Heart to Heart 523 Soul Love

Soul Love

Sounds like a 1960’s TV show!  We are love.  We came from love, we return to love, we will always be love.  Our limited ego doesn’t know this.  It often lives in fear.  It has been brainwashed, indoctrinated, otherwise completely filled with limitation and ignorance.  We get to learn to allow the ego to surrender its hold on illusion.  We are eternal. limitless, beings of light and love.  Our souls know this.  The soul is patient. It will literally wait forever for us to get a clue.

One way to create a soul reunion is to learn to be silent.  When we spend moments in a peaceful state and suspend our mind chatter, it is easier to reconnect with that eternal part of us.  When we learn Yoga or meditation or some other form of mindfulness, we return home.

As we move through these busy days of work and play and holiday celebrations, let us remember who we are.  We are One.  From my soul to yours, Thomas

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Magical Monday

Holiday Desiderata
This is a wonderful reminder from last year.  This is a time of year that can remind us that amid holiday celebrations, we may fall in love again with life!!

Go placidly amid the blaring Christmas carols and hastening shoppers, and remember what peace there may be in the season. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with other shoppers and sales clerks. Share your needs quietly and clearly; and listen to others, especially the hurried and distressed; they too have their story. Avoid critical or demanding persons; they can kill the Christmas spirit.

If you compare your efforts with what others do, you may become prideful or envious; for always there will be richer and poorer persons than yourself. Enjoy your own achievements and holiday plans.

Keep interested in your own celebration, however humble; and remember that family and friends are the real possessions in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your buying, for the stores are full of tempting merchandise.

But let this not blind you to the virtues of the season; many persons give generously of their time and fortunes, and everywhere you can find stories of heroism and happiness. Be yourself.

Especially, do not give gifts without love. And do not be cynical about gifts you receive; for in the face of all commercialism, love still permeates this holiday.

Enjoy the maturity of your years, but do not be afraid to recall the pleasures of Christmases past. Nurture a spirit of joy to shield you from the negative aspects of the holiday. And do not distress yourself by imagining that you can achieve a “perfect” Christmas; that way lies fatigue and unhappiness.

Make your holiday plans, but take it in stride if events don’t follow your plans. You are a child again at Christmas, no less than the youngsters in your family; you have a right to enjoy yourself.

And even if your plans get muddled, no doubt the holiday still will be a joyous one for all concerned.

Therefore, relax and enjoy the season, in whatever way is most meaningful to you, and don’t lose sight of what’s most important to you in all the hustle and bustle.

With all its stress, hectic schedules, and occasional disappointment, it is still a marvelous time of year. Hold tight to the true meaning of the holiday, and strive to inject a bit of happiness into every day throughout the season.
I couldn’t have said it better. Let’s relax and take a deep breath and know that everything we do this holiday season is in Divine order! Happy holidays to all and to all a good season!  From my holiday heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 520 Heavenly Christmas All Year Long

Heavenly Christmas All Year Long

I am sure that by the time the official holidays are over you will be happy that I am over Christmas.  But will I?  Lou Ann and I watched a Hallmark movie titled Heavenly Christmas starring Kristin Davis, Shirley MacLaine and Eric McCormack of Will and Grace fame.  The storyline is similar to a lot of the plots; an overachiever not having enough time for Christmas or family.  Davis’ character falls and dies and goes to heaven and meets an angel, played by MacLaine.  She too is now an angel and is given an assignment of answering a nine-year-old girl’s prayer.  The girl’s only Christmas wish is for her uncle, played by McCormack, to be happy.

Our new angel soon discovers all of the things she has missed in life, by being so focused on success.  It brings to mind that perhaps many of us lose focus on what the most important things in life are. MacLaine’s character shares “no one who has reached the other side has ever said,” I wished I had worked more”.  This holiday is going to be so busy for many of us that, we too, may miss the essence of the season.  No, it is not Santa or that a savior was born.  It is about giving and celebrating and loving each other and realizing all that we have been blessed to receive.

Maybe we can slow down a little for the next 39 days.  Maybe we can renew friendships.  Maybe we can contact family members more. Maybe we can serve in a soup kitchen.  Maybe we can open more doors for each other.  Maybe we can put more money in the tip jar at our local eatery.  Maybe we can stop on one of the corners, where an apparently homeless person is asking for help and put some bills in their worn out hands. Maybe we can go sing some Christmas carols at the nearest assistance home.  Maybe we can clean out our garages and basements and give it all away to where it is most needed.  Maybe we can adopt a pet or a lonely human being.  If we do some of these things, it will truly be a Heavenly Christmas.  From my holiday heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 519 Stay Young at Heart

Stay Young at Heart

Years ago, I was performing regularly in musicals. We would rehearse for about three months and then play several performances for audiences.  During this long period of repeating the same music and lines over and over, I would have trouble keeping the songs out of my mind.  When I was up late and the lyrics kept repeating in my head, I would sing one particular song.  I called it my “clearing” song. It is called Young at Heart. When I finished the song, I would fall asleep and be at peace.  Here are the lyrics:

Fairy tales can come true
It can happen to you if you’re young at heart
For it’s hard, you will find
To be narrow of mind if you’re young at heart
You can go to extremes with impossible schemes
You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams
And life gets more exciting with each passing day
And love is either in your heart or on its way
Don’t you know that it’s worth
Every treasure on Earth to be young at heart
For as rich as you are
It’s much better by far to be young at heart
And if you should survive to a hundred and five
Look at all you’ll derive out of bein’ alive
And here is the best part, you have a head start
If you are among the very young at heart
I have had many impossible schemes and lots have fallen apart at their seams.  Lou Ann and I have had our share of failed experiences.  However, it doesn’t seem to deter us.  We keep dreaming dreams, for ourselves and others.  And life does get more exciting with each passing day. I wish for all of you to follow your young heart. I encourage everyone to keep dreaming impossible dreams.  This is what makes life so exciting.  The promise of the song is, if you stay young at heart, life will be exciting, and worth every treasure on Earth.  From my young heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 518 Life is Rich!

Life is Rich!

Early today, I had the privilege of working on our ‘vegan forest’, here on our property in Sedona.  Our new beautiful friends, Ashley and Austin and their dog Sparky and our other wonderful friend, Mira worked on our greenhouse.  We found a used greenhouse on Facebook a couple of hours away on Tuesday.  We are designing our property in a permaculture fashion.  Permaculture is combining the best of natural landscaping and edible gardening.  Permaculture systems sustain both themselves and their caregivers. The ultimate purpose of permaculture—a word coined in the mid-1970s by two Australians, Bill Mollison, and David Holmgren—is to develop a site until it meets all the needs of its inhabitants, from food and shelter to fuel and entertainment.

We are also incorporating magical and mystical fountains and mandalas and soil formations to allow Mother Nature to flourish.  The initial greenhouse will be about 450 square feet and provide lots of organic fresh produce for local folks who don’t have enough to eat.  We will also blend fruit and nut trees and other plants to complement the overall natural design.

This evening we welcomed four guests into our vacation rental home, which is in our personal house.  These lovely, happy, engaging folks are from India.  A mom and dad and their two children, Krishna and Aparna.  In about thirty minutes, we fell madly in love with the whole family.  We laughed more than we did anything else.  They made a wonderful Indian dish which we loved!  We felt like we had known them forever.  Life is so rich! We are so blessed! From my totally abundant heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 517 A Hobo’s Sip of Wine

A Hobo’s Sip of Wine

My very favorite John Denver song was written by him and Joe Henry.  It is “The Wings That Fly Us Home.” Here are the lyrics:

There are many ways of being in this circle we call life
A wise man seeks an answer, burns his candle through the night
Is a jewel just a pebble that found a way to shine
Is a hero’s blood more righteous than a hobo’s sip of wine

Did I speak to you one morning on some distant world away
Did you save me from an arrow, did you lay me in a grave
Were we brothers on a journey, did you teach me how to run
Were we broken by the waters, did I lie you in the sun

I dreamed you were a prophet in a meadow
I dreamed I was a mountain in the wind
I dreamed you knelt and touched me with a flower
I awoke with this: a flower in my hand

I know that love is seeing all the infinite in one
In the brotherhood of creatures; who the father, who the son
The vision of your goodness will sustain me through the cold
Take my hand now to remember when you find yourself alone

And the spirit fills the darkness of the heavens
It fills the endless yearning of the soul
It lives within a star too far to dream of
It lives within each part and is the whole
It’s the fire and the wings that fly us home
Fly us home, fly us home

Many of Denver’s songs were created with verses and a chorus or two.  This song was a message from the Universe; words channeled by Joe Henry and the music by John.  One of my favorite lines is; is a hero’s blood more righteous than a hobo’s sip of wine?  I don’t think that it is!  I believe that we all have the hero and the hobo within us.  We make choices in life that enhance or diminish us.  Either way, they define us.  However, they are not who we truly are.  We are prophets in the meadow and we are mountains in the wind.  We are the magnificent shining essence of Spirit in a human form.

Truly, love is seeing all the infinite as one!  May we all begin to realize that we are a part of the spirit that fills the darkness of the heavens.  May we all continue to spread our wings as they fly us home!  From my hobo/hero heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 516 World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

Life can be challenging in today’s world.  So many folks have to work more than one job to make ends meet.  So many people don’t have enough shelter, enough food, enough care, or enough love.  Sometimes it feels overwhelming to find ways to make a positive difference in our society.

A simple way to make a difference is to be kind.  Open a door for someone.  Pay for someone’s meal or coffee.  Let others in traffic.  Give out hugs.  Let our smiles shine.  Walk someone’s dog.  Mow someone’s lawn.  Rake someone’s leaves.  Shovel someone’s snow.  Give someone a ride to work.  Cook someone a meal.  Sing someone a song. Hold someone’s hand.  Empty someone’s trash.  Send someone an encouraging text.  Send someone a love or heart Moji. Find someone and have a chat.  Find someone and listen to their story.

Let us also be kind to ourselves.  Give our selves a treat of getting a massage, going to a movie, taking a walk, taking a nap, calling our family, reading a good book, enjoying a scrumptious dessert, ask for what we want, speak our truth, share our vision, take a hot bath, smile at ourselves in the mirror.

There are probably unlimited ways in which we can be kind to each other and ourselves.  You will never regret being kind!

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

Let us celebrate World Kindness day by finding ways to practice random acts of kindness. From my kind heart to your kind heart, Thomas

 

Heart to Heart 515 Mission Possible!

Mission Possible!

Our Mission…Should we choose to take it!

I was out walking one day, and these thoughts came to me.

Right now our world would thrive when we create these scenarios.

How to heal veterans and their PTSD and save at least the 22 lives per day that are destroyed, as these honorable servants commit suicide.

A world where all people of all color, live as equals in opportunity, freedom, safety, and abundance.

A world where folks of all loving expressions, share their love, whether LGBTQ or any other loving way of being and have the freedom to do so.

A world where young black men and women get the opportunity to live in safety and learn life skills, that propel them to the greatness they all have inside.

A world where all people, both women, and men have equal pay for equal work. A world where there is no glass ceiling or any other ceiling that presents any of us from achieving our highes.

A world where all people of the Earth receive a “living wage” so that their basic needs are met for shelter, food, water, and comfort. Then our fellow humans can flourish without the pressure of “making ends meet”. This will help us eliminate poverty and then there will be less violence and wars. Then peace on Earth will begin to flourish!

A nation (U.S.) that creates the way for all people to vote, including a legal holiday to do so. A country where fairness in elections is created and honored, including no gerrymandering.

A world where teachers are paid for what they are worth to society.

A nation (U.S.) where a college education is free for everyone who chooses to go or trade schools as well.

A nation (U.S.) where prisons for profit are eliminated. Where incarcerated people are rehabilitated and educated and healed to return to society.

If we choose this mission and realize it is possible, and achieve it, we will have left a lasting legacy for generations to come, who will live in prosperity, love, and magnificence! From my mission possible heart to yours, Thomas

Heart to Heart 514 One More Turn Around the Sun

One More Turn Around the Sun

Lou Ann invited several people to a surprise birthday lunch at our favorite pizza restaurant, Picazzo’s.  The food was vegan and so delicious.  The camaraderie was delightful! Lou Ann asked everyone to share something they loved about me and then to share one wish for my life.  I was overwhelmed with the tender, heart-centered expressions of love and caring. It is such a rich gift to have these wonderful friends in my life. It’s a wonderful life!

I am so grateful to be going into my seventy-eighth year.  I sometimes feel like I am just getting started!  I am getting up at five in the morning and traveling a couple of hours with two other guys.  We are picking up a used greenhouse that will be the major shelter for our permaculture project.  We have young volunteers who have lots of organic gardening skills helping us out.  It feels good to do something that we will be able to see tangible results in the near future.  We will show you pictures of how it all unfolds.

I had a voice lesson with my wonderful teacher Kathi Belluci today.  I am learning how to turn my body into a powerful musical instrument.  We are focused on John Denver music which I will share in the near future.  I have some plans to turn this blog into a video blog and focus the content around Denver’s incredible music.  His melodies and lyrics have been a mainstay of these writings for the past year or so.

We only get so many turns around the sun in each life.  I wish for all of you, the grandest adventures of heart and soul.  I wish for you the treasures of discovering your beauty and magnificence. When we get to the finish line, may we know that we gave all our passion and dedication! That we let our light so shine, that others found the way to their place in the sun!  From my sunny heart to yours, Thomas

 

 

 

Heart to Heart 513 Declaring Peace

Declaring Peace

Tonight, Lou Ann and I had the privilege of being in a sold-out Mary D. Fisher theater experience. We attended a concert by William Florian who was one of the members of The New Christy Minstrels back in the seventies.  The concert was titled The John Denver Story.  He sang several of Denver’s most popular songs.  He invited the audience to sing along with him.  It was so much fun!

At the end of the evening, he introduced us to a song he wrote called “I Declare Peace!” Here are the lyrics: If war was the answer, then we’d be at peace. And the battles in the distance would’ve all finally ceased. We still have a choice to live and be free. So let’s all raise our voice and become a planet of peace.  The chorus goes: I’m declaring peace, I’m declaring peace, deep within myself, I’m declaring peace, I’m declaring peace!

In the middle of the concert, he sang a wonderful Christy Minstrels song called: Today

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
‘Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

I can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory
I can’t live on promises winter to spring
Today is my moment, now is my story
I’ll laugh and I’ll cry and I’ll sing

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
‘Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

We only have today.  Tomorrow is not promised.  Yesterday is just a memory.  Today is our moment to create peace by being peaceful. Today is our story of creating peace on Earth. Today, I am declaring peace within myself, won’t you join me?  From my peaceful heart to yours, Thomas