Today I release my grip on ______________. I am freed from all concerns about the past and the future. My life is unfolding according to a perfect plan. ❤️

✨Love ~ Serve ~ Inspire✨

This week’s theme is simply the word RELEASE. What comes to mind when you hear the word RELEASE? You may feel a sensation of opening, of letting go, of freedom. Releasing has the power to free you from anything in life that may be bothering you, or weighing you down. You may be gripping onto a stressful situation or relationship, a strong emotion or desire, an unhealthy temptation or personal struggle, an unfulfilled expectation, a difficult loss, or even a big life-changing decision. It’s time to fully let go and release your grip. From deep within the sweet space inside you, a voice can be heard. Its loving words echo in your mind — trust in the natural flow of life, all your needs are taken care of. You are freed from all concerns about the past and the future. Your life is unfolding according to a perfect plan. Receive…

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Rules To Relationships ♡

Make all your moments matter by living meaningfully in this present moment. ❤︎

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Jennifer Pastiloff, L.A. area yoga teacher and motivational speaker, wrote a blog entitled 10 Rules for Daily Living. She challenged her readers to think about their personal rules for daily life. Here is one of her favorite responses from a 14-year-old:

Don’t take things too seriously.
Make fun of yourself (but not too much!)
Sleep in sometimes.
ALWAYS have a dog.
Be nice to everybody because you never know who is going to be your next best friend.
Just don’t wear shoes sometimes.
Go on a trip somewhere at least every year.
Don’t look in the mirror too much!
Don’t spend too much money on one thing.
Sometimes it’s OK to just not want to talk to people.

We can gain wisdom from listening to youth! As we mature, our aim is to move from rules to relationships. Loving and trusting relationships filled with open and healthy…

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Simplify ❤︎

“Our life is frittered away by detail — simplify, simplify.” ~Henry Thoreau

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Today we practice SIMPLIFYING — looking at our daily life, our priorities, possessions, activities, commitments, habits, thoughts and actions — and taking the time to reevaluate, gracefully letting go of what no longer serves us and establishing new intentions. When we simplify, we release unwanted expectations and stress and open up to increased freedom, joy, and inner peace. As Steve Maraboli states, “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” What, where and how can you simplify? What would make your life lighter and easier? What can you get rid of? Where can you make adjustments to allow for more breathing room?

Take a minute to personally reflect.

Here are 3 practical tips to help prioritize and simplify: 

Look for soul stops. Even on your busiest days, set aside several 5 minute breaks to pause, tune-in, pray, and meditate. This helps redirect thoughts…

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Public Display of Affection ❤️

Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness is now available! This soulful collection contains one inspiring story for each day of the year from over 275 authors, and I’m beyond grateful to be part of it! My personal contributions include Public Display of Affection (p. 230) and Grand Rapids of Love (p. 270).

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We all deeply desire to love and be loved. Please enjoy an excerpt from my piece, Public Display of Affection. ❤️

Leaning against the chain-link fence, my high school sweetheart and I held each other close and shared a tender kiss. During this blissful embrace, Mr. Sheets, my guidance counselor, gently tapped me on the shoulder and stated, “No P.D.A. at school. I want to make sure we don’t make any babies around here.” He smiled, patting my back. “Now get to class.”
Mr. Sheets always looked after me, making sure I stayed on track. At least once a week, he intentionally found me on campus to have a chat. He knew I lived with friends as an independent teen and he aspired for me to graduate, pursue college, and thrive as a successful adult. This man truly cared for me, and I soon considered him my mentor. He encouraged me to dream big, challenged me to work hard, and motivated me through our weekly conversations. In an affirmative voice, he always responded to my requests, “Let me see what I can do.” Mr. Sheets consistently modeled a healthy public display of affection. I trusted he always had my back.

Who has inspired you? And who do you inspire? We all make a difference. Full circle moments synchronize as I allow myself to be an instrument of Divine love and kindness, just as Mr. Sheets demonstrated for me.

Thank you all for your love and support in reading Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness. May you be on the daily lookout for goodness, and for the joy moments that fill your heart with love and inspiration! 🙏🏻


P.S. Enjoy our blog post tour and meet other amazing contributing authors! 😊

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Alisa Auger –
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Phoebe Pinney Fazio –
Valerie Vestal –
Isabella Rose –

Root Down To Rise Up. 🌲

May you be grounded and grateful. Root down to rise up. 🌲 Be an open vessel for Spirit to move. When the root is deep there is no reason to fear the wind. Inhale PEACE, exhale GRATITUDE.

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Root down to rise up. Humility initiates gratitude.In fact, the root word of humble means “ground or earth.” To be humble, then, is to be grounded, which naturally leads to a more calm, present state. We not only feel more grounded in our own selves, but also in our connection to others. When we are humble, we feel less compelled to control everything or to prove ourselves to others, which makes it easier to settle down inside and to have more inner peace. When we rest in humility, gratitude naturally follows. What are you grateful for? The power of gratitude never wanes. Say it when you feel and believe it. Say it when you don’t. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. When the root is deep there is no reason to fear the wind.

“The forest is your friend. It tells you that all is well. Look around. See…

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