Gratitude, Grace and Celebration

I shared these words from Danna Faulds in yoga class today. Her work feels even more powerful for these times. May it enrich your day today and give you hope for tomorrow.

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“This is what I have to say to you. Savor the fruits of a lifetime of growth and evolution. I’m not suggesting that you rest on your laurels and declare yourself done. But its time to bask in the sunlight of your soul and let that warmth reach deep inside your bones.

The next stage of your life will rest upon a foundation of gratitude, grace and celebration. Grace simply comes when it comes and isn’t in your control. Gratitude can be nurtured and fertilized by paying attention to the gifts that come your way, saying thank you, internally and externally appreciating your life as often as you remember. Celebration means taking stock of how far you’ve come and letting delight and wonder lead the way.

What you are giving birth to today is bigger than your usual perception of yourself. Its okay that you have no idea what’s coming next. How could you? Just stay open and the universe will do the rest. Gratitude, grace and celebration are the keys.”

~ Danna Faulds taken from “What’s True Here” New Poems and Other Writings





Boost Your Karma for the New Year



Boosting your Karma is a choice. As you move towards the New Year and new possibilities, why not choose kindness and connection. Watch what happens!

This is such a cool list to share 🙂

  1. Keep your word.
  2. Show respect to everyone you encounter.
  3. Be a good friend.
  4. Look for the best in everyone.
  5. Show forgiveness.
  6. Be kind.
  7. When you make a mistake say “I’m sorry.”
  8. Pour out your love when someone asks for it.
  9. Put your children’s needs before your own.
  10. When someone is speaking to you, be fully present. Listen.
  11. Learn to love yourself a little more each day.
  12. Show your spirit.
  13. Don’t be cruel with your words.
  14. Be grateful for exactly what you have.
  15. Share your wisdom with those who ask for it.
  16. Donate what you don’t need.
  17. Help keep the Earth beautiful; don’t litter, and recycle.
  18. Look behind you, stop and hold the door open for others.
  19. Savor every moment.
  20. Smile more; frown less.
  21. Expect life to be good.
  22. Do the right thing (even when no one is watching).
  23. Give five compliments a day.
  24. Breathe. Relax. Feel. Watch. Allow.
  25. Share your inspiration when someone needs a lift.
  26. Learn from your mistakes, but don’t allow them to define who you are now.
  27. Avoid temptation when it’s calling to you.
  28. Kiss your partner every day.
  29. Share your faith.
  30. Be the beautiful you.

Looking over the list, #27 leaps out at me. We still haven’t eaten our Christmas Pudding. Its definitely calling my name 😉

Blogging has been a wonderful way for me to share good karma throughout the year.

Thank you all dear readers and friends for sharing your kindness and connection, and bringing out the best in me and your readers.

What goes around comes around.


* Life is Like … an old tapestry

I am inspired by these words from Bessie Senette on the tapestry of life.


“The tapestry of life continues to be woven.

Occasionally a chance arises to repair an older, tattered piece of the weave.

Something happens to jolt our awareness back in time to an event that resulted in tears and rips.

With new, more mature vision, we see the circumstances in present time and have compassion for the unclear events of the past.

While the new experience is being woven into the design, the old rip is simultaneously being repaired.

All is well.”

Bessie Senette

We are still weaving our tapestry of life.

We can repair and recreate into our own unique design.

Nothing is really lost. Be kind and careful with your tapestry.

Have faith that you can bring new life to it.

Val x

* Reflections on the Reality of Life

What is life all about? …

This is such a refreshing and practical approach by Nicholas Vesey author of “Developing Consciousness. A Roadmap to the Journey of Enlightenment”. We don’t need to seek out gurus, teachers, self help masters. We don’t need to have a life altering awakening experience to find the answer. It’s already there for us. 

Just like the magic eye pictures, some of us get it and some of us don’t. Even without the experience of seeing what’s in the picture, we can agree that it exists and we are all connected.magic eyes duckies

What was once so complicated is now simply there …. its a duckie 🙂

Instead of being externally focused, turn your attention inwards with a relaxed open mind, a lot of curiosity, and a big dollop of self acceptance. You may be surprised (or not) at what you find!

Namaste x

* Music to Inspire, Renew and Refresh

One of the things I love most to do is to compile music for my yoga classes. This is the perfect time to refresh and renew my playlists … as well as myself!

While I continue to browse and play today, enjoy this wonderful video put together to Lisa Gerrard’s Serenity. Feel the connection and love in this moment.

Namaste and hugs x