Inside the Mind of Isadora


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Have You Ever Wondered About ‘Friendships’.…?

friendships - handsThe following are some questions I’m sure many of you have thought about from time to time.

  1. What should we do with friends in our lives when we make them?
  2. How do you manage your time with friends?
  3. As a woman, should you just have female friends?
  4. Do we want to grow emotionally, spiritually and intellectually with friends?
  5. When are friends no longer friends? And, why?

Have you ever been friends with someone for many years but, one day, they disappear from your life leaving you to wonder:

What happened?

Have you had a friendship for a long, long time but, recently, the beginnings of aging and memory problems has changed the relationship despite your desire to prolong it. Our hearts falter to accept this inevitability. We know that terrible thief ‘Aging’ is breathing down their necks while snickering at you.

We’ve all had friendships that have ended without cause. The waning friendship may have been happening all along, slowly, without your noticing the changes.

Sometimes, a change in geographical location can end a friendship. We believe we’ll continue the friendship from a distance but, despite our denial, it won’t be the same.

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I’d been reading a few posts by Susannah Bianchi @ her blog ‘A Thing Girl’. Her blog is quite interesting. She takes me back to New York memories from time to time which I can relate to. As she says, “I write with a slant”. If you’d like to read the story that inspired this post click on the title: ‘No More Mimi’.

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I read the poem below shortly after a friendship I had had for quite a long time ended because of a move I’d made 27 years ago to another state. I happened upon this poem during that difficult time. I mentioned the title in my comment to Susannah. She hadn’t read it. I decided to post it for her and for anyone who has had a friendship end.

Enjoy,
            Isadora

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

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A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime

People generally come into your life for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime.
Understanding this principle can enhance your relationships by helping you better serve others and learn or grow from what they have to offer.

Reason

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it may be they have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance. They may be in your life to support you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
A difficult person can challenge you to grow in patience, forgiveness, and/or understanding. Some people may test your strength, commitment, willpower, determination, and/or ethics. A positive and supportive person who comes into our life may seem like a blessing and godsend; and they are. In either case, the person has come into your life for the reason needed.
One day, seemingly without any reason, the relationship may come to an end. This may happen over time as you drift apart, or more suddenly. It may be a positive experience such as someone getting married or moving to another city to take a job offer. Or, the relationship may end through negative circumstances that force you to take a stand on an issue.
What we must realize is that a need has been met – for you and for them. Perhaps it was an unknown need, or maybe it was an answer to a prayer. If the relationship has ended, then reflect, give thanks, consider what you learned, think about what you could/would do better next time (even if you felt the relationship was a good one), forgive if needed, hope/wish/pray the best for that person, and then move on in your journey.

Season

Some people come into your life for a SEASON — an extended period of time. Just as there are seasons for planting, growing, and harvesting; in your  life, there are seasons when you are prepared to learn, grow, or produce. There are other times in your life when you’re not prepared to grow, learn, or even listen. So, when someone comes into your life at a certain season, it is  because the timing is right for what they can offer you.
This person may bring you an experience of great peace, joy, or happiness. They may empower you to do something you have never done before. They may you assurance and strengthen your self-confidence. Accept this, and embrace it. It is real. Yet, maybe for only for a season.
Consider… In life, you may have tasks on a – To Do List – as well as long-term projects that need to be pursued over a period of weeks, months, or years. In the same way, those who come into your life for a short-term Reason, may help you check something off our To Do List. Those who come into your life for a Season will remain for the duration of a more complex long-term purpose.

Lifetime

Some people are in your life for a LIFETIME. These people are, perhaps, the greatest blessing because they stick with you through the Reasons, Seasons, and through your entire lifetime. Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons. These are often qualities, skills, and aspects of your character you must build upon in order to have a solid foundation for yourself and in service to others. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

TODAY THANK A PERSON WHO IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER HAS BEEN PART OF YOUR LIFE

~~- even if in some small way you can make them feel that you are indeed thankful for their presence as well as the beautiful moments that they have given you.
~~~Annonymous~~~

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Tech Fiction

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Tech Fiction

It was weird to be without a phone for two days. I didn’t realize how much I used it. My smart phone wasn’t charging. A problem, for sure. I decided to do some research.

I did what I always do when I’m not sure what to do.
I googled, ‘Where do I buy a battery for Apple Smart iPhone S5?’

The answer was the Apple store or Batteries Plus. I called both to check on pricing and whether or not they had them in stock. Both said, “Yes.”

Apple charges $119.99 while Batteries Plus charges $59.99. Since I don’t like over-paying for anything I chose Batteries Plus. But, first I thought I’d check the location where I had originally purchased the phone: Best Buy.

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Best Buy Conversation

Jason: “May I help you”, very politely.

Me: “Yes, My phone isn’t charging. Do you sell batteries for the Apple Smart iPhone S5?”

Jason: “No. There is no way to change a battery on the Apple Smart iPhone S5. Do you have the phone with you?”

Me: “Yes, I do. However, I spoke to Apple this morning and they do have a replacement battery but the cost is a bit steep.”

Jason: “What Apple will do is exchange it for another S5 phone. The case has to be broken to get into the battery. They aren’t making S5 phones anymore. It may even be exchanged for a refurbished one. I’ve got a special going on now with the new Apple iPhone 6. I can show it to you.”

Me: “No. I don’t want the iPhone 6. It’s too large for my hands plus I have no intention of buying a new phone. This one works fine”.

Jason: “The iPhone 5 Se is the same size as your S5 but has the upgraded features of the iPhone 6.”

Me: “I don’t want a new phone. I want to fix this one.”

Jason: “This special we’re having is just for today. We don’t have the iPhone 5 Se in stock. You may need to wait a few weeks for us to get it in. You want to try the bigger phone. The size of the iPhone 6 is easy to get used to.”

Me: “Well, Jason … Thank you for your help. I’m going to have to absorb all of this information you’ve given me.”

Jason: “But, the special is for today only.”

Me; “I guess I’ll have to take the risk.”

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I left the store a bit unnerved as he never acknowledged my lack of interest in purchasing a new phone. Then, I sat in my car and rationalized that he may be making a commission for his sales. So, I decided to go to Batteries Plus which was a short distance away.

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Batteries Plus Conversation

Manager: “Hello, Can I help you?”, in an angry tone.

Me: “My phone isn’t charging. Do you sell batteries for the Apple Smart Phone S5?”

Manager: “Do you have the phone?”

Me: “Yes.” I hand it to him.

Manager: “I can’t take it out of the case.” He hands it back to me, nastily.

Me: “I can’t take it out of the case, either. The case has been on since I purchased the phone over 2 years ago. I haven’t the slightest idea how to remove it.”

Manager: “This is a waterproof / shock case. I’ve never removed one before. I can try but if it breaks it’s on you.”

Me: “Ummmm … OK, I guess.”

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He removes the case and proceeds to tap the phones different apps and settings.

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Manager: “Your phone has to be checked to make sure everything is working. What’s you password?”

Me: “Reluctantly, I tell him.”

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He plays around with the phone. He puts it on a machine of some kind. He asks for my name and phones #.

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Manager: “The external speaker isn’t working.”

Me: “Could it be because it doesn’t have a charge?”

Manager: “Abruptly, No!”

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I was about to answer him but the store phone rings …. and rings …. and rings. Finally, he answers it. In a crabby voice he answers the phone question and hangs up.

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Manager: “I hate working with kids.”

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I was clueless. Suddenly, a scruffy haired young man comes from behind the store.

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Manage: “You work here, don’t you?”

Young Man: “Yeah.”

Manager: “Then, try working by answering the phone.”

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Harsh glances are exchanged. Meanwhile, I’m thinking, ‘Hello, customer here.’

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Me: “Can you fix the battery? What about that external speaker? What would cause that to break since it was working yesterday?

Manager: “ I don’t know.”

Me: “ OK, then, how much is the external speaker?”

Manager: “$59.99.”

Me: “The total cost will be $59.99 for the battery – $59.99 for the external speaker plus tax?”

Manager: “Yes, sign here that you’ve left the phone for us to repair.”

Me: “Wait … that’s over $120.00 to fix my phone. I think I’d like to check my carrier ATT to see if they can exchange the phone for a new one as it might be less expensive.”

Manager: “You do whatever you want to do.”

Me: “Thank you for your time. Good-Bye.”

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I left the store a bit unnerved again. I told myself he was having a hard day with his employee. I didn’t feel anyone wanted to fix my phone. I figured it must be outdated as repairs seemed to be a bother. I drove to my ATT carrier which was also nearby.

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Att Conversation

Receptionist: “ Good afternoon, welcome to ATT. How can we help you today?”

Me: “My phone isn’t charging. Do you sell batteries for the Apple Smart iPhone S5?”

Receptionist: “Let me have, Lizette, one of our techs help you.”

Me: “Thank you.”

Lizette: “What can I help you with today?”

Me: “My phone isn’t charging. Do you sell batteries for the Apple Smart iPhone S5?”

Lizette: “Let me test it for you.”

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She places my phone on an in-store charger. We wait a few minutes.

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Lizette: “The phone is charging.”

Me: “Did you say the phone is charging?”

Lizette: “Yes. It went from 6% to 8% in just a few minutes.” Your charging plug must be damaged or the wire kinked up.”

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Honestly, I stared at her like she had 2 heads. My mind was going through all of the previous conversations at the other locations. I was starting to get angry. But, she wasn’t at fault. Finally, my words came back …

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Me: “Lizette, you’re an angel. Thank you. Can I get a new charging plug for the phone? And, is the external speaker working?”

Lizette: “Yes, the external speaker and the phone itself is working fine. Of course, you can get a charger, we have them in stock. They’re $19.99 plus tax.”

Me: “I’ll take one, please. In the event that it doesn’t charge when I get home can I bring it back and talk to you about a new phone?”

Lizette: “Yes. But, I have checked everything on your phone. You shouldn’t have any problems.”

Me: “Lizette, you have been extremely helpful. I can’t thank you enough.”

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I went home. I placed the new charger on my phone. My phone is perfectly fine. Obviously, I’m not a computer tech. I rely on the expertise of those who are trained in this field. I think it’s unfortunate that they can take advantage people and we can’t do anything about it. However, I will be dropping a letter to these 2 companies. Perhaps, it will prevent someone else from this experience. And, I will be sending a complimentary letter to Att for Lizette’s good customer service.

Sounding Off …
Isadora

2016©Isadora DeLaVega


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Sunday Song – Summertime

Putumayo – Latin Jazz- 06 – Ray Barretto • Summertime

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AAAaaaahhhhh ….. the season of summer is upon us.
May the sun shine upon your love life ….
And may the summer breeze gently sing the song of “LOVE”

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

 If you have a favorite Summer song, feel free to add it in the comments so we can all enjoy …..

******* Florida has been having temperatures in the low to mid 80’s. It feel like summer.

******* Photograph was altered to create a painting in Photoshop. 2016©Isadora DeLaVega


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King Pelu – Our Fur-Son

Cat - Pelu - close up.webOn Saturday, April 30, an article in the local newspaper advertised a Pet Fair. We had been talking about getting a new cat. We thought there could be one waiting for us there.

My hubby and I have had cats all of the years we’ve been married. He grew-up with cats.
I grew-up with German Shepard dogs.

When our children started asking about having a pet he suggested we get a cat. It was a big change for me to switch but I rationalized that with 3 children it would be easier to have a cat. And, it was. Then, there were 2 cats and, eventually, 3 cats. We had one for each of our daughters. To my surprise it worked well.

When my youngest daughter went off to college, we inherited her cat Marshmallow.
He was a beautiful white cat that she had saved from an abusive incident. He didn’t have a tail as it had been chopped off or couldn’t hear. Everyone thought he was a Manx. His personality always won everyone over even the non-cat lovers. He died 4 years ago at the age of 28. He lived a long and happy life. We still miss him.

Two years after he died we decided to adopt another kitty. We always adopt from no-kill shelters or animal leagues. Immediately, we were smitten with 2 kittens in the kitty enclosure.
Unfortunately, the shelter preferred they be adopted together since they were sisters. As much as I wanted to limit myself to one cat I couldn’t see leaving her sister behind. We took them both home. They were polydactyl cats which meant they had 5 toes. For that reason, no one seem wanted to adopt them. We did.

They kept each other busy with their antics and preening. They were each others constant companion.

Sadly, they were killed by what we thought was a raccoon but instead turned out to be a Bobcat. They escaped my caged lanai enclosure. If you missed the post click here. It was devastating. We swore that we’d never adopt again.

They kept each other busy with their antics and preening. They were each others constant companion.

Sadly, they were killed by what we thought was a raccoon but instead turned out to be a Bobcat. They escaped my caged lanai enclosure. If you missed the post on their demise click here. It was devastating. We swore that we’d never adopt again.

Here we are 2 years later with a new fur-son named Pelu. He’s 4 months old and a bundle of energy. Since his arrival, he’s made us smile and laugh everyday with his amusing behavior and adventurous discoveries.

If you’re a pet owner you know how life changing they can be. They bring love, affection and a great deal of distraction.

Did you know that pets can have the ability to help with mental and physical health benefits?

Pets can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. They can ease loneliness and help calm you which helps reduce health issues such as high blood pressure and hypertension. Walking a dog can help with weight loss and cardiovascular disease. Children learn responsibility by caring for a pet.

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If you want to bring joy into your life than a pet might be for you. If you are going to get a pet seek one at your local shelter or no-kill leagues. You can save a life.

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Have you hugged your pet today?

Toodles, Isadora 

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

 


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Nurture Yourself – with Reflection

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When we reflect on our lives we can’t help but include in our thoughts the one person who has had the most influence on us:

‘Our Mother.’

She forms the person we will be from the beginning of conception. We are who we are because of her. Despite the way we may feel about her, she is the major player in the formation of our lives.

There are many teachings a mother gives us.

But, it’s always up to us to put them into effect.

It’s always up to us to be in charge of our decisions.

Sometimes, we ruminate about what we weren’t given. No matter.

For in the end, we fail or forget to see that the final choices are always up to us.

This poem says it eloquently …

Namaste, Isadora
2016©Isadora DeLaVega

Namaste
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.

 

Secret Garden – Reflection

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Reflections of a Mother…

I gave you life, 
but cannot live it for you.

I can teach you things,
 but I cannot make you learn.

I can give you directions,
 but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom,
 but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church,
 but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong,
 but I cannot always decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes,
 but I cannot make you beautiful inside.

I can offer you advice,
 but I cannot accept it for you.

I can give you love,
 but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share,
 but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can teach you respect,
 but I cannot force you to show honor.

I can advise you about friends,
 but cannot choose them for you.

I can advise you about sex, 
but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you the facts of life,
 but I can’t build your reputation.

I can tell you about drink,
 but I can’t say “no” for you.

I can warn you about drugs,
 but I can’t prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals,
 but I can’t achieve them for you.

I can teach you about kindness,
 but I can’t force you to be gracious.

I can warn you about sins,
 but I cannot make you moral.

I can pray for you, 
but I cannot make you walk with God.

I can tell you how to live,
 but I cannot give you eternal life.

I can love you with unconditional love all of my life
….. and I will.
    ~~~ Author Unknown ~~~

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Sunday Song – A Mother’s Prayer

    For those of you who are blessed to have your Mother’s with you, may Mother’s Day be filled with immense joy….!!!!

For those of you have lost your Mother’s, may your day be filled with precious memories of her.

Happy Mother’s Day to All ….!!!!

A Mother’s Prayer (Lyrics)

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Mothers are the place where LOVE
emerges from the earth
And happiness rings out like bells
in honor of our birth ….

Mothers are the sun that lights
for Life our inner sky
So we may know that we are LOVED
and need not question why …

Mothers are the moon that shines
upon our black despair

So even when we weep, we know
that someones always there …

Mother’s hold their children hands for a short
while but their Hearts Forever

Nobody knows of the work it takes
to keep a home together
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
nobody knows but a Mother.

Mother’s are Loving
Mother’s are Patient
Mother’s are Giving
Mother’s are Beautiful

No matter which journey
or which of lifes seasons
Mother’s will always be there

If I had a single Flower
for every time I thought of you ….
I could walk in my Garden – Forever Thinking of You.

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

****** Phhotograph of me and my youngest daughter, Nicole, is part of a gift given to me by my middle daughter, Lori, in an album she created for me several years ago for Mother’s Day. A true treasure of memories on every page. Thank you, Lori Carrozza. ❤️


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Nurture Yourself – Feel Sacred Love

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Love takes hold of our heart bringing us a peaceful tranquility.
Sometimes, we lose it.
We begin to believe we hadn’t had it, in our lives, at all.
We wonder when it will comeback again.
How will I feel?

Ironically, you are love.
Therefore, you have love.
But, you have to feel your love.

Has it been elusive?
It can be.
We can lose our love.
When you’ve buried it deep inside.
It never really left you.
It’s been waiting.

Grab hold of your inner self.
Bring forward the love that’s bursting to be free to touch another.
Your heart wants tranquility from the love your nurturing inside.
Let the love back out.
So, you it can radiate again.

Namaste 🙏🏻

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Sacred Love
*****Warning: words and images in this video might be considered by some to be of an adult rating.

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RECAPTURE your HEART

Recapture the hidden heart
Deep inside
Shrouded in sadness
Memories,
Waiting to come out
Often,
Just within reach
Floating very near
Crave to hold
Recapture and grasp
Yet,
Tranquility
Within Love
Desire,
Yearning, resolve
Illusive as a butterfly
My heart
Petition to touch

2016©poem by Isadora DeLaVega

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Namaste
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.

 

 

*****Photos Google Image 2008©Kim Pease

*****Video Created by Deborah Ward www.myspace.com/circleofwellness/

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Spring Green Minestrone Soup with Basil Pesto — Tasty Yummies

I have a newfound appreciation for Spring this year. California has decided to play coy and it hasn’t jumped straight into the heat, for once! Such a wonderful and welcome surprise. We’ve certainly had some very hot and sunny days, but we’ve also been blessed with some cooler, windy, spring-like days as of late and it’s been magical.…

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Sunday Song – Purple Rain

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Legend Prince Dies: (Purple Rain) Tribute

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I hesitated to use this platform to write about the passing of the young 57 year old Prince this week. Many news stations, magazines, social media settings have talked about this. I didn’t want to sound repetitive about what so many have said already.

In fact, Elizabeth Obih-Frank @ Mirth and Motivation has written a phenomenal article on the late Prince. She’s covered many aspects of the singers life. I believe her words best describe this great entertainer whose loss has touched so many. Please – click here – to stop by and read it. It’s extremely touching and informative.

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My first memory of Prince was when my eldest daughter came into the kitchen singing ‘Purple Rain’. I enjoyed his music and his ever changing persona. One day, on my visit to the hair salon I turned into a Prince look-a-like. The hairstylist thought my hair would look fantastic in an Afro style. I’m always up for change. I did it. I had my hair cut in an Afro hairstyle.

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It had grown a bit when this photo was taken. I can’t remember if I liked it or not. I guess I didn’t as I don’t have a great deal of photos to show it off. I do remember it taking a HUGE amount of time to grow out.

It’s been a devastating loss to the music world and his fans who enjoyed and appreciated his unique talent. This year has been a year of too many great losses of talented artists.

Goodnight Sweet Prince
Isadora
2016©Isadora DeLaVega

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Now cracks a noble heart.
Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Hamlet©Shakespeare

 Prince – WAY BACK HOME [Official Audio]

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***** Prince photographs courtesy of Google Images and http://moonbeamlevels.com

*****“Goodnight Sweet Prince” is an expression used to bid farewell and pay respect to someone who has passed away.


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Nurture Yourself – Breathe in the Spirit of Renewal

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Spring is the season after winter but before summer. It’s a time of renewal.

Like Spring, breathing brings new life into our spirit and fills us with enthusiasm that reinvigorates our energy.

Although breathing is one of those bodily functions that happens automatically, there are some causes for us to be concerned with when it comes to breathing.

Shallow or irregular breathing can be in response to stress. Stress is a part of our everyday lives. It’s difficult to avoid.

Surprises or shocking occurrences can cause us to hold our breath. Sometimes, it can cause a lightheadedness or a faint feeling.

Deep breathing helps relax the body. Exercises, such as meditation, that focus on breathing help us breathe more deeply and creates feelings of calm peacefulness and tranquility. Our blood becomes more oxygenated with deep breathing waking the brain and relaxing the muscles.

Breathing connects our inner spiritual soul to its divine source. At the same time, it grounds our bodies.

Take time to breathe in your spirit of renewal ….

Namaste,
Isadora

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Breathe in, breathe out
Open your eyes
Do you see beauty?

Breathe in, breathe out
Close your eyes
Were you praying too?

Let yourself fall
So did someone catch you?

Breathe in, breathe out
Open your heart
Did you let someone in?

Breathe in, breathe out
Reach out your hand
Did someone reach back?

Breathe in, breathe out
It’s time
Are you ready?
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Le Mantra Du Coeur – MICHEL PEPE

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Namaste
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.

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Becca from On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea
hosts Nurturing Thursday every week.
to read other nurturing post or to join in click here

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art and photography 2016©Isadora DeLaVega

 

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