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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Hey Everyone 😀
Hope you're all well!
The blue jays are back in my garden. So happy to see them!
Everything is still green and growing, but the nights have got cooler.

I was going to talk a little more about my retreat today. Every time, I go to write something, I stop. It's hard for me to put into words. When I'm at the retreats, we talk, we listen, we heal, we grow. And, we talk about everything!

But, I think one of the constant things that come out at these retreats is, so many of us, are scared to "Shine Our Light". Or we don't know who we really are, so we don't know how to shine? And, if we do shine, those people that are closest to us, think we are weird, so we shut down. Which leads to people pleasing, co-dependency, blaming, and the list goes on and on.

Life is so short and it is uncertain, so why hold back? If we hold back, we are stopping our growth and the growth of the people around us too. I know it's hard sometimes, for the people around us to understand, but if it's good for us, it will be good for them too. We have to remember, some people stay in our lives forever and other's come and go. We all learn from each other.

I think the one thing to remember, is to never stop loving yourself! You are worthy! And, when we are loving ourselves, to send out love too!

"To see an 80 year old man, cry. To see him hold himself like a child. To witness that he never loved himself. We all keep so much "stuff" within our soul, from our past. If we don't heal and grow, we will be in the same place forever."

We all go down that rabbit hole! Many of us, several times! But, when we go through these times, like I said before, never, never stop loving you! Sit, pray, meditate, do what calls to you and I promise, the answers will come. But, just don't love yourself, when times are hard, love yourself everyday!

"A tall gentleman talked. He wore a long rainbow style jacket. I could have listen to him talk for hours. Such a deep voice. He can visit his family (mom, dad, brothers, sisters, etc.), but he has to ask permission to hug the children.  Why??? Because he is considered, "different", since he is gay."

"A young girl, talked about how she was raped, and blames herself and asks, how can she love herself!"

As I said, we talked about everything!

All I can say is, never stop being you! The true you! And, never stop loving yourself and sending out love!

Be true to you, when you are around others and when you are by yourself!

Remember this painting?
This was the first painting I did when I came home from the retreat.
"Stop Hiding, Shine! (11" x 14" canvas)
 2nd painting,
"Listen" "Your Soul Is Speaking" (12" x 12" linen canvas paper)
3rd ink drawing,
"Time To Fly" (6" x 8" mixed media paper)

Sorry for the long post! I hope you enjoyed it!
Big Hugs 😀