30-Day Blog Love Affair:: Day 15!

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I spent a decent amount of time this morning thinking about happiness, contentment and connection.  I was pondering how to cultivate them, how to recognize them and how to maintain them.

And, then I heard the news.

Another bombing and this time at a freaking MARATHON, a place where people come together to express their aliveness, push their boundaries and collectively celebrate human potential.  To say this news is shocking, sad and disheartening would be an understatement.  To say I have the answers would be ridiculous.  To say I’m a little bit obsessed with how to take in this kind of information and continue to cultivate and maintain a sense of peace, safety, unity and justice would be the truth.

Obviously, I can only speak for myself about the ways I deal with this kind of tragedy, but it seems my thoughts on happiness and contentment are actually quite relevant right about now.  What I know is this: my greatest and most authentic joy and contentment seem to occur in the simplest of moments.  They occurs when life slows down.

But when the hell does life slow down?  It seems to only be getting faster, right?  Right.  So. From what I can see, it’s all about conscious choices—choosing to slow down and choosing simple moments.  It’s about stopping to smell the flowers, lighting a candle even when you are eating alone, closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths to connect to something greater than yourself, sending a letter to someone you love when they least expect it, making eye contact and offering a smile to a stranger, eating your food slowly, noticing the light, helping a friend move without expectation for a return favor, writing in your journal before you check your email, making art for the sake of making art, moving your body in a way that feels good, walking slowly in the woods and perhaps the most important thing…

giving thanks every damn time you can remember to give thanks.

Again, not rocket science, but I’m kind of getting that living well is not supposed to be complicated and it’s not supposed to be hard. In fact, I think it’s all about unraveling complications to expose simplicity and to live inside this place gracefully.

At least that’s what I’m banking on right about now.

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I’ll sign off today with the words I posted after the school shootings in December.  Feels pretty relative, once again.

“In the creative process, I believe that the greatest breakthroughs are often right on the other side of the greatest frustrations/fears/blocks/struggles. In order to reach the breakthroughs, we must be brave, keep doing the work and move through our fears as we follow our hearts and listen to our higher callings.

Tonight, I sit with a very heavy, but hopeful, heart praying and believing that there
  is a great LIGHT waiting just on the other side of this immense darkness. Deep in my bones, I know this is TRUE.

We are collectively waking up from a very old paradigm of fear, sadness and destructive behavior. As we shed this old skin, massive shifts and tragedy will occur right alongside deep waves of healing, transformation and re-birth.

During these intense times of change, we MUST keep walking towards LOVE.  Fear will only slow our evolution and hold us captive in it’s grips. Shine your hearts even brighter tonight as we collectively breathe in these changing times and send our light to all those who suffer. >>>>>> ♥ ♥ ♥”

xo flora

 

18 Comments

  1. Beautifully stated !!

  2. Thank you Flora…my heart is heavy and yet ever hopeful.

  3. I also thank you for writing and putting words together for me. As I read, I was saying yes and yes again to each thing you said.

  4. Beautifully stated! The dark cannot exist in the presence of light!

  5. Thank you for expressing yourself so beautifully, Flora. May we all join forces in love and light to mend the broken hearts and radiate peace for our world. We are one. My thoughts and prayers are with ALL who are suffering. Peace.

  6. <3 Thank you so much for writing so eloquently what's in my heart today as well. I've noticed the subtle shift in myself…the slowing down, the extra effort to smile at strangers, the lighting of candles, the quieting to find stillness within, the catching of the light even though there is darkness today, it will not prevail. xo Two

  7. Tahnk you Flora for the words and the art :)

  8. Flora ….. From the bottom of my heart…. You are soooo right, you are writing just what I feel, I’m happy that you are able to express it… Thank you

  9. Thank you Flora, for expressing so beautifully what we all need to remember to do. xxx

  10. Yes, thanks for your finely crafted words. Xo is the answer, whatever the question. Shine on…

  11. It was a sad day yesterday as we heard the bomb explosions in Boston where people gathered to see the race,or have some fun ,to run or just to stand there to watch people screaming after the blast . Those who plan these kind of future happening should think that they would also die more terrible death . They should not sit in any corner of this world relaxing in their drawing room or hell .I have no words to write in favor of those who did this heinous crime but I have my heart full of love who died on the same spot where they would live for ever in the heart of those who survived and left the place with heavy heart .

  12. Your words have really shone a light onto today for me X

  13. Beautifully said. Yes yes yes.

  14. Thank you for finding words that helped make sense of what happened yesterday. It is not always easy to see the transformation happening alongside the tragedy – but it is essential to see it, and to keep moving forward in love.

  15. Thank you for your beautiful words Flora. I spent a beautiful day at mile 13 on the marathon route, just a 1/4 mile from my home, with my 2 young boys and many friends.

    Your words remind me of a quote that has resonated with me since I discovered it as a freshman art student.

    Never fear the shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby. ~Ruth E. Renkel

    I very much look forward to meeting and collaborating with you here in the beautiful and spirited town of Boston in October at your workshop.

  16. Fantastic site you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get feedback from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

  17. You are an inspiring and healing spirit. Thank you for being YOU!!

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