The Field of Flowers Award

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I am honored (tickled) that Jeni Running Brook would mention my name in The Field of Flowers Award. “Being thought of” is a blessing – bringing those thoughts to life (the gift of giving) – is inspiring. My brief interaction with Running Brook has been heartfelt.Thank you for thinking of me Jeni. http://jenyrunningbrook.wordpress.com/

In response to receiving this award, I’d like to nominate the following 7 bloggers in no particular order:

Mari livingoldfashionedways.wordpress.com – was the one of the first to welcome me to WP, I really appreciate her warm heart, words & love of life.

PricelessJoy – shares with candor & openness regarding her path towards healing. Her testimonial is remarkable…nothing short of a miracle!

Wendell A. Brown http://wherewordsdailycomealive.wordpress.com – His posts are beautiful & inspiring – it’s clear that he puts his heart & soul into every word expressed. I appreciate his love for The Lord.

theenglishprofessoratlarge.wordpress.com – Patricia Brown’s stories are delightful, fun & nostalgic. The graciousness of her character is evident through her writing.

rosswrightliberated.wordpress.com is a woman on the move – invigorated with determination, inspiration & boldness. I appreciate her umph!

WisconZen.wordpress.com – A peaceful breeze is felt by this reader each time that I am privileged to engage WisconZen’s posts.

Holisticwayfarer.com – Diana writes elegantly, expresses thoroughly & she is empowering!

Thanks to all, I really enjoy hearing your voice through the creativity of your words. The uniqueness of your individuality is captivating. ~Storm

All awards come with conditions with which to comply.

Rules

▪Thank the blogger who nominated you

▪Place the award on your blog

▪Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers

“A Field Of Flowers”

▪Let your nominees know that you nominated them

Love is…

Love is...

Love is the message that we give when without words we demonstrate open hearts & open arms.

Love reminds us that we can be patient with others when they disappoint us. Someone has demonstrated patience towards us, as we too can cause disappointment.

Love encourages us to give the benefit of the doubt, despite appearances.

Love does not speak condemning words to those who have fallen and perhaps lost their way. We too have had times when we’ve fallen and lost our way.

Divine love expressed through our humanity is perfectly expressed for humanity!

Love does not condone unhealthy practices, those who have accepted her healing virtues know that love alone sends the message of redemption!

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:35 (NIV)

How do you define love?

I’d love to hear your thoughts & your wisdom.

Live wise, live well & remember that you are loved, you’ve always been loved and you will always be loved! ~Storm

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Black History Month 2014: 30 Inspirational Quotes From Black American Leaders

Black History Month 2014: 30 Inspirational Quotes From Black American Leaders.

Black History Month remains an important moment for America to celebrate the achievements and contributions black Americans have played in U.S. history. Arising out of “Negro History Week,” which first began in the 1920s, February has since been designated as Black History Month by every U.S. president since 1976.

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Time Alone…An Emotional Break

Time Alone...An Emotional Break

We are wise to give ourselves an emotional break. Time alone is essential, as it allows for soul searching, self -awareness, growth, and the many other factors that come to assist us in becoming more personally developed & accountable with our choices.

Example: It’s interesting how we allow ourselves to enter into new relationships (having just ended one a few weeks ago), expecting happiness to all of a sudden to become a reality. With no time off to examine/re-examine one’s own behavior or contribution to the demise – how can we not pick up where we just left off?

When emotions are in the lead role, we go where we want to go…often into the arms of those with whom we believe we can find happiness, comfort, etc. It can sometimes be difficult discerning our needs from our wants. If it feels good, then it must be the right thing to do – not always the healthiest of alternatives.

It’s difficult to establish healthy relationships when we’re overlooking the health of our own well-being. The soul needs a Higher rule of Authority for living and being. I believe this. This comes into view through an agreeable alliance with God, the One Who guards and directs our path with guidelines that teach us to establish boundaries for living.

This is no indication of a life without challenge, disappointment or mistakes – rather, one that assists us in maintaining an inner stability against the inevitable tides of living. Know what you believe and why you believe as you believe. We function from the foundation of our beliefs, whether healthy or unhealthy.

Additionally, time alone helps us to decipher and to put our priorities into order…giving our emotions a break.

The very principals, guidelines and insights that produce personal health and well-being, are the same ones that produce relational health and well-being.

Do you ever spend time alone? Is it beneficial?

You’re always welcome to leave your thoughts & comments. Thank you for your visit. Live wise and live well. ~Storm

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Detachment…

“Communing with God is communing with our own hearts, our own best selves, not with something foreign and accidental. Saints and devotees have gone into the wilderness to find God; of course they took God with them, and the silence and detachment enabled them to hear the still, small voice of their own souls, as one hears the ticking of his own watch in the stillness of the night.”

― John Burroughs, Harvest of a Quiet Eye: The Natural World of John Burroughs

Here’s why detachment can be a significant approach to daily living – it gives us a chance to re-access our God-given ability to refuel, giving our minds & our bodies an opportunity to rest. Rest in essential in creativity, in problem solving and overall benefits the body’s recovery when under stress. More on the benefits of detachment {here}

Whenever I am working on a project, writing an article, or creating a piece of art…I find it needful to detach. This means that I pull back and empty my mind of all contents of concern, I literally take a mind, body, spirit wellness break. This assists me in the birthing of other components that can be added to the project.

Detachment in this sense of the word, is not the letting go a thing as if one has lost interest or involvement – rather, it opens the flood gate of inner resources. At other times, detachment is rest, release & peace of mind.

Detachment allows for the formation of new thoughts and ideas, equipping us to better serve on a particular project or some other issue of concern more effectively. More quotes on detachment.

How do you detach from situations, relationships, projects or other matters of concern?

You’re always welcome to share your thoughts. Live wise, live well & explore the benefits of detachment. ~Storm

Daily Prompt: Sheer Embarrassment!

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The year was 2004 – Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of The Christ was released. A married couple made headlines – resulting from a disagreement with some alleged biblical inaccuracies regarding the film. Some blood was shed between the two (nothing serious) – nevertheless, the shame of their behavior was publicly exposed. The couple was later interviewed, and stressed their embarrassment.

I too have had times when my behavior turned into an embarrassing moment. Although I’ve had several, this one sticks out the most. I was in the midst of a conversation with a friend. After several minutes, our conversation became disagreeable, then loud and intense. I must have blacked out, because the next thing that I remembered was a series of repetitive babbling (no drugs, alcohol, or violence involved).

Here goes: Me“I wouldn’t have said what I said if you hadn’t said what you said.” My friend shared the exact sentiments…, “No, I wouldn’t have said what I said, if you hadn’t said what you said.” Me“You said whatever you said before I said what I said.” – “My friend“That’s not true, you said whatever you said first!” Me“You know that my response was to what you said.”

This behavior went on between us for more than 20 minutes! It was clear, we both had totally forgotten what was initially said! This is a true story! It should have been a moment of laughter, instead – it turned into a moment of sheer embarrassment. I was stunned that I allowed myself to exhibit such behavior – pretty much like those birds – arms flapping, mouth wide open!

Contention is usually about the ego, our thoughts and beliefs – period. Whenever we refuse to take note of our own behavior – the stuff that hinders our spiritual or personal development, moments of intensity can throw us off course.

If we do find ourselves in contentious & embarrassing encounters, it’s the perfect assignment to gain some wisdom! As we become better acquainted with ourselves – we’re better prepared to practice in the moment disciplines that sway us away from egoic moments that do nothing but bring shame & embarrassment.

“Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom” ~Proverbs 13:10

Have you ever been embarrassed by your involvement in contention? How did you handle it? How do you avoid it?


You’re always welcome to add your thoughts & your wisdom. Thank you for your visit. Live wise & live well. ~Storm

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Conditional Love…

Unconditional Love...

Conditional love is demanding & restrictive – full of stipulations built on emotionalism and unrealistic expectations! Conditional love creates nothing but BONDAGE…for both giver and receiver! Conditional love means that you should not disappoint me, or – “I will…”, fill in the blanks.

Being both giver and receiver of love – means that we are willing to open ourselves to some of our greatest fears – it means being vulnerable. Feelings of being rejected, feelings of unworthiness, or other must be faced and brought to the forefront. From this position we learn to be available for our own healing and acceptance.

It’s interesting, we often expect others to accept us, we in reality, we’ve not fully accepted ourselves (been there too).

Relational disappointments are inevitable…to expect less from anyone is unrealistic. That does not mean that we should not expect the best from ourselves or others – rather, it means that we must learn to accept the reality of our imperfections and grow with ourselves, while demonstrating no less of the same to others as we interact with them.

Mature relationships are built over time through failures and triumphs – through pain and joy, through misunderstandings being  exchanged for understanding – through hurt and ultimately forgiveness. Above all, mature relationships require that we dismantle ourselves from conditional love.

How do you define conditional love? Have you ever experienced it?

You’re always welcome to leave your wisdom. Thank you for your visit. Live wise & live well. ~Storm

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Faith is Pursuing Me

Faith keeps me moving in unseen, unfamiliar territory. I am clueless – yet, I am filled with awe & excitement.

Powerless on one end…empowered on another! I can’t exactly define what’s really happening, but I am confident that more than meets the eye is creating something worthy of my attention.

Invisible truths are rising…possibility keeps me stirred – I keep awakening….over & over again! Faith is pursuing me!

Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

Both healthy & unhealthy relationships are kept alive by the constant of words, beliefs & behavior – then watered & fed by consistency.

Are you paying attention to your relational contributions? What are you learning?

You’re always welcome to leave your thoughts & wisdom. Thank you for your visit. Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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