,As the sun has reached its highest point in the sky, a shift in season returns us to the great outdoors and into mother nature.
Together, we welcome warmer weather, cool dips, tranquil days, mesmerizing sunsets, and star-studded nights.
This is a good time to nourish your inner light, feel the hope of an illuminated world, and trust your journey around the sun is filled with all the goodness your heart desires.
I hope you enjoy the poetry. May it add sparkles to your summer!
Waking to a New Season
By Mely Ann Parker
There is a stillness in the air from summers gone by
An open window, a gentle breeze, golden rays paint the sky
A swaying hammock beneath an ancient oak tree,
This could be eternity...
The hum of chimes whisper yes in the key of love,
Beneath twinkling stars above
Barefoot dreams, moonlight soft and bright,
On this summer night
Summer, like a love affair that could not last,
Though not forgotten,
Fading all too fast
Nature Is a Dream
By Rosie Llewellyn
The showers of April brought the flowers of May
Now June bugs fly through our windows
As days stretch further into night
Fans twirl to keep the house breathing
And still - the ceiling could be stars
I’ll see you outside
By Mely Ann Parker
Summer casts her golden glow upon me
A shimmering kiss of serenity
Enticed by endless turquoise waves
Saltwater my body craves
Again, I am lulled to this place
Forever soothed in her embrace
Where the tides flow in and swiftly roll out
Casting the shoreline in her spell
Summer is here
All is well
As Above So Within
By Rosie Llewellyn
If you could trace the sun
You’d circle back to your own heart
Rosie Llewellyn Poetry: www.rasayoga.com/rasa-blog/solsticepoems
"The dawn blooms as we free it, for there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it; if only we're brave enough to be it." ~ Amanda Gorman, Poet Laureate
I can't begin to imagine the horrible pain the families are feeling at the loss of their children in Texas, the communities in Buffalo, Uvalde or the people of Ukraine. It certainly doesn't end there.
So, where does it end?
It ends when we put a stop to assault weapons readily available to anyone.
I found this discussion between Katie Couric and Robyn Thomas to be eye-opening, and I encourage you to give it a listen.
In this interview, Robyn spells out the steps to put an end to these vicious crimes and senseless loss of innocent young lives.
Together, may we grieve and embrace the true gift of life as we continue to hold the suffering in our prayers. And may we continue to hold hope – HOPE for a world of peace – HOPE for the next generation – that they will live in a world where their children can go to school without the fear of the next shooting.
"My mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I'm comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers, so many caring, loving people in this world." ~ Mr. Rogers
Please take a moment with me...
Place your hands over your heart. Breathe in love and gratitude for the precious gift of life. Exhale out worry, tension and fear. I invite you to sit quietly and take 5 full breaths in and out.
When we are able to be fully present, we can be the helpers, the truth seekers and the peacekeepers.
The world needs you!!!!
Although the seasons in Coastal California are not dramatic, they long to be celebrated. The month of May invites sunshine, celebration, dining al fresco, and the possibility of things to come. I can already smell the sweet smoke from bbq ribs and glazed chicken, roses bursting in sweetness, and when you pause to listen, song in the air.
The last few years have made a deep impact on each of us, collectively and individually. It is one thing to be faced with a challenge, and it's quite another to be hit with one thing after another.
When we get caught up in all the things going wrong – little and big – it can be easy to forget the very reason we're here. I love this writing for its' sweet simplicity and truth.
May this daily reminder be like a balm for your soul...
Make time the gift that it is.
Go into this week with the attitude that your peace, your health of mind, and your heart mean more than getting everything else done.
Know that your smile matters, that the feeling of being rested matters, and that holding the hand of your loved one matter.
So pause lots and function at a pace that doesn't pull you apart.
Honor the things that make you feel good inside, the things that make you feel alive.
I invite you to give time to those things this week.
"Make time the gift that it is by giving it to what really matters to you." ~ S.C. Lourie of Butterflies and Pebbles
Write this down and place it where you can see it and read it often.
Take the time. Remember that YOU matter.
What would it look like to make an impact in the world and expand your capacity to feel and experience deeper levels of intimacy? To awaken with compassion to all the parts of you – to love and accept yourself on a deeper level means to be vulnerable. The most courageous thing you and I will ever do.
When I looked up the word vulnerability, it became clear why it has prevailed as a weakness. The dictionary says vulnerability makes us open to criticism or attack. By definition, to be vulnerable is not safe, or so it would seem.
What do you think of when you think of being vulnerable? You might think of vulnerability as being flawed or weak. How do you feel when you seem weak?
Perhaps like crawling into a shell and withdrawing.
When we withdraw, it is for protection, and protection builds a wall, walls build a barrier, and barriers keep out, well, everything.
The more I began reading, the more I wanted to explore vulnerability and, the ways in which we keep ourselves safe; its implications on relationships and our place in the world. To make ourselves vulnerable opens us to the unknown. We seem to forget everything in life is unknown.
If we keep a barrier up, things stay the same, and there is no possibility for change. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we open ourselves to possibility, where anything and everything are possible.
To be vulnerable requires "trust that the universe has your back," where we are able to open ourselves to the possibility in the present moment.
Building a loving-kindness relationship with self means being able to admit our mistakes, have compassion for ourselves, and most importantly, forgive ourselves and value our imperfections.
When you are true to who you are, you can better express yourself authentically. Your relationships will reach a new level creating a wave of loving energy for everyone around you. You inspire people to feel safe and express love.
When we feel safe, we will love more deeply and expand our capacity to feel and experience deeper levels of compassion and intimacy.
Ask yourself, "What would it look like to become more vulnerable?"
In order to authentically express yourself and be vulnerable, you need to love and accept yourself on a deeper level. To build a new relationship based on who you are today, not yesterday or 5 years ago. Do things that help connect you to your natural state, whether you use meditation, prayer, being in nature, walking your dog, Yoga, music or writing. It is important to carve out a safe space where you can anchor yourself daily. When we treat ourselves with love and compassion, we readily extend the gift to others.
I invite you to take a mindful moment with me. . .
Practice being fully present in this moment as you read this.
Sit comfortably, gently close down the eyes and take 3-5 slow, full breaths in and out through the nose.
Let go of any distractions, and notice how you feel without judgment. When we allow ourselves to be with our emotions, we welcome vulnerability.
Slowly read the scripts below and allow them to support you:
I hope you enjoy this share and remember "Vulnerability is our greatest measure of courage." ~ Brene Brown
The stars want to remind you that you are a magnificent superpower though you often forget it. You, my dear, are strong and soft, tender and tenacious, creative and calculated, kind and bold, grounded and fluid.
This spring letter inspired me to switch it up and play with the idea of a forecast. The idea that the future is unknown yet so very intriguing. When I thought of forecasting, such as Astrology, it led to the stars and how each time I look up at their shimmering magnificence, I am reminded that you and I are made of star stuff! Limitless in the perfect balance of light, dark and everything in between.
The stars want to share these thoughts with you:
Spring happens to be one of the best seasons for star gazing! This evening I hope you will grab your warm cozies, a comfy spot free of outdoor lighting and take time to gaze up into the night sky.
Feel her timelessness, infinite beauty, and may the magic of heaven's shimmering lights remind you that you, my friend, are made of star stuff!
May you be a light to yourself and those around you...