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Nurture Yourself – Reflecting on our Mother’s Words

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

‘Our Mother.’

She forms the person we’ll be from the beginning of conception. We’re 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 lessons a mother teaches 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 and get stuck on what we weren’t given.

This shouldn’t matter.

For in the end, if we fail or if we succeed, we should never forget that the final choices are always up to us.

The poem below reflects a Mother’s words eloquently … enjoy the Secret Garden as you read.

Namaste, Isadora
2017©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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Nurture Yourself – Realizing Who You Are

nurutre-yourself-1024a-beige-webAs I come to the end of another year of nurturing, I am aware of how blessed
I’ve been to have traveled this past year with so many who’ve been
walking beside me.

We must never stop writing our own story. It helps us to be present.
It’s a gift we give to our nurturing selves.
All of the painful layers we’ve carefully peeled away this year have helped us
become attuned with our emotional selves.

I’ve looked in the mirror.
I’ve seen myself.
My expectations have far exceeded what I ever thought.
I am pleased. But, there is always room to grow for a better story.

Have you met your expectations this year?
If not, do whatever you have to do to be YOU
~ You want to Be ~
Be in your own story.

In Love and Light ….
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.

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The most destructive habit: Worry.
The greatest gift: Giving.
The greatest loss: Loss of Self-respect.
The most satisfying work: Helping others.
The ugliest personality trait: Selfishness.
The most endangered species: Dedicated leaders.
The greatest natural resource: Our youth.
The greatest ‘Shot-in-the-Arm’: Encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome: Fear.
The most effective sleeping pill: Peace of mind.
The most crippling failure disease: Excuses.
The world’s most incredible computer: The Brain.
The most dangerous pariah: A gossiper.
The most powerful source in life: Love.
The most powerful source in life: Love.
The most powerful source in life: Love.
The most powerful source in life: Love.
The most powerful source in life: Love.
The worst thing to be without: Hope.
The deadliest weapons: The tongue.
The two most power-filled words: I Can.
the greatest asset: Faith.
The most worthless emotion: Self-pity.
The most beautiful attire: A Smile.
The most prized possession: Integrity.
The most powerful channel of communication: Prayer.
The most contagious spirit: Enthusiasm.
The most important thing in life:
Realizing who we are.
©Rab Adamson

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Nurture Yourself – Clarity of Mind

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Clarity (claridad, limpidez – Spanish) is to be free from cloudiness, obscurity and mind blurred thoughts. It’s a state of mind quality that is clear; transparent and lucid.

When there are many stressful issues in our lives, past or present, burdening our mind clarity becomes a veiled blur.

Simple decisions or choices become overwhelming.

Our navigation through the fog of indecision brings us down; especially, if situations don’t turn out the way we expect.

It’s similar to the delusional, ever lurking word hope. If our hopeful expectations don’t happen the way we hoped they would, there’s a downward spiral of sadness and, sometimes,  depression from disappointment.

We doubt ourselves.

Sometimes, we can’t decide what we want to do with our lives, our careers or
our relationships.

Clarity of mind includes having clarity of passion, too.

A lucid mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.

Sitting quietly, having moments of deep meditation helps us to see through those murky foggy places that need clearing.

In opening your mind’s eye to clarity, you begin to change into a radiant you.

If you’re reading this, you’ve survived your entire life up until this point.
You’ve survived traumas, heartbreak, devastation, and the different phases of your life.

And, here you are …

Are you taking time to lift your veil of darkness in order to have more clarity?
~~~Namaste~~~
Isadora
2016©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.

Music Meditation

BERNWARD KOCH – The Silver Veil

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Nurture Yourself – I Wish You

Nurturing Yourself - 6162016.webWhen there is PAIN, I wish you PEACE.

Where there is SELF-DOUBTING, I wish you a renewed

CONFIDENCE in your ability to work through it.

Where there is TIREDNESS and EXHAUSTION,

I wish you UNDERSTANDING, PATIENCE and Strength.

Where there is FEAR, I wish you COURAGE and LOVE.

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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Tragedy in Orlando

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They were people like you and me. They left the safety of their homes for an evening of dancing, laughter and fun. It never crossed their minds that this would be the night their lives would end.

When we leave our homes, how many of us think that we’ll never return?

I think, none of us.

Our lives have been changed by a horrific tragedy that happened in Orlando, Florida.

Fifty Forty nine people lost their lives and another fifty-three are struggling in hospitals to survive. Families transfixed on hearing news of whether ot not their family member, child or spouse are okay.

It’s a scenario that’s happening too often.

The losses of innocent people has burdened us with heavy hearts.

I hear these news reports and it paralyzes me. I can’t believe the hate. The lack of human empathy for others who are not like us.

When will this end?

How will it be stopped?

To all who are suffering from this tragedy of lives lost in Orlando:

May your troubled hearts find peace and comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone.

May God’s presence ease your trembling spirit and give you rest.

He is there to cast sunlight into all of your darkened shadows,

to send encouragement through the love of friends and family,

and to replace your weariness with new hope.

Blessings to All …
Isadora
©2016

 

John Lennon – Imagine

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Nurture Yourself – Wear Peaceful Wings

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Worrying does not take away

tomorrow’s troubles,

it takes away today’s peace.

Michel Pepe × L’eau De Cristal

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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Nurture Yourself – Timelessness

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This timeless moment is like

a thread of timelessness

that goes through everything.

©Pema Chodron

 

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Timelessness is a state of eternal existence believed in some religions to characterize the afterlife.

Timelessness is the timeless existence of eternity.

Timelessness is a state of a point of view of, gradually, coming into being.
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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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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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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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