Posted in Affirmations, Awareness, Co-Creation Manifestation, Compassion, Creativity, Family, Forgiveness, Service, Spiritual Parenting

Labor Of Love

Namaste Wondrous Light Workers! Happy Labor Day!

With a deep breath of Love expressed, let us ponder, just a moment, what it is to do our work in this world …

Today, the first Monday in September is always set aside in America to honor workers and a now, mostly forgotten long, old battle with worker’s rights, fair wages and treatment. According to the US Department of Labor, this day is the “yearly national tribute” to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and wellbeing of our country.” At the least, it’s good to remember that this holi-day is more than BBQs and shopping sales.
In the heart of existence, can we breathe into what it is to have a life’s work of being the Creator’s Love expressed? I think about this a lot and thought it a good time to share some musings. The recent response to Hurricane Harvey comes to mind with regular folk going to ‘work’ to rescue folks with their personal boats, trucks. In the wake of disaster, the best of who we are as humanity often rises up to shine. For me personally, I have been showing up to do non-paid work for a very long time. One example is the daily Play & Pray Calendar at New Thought Families, now in it’s 10th year! This September, we remember we are one on the calendar. In re-visiting oneness, I am reminded of being oneness blessed. After all these years, I’m not sure how much this daily offering serves the world yet it is work I still feel is worth showing up for.
Like many, if not most or all of you, I have a lot of family work. Spiritually parenting my 17 year old son and 92 year old father in particular. These are jobs that have and do pay me some, in terms of monetary dollars yet they are a 24/7 kind of commitment with immeasurable compensation due and (sometimes) received. I am also called to keep clearing ancestral ‘treasures’ on this earthly plane. This work is not always met with understanding or appreciation by some in my family which can feel like a slap in the face. Whatever the deets, family is always work. From the logistical chores and upkeep to the emotional treading and threading as we weave the web of relational oneness. It is a labor of Love that can feel rewarding or extremely challenging. What keeps my heart straight is aligning with Spirit as the family heartbeat. From this place I am more able to be compassionate, caring … and willing.

Why We Do The Work We Do
Jobs! Work! Career! Life Calling! Life Path! Showing up day in and day out to give of ourselves and our gifts. We all know plenty of peeps on the spectrum of labor and labor of Love. I have been one to follow my heart with work, most of my life. Always a creator with a prolific body of work in the Leaping Literacy Library, I have to say the ‘ordinary’ job of being Jeremiah’s mom is one of the best jobs ever and I have been doubly blessed by a generous compensation of child support. I know that so many on this planet haven’t been afforded this aspect of freedom in choosing how they feed their children and themselves. We often work … just … for the money. I have found that many, including most in my family, seemingly only value the jobs I do that actually pay money. Which is funny when you think about how someone like Mother Teresa is revered for her life’s work. From our PeaceMaker page on Mama T:
Mother Teresa
Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
~ Mother Teresa

When thinking of work and the kind of giving she did, it is remarkable to know that not only was Mother Teresa not in it for the money, she spent many of her days in darkness … feeling empty in her giving. This has been well documented and so I hope that after she left this earthly plane, she did indeed receive her just reward, aka in her soul journey, she experienced her great work as worthwhile.

Good works are links that form a chain of love. ~ Mother Teresa

To You Who Gave ~ By Me (Laurie Story  V)

Mother Teresa who gave to the poor …
did you ever wonder what it was all for?
When you listened to your heart, was it always true?
And in your endless giving, who gave to you?
In your selfless living, did you feel the grace?
Were you filled with the same mercy that you gave?
Did you ever soak in a warm bubble bath?
Did you have a good friend that made you laugh?
Were there arms to hold you? A voice in your ear?
Did anyone speak to your doubt and fear?
Were you blessed with at least one comforting friend;
someone you could trust in and forever depend?
Beautiful Mother Teresa, you ministered to us all,
even if your faith faltered, you answered the call.
And if you ever wondered what it was all for,
know now that your love, loves you back ever more.
~ Laurie Story

So! Does a labor of Love have to involve suffering and selfless giving?! Let’s hope not! Or we would never plant flowers or paint pictures. I hope that whatever your work is in this world, you honor the inner creator as well as the Great Creator that breathed life into us all! From the spiritual perspective, our job is to keep affirming and living, “I am one with all that is” in an honoring of all expressions of the divine, especially the ones that prove hard to see the aspects of their divinity.WorldFamily

Leaping Literacy!
For my part, I’ll just keep being me; showing up for many in my life as well as for Leaping Literacy! Below is our September Free Shelf super stocked with a celebration of creativity, spirituality and trees! I also am posting our new offerings for Creativity Classes locally. The studio is new. The offerings are newly revised for the fresh space. The leap of faith is ancient. I am showing up to do the work with a playful invitation for others to come and experience their own joy and creativity. It’s good work. I am grateful for it. And so grateful for you ~ for ALL the work YOU are called to do. Namaste, Love!

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Posted in Awareness, Divinity, Energy, Faith, Family, Fortitude, Freedom, Light, Love, Peace, Prayer, Presence, Service

Fovever Free In the Sea Of Divinity!

Namaste Divinely Designed Freedom Floaters!

Fleeting July Greetings! Thank you for being here for this month’s communication as it comes in these final days of jubilant July. As we began the month with our annual American celebration of independence and freedom, we will attend to that important awareness and theme here and now. As a gateway, here is a colorful recap of our SEAing the Divine co-creation celebrations this month at Spiritual Life Center! For indeed, creativity sets us free as an open doorway to spirituality!

 As reported last month, my sacred Sundays are now in spiritual community with the littles and middles at Spiritual Life Center. We are finishing up a 9 week inspiration exploration celebrating our divinity with the infinity of the sea! Our weekly Creature Teachers have helped us explore our own divine design and we have had some wonderful, colorful co-creations of art in our Sunday celebrations! Each Creature Teacher is truly an AHmazing testimony to divine design. This intersection of information & inspiration ~ science and spirituality ~ is working well for us. Shout out to my super son Jeremiah who, over the years has truly opened my mind and heart to the wonders of science! And! YouTube is quite the place with a plethora of possibilities we can integrate into our celebrations. Here is the YouTube video of sea turtles we had going pre and post program this last Sunday followed by a brief overview of this month’s Creature Teacher’s and the spiritual principles we explored with them. The finished integration of all of this information & inspiration is still forthcoming to the Leaping Literacy Library spiritual literacy section so stay fine tuned if you’re interested in any or all of it. Either which way, for now, enJOY this grace filled glimpse as we breathe free in the Sea of Divinity!
YouTube Video: Relax with Sea Turtles:

We started week 1 this month with Jellyfish:

                                           Freedom is truly found in The Flow!

Week 2: We explored all kinds of Breath and Play ~ including Bubbles ~ with Dolphin!

                 Creature Teacher Dolphin knows to Be Here Now and Breathe!

Week 3: We told whale tales including a metaphysical version of Jonah with WHALES!

             The biggest creatures on earth have a lot to teach about BIG LOVE!

Week 4: More stories and an array of crafts and play were explored with timeless Turtle!

                Turtle teaches us that we are always home and protected. And that yes, slow and steady makes for the pace of grace which is the surest way to win any race!

Week 5: This upcoming 5th Sunday has us embracing narwhals, the unicorn of the sea, as our Creature Teacher of divinity!

AHmazing Artic Sea Photo ‘borrowed’ from Kids National Geographic, thank you!               Our Narwhal Creature Teacher helps us SEA, we can Be Unique & Swim Free!

The final share I have from our creativity and spirituality this July at Spiritual Life Center is that the church put some kitchen kits together for local refugee families through the World Relief project. Youth and families were able to add our touch with hand painted cups (I baked at home!) The slip inside each of the 16 mugs reads, “Hand painted with Love by the kids at Spiritual Life Center.” Yay for us! May our touch of Love be truly felt by the receiving families …
So! Yes, good hearted times this month! I have also had plenty of family as always … a few trips to the mountains … dad’s 92nd, Jeremiah to band camp, visiting Silver Lake and visioning for our annual Feathers Of Freedom Family Camp coming right up August 18-20. REALLY looking forward to being in the sacred Sierras with the beautiful families and peeps of all ages in our creativity & spirituality playtime! It’s not too late for you! Be a Free Spirit with us for this wonderful weekend! In case you are called, we still have a cabin for you!

Our self guided Forgiveness Footprints Path is one of many optional opportunities at Feathers Of Freedom to playfully explore & free your heart!

DO join us if you possibly can! And if you can’t calendarize for this year, make it part of next summer’s sizzling plan!

Flowing Freedom!

So! Definitely yessing the blessings of these colorful, co-creation days! The more I say yes, the more I am blessed and therein lies the heart of freedom! Sometimes I say yes to keeping quiet until I am ready to speak; allowing Spirit to help me assimilate what is and what is mine to do in the midst of it. The pervasive political news remains in high drama mode with much of it still reeking of injustice. I cannot be on the frontlines of those standing up against bullying though I certainly, gratefully bless those that are. Every day it seems, there is yet another breaking story that if I let it, can break my heart. The recent speech of Trump to the Boy Scouts horrified me yet what is worse is the cheers and applause some of his bullying comments were met with. No matter what side of the red, white, and blue each of us resides on, my continued prayer is that we teach our children to be better than we and our ancestors have been in living the fairness and truth found in our nation’s founding principle of “Freedom and justice for all.” Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go. Yet, each of us wakes free to decide how we want to live and give the gift of liberty! For me, I am staying centered on my path of creativity and divinity. I have some really BIG news in my little corner of life as I am in the middle of taking a giant leap of faith! And! I am going to share it here next month 🙂 ~!! What I will share for now is the 3 guiding principles that have freed me up to face my fears and go forward with fortitude and faith! Perhaps they can help you too!
1. Divinely Aligned! Repeated visions and whisperings are from my holy, high self, angel team, divine guidance. If it keeps returning, it is mine to do!
2. Boundaries! In the wake of caring for aging and body failing elders, I choose to balance what I do for others and embrace this time of my life where I do have health and energy to co-create what I feel is mine to do.
3. Divine Disciple! I am choosing to use discipline and commitment as partners in freedom! As I master more of myself in the wake of inevitable doubts and fears, I am better able to stand fully in the power of my heart, taking right action for that that I am called to do.

As I employ this simple yet complex trilogy, I am free to be more fully me! I look forward to sharing the progress of the aforementioned leap of faith in a co-creation manifestation celebration next month! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing with me this month, this mindful moment. Whatever the callings of your heart, may you be forever free to keep co-creating them joyfully! Namaste, Love!

Our Leaping Literacy Library has some jubilant July offerings on our Free Shelf incase you missed them ~ August will be here soon!

Posted in mystery, Nature, Oneness, Sacred, Service, Transformation

Meeting In The Middle Of The Mystery

Namaste Marvelous, Miraculous Mystery! Happy May!

I greet you this day in reverent miracle mindedness; measuring a few life milestones and moments ~ some in celebration of mystical manifestation and others in surrendered contemplation ~ all somewhere in the intersections of those inspirations! Near the end of these May mindful musings, I have some marvelous NEWs to share! Yet, first let’s settle in with sacred breath. Our New Thought Families May Play & Pray Calendar is embracing The Mystery narrated by intergenerational voices. Based on this AHsome anonymous audio, The Mystery, I invite you to contemplate & celebrate any May day with us on the Calendar and here and now with our video, The Mystery:

And so it is we meet here in the Mystery … the awareness of sacredness and divinity in our reality. Thank you for the gift of your presence here and now. As so many aspects of political and social culture are in varied amounts of meltdown both nationally and globally, it is good to meet here, breathe deep and affirm divine order. The more centered we stay as individuals, families, communities, the more we can stay the divine in the face of the insanity of humanity.

As spring weather warms up, the mosquitos are coming out; ever thought of how these tiny beings cause destruction in their blood sucking way of survival?! There has been talk of scientifically eradicating them due to the belief that they only cause harm and provide no measurable benefits. So why did the Creator make mosquitos? Is it divine co-creation to eradicate them and thereby the life threatening diseases they carry? Are there those in the world who would be horrified if humans eradicated mosquitos? If it were attempted, would it even be successful?! Would our Earth Mother weep if we waged war with her children the mosquitos?! As we bring those questions home, what ‘mosquitos’ in your life would you like to eradicate? What purpose do they serve?

In the middle of our May Mystery celebrations and contemplations, is motherhood. With Mother’s Day celebrated the second Sunday in May,  we honor our mothers, and often, their selfless giving for our well being. Mother’s Day began in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe as a Mother’s Day For Peace; she was, in part inspired by Anna reeves Jarvis who in 1858 started “Women’s Work Days” for women working for more sanitary conditions for both sides of the civil war. These mothers didn’t want to lose their sons to war and they didn’t want any mother to lose their child to war no matter what side of the fight they were on. It was a motherly reaching and teaching of oneness, unconditional Love and the sanity of humanity. Our New Thought Families page on these Mother’s Day origins is here.

Every month has it’s special celebrations; in fact every day has been declared for multiple somethings it seems! For instance, May 1st is not just for dancing around the May Pole! From quite a roster of holidays found here, the one that had peeps taking to the streets this year was International Workers’ Day as thousands took to the streets marching in solidarity for (undocumented) immigrants. While I have not made another march since the Women’s March, I applaud the active feet and voices chanting and singing for each other, for justice, for the health and well being of our planet. Undoubtedly, there are those who view protestors as mosquitos while I revere them as the lifeblood of democracy.

In the midst of our current civil unrest, the well being of our Sacred Mother is under another series of attacks. With climate change denial at the center, artic oil drilling tops the list of old ways surfacing to be reinstated. While we as individuals and families don’t have a lot of power against big oil, collectively our marching feet do! And! In the green begins with me core of who we are, there are truly infinite ways we can practice living green ~ in conservation and in reverent respect and adoration of our Mother.  I had a call yesterday with Rev Barbara Williams for her Deep Green series and a recording of that green talk, green walk call is here.

I join Rev Barbara again tomorrow 5/6 at noon Pacific, 3:00 Eastern on her Blog Talk Radio Show to continue the conversation! Join us in yessing the Greening Our Being!

So! Yes we can align with the shine of our divine design … any time! Especially in these crazy times where the insanity of humanity seems so prevalent. We just keep listening deep for what is ours to do and trust that transformations are always turning true! The New Thought TV Channel has been in touch for family programming and even though our archives are not of the production quality they require, we will be collaborating in the future. Meanwhile! The process led me to this compilation celebrating Mama! It includes: Mama & Earth Mama Music Videos, Sacred Moments with Nature, Green Living At Home for reverent mama earth living & Sebastian Wakes Up Laurie StorEBook. EnJOY!

New Thought Families Leaping Literacy Celebration: MAMA
Password: LLLNTM
Runs: 23:36

Our Leaping Literacy Library has some new innovations that will be going live throughout the summer. The Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf is stocked with videos, songs and Laurie StorEBooks that celebrate variations of mama and more!
Before I close this sharing, I do want to speak to a celebration that feels like a full circle, mystic manifestation … I interviewed at our old church this week, Spiritual Life Center, for a part time Youth Education Director position. It has been a loooong time since we were really part of this loving community ~ though in divine order, I was there 3 WOW Wednesdays in the past few months, presenting with my interfaith minister friend Karene. There are a myriad of details I could dive into yet what’s important is that this was a process of surrender and “Thy will be my will” in receiving the call to apply, applying, and receiving the job. The Mystery is at work and play in and through the leadership I will be working with at the church, in and through me as well as in and through the beautiful youth and families I will serve and be served by. It has a full circle bringing home of the resources at New Thought Families ~ many that started at Spiritual Life Center! ~ and the Leaping Literacy Library in terms of them becoming more organized and accessible for use by others. It is a happy heart synergy for me just knowing that what we nurture and envision as good can be birthed as magnificence into the mundane.

So whatever good you’re up to, let’s continue to live the Mystery holding hope for the heart of humanity and walking our path as straight and true as we can … as the I Am that I Am! And so it is. Thank you, thank you for the heart of you so true. Namaste, Love!

Spiritual Family Time! Come to Feathers Of Freedom Camp with us this summer!

Posted in Service, Spiritual ABCs, Spiritual Parenting, Transformation, Transition, Truth

Trust The Truth To Transform

271-trusttransformationNamaste Truth Telling Transformers!

I greet you with tender tenacity this chilly, changeable October morning in celebration of truth, trust, transformation and terrific Letter T! I hope this moment finds you transforming through the season and all else with relative ease, grace, and trust filled peace. With swirling political energies polarizing our nation, a terrible hurricane wreaking havoc for many, continued horrors of war, refugees, and innocent lives being tortured and lost, these tumultuous times can be trying to say the least. Truth be told, it can be hard to know who and what to trust.275-trustUltimately, we must be able to trust ourselves. This requires the willingness and ability to show up for ourselves … to love and honor our truth so much that we take time daily to be with it. That we take the time to listen to our heart, inner wisdom and guidance always aligning us with what is ours to do in the natural evolution of our soul’s transformative journey.280-transformWe are indeed much like the caterpillar turning into a butterfly except that we do this countless times in a lifetime. Even in any given day, we may find ourselves crawling, curling up into a chrysalis of transformation and emerging to fly … one thought at a time. 270-thoughtsAs I have noted here … a lot … thinking thankful thoughts is a sure fire way to align with our higher selves ~ and at the least feel better moment by moment! Indeed, there is always something to be grateful for and gratitude leads us to living in a flow of appreciation and ThanksLiving. This practice serves me so well, especially in these trying times. The T word I would like to avoid is presidential contender Trump … he has offered me such a trigger to deepening my ThanksLiving … especially in the face of those in my family or community who would vote for him. With all the compassion I am capable of, I consciously connect with unconditional Love … Political deets aside, let me just refer to the Atlantic Monthly who since it’s inception in 1857, historically made it’s 3rd Presidential candidate endorsement this week with Hilary Clinton. Because I view this as a moral and spiritual cause, I find those who are speaking out against injustice to be yet another great cause for ThanksLiving!274-thankslivingMy personal, familial journey with aging parents, in particular, continues to be a trial. I spent a day at the hospital with my mom this week … her main aortic heart valve has stopped working. Again, I center in compassion and unconditional Love for her journey in the midst of a medical system that is not my way. All of it offers me opportunities to transform my judgments into decisions that work for me … to keep me on my own track of tenderness, togetherness, and trust. 278-talktallIn focusing on the teachings of T, tenderness has come up … tenderly! The strength needed to navigate our personal and global lives requires a tender softness to stay in alignment with our heart and soul. Our mind and judgements more often lean towards toughness and tenacity ~ absolutely needed at times, to be sure. Yet it is tenderness that tends to the still small voice of truth.279-teachtendernessMay we all teach our children to be both tenacious and tender when it comes to telling themselves the truth of who they truly be!

Truth Telling Time! From the depths of my creative bubble, I feel the urge to be transparent here today for any who care to track this path with me ~ thank you if you do! As our Creative Spirit Families alphabetic year enters the home stretch, I find myself still at the beginning of the list of Spirit StorEBooks … and in the messy middle of my tall order of alliterative Laurie StorEBooks  though there ARE 33 new published titles this 2016! ~ sample them all from HERE! And yes, those of you who readily know there are 26 letters in the alphabet can see that the good news and bad news of creative me is that 1 title per letter wasn’t enough! I am doing 3 per letter though all letters not being equal, some coming up like Q and X may have to be reasonably reckoned with. I am simultaneously working on multiple titles, some I hope to complete this weekend but here are the latest ones published:

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                           Kiss With K: A Physical Phonics Laurie StorEBook
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            K Is Kicking: An Alliterative Physical Phonics Laurie StorEBook
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     Live Like A Lion: An Alliterative Physical Phonics Laurie StorEBook
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                             L Lines Up: An Alliterative Laurie StorEBook

And! In this prolific 2016, I’m fairly well on track with the alphabetic Children’s Chants or Spirit Short Songs as they are leaning towards being named (26 of 36 complete ~ again 1 per letter in some cases just wasn’t sufficient!) as well as the 286 multi-media calendar pages completed for your daily intergenerational, interfaith, heart centering opportunities on our daily Play & Pray Calendar which is just today tipping towards the unique Letter U.  U ushers in the restocking of the Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf  this weekend.  If you haven’t already, do play with tremendous Letter T and our oh so talented teens in the SoulPlay section of the current fab freebies!freebies

And so it is, I wish you tons of trustworthy truth for you and yours. For those who are heartened through traditions and interfaith inspirations, visit our October Interfaith Listings at New Thought Families ~ it’s a huge month of celebrations! Just this week, the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashana was celebrated ~ ah, the promise of a sweet new year! Barry Louis Polisar has a great free resource explaining the holiday with sweet simplicity and this song is beyond sweet, truly a transformative experience! EnJOY! Namaste, tender truth of transformation!

Posted in Affirmations, Appreciation, Awareness, Beauty, Blessings, Co-Creation Manifestation, Gratitude, Sacred, Service, Spiritual ABCs, Thanks Living

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

Posted in Acceptance, Affirmations, Awareness, Blessings, Light, Love, Nature, Sacred, Service, Spiritual ABCs, Spiritual Parenting

Live Love ~ Love Life!

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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

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Justice Kisses: Kindred Kindness

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