Monday, December 24, 2018

The gift of living as love

Echoed in the words of Saint Therese, "I applied myself above all to practice quiet hidden little acts of virtue; thus I liked to fold the mantles forgotten by the Sisters, and sought a thousand opportunities of rendering them service.”

Little ways, little things I do, seen or unseen are an offering of myself from a place of loving connection in a way that pleases the human and the divine that is within myself and others.

I am in taken to heights by whom I have gifted my surrender to, who understands and allows the effects of this to permeate all the rest of my life.

An element of my own calling is sharing my humanity, my body; creating positive change through pleasurable means. Part of me realizes that internal freedom is inherent, I have not given myself all of the freedom that is.

The idea I have is that miserly love stunts the growth of love and liberated love creates more love. Another part of me sees this freedom within, surrounded by boundaries of my own making and knows that they are my choice to allow.  

"..the only way which leads to Love's furnace - that way is self-surrender"- Saint Therese

I’m thinking right now of freedom and abandonment of the self, to the Divine, to another, giving all of yourself - opening up all that you are, knowing that love resides but does not entangle. That your love nurtures another’s life and spirit and carry’s on to the next person they meet…can you imagine a conglomeration of love circling the globe?!

I feel to the root of all that I am that … Love, sharing love, being love- a love of All is just that…Well, it matters not what words I attach to how I feel….no words are needed perhaps to relay Living as Love.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Our Gifts

It's nearing Christmas and there is simply one song that I have not ever found a liking for... ....until this week. This may be your favorite tune but I never gave it a chance because of the repetition (and the Joan Jett version). To save others who the same frustration, I've made the important bits darker to point them out.  Also, I've added a video of the BEST ever version I have heard to date!

To make things a bit more interesting and fruitful... I've added a "small exercise".  After all, recognizing our gifts, following a discipline to improve upon them and then sharing them is amazing!

Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum 
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum 
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

** Come forward, pull a card and see what gift you are bringing.

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
When we come. 

** Say a brief honoring prayer
Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum 
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

** Pull another card, how can you best cultivate your gift?
Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, 
On my drum? 

** Pull another card and be inspired to use your gift!
Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum 
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

** promise yourself to offer your gift at the very next opportunity!

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum 
Me and my drum.

** acknowledge that your gift is yours, given to you to give to others.