Weekend Meditation-Gift Giving

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At this time of year gift-giving and gift receiving can be a touchy subject. Here are some perspectives on gift giving for your meditation pleasure, if you so choose. Enjoy. Note: There is a video link in the last photo of this post – a gift for you 🙂

“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” – Barbara Bush

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay

“The things we share with each other are deeply felt from within our hearts that neither of us will ever forget. For the gifts that are priceless are the ones that are heartfelt; their roots are within our soul. They are the greatest gifts, of all.”
– Ellen J. Barrier

“Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.” – Amy Tan

Image by Rachealmarie from Pixabay

“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.” – Max Beerbohm

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ―Pablo Picasso

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

“Not what we give, but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare.” – James Russell Lowell

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Tony Robbins

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Mao Zedong

Image by bluartpapelaria from Pixabay

“I’ve found that giving gifts is transformative. It makes me better. It clarifies my thinking and allows me to do better work.” – Seth Godin

“I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.” – Oprah Winfrey

“True Christmas spirit can only be given away and the price it demands is a piece of your heart.” – Toni Sorenson

And well — if all you can do is decorate your car to spread a piece of your heart during this season, like this wonderful person then… see the video link here or click on the photo and — Enjoy his gift to everyone.

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A sacred child

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The gift

of love-

Eternal and divine love,

stepped down from heaven and

came to earth in the form of

A sacred child.

The scriptures foretold his arrival.

A bright star in the East,

Guided a few to travel far to worship Him as King.

That sacred child is known by many names:

Bright morning star, The Lord is My Shepherd, Savior,

Prince of Peace and The living Word.

He came to show the unfathomable riches of divine Love.

Love, embodied as God with us – Emmanuel

That sacred child grew up. And, by ransoming his own life–

He will take us all safely home some day, to be with Him forever.

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."

Image by Josch13 from Pixabay

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” – Aristocles also known as Plato

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and in reach of every hand! – Mother Teresa

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” – Blaise Pascal

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Image by Sushuti from Pixabay

Spiritual Peace

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

The spiritual peace within you.

The inner dance of your spirit

constantly in the arms of its Creator.

Dancing in exquisite delight at the remembrance

of His words,

“My peace, my peace I leave you,”

“Do not be worried or dismayed.”

Therefore, no travail however daunting

in this expansive infinite universe

can withstand,

the inexhaustible, unwavering, sovereign and Divine hand of God-

raised in defense of His creation – You.

So go ahead on and – dance.

Image by Thomas Wolter from Pixabay

Hope

Image by Ricco Stange from Pixabay

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.”

― Emily Dickinson

Robin – Image by Oldiefan from Pixabay

"What do you call visible light?"

Image by brigachtal from Pixabay

“What do we call visible light? We call it color. But the electromagnetic spectrum runs to zero in one direction and infinity in the other, so really, children, mathematically, all of light is invisible.”- Anthony Doerr (from his Pulitzer prize winning novel, All the light you cannot see)

"Stand and live"

Image by Julius Silver from Pixabay

“To be strong does not mean to sprout muscles and flex… It means to be able to learn, to be able to stand what we know. It means to stand and live.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

“Too often we make it more about what stands before us, and we miss all that stands within us.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“I may not know why, but I do know why not and this is where I stand.”― J.R. Rim

“To stand strongly, we need three legs: Two legs and a work that will keep us busy!”― Mehmet Murat ildan

“Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.”   Ephesians 6:13

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

“The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.”

Lunar Eclipse – Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay


“The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.”― Brian A. McBride

“The day, water, sun, moon, night – I do not have to purchase these things with money.” ―  Titus Maccius Plautus

“Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others. They do not belong to particular persons any more than the sun, moon and stars.” ― Alan Watts

Tuesday Meditation-Momentum

Fly Geisher, Washoe County, Nevada- Photo by jjmacdougall

“Today if anything is trying to hold you back, give no attention to it. Get your hopes up, get your faith up, look up, and get ready to rise up.” ― Germany Kent

“It’s very simple; just look at your life to see where you’re heading. You’re always in a momentum of something.”― Maria Erving

El Tatio geyser, The Andes, Photo credit: Owen Perry

“Belief in oneself is incredibly infectious. It generates momentum, the collective force of which far outweighs any kernel of self-doubt that may creep in.” ― Aimee Mullins

“Forward momentum only worked as a strategy if one had correctly identified which way was forward.” — Lois McMaster Bujold

“A river is easier to channel than to stop.”― Brandon Sanderson

Niagara Falls, Image by April ORourke from Pixabay

“As the arrow endures the string, and in the gathering momentum becomes more than itself.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“If one adds a word to a blank sheet of paper but it’s left on its own it means nothing. If it’s joined by another word it could start to gather momentum. Now if several words are placed together creating meaning and then sprinkled with soul one could have developed purpose. Look into that purpose and you may find the writer.”― Daniel Kemp

Geyser Strokkur, Iceland – Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

“Momentum,” she repeats. “You can’t just stand there if you want something to fly. You have to run.”― Lauren DeStefano

“The beauty of the unexpected lies within the surprise of the momentum,
not only at its tipping point, but also within all the moments waiting.”
― Akilnathan Logeswaran

“Change has to be hard because you’re fighting against inertia.”― James Thornton

Geyser, Yellowstone -Image by David Mark from Pixabay

“Unwavering incremental change can create remarkable and monumental results.”― Ryan Lilly

“To advance, however far, is profitless unless the ground gained can be consolidated, or the momentum sustained.”― Ludovic Kennedy

“Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.”― Bryant McGill

GeYser -Patagonia, Chile – Photo by Jorge Leon Cabello on flickr.com

“The BIG push means being able to develop and sustain momentum toward your goal;… it is being willing to go to the wall for what you want or believe in, to push beyond your previous mental and physical limits, no matter what it takes.”
― Lorii Myers

“The notion of auspiciousness is something positive, something with forward momentum, coming out of our actions.” — Sakyong Mipham

“He who is doing his true will is assisted by the momentum of the universe.” — Peter J. Carroll

Image by Şinasi Müldür from Pixabay

For you to fly

Image by Lumina Obscura from Pixabay

It is the time for snow.

It is the time for short crisp days.

And the nights longer grow.

The air is full of

Thoughts and dreams,

Like stars in the sky.

These thoughts may float you by

But beware, they are not your own-

Don’t take them on.

Thoughts float by sayin,’

“let’s quit this job or that project.”

Don’t take them on.

They are only thoughts floating by.

They do not belong to you.

Watch them come and go-

Wave them goodbye

And stay on your course, dear one–

Your gifts are meant, not for you to quit, but for you to fly.

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