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𝓙𝓪𝓷𝓾𝓪𝓻𝔂 𝓪𝓻𝓻𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓭 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓪 𝓫𝓪𝓷𝓰...

And how is everyone doing so far?  

I am still closed for in person sessions but want you to know, I am thinking of you. 

I hope everyone is doing well and just showing up authentically however you are meant to that day.  

Don't worry about the minute details of every day if lockdown is challenging.  If you wake up, make a healthy breakfast, shower and greet your day, you are doing well.  The pulse around the world is slowing, beating slower as we are forced to still greet these difficult times.  We are all tired. We are all not without frayed edges of ourselves.  Sometimes raw, sensitive and pushing aspects of our shadow self forward.  

I just want to remind you that you are strong.  You can do it.  We can all do it.  You don't have to like it. But you can do it.  

I am with you.  I am done with this also.  I've had ugly moments and truth bearing moments where I just want to crawl in my cave.  It's difficult for us humans.  It's different for us empaths and sensitives.  

Show up.  Rest up.  Slow down.  Become a different version of the same person.   

You have breath.  You have a beating heart.  You have family.  You have life.  And you have a spiritual presence guiding you always. 
With gentle compassion ~ 

xo
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Happy Christmas & Festive Yuletide Season

 

We have arrived! It's Christmas time. I'm sending this out later, on Christmas evening, having enjoyed a beautiful time with my son, daughter in law and parents.

I hope that you have all found a way to celebrate with loved ones, despite the barriers these times have created. It feels as though the energy of the season has been lingering in the air for many months. More so than other years. We grab onto that feeling of lightness, love and peace of heart. It's a feeling that builds for months, making us smile. You feel the difference in the air.

And then it's done. Many people I know acknowledge the contrast of that feeling of the season and the closure of it. Some call it Christmas blues. Others call it Christmas let down. Some describe it as a feeling of finality when it ends. Just eager to put everything away and pack it all up. I call it being a feeling and empathic human.

Experiencing deeper feelings connected to Christmas is a beautiful thing. Anything in life we experince that brings us sweet joy, also has the capacity for sweet sorrow when it ends. During this challenging year, we reach far for things that fuel us with that sweet feeling of connectedness.

How do we hang onto that feeling that Christmas brings? How do we cultivate it outside of the Season?

This year, the pivotal pandemic year, has made me feel different about Christmas. As for many, the practical reasons for that difference around not being able to have family together in the same way we have...or gather for service..or hug each other. All of those things were missed of course. But this year, I saw Christmas more on a continuum than any other year. Christmas is one day, but the sentiment, the spirit and peace that builds, doesn't need to be one day. It's a season. An inner season. Creating a space inside where you are able to capture the essence of Christmas season, is possible. Creating an ongoing sense of inner peace, love, connection and kindness brings the gifts of Christmas to us and beyond!

The season of Yuletide extends to the end of the month so I encourage you all to continue to celebrate and keep that inner Christmas fire burning.

As we move closer to 2021, I wish you continued peace of mind and heart. I am so grateful to each and every one of you for your connection with me. Thank you for supporting me in what I love to do. Happy sweet New Year!! 2021, I am ready!!

Wishing you a continued happy heart.

Maureen xo

 

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A Fall Full of Thanksgivings


𝓦𝓪𝓻𝓶 𝔀𝓲𝓷𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓻𝓸𝓾𝓰𝓱 𝓶𝔂 𝓱𝓪𝓲𝓻 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓶𝔂 𝓹𝓼𝔂𝓬𝓱𝓮...

That's how this day was. 
Water lapping rhythmically against the shore. Reeds blowing softly in the wind and not too far off in the distance, some geese looking for a place to land and rest.   
Summer end.  Fall beginnings.  
As I wrote this, I am sitting on the dock at my sister's cottage, immersed in the sounds of nature.  Feeling deeply relaxed and connected.  An orchestra of sounds.  Wind, when wind wasn't in the weather forcast, firercly, yet warmingly blowing the entagled energy away from me.  

I just love it here.  This place reminds me of how unrested I can become.  How rested I can become.  It's one of the places that allows me to deeply rest.  



We are six weeks now into the Pandemic.  Six months of what started off as a new normal, is now, for many, just normal.  It is the new way.  Nothing is normal, expected or stagnant anymore.  In fact the cosmic energy forcast for the month of October is about embracing the wierdness of who we are!  Perfect!  Everything is extraordinarily not normal.  And it's in that energy, that other states of being become possible.   Attachments to ideas, ways of being, material items and in some cases, relatiionships, somehow cease to have control over us and our emotions. 

The Fall reminds us to let go.  To let be.  And allow the natural course of things and energy to fall away from us as needed. 

I recently had an experience while getting my care service that gave me a glimpse of how this had changed for me.   When I was getting ready to leave, I realized that a silver ring had fallen off my finger.  This ring was a unique ring found on the beach of Spain when I was 18 years old.  It's become a reminder, a relic of who I was back then.  

I searched my car for it.  I searched my purse. and then decided to walk around the big loop of the autopark a few times, meticulously looking.  Something occurred for me.  I noticed myself through this whole process, that I wasn't attached to the outcome.  There was calmness when I searched.  And once I found nothing and stopped, I felt a complete unattached to this lost item.  It sounds so simple and one might ask...well, doesn't that happen for everyone?  It does not. 

Attachment to outcome of events, relationships, circumstances has been a large part of my spiritual and human evolution.  I have caused myself in many cases, much pain, wishing and wanting to control outcomes, attaching myself to a person, place or thing.   So a ring is just a ring.  But it is also massively symbolic for and to me. 

There is currently a huge evolution with people on the planet today, as we all shift together in letting go of our attachments.  Letting go of being stuck in pain, worry or sorrow over things we have no control over.  

What we do have control over, is our navigational skills through it.  And a deep seated realization that you can survive without that attachment. 

Ask yourself, who or what does it serve?  

My life would continue without this ring.  I would feel sad about losing it but attaching myself to the feeling of it, or the emotion of it but the peace that came with the realization of non attachment, was lovely.   Imagine living a life where we can let go and let be with so many other things in life. 

And in the end...with ease and grace, my ring appeared in the bottom of my purse.   And I just smiled.

On this Thanksgiving, be blessed and grateful for all the moments in life that allow you to learn about yourself.  

With love & gratitude ~ Maureen
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Feeling the World - Traits of an Empath

Traits of an Empath

An empath is a person who has a paranormal ability to sense and absorb the emotions and energies of the people and surroundings they encounter. According to clinical psychologist Dr. Sharon Saline, "Empaths have strong intuition and use it as their primary lens for processing the world around them. They are highly intuitive people who feel emotional and physical sensations on an extremely deep level, and intellectualizing those feelings is tough for them to do."

Signs of being an empath are: high sensitivity, generous hearts who may give too much to others, quick to respond to someone's needs. Because empaths naturally internalize other people's feelings, thoughts, and pain, empaths have a very difficult time distinguishing between other people's emotions and their own, which leads to extreme anxiety and emotional burden. Empaths can be easily overwhelmed in intimate relationships or in highly emotional situations. They need time alone, especially in nature, to recharge.

33 Signs That You Are an Empath

  1. You're perceived as being highly sensitive
  2. You have a strong sense of knowing (you can read people and situations)
  3. You find public places overwhelming
  4. Strangers easily unload their emotions on you
  5. You absorb the emotions of others even when they're not near
  6. You are highly curious and are drawn to spirituality and the metaphysical
  7. You are drawn to ancient cultures
  8. You are naturally curious about your history and ancestral lineage
  9. You have a nose for the truth
  10. You experience sudden physical pain, suffering, or illness
  11. You cannot tolerate worldly news, radio, T.V., newspapers, violence, or cruelty
  12. You commonly experience digestive disorders and back pain
  13. You have an addictive personality
  14. You are drawn to holistic, natural healing and all things metaphysical
  15. You are creative and inquisitive
  16. You need regular solitude
  17. You get bored and distracted easily
  18. You love nature and animals
  19. You love being in water
  20. You sense the energy of food
  21. You seek answers and knowledge
  22. You root for the underdog and the underprivileged
  23. You cannot tolerate clutter
  24. You cannot tolerate restrictive clothing or jewelry
  25. You love freedom, travel, adventure, and the road less traveled
  26. You are an old soul
  27. You cannot tolerate narcissism
  28. You can be perceived as moody, aloof, or disconnected
  29. You detest doing things you don't enjoy
  30. You instinctively feel time, days of the week/month, weather, or direction
  31. You dislike antique, vintage, or secondhand items
  32. You are great listeners
  33. You only have a few close friends
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Summer 2020 Musings

 

Summer has arrived full on!  It feels as though the last 5 months have been a bit of a blur, yet somehow clear around the edges simultaneously.   As life returns to a new stage of normal, it brings with it a new stage of reflection.  

Here is what the time spent with the pandemic has, and continues to teach, or in many cases, remind me.  


Nothing in life is stagnant.  Everything is energy and energy is in constant movement and motion.  This includes our thoughts, emotions, circumstances and global happenings.  Change is also an energy.  This was a big one for us on a global level.  Micro changes are hard.  Macro, global changes can sometimes be overwhelming.  We often long for familiarity and comfort in knowing that things are the way they are and we are certain in that comfort.  This change has knocked us clear out of our comfort zone like a baseball player hitting a home run.   So what now?  We adapt, shift change our thinking, heart math or we stay stuck in the discomfort. 

We create our new normal and we create our new Joy.  I have been finding deeper meaning in my day to day happenings.  Small joys create big shifts.  Being in my little urban garden..watching the birds splash in my fountain.  I see them all in different ways.  Like many people I also experience stressors of this new normal.  And the things and connections in my life that have changed, ended or expanded.   All, if not most things are transmuted in time...and right now, transmutation is at a peek.   For some of you, this is challenging.  For many of you, I see and feel you stepping into a new way of feeling, doing and experiencing life.  I support you and see your Light!  

During this new normal, Spirit has shifted my focus and my vibe.  I have been very strongly guided to bring my ability to support and guide people going through their own transformation, to the forefront, and step more into coaching.  The coaching will be specific to your spiritual journey of awakening.  Your ability to vibe high and raise your own personal frequency.  Tuning into and getting support and direction around those energetic markers that 'wake you' up.  I have also been guided to do more study regarding  the psychology of the Chakra system and it's role in your Spiritual development. 

On my own personal journey of awakening, I have been doing some psychic development work, connecting more consciously with Angelic energy and shifting what feels more in alignment with my Soul work.   As a result, I pass on the hustle of what I do, full on in faith that the people who see me, who need my services and guidance will find me.  There are some things I will leave behind as I am narrowing my focus!  Less is more.  Keeping things simple and practical,  even more enticing. 

I will continue to teach Reiki as that is my passion but my teachings will look and feel different.  As Light and Soul Workers there are aspects to the healing work we do that I find is sometimes not discussed or examined.  My goal is to add to that in the best way I can.

So we surrender to the non stagnation.  We adapt.  We flow. We change our flow if needed.  We have good days.  We have challenging days.  We are grateful.  We are here.  Continue to honour each day, each feeling, each moment where you are at.  Each moment brings a new moment to change perspectives. 

For all of my followers old and new, I love and appreciate your faith in me!  It means so much always, but especially at this time.


Sending you health, healing and peace. 


Blessings & Gratitude 

Maureen 

 

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Finding Stillness Amidst the Chaos

Finding Stillness Amidst the Chaos

"When we are at our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change."


I, like many, have been reflecting on the teachings, the medicine, that comes with the events that are unfolding before us, to us and within us.  


It’s realness hasn’t peaked for many as we methodically try to navigate through this new normal.   It’s like waking up from a bad dream each morning only to remember that the dream is the reality.  

It’s so important to honour where each of us is in this space of uncertainty.  The emotions are high, impacting our day to day relationships, despite the distance from each other.  Those who suffer from anxiety and loneliness, are stretched beyond imaginable pain. I want to honour their courage through this all.  I want to honour each of our own struggles and emotions and grief. We have, indeed, lost, shifted and cancelled our plans. We have...stopped moving and doing. 
 

We are in the Beingness of life.

There are some deep teachings in this. 

There are some deep gratitudes in this.  

  
I have my own suffering in this.  But, I have to share that I have had some deep moments of grace, understanding how the spiritual aspects and energy line up in all of this.  
 

We, as human, as spiritual beings have all done the insurmountable.  We have in unison...just stopped. We are joined together in the energetic ribbon of just Being.  Holding space around the world with and for each other. Regardless of religion...regardless of colour..regardless of politics...regardless of age, sex, economic status...we are joined as ONE in our stillness.   This mass awakening is something that has been amping up and arriving in this Aquarian Age. We can do this. We can breathe together, rise together. 

 

And in our stillness, the lungs of Mother Earth are moving and breathing new life into us, this planet.  Her Chakra system is aligning in the most beautiful way, healing Herself and healing us through her healing.   As an earth empath, I regularly stand on the earth and listen to her voice. I tune into what she feels and wants us to know.  I feel her frequency shifting.  

We hibernate not by choice, but to help heal each other and to help heal Her.  

 

In a time of a disease that impacts the lungs...mother earth’s lungs are breathing more rapidly.  Let her lungs breathe for you and sustain you.  

 

What I have learned during this time, for myself, is that connection is more powerful than anything else.  But connection to our own soul, is undeniably precious. Forced into social isolation, we can choose to use this time wisely to examine what stopping and being mean to us.  

 

Create.  Read. Journal.  Produce something.  Breathe. Walk. Mindfully dive into your very existence.  Slow down. Be wild. Embrace your inner hippie. Stretch.  Dance. Cry. Scream. Let it be hard. Then let it be lighter.  Don’t beat yourself up. Give yourself daily hugs. Be human.  


Remember that Spring will still spring.  The birds will still sing and the buds germinate below the frozen ground...

 

I wouldn’t choose this manner of isolation for my life either.  But slowing to a deeper meditative pace so I can examine my life and soul?  This is a gift that will rarely come again in my life time.  

 

And when this is over…. Wow, celebrate the hell out of how wonderfully you navigated through this!  Take a look in your soul and note how very different you feel, act, appreciate the Life of Beingness.  

 

Stay well.  Stay real. Stay connected first and foremost, to Self & Soul.  Stay bountiful, blissful and beautiful.
 

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Joy In Simple Spirituality - Winter Musings

 


Welcome cozy souls, to the season of winter.   A time to slow our roll and rhythm, to rest, repose and go within for a season of contemplation.   So pour yourself a hot chocolate or a cup of your favorite herbal tea and meet me in that space.  

Several years ago I was introduced to the Danish concept of Hygge


hyg·ge/ˈh(y)o͞oɡə,ˈho͝oɡə/  - a quality of coziness and comfort


Hygge lifestyle encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well being          through enjoying the simple things in life.  Hygge lifestyle is about keeping things simple and creating a calming mindset.  How can we apply this concept to our inner spiritual life?   Creating a simply mindful way of being, is a step in the right direction of soul soothing comfort.  The concept of Hygge and the search for spiritual enlightenment are both fueled by a shared need for comfort and connection.  In this season of comfort and joy, I reflect on what it means to be simply spiritual.  Hygge spirituality. 

Regardless of whether you pray, meditate, chant or commune with a higher power in a church, park or home, what gives you comfort, has merit.  What you believe and practice, has merit.  So many get caught up in how spiritual they are in comparison to others or what society deems to be spiritual.   We get lost in the merit of what we ourselves believe or practice.   We forget what true connections are to us.  What Spirit means to us.  

Throughout my life, in my own spiritual growth, I have always felt that my sense of spirituality lives deeply in my soul and is...very organic and simple.   I light a candle and feel a connection to God, Source, Spirit and the Universe.  I feel my feet grounded and feel that connection.  I sit in meditation or in a Reiki session and I feel Spirit.  I sit in church and feel equally connected.   All experiences have beautiful merit.      

You are a soul.  You have a soul.  You, your beliefs and practices are seen, celebrated and revered.  

This Christmas season, I support you in connecting to the All you believe in and connect with, in whichever way, however simply you connect.  I have no doubt you are seen and heard.  

Wishing you a sacred Christmas Season!

 

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Sunflower Medicine

 


Welcome the emergence of Fall and all it's beauty!  Shifting, learning, growing and emerging.  It's taken some time for me to write this newsletter.  Things of a profound nature require a tenderness in their rendering..

In the early summer months, I have held a focus of supporting  a very dear friend through the ravages of cancer. Someone with whom I have had a very close emotional connection.   My friend, my mentor, my soul sister, Cathy. She transitioned the beginning of July, but before doing so, gave me permission to share her experience.   An experience I am still processing. My heart was, and still is filled with awe, at how connection to each other, to energy, to whatever divinity you connect with...can feel like swimming in pure love.  

That's how I felt in my experience with her. 

In the past few months of her illness, she allowed me to step into her energy field with the love and grace of Reiki healing.    Cathy had known about energy healing for as many years as I was practicing. She was neither a believer or a skeptic. When asked to support her in her illness, which she walked with immense dignity, I was beyond honored.  
Healing is amplified when hearts connect, are open and pure.  Our hearts connected in a place that has felt true for many years.   I continue to feel her energy in the palms of my hands and in my heart.  Through intent and prayer, I open up my channels to receive that Universal divine energy that flows through my crown, to my heart chakra and out through my palms to the recipient.   An openness and willingness to receive allows the strength of that flow to fill you, transporting you to a place of peace. Some say, to your spirit essence.


In my sessions with my dear friend, I saw her whole and healed running through a sunflower field.  At the end of the field, she was greeted by her ancestors that have passed through the years.  They gathered around her and greeted her.   She was strong in body, mind and spirit. 
Whenever I saw this vision, I shared with her and she would say to me that when she was in the energy, her body felt stronger than she ever had even when she was well.  Everytime I was with her, she wanted to experience that.  What an immense gift to share for both of us. 
We talked for hours about what it felt like to know she would die.  I have no regrets she said, only love.  Words that still echo in my ears.
In the days following her transition and at her Celebration of Life, I stopped at the store and brought a single sunflower with me.  I wasn't entirely sure of the significance, but it had to come with me.  

That same week, I was sitting outside eating my dinner on my back steps with my son.  I looked up and directly in front of me was a flower that had never been there.  A sunflower.  A single sunflower amongst my yellow daisies.   A single sunflower looking into my window. 
In all my years playing in my garden I have neither seen or planted a sunflower... 

The sign is clear for me and it's medicine magical.   Sunflowers I have come to understand, reach for the light naturally but when there is darkness, they reach for each other's energy.  
She was a sunflower, with energy she shared soulfully and unselfishly.  We hesitate to reach for others and to share our love, compassion and energy with others out of fear.  Out of I don't know what.  Commitment?  Fear? Uncertainty? Resentment?  Jealousy?  
Sunflowers don't care about those things...they just reach and in the moment, love.  

Everything about my experience with this chapter of my life has been profound and held a deeper meaning for me...as always.  
The beauty in death has shown itself to me in a way I never imagined...don't be afraid.  Connection continues....  

With love & gratitude 

 

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Finding Zen During the Christmas Season

Christmas, and the season leading up to it, can be as daunting as it is beautiful for some. There is something that almost changes the air we breathe around Christmas. A feeling in our bones. The closeness and connection we feel with Spirit, God or the Universe.  The music, the snow.  And the list goes on.  It can be a magical time of year.


 Then there is the flip side of the coin.  And all of the feelings are neither right or wrong.

The stress associated with spending and expectations around what should be can cause even the merriest people to feel blue. Christmas can bring up emotional stuff still lingering around. Why is that? Visions of sugar plums, glitter all things beautiful, perfect families gathering to carve the turkey. All of those images of loveliness can conjure up expectations of what should be, what might be, what wasn't and what we long for. The grief. The loss. The hopes, dreams and wishes. All seem to converge as though a point of light through a magnify glass.

The following are some tips to consider when navigating through the season. Things to practice to help bring some zen and mindfulness to your experience no matter what side of the coin you experience. Some of them are from articles I have read but also from my own experience and wisdom.

 

  1. Manage your expectations.  Keep in mind that everyone is going through their own emotions and experience of Christmas.  This time of year represents something different to everyone.  Hold a realistic view that things may not be 'perfect' or people may not be, say or do the things you wish they would.  Try not to take things personally.  Create space for others to have their experience and step away when things become overwhelming.   Step away, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are only responsible for your own feelings.  We are all perfectly imperfect.  Dynamics with family and friends don't necessarily change because its Christmas so manage your expectations around that so you don't feel hurt. 

  2. Take moments of mindfulness.   Admist the busyness of the season, practice the mindful pause. Take conscious moments of mindful stopping and being without judgement.  I will often just stop in the middle of something and bring my awareness to the present moment, in my body and with my breath.  These moments can happen when you are cooking Christmas dinner for example.  Stop, close your eyes and tune into your breath and body.  Mindfully pay attention.

  3. Set boundaries and say no.  The holiday season is a good time to practice boundary setting.  There may be pressure to do and plan different things for friends or family.  Be cognizant of your own energy and your need to be in silence.  You are not missing out...you are going within.  

  4. Connect with nature.  Nature is a beautiful healer.  It is grounding and revitalizing. Carve out some time to go walking in the forest or even around the block.  Make a walk a part of your Christmas day routine.  Go walk around the block and take in the Christmas lights.  Go into the forest for a snowshoe.  If you are an "earther" take the plunge outside for a few minutes in your barefeet!  Your nervous system will thank you. 

  5. Manage your depression and anxiety.  Christmas season can ampllify feelings of anxiety or depression.  Its very important to establish a self care routine during this time if  you find an increase in those feelings.  Think ahead of how you will manage things and make a plan.  Take time out away from people if you need to.  It is ok to put yourself first if you need to.   Plan to take regular breaks from activity to look after yourself.  Read a book.  Journal.  Take a hot bath.  Go to Starbucks and sip a decatant hot chocolate.

  6. Don't over spend.   Be mindful of the commercialism at Christmas and decide to work within your budget.  Say no to gift giving if it means it is creating debt and stress for you.  There are other creative ways to share.  Bake some cookies.  Plan some time with a family member or friend.  Cook someone dinner.  

  7. Be with people who adore you for who you are.  The season can amplify emotions.  Choose to be with people who give you energy and not drain it.  Be with people who are easy to be with and celebrate the things that are important. 

    8.  Practice Gratitudes.  the practice of gratitude shifts the energy and focus.  It brings you to the present moment of what is important.  Purchase yourself a lovely journal and start a daily gratitude journal practice or decorate a jar to place gratitudes in.  Keep it simple.  Sometimes our breath is enough to be grateful for. 

Wishing you wellness of mind, body and spirit during the holidays and always. Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself for whatever you hang onto going into the new year. 

With much love and gratitude for your continued support! 

Maureen  

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With Love

Hanging in the stairwell going down into my healing room is an abstract painting.  Somewhere on the painting are tiny letters that read, "Love, the reason we are here."   I remember when I wrote those words, I had felt romantic love.  Many years later, those words have deeper meaning and yearning.  Everyday is a day to honour and exhibit love, but February is a highlighter.   

The older I get the wider my definition of love becomes.  The capacity of my heart to love has shifted.  It spills out into everything I do.  What does love look like? 

It looks like unabashed joy when I am out in nature breathing the air and feeling the snow fall gently on my face.  It looks like connection when a likemined soul crosses your path in a serendipitous way.  Its in the gentle hug and touch of an arm of someone you care about.  Or the silent embrace of your child. It lives in the moments you share with your aging parents.  It looks like connection and communion with Spirit.  With whomever you worship. 

It resembles discreet acts of kindness to life changing acts of heroism.  It is the in the air we breath and the water we drink.  It's how we choose to move through our day when we are gripped with lonliness and depression.  It lives in the way we soothe our mind, body and soul.  A great cup of coffee with delectable cream!   Its the many faces of love.

 We all want to love and be loved.  We all want to love and accept ourselves. We sometimes fall into the belief system that love needs to be larger than life...a bright flame that cannot be extinguished.   I believe we have been placed here to love.  To love ourselves, each other and the very nature of our lives.  

In the next few months I will be writing about self care and how to redefine it.  Lets set ourselves up for success.  Now go and breathe in the deliciousness of at least one moment in your day!  Love lives there.  

xo

 

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