Heartsong Issue 27, September 2, 2007

HEARTSONG, ISSUE 27, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2007

Welcome to Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong!!!

In This Issue:
Quote From The Heart
A Note From Kim
From The Lighthouse, With Love
Kim Recommends
Hope And Healing
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, here’s a very insightful quote for you to ponder. What do you think?

“You can understand and relate to most people better if you look at them — no matter how old or impressive they may be — as if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or mature all that much — we simply grow taller. O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.”
~Leo Rosten

A NOTE FROM KIM

Welcome to today’s issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong! The temperatures are cooling down at last here in western North Carolina. It’s amazing that September, one of my favorite months of the year, is already here! I find myself asking, “Where does the time go?” Let’s do our best to enjoy each day.

Thank you so much to everyone who attended my teleclass, “Let Go and Grow.” It was a great experience, and I really enjoyed sharing the material with everyone. If you weren’t able to make it, don’t worry! I’m in the process of turning the class into an information packed product, complete with audio exercises and meditations, a comprehensive workbook and more, to assist you in releasing your fears and anxieties and obtaining greater spiritual growth and transformation in your life. I’ll send more details on this exciting product as they become available!

In the meantime, if I can assist you, either through transformational, compassionate coaching, your very own customized meditation product, or something else, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’d love to assist you in the best way I can.

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

Blessings,
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, I reflect on the amazing wisdom that we can discover when we pay attention to the very youngest loved ones in our lives.

Abiding Miracles: The Wisdom of Children

Though not yet a mom myself, it rarely fails to amaze me just how perceptive, wise and full-hearted children can be. I’m primarily speaking of children who are younger than school age. These wonderful kids play with abandon, move and grow in abandon, and love in abandon. They rarely judge, and just as rarely fail to share what’s in their minds and hearts with others. I find their openness so utterly refreshing, and I think that those of us who are adults could do well to learn from the openness, honesty and love shown by these little teachers.

It’s easy to become jaded by the violence, oppression and anger that can be found in every corner of our world. From the war raging in Iraq to the hunger and poverty of South Africa and the unhappiness and “isms” to be found in our own cities, it’s difficult to escape from it without becoming angry and disgusted. And yet, I’ll never forget watching a segment on TV once in which three children living in the heart of Jerusalem were interviewed. One child was Jewish, one Christian and the third Muslim. Despite the turmoil of their own country, each child, no matter her religion, remained open to freely loving those of other religious beliefs. When asked how they would choose to bring peace to the world, each stated that they’d laugh and play together in joy, and refuse to have conflict with one another’s personal belief systems. Each also added that they could all share and learn from one another’s personal ways of believing and thinking about spirituality, God and the world at large.

The adult in me thought “Oh, this is beautiful but totally idealistic, and could never happen, of course.” However, there was a part of me, which was profoundly touched and moved by the deep compassion of these children. A part of my soul found itself whispering, “Why can’t we enact this wisdom in our world?”

As I thought about it further, I realized that in some ways, it’s easier to tell ourselves that we can’t change anything, that we’re only one person, that it simply isn’t possible. And yet, children have not yet forgotten the power of miracles, the wonder of openness and the transformational nature of friendship and love. They haven’t forgotten these things because they live them every single day within their innermost hearts.

It is my belief that somewhere, nestled within each adult heart is the hope, wonder and eagerness of the children we once were. Somewhere tucked away in the deepest recesses of our beings we still hold the total belief in the impossible, the miraculous and the power of love over all things. Will you join me in trying to recapture these inordinate truths that are so gracefully encapsulated in the words, thoughts and deeds of so many of the world’s beloved children?

Let’s try to remember, when we’re feeling frustrated, hopeless or depressed about the world’s circumstances, that we can make a difference… we can remember to find the miracles that lie upon our paths… to laugh as much as we can, to find joy in life, and to love with openness and compassion. Let’s take a lesson from the children of our world, and recognize that, like them, with some love and some effort, we can learn to work and play in harmony with one another.

KIM RECOMMENDS

For this month’s Kim Recommends column, I want to recommend a wonderful musician who I’ve recently discovered. Her name is Sharon Drury, and she’s a pianist and composer whose original instrumental music is truly inspirational. Sharon’s CD’s promote relaxation, relieve stress and are very healing and soothing. In addition to her stunning original CD’s, Sharon also has created two CD’s of Christmas music, a CD of hymns and a CD of Celtic music. And since I’m getting to know her, I can promise you she’s just as wonderful as her music is.

If you need to relieve stress, gain relaxation or bring some peace into your life (and who doesn’t?), then definitely check out Sharon Drury’s music. She has some amazing discounts available on her site. Please visit Sharon
and if you like what you hear, please purchase some of Sharon’s music for yourself and your loved ones.

HOPE AND HEALING

All of us need to take the time to be gentle with ourselves. Therefore, in the first issue of each month, Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong will include tips with which you can nurture, pamper and transform all aspects of your life. Enjoy!

Need a Hug?

I recently watched a story on Good Morning America (a large national morning news broadcast here in the US), in which a recent high school graduate named Jordan, decided to walk the streets of New York City and ask people for a hug. I found myself wondering, “If a total stranger walked up to me on the street and asked me for a hug, would I give them one?” I certainly hope I would! Apparently quite a few New Yorkers felt the same way, because of the people Jordan asked if they would give her a hug, 43 declined and 42 hugged her.

Hugs can be wonderful gifts in many situations. They can give us encouragement, bolster our confidence and make us feel good in general. I’ll never forget meeting my first college roommate for the first time, and instead of shaking hands, we gave one another a warm hug. Cheesy as it may sound, I think it was an awesome way to begin our relationship. We remain good friends to this day.

Who do you know who could use a hug today? If you know someone who could, why not offer him or her one? You just might make their day, and make yourself feel great, in the process.

Here’s a sweet little poem I discovered about hugs. Click here to read it.

Big hugs to you!

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.

A Prayer For The Children

We pray for the children
who sneak popsicles before supper,
who erase holes in math workbooks,
who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who never “counted potatoes,”
who are born in places where we wouldn’t be caught dead,
who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for the children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.

And we pray for those
who never get dessert,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can’t find bread to steal,
who don’t have rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
whose monsters are real.

We Pray for the Children
who spend their allowance before Tuesday,
who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed,
who never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
who squirm in church and scream in the phone,
whose tears we sometimes laugh at and
whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those
Whose nightmares come in the daytime,
Who will eat anything
Who have never seen a dentist,
Who aren’t spoiled by anybody,
Who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
Who live and move, but have no being

We pray for the children
Who want to be carried and for those who must,
Who we never give up on and for those who don’t get a second chance.

We pray for those we smother and for those who will grab the hand of
anybody kind enough to offer it.

Note: this poignant prayer was taken from:
www.salsa.net/peace/prayer13.html

HEARTSONG REFLECTION

Until our next issue, try looking at life with the wonder of a child, and see what amazing changes of perspective happen for you. And if you find that you need a hug, ask for one, or share one with someone else. You’ll feel better because of it!

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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