Heartsong Issue 22, May 20, 2007

HEARTSONG, ISSUE 22, SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2007

Welcome to Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong!!!

In This Issue:
Quote From The Heart
A Note From Kim
From The Lighthouse, With Love
Home And Hearth
Prayer From The Heart
Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong Reflection

QUOTE FROM THE HEART

In each issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong, I will open with a quote, poem or lyric, which I have found inspiring and uplifting. I hope they will inspire you, as well! Today, I’m sharing some beautiful song lyrics with you that I hope will soothe your soul. Enjoy!

“Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace
deep peace”
(From the song, “Deep Peace”)

A NOTE FROM KIM

Welcome to today’s issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong! I hope you’re having a wonderful May so far! I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to the many new subscribers who have joined since our last issue! I sincerely hope you enjoy the newsletters! Remember, you can always read all past Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong issues in the archives. And, whether you’re a new Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong reader, or have been reading for a long time, remember that I’m always open to suggestions for articles, and for ways I can make the newsletter more enjoyable. If you have any thoughts, suggestions or comments, please feel free to email them to me, at:
Kim@KimLoftis.com
Your comments are always deeply appreciated.

I’ve been thinking a lot about peace lately… we’re constantly being barraged with images of war, chaos and unrest from so many parts of the world. The Virginia Tech shootings are still fresh in the minds of those of us here in the United States. When I think of these things, my heart cries out for relief… for somehow, some way, that we can have peace in our world.

In today’s issue, I’m musing further on this in our Lighthouse article, and discussing ways that we can indeed bring peace to our world. I strongly feel that before we can become a united and peaceful world, we must first find peace within ourselves, and our own hearts and spirits. So that’s what I strive to do on a daily basis… would you like to join me?

Until next time, enjoy the rest of today’s issue, and I send you all my love and gratitude!

Love,
Kim

FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE, WITH LOVE

A lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope in a violent storm. A lighthouse sheds light on our worries and troubles, and brings us joy and peace. Therefore, in each Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong issue, I will include an article, which will help to guide you through the dark and troubled times, or lighten and brighten your heart and life in a special way. In today’s Lighthouse article, we’re discussing ways of bringing peace into our hearts, lives and world.

The Essence of Peace

It’s difficult to turn on the television or radio, or pick up a newspaper, without being confronted with images of wars, chaos and brutality. These things happen in far distant countries, in our own states and / or cities, and sometimes even in our own households. The feelings of bitter conflict, harsh circumstances and biting words all have the effect of making our hearts heavy and our spirits low. We long for relief, solace and peace. But where, and how can we achieve the peace we seek?

It is my personal belief that we won’t be able to experience peace in our cities and our world until we can first learn to experience peace within our own hearts and lives. Only then can the true essence of peace and well-being infiltrate the bitterness, the anger and the fear that permeates so many hearts and lives. Only then can others learn from our example and discover, to their delight that hopelessness can be replaced with hope, fear can be replaced with joy, and hatred can be transformed into love.

One way we can bring peace into our own hearts is to surround ourselves with people and objects that make us happy. I’ve always felt that if a room that I frequently occupy is a beautiful and serene haven, that my heart, in turn, will also grow serene just by my being in that room. I have well-loved photos, prints and objects sitting around me as I am writing this article. In the background is beautiful instrumental music. My interpretation of what is beautiful may be totally different from yours, so discover what works for you.

If you can’t decorate an entire room to help bring more peace into your heart, then at least keep a few objects close to you, which bring you joy and comfort. These might include family photos, an angel statue, fresh flowers in a vase, or even a teddy bear. Again, it’s whatever makes you feel most serene. You may also consider having soft lighting or music, if possible.

Have you ever noticed that there are certain people who just automatically bring a sense of peace and delight into a room with them? I’ve always found it important to have some of these people in my life. They rarely fail to brighten my day, and put a little ray of hope and sunshine into my heart. What special people in your life can you think of right now who bring you greater peace, just through your association with them?

Another way to bring vast amounts of peace into our hearts is to engage in activities that are, well, peaceful. My idea of a peaceful afternoon, for instance, includes a good novel and a cold glass of water or iced tea, with the birds singing outside my window and a sweet Summer breeze kissing my skin. Just thinking about it makes me feel more at peace! Take time to find activities that help you to relax, and thereby become more contented and serene.

Lastly, when desiring greater peace within our lives and hearts, we may wish to devote time to prayer, meditation and / or reflection. Connecting with God / Spirit / Creator is a tremendous way to give over our burdens, lighten our heavy hearts and rediscover how richly we are loved. Find a way that helps you to deeply and securely connect with God, and release all your fears, doubts and uncertainty into God’s loving care. Some people connect best through prayer, others through the reading of Holy Scriptures, and still others through simply stilling their minds and reflecting. Find what works best for you, and notice the great peace that this profound connection with Spirit brings you.

There’s a lovely song that says, “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” Those sweet lyrics echo my heart-felt wish… that peace really can prevail on Earth, and that I may somehow assist others in bringing more peace, and therefore more hope, into their lives.

John Lennon penned another lyric that states, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” And it seems fitting to end this article with Lennon’s statement, which closes “Imagine”, since it so aptly sums up my own feelings. “I hope someday you [everyone on Earth,] will join us, and the world will live as one.”

HOME AND HEARTH

In this section of the newsletter, I will provide tips to help you to bring your own creativity, spirituality and unique talents into your everyday life, and, more specifically, into your home.

Fairies Dancing

As a little girl, I always delighted in hearing stories my grandmother (Nanna) had created about the fairies. I use to amuse myself by making up wonderful and vivid tales of living with the fairies out in my yard and playing with them all day long, and then dancing merrily with them from sunset to sunrise!

As a matter of fact, thinking about these fairy stories is still really delightful and wonderful for me. I guess a part of me is still very much that vivid little girl who wants to spend her life dancing with the fairies. And the great news is, in my imagination… I can do exactly that!

What wonderful stories did you, or do you still, tell yourself? What makes your imagination go into happy overdrive? Enjoy your stories and imaginings…in doing so, you’re letting your inner child out to play! You’ll be happier for doing it!

PRAYER FROM THE HEART

Each issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong will feature a prayer, either from my own heart, one which I hold dear in my own life, or one suggested to me by others. I hope they will speak to your spirit, as well.

“Almighty God, the Great Thumb we cannot evade to tie any knot;
the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees:
the all-seeing Lord up on high who sees even the footprints of an antelope on a rock mass here on Earth.
You are the one who does not hesitate to respond to our call.
You are the cornerstone of peace.”
Native African Prayer for Peace

HEARTSONG REFLECTION

Until our next issue, find ways to create peace in your own life. You’ll be making a difference in the whole world’s level of peace! And also remember to let your playful inner child come out and enjoy life sometimes, too!

Love, Light and Blessings,
Kim

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About Kim Loftis

Kim Loftis is the Spiritual Serenity Coach, joyfully assisting her clients in forging deep and lasting connections with the God / Goddess / Gods of their understanding, while utilizing transformational, highly-personalized spiritual practices to enhance and empower all areas of their lives. Kim's passion is to assist you in teaching your spirit to shine at it's brightest, while using Divine guidance to light every step of your path.
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