Heartsong Issue 3, June 4th, 2006

HEARTSONG, ISSUE 3, SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2006

Welcome to Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong!!!

In This Issue:
Quote From The Heart
A Note From Kim
From The Lighthouse, With Love
Hope And Healing
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. Today, I have chosen a quote that discusses the importance of fairy tales and their role in our lives, no matter how old we are!

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.””When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”
~Albert Einstein~

A NOTE FROM KIM

Welcome to today’s issue of Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong! I hope the weather in your part of the world is as beautiful as ours here in western North Carolina. The birds sing their joyful chorus from early morning until way past sunset, the thermometer is hovering at about eighty degrees during the day, and the arrival of Summer is imminent. Memorial Day has come and gone, and I spent a good deal of that day reflecting upon our soldiers and their families. It amazes me that June is upon us! Time certainly does fly, doesn’t it?

Next, a huge apology if you had trouble reading the last issue! We goofed, for which we sincerely apologize! Many thanks to those of you who let us know about the problem. We hope we’ve corrected it for this and all future issues!

I mentioned my teleclasses in the last issue, but I wanted to specifically mention that my class on Intuitive Guidance is coming up on June 13. In it, we’ll talk about how to recognize your intuitive guidance, how to tell what is your fear talking instead of your intuition, and ways you can harness your intuition in everyday situations. It will be a lot of fun, and I hope to meet many of you there! Oh, and this class is free! For details on this and all my other upcoming classes, visit:

http://www.kimloftis.com

and click on “Classes And Events.” You can register for any class right there on the site! Come join in the fun!

I’d also like to announce that my spiritual sister and friend, author Cate Cavanagh, is generously offering copies of her acclaimed book, “Gifts of The Spirit”, for free, in ebook form! It’s a marvelous book that I am sure you’ll treasure. For information on how to get your copy, please email Cate at:
quantumspirituality@yahoo.com
Put something like, “Free Ebook”, in the subject line. I know you’ll love it!

Finally, I’d be honored and grateful if you would please rate Spiritual Serenity Spiritual Serenity Heartsong at the Ezine Finder:

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Well, enjoy the rest of today’s issue, and happy June!

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 the wonder and power of fairytales, and how they can benefit us in our everyday lives, no matter what our age may be!

The Practical Magic of Fairy Tales

As a child, nothing delighted me more than being told a fairy tale. I adored imagining those enchanted castles, dashing princes on their snow-white chargers, and the ever so evil witches who tried so hard to destroy the beautiful damsel, but always failed. I use to make up my own fairy tales to complement the ones I knew and loved so well, and I can’t express how much I enjoyed living in that world of magic and fantasy that those beloved stories created for me.

But we don’t have to be children to still enjoy the wonders of a fairy tale. They can lift our spirits, bring us hope, and even help to mend our broken hearts. When in doubt of finding true love, why not remember Cinderella, who rose above adversity to eventually live happily ever after. When you’re having a particularly strange or confusing day, think about dear Alice, who was more than a little baffled by her adventures in Wonderland. Or, on those days when you can’t seem to look at yourself in the mirror, think of our friend the ugly duckling, who turned into a beautiful swan, and discovered his true beauty.

You may be scoffing at this suggestion. Life isn’t a fairy tale, after all. But think about it for a moment. These scenarios above make us smile, bring us hope, and remind us of innocent bliss. Fairy tales help us to keep our sense of childlike wonder. Through remembering and telling these stories, we keep our imaginations alive and well. They assist us in remembering that there is happiness in the world, and if we have enough courage, dream enough, pray enough, and believe, then we can find true happiness. Fairy tales remind us that love not only exists, but also thrives. Love is within each and every one of us, just waiting to be shared with others. Like in Cinderella, we can act as someone’s fairy godmother or fairy godfather, assisting them in growing and teaching them that they are truly worthy of love and blessings. Imagine how delightful it could be to watch someone blossom through your gift of love? Is that not a blessing? All of us can make such a difference! All of us can help others to discover happiness.

Fairy tales can remind us of the magic that is all around us. They help us to gaze in awe at nature’s beauty, and smile upon seeing the playfulness of the children and animals around us. These wonderful stories help us to sustain and maintain balance. They encourage us to have fun, to love for the sake of loving, and to believe in our dreams! They help our inner child to come out and play.

What are your favorite fairy tales? How might they begin to inspire you in your life at this very moment? Listen to your heart, and never give up on your hopes and dreams. Like Cinderella, love awaits you. But you don’t need a magic wand to turn your pumpkin into a glorious coach. Simply ask God, Spirit, your inner self, to assist you in whatever way you need, and then take the steps you are guided in taking, to begin to make your happily ever after, a reality.

HOPE AND HEALING

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

The Sweetness of Victory

Let’s face it, there are days when we’d simply prefer to pull the covers firmly over our heads and snuggle up all day, free from the world and the craziness involved in taking it on. We’d much rather stay in bed with a good book, our trusty remote, a cup of coffee and a couple of doughnuts for company. Having emotions and thoughts such as these is quite normal, as long as they aren’t a daily or nearly daily occurrence. Plain and simple, there are times when we just don’t want to get out there and do what society says we’re supposed to do.

When we battle feelings such as these, consider a few points. Are you in your current job, relationship, or location because society says that’s where you should be? Are you plastering a smile on your face because you are supposed to do so? Are you making a point to find happiness and fulfillment within your current life and circumstances?It is so vitally important for each of us to honor ourselves and our thoughts and feelings. If you have a day once in a while when you just want to pull the covers back up to your chin and stay in bed, ask yourself why you want to do so? Can you afford to do this? If you can, why not honor that emotion and do it? If you can’t, at least take a moment to honor the feeling. Say, “Okay, I don’t want to get up. I recognize that.”

If you’re in a job, relationship or other situation, which causes you unhappiness, seek ways to bring more fulfillment into your life. For instance, if you wake up and don’t want to leave your cozy bed to go to a job you dislike, think of a way you can reward yourself at the end of the day for getting out and facing the world. Find a hobby, make some new friends, or go out and do something fun. Above all, remember that there are such things as small victories. Though they may be small, they are victories nonetheless. Perhaps facing your day is a victory. Perhaps lying in bed is a victory. Or maybe finding a new passion is your personal victory. These victories can serve as very sweet spots in the fabric of life. Recognize and celebrate them!

How are you being victorious in your life today?

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.

Nature’s Decorations

Well, June is upon us, and I can hardly believe it’s here already. Why not decorate your home with Mother Nature’s bounty? I found this wonderful project, written by Glenna Morton, on how to make a fruit centerpiece to grace your home. Enjoy, and happy creating!

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 to 15 minutes

  1. Decide on the color scheme of your table setting. This will depend on the china and linens you’ll be using.
  2. Find an appropriate bowl, platter, or basket to hold the fruit. The container should fit comfortably in the center of the table.
  3. Measure the height and width of the container.
  4. Go to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Decide which fruit will look best with your color scheme. All of these will work well: lemons, oranges, pears,apples, grapes.
  5. Before purchasing fruit, take a look at a bag of the fruit and compare it to the measurements of your container. Buy enough to fill your container nicely.
  6. To arrange fruit in the container, first pad the bottom if necessary (some baskets have rough areas that may pierce the fruit, so cover with a smalltowel or piece of foam.)
  7. If you find you don’t have enough fruit, then build up some padding at the bottom of the container first. Towels, crumpled newspaper, and even styrofoam peanuts can be used for this purpose. Cover these with leaves or moss, then add fruit.
  8. Mound fruit into the container. On the top layer, arrange fruit so it is set securely on the fruit below it. (Use small toothpicks to secure it if necessary,so nothing rolls around.)
  9. Clip leaf branches into small sprigs. Insert these around the edge of the container. Then insert a few leaves between the fruit on the top layer.
  10. Set finished container on your table.
  11. Keep cool if possible, to lessen chance of deterioration.
  12. Check fruit every few days to make sure it is still fresh and firm.
  13. Dismantle arrangement as fruit begins to age.
  14. Clean container thoroughly before putting away.

Tips:

  1. Coordinate linens and china colors to the fruit purchased.
  2. Using a large bowl of one type of fruit looks terrific. However you can also mix fruit types for a “still life” type of arrangement.
  3. Keep fruit cool if possible, and away from heat sources.
  4. Check periodically for freshness.

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.

Dear God, please help us to honor our feelings and ourselves in general. Assist us in recognizing our victories as we travel life’s path, no matter how small they may seem. Thank you for teaching us the importance of play and imagination in our everyday lives. We are so grateful to be your children. Amen.

HEARTSONG REFLECTION

Until our next issue, take time to reflect on your victories, and honor yourself in some special way. Read some fairy tales, or better still, tell them out loud, either with the special children in your lives, or with others whom you love. Remember the importance of play!

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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