The Grace of Redefining Love

“Awareness that our thoughts and actions have an effect on ourselves, the well—being of others, and that of our planet. It unites us!”

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“A clarion call for anyone searching for happiness and peace. The Grace of Redefining Love empowers readers to transform their lives by inspiring love, possibility and inclusiveness. Read this book and you will receive powerful, yet simple, poetical practices that can change the trajectory of your life.”

—Karen Salmansohn, best selling author of THINK HAPPY

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Forgiving is not fixing. Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is putting a blanket around our inner child and saying to them “I’m sorry you had to go through this life experience that hurt you.”

Forgiveness changes the lens.

excerpt from the book The Grace of Redefining Love, expanding life to include everything. Please share good stuff out into our world. Follow Yesrising on Instagram, Twitter, Medium and Facebook.

Namaste 🙂

Internal Beauty

Peaceful Protest

Loving all our Colours

What is — Redefining Love?

“Redefining love is unlearning our romanticized version and our materialistic version as goals for happiness”

-from The Grace of Redefining Love, Expanding Life to Include Everything. #LoveWins #LoveOverFear #InternalBeauty

Everything is within us, asking to be received. Namaste.

On Death

Infinite Wisdom – Unbroken Bonds

wellguidedAround the age of five is the first memory I have of someone dying. It was a tumultuous combination of tremendous loss and the oddity that something greater had occurred — both a miracle and a tragedy. I would never see this person again during my lifetime — the beginning of a life of questions.  As the paramedics took him out of the house that night, I asked my Mother a question. Vovô (Portuguese for Grandfather) isn’t coming back, is he?

So many bright lights have gone out during our lifetime. Transitioned. And though my personal belief about death is that it is a transition, a transformation of energy into a greater realm, into the palm of the Great Mystery — it is my grief and feeling of loss, like yours — that continue to ask the questions.

Our friends, and lovers, and family, and pets and children and leaders —leave us. It’s unavoidable. Their new journey sends us on ours, leaving us with new questions — and pain and joy and vulnerability. Our legacies connect us together. Our story yields the unfolding expression of The Divine Light.

During a five month period in December 2013 into April 2014, four very special people in my life died. They were my friends, my family, my confidents, my supporters, and my teachers. Each held a unique place in my heart and in my life. They still do and always will. Each with a story to be told, but that will be another article.

Those losses were like a thousand threads of silk torn from the fabric of my heart. Yet, as our human connection was disconnected, our spiritual bond grew. I feel surprisingly closer to each one of them. I often hear phrases, and words — their wisdom — many times in their own voices, guiding me. Speaking somehow, through a sort of dream-like state of existence, in signs and signals, alerting me in unexplainable ways to pay attention to the little things in life. I feel peace.

Death isn’t always in human form, sometimes it is the death of our job, the end of our money, or the end of a year. Each a gift beckoning our hearts to open, our ears to listen, then tell each other’s story through our own story —  a light does shine.

The moral of this article is that endings are beginnings, that in our suffering great and at times unbearable losses, it is often in our quietude that we discover infinite wisdom and unbroken bonds.

So — my experience has shown me that in listening deeply we are well-guided to make better choices.  Choices that cultivate our love and compassion. Choices that redefine our future with purpose. Choices to live our best life in a world — cooperative and co-existing.

Moving Toward Peace

“Feeling warm hearted, and an inner calm about choices we make is a pretty good indicator that we are in alignment, on good path.” ‪#‎LetsGoUp‬

– from the book Merging Worlds

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Merging Worlds – 93 Thoughts on Love and Cultivating Possibility

Merging WorldsSo, I am working on a new project and I’m very excited about it! It’s a book called: Merging Worlds – 93 Thoughts on Love and Cultivating Possibility.

What it will be, is a bunch of quotes, passages and prose from my work and personal journals – with the purpose of the book focused on growing awareness and giving voice to the universal message that we are all connected by LOVE. And, that through our personal choice, our compassion and inclusiveness we cultivate personal and global possibility. Our Evolution.

I’ve added a prologue called “Voice of a Women”, a short narrative about how revolutionary women have inspired my life starting when I was 7 years old.

This will be self published at this point and in all likelihood will be available on Amazon and Kindle. A dollar from each sale will be donated to the organization STOMP Out Bullying; a national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens. So, while it won’t generate a ton of money, it’s important to bring light to the levels and layers of bullying to help break the cycle. I was bullied as a kid so this is close to my heart.

Here is a sneak peak of the cover design! More to come…

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Write Yourself a Happy Ending

happyWrite yourself a happy ending. At least rewrite the past to make the present more peaceful. And write the world a happy ending while you’re at it. Be inclusive. Be generous about it. Write your neighbor a happy ending – or the stranger in line behind you at Starbucks or the grocery store…maybe pay for their coffee or loaf of bread. Namaste. 🙂