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Zealous Yes: Love Expressed

Namaste Zealous Breath Of Love & Life Expressed!

Thank you for being here this mindful moment; for saying yes to this breath, yes to this connection. In the midst of what seems a continuous swirl of suffering, injustice and instances of humanity at it’s most horriblest, let us persist in the ways we must resist and insist on experiencing glimpses of bliss despite our hurting hearts. Yes this last week has brought an array of madness moments building the momentum of the insanity of humanity with POTUS Trump actually throwing rolls of paper towels into the hands of devastated Americans in Puerto Rico and the Vegas shooter waging war on innocent civilians spraying a reign of terrifying bullets from on high. As we look on and then look away, we struggle inside and out with what to think, do, say. While some claim prayers are not enough, reaching for our holy Creator and the divinity, compassion, forgiveness inside us, is still some of the best of who we are divinely designed to be. Saying YES to reaching high is indeed, how we rise! And it can be SO challenging sometimes … I myself felt anger this week which is pretty rare for me. In our messy humanness, we feel and we deal. And we surrender, pray and reach high … and higher …

So what do we tell our children?

How can we best help our youngest navigate what we ourselves struggle with??!! The words of beloved Mr. Rogers ~ and his mother! ~ can help us all. Yes, we look for the helpers. Those are the ones that are embodying the highest in humanity. The ones called to rescue, resuscitate, renew … We tell our children to look for the helpers. We answer their questions and no more. We spare their innocence from more detail than they need; we shelter them from too many media images and messages. And we pray with our children ~ reaching on high to lift ourselves and others. We release the yuckies in healthy ways like sounding on our Leaping Literacy Free Shelf with SoulPlay Michelle Peticolas this month. We look for the good and focus there. We live the good we are blessed with, the best we can each day.

Reach High!

It is so ‘normal’ to feel sadness, anger, pain when our brothers and sisters are hurting. In today’s media age, we know so much (too much?!) in real time though of course there is always more we barely hear of (recent near genocide of Rowhingya Muslims). Most if not all of us are feeling degrees of overwhelm and it may seem somehow ‘wrong’ for us to feel good, feel joyful, much less passionate and zealous?! Let’s look deeper, shall we? If those of us who in this moment are safe, loved, surrounded by beauty & comfort are vibrating with sadness, anger or even rage and despair, who will lift humanity?! Think of it in Harry Potter terms; the Death Eaters could swallow one up, heart and soul yet be staved off with good, happy thoughts. We are not so different, friends. Though the level of chaos and darkness is seemingly growing, we must hold heart space of the highest order during these birthing pains of a more evolved, compassionate humankind. We are helpers. We are good. We are divinely designed to be a zealous YES of Love expressed!

No matter the personal or global deets of your days, say YES to your heart ~ listen and tap into … what makes your heart smile? What lights you up? What gives you a sizzling energy of YES ~?! THAT is ZEAL! Zeal is the energy of yes and pure potentiality!

 

For my part, I stay plenty busy being mighty mom and caretaking elders, especially my dad. These are jobs that can be exhausting and not always fulfilling. My most zealous yes is in creating ~

Above and below are ‘Peacock Cards’ I made for a spiritual literacy class this week ~ we circled up with peacock wisdom, made fruit peacock snacks and art and let this Creature Teacher speak to us of dreams. As you may or may not know, the regal beauty of the peacock embodies a wild voice ~ it kinda cries, squawks, laughs all at once! Like this pretty bird, we are all of it!
Circled up with the Peacock enlightenment!It can be so easy to ignore our hearts and live without zeal ~ seemingly saying no to our deepest desires simply by being too busy with the daily demands or by being engulfed in negativity by the gravity of current affairs. Again, I say, rise up against the ‘Death Eaters’ of insanity and gratefully embrace the goodness all around you and the goodness that is you. Reach into your Transformational Toolbox to let go of all the yuckies, surrender to your higher power and then start giving thanks for all you have and all you are. Reach high and feel the zeal ~ for your highest good and the highest good of all! Right action for what is yours to do will naturally follow your zealous YES!

Our October Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf has a mix of home Zeal, Halloween, and a special SoulPlay PlayShop with Secrets of Life & Death’s Michelle Peticolas helping us release yuckies with sound. Great for all ages, release with us!My work/play of spiritual literacy has me developing new content for the Leaping Literacy Library as I play it out in the new Creative Spirit Families studio and at Spiritual Life Center on Sundays. Last Sunday, Squirrel was our Feature Creature Teacher. Squirrel works very hard, especially this time of year, gathering for the winter yet always seems to be at play. Rather than worrying about the approaching cold and scarcity, squirrel playfully gathers and stores with a seeming grateful joy.Life is good and the goodness of life is best felt when we stay grateful ~ and when we add some play into our work! When we look at life and death in the circle of time, we can see our lives for what we want them to be … productivity and potentiality played out passionately! Part of my calling keeps returning me to my long list of alliteration titles that are being completed in zig zag formation ~ given that last post, there were 2 new T titles and this time, the newest are from the outstanding letter O!

So! I will keep the words, Library, and live circles at play! And for my hurting brothers and sisters I will pray. With a bit of both play & pray in every breath, may we all, in our own ways, be a zealous YES of Love expressed! Namaste, Love!

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Magnificent March Brings Sacred Spring

Fertility Spring Birth Spring Beginnings Spring Renewal Spring Light Spring!

Namaste Blessed, Birthing, Blooming Beauty!

Happy spring! Happy March! Women’s History Month! St. Patrick’s Day! Equinox ~ First Day of Spring! What a month! Are you feeling the Equinox renewal and balance?!  Here’s hoping your hearts and calendars are full ~ yet not too full ~ with fun, frolic, and expanded awareness opportunities! For my part, life’s beautiful celebrations have been a bit tempered with the continued swirling political energies and my personal family journeys. Below, I speak a bit about ‘women’s work’ globally and what that has meant for me personally and in relation to Leaping Literacy this month.

Yet, let us delay no further in fully embracing the wonders of SPRING! Officially March 20th this year, Equinox ushers in spring (and fall on the other side of our pretty planet!) bringing equal hours of light and dark as our days become longer in light, our nights shorter in darkness. AND! Equinox brings the rich beauty and history of Goddess Ostara. Before Christianity (and I suppose other organized religions like Judaism & Islam too), Goddess and nature worship was widespread. Goddess Ostara was also known as Esther (Easter!) and known for renewal, resurrection, birth, re-birth. Today, we can metaphysically align with all these energies as nature calls our Spirits out to dance with the sprouts of green and colorful blossoms. Here’s is a prayer that combines these energies:

Sacred Spring! Oh, you reignite our passionate hearts to take flight!
Thank You Goddess Ostara for renewal, balance, and resurrection.
Thank You holy Source of All Creation for blooming perfection;
divine order grace,  transformation’s face of magnificent magnitude.
May we all spring forward now full of faith, trust, and joyful gratitude!

I also wrote a new song this week with and for Ostara and the gloriousness of spring. Here it is!

Ostara Ignites!

Easter Esther Ostara!
©2017Laurie Story Vela Song is here with lyrics below.

Ostara Ignites! ©2017Laurie Story Vela

Chorus:
Spring is here alive and bright!
Spring is here alive and bright!
Green is reaching for the light
Easter, Esther, Ostara
Easter, Esther, Ostara

Ostara shines new birthing delights
Spring is here alive and bright
Light returning to balance the night
Ostara ignites our passions to flight
Chorus

Ostara Shines on fertile ground
scattering seeds all around
Like green seedlings we reach for the light
With renewed desires, our passions take flight
Chorus

This celebration of Ostara and spring kicked in for me last week as we experienced desert blooms ~ fresh flower faces smiling up from the cracked, dry earth. Life appearing from where it seems there is only barren dryness. We had gone south looking at universities for Jeremiah (he applies in the fall!) and I insisted on taking in the super bloom on the desert that came after so much rain this year. Jeremiah was happy enough to take it in from the car ~ yet he missed much! Though this picture looks like we were off road, I assure you there was a good size, legal road underneath our tires! It was an amazing, far as the eye could see experience that I relished. These moments of nature’s beauty feed the soul long after! One patch I tip toed through was full of caterpillars on their way to transformation …

Women’s Work

Transformation! There is a lot of that going on these days! Women’s History Month reminds us of some of the incredible struggles women have gone through. The plethora of information and inspiration is out there in growing web pages which I still aspire to add to.  As women, we are the receptive ones and yet the ones to give birth. Throughout history, women have been the ones to surrender … yes, in childbirth. And in patriarchal society ‘norms’ that still dominate in many places today. Spiritually, surrender can be a great strength; ‘Thy will be my will’. In learning to balance surrender and birth, there is a powerful co-creation wisdom. In this time of evolving consciousness, women hold a special place in the birthing process of humanity. As the world undergoes definite birthing pains with continued power struggles, the receptive, flowing female energies are needed more than ever.

My own ‘women’s work’ has been embodied in my Lenten intention to let go of doubt. By naming and claiming ~ anything ~ along with persistent practice, you will find how deep the roots go. In my own case, doubt runs much deeper than I would like! My days are filled with family service as I continue to care for the elders ~ my dad in particular who is still on the ranch which leaves me 2 sets of houses, food, bills (his) pills, etc. ‘Women’s work is never done’ as the saying goes leaving us the truth that all too often, as women our time is consumed by caring for the needs of others. Before last week’s Spring Break college looking road trip, I hosted Jeremiah’s dad here in our tiny home for a week. While he is a good man, he is one to really fill a place up with his big presence. I got to practice surrender, step away from a lot of work I had on my list and say, what project would I/could I get done this week? I put together the demo CD of the 36 Short Spirit Songs A ~ Z ~ now ready as a practice CD for the intergenerational voices who can help bring these singing affirmations to the world! These spiritual family literacy songs came to life throughout our alphabetic 2016 and continue their journey into being. So goes the birthing process of co-creation transformation and manifestation!

 Our Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf this month features some strong female energies! They include SoulPlay Earth Gym Guide Rachel Flower, Teen Talent actress Angel playing a Reconstructionist scene of Anne Frank and Tess the liberated snake in the newly re-illustrated Laurie StorEBook, Tess’ Dress.One of our alliteration Laurie StorEBooks is on the Free Shelf this month as well; Carey Canary’s Cakes gives us a creative, caring & quite chipper canary:
I like to think my imaginary mentor Dr. Seuss would like Carey the strong little canary! March is also Dr. Seuss’ birthday with lots of literacy based celebrations. We visited Geisel Library on the UCSD campus; I sat on the Dr’s lap (bronze statue outside!) and felt encouraged to continue keeping on with my Laurie StorEBooks. From the Seuss archives on the inside of the library, I was amazed by this cartoon the Dr. did in the 1940’s: WOW! And time marches on … ~!

Our New Thought Families Daily Play & Pray Calendar this month features Compassion In Action. Our long list of Reconstructionist pages and games has once again stalled ~ leaving me to once again practice lots of self compassion! Yet! This (Women’s History) Month isn’t over for another week+ so I’ll update you again here! Balance of calendar inspired, I will keep planting seeds!

Spring Seeds! ~ Planting Your Glorious Garden! 

Yes, spring! This is a great time to plant spiritual seeds in our minds and hearts. As the earth around us is bursting forth with green goodness and colorful, blooming gloriousness, we can take the energy of renewal to plant seeds of what we want more of … freedom, community, relaxation, inspiration, intuition, creativity … What is calling you? Whatever it is, put some representation of it on your altar ~ and/or on your heart. Be sure to water it with faith filled remembrance in the days to come as well as be mindful to weed out any doubts or fears that sprout up around it.
Whatever you are planting this day, this season, may it bring you an ever increasing bounty of blessings and abundance! I send you seeds of great appreciation, contemplation, co-creation & celebration. Namaste, Love!

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The Serenity Of Sacredness

254-sharesmilesNamaste Smiling Spirit of Sacred Essence & Serene Awareness of Sacredness!

Thank you for being a smile on the lips of humanity!

Thank you for being centered with me here and now in this sacred moment. Deep breath of YES! Mmmm. It in in these very moments that our soul can speak to us. Our soul always remembers who we truly be ~ Love’s breath expressed saying yes. We come from the sacred and we share this divinity with the infinity of all creation. With our intention and willingness to see the sacred, we can. And in fact, we do. The more we see it, the more we recognize the truth of it within us. So! In this sacredness awareness moment, I celebrate the sacred in YOU!259-seesacred Where do you see the sacred? There are sublime experiences to be sure where we experience Spirit rising within us … nature & music are two of the most common universal ways this can occur. The sublime refers to feeling ourselves as more of what we normally do, more elevated, grander even. It can be said that feeling the sublime is our soul being more fully expressed. We are experiencing a greater awareness of our own sacredness and the sacred in all of life. A spectacular sunrise can bring us into the sublime yet the sacred is speaking and expressing all the time! When we see and seize life’s sparkling sprinkles of beauty, kindness, smiles, we shine in reflection of life’s Love light that is always shining.257-sparkleSeeing life’s tiny sparkles is one way to Super Size Your Shine. When we align with our divine design, we are happier and do shine so much brighter! The number one way to align is through our grateful awareness. Setting the eyes of our hearts to see the sacred will certainly open us to wider vision. So as we see all the sparkling sprinkles in our day … flowers, smiles, kind words, bird song (the list truly is endless!), and we give our appreciative attention and gratitude there, our spirits rise and so do those around us!

Slow Down! Seeing the sacred and being in the sacred flow necessarily slows us down. I know that so many of us are so very busy … all the … time. I discovered a long time ago that multi-tasking increases stress while single focus brings more peace. Admittedly, I still multi-task sometimes though I am doing it less and less as I choose serenity over stress. Gandhi famously said, “I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one.” 256-slowdown

So! Deep breath of sacred remembrance can be found anytime, anywhere. Sitting in silent stillness is a sure fire way to settle into your soul and more awareness of the sacredness in you and all around you. I sit in silence daily and sometimes it is still a monkey mind in the bouncy house of my mind … I just let her jump as I breathe. I let her create while I breathe. The centering stillness allows for bouncy me and serene me to co-exist simultaneously.

266-sitsilenceI have found myself swept up by some of the blatant injustice playing out in our society and in our world these days. It can feel scattering at best and hopeless at worst. Sacred remembrance provides safe nest to return to. Here is a prayer I shared on FaceBook in my 9/11 remembrance post. Centered in oneness, I do pray for all of humanity to keep awakening into remembrance of our sacredness.

Prayer For Sacred Remembrance

May we all know the preciousness of this moment
treating each other with kindred kindness.
May the troubled ones with the guns
see with Love Light curing their blindness.

May the insanity of humanity
be healed through our inherent worth.
May we focus on trusting the good within us;
hearing our ancestors and the wise ones being birthed.

May we all take care of each other
remembering where we come from.
In sacred remembrance, may we dance
in the circle of the sun. We are one.

And so it is that our lives keep shining with whatever sacred seeds we are planting. Our daily Play & Pray Calendar at New Thought Families is in sacred remembrance currently starring the sensational Letter S! Starting Sunday, the calendar has a guest narrator for the week, the lovely UK librarian and storyteller Ruth Humphreys. Thank you Ruth! Leaping Literacy Library’s Free Shelf is super stocked with singing S’s!

freebiesI have returned to service and co-creation of more new alliterative Laurie StorEBooks; they are linking in the Library and we’ll take a sampling here next time in our celebration of transformational ThanksLiving with Letter T!
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Whatever song your Spirit is calling you to sing or be in service to, may you infuse it with some of your soul remembrance of the sacred being you are. Take your special somethings out and about and …261-surprisesomeone YES! Surprise someone in whatever divine appointment ways feel right to you. Feel free to surprise yourself! And just know that small ways are the way. Seeing and being the sacred is not so much about the clouds parting and an angel appearing before you (though that’s good too!), it really is much more about being a smile on the lips of humanity. Look to the children to show us the way in being delighted every day. It is this everyday appreciation of what is ~ as spiritual practice ~ that allows us to be in ThanksLiving. This way of living thanksgiving is how we widen our smile and our awareness of the sacredness that is us.

I talked more on this ‘everyday spiritual family literacy’ in my Sacred ABC’s talk for the Association of Global New Thought’s Engaged Spirituality Webinar. You can hear the audio replay of my offering here as well as hear the speakers before me by clicking on the ones that interest you. There are more spectacular speakers to come and you can join their live video webinars by signing up:

Webinar BannerWhen we are stand together in solidarity, we spotlight the sacredness of our reality. It is the best of humanity that speaks out against injustice. It is the best in us that rises up for what’s right for ourselves and for others. When we see all through the eyes of the sacred, we can stay in the center smiling as the best of humanity. And so it is. And so we be! Namaste, Sacred Divinity!
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PS!
Creative Spirit Families’ PlayShop 9/25 from 2-5:00 at Lake Tabeaud! Celebrating Equinox, we’re ‘harvesting happiness!’ Join us!LakeT

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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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Loving Life In The Messy Middle

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
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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!
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Heart Inspirations

103.HeartVisionNamaste Integrated Hearts of Inspired Humanity!

Thank you for being here in a celebration of humanity and some spiritual ABC’s for H & I ~ including another springtime splendor Vlog below! I have had a heaping helping of helping others since I was last here celebrating the happy, healthy, harmonious H ~ I also found myself in an inner holding pattern in having the heart to express in this space. Sometimes, the outer busy can force an inner break; perhaps just providing time for integration. Admittedly, I have been over-giving to others, leaving my own heart in need of a hug so I have been doing some of that for physical, mental, and spiritual health. And! All in all, I am still fully committed to communication and celebration ~ for the best of me and for HUMANITY! 112.HipHipHoorayAt the heart of humanity, is the helping hand. When we help each other, we answer the calling of our hearts and we build the collective heart of us ~ the best of what it is to be human. So who have you been lending a hand to, my friend? Lots of someones?! There are so many ways to help ~ a prayer can potentially touch countless others ~ If you turn within, I’m sure your heart will show you what a helper you are! And maybe, you, like me, need to remember to also help YOU!100.HelpingHandYes, let us remember what a help it is to be healthy and HAPPY. Far from being selfish, it is surely for the highest good of our own hearts and that of the world, when we harvest happiness and harbor whatever it is that makes us happy.101.HaveHappinessMay your heart be smiling with happiness now with the beautiful faces above! I am so happy to be able to integrate such smiling hearts into our New Thought Families daily Play & Pray Calendar (thank you Pixabay!). We also have a sprinkling of narration voices there ~ UK Storyteller Ruth Humphreys and our local Creative Spirit Families friend and talent, Jenni Knight narrate a few April days along with teenage Jeremiah and I. My heart is still holding for more voices to join us! How about you?!

Our Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf is full of I’s as the calendar rolls along!! SoulPlay Wendy Fedan is an imagination celebration not to be missed! Our New Thought Families’ offerings are a few videos from the archives playing with intuition and imagination.
FreebiesAnd NOW! I am so happy to be sharing with you another vlog featuring some of the springtime splendor that surrounds us these fleeting April days. Today’s video speaks to some of our spiritual H’s and I’s ~ with an oh so handsome H that makes an unscripted appearance. It also features 2 of the latest little Spirit ABC songs I wrote yesterday. This Spirit Sing project is called Children’s Chants and there are some great ones coming through though I have started questioning if they are truly ‘chants’ ~ perhaps ‘small songs’ or short songs’ is more accurate. Irrespective, they are being birthed and nurtured this sweet 16 as part of our spiritual ABC’s ~ For Humanity! These 2, in particular, may be bleeding through on melody lines ~ especially in the video. They are Humbled By Humanity and Inside My Heart. Give a listen here to the rough demos if you like:

The process of co-creating is what makes me truly happy. What is it for you? Your inner wisdom, your intuition, is always at the ready to help you invite in more happiness! I wish you all that and more. Namaste, Love!

And! Thank you for sharing the blog ~ and the blog linked vlog below ~ any heart inspired moment you do. Truly grateful for you!

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Growing Gratitude: Appreciation’s Altitude

94.GrowGratitudeNamaste Green Growing Gusts of Grateful Gusto!

I greet you with great gratitude and appreciation for you ~ and April, and alphabetic guidelines, for the Letter G ~ and H! ~ and for the grace filled growth of gratitude. In this week’s blog, we are further embracing G’s galore as we explore what it is to grow gratitude. From my blessed, safe, and beauty filled existence, I have 3 pictorial examples of how gratefulness can help garner more grace from experiences that otherwise lean towards doubt, grief, defeat, and fear. Though these stories are small, I hope they may serve you in some way ~ thank you for being here!

Birds and animals gratefully store their acorn groceries for another day!
Birds and animals gratefully store away their acorn groceries for another day!

If you watched last week’s grace vlog, you caught a glimpse of the green glory that is surrounding our home this time of year. We are richly blessed with hills and fields of green, dotted with wonderful wildflowers. Right outside my (office) corner window is a dazzling dogwood tree. Even though this is the 5th spring bloom I have witnessed of this tree, I found myself giving into an annual doubt that the itty bitty buds couldn’t possibly yield big, beautiful blooms this year … Blooms1I remember last year thinking my fabulous pink faced friend wouldn’t bloom because of the drought. With much more rain this year, how could I doubt? I dunno … I just did. I watched myself doubting and had conversations of faith. Surely our dogwood would absolutely sprout in grace …???!!! I have to say, I gave gratitude every day and affirmations of this beautiful life unfolding … as if I was gently scolding my inner doubts, that of course the buds would sprout. YES! Of course blessed! Blooms2My little work corner is once more graced with glorious pink blooms galore! With pink triumphantly smiling and sprouting a go-go, how could I ever have been doubting my little buds would grow and glow?! Blooming WorkSo while I am graced in pink divine, how can I help but rhyme?! I have been co-creating more Laurie StorEBooks in keeping with my alphabetic calendar … still a bit late but loving how great it is to co-create! Now, in this next sharing example, you may easily miss the doubt, fear and defeat that threatened to be ample … Briefly put, I ran into more of the technical difficulties that seemingly can come from old software, no budget or supporting workforce, and a grim reaper that can rise up to shout how silly my ‘work’ is and to just GIVE UP already! Whoa. See how the energy just shifted … In the face of the details, I was able to stay my mind on the freedom of grace ~ firm faith in divine order. Everything turned out more than fine ~ I find these latest alliterative Laurie StorEBooks divine! You may remember seeing this title a few weeks back … but the diner was way too dingy … DinaDiner00 copySo technical difficulties aside … rah, rah, and TA DA!DinaDiner06 copyYou can now find Dina Dimetrodon’s Dessert Diner on Kindle! You can also find Fiona Fay’s Family Flower Farm on our Kindle shelf!FlowerFarm00 copyFlowerFarm07 copy
So! I am ever so grateful for staying grateful … or at least faithful in these little big ways in my world this week. What I found is that appreciation is fed by gratitude and this leads to an inevitable altitude of Spirit! Being grateful and faithful has also been fed with large doses of allowance, acceptance, forgiveness and an intermingling of some big C’s ~ commitment and a much dreaded (by me!) C … compromise! In my alphabetic timeline, I seem to forever be behind … of course, this plays out elsewhere in my “never enough” existence! So! With great and grateful use of the spiritual tools, I am celebrating and adjusting as needed. I am working on “G” books and loving them even as I celebrate the “D” and “F” titles above. The Leaping Literacy Library shelves are slowly be transformed for the way better in how they look as well as what they house. (Patient blooms!) For New Thought Families, our daily Play & Pray Calendar is right on track ~ today, we technically are crossing over from G to H:
99.GrowHopeAs we continue to grow and hold hope for humanity, tomorrow marks our 100th “For Humanity” calendar day! We still have hope of sprinkling more narration voices onto our calendar pages ~ the lovely Ruth Humphrey’s narrates 3 days this coming week ~ yay! How about adding your voice?  Contact us, ok?! The magic of technology could add your voice with ours! What do you say? I also want to say that the new Children’s Chants, A~G (11 of them!) are roughly recorded and in place for our Marvelous Members.

The final little pictorial story for grace filled gratitude comes from the calf who died on Good Friday at my dad’s ranch. Briefly told, the little calf got sick and kept taking herself into the pond. Her poor mama didn’t know what to do ~ except protect her from us ~ our good ranch neighbor who tried to help …Cow1Mama cow was having none of the cowboy’s tricks. She ended up on the other side of the pond which caused baby to swim across to her … The whole time, the rest of our little herd of 3 mamas and 3 babies were calling and calling …Cow2Simply put, shortly after crossing the pond, we watched the calf die. I had been praying to the helping angels and it seemed they answered with a hastened death. Since she was to go, and she was suffering, quicker is better. The other cows immediately stopped calling and went away. The mama stood grieving and as I turned away in sadness with our neighbor, I turned inwardly to gratitude. With a prayer of surrender similar to that of my ‘technical difficulty’ one, I affirmed divine order. The conversation that ensued, ended up bringing a huge shift in my dad and release for me. Sadly for my 90 year old dad, and in a blessed gift of grace for me, we will be letting the cows go later this year and our good neighbor will rent the fields for his cows grazing. Truly, divine order grace! Meanwhile, our grieving mama cow is most often found with the small herd but looking away from them. Here, another mama sits with her as she gazes into the flowing creek. Grief is real and deep for this mother and even though I can greet at least part of this situation with gratitude, I’m not sure how it soothes mama cow. I do believe she has grace. And in this and hopefully other moments, she has a friend. Sometimes, just to be gathered together is the greatest gift.Cow3Again, I thank you for being here and I do hope that you are able to garner gratitude for whatever gifts of grace you are facing. I really know how gratifying it is to affirm divine order when everything looks good and how challenging it is when things seem ‘wrong’. Yet I also have a deep appreciation of how gratitude grows the altitude of our well being on all levels … especially when we employ faith filled thankfulness for ALL. Truly, there is no spot where God is not and for that, I am forever grateful. Namaste, Love!

PlayShop THIS Sunday! SO grateful to be gathering!
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