Sunday, March 4, 2018

Value and Respect for All

As we were beginning to explore our contributions to International Women’s Day, it took only a moment to tune into the topic that was calling to our hearts, and it is relevant to everyone – not just women.  


Have you sensed a general call for help, upliftment, and support, and a desire to be heard?  We are recognizing an uprising and awakening of our inner power and self-value and an inner calling to bring about right action, equality, and respect for every living thing. 


The ways in which we express ourselves vary from individual to individual, and as humans, our emotions give rise to actions that match our current state of mind, our attitude, and our intentions.  It is of vital importance to flow through every challenge and hardship with gentleness and compassion for ourselves ~ and others ~ as we seek to resolve conflict and release uneasiness around us or within us. 


Life in the world today can be especially difficult for those who are without the support of a calm, nourishing, safe, and supportive environment.  In those situations, it is an added responsibility of resilient ones to be aware and offer assistance to those who feel hopeless or are in despair.


We can recognize opportunities to lend a hand, offer encouragement, share inspiration, and empower others to see the true beauty that life offers.  In this way, we embody the virtues we wish to see displayed in the world around us. 


As we become aware of suffering or see opportunities for growth, we are empowered to recognize our inherent value within and our right to live in a state of grace and ongoing expansion of mind, body, and soul.


We can remind those in states of hopelessness that life is a gift, and there is always an opportunity to access that endless hope and guidance within, which enables us to courageously persevere through any challenge.     


We can also take this opportunity to look within ourselves and assess what desired outcomes drive our actions and motivations. Do we have a potential to take a more expanded approach to our thinking and decision-making process? What drives you?


Is it a desire to be heard and valued for your input and contributions?

Is it a desire to contribute effectively to a cooperative team as part of a project that benefits humanity?

Is it a desire to be the best person you can be in each moment?

Is it a desire to make the best decisions you can based on all of the information you have, which enables you to bring about the highest good for all?


Be aware of what enters your mind each moment as you make multitudes of decisions each day. Pause for a moment and contemplate the following:  


“Is this the thought, action, or decision I can think, make, or take right now to help me grow as a person, to benefit and honor others, and to recognize the value I hold within myself, as well as honor the value that others hold within themselves?"


"Am I setting a proper example of kind and compassionate action?"


"Am I ready to be held accountable for my actions?”  

As more and more of us attune to this model of refined, responsible thinking and we begin to take more actions driven by love, respect, and compassion, we realize that we are all here to responsibly learn together. We can recognize our inner power, and we can call upon this source to help us (and others) make decisions aligned to the greater good to be guided by our moral compass. 


Difficulties arise to challenge us and enable us to grow, mature, and enhance our resilience. As we learn what assists us to maintain a focus on positivity and hope, we can share that wisdom with others.  


When we love, honor, and respect ourselves, we are then better able to love, honor, and respect those around us – no matter the situation.


There’s no better time to claim and embody your inner power, compassion, uniqueness, and wisdom. As you do so, you will automatically impact others in a positive way, and they will, in turn, model your behavior.


Are you ready to be a role model? 


Our civilization has taught us to assess ourselves and others based upon pre-determined norms. As we shift from competition to collaboration, we celebrate the gifts we are all here to share, and we honor the uniqueness of each person. 


Let’s gather together and set new standards for self-value, excellence, citizenship, empowerment, self-love, joy, honor, forgiveness, reverence, happiness, vitality, compassion, and zeal!

Want to explore this topic further?  We invite you to join us for our Values in Bloom event in honor of International Women's Day where we will explore self-value in depth.  We are accepting submissions for essays, videos, audio recordings, etc. as you share what self-value means to you. See you there!  

(You also have the option to join us en Espanol).

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Planetary Pause

As we relax into the gentle and nurturing arms of Virgo and sway into the bountiful harvest of autumn, we again breathe the fresh outdoor air as the seasons shift. The cool morning breeze dances through the trees and rustles the leaves.  The voice of the wind sings harmoniously through the wind chimes.

The oak trees share an abundance of acorns to provide seedlings for the ages to come, and cedar trees are all abloom with multitudes of juniper berries.  The animals are in preparatory mode as they sense the need to gather, and the leaves are preparing to don the bright and beautiful colors of fall.

The natural world tunes into its inner wisdom and aligns with the internal navigation signaled by the planetary rotation and angle to the sun. 

This beautifully orchestrated seasonal dance of the natural kingdom is a recurring symbol of its alignment to the natural rhythm of life.

Do we, as humans, also maintain an alignment to this beautiful intermingling of the natural world, or have we drifted into an aimless repetition of days with a withdrawal from our connection to inner rhythms and to the planet on which we live? 

Do we aimlessly wander through each day attached to the endless cycle of consumption, technology, and survival?   

If we take a moment to pause……… take a deep breath and silently observe, what shall we gather from the current state of the world around us? 

I ask you to do that now.  Just stop.  Close your eyes.  And breathe.

Pause and reflect upon life today.  In fact, picture the whole world pausing.  Step back and observe the city, the state, the country, the continent, the hemisphere, and the planet on which you reside.    

What do you observe?

Do you see a humanity that possesses reverence and respect for one another and for the natural world?

Do you see a humanity that honors the sovereign right for every person to lead a safe, comfortable, and dignified life?

Do you see a humanity that encourages deep connection to one another as we share a genuine interest in the lives and well-being of others?

Do you see a humanity that wakes up every morning grateful to be alive? Are we each ready to embark upon another day with the opportunity to embody happiness, compassion, and resilience as we take advantage of opportunities to uplift others who we find in our presence?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then I encourage you to explore what you, as an individual person, might be able to shift within yourself so you can radiate that which you desire to see represented in the world around you. 


A stream of continual stimuli from endless sources bombards us each day.  We can choose to be vigilant to minimize external influences that distract, discourage, and disconnect and - instead - focus on those that foster camaraderie, calm, strength, and joy.


Our personal sense of well-being and comfort can be fostered and strengthened by taking time to disconnect each day from the external world. We can shift our focus to our inner world that enables our mind and emotions to take a well-deserved rest. In this way, we can stay aligned to a state of natural well-being.         


As we take regular mental retreats, we can begin to condition our minds and bodies to align to a higher state of consciousness that we begin to radiate into the collective consciousness of the planet.  Together, we can make small shifts within ourselves, which will then gather momentum and impact the world around us in a positive and uplifting way.


If your answer to the above questions is yes, then share your zest for life with those around you and let them know what has enabled you to see with the eyes of an empowered, wise, joyful, and grateful human.  


Yes, there will always be trials in life, but our perceptions and attitudes frame our personal reality and influence the way in which we impact those around us.   


Well-being is only a state of mind away.  It is our natural state of being, and we each deserve to be happy, healthy, and attuned to the rejuvenating life force that flows within our being.


Interested in strengthening your sense of well-being?  I invite you to try this simple method. 


If you enjoyed the quick reprieve as we paused to stop, breathe, and just be – you can do that at any time!  


While you are at it, go for a walk outdoors in the fresh air. Let your bare feet feel the caress of grass or soil beneath you as autumn says hello.

The nature photos I shared in this article were taken in the wilderness around my home as I enjoyed the sunshine on one of my nature walks.
Take a stroll and see what you can capture! 

PS, I have a quick update to share.  As I was immersed in my afternoon quiet time today (in stillness/contemplation/meditation) a couple of hours after I wrote this, a song arrived in my awareness very clearly. Interestingly enough, it was a Christmas hymn.  It is one that I learned to play on the piano/organ many years back. Check it out (especially the original lyrics from 1739). I encourage you to share what arrives in your quiet mind in moments of deep relaxation and contemplation.  

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Uniting into One for Masterful Co-Creation

As we explore the ways in which we can contribute to the upliftment, enlightenment, and expansion of consciousness on the planet, we seek to align to intentions and actions that facilitate the change we desire to bring about in the world around us.


Initially, we focus upon our personal paths of awareness and embodiment of the compassion, peace, and positive change we aim to become. We spend time in creativity and contemplation to discover the ways in which our soul is designed to contribute to an awakening humanity as we influence others in a positive way. We develop healthy habits, take courses to expand our wisdom and capabilities, and engage in activities that nurture the creative spirit within.

This desire we hold within naturally magnetizes those of like-mind who hold similar visions. We reach a point where we evolve into an expanded state of awareness where we recognize the value in gathering with others to create additional momentum via collective efforts. Research has shown the significant impact that aligned groups have upon the resonance of reality. It is an important time in which to focus upon unified efforts that raise the frequency.


What does it mean to unite?

To unite means that you are joining forces with others to expand the field of potential and influence. Have you ever noticed the magical momentum that is created when you and a friend discuss efforts, events, and other initiatives that are focused upon your passions and joys? You align to the infinite stream of creativity that is available to all who seek it. Resources even begin to align and enable the manifestation of your ideas.  


What are the ways in which we can unite?

Uniting can be as simple as joining with another friend to explore the ways in which your efforts can complement one other. It can be a matter of sharing resources or seeking to expand your team, group, or activity to reach larger audiences. It can be gathering with those in your local area who have similar interests. It can even be on a global, or even galactic, scale as barriers are diminished, divisiveness dissolves, and we realize that many of us really are ONE and have a common goal.


What are the beneficial aspects of uniting?

Gathering in focused groups can sway the collective consciousness into a higher resonance. It can facilitate the exponential growth of awareness and influence to gently whisper words of societal and evolutionary change into the ears of humanity. It can create a unified wave of inspiration, empowerment, and possibility.


What barriers can limit unity?

Ownership, language barriers, geographic limitations, effort required, and self-interest can sometimes hinder the formation of unified efforts. With perseverance and clever approaches, the intention of uniting can still unfold in many ways. Continued focus and momentum can be carried forward, but the efforts need to be constantly nurtured.


How do I begin to unite with others?

Set the intention to unite with others, map out your goal and desired actions and outcomes, develop ways in which others can join you, create your vision board, and ask the universe and your Higher Self for continual assistance and alignment to the highest good.


Importance of uniting now

The current energetic intensity and rapidity of manifestation amplify the importance of staying focused upon the outcome you wish to create and energies with which you wish to align. Every thought and emotion join together in the fertile soil of expanded consciousness to build a reality around you. This dance of energy and intention influence the collective reality and fluidly shape existence in every moment. By refining your thoughts and emotions, you empower and magnify the frequency of reality to which you are aligned. We hold responsibility for steering the collective ship into the winds of potential, positivity, and possibility.    


Answering the call to unite

Within these intense energetic waves of transmutation arise clear upwellings of the desires of your soul to fulfill its mission and purpose. As we all align to our personal and unique contributions to the upliftment of the planet, we masterfully shape the energetic photons of possibility into an orchestra of unified and creative order. Collectively, we flow through the chaos to pave the way for evolutionary change.


Unity is contagious

As you explore what it personally means to you to unite in common efforts to embody a higher resonance of reality, your newfound momentum makes you eager to show others a better way. The energy field of possibility, empowerment, imagination, and freedom feel more available to you than ever, and you witness the rise of hope, faith, compassion, and equality in yourself, as well as in the collective. Others with similar intentions and visions will be attracted to the visions you hold for the future, which is actually here now.     


Your next steps and active intentions

With whom will you choose to resonate? To which reality do you choose to align? Maintain a vigilant focus upon your thoughts and emotions as the intensified energies flow into the atmosphere of the planet. Ride the waves, and release any negative, fear-based, or distracting streams of thought in the collective. Stay aligned to the higher frequency, and unite with others to anchor the inflow of higher potential energies that enable us to collectively co-create the pathway to a calm, focused, empowered, balanced, purposeful, and resolved reality.


Each morning, rise out of bed with the zeal of a renewed life and purpose and state the following (feel free to customize): 


“I AM NOW uniting in common purpose to uplift, inspire, and co-create the highest potential frequency of reality.”    


~ In humble gratitude,

Shawnna Donop

I hope this inspires you to explore the topic of unity. I encourage you to take some time and reflect upon the questions I have posed above. You might be surprised at the creativity it ignites within you! Discuss the topics with others, and watch your creativity expand and soar. Please feel welcome to share your insights in the comments below or on the Facebook page where you can share submittals to be included in the Unity Gallery.  Thanks in advance for contributing to the co-creation of a harmonic reality!


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Eternal Summer of the Soul

What feelings, thoughts, activities, and emotions arise when you think of summer? Does summer usually hold a positive connotation? Does it awaken a sense of playfulness and creativity within you?


If you imagine the feelings and thoughts of freedom, excitement, playfulness, relaxation, exploration, vacation, holiday, along with the carefree attitude of summer, do you ever wish you could live within that state of mind all year long? 


Well, it’s as easy as refining your mindset, attuning to the endless power of positive thought and creativity, and actively living as a child in the eternal summer of your soul.


Just writing this seems to have placed my awareness within the essence and beauty of fun, relaxation, possibility, and active creation. Did it happen to lift your mood or assist you in focusing your energy on actually making time to do something fun or creative?


How about this?  

  • I choose within every moment to look at the bright side and actively express feelings and attitudes of playfulness and freedom.
  • I choose to make the best of every situation.
  • I choose to turn boring activities into fun ones by stepping outside the confines of life’s routines and expectations.
  • I choose to celebrate the beauty and blessings that each new day of life brings to me.


With that in mind, I invite you to share your fun creations, drawings, paintings, songs, activities, or favorite images or quotes of summer.  


What do you like best about summer?


*Join me here* and submit your reflections
for inclusion in the gallery!


We are celebrating collaborative creations of beauty, joy, harmony, and playfulness! Want some ideas on how to align your creativity to the energy of summer fun?  Check out the suggestions below.


Spend ample time preparing your intentions and dreams to hold in your heart. 


Feel free to consider the following questions:

  • Offer gratitude for the blessings, celebrations, playfulness, and delight you currently have in your life!  
  • How do you wish to celebrate life this season? How do you wish to bring blessings and light-heartedness to others?
  • Are you scheduling ample time for fun, happiness, and play?
  • What intentions do you wish to set for the remainder of the year that allow you to maintain a fresh, optimist outlook?
  • What dreams do you continue to empower and wish to bring to fruition?
  • What burdens or completions do you wish to release to make space and allow energy for the fun time you wish to schedule on a regular basis?
  • What small actions will you take day to day to keep the spirit of fun alive in your life?
  • What gifts do summer seasons bring to you?


The Summer season offers a generous window of opportunity to bring a sense of PLAYFULNESS to all areas of your life. Let's celebrate the blessings that are ours to behold in the fullness of the summer sun.  


One final thought to ponder. How long has it been since you walked barefoot in the grass?


See you in the summer sun!  I invite you to share your summer blessings in the comments below. I am especially looking for some fun summer quotes.  Thanks in advance!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Reviving Divine Virtues

As the early springtime approaches, it signifies a time of renewal, replenishment, and revival. I enjoy watching the fresh new growth on the trees and plants that laid dormant throughout the winter season. It brightens my mood as I welcome in the fresh new energy of the spring season.
An annual event that I always intend to participate in as often as I am able is International Women’s Day in early March. This year, I was contemplating what my focus might be as I decide how to participate and contribute.

As I pondered the ways in which we can all celebrate the women in our lives, I realized that several themes have been naturally formulating. They follow: 

  1.  The flow of creativity has placed an emphasis on the renewal of traditional and ceremonial gatherings of like-minded and inspired women in collaborative circles.
  2.  I feel a deep inspiration within my soul to assist in the revival of the feminine spirit by embodying Divine Virtues. It is in this way that we develop the strength, love, and power within to build a patient, confident, compassionate, and empowered self.   
  3.  By allowing our inner inspirations to be actively expressed through outlets, such as art, beauty, and song, we effectively harness, utilize, and gracefully direct the boundless creative energy and inspiration within us.

Intention plays an important role in the process as we each decide within ourselves how we wish to contribute to the celebration of what it means to be a woman.

The combination of the three factors above naturally arose and formulated into a celebration of women gathered together to create and celebrate the Divine Virtues we embody within.  

Rather than focusing on differences, we shall celebrate the qualities that we embody that bring us all together in recognition of the original beauty, grace, compassion, power, and wisdom that women have represented from the beginning.  

The inspiration for this year’s International Women’s Day (#IWD) event arises from the desire to create empowering, inspiring, and enlightening works of creativity and art that embody and exemplify the virtues of the Divine Feminine.

As more women cultivate and embrace this creative force within, their self-confidence and self-worth naturally expand and bloom to exude qualities of true empowerment. These creative expressions serve as an inspired voice for women across the planet who are ready to #BeBoldForChange and express themselves, their truths, and their virtues to build a strong sense of self-worth, confidence, collaboration, and abundance. 

A truly empowered, creative, compassionate, and courageous woman embodies the qualities of the Divine Feminine, including confidence, grace, strength, endless potential, gratitude, and abundance. Together, we can develop positive momentum aimed at recognizing the innate power within which is gracefully reflected into the world around us.

Ladies, you are welcome to join us! Learn more.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Count Your Blessings ~ Name Them One By One

{When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.}
~ Count Your Blessings Hymn


The “count your blessings” topic recently came up in a conversation I was having with my mom.  She was reminiscing about how she and her mom would sing this lovely and inspiring song in church when she was a young girl.  They would get dressed up each Sunday, and she would wear her nice dress and white gloves.  It was a song she would always remember and call upon in times of need.  I was not aware of it, so I wanted to learn more about it. I quickly found various versions of the song, and now it frequently holds a comforting space in my heart and mind on a daily basis.   


It provides a healthy reminder of the power of gratitude and its ability to transform every thought, feeling, and situation into one filled with positive potential and thankfulness.    


This was just the beginning of the synchronicities.


A couple of years ago, I found myself at a local symphony and choir performance of Handel’s Messiah at a local church.  I enjoyed it so much that I intended to visit future performances and did so again this year. Fortunately, this time, my mom was able to accompany us.  

Interestingly enough, I discovered that the venue (same location this year and in years past) just happened to be where she attended church as a young girl.  I just knew she had to join me this time.     

As we arrived and took our seats in the beautiful glowing space inside the church decorated with festive lights, Christmas trees, and holiday d├ęcor, the stained glass just glistened as we sat in our pew near the front row.  I saw the church hymnal in front of us and quickly located the song of interest.  It was in this very church that my mom would sing the “Count Your Blessings” hymn with her mom and family over 50 years ago. 


I took a snapshot of the song in the hymnal – which you can see here – and handed the book to my mom so she could recall all of the verses.  She was really touched, and a tear glistened in her eye as she acknowledged the recollection of the story she shared with me about the hymn.


I am pleased to share the song with you in hopes that it might bring inspiration to you and help nourish you with never-ending gratitude as you flow through another beautiful year full of little miracles like these. 


Happy synchronicities! I encourage you to begin the new year by focusing on all of the things in your life for which you are grateful. 

Enjoy the “Count Your blessings” verses below.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.


Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.]


Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.


When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.


So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


I also invite you to sing along with these video versions.


Count Your Blessings



Blessings to you and your family in this coming year that will be filled with many miracles!

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