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Climbing Mountains

Published August 28, 2018 by tindertender

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez

The Lioness walks slowly toward the hill. Shoulders moving with the shifting weight of her body, she climbs, looking left and right, ready for that which may spring at her. There are few who follow, some would rather spend time stripping others of their confidence to climb. She leaves them, and moves forward.

After years of attack, this female remains. She protects those who trust her, those who may not have the strength to fend for themselves. She takes the hard hits so others do not have to, many are not even aware of what she is doing.

While she rolls ’round and ’round with those who would tear at the world, others are able to slip by the dark forms who would sap them of their goodness, their light.

She’s been here before. She’s had many such experiences. After all this time she thought it might have changed, but it hadn’t. Even though she is tempted to give in to this poison, to attack, or quit, she knows she cannot. So she musters her inner fortitude and she continues.

She digs deep within her heart and she seeks kindness for those who do not express it. She hopes their journey is not too painful, that they survive what is coming for them with only minor wounds. She turns from them all as they wallow in their self proclaimed glory. She remains silent, knowing they haven’t capacity to understand what they do not know.

There are some though who do understand, who see her battle scars and know they can trust her as they move forward. They know she has put her self in position of receiving harm, they have seen her fight through, and survive, they know she gives everything she has inside to protect what she cherishes.

Caring for others is the best we can offer. Life is a gift to be shared. Time is valuable, and while some waste it on being cruel, others work to counteract it. Stepping on the backs of those who may be perceived as ‘less than’ does not now, nor will it ever, make a hijacker more important. The sensation of the illusion will fade, and reality packs a punch like nothing else in this world. If understanding is desired, give it. If care is needed, give it. If self confidence is needed, block those who would strip it. Do not ever play into the hands that would steal your inner fire.

Tempting as it is to get involved in a back and forth of things, don’t. And if you do, recognize it as soon as you can, notice how it is sucking the positive from you … do not allow it. Contributing to that mess is a violation against self and encourages the behavior to continue.

No one deserves your energies more than you. Utilize your inner resilience to unwind any negative thing anyone has ever told you about yourself, they do not deserve this hold on you. Leave them behind, in your dust, and Climb. That. Mountain.

Plastic vs Compostable Cutlery

Published August 21, 2018 by tindertender

As I traveled last week, one thing I noticed while in Canada was that the disposable eating utensils they used are all 100% compostable.

I woke this morning around 1 a.m. thinking of all the heaps of plastic items the ferry produces with its many trips to and from Canada, for the US still does not use these compostable items. I am frustrated, because it is such an easy switch!

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And to think of the many companies that travel this path every single day, producing waste that isn’t recyclable. C’mon USA … we can do better than we are, let’s make a true effort to change the poisonous and toxic habits we’ve developed.

Let The Dance Begin

Published August 6, 2018 by tindertender

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Tonight Black Moon Litlith rises. Are you prepared for what is to come? Or are you denying the change that must be?

Amazing might is right here, now.

Change will come, through our very presentation to the world. This change is for the highest good. The source of all love tunes in to those who listen, and we in turn, tune in to love. ALL that is given forth from our own being  flows straight to Great Spirit. The gifts which are given flow out to the world.

My power is the power of the caring ways, I channel my energy toward the upliftment of others, I embrace, and am embraced, by The Divine. I will seek deeper resources of wisdom, I will ‘tune in’.

We are ready. Let us play. We simply will not waiver from the good.

Aaahhhh balance, how I long for thee. 

Fervent Study, Catch and Release

Published July 29, 2018 by tindertender

During these breaks in the work week I dive relentlessly into training myself to connect with and decipher information which comes my way. It is quite intense and seems to be growing more forceful.

Photo by Nicola Nuttall

No one starts out on any journey as a seasoned traveler, or holding absolute clarity of what they are doing. Building skills, in whatever one chooses to spend time with, takes practice and determined steadiness, even when things do not seem clear.

The most sincere path includes being vulnerable, sharing lessons learned along the way and the knowledge gained with others … perhaps assisting another on their own journey.

There comes a time when the ‘old’ must be released in order to make way for the ‘new’. This can be quite difficult, for often the letting go of what is familiar is painful, frightening even. Forward movement cannot be embraced until the past is given wings. Entering uncharted territory is always uncomfortable, but it is also the beauty of life!

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Saying no to what compels the soul is damaging to ones sense of freedom. How often do we choose to remain in the gilded cage for fear of flight? Priorities must be clarified and acted on to facilitate progression.

Listen to your heart. What is it that fills you with enthusiasm? Are you honoring that which sparks the inner fire of you, or are you denying it? There may be procrastination going on, that old hook that hinders so many creative explorations.

It is important to be affirmative and focus on what your soul is seeking. Remember, it is you who you will spend the rest of your life with, be happy in what you choose to do with that time.

Often we find our self in circumstance which are quite comfortable. The ‘struggle’ has eased, and although not perfect, we tend to put up with things that are not catering to our highest and greatest good, simply because we do not want to fight any more. There is a problem with that though … true living is a journey of an upward spiral, and relaxing into a situation which does not allow for movement is stagnation.

Life is about continuously rebirthing our self. If we stop doing that, we grow old and tired in the rut we have chosen. Boredom, although seemingly comfortable, does not feed the soul, or help the spirit shine.

Live …

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Heart Warrior

Published July 28, 2018 by tindertender

There was so much I did not know, and so much I do not still. At times it is difficult to look deeply at something, perhaps because of fear … fear of finding something which is not ‘wanted’ to be known.

How to release fear? It has been my experience the only way to deal with fear is to walk right into it, through it. Better to do this than to waste an entire lifetime paralyzed by ‘what might be’. Better to get out there and just deal with it, get it over with, or get it going.

What good is a life frozen in pain and suffering?  Is it not best to move forward, always, regardless of that which attempts to keep us shackled? Is it not wise to push the boundaries we have been told, and taught, to remain inside of?

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Photo by Nashad Abdu

Oh, the fruits you came to offer the world! Deep within you, you know you have plenty … and I’m not talking about ‘things’ … I’m talking of inner wealth and connection with all that is. The stuff that heals souls! The stuff that allows you to reach inside and do the work to heal the damage done to your own Spirit.

As you come to accept this truth, you will understand your journey is much more than singular … Overcome doubt and fear by trusting your decisions. Swim in the Eternal Light. Inner purification is upon us now, embrace it.

Long-held attitudes are being challenged and are breaking down, but you are not your attitudes. Your higher self is breaking out of its shell. The phoenix always rises from the ashes … A greater person is emerging.

Be crystal clear on your priorities. Direct your thoughts and words toward the achievement you desire.

The old must die to the new. Your most unselfish love must be applied to the act of rebirthing self … and to the future you wish to create. Travel gently, and appreciate all that has been … this is the ground work for all that will be.

What Would You Say?

Published July 17, 2018 by tindertender

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If you knew that all life forms could hear one phrase you spoke, what would your message be?

All people, at one time or other, have longed for harmonious living. Differing cultures wish to see the teachings of past generations honored, held in high esteem. Every individual hopes for enough … food, water, sleep, beautiful sights, tender touch, compassionate understanding, even love.

Within each group of people are those who wish for power, and suffer from greedy hearts. They are willing to disrupt entire countries for this perceived power, throwing everything they touch out of whack, destabilizing whole systems, creating chaos … for it is in this chaos they find manipulation to be easiest. Are you able to recognize this?

What would you say to those groups who constantly stir up harm for others? Would you be able to remain calm, to be rational, to focus on the greater good? Would you be able to think of one thing that could benefit ALL life, not just your own? Could you fathom the power your intention would have, the benefit your calm suggestion would bring to the world?

What does it mean to be normal?

Published July 11, 2018 by tindertender

Some say there is “no such thing as normal”. But yes, there is.

Normal is being happy, and sad. It is getting angry, and then learning to forgive, letting it go. Normal is love and heartbreak. It is receiving and giving. It is impatience, and practicing how to be patient. It is calm, and it is roiling energy. It is in fear and in bravery. It is in recklessness and in caution.

It is also in the fact that most do not see that every single person we meet is just as ‘normal’ as we are.

It is in perceiving the grass as greener on the other side, it is in the idea that life is easier for someone else, when in truth they are simply dealing with different experiences … some of which may actually be more difficult than our own. It is seeing someone doing well, simply because that is what they choose for you to see, where as others will let themselves go so it is obvious how miserable they are to those who will pay attention.

It is in looking at the surface of things and assuming we know, when it is impossible for we cannot read the inner thoughts of a person. (At least most people can’t). Heck, most people cannot even understand the inner workings of their own mind, never comprehending what it is that continuously flips their emotional triggers.

It is in ignoring pain rather than healing it. It is in hoarding wealth rather than sharing it. It is in collecting stuff even when it isn’t needed.

It is living in fear of so many things while wearing the stature of courage.

It is also in lying to ourselves about this and that, all the while saying we are not. It is about creating an image we wish others to associate our beingness to. It is in pretending.

It is truly difficult to break down all these barriers and get to the crux of what makes us tick. First there must be the desire to do that, rather than go shopping, or eat, or drink and drug, or try to fist fight our way out of the pain this world hands us.

It is a challenge to smile in the face of adversity … it may be easier if one cries a little, and then laughs at it. Some may say that sounds unstable, a little crazy even, but that, too, is normal.

People are so busy holding tightly to the pieces of themselves they are most comfortable with, and then pointing out the things they are not comfortable with they see in others, playing judge, all the while not recognizing that these ‘negatives’ are in them also … otherwise they would never be able to perceive them.

Normal … what is it exactly except, Every. Single. Thing. Imaginable.

Its in accepting the challenge of seeking what rings true, it’s also in creating a story in which one can be comfortable. It is in doing what we can without cracking our minds, yet sometimes it is the cracking open of psyche that allows things to become more clear.

Look around you and see … so much of you is in everything.

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