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Sunday, 29 April 2012

...and again...

because it is so beautiful
as are you
and I am not sure
you received it
the first time around
so please

love and light 

Friday, 27 April 2012

no more struggle....

Struggle has been a familiar thing
it has been something that defined me
 something I took on
as part of my reality

But I have changed my mind

When I think of struggle
I feel the hardship
the burden
I see my self walking
bent over
I see my self carrying
the pain
the suffering
and the burden is almost too much to bear

when that perspective is shifted
and I see it as a challenge
everything changes

challenges are meant to be faced
challenges are welcomed for growth
welcomed for learning
welcomed for experience

I can see myself standing tall
staff in hand
ready to face the challenges
of my life

in changing my mind
 I have decided
that the struggle is no more
no longer will I carry
unnecessary burdens
I stand tall
walk strong
ready to face
the challenges of my Life...

what have you changed your mind about, my lovelies?

Love and Light

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

and when I'm confused....

I want to watch blossoms in the wind

and when I am unsure
I want to feel the sun shine on my face

and when I am insecure 
I want to sing a song of strength

and when I don't know where I am
I want to sit and rest

and when I am afraid
I want to feel something soft

and when I am angry
I want to lay on the marble floor

and when I have messed up
I want to feel the oceans spray

and when I feel shame
I want to run the forest trail

and when I feel not enough
I want to hear the eagle song

and when I feel too much
I want to yell from somewhere high

and when I don't feel at all
I want to be held
by Your Infinite Love
and cradled
close to

what is it you want to do my lovelies?
Love and Light

Monday, 23 April 2012

Monday Offering...for you

I see 

You are beautiful
Live that Truth today Sisters

Love and Light

Sunday, 22 April 2012

one day...

In one day
there can be so much
reflections of the heart
over flow
and pour out
and one wonders where to begin

this Life
this Gift

felt in the community of gathering
at the dawn of the day
six women
in an upper room
sharing fears, challenges and victories
standing together
staffs in hand
committed to each other
in love and sisterhood
lifting each other up
in honesty and grace
in what we do
opening a portal for Love to come down
to speak to us
to guide us
to hold us

I am blessed
I am woman
Let me do what I do

the gathering complete
preparations begin
to say good bye
to honour one past

We go
my son and I
Proud is the mother in me
of a young man
open to Love
open to feelings of loss
open to walk that road
his sensitive heart pained
but he will not be afraid
for he has know Love
He has know Caring
He has know what it feels like to matter
And this beloved one
gave him that

so beautiful
centuries old
hold the mysteries
of worlds
of the past

words spoken
in our loved ones native tongue
he will go back to his home country
for final resting place
his children 
and their children
will carry him there
and hold Mamas hand
as she grieves the loss of her one Love
the man she spent her whole life with
the man who was the yin to her yang

So loved was he
as the bodies pour out the church
too small to hold all the 

a great man
a man of family
a man of tradition
a man of giving
a man of humility
a man of honour
a man of commitment

a Man of Love

held close
never forgotten
forever appreciated



precious moments
shared with my son
joined by this Love
for his Djeda
and for his Baba 
who now remains
in a life gone by
so Loved
was he by them

this Gift
this Life

Till the day ends
in the presence of family
and friends
speaking hearts
open voices
in finding home
with those 

one day

a gift


Love and Light

Monday, 16 April 2012

Monday Offering

Appalachian farmer,a noted charmerForgot the field.
Mississippi moonshine,driving him wild,forgot to yield.
I wait hey daydaydream of somedaybe better off.
My Georgia pine in declineinto its deathin a Florida swamp.
I gotta lot of lovin'I gotta lot of lovin'I gotta lot of love in my heart.
I'm gonna get to heaven,I'm gonna get to heaven,I'm gonna get to heaven alright.
A fire lit in 'LinaMaking me cry,in a cornfield
Across the nation patientYa pass the waitin'with a warm meal.
Tennesaw what you seeArkan I can't die being calmHollywoods so darlin'gonna move to Nawlinbetter sing a song.
I gotta lot of lovin'I gotta lot of lovin'I gotta lot of love in my heart.
I'm gonna get to heaven,
I'm gonna count to sevenI'm gonna get to heaven alright.
Why you runnin'Why you runnin'Why you runnin' my life?
I hope your Monday has been wonderful my lovelies...

Love and Light

Sunday, 15 April 2012


we walked together
I speak
you listen

my heart pours out 
as you catch its contents
you blow them around
like fairy dust
and they sparkle in your Love

I hear the song of your words
and know you are there
I see you
I feel you
as the words of gratitude
roll off my tongue

there is something that is rising within me
you gently push it forth
today when we walked
you re assure me
calmed my fears
and the uncertainties
that befall me

 as usual
your words remain steadfast
my heart an open book
for which every page you've read
and today

we walked for me
embraced what lies before me
took comfort in your presence
felt the gratitude bubble over
and knew
this next step
I don't do alone
this next step 
I take for me....
made that

Lovelies, what have you done for you today?

Love and Light