Contemplations for the Spirit (#4)

Random Card Draw:

Humor ~ Beauty ~ Flexibility ~ Patience

It seems here that we’re being given advice on how to deal with unexpected happenings that are out of our control.

A shift in perspective may be called for & exercised. 

When we can approach our life with Humour,

we can also see the Beauty of our ‘reality’.

This in turn allows us to relax into being Flexible & Patient

with ourselves & others.

I often say, “Gravity needs Levity” & vice-versa.

Photo by Maggie Begley

Photo by Maggie Begley

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Contemplations for the Spirit (#3)

Random Card Draw:

Truth ~ Strength ~ Grace

I feel like the more I strive after (my) Truth,

the more Strength & Grace I need,

& am provided.

How are these incorporated into your story?  

(This little card deck appeared in my life, creator unknown.

I give such credit, nonetheless).

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Photo by Maggie Begley

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Contemplations for the Spirit (#2)

Random Card Draw:

Gratitude ~ Openness ~ Compassion ~ Joy ~ Obedience ~ Surrender

I usually choose one card at a time. Today I got a handful, in this order, that tells a story. I like the beginning, the middle & the ending. 

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Spirited Quotes from the Mystics: Meister Eckhart

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Beneath the Layers Your True Self Lies
(Art & Photo by Maggie Begley)

From German Theologian, Philosopher & Mystic, Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 – c. 1328):

“A human being has so many skins inside,

covering the depths of the heart.

We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why, 30 or 40 skins or hides, as thick & hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul.

Go into your own ground & learn

to know yourself there.”

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Contemplations for the Spirit (#1)

Random Card Draw:  

Faith ~ Transformation ~ Efficiency ~ Inspiration

How do these words fit into the phrasing of your personal story? Is there a way you can work these characters into your current plot? Or have they already forced themselves into your storyline? All or none, only one, or strike out?!

As an unexpected bonus, this snap gave us a little something extra to contemplate…Do you see a Heart or an Angel reflecting the Light above it? What color are your glasses today? Are you focused, with clarity?

I’m a little fuzzy, the extra wattage of a rosy glow lifting me upward.  Oh the power of technology with all its tentacles outreaching & the Human Mind with its Three Eyes…We are in, broad & deep.

What say YOU, my Spirited Souls?  We have no choice but to participate, some how, some way.  Are you in the audience, behind the scenes, or on center stage? :)

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Only a Creator Culture Can Save Us (Re-blog)

The Spirited Soul:

This link to the brilliant article from aeon magazine, ‘Sparks Will Fly’, by Damien G. Walter (with re-blog below), is one that I’m happy to post here. It addresses the topics that are close to my heart, to name a few: Creativity, culture, health & well-being; how one person can make a difference; helping others get in touch with themselves; following a dream; even quotes by Carl Jung & Albert Einstein.

The Creative Force IS the Source.

Please don’t out-source your Force! 

~ sayeth Maggie Begley :)

Originally posted on Damien G. Walter:

We’re trying to rebuild a failed consumer culture. We need to make a new creator culture instead.

Published in Culture – A Reader for Writers, editor John Mauk, Oxford University Press.

I arrived in Leicester in the late ‘90s as a student, a year after losing my mother to cancer. Having little support, I worked my way through university as a street sweeper, a factory worker, a waiter, a barman, a door-to-door salesman, a cleaner, recycling operative and grill chef. I wanted to be a writer but that seemed like an unattainable dream at the time. A few years later I began working for Leicester’s library service as a literature development worker.

The first initiative I ran was a project to gather the reminiscences of senior citizens. There I was, in my mid-20s, in the meeting room of an older persons’ lunch club. I had a circle of…

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Delighted to Support Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge (Re-blog)

The Spirited Soul:

Forgiveness Challenge…What an inspiring, & necessary, undertaking for all humanity. There’s empowerment in forgiveness. Holding on to those traumas & emotions take a lot of energy from our system, poorly effecting our health & well-being. A Global effort towards forgiveness will have a ripple effect. I’m pleased to “re-blog” this article for its promotion.

I have found, though, that everyone’s healing process is a unique journey that can’t be forced or controlled. When the time is ripe, sustenance will be given, & received, in right & perfect order.

Blessings to all the struggling & Spirited Souls out there. Sending out compassion, with clarity & discernment for all. <3 ~ Maggie

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

We’re humbled to bring you this interview with Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu about their new Global Forgiveness Challenge as well as HumanJourney.com, a platform for transformational ideas that Archbishop Tutu is co-founding with book and media creator Doug Abrams. WordPress.com is delighted to be a partner in this initiative.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu are trying to change the world with the Forgiveness Challenge. Get involved!

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu are trying to change the world with the Forgiveness Challenge. Get involved!

What is the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge?

The Forgiveness Challenge is a free 30-day online program developed to help people learn the practical steps to forgiveness so they can live with greater love and joy in their life.

How does the Forgiveness Challenge work?

Each day, participants receive an email from us that directs them to a new post on the website that presents an important insight into forgiveness and that offers them…

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