Hi lovelies…

I really wanted to share my newest venture with you guys… :)

I’ve recently started my own little candle making endeavor. All my candles are made from soy, smell delicious, and are held in recycled glass.
If you’re into this kind of thing… (or know someone who is.. think Christmas gifts!, b-day gifts ;) )
please visit me on the web…

website: http://happypandacandles.com/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happypandacandles

twitter: https://twitter.com/happypandacand

 

much love 
☮ & ❤

Samm

Submitted by allthespoonsareevaporating 
This weeks submissions are all about being free and being at ease with yourself. 
Try it, even if just for today.
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Submitted by allthespoonsareevaporating 

This weeks submissions are all about being free and being at ease with yourself. 

Try it, even if just for today.

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Quote submitted by Carson. 

Quote submitted by Carson. 


I believe in magic;
in wind blowing through smoke,
in grass growing around concrete,
in trees growing from garbage,
& life springing out of decay.
I believe in small miracles, 
 in phoenixes & pixies
in laying in the grass until
the sun comes up again
& counting stars all night
in swimming
in a lake, at night
till we cant feel our fingertips
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Thank you Emily for the beautiful submission :)

I believe in magic;

in wind blowing through smoke,

in grass growing around concrete,

in trees growing from garbage,

& life springing out of decay.

I believe in small miracles, 

 in phoenixes & pixies

in laying in the grass until

the sun comes up again

& counting stars all night

in swimming

in a lake, at night

till we cant feel our fingertips

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Thank you Emily for the beautiful submission :)

Waking Heart

"I never want to be angry, I never want to let fear control me, I never wish to crush another. Sadness will come, it will come. It is a part of life, a part of what makes us us. Embrace it, learn, don’t look on those times with negativity and curse all sadness that it should never happen and if it does something is wrong. You are very wrong. Take those things near, hold them, but don’t let them overpower you in a way that ends up destroying your entire being. 

Learn the power of love. There is nothing that I hold in a higher respect than love. I am hypocritical of my own words, but I know that I will always always come back to this, my inner being. Nothing or no-one will ever take this from me. So please just know that in all my life, I’ve tried… to love.”

Submitted by James, an extract from his blog (visit here) or check his inspiring music here  : )

Ps. it’s so nice to be back! 

☮ & ❤,

Samm

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Hiatus

Hi lovelies,

The Inspiration Tree has been on an unexpected hiatus for the last few months, as you may have noticed.

Thank you guys so much for still following and reading!

Nonetheless, I HAVE received all your (amazing!!) submissions and the posting will restart during the month of December : )

☮ & ❤,
Samm

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Submitted by Laura.

Submitted by Laura.

Need a smile? watch this : )

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Hope

Hope (by Emily Dickinson)

It is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never gives up at all…


(Submitted by Renetta)


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Some thoughts on love

Before anything else we need self-love. Otherwise we won’t feel we have anything to offer others, and we will doubt the love offered to us.

It can be felt for people we have just met, or people we have known our whole lives. Not to say they are similar in nature, but you can love everyone you meet, even just a little.

We cannot survive with too little, we will starve for the affection. But in an ocean of love we lose ourselves, we tire and drown.

It can knock you down, and make you feel the worst you’ll ever feel. But at other times it can just as easily pick you up when you stumble and make you feel whole again.

It can be therapeutic and cleansing. When we love someone we give them a part of ourselves, we share the brightest parts of our soul with them. Whether for a few hours, or for decades, we become renewed.

Fear of losing love is perpetrated by the misconception that we are in some way alone in our experiences. Someone somewhere will always love you, and that is strength enough. Enough to forgive others, forgive yourself, and slowly start all over again.

Utopia is in the horizon.
I walk two steps, she moves away two steps
and the horizon, ten more.
Then “What is utopia for?”

For that.
For walking

Eduardo Galeano

(Thanks to Ricardo for this submission!)

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[ Submitted by Tara, visit Tara’s Tumblr ]

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[Written and Submitted by Jess]

[Written and Submitted by Jess]

The Power Of Forgiveness

Submitted by Dawn, visit her at dawneliseevans.com



      It has taken over fifty years for me to begin to discover the power of forgiveness. A surprising corollary to that understanding has been that, whenever I stop assigning power to the person or event that hurt me, I am a happier person.  Every time I find the strength to forgive someone, something good rushes in to fill the space my resentment once occupied.  It’s as if condemnation, with its far-reaching and evil tentacles, tries to stifle goodness.  It takes persistence, desire and vigilance to achieve forgiveness.

Since Sunday-school teachers drilled it, grade-school teachers recited it, and high-school teachers demanded it, I have tried to live by the Golden Rule to “do unto others as you would have the do unto you.” I have done a fair-to-middling job in that practice.  Where I have been most deficient is in tearing up the list of misdeeds I have suffered. In self-indulgent moments, I imagine a long-robed judge sitting through my recitation of the wrongs I have endured.  Her head nods in silent encouragement as I pour forth with my sorry tales.  Finally, she sets forth her judgment, proclaiming as justified and warranted my feelings of anger and resentment. Her legitimization leaves me righteous and satisfied.   I am left with a twinge of disappointment when my fabricated Goddess fades from view.

                When we suffer an injustice or hurt by another, we rush to judge them and condemn them for having made us suffer.  That anger is pernicious.  Before long, it becomes the dye in which our world is colored.  Hard-earned experience has taught me that forgiveness is like an invisible contract we have to make between ourselves and the ghost of the person who hurt us.
To break it down, there are seven steps to practicing forgiveness.

                                                                                       

Seven Steps to Forgiveness:


1.     Acknowledge your feelings of anger and resentment.
2.     Identify why you have these emotions.
3.     Allow yourself time to experience these feelings.
4.     Desire the release that forgiveness offers.
5.     Picture how things would be without this negativity in your life.Practice blame-free living in short bursts.Dig deep and offer light and goodness to the person or people who hurt you.  Repeat    “I forgive you, I release you, I am letting you go.”
6.     Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you feel detached from the person or people that hurt you.       
7.  Accept that forgiveness is a process. Expect to go three steps forward and two steps back. Blame and resentment can resurface without warning.  Be prepared to renew your efforts.   

Forgiveness is an act that demands that we let go our sense of the injustice we have suffered.  When we release our judgments and seek understanding instead, we are giving to others what we would ask for ourselves.  We must not forgive once, twice nor even seventeen times.  We must forgive until we find only love in our hearts; be assured that love comes back to us and multiplies.  Through forgiveness, there is redemption. In forgiveness, we are made whole.

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