Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Door to Thanksgiving

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meaness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
- Jalal ad-Din Rumi
Thanksgiving is a sweet invitation for me to really dwell on being so very thankful for my loved ones, and all that I have been given. This season also offers to me an opportunity to look back on the past year and acknowledge that even the difficult situations have served to strengthen me and grace me with greater insight, wisdom and compassion. I am divinely guided... and I am so very grateful.

Wishing you an open door to this season of celebration. I am thankful for you and that you take time to visit with me here... blessings to you and yours.

Happy Thanksgiving!

With love...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Owl Wise...



"A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?"

-Anon.

Ah.... the simplicity and truth of acquired wisdom...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Love that moves Sun & Stars...


"L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.
The love that moves the sun and the other stars."
- Elizabeth Gilbert

"... it made me feel strong and good and like a shining diamond -
for her, for me, for you, for us!"
-Betsy Barbour

Life is so much more stunningly radiant because of all of the support received from loved ones. Thank you for your support and love that makes my life shine brightly.

Wishing you many moments of life-inspired loving support... I send you mine today...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you Veterans


"Look what one group of individuals did for another..."

- Andy Rooney
Veterans - D-Day 1944

This morning I woke up and there to greet me was the beauty of freedom, which was built upon the service of so many others throughout so many dedicated years. Today, I simply offer my deepest of thanks to our Veterans and their families... there are really no words that would express my gratitude adequately. In my heart I honor you.

My special heartfelt thanks to my sister, Kiki, and my son, Ryan, and his wife Candace for their years of service...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Be still and know...


"Be still and know..."
Psalm 46:10

When I take the time to be still, I dwell most fully in the simple and remarkable majesty of this universe we each call home. I recognize the familiar and welcoming song of a sweet bird calling out and inviting companionship. I am able to feel my heart's cadence that swishes anew with each life-giving beat, and I become more grateful for one more day of precious life. If I am very still - even in the midst of swirling influences and demands - I am often gifted with quiet natural beauty and out of the blue serenity and Grace. 

Wishing you stillness and Grace today...


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I have always been inspired by my Grandfather's particular generosity and encouragement, along with his love for others and nature. His spirit lives on, and the influence is quietly with me as I write and share. This is my small offering that I pray will bless others and allow them to become Simply Inspired. warmly, karen -xok.
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- Marcus Aurelius

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