I wish you Love

By Toni O’Keeffe

February 13, 2020

Valentines day brings with it warm thoughts of romantic love, candy hearts, bouquets of roses tied up with lace, softly lite restaurants filled with couples sipping champagne and nibbling chocolate dipped strawberries off the tips of each other’s fingers.

While this might describe the Hallmark ideal of a perfect valentine’s day, most of us will not experience it this way – at all.

Some will dart to the drug store on the way home from the office in hopes of finding a card with something that “adequately” describes how they feel about their beloved partner. They might also pick up a couple scratch and win tickets and a bag of liquorice(because all the chocolate is gone) to add weight to their claim that some thought went in to expressing their feelings on this, “the day of love”

Some will spend all day preparing oysters and braised Lamb Shanks from “the Seduction Cookbook”, set their table with the best china, red linen and light the cinnamon candles they got last Christmas in hopes of re-igniting a spark that will lead to a romantic tryst with the one they love.

Others, okay moi, will sit at home, curled up with our favorite pets, watching hallmark movies and eating frozen pizza or tuna out of a can. And, I’m okay with that.

Regardless of how you spend your Valentine’s Day, my wish for you is that you do reflect on love. Not just romantic love, but a love for all things and all people, a love that is kind, authentic, brings you joy and extends beyond a single day each year.

I wish you a love that allows you to feel safe and secure in who you are and inspires you to grow into the best version of yourself. A love that celebrates soul-to-soul connections with no expectations only an enduring appreciation, acceptance, respect and admiration for the beautiful, perfect and unique soul that you are.

If you have found the one that sets your heart on fire, makes butterflies dance in your chest and stars shine in your eyes, hold them close and give thanks for the gift of this love every single day.

For those still in search of an epic love, I hope you find the kindred flame, the one that will settle your soul, captivate your mind, make your body tingle and your heart sing.

Most of all, I wish you a love of self, where you see yourself as worthy and deserving of all that is beautiful and good. A love that allows you to be kind and gentle with your heart and spirit as you fully surrender to this amazing journey of life that you are on. Yes, that’s the kind of love I wish you – not just today or on Valentines day, but every day.

Alright I’ve got big decisions to make.

Tuna? Pizza? Hmm, Pizza with tuna?

Happy Valentines Day

Love

Toni ~🌹❤️

Making Peace with Nature

February 10, 2020

By Toni O’Keeffe

Those who spend time in nature, come to understand that there is great healing and peace when we ground ourselves in the natural world.

We also come to understand that we are not separate from the natural world, we are a part of it.

This planet gives us everything we need. The air we breathe, the water that gives us life, soil to grow our crops and even medicinal remedies to heal our bodies. 

We are the only species on the planet that takes more than we need, this greed is impacting humans and the other species that share our world. We are literally killing the hand that feeds us and killing ourselves at the same time.

As we have become more disconnected from the natural world we see more people hurting. There’s more illness, pain, suffering, loneliness, mental health issues, chaos, violence, corruption in the world then there ever has been. You can find evidence to support this in research done by many institutions; one for example is Berkeley’s study on “How modern life became disconnected from nature” ( link below)

This disconnection is unhealthy for all of us. There are generations of people that have never been on a walk through the forest, or seen ocean waves crash on to the shore line. They have never grown a plant and never seen where their food really comes from. We owe our children and grandchildren an understand of how interconnected their mental, physical and spiritual well-being is with nature.

Once we make peace with nature, and the fact that we are apart of the natural world, I think we will make peace with ourselves. Then maybe the planet and our human tribe will heal and survive.

On that note I’m going to hug a tree and thank it for the air I breath🤗 🌲

Toni O’Keeffe

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_modern_life_became_disconnected_from_nature

What if it was a blessing?

What if, that horrible thing you went through

was a blessing, a lesson designed to give you,

strength and an awareness of that type of pain?

So you’re prepared to hold up others when they meet this pain on their path. Just as others met you.

🌹❤️

You were born with a gift.

You were born with a gift. One thing (or maybe two)meant to inspire, teach or bring joy to others. A gift that only you can share.

It might be found in the art, music, writing or things you create.

It could be in your ability to be compassionate, kind, to heal or make others smile or laugh.

Perhaps you are meant to be a life teacher, a guide, a builder, a person that serves or helps others by listening, understanding or caring.

It’s in you. Even if you have not found it yet, IT IS IN YOU.

That amazing gift that is yours alone, find it, and unleash your magic into the world. And that my beautiful soul friend, is when you will shine your brightest.

(c) February 3, 2020

Toni O’KEEFFE ~🌹❤️

The imprints we leave.

By Toni O’Keeffe

We leave an imprint on the world every single day.

It might be;

~ a smile left on a face,

~ a warm feeling left on a soul,

~ thoughts and images created in a curious mind,

~ bruises to an ego or,

~ aches in a heart.

Our words, our acts and deeds leave others with impressions that can imprint feelings, wisdom, emotions or pain that can last a lifetime and remain long after we’re gone.

Let the sum of all your days, paint a masterpiece that awakens beautiful memories and smiles in the hearts and minds of every life you have touched.

Toni O’Keeffe

(c) February 1, 2020

The power is in YOu

By Toni O’Keeffe

The power is in

YOU !

Not in an idol

Not in an invisible entity

Not in another person.

It’s In

YOU!

If it’s going to happen,

you’re the one

that will make it happen.

You are the most powerful being

in YOUR universe.

You always have been.

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

Stillness, is necessary.

Stillness, is necessary.

More solutions are found upon calm, still waters, than upon turbulent, chaotic seas.

It is in stillness that we are fully awake and can see, hear and think more clearly.

Allow yourself to be still.

Especially during life‘s greatest storms, allow yourself to be still.

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

The Path

~ On day everything appeared to be different, brighter, better.

The gentle whisper of her own voice greeted her with love, replacing the harsh voice of criticism that had been by her side for so long.

Her heart softened.

Her soul wept tears of peaceful release.

Finally, she knew who she was and what she was here to do.

And so, in that moment, she began to live that life.

The life that was intended for her. The life she had been waiting for, but had been too afraid to live.

The noise of other’s would no longer guide her.

She would be guided by her deepest wisdom and an inner peace that had been calling her for years.

Finally, she realized that the path she had been on, was the path that led back to herself.

She smiled, let down all her walls and let her light shine.

~ this is the happy ending I wish for every soul that is hurting, confused or lost.

We are all on a path back to ourselves.

It’s along this path that you will find the light you seek🌟.

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

PAUSE

Pause.

Close your eyes.

Take in three slow, deep breaths.

As you breath in, inhale the belief that you are worthy of love, happiness, healing and all good things.

Accept that your hopes and dreams will come true.

Allow the essence of this belief to seep into every fibre, every thought and every corner of your mind, body and soul.

As you release your breath, exhale all doubt, regret, shame or judgement that has found its way into your psyche.

Let go of the words, opinions and lack of confidence others might have planted in you.

You are a beautiful masterpiece under construction. You have barely begun to tap into your potential.

Every once and awhile, PAUSE and remember what an absolute miracle you are.

Now, go out and have exactly the kind of day, week, month, year, life you want to live.

Toni O’K~🌹❤️