“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.  Don’t go back to sleep!
”  ~Rumi

We experience things – traumas, hardships, heartbreak…  and they wake us up for a while.  We are able to see our world with a new perspective and open heart and soul, our minds accepting an expanded consciousness…. a boundless terrain of possibilities and options.  And then it is as if we are overwhelmed or overloaded, or that our minds cannot make sense of any more, and so we forget for awhile… We carry on in our humanness – with our responsibilities and obligations.  We suppress our inner wisdom and the draw it has on our soul.  We become sad and depressed, as repressing our true purpose and passion undermines our abilities to find and feel joy.  Until something else happens that jolts our very stability and strength.  And then once again, there is a traumatic or other heart opening experience that redirects us on to the path of spiritual exploration, integrity, and enlightenment.  How can we stay awake?  How can we prevent the sleeping sickness from taking over our beings?  The secrets Rumi writes about are the secrets of the universe, our personal universe as well as the collective and unified one.  Listen to the whispers, the gentle breeze that echoes through you.  In them you will surely find you.

And what an interesting discovery to see that those lines I quoted were part of this poemthe breeze at dawn:

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.

we can only be said to be alive

 

 

Gratefulness. Truly we can be grateful only when we recognize what makes our heart sing, our soul swoon, our very being dance with delight. Open your eyes, your heart, your soul, your mind and see and feel and smell and touch and taste the world. It is through those experiences that we become conscious of our treasures. 

 

Day 5:
1. I am grateful for the gift of love that I am able to give and receive.
2. I am grateful for the land on which I live and how it is bountiful with flowers and vegetables and fruit, and that it is home to so many lovely unique and colorful creatures.
3. I am grateful for the ocean and how it has called to me and reminded me that I have the soul of a mermaid.

What treasures are you grateful for?

 

 

 

gratitude bestows reverence

 

1. I am grateful to be inspired everyday by the writing, philosophy, and wisdom of great thinkers. There are so many great works to read… so much insight and perspective to make us think about things deeply.

2. I am grateful to all the writers, artists, healers, and teachers who diligently post everyday on facebook, putting inspirational messages, and words of encouragement and support into our world. And I am grateful to be amongst them! 
3. I am grateful for the time to just be able to sit and read! I am always delighted to have that space for myself. Not unlike being out in nature, it somehow helps ground me and allows me the reflection and thought I need.

What are you grateful for today?

Positivity Challenge, Day 3:
Sometimes you just have to be grateful for a moment in time where everything feels perfectly balanced. It is in those times that your worries, or doubts, or fears all melt away. There is no pressure and no sadness. More importantly, there is no expectation. You are divinely present on the continuum of time, and energy. Here are three moments from my recent travels – spectacular, beautiful, and exquisitely perfect in their own right – that I was blessed to witness and be a part of:

1. I caught this magical moment of water, light, and rainbows of color in Nimes;

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2. I was mesmerized by the vibrant scent and color in the fields of lavender in Provence;IMG_1686

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3. I was fascinated by all the doors and windows that we saw but was drawn to this beautiful painted doorway in the 13th century town of Roussillon.

 

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Please share your moments – post pictures, comments, thoughts… and help create a wave of gratitude!

What are you grateful for today?
what are you grateful for todayPositivity Challenge Day 2:
1. I am grateful for the sunshine that lights my day and brightens my path and generally makes everything look a little better than I thought. 
2. I am grateful that I live so close to the ocean – and that I am able to see, hear, and feel it everyday. I make it a point to see the water at least once in my day, usually it is a walk on the beach, weather permitting of course!
3. I am grateful for the birds that sing outside my window in my backyard – reminding me that there is so much in life to sing and be happy about. Whenever I see creatures of nature I stop and watch how amazing life truly is. 
Please join in and share what you are grateful for!

 

what are you grateful for

Oh, no! It’s the Positivity Challenge! I actually have been dreading this … hoping to not get nominated. But when I saw that I had been tagged in a post, I found I had no choice but to accept the challenge: “Today I nominate Dani Pring, Jill Alman-Bernstein and Arielle Manzi to begin the challenge where you name 3 things you are grateful for for the next 5 days and nominate 3 people to join in each day. Finding something to be grateful for everyday helps us see just how lucky and blessed we truly are. ~Rose, Believe The Best is Yet To Come.”

I figured it would probably be good for me to think about, identify, and be grateful for what is in my life. I bet it would make me feel better too. When we see and then focus on the good things around us, the blessings, the miracles, the positives, we do look at the world differently. There is a shift in our mood, in our perspective, in our attitude, and in our day. It was the having to nominate three people each day that was threatening to derail me. If you are like me, I cringe at chain letter type e-mails. And I am very uncomfortable about obligating other people. After all, how many e-mails and facebook posts asking us to send this to several people can we really participate in? And then I had this idea to post it here on I Must Be A Mermaid and invite all of you to participate. No pressure. If you are feeling it, you will do it. So for the next five days, starting today, announce, declare three things that you are grateful for. We will put our collective grateful energy into the universe. Imagine what we can create with all that gratefulness! So let’s do this together. Accept the Positivity Challenge!

 

 

 

 

it's time to ask yourself.jpgI have been pondering one of my catch phrases …. “Dive deep.” Meaning is a subjective thing. We give everything in our life meaning by the value we place on it.   So I asked myself, what is the value of diving deep into my heart and soul? The painful unraveling of the puzzle of who I am, chiseling the layers of self protection to discover that essence, where every breath, if I let it, helps shatter the illusions, the non truths, inviting me to reach for and grasp my very passion and purpose that I am diving for, to find and live in alignment and balance.

We dive for the inspiration to get through our day, our life. We dive for answers to our many questions. We dive with our mermaid sisters so we can know that we are not alone, that we are supported and loved though our journey is fraught with emotional undertows.

We dive deeply into our selves so that we may find our highest and greatest good, so that we can know peace and joy in our soul. For when we follow our passion, we indeed find our purpose and then our world all at once makes perfect sense. Dive deep…

 

Precious soul,
you are filled with so much love
yet your light flickers in the struggle to be earthbound.
You say that it is hard to be in this body,
that you feel like you are detached in aspects of your day to day life exercises,
and I embrace your sweet hearted form and hold you tightly,
hoping that my light will help give yours a stronger flame,
that my energy will give you the strength to weather your daily storms.

Precious soul,
we were warriors in a past life,
family or lovers in another,
I feel your pain as my own,
I feel your heart as mine,
I hear your soul cries and am here to guide you through the rough seas,
through the turbulence and swells at the depth of your ocean,
at the depths of your heart and soul.

Precious soul,
do not fear,
you are not alone,
I am with you,
and I embrace you with love.

The other day a flock of crows, actually a murther which has morphed into the term murder of crows, due to their scavenging nature, gathered in the trees in our yard. At first I gulped and my heart skipped a beat. I was immediately fearful letting my superstitions take me hostage. Everything I knew about crows signaled a bad omen and death. And I had just booked travel to Europe so I was sufficiently freaked out. But my friend who I was walking with said no, that the crows signified something much more valuable and that I should google the crow as a spirit animal and see what symbol and message this group of birds had for me. And so I did.

The first thing I found was this: “The crow is a spirit animal associated with life mysteries and magic.  The power of this bird as totem and spirit guide is to provide insight and means of supporting intentions. A sign of luck, it is also associated with the archetype of the trickster; be aware of deceiving appearances.  If the crow has chosen you as your spirit or totem animal, it supports you in developing the power of sight, transformation, and connection with life’s magic.”

Well that was a great start. It eased my initial fears at least. As I continued to read, I learned that the crow is fearless, another good sign for me. I thought it was interesting that they build their nests in very tall trees so they can get a better vision or perspective on their world. A higher perspective definitely worked for me, who always is trying to figure out what things mean and why they happen. The crow, as a spirit guide, remember does guide you to getting in touch with life’s mysteries. It guides you to develop your ability to perceive the subtle shifts in energy within yourself and your environment. It encourages you to develop your personal power and speak your truth. So why fear this bird that appears to be the very sign I needed to break through my personal anxiety and fear of not just this impending trip, but in my life as a whole?

That old superstition of being a bad omen or foretelling death, that is of the ancient culture and era. We are entering into a new era where we are stripping away layers of our old selves, old beliefs, and old ways. The crow brings a message of this “passing” and the birth of our new paradigm. This “passing” can come in the form of many changes – job, relationship, or personal revelation.

And just when I think I can take a deep breath and a sigh of relief, I barely sleep a wink and wake up in a jumble of nerves to the sound of you guessed it, crows! I am trying really hard to see the enlightened symbolism. I am trying not to be deceived by the fear that lives inside me. I am told to see the crow as bringing blessed change. I am to listen closely to the caw for the message and then prepare myself to release all that has been impeding my path, and be poised to enter a new dimension of being, and fly, just as the crow.

 

 

Articles referenced:

http://www.spiritanimal.info/crow-spirit-animal/

http://www.universeofsymbolism.com/symbolic-crow-meaning.html

 

 

 

 

to flow.jpgTo flow is to move along in a steady and continuous stream… gliding, unhampered, as if you are water itself.

I always love when the universe is trying to give me a clear message. There were two posts the other day that jumped out at me and caught my attention. They both spoke about the ability to keep moving on, that it wasn’t enough just to make a move, but that you had to keep the motion flowing.

That is the key. You have to keep moving, flowing. And keep flowing forward at that. I have discovered that the art of that flow is to anchor yourself each day with things that help you stay grounded and feeling productive and good about yourself. I call these my “three little somethings.” I have found that if I can do three little somethings each day, that my energy, outlook, and overall health improve. The first something is something for myself – like conscious breathing, meditation, exercise, yoga, a walk on the beach, or a lovely bath just to name a few ideas; second, something productive – maybe it’s for work, maybe it is for the household… it could be a task, a chore, catching up on correspondence or filing, maybe it is cleaning off my desk! Maybe it is as simple as driving one of my children somewhere, or in my case the other night, preparing a family dinner for nine. The third something is something creative – journal, paint, dance, write, sing… for me it is usually writing, but maybe it is creating posters for my facebook page, maybe it is playing guitar or piano.   Doing something for my creative heart and soul lifts my spirit and at the same time renews my energy.

Accomplishing my “three little somethings” each day helps me to stay grounded, happy, and feeling good about myself. And by the way, if for some reason I don’t get to all three, I forgive myself, knowing that I did the best I could, and that tomorrow is a new day. I keep flowing forward, drifting, swimming, gliding… whatever it takes to just stay in the art of flow.