You’re allowed to stop

By Toni O’Keeffe

You’re allowed to stop,
to rest,
to reflect,
and catch your breath.
Go find your sanctuary amongst the trees, under the stars, next to the lull of moving water or in a field of wild flowers or tall soft grass.
Somewhere tranquil, uncluttered, and away from the noise, where you can surrender to the sound of your soul whispering all that she wants you to know.
You’re allowed to step away from everything that ails you and everything and everyone that demands something from you. You don’t have to explain why, you may not even know why.
Give yourself permission to take a break from all of it and drown yourself in peace.
It’s in this peacefulness that the answers will come.

Toni O’K~ 🌹❤️

What will you plant today?

By Toni O’Keeffe

If you plant a seed today, its going to take time before it starts to grow.
After basking in light and drawing in the nutrients it needs the plant will begin to sprout.
When we plant a thought or an idea, or sow the seeds of love, the same thing happens.
Those seeds take time to germinate and bloom.
Be patient, all good things, ideas, creations, love and yes even you, require time to take root, grow and flourish.

Toni O’K~ 🌹❤️

Sanctuaries

When the darkness of unsettled days block your light, there is always a sanctuary of infinite beauty you can escape to that will lift your spirit and help you heal.

Go to the waters edge, breathe slowly and inhale the sweet, softness of the ocean and exhale the weight of the burdens you carry.

Find a mossy, tree lined forest path to lead you away from your busy days, far from the heaviness of whatever ails you.

Retreat to a rocky bluff and let the setting sun melt your pain and relax your worries.

Gaze into the moonlight and stardust, allowing their glow to light your way and hold your dreams until you’re ready to chase them again.

While you’re at it, climb a ladder into the twilight, touch the stars and let the magic of their brilliance warm your soul.

Nature provides the music, the colour, the awe, the sweet perfume of life, the quiet and the peace that will help you heal.

Before you return to the reality of your world, take a gratitude moment to relish in your own beauty and give thanks for the true miracle you are. Let go of toxic ties and reclaim the grace of everything beautiful that’s waiting for you.

No matter what’s blocking your path or causing you pain, you can always seek refuge in the sanctuaries’ nature offers, even if these tranquil retreats exist only in the deepest corners of your mind.
Close your eyes and go to them.
You deserve to heal❤️

Toni O’K~ 🌹❤️

You were born perfect.

By Toni O’Keeffe

You were born curious and with a strong sense of purpose. You were also born with authentic wisdom and a knowledge of what’s right and wrong. Then society changed you and slowly reset your original “factory” settings.

Our “civilized” culture has taken us away from our true nature and forced us into activities, learning, jobs, relationships, rules, beliefs and tribes that might not “feel” right for us.

These societal expectations and rules are not the truth, they are merely guidelines to achieve social cooperation. We go along with what we know is wrong for the sake of these societal rules, afraid to speak our truth as we might be shunned, disciplined, mocked, or rejected.

We witness harm, destruction, inequality, environmental ruin, greed and violations to the human spirit and other living beings every single day. Our spirits know these things are wrong, yet, for the sake of societal cooperation, we continue to outwardly accept and live these lies.

You can feel when things are not aligned to your personal wisdom, purpose and joy. When we feel sad, angry, depressed or tired, it may be that you’re off your path, wandering away from your purpose and your personal truth.

Your inner guru speaks to you through feelings, through your reaction to things and through a deep sense of knowing. We all have to tap into this knowing. We can do this by being quiet and listening to our intuition and “feeling” our wisdom.

You deserve to reset to your original factory settings, to be curious again and find your joy, your people, your purpose and YOUR truth. Don’t be afraid to challenge the beliefs and expectations that were draped upon you. In fact, you should, we all should.

Toni O’K ~🌹❤️

Stop making so much noise

By Toni O’Keeffe

We’re all so busy making noise we can’t hear the sage whispers of truth flowing from our whimsy, tired souls.

We need PEACE, We need PAUSE, We need QUIET.

When we’re busy being loud, spewing anger, hating, judging, mocking or insulting others for who they are or how they live their lives, we’re really reflecting our own fears, low self-esteem, ignorance and insecurities back into the world.

We need to be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with the rest of the world. Hate, anger, jealousy, greed, or the desire to control or change others is a reflection of what’s broken inside each of us.

At the heart of every human being, is a soul wanting to live peacefully, wanting to love and be loved. At our very core that’s who we are.
That’s who YOU really are.

If we want to fix our shattered little world, we have to stop making so much noise. We have to stop asking others to change. Individually, WE have to change. We have to change the way we look at ourselves and how we accept each other.

This little shit storm we have going on across the planet, is ridiculous and can be fixed. We’ve all been given a huge time out to go back into our corners and look inward. We’re wasting the opportunity.

If we don’t learn the lessons from this period in our history, I believe the next wave of this global “punch-to-the-gut” will be more painful than anything we’ve ever felt before. It might be a full-blown knock out.

Our souls know how to get along. Their trying to tell us to take care of one another, to be kind, loving and compassionate, all we need is the will. The problem is, we’re not all listening.

So let’s all stop making so much noise and listen to what the universe and our soul are telling us.

Really, let’s all shut the “F” up, close our eyes, inhale peace, exhale gratitude and start listening. I say that with a heart filled with love for every single one of you,
Love Toni

Rest your weary soul

By Toni O’Keeffe

I know you’re tired.
So rest your weary soul
and surrender the day.
Drown in the misty
glow of the moon.
Inhale the sweetness
of raindrops,
exhale the sweetness
of peace.
Allow the twinkle
of tiny stars to
calm your mind
and the warmth
of summer wind
to lull you into
peaceful slumber.
Like you,
the world is tired,
and like you,
she’s still beautiful.

Wishing you
Sweet and
Peaceful dreams.

Is it time to wander?

By Toni O’Keeffe

Some of us are compelled to wander, while others prefer the safety of familiar havens

I love to wander, explore, discover and be awed when I stumble across something new.

I’m a curious little beast. This quality might be the thing I love the most about myself.

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t wander towards something, turning corners, taking new paths or flipping over stones to see what I might find.

Its usually along these uncharted adventures that I find bits and pieces of myself.

If you’re tired of what’s going on in the world, confused about what you should do or say or believe, or support, or if you’re struggling or seeking purpose, get out of your own head for awhile. Go blaze a trail into uncharted territory and flip over a few rocks, you might find the bits and pieces of yourself that you’ve been missing.

Happy Trails
Love Toni 🌹❤️

*photo credit Lucy Haring🤗

We’re not here to be the same.

By Toni O’Keeffe

The sun does not twinkle like the stars.
A rose can not bloom into a buttercup.
And, you can’t yell at a tulip and demand that it grow into a daffodil, (well you can, but you’re wasting your breath).

Some flowers bloom in the spring, some bloom in the summer. Some need a little rain, some need a lot. Every flower is a miracle, even the ones we call weeds and each one will bloom when it’s their time.

The most beautiful gardens are a blend of splendid colours, varying shapes and sizes and home to an interesting collection of birds, bees, bugs and little ponds filled with all sorts of fascinating life that happily coexist.

You and I are a part of this garden of 7.5 billion little creatures splashing around in different ponds, trying to coexist.

Perhaps, if we were a little more patient, more tolerant and a little more kind towards each other we could “happily” coexist.

So can we please appreciate our unique and beautiful differences and stop yelling at each other to be the same? It serves no purpose, because in the end, we can only bloom into who we’re meant to be.

Toni O’K ~ ❤️🌹

It’s time to get out of the mud.

By Toni O’Keeffe

Hey humanity,
We’ve been in the mud long enough,
It’s time to be brave,
To find the courage to do what’s right,
To fix what we’ve collectively broken,
It’s time for each of us to do our part,
It’s time to play nice,
It’s time to grow-up.

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

Maybe……

By Toni O’Keeffe

Here’s a thought,
Maybe 2020 ends up being the best year humanity has ever seen?

Maybe because of all “this” we all end up being kinder?

Maybe, just maybe, we finally realize that what happens to one of us happens to all of us?

Maybe we realize the power that’s generated when we stand up together against evil, racism and hypocrisy?

Maybe this will be the year the world unites to save the planet?

Maybe this will be the year we all make a commitment to love thy neighbour no matter what colour their skin is or who they pray to?

Maybe in 2020 we finally realize how little we need, and humanity stops raping the planet and hurting the other living beings that share our world?

Maybe because of all this, our broken world begins to heal?

Maybe we realize we must stop putting our trust and our futures in the hands of corrupt, greedy, self righteousness, self-serving politicians and start electing world leaders that posses loving, nurturing, collaborative, compassionate hearts and spirits?

Maybe we will look through the eyes of truth and realize we are the virus the planet is trying to fight?

Maybe 2020 is the year we receive the message the universe has been trying to send us and everything changes, including us and everything is better?
It could happen.
Look around you, crazier (like bat-shit crazier) things have happened.