May 23, 2016

Understanding How to Hold Space

My idea of what holding a safe space for fragile life looks like.

written by Jim Tolles
[source: Spiritual Awakening Process]

Holding space is one of those terms that mystifies a lot of people. It's like, "How do I hold space exactly? Is that like taking up space?" No. Not really. Holding space is about how we learn to be with others without judgment. I'll do my best to explain this term and why it's a powerful addition to your spiritual practice.

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Letting Go of You

At the heart of the matter, you have to let go of yourself when you hold space for another. Mainly when I use this term, it's in reference to how we interact with others and situations. I suppose it could be used in reference to holding space for yourself, but that's a little bit silly. It kinda reinforces an inner duality that doesn't need to be there. Building inner space involves becoming the watcher or the witness to your thoughts. That's a step one for beginning to notice that a lot of the stuff running through your brain actually has nothing to do with you. This can be a way to develop a deeper sense of stillness, and as you come to understand this deeper space inside you, it becomes easier to let go of "you" and your ego desires and whatnot. Being able to move into this internal space is how we can hold space for another.

Holding Space: Some Key Attributes

Let me try to break this down a little bit. Here are a couple key characteristics to holding space, and I'll give an example to help solidify what I'm talking about. Some components are:

  1. Letting go of judgment
  2. Opening your heart
  3. Allowing another to have whatever experience they're having
  4. Giving your complete undivided attention to the situation/other person

Those are really the key elements of holding space. You're not trying to influence the situation. You're not trying to fix it, win at it, or affect any kind of outcome. You are simply being with it fully so that it can work itself out. This doesn't mean becoming a victim to it. Quite the contrary actually, you're very powerful in this space, and it certainly doesn't mean being hurt physically by another. By when you're deep into a space like this, you are far more immune to any "emotional" hurt than you might realize. So much of emotional hurt is just ego wounding. It's taking what someone else is saying personally. But oddly enough, what most people say about us is just a reflection of themselves. It's not personal. And while we don't turn a blind eye to everything other people are saying, we really begin to understand just how much illusion everyone else is trapped in too.

Allowing a Situation to Unfold

My example of holding space usually comes from my work with students, but I definitely do this with friends and other people in my life. The best example is when someone is expressing some pain or some difficulty. They're really upset. In these moments, I'm holding them with a lot of love and letting go of my judgments about them and the situations that they're describing. I'm not interested in fixing them, and in truth, I trust that as they allow themselves to fully express what's happening, deeper healing is already at work. Depending on how aware someone is, I speak less and less. The more of a practice they have, the more I trust in their own deeper intelligence to find solutions when and as they are needed. Holding space is truly about allowing experiences and emotions to arise and pass away. It's about making a safe space so people can actually feel their emotions and see their thoughts in potentially profound ways. All the while, I'm removing my ego as much as possible from the situation. The magic of this is that most of the time people figure out what they need to figure out, and by not repressing or avoiding their emotions, they carry much less pain in their lives.

The Magic of Holding Space and Building It as a Practice in Your Relationships

Holding space can be a lot of heart-work (I'm making a pun on hard work, here. Get it? ;). The first time that you do this and you are non-reactive to a lover's outburst or a codependent friend's tears, they may think you don't care. Far from it. You actually are caring more about them than ever before because you're not feeding their emotional issues. If anything, they now have to look at their emotional debris and own it because you're holding space as opposed to rolling around in this emotional mud with them. This can be intensely uncomfortable for the other person. It can be transformative as well, and as always, it's up to the other person in the equation to make the choice as to what results from it.

You can ever only own your pieces of the puzzle. You may want to explain what you're doing with the other person if this is the first time that you've done it. It may be a relief for the other person to not have you butt in and run their life. It cuts in many different directions, but it is always an enlightening experience in many ways--just not necessarily very comfortable ways initially. It may end relationships that don't want to evolve. Keep in mind that most people are happy living in the filth of their misery. They still want to come home and complain about how the world is dumping on them, on their ideas, and on their spiritual practices. If you don't join in with that negativity, they can get upset. They may leave. And you may need to be just as comfortable with that outcome as with the positive outcome that brings closer friendships and intimacies.

Failing at Holding Space

But stepping back from that, you probably won't be very good at holding space initially. You'll notice just how much ego shit you've still got, but this is still a worthwhile practice. I'd encourage you to find someone with whom you can practice this. You can take turns talking while the other listens. This is very similar to my blog post about the Art of Listening only with a slightly different twist. That post is about finding your voice and helping another find his or her voice. This is about how you learn to be with any story told to you. This is about how you can be open-hearted and without judgment when the worst is said about you as well as the best is said about you. But you don't need to jump that far into the fire yet.

For the most part, you'll just be hearing people talk about their own pain. See how you can be with it. See what comes up inside of you, and then you should talk about what comes up with your listening partner. Or you can journal it out if you don't feel comfortable talking about it with your listening partner. Watch what stories you project on someone and all the ways where you want to control the experience or get activated by their emotions. Any time you get upset by something, you're finding a nerve ending--a bit of unhealed pain--in yourself. It's a powerful practice to develop this awareness so that you can be with more and more people and all the stories and wisdom and lies they share. You can begin to find out what's true for you and help them find their own inner peace if you can stop, hold space, and trust the situation to unfold as it should.

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USA: Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

Instructor helps a student participating in a woodworking manufacturing training program in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg Charlie Negron

Forbes Magazine Online
written by Nicholas Wyman
September 1, 2015

Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenches learning a craft such as woodwork or maybe metal work, or any one of the hands-on projects that characterized the once-ubiquitous shop class.

But in the 1950s, a different philosophy emerged: the theory that students should follow separate educational tracks according to ability. The idea was that the college-bound would take traditional academic courses (Latin, creative writing, science, math) and received no vocational training. Those students not headed for college would take basic academic courses, along with vocational training, or “shop.”

Ability tracking did not sit well with educators or parents, who believed students were assigned to tracks not by aptitude, but by socio-economic status and race. The result being that by the end of the 1950s, what was once a perfectly respectable, even mainstream educational path came to be viewed as a remedial track that restricted minority and working-class students.

The backlash against tracking, however, did not bring vocational education back to the academic core. Instead, the focus shifted to preparing all students for college, and college prep is still the center of the U.S. high school curriculum.

So what’s the harm in prepping kids for college? Won’t all students benefit from a high-level, four-year academic degree program? As it turns out, not really. For one thing, people have a huge and diverse range of different skills and learning styles. Not everyone is good at math, biology, history and other traditional subjects that characterize college-level work. Not everyone is fascinated by Greek mythology, or enamored with Victorian literature, or enraptured by classical music. Some students are mechanical; others are artistic. Some focus best in a lecture hall or classroom; still others learn best by doing, and would thrive in the studio, workshop or shop floor.

And not everyone goes to college. The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that about 68% of high school students attend college. That means over 30% graduate with neither academic nor job skills.

But even the 68% aren’t doing so well. Almost 40% of students who begin four-year college programs don’t complete them, which translates into a whole lot of wasted time, wasted money, and burdensome student loan debt. Of those who do finish college, one-third or more will end up in jobs they could have had without a four-year degree. The BLS found that 37% of currently employed college grads are doing work for which only a high school degree is required.

It is true that earnings studies show college graduates earn more over a lifetime than high school graduates. However, these studies have some weaknesses. For example, over 53% of recent college graduates are unemployed or under-employed. And income for college graduates varies widely by major – philosophy graduates don’t nearly earn what business studies graduates do. Finally, earnings studies compare college graduates to all high school graduates. But the subset of high school students who graduate with vocational training – those who go into well-paying, skilled jobs – the picture for non-college graduates looks much rosier.

Yet despite the growing evidence that four-year college programs serve fewer and fewer of our students, states continue to cut vocational programs. In 2013, for example, the Los Angeles Unified School District, with more than 600,000 students, made plans to cut almost all of its CTE programs by the end of the year. The justification, of course, is budgetary; these programs (which include auto body technology, aviation maintenance, audio production, real estate and photography) are expensive to operate. But in a situation where 70% of high school students do not go to college, nearly half of those who do go fail to graduate, and over half of the graduates are unemployed or underemployed, is vocational education really expendable? Or is it the smartest investment we could make in our children, our businesses, and our country’s economic future?

The U.S. economy has changed. The manufacturing sector is growing and modernizing, creating a wealth of challenging, well-paying, highly skilled jobs for those with the skills to do them. The demise of vocational education at the high school level has bred a skills shortage in manufacturing today, and with it a wealth of career opportunities for both under-employed college grads and high school students looking for direct pathways to interesting, lucrative careers. Many of the jobs in manufacturing are attainable through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and vocational programs offered at community colleges. They don’t require expensive, four-year degrees for which many students are not suited.

And contrary to what many parents believe, students who get job specific skills in high school and choose vocational careers often go on to get additional education. The modern workplace favors those with solid, transferable skills who are open to continued learning. Most young people today will have many jobs over the course of their lifetime, and a good number will have multiple careers that require new and more sophisticated skills.

Just a few decades ago, our public education system provided ample opportunities for young people to learn about careers in manufacturing and other vocational trades. Yet, today, high-schoolers hear barely a whisper about the many doors that the vocational education path can open. The “college-for-everyone” mentality has pushed awareness of other possible career paths to the margins. The cost to the individuals and the economy as a whole is high. If we want everyone’s kid to succeed, we need to bring vocational education back to the core of high school learning.

COSTA RICA: Mount Turrialba Volcano East Of San Jose Violently Erupted On Saturday May 21st, Spewing Ash Nearly Two Miles High



5/16/2016 -- Global Earthquake Forecast -- West Pacific, Europe, Americas
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Hell opens? Costa Rica volcano erupts, spewing ash, column of smoke (PHOTOS) Click HERE to see images of volcano eruption.

National Geographic
written by Rachael Bale
Saturday May 21, 2016

A volcano in central Costa Rica is spewing smoke and ash 9,840 feet (3,000 meters) into the sky, sending hundreds of people to the hospital with breathing difficulties and forcing dozens of flights to be diverted.

The volcano, called Turrialba, is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of the capital city of San José. According to local reports, buildings there are blanketed in ash and the air reeks of sulfur.

Costa Rica is home to dozens of dormant volcanoes, but Turrialba is known for its more regular activity. Twice last year, eruptions shut down the airport in San José because of low visibility. The latest volcanic activity began on May 16 with an explosion of gas and ash, according the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program, and several long-lasting and strong earthquakes have been recorded.

Even with this history of activity, the eruption happening as of May 21 is particularly strong.

“It seems to me to be the strongest [Turrialba] eruption in the past six years,” volcanologist Gino Gonzalez told reporters at a press conference.

Turrialba is what’s known as a stratovolcano, a conical-shaped peak akin to Mount St. Helens in Washington State and Mount Etna in Italy. These are the deadliest volcanoes. When a stratovolcano explodes, toxic gases and hot volcanic fragments can race down the mountainside with hurricane force.

Turrialba is 10,960 feet (3,340 meters) tall and covers more than 190 square miles (73 square kilometers), making it one of Costa Rica’s most voluminous volcanoes. Tourists used to be able to hike into the main crater, but the trail has been closed for some time due to increased volcanic activity.

INDONESIA: Mount Sinabung Volcano On Sumatra Island Violently Erupted On Saturday, Killing Seven And Leaving Others Fighting Life-Threatening Burns.



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The Business Times
written by AFP staff
Monday May 3, 2016

KARO, Indonesia - Indonesian rescuers searched for survivors in scorched villages and devastated farmlands Monday after a volcano erupted in clouds of searing ash and gas, killing seven and leaving others fighting life-threatening burns.

Witnesses have described sheer panic as waves of gas and fine rock were unleashed from Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island Saturday, consuming farmers trying to flee the slopes of the highly active volcano.

The fast-moving flows - reaching temperatures of up to 700 C (1,300 F) - incinerated livestock and left homes blackened and peeling.

Agustatius Sitepu, the head of the local military in Karo district where the volcano is situated, arrived to scenes of chaos as rescue crews raced to reach those left alive.

"The villagers who managed to survive were running around in panic, trying to save themselves," he told AFP on Monday.

"There were only a few dozen. They were terrified. They were covered in ash." The eruptions were so violent that townships as far away as 12 kilometres (seven miles) were covered in thick layers of ash, he added.

Those worst affected were all farming within the "red zone" - an area four kilometres from Sinabung declared off limits by authorities - when the volcano erupted.

Six bodies were recovered Sunday, with three others rushed to hospital suffering horrific burns.

One of the victims succumbed to their wounds by nightfall, taking the official toll to seven, local disaster mitigation agency chief Nata Nail told AFP on Monday.

"Two more remain in the intensive care unit, suffering burns to 90 per cent of their body," he said.

Footage showed their clothes blackened and hanging off charred limbs as rescue teams brought them by stretcher to hospital.

Mr Nail said rescue teams were still finding survivors on Sunday during sweeps of homes and farms in Gamber village.

Residents were ordered to evacuate Gamber in late 2014 due to the unacceptable risk from lava flows, dense ash and falling volcanic rock.

But some grew tired of living in temporary shelters and began returning to their farms for economic reasons, despite repeated government warnings.

"We hope because of this disaster, those living near Sinabung, and tourists, will realise that Sinabung is still very dangerous," Mr Nail said.

Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years. After another period of inactivity it erupted once more in 2013, and has remained highly active since.

Sixteen people died during a particularly fierce eruption in 2014, and Sinabung remains at the highest alert level.

TIBET/NEPAL: First American Woman Summits Everest Without Oxygen

Melissa Arnot broke her own record for most Everest summits completed by an American woman in history. Photo: Dave Morton

Outside Magazine Online
written by Devon O'Neil & Grayson Schaffer
Monday May 23, 2016

Melissa Arnot became the first American woman to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen Monday, climbing the 29,035-foot peak’s northeast ridge from Tibet. It marked the sixth Everest summit for Arnot, 32, whose prior five summits came via the more popular South Col route in Nepal.

Of the 7,001 Everest summits going into this season, according to the Himalayan Database, only 193—or 2.7 percent—did not involve supplemental oxygen. Above 26,000 feet, in what’s known as “the death zone” the human body can no longer acclimatize to the altitude. In order to function at that elevation, most people need to use tanks of supplemental oxygen in order to maintain circulation, stay warm, and maintain mental and motor skills.

“Plenty of people talk about doing it, but getting it done is actually quite rare and impressive,” wrote guide and 15-time Everest summiter Dave Hahn in an email to Outside. “It wasn’t accidental that she succeeded. Melissa made the commitment and put in a ton of flat-out hard work over the years to make this happen.”

Arnot had been trying to summit Everest without oxygen for years. She came agonizingly close in 2013 when she and her climbing partner, Tshering Dorje Sherpa, made it to 27,900 feet, where they encountered an unresponsive Sherpa. They remained to assist him for an hour. By the time they continued their ascent, Arnot was too cold to safely proceed without supplemental oxygen. She also traveled to Nepal to attempt a “no O’s” ascent in 2015, but the catastrophic April 25 earthquake ended the climbing season early.

This time around, Arnot kept her plans a secret, telling friends that she was instead guiding a young climber on Lobuche. Instead, she and boyfriend Tyler Reid set up camp on Everest’s north side in Chinese Tibet. Reid climbed with oxygen and Arnot without. The two reached the summit at 12:30 p.m. on May 23 local time and made it back to high camp at 27,000 feet. Their summit came three days after Nepali climber Lhakpa Sherpa recorded her seventh summit of the world’s highest peak—the most by a woman in history.

Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen in 1978, debunking a myth that it would be impossible to do so. Ten years later, Lydia Bradey of New Zealand became the first female to do it, at age 27.

The title of first American woman to climb Everest without oxygen had been one of the greatest prizes still available on the peak, largely because mountaineers do not consider a summit official unless the climber returns safely. In 1998, Hawaii-born Francys Arsentiev reached the summit without oxygen or Sherpa support alongside her Russian husband Sergei, but she died on the descent. Her plea for help to South African climber Cathy O’Dowd as she lay dying 790 vertical feet below the summit—“Don’t leave me”—became famous for exposing the self-sufficiency required to climb Everest. (Sergei also died on Everest, apparently in a fall while trying to rescue his wife.)

“This has been an emotional journey, to say the least,” Arnot said in a press release issued by her primary sponsor, Eddie Bauer. (Arnot had not answered an interview request from Outside by the time this story was published.) She added: “Climbing Everest without supplemental oxygen has been a goal of mine for a long time. When you succeed at reaching your goal, it makes you reflect on the hard days, the work, and lessons I’ve learned along the way.”

Sagittarius Full Moon This Past Weekend May 21st/22nd Was A Blue Moon by Kelley Rosano


written by Kelley Rosano
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The Sagittarius Full Moon on May 21 is a Blue Moon. There will be another Sagittarius Full Moon on June 20. This Full Moon is at the beginning of Sagittarius. The next one will be at the end. The Sun is in Gemini. It is bringing to light what you think. How you perceive information. What you think is what you become. Think and grow rich. Whatever you can think and believe. You can achieve. Believe in your dreams coming true. Believe in the power of your mind. Change your thoughts and you will change your world.

This Full Moon is in a grand square. This happens with the Sun Gemini. The Moon is in Sagittarius. So is Mars and Saturn. Challenging Jupiter in Virgo. Neptune is in Pisces. He is strong here. Neptune rules Pisces. Neptune is perplexing all of them. The test will be to balance your need for freedom with your duties. There will be a tug of war between keeping the status quo verses your risk taking. Without risk, there can be no reward. You are playing it too safe. Then you are not taking enough risks. This is a dynamic Full Moon. It effects many areas of your life. This is where the action is this year. We have been building towards this time.

The Saturn Neptune aspect is creating a frenetic energy. This may make for extreme restlessness. You may experience scatterbrains. Indecisiveness. You can feel pulled in numerous directions. You may have too much on your plate. Less is more. Make friends with the word no. No is your friend. No, I am not available. No, I cannot do that for you. You need to do that for yourself. Allow other people to solve their own problems. Focus on what you need. What do you want? This may sound like a simple question. Think about it. What do you want? Do you need more freedom? Do you need more time to play?

Saturn Neptune aspects are weird. They do not like each other. Saturn loves to build structures. Neptune loves to dissolve them. When you put these two together, it is like water and oil. They do not mix. This energy can find you in a state of chaos and confusion. Am I coming or going? Am I making progress or am I falling behind? This Moon requires you to be who you really are. Be authentic. Be true to yourself. Yes, consider the needs of others. But do not let others needs trump what is right for you. Come from your soul desires. Your soul knows what you need. Saturn requires you to be realistic. Be practical. Be grounded. If you are tired rest. Take plenty of catnaps. These energies can be exhausting at times. It will take time to get used to the higher vibrations. It is not the time to push yourself. Focus your energy. Work while you are strong. Rest when you need it. Listen to your body. It is your messenger. What is it telling you? Saturn restricts the energy of the Sun. This is so you prioritize what is important for you and what is a distraction. Yes, this energy is challenging. On the other hand, you can make your dreams come true. The Grand Earth trine is strong at the Full Moon. Read the Taurus New Moon to learn more.

“Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — Buddha

Do not worry about the future. Be here now. Your power is in the here and now. When you go out into the future, you are not there yet. You have no power there. This will scare you. Your power is in the choices you make today. Allow the future to take care of itself. Watch out for overloading yourself. Trying to do too much can be exhausting. You can feel pulled into too many directions. Take your time and set your priorities. Less is more. Work less and make more time for you. Work less and make more life for you. Work less and make more abundance for you. Do what makes you happy. Make sure you are including you in your life. Where are you out of balance? This Full Moon will show you where you may have gone to the extreme. Are you tired? Are taking enough time for you? Without you, what do we have? You are here to be happy. You are not here just to serve. You are here to live your Best Life.

Neptune governs the oceans. He is the God of the seas. Neptune takes you on journey into the mystical realm of God. There are no boundaries. There are no limitations. You are free to create with your mind. Neptune steps up your vibration. You see into higher dimensions. It can increase your psychic abilities. Empowering your future vision and your dreams. You are to make your dreams real. Be magical. Come from your Higher Self and not your ego. It is a dance. Move with the fluidity of Neptune. Do not be pulled by the undertow of illusion. Reality is but a dream when Neptune is challenging you. Make sure that what you are doing is right for you. That you are not in denial of the truth. What is real? What is an illusion? This will be your challenge. Discernment and patience will guide your way. If something seems too good to be true, it is. If someone seems too good to be true, he or she is. Neptune loves to cast spells. Love’s illusion may be potent at the Full Moon.

Mercury moves direct on May 22. Yippee! This is good news. You may want to give yourself a couple of days before you launch into your new plans. Or sign on that dotted line. The messenger needs time to get his head on straight. Mercury direct is a welcome relief to the delays. Frustrations and miss-communications that have been ripe since the end of April. The pace of activity will pick up in the weeks ahead. Mercury is in Taurus. He is forming a beautiful aspect to Pluto and Jupiter. This keeps the Grand Earth Trine going through the end of May. Planting seeds in the fertile ground for your benefit. These will come to fruition in the weeks and months ahead. There are many blessings here for you. Let go of what is not working for you. You are to focus your energy on what is working for you.

Life is moving at the speed of light. Do not forget to include you in it. “Detach. Hold things loosely. Trust in your ability to accept change. Be here NOW. Your power is in the present. Now is to have your focus as you move into a deeper but higher state of existence. Thank you for being you. You do it so well.” –Ivo/Lisa Dorr This is the secret sauce for your success. Use the light of the Full Moon to empower you. You want let go of the life you have planned, so you accept the one that is waiting for you. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to other people. “Kindness is the language, which the deaf can hear, and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain Remember that we are all doing the best we can, with what we have. Those that know better do better. Show up do your best and let go of the rest. Be Blessed. Be safe. Be well. Be kind. Be here Now. Stand your ground. You are loved. All Are One.

“There is nothing for you to go back and live over, or fix, or feel regret about now. Every part of your life has unfolded just right. And so —now — knowing all that you know from where you now stand, now what do you want? The answers are now coming forth to you. Go forth in joy, and get on with it.” — Abraham

Love and Peace,
Kelley Rosano

May 21, 2016

Set Your Loving FREE ~ by Lisa Stansfield


This is another great song I need to share with you! The lyrics are beautiful... ♥ Enjoy! ♥

Set Your Loving FREE ~ by Lisa Stansfield

Baby don't go
You've nearly shown everything you are to me
Darling don't stray stay here with me
Because that's how it ought to be
You've come this far to see who you are
See the love inside yourself
So don't be afraid I'm holding your hand
Just let the love run freely through me

You're so tangled up in love
Searching for your soul, searching for yourself
So tangled up in love
That you can't see anything else

My oh my
Do I have to tell you how to live your life
Ooh baby don't you know, now that your mine
You've got to set your loving free

My oh my
Do I have to tell you how to live your life
Ooh baby don't you know, now that your mine
You've got to set your loving free

Tell me you see all we can be
That we can be magical
Throw off your pride and show me inside
Show me what your frightened of

You're so tangled up in love
Searching for your soul, searching for yourself
So tangled up in love
That you can't see anything else

My oh my
Do I have to tell you how to live your life
Ooh baby don't you know, now that your mine
You've got to set your loving free

You're so tangled up in love
Searching for your soul, searching for yourself
So tangled up in love
That you can't see anything else

My oh my
Do I have to tell you how to live your life
Ooh baby don't you know, now that your mine
You've got to set your loving free

This Is The Right Time To Believe In LOVE ~ by Lisa Stansfield


Okay... so I'm still binging on Lisa Stansfield's music. This is such a great song I had to share this good feeling with you! ;)  I listen to her music every day in my car and at home. I LOVE her, her voice and her music!

So get up off that couch or computer chair and start dancing!!! Turn up the volume and let the music flow through you... ♥ Enjoy! ♥ :)

This Is The Right Time ~ by Lisa Stansfield

This is the right time to believe in love

Everyone knows
If you don't demand, it shows
That you understand the LIGHT
Shining inside us
It's more than tonight
It's forever more, it's right
When there's someone there 'til the light
To hold you close

You know it's all you will ever need,
'Cause you're seein' LOVE, and seein' it clearly
There's no doubt about it, you just have to shout out

This is the right time
This is the right time
I can see it in your eyes
This is the right time to believe in LOVE

Everyone knows it's a special thing, it's a love
that will never, ever be wrong, 'cause this love is strong

You know it's all you will ever need
'Cause you're seein' love, and seein' it clearly
There's no doubt about it, you just have to shout out

This is the right time
This is the right time
I can see it in your eyes
This is the right time to believe in love

This is the right time
This is the right time
I can see it in your eyes
This is the right time to believe in love

So when you know that there's someone you want
And you want them so tonight, more than you've ever done anyone

You know it's all you will ever need
'Cause you're seein' love, and seein' it clearly
There's no doubt about it, you just have to shout out

This is the right time
This is the right time
I can see it in your eyes
This is the right time to believe in love

This is the right time
This is the right time
I can see it in your eyes
This is the right time to believe in love

Well, do you believe, baby?
'Cause I believe, baby
Do you believe, baby?
Believe in love

This is the right time
This is the right time
I can see it in your eyes
This is the right time to believe in love

We've Got To Live together If We're Gonna Be FREE!


I just returned home after out running errands. I was blaring this song on my car stereo while I was driving around town, tears streaming down my face. It was on repeat! Enjoy... ♥

When Lisa Stansfield released her first album "Affection" in 1990, I was 20 years old and thought romance whenever I heard this song. Although now, this song has such profound meaning to me. I think of Americans and then I expand my vision and heart and think of THE WORLD.

Live Together ~ by Lisa Stansfield

Spoken:
This is all we need, to be FREE,
TO UNDERSTAND, and find the answer
So let's do it now, let's do it RIGHT NOW...

We've got to live together if we're gonna BE FREE
We've got to FIND THE ANSWER RIGHT NOW
We've got to live together
We've got to SEE EACH OTHER for whatever we are
We've got to solve the problem
Together
We've got to live together

Take a look at me, I'm the honest kind
When I say it, I mean it
I swear I need you all my life
All WE NEED is sympathy, if we want to change our minds
This is no second thought, this is for ALL TIMES
All my life

This has got to be FOREVER
Whatever
Whatever's come, whatever's been,
It's livin' life for what we see
Promise not to lose our hope
We

We've got to live together if we're gonna BE FREE
We've got to FIND the answer RIGHT NOW
We've got to live together
We've got to SEE EACH OTHER for whatever we are
We've got to SOLVE the problem, RIGHT NOW
We've got to live together
Live together

We're gonna give it ALL that we got
We'll believe it whether or not
Loving ourself and loving our hearts
Love is seein' all that we are
We're gonna do it, do it right now
LOVE IS THERE, IT'S SHOWING US HOW
WE CAN DO IT, we can live together

You don't need no reason to hold your head up high
A little pride so you can justify your whole life

This has got to be FOREVER
Whatever
Whatever's come, whatever's been,
Livin' life for what we see
Promise not to lose our hope
We

We've got to live together if we're gonna BE FREE
We've got to find the answer RIGHT NOW
We've got to live together
We've got to SEE EACH OTHER for whatever we are
We've got to solve the problem
Together
We've got to live together

Full Moon In Sagittarius This Weekend, On May 21st/22nd. Live Your Truth, Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone by Tania Gabrielle


Full Moon Message May 22: Live Your Truth
written by Tania Gabrielle
[source: CrystalWind.ca]

On May 21 we welcome an invigorating FULL Moon in Sagittarius.

It happens at 10:14 pm Universal Time (that’s in London), and 5:14 pm in New York (Eastern time) and 2:14 pm Pacific time – May 22 in Asia and Oceania.

This will be the first of TWO consecutive Full Moons in Sagittarius (the second happens on June 20).

What’ so exciting is that a highly fortunate Grand Trine with Jupiter and Pluto (activated during the New Moon on May 6) is being lit up in lights AGAIN!

There’s a big emphasis on bringing your life into balance, on being true to yourself and living your Truth… a powerful yin-yang rebalancing energy is happening in your life – as feminine Venus conjuncts the masculine Sun and they lie opposite masculine Mars in a very close conjunction with the feminine Moon.

This will be the first of TWO consecutive Full Moons in Sagittarius (the second happens on June 20).

At 1° Sagittarius with the Sun at 1° in Gemini, this Full Moon carries a very activeenergy.

With May’s 14/5 Universal Month energy setting the stage for liberation and joy,the opportunities for growth and abundance are great!

Enjoy the Freedom, Fun and Fabulous Shifts.

Have a beautiful Full Moon!
Tania Gabrielle

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written by Tania Gabrielle

The Full Moon is upon us! Tomorrow, May 21 (May 22 in Asia/Oceania) we’ll be celebrating Sagittarius and the fortunate blessings of Jupiter.

Our feelings will be really expanded – as Mars will be exactly conjunct the Moon driving your energy to a place of emotional catharsis.

With Mars in retrograde motion and about to enter into Scorpio in a few days (Mars is the ancient ruler of Scorpio) where it will hang out for a few months, we’ll be revisiting the past – especially our relationships, by reflecting deeply on how we are utilizing our precious energy in all our personal connections.

Mars joining up with the Moon also means it is opposing the Sun – inviting us firmly to bring our energy into balance.

How are you allocating your energy? Are you conserving as much as sharing?

With Venus conjunct the Sun opposite the Moon/Mars… well, let’s just say you are fully immersed in very personal relationship themes in all parts of your life right now!

To bring things to a crescendo we have a powerful T-square between Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius), Saturn and Neptune – a strong invitation to breathe, be patient, look within and explore closely what we really want to manifest in our lives – to be REAL – to make WISE choices.

May is a 14/5 Universal Month – an exhilarating energy of freedom surrounds this full moon.

The overarching theme is that you are to get OUT of your comfort zone.

If you stay in your comfort zone, you won’t ever truly know who you are. Your soul wants to EXPLORE itself fully at all times! That means you need to be open and willing to take risks!

The number 14/5 helps you pivot, bend, shift, move and explore NEW ways – so you go beyond your comfort zone.

Be true to Who You Are.

No matter what that looks like, no matter what that means.

It’s the easiest way to BE!

Look, if you try to live something you’re not, if you try to satisfy some false image imposed on you through conditioning and cultural expectations, if you try to be something that’s not natural to you, you’ll live a life of sorrow, regrets and misery – and that totally defeats the whole purpose of living!

It’s like walking through life in a pair of shoes that don’t fit. It hurts!

Express yourself however you’re comfortable.

Wear the shoes that fit your soul.

Express your feelings, your thoughts, be completely in the moment – totally authentic. Always.

Never make excuses for expressing your true joy.

Mercury is stationing direct right now, not moving at all during these next three days. Mercury, the Messenger it at its most powerful.

And Mercury’s message while joined with Sagittarius and Jupiter is:

Live Your Truth.
  • Living your Truth shifts you from the inside out day by day, moment by moment.
  • Living your Truth is how you grow and get out of your comfort zone.

If you stay in your comfort zone you don’t grow… you don’t learn, you don’t know who you are.

Don’t ever hold back.

Don’t give any attention to anyone else’s judgment or opinion of who you are being, who you are.

People judging you are only reflecting their own fear of growth, that’s all.

Allow them that freedom.

Just as you allow yourself the freedom to explore and be true to yourself.

Free yourself from being in any way attached to anyone else’s opinion of you! Just flow with the goodness of life! Welcome the bounty that’s within you – you, a divine being, know the goodness is eternally present!

Trust ALL is well, my friend.

It always is, when you live your truth.

Love and Blessings,
Tania Gabrielle

“A Time To Let It Go" - A Double Dose Of Sagittarius (Full Moon In May And June 2016)

A Double Dose Of Sagittarius
(Full Moon In May And June 2016)
written by Starlight Coach
[source: CrystalWind.ca]

We follow a Western calendar but we fail to ask why. This year in particular highlights the importance of moon cycles and how we should also recognize the value that Mother Nature has bestowed on us by starting and ending our month with a new and full moon. Moon cycles are important, whether we tune into the moon through a spiritual practice or more of a scientific method, it helps provide us with emotional and intuitive insights for our lives. The moon is historically associated with feminine attributes such as emotions, intuition and healing. It is also an excellent process to assess our wellbeing. A New Moon is a time to set new goals, wishes and dreams. The Full Moon is about letting go of anything that no longer serves us. It is a very practical skill to review, tune in and release every month in order to better understand where we are on a deep intuitive level. Regardless whether or not we choose to delve into our spiritual side – the moon cycles are great reminders to check in every month with our soul.

The month of May and June both have Full Moons in Sagittarius. This energy provides us a double dose of emotional and intuitive insights in Sagittarian matters. During these cycles we can improve our lives by expanding our awareness and seeing the bigger picture by using Sagittarian themes like seeking higher truths, faith, education and philosophy. The Full Moon in Sagittarius this May 21/22, 2016 is also a rare Blue Moon which is asking us to see the bigger picture and to check into our beliefs and ‘Let Go’ of perspectives that may be hindering us from expanding our consciousness to universal views. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter which is about expanding our awareness and also by Saturn which is asking us to ‘Let Go’ of all that hinders our ability to follow our truth and higher awareness. Saturn can be a restricting sign by cautioning us in ways we think is unfair, but really this time around it will be revealing to us (in a very beneficial way) everything that hinders us from living at a higher level of consciousness whether it be relationships, careers or home life.

That being said, the themes for these Full Moons are definitely a call from the universe saying “Let it go!” There may be literal or figurative quantum entanglements happening in our lives at this time. Where our home life is impacting our ability to choose a career we love or vice-versa. So let go of whatever is holding you back and trust that the universe has your back if you choose to live your truth, with a sense of adventure in mind and faith – as a Sagittarian would.

The Full Moon in May is aspected by the Mars (which is in Retrograde) and will be in opposition to the Sun in Venus. Mars is a fiery energy that may be steaming things up for you inside and because Mars is also in retrograde it is asking us to use this energy to tap into both our emotional and intuitive nature. What is it that really inspires you? What truly makes your heart burn with passion? Are your beliefs or perspectives aligned to these higher truths inside you? What is holding you back from truth and love? Venus when in the Sun will make harmonious aspects for us in our physical lives, but there may be some passions stirring deep within us yearning for something more.

Communication and mental agility is also a theme for June. Mercury will be moving direct on May 22, 2016 so our communication will speed back up. We may feel we are communicating more with others over the next month. Also, people will generally be more able to share and understand Sagittarian philosophical perspectives because Gemini, known to have a quick mind, is able to grasp these ideas quickly. In particular, this can impact our love lives, our goals and wishes and areas of our lives that require business partners and open communication channels. For instance, the Sun is in Gemini from May 20, 2016, Venus moves into Gemini on May 24, 2016, the New Moon is in Gemini on June 5th and Mercury moves into Gemini on June 12th, 2016.

The pivotal point of the whole year lands on the choices and wishes we vocalize to or with others around the time of the New Moon on June 4th, 2016. Gemini is a mutable and playful sign but it can have a dual nature (sign of the twins) so this energy may be looking for us to pair up with someone, like twins, in order to make our dreams a reality whether it be in business or in love. Also, during this time there is a pivotal Grand Cross in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius). The energy of this Cross is one that highlights our whole year and is asking us to be flexible in our choices and our thinking. This is another highlight of the Sagittarian Full Moon theme.

The Grand Cross is symbolic of an Ezekiel prophesy and in Kabalistic literature the planets are symbolically related to the following: Jupiter in the lion, Saturn in the eagle, Neptune in the man & the sun, moon & Venus in the bull. This is symbolically alluded to by the prophet Ezekiel “…as for the likeness of their faces they four had a face of a man, a face of a lion, on the right side & they four had a face of an Ox on the left side they also had a face of an eagle.” Basically, what this Grand Cross or Ezekiel may have been depicting here is that we may be stretched in many areas of our lives and we are to expect major life changes during this time which can impact our own life path, our relationships, our domestic life and career. So whatever event or decision comes up for us around this time, it is best to use both an adventurous mindset (Sagittarius) and Gemini (partner-up) approach. Later on June 13th, 2016 Neptune, the planet that rules dreams and fantasy, goes retrograde so it will be a time to stop dreaming but actually living our reality because the “Grand Cross” changes are happening to help us finally make our dreams into reality. And by the Full Moon on June 20th, 2016 we can see some of our dreams coming true.

We can all thank the moon on this one – because as they say. It only happens once in a blue moon!

Many blessings,
Starlight Coach

May 15, 2016

12 Wonderful Quotes By Johann von Goethe ♥


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered the supreme genius of modern German literature. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, philosophy, and science. His Faust has been called the greatest long poem of modern European literature. Goethe's other well-known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. [source: wikipedia]

12 Quotes by Johann von Goethe
  1. The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

  2. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

  3. We must always change; renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.

  4. As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

  5. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

  6. A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.

  7. Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

  8. A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.

  9. Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.

  10. First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.

  11. Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.

  12. Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
BONUS

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

BONUS BONUS

Every day we should hear at least one little song,
read one good poem,
see one exquisite picture, and, if possible,
speak a few sensible words.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son Shows God's Unconditional Love And Everlasting Mercy

sermon by Mary Fairchild
[source: Christianity.about.com]

Scripture Reference: Luke 15:11-32

The Prodigal Son - Story Summary:

The story of the Prodigal Son, also known as the Parable of the Lost Son, follows the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. Jesus is responding to the Pharisees' complaint: "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

Jesus tells the story of a man who has two sons. The younger son asks his father to give him his portion of the family estate as an early inheritance. Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a distant land and begins to waste his fortune on wild living. When the money runs out, a severe famine hits the country and the son finds himself in dire circumstances. He takes a job feeding pigs. He is so destitute that he even longs to eat the food assigned to the pigs.

The young man finally comes to his senses, remembering his father. In humility, he recognizes his foolishness, decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy. The father who had been watching and waiting, receives his son back with open arms of compassion. He is overjoyed by the return of his lost son! Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a giant feast in celebration.

Meanwhile, the older son is not one bit happy when he comes in from working the fields and discovers a party going on to celebrate his younger brother's return. The father tries to dissuade the older brother from his jealous rage explaining, "You are always with me, and everything I have is yours."

Points of Interest from the Story:
  • Typically, a son would receive his inheritance at the time of his father's death. The fact that the younger brother instigated the early division of the family estate showed a rebellious and proud disregard for his father's authority, not to mention a selfish and immature attitude.
  • Pigs were unclean animals. Jews were not even allowed to touch pigs. When the son took a job feeding pigs, even longing for their food to fill his belly, it reveals that he had fallen as low as he could possibly go. This son represents a person living in rebellion to God. Sometimes we have to hit rock-bottom before we come to our senses and recognize our sin.
  • The father is a picture of the Heavenly Father. God waits patiently, with loving compassion to restore us when we return to him with humble hearts. He offers us everything in his kingdom, restoring full relationship with joyful celebration. He doesn't even dwell on our past waywardness.
  • Reading from the beginning of chapter 15, we see that the older son is clearly a picture of the pharisees. In their self-righteousness, they have forgotten to rejoice when a sinner returns to God. Bitterness and resentment keeps the older son from forgiving his younger brother. It blinds him to the treasure he freely enjoys through constant relationship with the father.
Questions for Reflection:

Who are you in this story? Are you a prodigal, a pharisee or a servant? Are you the rebellious son, lost and far from God? Are you the self-righteous pharisee, no longer capable of rejoicing when a sinner returns to God? Maybe you've hit rock-bottom, come to your senses and decided to run to God's open arms of compassion and mercy? Or are you one of the servants in the household, rejoicing with the father when a lost son finds his way home?

God's Everlasting Mercy... ♥


God's Everlasting Mercy
written by by Henry Morris III

God's mercy (and grace) is a monumental theme in Scripture, the English word appearing some 341 times in the Bible. The four Hebrew and three Greek words associated with this term appear a total of 454 times and are also translated as "kindness," "lovingkindness," "goodness," "favor," "compassion," and "pity." Of the sixty-six books of the Bible, only sixteen do not use one of these words for mercy. Even though "mercy" is an important concept, it is somewhat difficult to prescribe a definition, especially since "grace" is occasionally closely coupled with it.

However similar they may appear to be, these words are not synonyms. "Grace" is most often associated with the sovereign dispensing of totally undeserved favor, and is specifically connected to salvation. "Mercy" is more often connected to the withholding of judgment: "For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment" (James 2:13).

Psalm 136 repeats the theme "for His mercy endureth forever," each of the 26 verses listing incomparable aspects of God's kindness to us. As all of us begin the season of thanksgiving and celebration of God's bounty and provision (both physical and spiritual), join with me in refreshing our knowledge of His mercy.

God is good!

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22-23).

"The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works" (Psalm 145:9).

"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart" (Psalm 37:4).

God is above all and sovereign!

"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity...because he delighteth in mercy.... He will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea" (Micah 7:18-19).

"The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children" (Psalm 103:17).

Because He is the "King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God" (1 Timothy 1:17) and He is "the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords" (1 Timothy 6:15), we should therefore "give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever" (Psalm 136:3).

God does great wonders!

The creation of the universe stands out among all of the religions of the world as unique to the God of the Bible. It distinguishes all of the principalities and powers of this universe from the One who created the heavens and the earth (1 Corinthians 8:5-6). We cannot even understand the triune nature of God apart from what He has revealed of Himself in the creation (Romans 1:20). The very gospel of God has its everlasting foundation in the creation (Revelation 14:6-7). God's "signature" is written throughout the universe, so much so that He used the evidence of His design and authority integrated into the ecosystems of the earth to prove His deity to His servant Job (Job 39-40). We do well to honor "him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever" (Psalm 136:4).

God is a great deliverer!

The exodus of the nation of Israel from Egypt still stands as one of the most intriguing and awe-inspiring events of history. Nothing in the annals of human events comes close to the intervention of the "I AM THAT I AM" in the affairs of nations. God came "down to deliver" (Exodus 3:8) and to display His "signs and wonders" (Exodus 7:3) "against all the gods of Egypt" (Exodus 12:12). Never before or since has God taken "him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors" (Deuteronomy 4:34).

In the context of New Testament Christianity, our God has delivered us from "the power of Satan" (Acts 26:18) and "darkness" (Colossians 1:13) into "his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). We have been set free from "the law of sin" (Romans 8:2) and from "this present evil world" (Galatians 1:4) to the "glorious liberty of the children of God" (Romans 8:21). The same God who "overthrew Pharaoh" is the Savior who will "deliver the godly out of temptations" (2 Peter 2:9) and "from every evil work" (2 Timothy 4:18) and has "given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4).

God is a great provider!

There are three specific examples given in Psalm 136 of God's sovereign provision. He protects and shelters during the "wilderness." He makes possible victories over great "enemies." And He gives "food to all flesh" The details of God's provision and the many examples in the Scripture are inexhaustible. Yet in these three areas, we find hope for any situation "in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

Were it not for the promises of deliverance from our enemies so replete throughout the Scriptures, were it not for the hope that we would see deliverance "in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13), and were it not for the confident knowledge that "evildoers shall be cut off" (Psalm 37:9), we could be in constant fear and torment. God does promise to bring us victory! We are told that He will fight for us! We are not left to our own devices! Jesus said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.... and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:18-20).

Finally, while we are never to take God's provision for granted--"give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11)--we need to be reminded that the mercy of God extends far beyond the care of His own. "He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45). God is "the God of the whole earth" (Isaiah 54:5). We often get caught up in trying to make provisions for a "rainy day" in a future that is unknowable and unsecured, but God knows that we "have need of all these things" (Matthew 6:32). Whatever our circumstances may be, God knows, understands, and will make sure that "his mercy endureth for ever"

Heavenly Father, we would give Thee thanks and praise for Thy great mercies to us this day. We acknowledge that our words are not sufficient to honor Thy majesty or our minds capable of understanding how to express our thanks. Yet we would offer them to Thee as all that our heart, our soul, and our mind can speak. Please accept them as offerings of a sweet smell before Thy throne.

Praise for the Lord’s Mercies

Psalm 103 New King James Version (NKJV)
[source: Biblegateway.com]

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.[a]
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Praise to the Sovereign Lord for His Creation and Providence

Psalm 104 New King James Version (NKJV)
[source: Biblegateway.com]

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,

2 Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,
Who makes the clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,

4 Who makes His angels spirits,
His ministers a flame of fire.

5 You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,

6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.

7 At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.

8 They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.

9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.

10 He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.

11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.

13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,

15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,

17 Where the birds make their nests;
The stork has her home in the fir trees.

18 The high hills are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.

19 He appointed the moon for seasons;
The sun knows its going down.

20 You make darkness, and it is night,
In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.

21 The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.

22 When the sun rises, they gather together
And lie down in their dens.

23 Man goes out to his work
And to his labor until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions—

25 This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.

26 There the ships sail about;
There is that Leviathan
Which You have made to play there.

27 These all wait for You,
That You may give them their food in due season.

28 What You give them they gather in;
You open Your hand, they are filled with good.

29 You hide Your face, they are troubled;
You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord rejoice in His works.

32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.

35 May sinners be consumed from the earth,
And the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!