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Love Is…

“Love is the hammer that breaks the jar you are trapped in.
Love is the warm embrace of a friend who helps you hold on for another day.
Love is the breath of the Universe you find yourself in.
Love is the one who weeps when you bleed with pain your words cannot express.

Love is the presence that gently heals your wounds.
Love whispers my Dear, everything will be okay.
Love carries you through the darkest of days.
Love is Hope for a better day.”
♥written by Kerri Lynn Hays aka Kerrie UniFaith
Dedicated with Love to a beautiful friend, who lives in a world of deepest pain, but who is breaking free to live another day. To everyone who shares the pain of living with an eating disorder or who cuts to express a pain they cannot utter; I pray for your healing and peace. May all suffering end in the arms of Love. Namaste ♥
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From the One who Loves Us all ♥

When you are up to your neck
In despair…
Know that I will be there
I deeply care.

I Love you and care for you
unconditionally.
I deeply understand your pain.
I’ve been there too.I will always be here for you.
Simply Loving you.
I formed you before the world was new.
In my heart.I will never ever leave you!!
I could not.
You are a precious part of my heart.
And you always will be.”
Written with Love for someone very Dear to me.
by Kerri L Hays aka Kerrie UniFaith

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The Rivers Edge

“Scream softly into the silence
Whisper, is anyone out there?
Dive into the ocean of my soul.
It’s such a long way down
to the bottom of the river.

Deep down under the river
I am fighting myself for who I am.
I grab for the familiar to escape
drowning in that which I know I am.
To embrace myself I must take this journey.

Down, to the bottom of the river
My soul waits watching the struggle
As I die to all I am not
I can breathe again
I will rise up and be free within.

To be who I am
To Love myself again
To be free to live uncompromised
To Love another
and see myself within their eyes.

I stand at the river’s edge looking in
deep down I see all I have been
at the bottom gleaming softly
lies the key to all I can be.
Take a breath, I’m going in.”

Written by Kerri Lynn Hays aka Kerrie UniFaith

note: This poem is about my inward journey.

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The gift of friendship is one of life’s most amazing and cherished treasures. It is also one of our most sought after experiences in our daily lives. A friend is someone with whom you are able to share the adventure of your life. A true friend will be there to hold your hand when your world falls apart, and to celebrate your triumphs with you. “A true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else believes the smile on your face.” (gaiam blog) A friend is someone with whom you can safely share your heart. Friendship gives us the courage to begin, when otherwise we may never start.

Over these past few months I have been exploring the amazing virtual World of Warcraft, put out by Blizzard Entertainment. It is while playing there that I have made some very awesome friends. The entire experience has been an incredible adventure, in which I have grown as a person and discovered that not only can I learn new things, but I can enjoy life more fully as I participate in the opportunities I am given.

The beautiful gift of friendship is one of life’s most precious opportunities. Take time each day to celebrate life with your friends. The gift of your time and attention can be one of the greatest things that you bestow upon those that you know.

I deeply value all of my friends, both online and off. It is your time, your kindness and sense of adventure that has helped me to see that life at any age can be filled with joy and possibilities. With friends at your side you can face whatever storms life sends your way. In the mean time, take joy in the friends who have chosen to be by your side. Take time to let your friends know how very much you appreciate them today.

Namaste, with Love Kerrie UniFaith

When in doubt as to what to do always allow Love to be your guide.

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This morning as we took the kids to school, Katy Perry was singing her amazing song “This is the Part of Me.” As I listened to the song I began to contemplate what is the part of me that I would never ever let anyone take away from me?

To me my spirituality is most important in the sense that I see all people as an intricate part of G’D. I view G’D as an amazing, forever loving,  compassionate Being, who is very accepting of each of us right where we are. Much like a parent enjoying their children’s games as they make-believe together. I see G’D as creating this entire reality for us to explore who we are in. As we create the experiences of our lives here in this incredible physical reality, G’D is right here within us saying “Cool, you want to be that, I am that too, with you.” In other words, G’D is  a part of everyone, and experiences with you all that you create. Some of your creations do not go well, they may even be total disasters. It is from your mistakes and disasters that you learn what you are not.

At the deepest innermost part of our being we are all Love, pure complete, unconditional Love. We forget this when we accept anything less than Love as our truth. G’D is pure unconditional Love. When we realize this, and our innate Oneness with the Divine, we come home to the truest deepest part of ourselves.

Now, this is the part of me, that I never, ever, want to allow anyone to take away from me. The part of me that knows I am deeply and unconditionally Loved. I am being fully myself as G’D created me to be, when I live Love unconditionally to others as well.

This does not mean we must allow others to treat us abusively. No, because doing so does not benefit them, or demonstrate Love and Respect for ourselves. While Love accepts all people as they are, it also allows you the freedom to create a life for yourself, in which you are treated with love and respect. We are not able to fully Love others, until we fully Love ourselves.

As the great Buddha said,

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

We must balance our self-love with Buddha’s saying here that “The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me.”

In the ancient Hebrew scriptures it says in Leviticus 19:18 “”‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”
From these and many other teachings which reflect the same truth, we learn that to love others we must also love ourselves. Living by Love creates a state of balance in which we allow others to be who they are within their own creation, even as we allow ourselves to be who we are within our creation. Our interactions with others provide us many opportunities for growth; both in our understanding of who we are, and of who we are not. When we determine what we are not, we will no longer create that negativity within our experience. We will have learned that negative experiences are no longer needed. The suffering caused by these negative experiences will have served their purpose. We can choose to move on. The enlightenment of Love’s energy brings mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion and peace into our lives.
We are each a small part of the Divine. Namaste, means basically that I see (or greet) that part of you in which the entire Universe (or the Divine) dwells, from that same place within me. We are acknowledging our Oneness and our connection with the Divine.
It is this sense of Divine connection, this Oneness with all life; along with choosing to walk the gentle path of loving-kindness, and compassion for all beings, that I never ever want to allow anyone to take away from me.
What do you see in yourself that you never ever want to allow anyone to ever take away from you? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.
Namaste,
 Kerrie UniFaith
“When in doubt as to what to do, simply, always allow Love to be your guide.”

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Last night I had the wonderful privilege of visiting on the phone with one of my Dear friends from my High School days. I haven’t heard from or seen her* in over twenty years. (*name withheld pending approval to use) As I listened to her describe some of the experiences she has had; including three tours in Iraq, and the collapse of her marriage. I was deeply impressed by her courage’ and how she faced the difficult challenges of her life, and over came them. She said what helped her to heal and create the life she wanted; was to begin each day to love herself more. She took positive steps toward nourishing herself each day as her healing journey began.

For example when her feet hurt she took time to rest and soak them to help them feel better. She removed herself from negative situations both at home and work. She surrounded herself with positive people and focused on providing for her family. She often thought about her Mother and Mother in Law and all the adversities they faced and overcame to build up her courage when she felt discouraged. She purchased personal things that she normally hadn’t gotten for herself in the past;  to nurture her through the hard times. She went for walks in the fresh air, and took time to fix her hair, eat healthfully and dress well. She focused on positive measures to keep herself strong and healthy. She also never forgot her faith in God, as she has always trusted him to see her through all of life’s difficulties. Giving up was never an option.

In my experience I too have removed myself from negative harmful relationships and environments. I surround myself with positive people and I often read inspirational and self-help books. My faith in G’D has also been an intricate part of my healing journey. I trust G’D to guide and provide for me as needed in all situations. In addition I took a wonderful class called CORE, which really helped me acquire the tools I needed to begin healing myself and creating the life I want to experience. I am still learning to take physically nourishing steps to build myself up. I do follow a very healthy diet and vitamin supplement regime. I also go for walks with my children and grandchildren, and go on bike rides with my son . I enjoy playing computer games with my children; and listening to music that makes me happy. Giving up is not an option. Life is to wonderful an experience to waste being miserable!!!

My suggestion to you is take a close look at your present life experience. What is uplifting and nourishing to you? What drains you and takes away your peace and joy? Make a list if that helps you. Then start taking steps each day to create the life experience you want to have. It is your life after all, do not waste it in apathy or misery. I used to think I was trapped in the abusive domestic relationship’s I was in. I thought I did not have any options. After I attended CORE I learned I do have options. I am not trapped unless I allow myself to be. I am the one who is responsible for creating the life experience I am having. If I do not like what I am experiencing, I am the only one who has the power or the option to change it. You are never without options. You always have the option to change.

The first thing I did was leave the abusive relationship. I had left him before, and just gone back to him. So this time I not only left, I moved 1300 miles away and started a whole new life for me and my children. The old truck we made this epic journey in barely ran. I ‘d say it ran on a lot of oil (one qt per 40 miles) and prayer along with the kindness of many friends and strangers who helped us get to our destination. I thank G’D for each and every one of them!!!

As both my friend and I have experienced in very similar ways; we found that as we learned to nourish and love ourselves, our pain anger and grief became more bearable each day. For in loving yourself, you allow yourself to heal on many levels. You begin to respect yourself the moment you cease to allow others to mistreat you.

Many spiritual traditions also teach this, and encourage one to love oneself. In both the Christian and Jewish traditions one is encouraged to not harm oneself and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. The great Buddha also taught that “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

You my friend are a beautiful and unique creation. You were designed to love and be loved. The expression of Love is the most meaningful and powerful part of our entire existence. For this process to begin to function properly, you must first love yourself. Until you begin to love yourself, you will not be able to really love anyone else.

An excellent book on this subject that could help you begin your journey into love and healing, is don Miguel Ruiz’s wonderful book The Mastery of Love. I pray your journey is blessed, with all the love the universe longs to give you. Open your heart and allow your healing to begin.

Namaste, with Love,

Kerrie UniFaith

“When in doubt as to what to do, always allow Love to be your guide.”

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While searching for applicable quotes to use on my blog today as I contemplate the magic of spring and the renewal of life it brings, I came across this one by Michael Teal, I hope you will enjoy.

“Transform your thoughts and embrace love as a way of life. Your souls dance is one of great joy and by acknowledging its beauty you foster the awakening spirit and create positive outcomes in all aspects of life. The essence of being alive is to live like you mean it and transform limiting beliefs. By doing so you inspire the heart which will in return guide you along a path of bliss to a happy and passionate life.” (Michael Teal: source Gaiam quotes blog)

Truly one of the most important steps we take as we seek to transform our lives, is to begin with our thoughts. As the Great Buddha once said, “All that we are is a result of what we have thought.”

In natures cycle new life springs forth from the decay of winter. In like manner we are able to transform old decaying thoughts and beliefs, which limit and enslave us; into new patterns which free and transform us. Each day we live and breathe is an opportunity to become the loving compassionate beings we were born to be.

Today as we step into the beautiful gift we have been blessed with, I invite you to celebrate the magic of spring in your own life, as you transform your thoughts to create yourself anew. Life is a shining miracle, and each day a blessed gift.

As you observe the wonder of spring once again, allow yourself the simple joy you once held in years gone by. As children we embraced the mystery with a pure and simple joy as we observed flowers opening, birds singing, squirrels playing, and the magical grace of a butterfly first opening its wings…. Every sunrise and sunset is a banquet for your soul a feast for your eyes. Forget not the joy of the simple things.

May all your days be blessed with the  joy to be found in the mystery’s of life; in all its simple complexities. Even more so, forget not to take time to be filled with joyful awe in the loving presence of the Ever Compassionate One who makes all of life possible.

Namaste,  Kerrie UniFaith

“When in doubt as to what to do, always allow love to be your guide.”

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