Reaching for Orange at Common Ground Community Kitchen in the Ville!

Exciting news! My new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, is now for sale at the counter of Common Ground Community Kitchen!

Locals, I highly recommend lunch at Common Ground, where they serve really delicious plant-based lunches. They sell out quickly so it’s best to pre-order before 11am. Sign up for the weekly menus here: Common Ground Weekly Menus.

Thank you so much, Peggy and Mychele!! 🙂 🙂

Bright Blessings to All Beings!

 

Defining Your Purpose

“Could this be one way of saying what our purpose on earth might be: To give my whole self, attention, good cheer, and desire to do what is right and good into the stream of life for the service of others? What purpose in life helps me to get up each morning and move into my day?”
~ Sister Jane McConnell, O.S.F., in her book Daily We Seek You: Reflections and Prayers for Individuals, Caregivers, and Ministry Teams

 

Dear readers,

How do you define your purpose? Has your sense of purpose changed throughout your life?

On August 10th in my post “The Helper Who Helps the Helpers” I shared that my current roles were blogger, author, and hospice volunteer. Well, shortly after writing that I had to take a leave of absence from the hospice volunteer work due to the Fibromyalgia flare-up, which is still going on. Dealing with chronic illness and not being able to work is seriously challenging my sense of purpose! So I am asking this question: “What is my aspiration and purpose, now and next?”

For now, I am still a blogger and author, but I need some income!* As a spiritual helper, I work for God and for the Forces of Goodness, and as Sister Jane wrote in the reflection above, I desire to “give my whole self, attention, good cheer, and desire to do what is right and good into the stream of life for the service of others.”

Given my physical limitations and ongoing challenges with accepting things as they are now, it is hard for me to get up in the mornings feeling good cheer, but I am determined to master this situation and to somehow be of service to others.

Do you wake up in good cheer? What purpose helps you get up each morning?

I hope you found this post helpful…

With much love,
Teja

 

* If you are able to make a contribution to my writing work, I will be so grateful. Here’s the link: Donate.

 

Photo by Melanie Kreutz on Unsplash.

 

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel Peace and Harmony in Your Life

 

May you feel connected to the sources of the foods you eat.

May you feel compassion for all the creatures of the land, sea, and air.

May your weekend be blessed with tender moments of heart-softening love.

May you feel peace and harmony in your life.

 

Dear readers,

If you haven’t already, please read my recent post “Peacefully Sourced Holiday Meals” and consider sharing it with others. The animals, fish, and birds thank you!!!

With compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo of turkeys by Perkons on Pixabay.

 

Silence with a Peacock

“When the peacock has presented his back, the spectator will usually begin to walk around him to get a front view; but the peacock will continue to turn so that no front view is possible. The thing to do then is to stand still and wait until it pleases him to turn. When it suits him, the peacock will face you. Then you will see in a green-bronze arch around him a galaxy of gazing, haloed suns. This is the moment when most people are silent.”
~ Flannery O’Connor, in her story “The King of the Birds.”

 

Dear readers,

How do you feel when you look at this peacock? If you were standing face-to-face with him, would you remain silent?

With awe for this wondrous bird being,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by Siddhant Kumar on Unsplash.

Light Your Fire and Keep It Lit

There is one pure love energy connecting everyone and everything. Called by many names, and perceived in many ways, this love consciousness pervades our world. Some people conceive of it as a Divine Fire, and they see that all beings contain divine sparks within them… Do you sense the sparks within you?

Sometimes the troubles of life can overwhelm those sparks and make us feel murky or watered down. Can you relate to that image?

During the difficult times, it is super important to light your fire and keep it lit… Understanding that led me to make this meme:

LightYourFire_LittleVisualsPexels_StarFireTeja

 

Is your Fire lit?
What are you feeling on fire about? 💖🔥🔥

 

(Orange Fire photo by Little Visuals on Pexels.)

Photo of sparkler in the woods by Jamie Street on Unsplash.