Writing a Book Strengthens Many Virtues

Throughout the process of working on my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, I have managed to keep the work in balance with the self-care. Daily spiritual practices have sustained me, and more than once I have witnessed myself applying a concept from the book in my life. (Watch for a future post on that!)

Admittedly, I am currently in a very comfortable living situation, and each week I am only working out in the world a few afternoons as a hospice volunteer… So, I have had the gift of time for keeping the balance with work and self-care. However, my status as a boomeranger at age 49 is not necessarily something to be proud of, and at times it has seriously challenged my sense of self-esteem. It has also given me plenty of opportunities to practice self-compassion, surrender, and humility.

Writing a book also brings opportunities for strengthening many virtues. Over the past few weeks I have faced a few delays to getting my new book published. Naturally those delays are teaching me patience, as well as strengthening my surrender, humility, and self-compassion.

And, a couple of weeks ago I sent an email letter to more than 100 friends and family, explaining that I need approximately $300 more to complete the first phase of launching my new book, and only three people have replied… And only one of them said she is sorry she cannot contribute. Well, needless to say, that experience has been a golden opportunity for strengthening my surrender, humility, self-compassion, and self-love.

The process of writing and publishing a book is a lot of hard work, on many levels. It takes a lot of inner strength. And, it strengthens many virtues!

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StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May Your Spirit Sing!

 

May you know who you truly are.

May you feel fire sparks of Divinity illuminating your mind.

May your weekend be blessed with uncommon happiness.

May your spirit sing!

 

Baltimore Oriole photo by Robert Mulvihill.

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel At Ease

 

May you magnetize just what you need to feel powerful self-love.

May you feel comfortable inside yourself.

May your weekend be blessed with an abundance of healing energies.

May you feel at ease.

 

 

Photo credit Mehdi Torabi on Unsplash

 

 

“I can’t wait until…”

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “I can’t wait until…” ?

How often do you think that you can’t wait until something is over, or you can’t wait until something arrives, or you can’t wait until that next fun event happens?

Is the path before you clear, or is it filled with uncertainty?

Sometimes pondering the questions is even more helpful than knowing the answers.

The wise ones teach that happiness is found in the present moment… and yet, it seems to be our human nature to ruminate about or to relish things in the past, and to worry about or to look forward to things in the future.

When you cultivate the witness consciousness, you simply watch your thoughts, and whether or not they are in the past, present, or future, you just love yourself for being human, and you accept your thoughts just as they are.

Those feelings of self-love and self-acceptance bring happiness.
Can you feel that now?

 

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Tulip Fields image from Public Domain Pictures

 

 

 

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel Love For All Creatures

 

May your compassion increase.

May your self-love deepen.

May your weekend be blessed with something that replenishes you.

May you feel love for all creatures.

 

 

Image of cardinal with white spring blossoms from Public Domain Pictures.