Never Give Up

Never Give Up

  I’m listening to CBC Radio 90.7 Mornings with Raina Douris. She is doing an intro for singer, songwriter Garrett Kato, sharing how he had received a piece from a friend by the Dalai Lama about not giving up. He hung it on his wall and it helped to guide him to keep going. It would inspire his work, “River Mouth” “River Mouth is about acceptance for the people around you and the changes in life. Finding beauty in the struggle and success in the long journey.” – Garrett Kato “Pay  my respects to my enemies, for they made me who I’m meant to be.” Sometimes it’s hard to not give up. Sometimes you just want to drop it all. Compassion can be hard to muster, your heart gets hurt, too much crazy is  happening, too much nasty, way too much thoughtlessness.  Every day Ellen DeGeneres, says, “Be kind to one other.” But there are those days, you just want to say, “Screw it, what for, what does it give you?” “People continue to hurt each other.” But something in me knows and whispers to me to hang in there, we need to keep going. To keep smiling, to keep rising up, to keep caring, to reaching out to each other,  to believing in goodness.  Do not give up on you. Do not give up on each other. So find a prose to hang on your wall to remind you, a song that brings you back, a phrase to recite. Find something to lift you up. I prefer, “Illegitimi non carborundum.”  A mock-Latin aphorism for, “Don’t let the bastards...
My First Podcast!

My First Podcast!

Hi Every one, Please check out my first podcast. “Dead Set on Living” with Lyn Bravo Enjoy! Titled; “The Art of Self-Actualization and Addressing Your Karmic Debt” April 2, 2019 “Researching yourself and receiving your information, your story, allows you to step back and see the bigger picture. This gives you the opportunity to wake up and live consciously in the present. This is the focal point of this episode of Dead Set On Living as we are joined by Numerologist, Writer, Intuitive, specializing in Energy Research, pertaining to the Self in both your Personal Life and Professional Environment, Sharon Cooke. Strap in for the next 50 mins and unlock your mind!”   Photo: Lyn Bravo, “Dead Set on Living”...
I Remember Who I Am

I Remember Who I Am

There are days when Life says, “It’s time to grow.” Close up it doesn’t feel like Life is on your side. It actually feels like Life is dumping as much crap as it can on you. You’re beaten up, you’ve been told that you don’t do enough, you never get it right and you never will. You feel a failure. Then Life sends you a message from a friend. When overwhelmed and feeling like you just can’t win. Place your hand over your heart and say, “I remember who I am.” You can add or use the following separately: “I am not worry” “I am not guilt” “I am not anger’ “Born with joy, created with joy, therefore I am joy.” Now step back and breathe. Trust that what Life has sent you, you can handle, you are ready. Now embrace the experience and grow. Thank you Deb, you are truly a woman of great beauty, substance and magic. Photos; Sharon Cooke              ...
No Room for Holes

No Room for Holes

“When you wish for something you are announcing to the Universe that there is a hole in you that needs to be filled. And the more wishes that you make, the more holes you open up. There was a time in my life when I was so full of holes. I wished for a lot of things. So this is what I did.  I stopped wishing and I started saying thank you for what I already had. I started with the big things, my friends, my family, my hair. And there were also little things, like a smile from a stranger, a strong cup of coffee, not hitting one red light on my home. Pretty soon I was so full of gratitude, there wasn’t any room for holes. I crowded them all out. I don’t make birthday wishes. I want what I got. ”                           From the Film; All I Wish Director; Susan Walter Photos: Internet...
A Sunrise Prayer to Start Your Day

A Sunrise Prayer to Start Your Day

All we need is the morning. As long as there is sunrise, then there is possibility that we can face all of our misfortunes, celebrate all our blessings, and live all our endeavours as human beings. Spirituality is something that has become necessary in these trouble times. Yet it is inherently superfluous. We need it to remind ourselves, to bolster ourselves, to integrate ourselves, to fulfill ourselves. If we could simply acknowledge the mystery of night and the glory of morning, we would need neither civilization nor spirituality. At its simplest, life begins with dawn. That is blessing enough. All else becomes fullness immeasurable. At dawn, kneel down and give thanks for this wonderful event. We may think mornings are so common they are unworthy of veneration, but do you realize most places in the cosmos  do not have mornings? This daily event is our supreme goodness. Greet the dawn. That is your miracle to witness. That is the ultimate beauty. That is sacredness. That is your gift from heaven. That is your omen of prophesy. That is knowledge that life is not futile. That is enlightenment. That is your meaning in life. That is your directive. That is your comfort. That is the solemnity of duty. That is inspiration for compassion. That is the light of the ultimate. Deng Ming-Dao A Chinese American author, artist, philosopher, teacher and martial artist. Youtube videos are available  to experience. Deb, a grand friend, who when together, we engage in great laughter and stories of our experiences, shared this with me. Photos by: Sharon...
Where Are You Right Now?

Where Are You Right Now?

I look at this photo that was shared on Facebook and I think. She remembers how to do it. She’s still got something precious that many of us have lost. She knows how to be right there, in the moment, present, awake and aware of exactly where she is. Allowing herself to feel, to really feel. Giving herself permission to take it in and absorb what she is witnessing into every pore of her being. The moment may be fleeting, but all she is experiencing will be in her human time line forever. What she will take away on her way back to her life will be far more than a Facebook posting. The Moment.  Are you in it or are you somewhere else? Are you plugged in to something other than where you are? Are you busy attempting to capture something or are you living it? Are you looking down and wildly moving your thumbs to choose a cute emoji to go with a message or are you looking at what is in your sights? Where are you? Are you here? Or are you there, in a somewhere that is just not about the now that you are sadly missing. The woman in the photo is absorbed in the present, she is soaking it in and recording it in her memory. Later she’ll glow as she very likely exaggerates all she witnessed and how she felt and weave a story in the sharing of an experience. Sunday night I took my grandson Sam to see the fireworks. He’s one of my mates. I used to drag my daughter...