Friday, January 27, 2017

Let go

Let go and let God

Change is exhausting! Everything has to happen in its own time and  in its own way. Worrying about what is not working or isn't happening in our own time frame, isn't going to change anything. Worrying will only make you feel worse. We all have free will and where there is a will there is a way. This is true in our own lives as well as in the lives of those around us. There are times when we are frustrated with ourselves or others over choices that are made or not made. Frustration leads to anger and resentment and creates pain. Do what you can do for yourself and for others and then simply let go of what you have no control over. As hard as it may seem, ultimately, if you are frustrated, then, you are frustrated. It is your choice to be frustrated, you can choose to continue to feel that way or you can let go, and for me, let God. In a situation where change is not happening fast enough or there are setbacks, the only choice you have is whether you react or respond. Reacting is your gut reaction without thought (usually this is NOT a good choice, for me, it often makes matters worse). Responding is a much healthier choice, stop, take a breath, think, and offer yourself a kind thought of the person you are or the person with whom you are frustrated. Then, and only then, respond, if what you have to say will bring peace. When it  involves someone you love who suffers with addiction, that can become extremely difficult because you want to change how they feel, change how they see things, change the pain and discomfort that they feel, and change the pain you feel seeing them in pain. Try to love and support (not enable) them as much as possible so that someday they may be able to find the strength from within that comes from the understanding that with God, all things are possible. God is and always will be THE higher power of loving energy that surrounds us all each and every moment of each and every day. No matter what your religious tradition, God is for you, Loving positive energy is for you, and for me. Let go of the guilt, let go of the pain, let go of the fear, let go of the anger and let go of the negative energies. We have but one life and one vessel to hold that life energy. Let go the shame to make room for the loving energies that the Divine wants so desperately to fill your soul with.

wow, what an incredible sight to wake up to, God IS good

May the peace and loving energy of the one who was, who, is and who will always be
with you if you simply let go and let God.
Prayers that you will feel God blessings holding you close, forever and for always
Much love, Kristyn

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Three part harmony

Three Part Harmony

Part one
Learn from your mistakes,
It is your mistakes that will teach you the most.

Part two
Turn a transgression against you into the gift
of a learning experience.

Part three
Forgiveness of others
is a gift we give ourselves.

Today is a new day perfect for a new beginning

Practice makes better (not perfect)

peace and harmony k

Friday, January 20, 2017


Where there is a will.....there is a way!

   Don't let fear win    
   I'm not saying it won't be hard,  
   I am simply saying it will be worth it   
and  YOU are worth it!

In peace and love

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I want to sing you a love song

A lesson and a practice on 
loving yourself

If you are anything like me and you listen to love songs, 
you listen and think of those that you love 
and all the emotions associated with that love. 

I desire being loved 'like a love song'
and you probably do too.

 Today, I went for a walk with my headphones on and
I sang my favorite love songs to myself. 

I thought about how I have the choice to love myself
the way I want to be loved.

Now to some that may sound a bit vain or egotistical and In the past I too, would have thought the same;
however, it is not.

It is love of self, and it is necessary for inner peace.

All too often we look very closely at all the things
we fall short on and it is easy to become blind
to all the good that we innately are.

 Most of us are quick to forgive
and show others unconditional love, however,
we do not show ourselves that same courtesy.

Today as I sang to myself, there was no room in my mind
for the negative thoughts.
There was no room in my mind for my shortcomings.
there was only love, for me, unconditionally.

I smiled, I laughed at the idea and
I felt loved, all by myself.

Give it a try,
Pick your favorite love song
and sing to yourself as loud as you can.
I can almost guarantee it will make you smile :)
(if it doesn't, pick another song and keep trying)

Sing, sing a song, make it simple to last your whole life long.
Don't worry that it's not good enough
for anyone else to hear, just sing, sing a song!
-Karen Carpenter


Friday, January 13, 2017

Retreat and retreat

I love it when I only have to remember one word or image that brings to mind an enormous idea

Definitions of Retreat

the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.

the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.

a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy:

an asylum, as for the insane. (my personal favorite)

a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.

For me, the enemy lives in my mind, hence the reason I love the idea of the insane asylum. When I am at my worst in any situation it is truly because I have chosen to be at my worst; yes, chosen. I have a choice in every situation to look at the situation in any way I want and often times I choose to look in a way that can be more terrible because of my perspective. I came across this idea while visiting friends in Philly. I was in desperate need of a retreat to a retreat, so I retreated and retreated.

What I found while retreating is that I need to retreat a lot, and that is not only okay but necessary to continue to move forward.

Retreating is not a failure or losing the battle, retreating is understanding that you can not keep plowing into a brick wall and think somehow you will get to the other side.

Retreating and retreating allows for a time of reflection, a time of taking stock in what is important to your soul, a time to come up with a new plan to get through the wall that you are facing.

'Insane asylum' sounds like such a terrible place however one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Today I ask all who suffer with 'insanity' to take a moment to retreat and retreat, join me at the asylum for some peace, quiet and ultimately a way over the wall.

In peace and love for all my insane friends out there, keep going, keep trying, we are all in this together. As 'crazy' as I may be it's comforting to know I am not alone :)

hugs and love and more hugs and love K

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Your presence is the present

Good morning and prayers for a new year filled with
peace overflowing in your heart, soul, life
and the lives of those we love.

Very simply stated no matter how sad, worried, pained
or scared we are; our presence IS a present.

A present that we can open with gratitude
with each passing day.

The presents I give others have always
brought me great joy.
For me, giving was much better than receiving.
I thought that was what was most important, it is not.

The present of our presence is truly
our greatest gift.

Every day we get to choose what gifts
we want to open.
What gift is going to do the best job of feeding
our hearts and souls.

This year I have set an intention!
My intention is to fully greet every day
offering myself the gifts of
love, kindness, gratitude, peace, hope and forgiveness.
I am sure if you also give it a try, it can and
will be the greatest gifts we could ever receive.
These gifts are all free
and all priceless.

Why not set the intention to give yourself
the gifts we so often save for others.

When you give yourself these gifts,
your presence becomes the present;
the gift that keeps on giving.
Then & only then
share your presents & presence with others
These glorious stones and this beautiful handmade African basket
were a gift from a my friend Loretta who works hard to offer peace
and compassion throughout her community in Philadelphia and beyond.
She asked that I use the word 'presence' and I added 'present'
because both are necessary for peace.

You and I are worth it!
You and I are a gift to all humanity!
You and I are worthy of these gifts!

May the Divine Spirit of love
who watches over us all
overflow your cup of blessing
all the days of this life & beyond.

I love you all,
your presence is a present to me
each and every moment of each and every day :)
Peace be with you, Kristyn