting life lift us up with the beauty of nature, and the good in humanity is living our Love life. There is plenty of smallness all around us. Yet, when we reach for Big Love, it is always reaching back … to Love, to dance and play … to LAUGH!
166.LaughHave you laughed today? Laughter is Love’s joy bubbling up inside us. So good for body, mind, and soul, laughter is, truly, the best medicine. You can laugh with me in the Love Life Vlog below, do some Laughter Yoga either on our New Thought Families website or all over YouTube. If you can laugh with yourself or loved ones, all the better. It really is so healthy for your Love Life!164.BeLightLIGHT! St. Lucy Day is celebrated in many parts of the world symbolized with a crown of candles on a young girl’s head. The tradition started as part of winter Solstice on the longest night of darkness. New ideas are often drawn with a light bulb on top of the head. So! Let some light shine on your head ~ sunlight, lamp light … and see what bright ideas dawn inside of shining you! Remember, you are the light & can shine anytime! You are the Light of Love. When you laugh. When you live in Love filled passion. When you Love. And! You are the Light of Love no matter what you do or don’t do ~ we are created that way. Think of your own children/grandchildren. You love them as the shining lights they are, right? The best we can do is love each other in this way … living the light of unconditional Love. I speak to all of this in the little vlog below.

Our Leaping Literacy Online Library Free Shelf is fully stocked with lovely L’s! Sign Up/In with your free Leaping Literacy Library Card. The songs and videos are sure to lift you into more of the Light & Love of you ~ woo hoo! Our daily Play & Pray Calendar at New Thought Families is always there free, with no log in, to support you and your family’s spiritual literacy.FreebiesSo may you reawakened in this moment of mindful remembrance in knowing yourself as the Light & Love you truly be. Thanks for spending the moment with me, here and in this loving, laughing vlog ~ video blog linked below here at the blog. Namaste, Love ~ shining Light of luminescence!

Love Life Vlog with Laurie Story ~ Password: VLSLLLLL

152.Kiss Connected Kisses This Memorial Day!
I greet you in kindred connection to the kind core that lives in each of us and all of us ~ especially on this Memorial or Decoration Day here in the U.S. where we honor those who have died in war. My mother grew up with Decoration Day being a time to place flowers on the graves of all family members; to remember all those no longer here. My mom remembers picking wild flowers when they were fresh and storing them in 5 gallon buckets under the house for a week sometimes before Decoration Day. Somehow this image of the mindful remembrance and co-creation of my kinfolk, seems to make my heart smile and make me feel more akin to the holiday.151.KindToCreationCaring Kisses! Though this holiday weekend means many things ~ including BBQs and an ushering in of summer (though Solstice is still 3 weeks away!), it is most widely an honoring of those lives lost and damaged in war. I’ll be taking my dad, a WWII vet, to a ceremony and lunch at our local Veteran’s Hall. Last year at this event, the Chaplain’s extra long ‘prayer’ included what I found to be hate speech against many in our American (global) family. So, I am resisting returning there again yet I am still willing to be in service to my dad; in this case, for his service to our country. And I am willing to be in service to Love, kindness, justice, allowance, remembrance …MemorialKisses Of  Remembrance! Memorial. A time to remember. Where we honor our ancestors and bring forward some of the past into our present and ultimately our future. Hopefully, generations to come will heal the insanity of humanity that is war (Eckhart Tolle) and more fully embody the inherent freedom that exists within us as both the truth and possibility of humanity. And by us remembering this essence of who we truly be, we make each day, an opportunity to live remembrance … in active Love and service, allowance and forgiveness, compassion and kindness. Memorial picture from Pixabay.Kisses Of  Kindness! We attended a graduation celebration yesterday for a wonderful young woman who has always embodied kindness and service. Sara sang on many of our CDs and it was fun to see her and Jeremiah together … our kids are such a kinesthetic marker of time! Sara has upcoming service projects this summer that include building a house in Mexico, helping handicap children ride horses in Idaho and feeding the hungry in central California. She continues to keep connecting in kindred kindness in answering the callings of her heart. Jeremiah and I then returned to our old church this morning in their (not so) new location we had never been to. This was the community where we met Sara and sang together. The church continues to “Love, Serve, and Remember” and it was a gift to rekindle some old connections with kisses of caring kindness.150.KindredConnectionsKinfolk Kisses! My own Jeremiah is wrapping up school this week: some tests still await ~ including his driver’s test. Gulp. It’s here, my son, the licensed driver. This week also includes a long drive to my nephew’s graduation, the local graduation (Jeremiah’s on French horn for pomp and circumstance!) + I am hosting a little cast party one day after school at 14 Main ~ the dusty old family store some of the drama kids did the one act play about this year.BlogLakeT And! Next Sunday, our Creative Spirit Families’ local PlayShop is at beautiful Lake Tabeau ~ woo hoo! So lots of continued, blessed busy-ness, as my little Laurie StorEBooks (the most joy filled calling of my heart!) are still being birthed. JoinJ00 copyCommitted Kisses! In the midst of keeping commitments and connections with kin that include all of the above + a whole lota blessed birthday celebrations and some local performances this June, I will be sending my teenager off with free wings and a big sky the summer. Jeremiah is going to Spain on a school trip and when they come back to the States into Dallas, he will board another flight to Philly to be with his dad. They will drive nana’s old car across the country so my licensed driver will have his own wheels next school year. (More free wings for mama too!) Jeremiah will also return to band camp at Lake Tahoe for a week before school resumes in August so my free bird will be covering lots of sky this summer! Me? I will still be caring for dad while having a bit of a staycation at home. I will be kindling co-creation playing with a huge ABC project and production list. I plan to go back to kindergarten ~ with a playful heart and an open, learning mind! 154.KindergartenKisses Calling! What summer adventures are calling you and yours this season?! How about joining us in the sacred Sierras for fun, frolic, feathers, conscious, caring community and heart opening, empowering connections with self, family, friends, nature, creativity, spirituality?!
Feathers16AFeathers16B Kindred Kisses! Our hearts are always calling us home … to kindred connections of kindness, creativity, compassion, justice. We know what’s right and fair for ourselves and our family. In spiritually parenting myself, teenage Jeremiah and elder dad, things may often feel unfair or ‘wrong’ yet I have come to know the opportunity in those feelings to go deeper into divine order where kindness and justice reign supreme ~ always and in all ways. With Jeremiah in particular, I see the power of conscious connection that we have nurtured together. I heard a great term this week from an unidentified source, that the teenage experience is “dirtying the nest”. So true ~ in more ways than one! Yet awake and aware consciousness allows us to keep Spirit/God in the forefront helping us to navigate sometimes turbulent teenage waters with conscious kindness. The natural give and take of him growing up gives me just enough “Ok, go ahead and take your mess with you” to balance out the tears and sadness in spending the summer without him. I actually feel happy for him and for me ~ for the most part!
Leaping Literacy Kisses!FreebiesAs promised, we added K to J for the fleeting days of May on the Leaping Literacy Online Library Free Shelf. In the upcoming first days of June, we embrace the light, life, and Love of L! Remember, you can play & pray with us every day on our New Thought Families Daily Play & Pray  Calendar.

Kindle Kisses! And so it is we carry on in kindling moment by moment kisses. Kisses of awareness, goodness, justice, kindness, togetherness & tenderness, reverence & remembrance. I send you a grateful kiss of yes in this blessed moment with a reminder invitation to carry kindness wherever you go … Namaste, Love!148.CarryKindness

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