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May 2012

Love Yourself the Way You Are!

Hi, this is Dorothy. I am still very much in Springtime mode. How about you? Last month I shared some of my favourite things, and asked what ideas came to your mind at this time of year. During April I continued to simplify my life and my possessions, including moving furniture. This morning when my main priority was to prepare my audio message, I found myself moving a bookcase from one room to another. Why, you might rightly ask.

Well, last night quite late, I wanted to refer to a textbook which was in my garden room, off my patio. No, I didn't retrieve it, but I realized I had been over-zealous in tidying up, and there were some special things I wanted close by. So, a few hours later this morning, my living-room has been reorganized, and my bookcase has been returned. Was it an unnecessary 'make work' project? I think that depends on one's thinking.

I receive a daily inspirational email message - Thoughts from the Universe at Let me share an idea from this morning's message, which suggested that while we may worry about making the right move, often there is more than one move, and more than one right time. So my prior ruthless move in the interest of simplicity seemed to be the right one at the time, but I'm happy I have now reversed it. Digressing for just a moment, many years ago I decided that my 'oops' roads would be categorized as 'seemed a good idea at the time'.

Let me ask, do you have what gives you comfort around you? Is there something you want to move, or change, or is there an adjustment that you think will give you a feeling of contentment? Are you living a scurried life, a life of running to and fro, seeking something outside yourself for the perfect idea that will change you? Please give yourself permission to pause, to just be in the moment, and love yourself just the way you are.

There is a beautiful song written by Jai Josefs, "I Love Myself the Way I am". The first verse tells us to love ourselves the way we are, there is nothing to change; the second verse is to love another as they are; the third, to love the world the way it is, and the last verse reminds us that while we still want to grow, that change outside can only come from deep inside. The words are lovely. May I suggest you Google and personalize them as you read. I wish you a beautiful month of May where you love yourself just the way you are. In closing, I share with you a poem recently received from a ministerial colleague.

"A Strange and Beautiful Flower" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep you dreamed?
And what if, in your dream, you went to Heaven,
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower?
And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand?
Ah... what then?

Thank you for our time together.

Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.

Dorothy B.
Dorothy B.

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Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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