Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice Blessings

I am grateful for finding absolute peace among the trees and the open sky. It truly is a blessing to be alive and awake in each moment. ~ Cathy Ginter

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Path of the Peacemaker

How brave is the brother who defends our freedom with his life?
With an undying will, he defies our consciousness to evolve,
By throwing all our traditions of complacency into disorder,
So there may arise a remarkable vision to strengthen our resolve.

How blessed is the sister who serves humanity with her love?
She reminds us that we are spiritual beings on earthly soil;
Her patient hands heal the orphans, alone in their suffering,
While her compassionate heart lifts the slaves of poverty and toil.

So tonight, beneath the stars, breathe in the wind and rejoice
For tomorrow's dawn honors our resurgence with the colors of praise;
In the morning, we will begin the journey filled with optimism and
Branded with the belief that we are made from goodness' gaze.

Each footstep will be a pledge of principle, a pact of truthfulness;
To be candid, first with ourselves and always with each other,
Therein lies the key, for it means we can begin, here and now,
To rely upon the word and trust in the intentions of one another.

The pathway to peace may be uncomfortable, long and arduous;
During times of trouble, we may grow weary and lose our way,
But we are spun from the blood and bones of a sacred hope;
This is our lasting legacy, for we are the peacemakers of our day.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Understanding Attachment

Begin by noticing whatever is arising in this moment and the manner in which you are relating to your surroundings. Check in with your inner body as well, including your thoughts and emotions. If there is even the slightest trace of unease or emotional suffering, it clearly indicates that you are not in a space of surrender and inner peace. As such, you are attached to an idea of what should or should not be. This attachment can include your critique of the behavior of another person or your unhappiness with a situation or a life challenge.

You might even discover that you are attached to being attached ... and thus, you are unwilling to let go. So often, the tendency is to shift the responsibility for the attachment to the "other" person or situation.  This approach keeps the dysfunctional cycle turning and leaves you lost, with no way to grow either emotionally or spirituality.

The question remains: Can you accept everything exactly as it is free of judgment, belief or opinion or are you arguing with the present moment?

The surrendered state is a state of complete nonattachment. Thus, no matter what is happening around you, it is seen and accepted exactly as it is. This surrendered state is also Presence wherein you are one with your God/Self.

~ Cathy Ginter

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Can We Want Nothing?

So often, we want something so much that we push away exactly what we hoped to attract. Can we want nothing and embrace everything we have exactly as it is? Like the beauty of this sunrise, can we appreciate the simplest of blessings that surround us always? Just remember: Life happens in this moment. from the Heart ~ Cathy Ginter

Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Chinese New Year : The Year of the Monkey

Monkey teaches us to be playful, self-reliant and light-hearted. As such, Monkey's gift is the heart of the joyful child, who sees the world with a sense of wonder. Thus, the Year of the Monkey brings true freedom to the visionary. Monkey also challenges us to beware of false-hearted people who will befriend us only to advance their personal agenda. Finally, Monkey guides us to become the mysterious One, liberated from our conditioning yet always expressing our wisdom with great humor. in Joy ~ Cathy Ginter

Friday, January 15, 2016

First Light

This morning's sunrise over Safe Harbor ... there is something so perfect in the first moments of the dawning light as we have the opportunity to acknowledge our best self as Love-ing and to carry that recognition throughout our day. from the Heart ~ Cathy Ginter