Texture

At the beach you will find all kinds of wonderful textures.  Here are some of my very amateur photos.IMG_0963IMG_0969                                                                                                                    IMG_0974IMG_0975Texture in motion.                                                                    IMG_0965

IMG_0898This vibrant green plant was striving to live in the sand.

Listening is the Key~

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.  But if you listen, you may learn something new”  DALI LAMA

Ever have an acquaintance or a friend talk too much?  It seems they like to hear themselves talk and expound on things they absolutely have no idea of.  You start to tune them out and not listen.  But sometimes, we tune out altogether and stop listening to just about everyone.  Not truly listening as we are busy with our agenda of the day and just nod or may even answer but have no clue what the discussion was about later.

Part of truly listening is being in the moment and giving undivided attention to the situation.  We may learn something along the way, maybe about the other person or even about ourselves.  Have a beautiful day and practice Listening!

Understanding Ourselves

“What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.” Maya Angelou

Too many people don’t take responsibility for their actions or failures…..It’s always someone else’s fault. They place blame everywhere but on themselves and have excuses for their actions. We are here on this earth for a purpose and we may not always know exactly what that is. But there is a reason we are living and breathing, taking up space in this world. The world doesn’t owe you but we owe the world to be the best we can be.

As we encounter people day to day, maybe even for just a moment or brief interaction, we can have possibly made an influence unbeknownst to us. It is important to always be kind and generous with our speech to even strangers we pass along the way. Be Happy and operate from a place of love in your hearts. What is there deep inside will project outward and will also attract it back from the universe.

I wish all a Blessed Day!

A Day in the Life

This is a heartbreakingly sad situation and most of the world has moved on and forgotten. We just go along on our day to day lives having no idea about different cultures and their customs. Their custom has not allowed them to change or think of better ways even when they were uprooted from their homeland.

So often we get caught up with the little day to day things that we think are so important but in the long run, are they? Does it matter if you get to the store 10 minutes later when you have crazy traffic or they don’t have your favorite item at the store? How about the stupid squabble you had with someone recently and now have animosity or discontent in your heart? Live life to the fullest and with Joy and Love. Peace and Blessings~

Untold Stories

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It’s seven o’clock and Tierkidi refugee-camp is buzzling of early morning activity. It’s food distribution day, and Nyaboth (16) is patiently waiting for the queue in front of her to get smaller.

No one knows the exact number of refugees in the Gambell-region. But we are at least looking at 250.000. More than a quarter of a million people who are dependent on the food that World Food Program is distributing.

The line is moving slow, but Nyaboth isn’t in a hurry as long as she gets what she came for. Four hours later, she has collected all the items her family is entitled to this month. The previous four hours were more boring than exhausting. Now the tough part comes. The 16-year old has to get 150 kilos of flour, maize, oil, lentils and soap back to her tent a couple of kilometres away.

−I have to sell some…

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Love Yourself, Be Happy!

How To Make A Beautiful Life by Unknown Author

“Love yourself.
Make peace with who you are
and where you are at this moment in time.

Listen to your heart.
If you can’t hear what it’s saying in this noisy world,
make time for yourself. Enjoy your own company.
Let your mind wander among the stars.

Try. Take chances. Make mistakes.
Life can be messy and confusing, but it’s also full of surprises.
The next rock in your path may be a stepping stone.

Be happy. When you don’t have what you want,
want what you have. Make do.
That’s a well-kept secret of contentment.

There aren’t any shortcuts to tomorrow.
You have to make your own day.
To know where you’re going is only part of it.
You need to know where you’ve been too.
And if you get lost, don’t worry.
The people who love you will find you.
Count on it.

Life isn’t days and years.
It’s what you do with time
and with all the goodness and grace
that’s inside of you.
Make a beautiful life…
The kind of life you deserve.”

I was watching these lovely children run up and down the beach and jumping into the water. They had such joy and unabashed enthusiasum for the open water and sand. You couldn’t help but to smile and enjoy with them.

Enjoy life with utter abandon of what others think and live it to the fullest!

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12 Biggest Life’s Secrets Forgotten by Mankind

1. We forgot our place in the natural world:

In the last couple of hundred years we have detached ourselves from nature. We have exploited, ravaged, consumed and attempted to control nature to appease our greed driven by self-absorbed madness. We tried to distance ourselves from the natural circle of life. We forgot how to listen to and understand the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth – its signs and languages. We forgot to follow nature’s path and live in balance with it.

2. We forgot our connection to life and the cosmos:

By detaching ourselves from nature, we forgot that we are deeply connected to it and to the cycles of the universe. Some tribes on the outskirts of ‘civilisation’, and who still follow ancestral ways, have preserved this connection with respect and reverence. We, on the other hand have instilled a sense of separateness which drove us out of balance and in dis-ease. We forgot how all consciousness is interconnected and weaved into a delicate and beautiful dance.

3. We forgot our ancient wisdom:

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We forgot our ancestral wisdom. In the quest to gain scientific knowledge through the rationalisation of our mind, we forgot the wisdom through the opening of our heart. We forgot the ancient stories and folk wisdom that was handed down from from seers and wise men of antiquity who lived in harmony with the universe.

4. We forgot our path and our dreams:

By stirring away from our inner path we forgot to dream the dream of life. More importantly we forgot how to awake in that dream and see our true nature as co-creators of life – as the dreamers. We forgot that we have the power to weave dreams and use our power of intention to direct those dreams into manifestation.

5. We forgot our purpose:

With too much chatter, noise and distraction in this dense reality we forgot what we came here to do. We forgot our purpose. We are caught in the mass trance of fabricated consensual reality. We lost sight of our authenticity, that inner spark that drives us towards our happiness and self-realisation. We forgot that we are here to be realised as spiritual beings embodied in a physical form and embedded in a congenial universe.

6. We forgot that everything is Love:

This is perhaps the deepest mystery of all that only some seers came to understand it as an all-embracing truth. That truth however is hidden somewhere deep inside of us. We knew it at some point but have lost touch with it. We forgot that everything is ultimately energy and consciousness and that love is the fundamental fabric of existence that runs through all energy and consciousness.

7. We forgot to Forgive:

By being made to believe that we are separate and disconnected from the others and from everything else, we forgot to forgive. In its deepest sense forgiveness is the act of reminding ourselves that we are one with everyone and everything and that there is no victim or perpetrator. It’s just all of us together moving together in a dynamic web we call life.

8. We forgot to be Free:

Remind yourself one thing everyday: You were made to be free.

We were born and raised in a ‘reality’ where freedom is only a concept. We were bound to the shackles of fear, misconceptions, false ideologies, material reward and held ransom to rules and laws laid down to safeguard the interest of the few. We were made to forget that we are free agents of change. We are free to be who we are without fear or guilt.

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9. We forgot our real power:

Living in fear has made us forget how powerful we are. We forgot the massive power of our will and intention to change our reality. We have been tranced into sleepwalking and following the ready made signs like automatons.

10. We forgot our lessons from history:

If there is something that history has taught us is how fast we are at forgetting our lessons. Time and time again we keep on repeating the same mistakes, stuck in the same patterns of greed and self-destruction. We cannot be blamed individually for the mistakes done by humanity in the past but we are responsible as individuals to to remind ourselves of the past mistakes and pass it on to the collective psyche.

11. We forgot to be simple:

Human life got more complex and complicated. We are seduced by the glitter of more and not by the power of less. We forgot to be simple and the meaning of simplicity. Life is simple really. Simplicity means discarding all the inessential stuff and ideas that clutter the view to our life purpose and the other truths we have forgotten.

12. We forgot to trust, believe and wonder:

We lost our enchantment with the world. We forgot to be wondered by the miracle of life. We do not stand in awe at the majesty of it all anymore. Our skepticism and cynical view of the world has made us lose trust in ourselves and the magic of the universe. We forgot how to believe. This is perhaps the biggest tragedy of all. It weakened our spirit and impoverished our soul.

Credits: “The 12 Biggest Life Secrets Forgotten By Mankind,” from myscienceacademy.org, by The Mind Unleashed Contributing Author Gilbert Ross

Wisdom of having positive people in our lives~

I found this today and wanted to share.

“Just because one person rejects you doesn’t mean you need to reject yourself. Just because some people choose to disregard your worth and treat you without kindness doesn’t mean everyone will, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to imitate their behavior.

The truth is that the way other people treat us isn’t about us—it’s about them and their own struggles, insecurities, and limitations. You don’t have to allow their judgement to become your truth. You may not be able to control what other people say or how they act, but you can always choose how you treat yourself.

You can choose who you surround yourself with, and who you let go of. And no matter what your circumstances, you can choose to believe in yourself and your worth. Because at the end of the day, trying to please everyone is exhausting and impossible. No matter how you change or who you become, there will always be someone who doesn’t approve.

So instead of wasting your energy in a futile attempt to become someone that other people want you to be, give yourself permission to be exactly who you are. And know that who you are is exactly enough.

The right people will find their way into your life. These are the people who will love and accept you wholeheartedly and without conditions. These are the people who matter. Let go of the rest.”

By Daniell Koepke.

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Acceptance

“Acceptance means: For now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it willingly.”
Eckhart Tolle

We must make the most of each moment whatever it may be. Be Kind and Compassionate~

Natures Beauty

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Life is an Interval

This post is not meant to be morbid but I saw this the other day and it has really touched me.  I wanted to share and maybe it will bring peace and tranquility to you, also.

“Death is nothing at all.  It does not count.  I have only slipped away into the next room.  Nothing has happened.  Everything has remained exactly as it was.  I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.  Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.  Call me by the old familiar name.  Speak of me in the easy way which you always used to.  Put no difference into your tone.  Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.  Laugh as we have always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.  Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.  Let my name be ever the household work that always was.  Let it spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.  Life means all that ever meant.  It is the same as it ever was.  There is absolute and unbroken continuity.  What is this death but a negligible accident?  Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?  I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.  All is well.”  AUTHOR UNKNOWN