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It’s My Four Year Anniversary

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WordPress has just sent a notification to wish A Universal Life a Happy Anniversary!  I can’t believe it has been four years.  Time sure does fly when your having fun, getting inspired and just enjoying life.

Many thanks and gratitude to all my friends, followers and visitors here in the WordPress community.  A big THANK YOU to WordPress for all you do and for your continued generosity.

May you all have a wonderful day filled with peace, love and bliss!

Many Thanks to a Lovely Friend

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One Lovely Blog Award.

My deepest and sincere gratitude goes out to Aquileana  for the “One Lovely Blog Award” nomination.  Aquileana has a beautiful blog https://aquileana.wordpress.com/ filled with information about Greek Mythology.  Please take a few minutes to say hello and check it out.

The award rules are as follows:

1.  The nominee shall display the respective logo on his/her blog and link to the blogger that has nominated him/her.

2.  The nominee shall nominate 10 bloggers he/she admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about the nomination.

So, without any further delay, here are the nominees that shine today:

1.   Stamped with a Heart         2.  iiThinks  3.  Shaktipata  4.  Following My Joy  5.  Paths of the Spirit  6.  Yoga & Joyful Living  7.  Southern Yoga Girl 

8.  Russel Ray Photos  9.  Ow Foto Grafik  10.  The Lambent Life

Thank you Aquileana for your kindness and for the Lovely Blog nomination.

Peace, love, blessings to you all!  Tammy


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Thankful for November

November has to be one of my favorite months of the year.  It’s a time where family, friends, neighbors and even those who you don’t know come together and enjoy each other’s company over Thanksgiving dinner.  One of the things I enjoy and am thankful for is to volunteer at the Mustard Seed Thanksgiving Feast that they have every year for the families and neighbors of the community who have no where to go or don’t have any family.

A reminder that what you have is truly a blessing.  If you happen to live in or close to Fort Pierce, Florida and you would like to come volunteer, you can just show up on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 a.m or anytime before 11:00 a.m. and help out, we would love to have you join us.   772-465-6021  The Thanksgiving Feast will be located at the corner of 9th Street and Orange Ave., Fort Pierce, Florida (it will be in the grassy area right next to where the old St. Anastasia School used to be).  There is also a location for our Port St. Lucie friends, which is The Dream Center, located in the Kings Plaza, 7646 S. U.S. Highway 1, Port St. Lucie, Florida. 772-777-5425.

If you are not able to volunteer on that day, you can also make donations.  You can call the numbers listed above for more information.

Hope to see you there and maybe make some new friends!

Peace, love, blessings,

Tammy


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Thankful for Ultimate Gifts

Good morning friends, neighbors, followers!  Happy Sunday!  I had the chance to see a movie called “The Ultimate Gift” which was not only an inspiration, but came with a message.  Throughout the movie was a list of “ultimate gifts” that when you read them, you may not see some of them as such, but if you really think about it, they can be.

1.  The Gift of Work-  See your job as more than just a way to pay your bills.  Whatever work you are doing, be thankful and know that you are helping someone or a group of someone’s in a bigger way than you could possibly imagine.

2.  The Gift of Money-  This is a reminder of the famous saying:  “It is better to give than to receive”  Now, I’m not talking about giving the gift of money to receive it back, that’s not the reason to give at all.   We all have love and compassion which resides in our heart and we have the opportunity to share our blessings with someone who is not so fortunate.  Maybe it’s a certain someone who is close to you that is behind on their rent or just needs a little extra money to pay a bill.  Whatever the circumstance may be, sharing is caring.  When you perform random acts of kindness, you will see how the universe opens up to you.

3.  The Gift of Friends-  “A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” ~Elbert Hubbard

A true friend is hard to find.

That’s why when you come across one; you should hold onto them and cherish the joy that friendship brings. Friends help you be honest with yourself and they keep you from doing things that you might regret.

They are confidants, counselors and coaches. Friends helps you be you without apology.

4.  The Gift of Learning-  Learn to learn.  There is so much information available on this planet and there is never too much you can learn.  Maybe take some time to learn a new language or learn about different cultures.  The possibilities of the mind are endless.

5.  The Gift of Problems-  You don’t begin to live until you’ve lost everything.  Try not to see your problems as a failure or that you have been defeated.  Instead look at them as an experience and what may be coming to you as a connection to something that will be beneficial for you and your life journey.

6.  The Gift of Family-  Spending time with family is a blessing.  But maybe for some of us, being around our family is not our cup of tea.  Yes, it’s possible that some members of our family can be a little difficult to be around or that we just don’t see eye to eye on some things.  However much we may dislike our family at times, they are still our FAMILY and that in itself is a precious gift.  Take time to be with family, because life is short and that little effort that you make means more than you could ever realize.

7.  The Gift of Laughter-  See life as joyous.  Laughter is the best medicine, no matter who you are.  Did you know that it takes more muscles to frown than smile?  So, we should be smiling and laughing a lot!  Besides that, laughing is just plain fun!  So, go ahead….live, love and laugh, laugh, laugh!!!!

8.  The Gift of Dreams-  We are all free to dream.  What was your dream when you were a child?  Did you want to be a prima ballerina, a fireman, the president?  What about as an adult?  What is your dream?  Have you made that dream/dreams reality?  What is your life-long dream?

9.  The Gift of Giving-  Being generous is one of the greatest gifts.  Giving is an act of kindness.  It doesn’t have to necessarily be in the form of money, it could be clothes, food, your time.  Giving someone a HUG!!!!

10.  The Gift of Gratitude-  Learn to be thankful for what you have.  You might not have that shiny new car or that big house you always wanted or millions of dollars in the bank.  Don’t focus on the things you don’t have, be grateful for those things that you do.  Little things mean a lot.

11.  The Gift of A Day-  What would you do with your last day on Earth?  Cherish every day and take those extra moments to look around and enjoy the outdoors, a friend, your husband/wife, your mom/dad, your kids.

12.  The Gift of Love-  Love unconditionally.  We are on this planet to love each other, no matter what color we are, what religion, male, female.  We are all one!  Love as much as you can because that is the biggest gift of all!

 

 

It’s A Fantastic Friday My Friends

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Here we are…..Friday!  The infamous day that starts the weekend for most of us hard working, dedicated humans.  Why is it that everyone gets especially excited when Friday comes rolling around?  Could it be that we can’t wait to dive in and enjoy the plans we made for the weekend?  Maybe it’s that special someone you just can’t wait to see and embrace each other’s unique and wonderful qualities.  Perhaps you get to see your children and share what they like to do, and it just so happens that you become a child yourself.

Yes, we can all say that Friday has been a kind of celebration day.  But why not look at every day as something to celebrate?  Every day we wake up is a precious gift.  The sun is shining, maybe the birds are serenading you a sweet melody.  Squirrels may be playing in the trees.  It’s the simple things that we sometimes forget to stop and take a moment to enjoy.

Whatever you plan to do this weekend, make it awesome!  Have fun, laugh out loud, get silly, love a lot and smile!!!!!  May this day and everyday bring you peace, love and happiness!

 

 

Love is…….

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Each Blessing Counts, So Embrace Every Gift

In counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts.  Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays–the workers that helped construct and keep up the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace.  Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks.  Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful.

As the Buddhist monk THich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the universe.  When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways.

Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.”  We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople.  We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity.  Our morning spiritual practice is the gift of generations of teachers and writers that observed the truth and shared what they learned.  It feels good to be bowled over by each moment of grace and the simplest act of kindness.

Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view–with its self-centered expectations and demands–to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness.  This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience.  Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated.  It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given.

It helps to stay aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love.  As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”  So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated.

We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe.  The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.”

I felt inspired by this article today and wanted to share it with my friends.  May we remember to be grateful, because life is truly a gift.

Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (MindfulnessYoga.net).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gandhi: The Ultimate Minimilast

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FIVE POWERFUL LESSONS

“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.”~Mohandas Gandhi

Political and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi practiced total simplicity and minimalism, leaving and admirable legacy of how to live.  Born into a prosperous family, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing and studied law at University College, London, in England.  When he left Earth, he had fewer than 10 possessions.

In contrast, most of us tend to spend a lot of time and energy accumulating and looking after possessions; by having less, life naturally becomes simpler.  We can take up author Dave Bruno’s The 100 Thing Challenge and start cutting down to bare basics by recycling, refusing to accept more stuff and giving away or selling unwanted possessions.

Accumulate little.  Gandhi believed in possessing only the clothes, sandals, watch and spectacles he wore and some cooking and eating utensils.  He would give away or auction any gift he received.

Eat simple food.  Gandhi never had a problem being overweight.  He followed a strict vegetarian diet and often cooked his own simple, locally produced foods.  He ate from a small bowl, a reminder to eat moderately and mindfully, often accompanied by prayers.

Dress simply.  Gandhi wore simple clothes, often just a wraparound cloth, for modesty and comfort.  A simple hairstyle can shorten daily grooming.  Gandhi shaved off his hair.

Lead a simple, stress-free life.  Gandhi meditated daily and spent hours in reflection and prayer.  Though he was a revered world leader, he led a simple life with few distractions and commitments and would interrupt political meetings to play with children.  Gandhi insisted on doing his own simple tasks.  He advocated self-sufficiency and simple work.

Let your life be your message.   A prolific, concise writer and powerful speaker in public; in private, Gandhi spoke quietly and only when necessary.  He preferred to let his life talk to him.

By living a simple life, Gandhi was able to devote himself to his chosen higher purpose and focus on his commitment to his people and the world.  Accordingly, consistent focus determines anyone’s success and the potential for leaving one’s own inspiring legacy.

 

Arvind Devalia is the author of the bestselling Get the Life You Love, and inspirational coach and prolific blogger.  

Connect at ArvindDevalia.com/blog.

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