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Happy Valentine’s Day: 12 Tips On Self Love…

“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” Willa Cather

Happy Valentine's Day: 12 Tips On Self Love...

Happy Valentine’s Day: 12 Tips On Self Love…

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✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿
Love is a wondrous thing and, on Valentine’s Day, lovers meet, bearing gifts and sweet words. Every year, some ask the same question: Why show such effusive love only on the 14th? Why is no lover coming for me? As much as we love the festivities, Valentine’s Day can bring up painful memories of unrequited love, shattered dreams and long gone lovers… Do you remember your first Valentine? Your happiest Valentine? Your saddest one? No matter what memories we hold, they all count for something and add to our treasure box of life stories that we carry with us; sometimes as scars, sometimes as sacred events. Our treasure box is precious, and needs refueling but, some of us forget to take care of ourselves as we run around attending to others. How can we learn and grow?

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

Today is the 15th anniversary of V-Day – a global movement to end violence against women and girls. In conjunction with this anniversary is the launch of One Billion Rising which encourages women to stand up, walk out, speak out, rise up, and demand an end to violence. This day of love is as good a day to bring this topic to the fore. This is important to becoming stronger and maintaining self love. More below.

Stop All Criticism.          Forgive Yourself.
Don’t Scare Yourself.     Be Gentle and Kind and Patient.
Be Kind to Your Mind.    Praise Yourself.
Recently, I read an article “Do You Love Yourself?” by inspirational author Louise Hay. In the article, Louise offers twelve important tools/tips on self love that we can use to help us grow. They are powerful, common sense, self explanatory tips (See first set of six above), and this is the perfect time to add them to our daily routine. We spend so much time trying to get others to love us, we forget to praise, love or be kind to ourselves.  If our tank is empty, and we spend time criticizing every fault,  terrorizing ourselves with negative thoughts, we cannot love others fully, therefore, self care is imperative. More below!

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Inspiration: Happy Valentine’s Day…

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Inspiration: Happy Valentine's Day...

Nothing Even MattersLauryn Hill & D’Angelo

Simply RedHolding Back The Years

“May the sun bring you new energy by day… excerpt from an Apache Blessing
“May the moon softly restore you by night…
“May the rain wash away your worries…
“May the breeze blow new strength into your being…
“May you walk gently through the world and…
“May your heart know its beauty all the days of your life…”

Love is an every day affair. It takes love to keep our universe thriving; love gets us out of bed, keeps our hearts ticking, heals our tears, hurts and wounds, connects us to others on a deeper level, and when events in the world makes us feel vulnerable, we turn to the love of our family and trusted friends; our loved ones. Love is an every day affair. On this Valentine’s Day, I wish you all the good and loving experiences you desire. I send you love, hope, faith, abundance, divine grace, and decadent chocolates. I invite you to share a song; any of the all time greatest love songs. Why only on Valentine’s Day? The last time I checked, Cupid was out and about sending arrows of love to all that crossed his path… May we all be touched by the arrow of unconditional love. Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿

“Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.” Victor Hugo

Inspiration: Happy Valentine’s Day…

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Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You Official Music Video

A Valentine’s Day Prayer via Jeremiah ~ 31:3
I have loved you with an everlasting love,
with unfailing love I have drawn you to myself
May the unfailing love of God encompass you
and may this Valentine’s Day be filled with love,
understanding and contentment as you journey
through life with those you hold dear!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whenever we think of Valentine’s Day, the thought of loved ones, chocolates, flowers and kisses dance around our heads and we are filled with memories of magical or miserable moments. Valentine’s Day can also be a trigger for memories of unrequited love, shattered dreams and long gone lovers… Do you remember your first Valentine? Your memorable Valentine? Your saddest one? A Valentine’s from 10 years ago? They all count for something and add to our cache of life stories that we carry with us; sometimes as scars, other times as sacred events. This thing called love can be exhilarating and enervating, it can heat us up and leave us cold… We take the experiences, bundle them up, tie them with a glorious bow, and offer them to the Gods; asking for a compassionate lover, a lasting companion, gratitude for loved ones, grace for future loves, and above all, blessings for Divine Love. Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿ More below. ;-)

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Reflections: What Really Matters…?

“Let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth…” 1 John 3:18

What Really Matters on Valentine's Day?

I had a very enlightening conversation with a friend today and heard a very powerful story. Margery comes from a beautiful island in the Caribbean, and shared a story about the last nasty hurricane that hit her beloved country and the lesson it seared in her memory. She grew up in an area with bodies of water everywhere; from the beautiful ocean, to the flowing streams and small rivers that provided water for local farmers. When she was a little girl, she loved spending languid summer days at the beach with schoolmates.

Every time they headed to the beach, they passed by a stunning home built on a cliff jutting out towards the ocean. The home had floor to ceiling windows from which anyone, who had the good fortune to enter it, could enjoy the most magnificent sunrise and sunset. Even the clear blue ocean seemed to wink and wave at this home. The family that owned it were friendly local people, and Margery knew their two kids who went to a different school. The wife was a very creative, kind woman who also owned a craft-shop attached to her fantastic abode. Tourists visiting the area always stopped in to buy her wares and, of course, marvel at the spectacular views of the ocean.

Margery and her friends envied the family and their home and, at times, she said, they wished they could win the lottery and make the family an offer they couldn’t refuse. She even admitted that her envy fueled her decision to move abroad and improve her lot. She moved to the US, got on with her life and soon married and raised her own family. When her mother passed away, she went back home to wrap up her mother’s estate. Naturally, she reached out to her childhood girlfriends to reminisce and share good memories. “Remember our days on the beach and that home we wanted so much?,” she teased one friend – Jane. “You didn’t hear what happened?” Jane replied, slightly surprised. “No, tell me!” said Margery eagerly … Jane did.

The last terrible hurricane that hit her beloved homeland brought heavy winds and a huge rainstorm. The rains fell for 36 straight hours. With the ensuing floods that followed, everything in its path was swept away and out to sea. That magnificent home was gone. Swept out to sea; as was the family with it. Everything gone. Vanished. Margery was shocked by the horrific story she heard and as she shared it with me today, her emotions bubbled to the surface. She knew the family well and her pain was palpable… The tragic story shifted her perspective so profoundly that on her return to the US, she made a decision to quit complaining about petty things, leave a stressful job, and re-focus her life on what truly mattered – her meaningful relationships and her rasa for life. She hasn’t looked back…

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