Tavis Smiley on MLK: Find a Way to Love

As you may know, Love is a favorite focus of mine. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a living proponent of such, which included his call for non-violent action; a sense of justice driven by, & framed within, Love.

In honor of him & his birthday this weekend, I offer you this very short yet very inspiring video link:: Tavis Smiley references his new book, Death of a King, speaking on MLK, Love, Grace, Forgiveness & Radical Empathy.

Let Love be our greatest aspiration.

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2015: Angelic Uplift

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As the New Year Dawns Upon You,
Whenever & Wherever You Find Yourself:

May your heart feel uplifted & supported throughout the daily risings & settings to come; the inevitable darkness, the beckoning shadow, & the incredible lightness of being.

Remember that sometimes when the light is brightest, it allows the darkness to come into focus.

<3 Blessings, Maggie <3

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Quotog for the Masses by Maggie Begley

My fellow Spirited Souls:
Whatever it is you celebrate this blessed Winter day, may you imbibe the Love that surrounds you EVERY day, in EVERY season. (You’re getting a dose right now, from me)! :) Thank you for all your support, virtual & otherwise. :)

Life is but a Play in which we are all actors…2015, what do you have in store for your cast & crew?!! Hmmm….And on we go, Spiritual Warriors; enjoy the show.

<3 Maggie <3

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Definition of Term:
quotog (KWO-tog, noun)
1. a term that connotes an original quote paired with an original photograph, created by any given Spirited Soul who possesses artistic proclivities & sensibilities.
:)

Origin: As far as I can tell, that would be me, Maggie B.

Example Usage: “What a lovely Quotog you posted.” Or, “You are quite the Quotog.” LOL.

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Autumn Quotog by Maggie Begley

Definition of Term:
quotog (KWO-tog, noun)
1. a term that connotes an original quote paired with an original photograph, created by any given Spirited Soul who possesses artistic proclivities & sensibilities.
:)

Origin: As far as I can tell, that would be me, Maggie B.

Example Usage: “What a lovely Quotog you posted.” Or, “You are quite the Quotog.” LOL.

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My Usual Aside: Bovarism is the Dictionary Word of the Day…So I saw when I was consulting for my new word. Haha. Am I a Bovarista?!

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Spirited Quotes from the Mystics: The Attitude for Prayer

Has He [the one true God, our Creator who is genderless] given you poverty? Then know it is so that — free from attachments — you may concentrate on the wealth of Nam [the Word, the celestial inner Divine Sound], and so never again lack the warmth, light and food necessary for the soul. Never, never complain of His gifts.

Has he given you loneliness? Then know that it is so you can be alone with Him — and therefore never again be lonely. Never, never complain of his gifts.

Has He given you sickness that keeps you from the worldly work? Then know it is to give you time for Simran and meditation [prayer, repetition of the Holy Name, focus on Nam] unbroken by the world — so that you are sooner freed of all the body’s ills. Never, never complain of His gifts.

Has He given you all the good things of life? Then of you He demands tenfold effort in payment of your debts to Kal [the ‘Devil’, Lord of this earthly plane of Pinda] that you may not, through love of this life, need again return. Make constant Simran [rememberance of Holy Nam] the thanks for such a gift.

When you feel far away from Master [the Lord God of all], remember — it is you who have turned away, not He.

Be thankful the Master will give you only what you NEED [to make spiritual progress], in spite of what YOU pray to Him for.” ~ Author Unknown [within the brackets is my commentary].

I came across this typed note that I had saved, going back 20 years. I had gotten it at a gathering I had attended affiliated with, Science of the Soul Research Centre.

I liked it at the time and boy oh boy does it SPEAK to me NOW! It was book- marking a place in the Bible my mom had given me for my 15th birthday. (Isn’t that a present every teenager dreams of?! Lol.) She had it personalized, with my name engraved in gold type on its cover. I do treasure it now, though the print is so small I need a magnifying glass for things to come clear. No…the metaphor on that one is not lost on me.

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Spirited Quotes from the Mystics: Mirabai

Art & Photo by Maggie Begley

Art & Photo by Maggie Begley

Don’t forget love;

it will bring all the madness you need

to unfurl yourself across

the universe.

Mīrābāī 

(Female Hindu Mystic Poet from Rajastan, India, born c. 1498)

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Spirited Quotes from the Mystics: St. John of the Cross

And On We Go
(Art & Photo by Maggie Begley)

“IN

THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

BRIGHT

FLOWS THE RIVER OF GOD.”

 

 

St. John of the Cross, (1542 -1591), Mystic Poet born in Spain

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