give: little notes of giving & love

I gathered some great inspirational quotes and images from Google for you. Hope you enjoy them and take them if they resonate with you and share with whomever you wish. Please click on image to view the full photo.

learn & love: your mate is your mirror

loveartYour mate reflects you like a mirror. Take note. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Good moments, good traits, good emotions are easy to trace back to you. However, it seems the bad and the ugly are oftentimes dismissed towards the other. Let’s dig into how the cracks in the mirror are part of the reflection for two people in a relationship.

It is so easy to blame the other in anger but it is best to use that energy to look within to see how you match the other person’s flaws.

Sometimes, two people in a relationship have the same issue but have two totally different ways to express it. For instance, two people may feel insecure. One controls what the other person is doing while the other one is following along to keep the peace in the relationship. The actions are different but the root is the same. This is one mirroring effect in relationships.

It is so easy to hold bitterness when a relationship ends and to say he or she is no damn good but it is better to use that energy to recognize both sides of the relationship and how you contribute to the result.

Let’s take the same example: it would be easy for the controlled one to hold bitterness once the relationship ends and say it is all that person’s fault that he or she is broken. However, one came to the relationship already broken or else one would not have accepted the other’s controlling ways from the get go. Let’s be honest. It’s not easy to swallow the truth sometimes but it is always necessary in order to truly heal. This process does not mean one blames everything on oneself and negates the other’s part but it does mean one holds equal responsibility for the relationship. Once one sees the reflection, one can see their own self a lot clearer and take note of what is needed to change or improve in order to have a healthier relationship the next time. If this does not happen, one will fall into the same relationship pattern over and over again, hoping for a different result–insanity at its finest.

It is easy to play the victim in a relationship but it is wise to be the victor in the situation.

It is so much easier to point the finger at the other as if one has no power energetically while with that person. Everything and everyone has an energy frequency and we align to energy that is similar to ours whether it’s high one day, low the next; we sense, we feel, we create the visuals, the emotions, the life that plays around us so of course, in an intimate relationship, both parties are playing a crucial role in its display. To hand out your powerful role to the other is not fair to yourself. One positive way to grab that power back is through compassion, forgiveness and appreciation. Forgive yourself. Forgive the other (for your sake). Find compassion towards yourself and towards the other (for it is obvious that person needs it just as much as you for you two are mirrors). Appreciate the experience the two of you shared and the lessons that came with it. Now, this does not mean that one has to make any contact with the other at any point, nor have to share their compassion, forgiveness and appreciation with that person. This action can be (and probably should be) an inner process for one to start healing those cracks in the mirror so the reflection is clearer and you find someone that mirrors you the way you wish to see yourself.

be active: notice the signs

natureI usually do not really put my own story into a posting but for this particular one, I will have to do just that. Lately, I’ve been praying for guidance, compassion, forgiveness and understanding due to a personal situation that occurred in my life. I had (and am still having) a multitude of emotions and I let them flow through me because it’s easier than to fight against them. I’ve also been learning to appreciate my feelings when they show up as if they are all beautiful colors that I’m painting on this canvas called life. And I remember specifically asking for God, angels, archangels, ancestors, transcended loved ones to help me through this because I needed (and always will need) a spiritual community to sustain some level of peace. So through these prayers, I’ve began to notice signs whether it was a facebook posting or a youtube video or a text message or a friend telling a story, or a song that popped up on my iTunes or a random conversation and these signs held little nuggets of wisdom that aligned with my recent prayers. I’ve been trying to recognize and thank the spiritual community for these signs. One sign just happened a few minutes ago. I was randomly watching a wonderful roundtable interview with nominated actresses and Lupita Nyong’o, the fine actress in 12 Years A Slave, stated a quote from Khalil Gilbran which resonated with me so I decided to immediately search on google for the quote and what I found was one of the most profound pieces of wisdom that has the perfect words I need at this particular moment. I wanted to share it with you as an example of what happens when you pay attention to life and you notice the signs that the Universe, the Source, the Spiritual Community brings when you are in a space of hurting and healing. I know I did not come across this at this moment by coincidence. I hope this resonates with you as much as it did with me.

On Joy and Sorrow
Kahlil Gibran
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater thar sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.


listen & love: all i have

All I Have
by India Shawn featuring Hit Boy and James Fauntleroy

Might not have much now
not having much is enough somehow
sometimes I don’t know how
so I look to the sky and I pray to the clouds
I’m just sitting here with my friends
wondering when the world’s gonna end
’cause I’ve been just in the sky for fame
and heaven ain’t got no baggage claim

All I have is all I need
All I have is all I need

Everybody talking bout cash and bitches
do something dishes go from rag to riches
’cause don’t nobody wanna be broke no more
and it seem like more than half the population poor
and I heard them say the dollar was the root of the evil
but the lack was really gotta hold the people
no job no degree but you can still get the lesson
if you ain’t counting paper, better count your blessings
you better count your blessings

All I have is all I need
All I have is all I need

Have you ever seen real love,
I mean real love
I mean you don’t know what see but you could feel love
this is chill love, colder in December
I mean the last time that I felt that I don’t remember
too much time thinking of what these others wanna see
when all that I have is right in front of me
I just smoke a blunt or three
hope the Lord to cover me
but my own mind covers me I want too much
i lust for for trust
then I lust for sluts
’cause having the world is not enough
but having a plug to get in the club
’cause you know promoters gets all in your focus
but I’m not here to judge I’m just here to love
if you don’t find within you’ll find it above
I find the love, I find the love
’cause it’s all about love


be inspired: be as free as the breeze


Breeze buzzes by, cooling off those hot and humid moments. Breeze moves through all forces effortlessly with no second thought. Breeze is the coolest part of winds without a big fanfare, humbling itself to only short seconds. Breeze is the comfort that wraps itself with loving arms. Breeze is carefree with its style, letting nature move its life. Be as free as the breeze and you’ll see how beautiful life can be.

give: give, give, give.


Withhold that want to receive for a second and just

give, give, give.

Stop yourself from being right in the moment and just

give, give, give.

Pause your expectations for a minute and just

give, give, give.

Let go of petty arguments and disagreements and just

give, give, give.

Show love and respect and just

give, give, give.

Be kind love and just

give, give, give.


learn & love: the hard part about happy

yellow abstract

art by yours truly

Looking for happy? Relating to another for happy’s sake? Buying the latest to feel happy? Climbing the endless corporate ladder to reach happy? Reading someone’s unhappy to falsely gain happy?

Happiness is not a location, a person, a job, nor a thing. It is a state of mind but oh how we forget this very important fact. We can be happy at any moment, anyplace with anyone and anything if we ARE content within and we can be unhappy at any moment, anyplace with anyone and anything if we ARE miserable. The choice is up to us. Think about it. There are a lot of miserable rich people and there are a lot of happy poor people. Two people can be at the same place, going through the same thing and come away with two completely different perspectives–one pessimistic and one optimistic. The place and the action did not determine the results of the person’s emotions attached to it. The emotions were all the individual’s choice based on their “beingness.” Whenever we are in a sticky situation or a struggle of some sort, we usually ask “What are you going to do?” but the real question is “How do I wish to be in this moment?” If you wish to be happy, then start being happy. Sometimes, it is that simple but that’s the hardest part about it because we love to make our emotions complicated and that is okay. We are just enjoying our spectrum of colors and splashing them about on life’s canvas but if you desire one particular color like yellow? Then you have to focus on that color and paint with only shades of that color. It’s a choice. A hard choice sometimes but always a choice.

be active: create something out of nothing


There is nothing more magical than the moment when a person and God, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Universe, Angels, Archangels, Ancestors, the Source work together to create something out of nothing. And if you pay close attention, you’re creating all the time–moments, memories, minutes, etc. as well as art, film, stories, paintings, etc. So this action is something you always do and don’t even realize. However, if you are not happy with what you have been creating energy wise lately, then maybe you could channel energy differently by creating something you would be happy with like a loving phone call to a friend, or a silly text message to a mate, or a random night out by yourself or a song or a drawing or a poetry book, etc. Whatever it is, be totally in the moment while creating and be proud of yourself at the creation once finished. You made that. You are that damn powerful to create that. Be in awe of it and own it completely. Rejoice in it. Allow the energy to lighten your heavy heart. Be moved by it. Celebrate it. Be thankful for the trust God had in you to co-create this masterpiece.

listen & love: the heart of life

The Heart of Life
by John Mayer

I hate to see you cry
Lying there in that position
There’s things you need to hear
So turn off your tears
And listen

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No it won’t all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good

You know, it’s nothing new
Bad news never had good timing
Then, circle of your friends
Will defend the silver lining

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No it won’t all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood
But I know the heart of life is good
I know it’s good


be inspired: doingness vs. beingness

This Is The Warning 3 by Cameron Gray

This Is The Warning 3 by Cameron Gray

If you think your life is about DOINGNESS, you do not understand what you are about. Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living-and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you’re BEING while you’re doing whatever you’re doing. It is a state of BEINGNESS the soul is after, not a state of doingness.

- Neale Donald Walsch

Find more incredible art by Cameron Gray HERE.