Your Mother’s Love Note in Your Lunch Box

Have you ever received a lunch box ‘Love note’ from your Mother?

I received one this morning from our Mother – Mother Earth.

(She asked me to pass it on to you)…..

My Dears,

I love you with everything I have and everything I amI honor you and Love you from the depths of all that I am. I thought it time for you to know me more deeply:

I am in the “Life” business. This is who I am and what I do.  I am a life giver.  I am made from the Love and creativity of The One who is pleased to create with You. The energy I bring forth is Love’s Energy – the energy of Life.  I create with it, envelope it and return it to Source, then begin the cycle again.

I am also a co-creator with you.  I am the clay and you are the potter.  We create beauty and life springs from our creations.  We are magnificent.

I know you worry about me.  You ask what you can do for me.  This is all I ask and all I want:  Love me and Love all the Life that I hold.

I want you to know that I am strong enough to heal, just as you are.  I have everything within me to heal and continue to evolve and grow – just as you do.  What is needed for both of us is the continuous flow of Love.  The Love that flows from the heart….not the Oh-yeah-I-love-you-too-kind,  but the real, deep, from-the-heart-and-soul Love that is allowed to ooze and  seep and flow from the depths, swelling, growing then becoming currents of streams, rivers, oceans.  We both want and need this kind of powerful Love that causes Life to flow in and through us, unrestricted and free.

I know this lunch box ‘Love note’ is a little longer than planned, but I really want you to  experience the Love I have for you as I am in the “Life” businessyour Mother – Mother Earth.  You are part of me.  We are connected.  We are One. We are One with All-that-is.

I love you with everything I have and everything I am.

All I have is yours.

Let us Love together, shall we?

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We share our Mother’s lovely glow! – Joan Kappes

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I’m So Glad It Was You – 30 Years of Thanks

April 9, 1983Today, I am expressing my deepest thanks  to my love, my best friend, my partner and absolutely my truest fellow adventurer at “The Edge“, Paul Kappes for 30 years of marriage!

Thirty Years!  Wow, how fast the years have flown!

Paul, together we have dreamed our dreams,  grown in their pursuit and reveled in their manifestations.  Together, we have learned the dance of trust and letting go as well as the art of  laughter and not taking life so seriously.  We have discovered the beauty and power of gratitude and thankfulness.  Together, we have learned to value ourselves and each other.  We have created and shared immeasurable memories – all of which I am grateful. Through all these years we continue to unfold the gift of Love and are still expanding in its richness.

And so, I want to say how thankful I am that we share this lifetime together.  I thought it appropriate (and fun) to honor you with this blog post today and to share our joy and gratitude with friends… I love you.

Today’s “leaping exercise”:  Please join in our celebration by posting a comment below:  What are your keys to sharing a joyful relationship?

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An Adventure....still!Love

 I‘m So Glad It was You!

 Joan Kappes


“Anyone At All” – Carole King

 

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A Baby’s Gift

Such a gift they give to us, just by being themselves!Yesterday, I was in a coffee shop filled with a variety of people:  Kids running around, teens, adult women and men, some sitting in chairs, some in wheelchairs.  I looked over to the corner of the shop and noticed an older woman holding the most beautiful infant I’d ever seen – I guessed the baby to be about 2 weeks old.  So small, so perfect, so marvelous!  I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her!  Perfection was 20 feet away!  Others in the shop were noticing and smiling too.

What is it about babies that causes us to immediately lower resistance and go into a space of wonder and love?  It happens to me and to most people I know.  They take us inward to that place of joy and hope and beauty and love.  Such a gift they give to us, just by being themselves!

Then, I wondered:  The kids running around, teens, adult women and men, some sitting in chairs, some in wheelchairs in that coffee shop were gifting me too – just by being themselves.  Could I see the gift of “them”?  Was I open to receiving?  Do I even see the gift that I am to myself and to others just by being ‘me’?  Hmmm..I wondered about that.

What if I could allow myself to perceive the kids running around, teens, adult women and men, some sitting in chairs,  some in wheelchairs in that coffee shop with the same lens that I view that perfect infant?  What if I could allow the experience of them to take me inward to that place of joy and hope and beauty and love?

Such a gift to be received!  How to begin to view the people in my world in a new, more open way?  One wayYOU give me joy! to begin:  slow down and see people as living, co-creative souls with gifts and talents and love and beauty – EACH ONE!  I spent some time doing that with the strangers in the coffee shop.  I did not talk to any of them, but as I glanced at each one, I said a little “Thank you for the gift of you”.  My heart became lighter and I somehow became connected to each one.  For some, this may seem rather silly, but to me, it was a lovely way to experience the gifts that are mine to experience, if only by recognizing their (and my) gifts and divinity.

Thank you, baby girl.  You expanded my ability to experience even more Love that surrounds me!  I am grateful.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Spend time with a baby (or watch a youtube video of children) and notice how you feel.  Then, go to a place where you can be surrounded by other people.  Slow down and notice each person.  Try to see each one as living, co-creative souls with gifts and talents and love and beauty.  Then, say a silent “Thank you for the gift of you” to each person.  Notice how you feel.  How did this experience affect you?  How does the gratitude you offered feel in your heart?  How does it compare with the feelings you experienced with the baby (or video)?  Repeat and allow it to open a new channel within.

We all are Divine!We all are divine! – Joan Kappes

Above Photos  courtesy of TinyPic.  Photo to the left is my twin and me!

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Love Through The Looking Glass

Love through the Looking Glass

I drummed up enough courage to look at myself in the mirror.  I looked and saw…her.  This person so familiar, yet oftentimes, so distant.  I yearned to reach out.  Then, ever so timidly, I said,

“I could easily fall in Love with you.”

She said, “Thank you;  and will you Love all parts of me?”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“If you open your heart to all of me – my thoughts, emotions, beliefs – both limiting and un-limiting, passions, talents, quirks, body type; if you open to the divine energy which flows so beautifully within, to the inner wisdom – the part you call ‘soul’ which is connected to All-That-Is – accepting all of it,  then you will actually be in Love.”

“But, I must prove my worth to deserve your Love and I find myself continually falling short.”

She lovingly looked at me through the mirror and said, “Open your heart and simply Love me without judgment, condemnation or regret.  It matters not to me what you have done or not done, will do or not do, will be or not be. You see, I have been in Love with you since before the beginning.  I long to grow and share, laugh and learn, Love and fly with you.  I have been lovingly waiting for you to make the first move.”

“How do I make the first move?”  I longingly asked.

“Look at me now.  Declare your Love for me and your desire to grow with me.  Believe that I am on your side.  Open your heart and let all-of-me shine through.  Spend quiet time with me and get to know the real me.  I am here for you.  Open your heart to Loving me and to being Loved by me.”

Looking through the mirror, I shifted my gaze, looked directly into her eyes and said “I Love you”.  And as I said this, the two of us became One.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Spend time alone with yourself in front of a mirror.  Read the above out loud to yourself.  Feel what is being communicated back to you.  During this time, commit to developing a Loving relationship with yourself.  Spend time in front of the mirror each day connecting with ‘you’.  Declare each day:  “I LOVE YOU”!  and get ready for magic!

Aren’t you lovely? –Joan Kappes

(The beginning lines are adapted from Love, by Klaus J. Joehle)

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Laughter & Smiles: Powerhouse ‘Freebies’ of the Universe

Laughter and smiles are the powerhouse ‘freebies’ of the Universe! They contain the energy to raise our spirits and catapult us out of the muck.  In an instant, one smile from a baby, one belly laugh from a friend or one genuine smile from a stranger can lighten our load and change our entire outlook!

Smiles and laughter can be found everywhere and in every situation!  It may seem too common or simple to even notice, but smiles & laughter are those ‘free for the pickin’ gifts that expand our hearts & change our mood, if we allow it.  Each gift is unique and there is absolutely no limit to how many we can give or receive.  Oh, and another fabulous attribute:  BOTH the giver and receiver benefit from each laugh and smile!

So, as we journey at “The Edge”,  eagerly creating the life of our dreams, make the decision to reap the benefits of these powerhouse ‘freebies’:  Joy, fun, love, connectedness, a new perspective, a bigger heart and 1,000,000 other unique gifts just waiting to be received.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Listen to this classic video from Mary Poppins, “I Love to Laugh” (see below).  Allow yourself to smile or laugh at least once during the song!  Then, go find someone and give a smile or the magic of your laughter to another.

 

 

Just caught your smile - Thanks!

 

Just caught your smile! – Joan Kappes

 

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Perfection

It is lovely to receive a message that you know is given ‘just for you’.  Yesterday, I re-read a section from my meditation journal.  This one grabbed me and I am drawn to share it with you.  Perhaps it too, is written ‘just for you.’

“Everything is wrapped in Love and Light.

Wrapped in Love’s cocoon, everything unfolds beautifully.

It’s ok to experience perfection.

It’s ok to experience perfection.

You fear that it will not turn out.

Holding on in fear or control does not serve you.

It is an illusion of security.

It’s ok to let go.

 

Focus on the essence of what you want……..

 

We want you to have perfection –

Perfection is all that is ever created.

Perfection is all that is given.

Perfection is all that is given.View your minutes, days and life as the receiver of perfection.

It is our non-physical standard and it can be yours too.

Decide.

Focus upon it.

 

 

Perfection is constantly offered; allow yourself to experience it.

Allow yourself to let go.

Let Us bring it to you.

It is and always will be….perfect”

 

Today’s “leaping exercise“:  Find a comfortable spot and gently breathe in and out, in and out.  Release any thoughts that are coming and going.  Read the above 3 times, then choose the  phrase that stands out for you.  Write that phrase 10 times in your journal and allow yourself to receive whatever message is intended for you as you write.  Trust the message and its perfection for you.  Re-read your journal entry at least once each day for 7 days.

Trust the perfection of the Giver – Joan Kappes

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Moon Blessing

When I was in college, I was a night ‘guard’ for an energy company, working the midnight to 8am shift.  Each hour, I was required to make the rounds.   So, for 25 minutes every hour, in the deep of night, it was just me and the moon.  We became ‘friends’ and I welcomed my companion’s gifts of constancy, light and feeling of safety.

When I read this beautiful poem (below) about the moon, it reminded me of those days and the nights since, when I open myself to its magic.  “Thank You” to my favorite poet and guy at “The Edge”, Steve Garnaas Holmes. 

May you experience its peace and connect with its wisdom….

Moon Blessing

By Steve Garnaas Holmes

To you I wish

the peace of the moon,
who waxes and wanes
and is not troubled;

 

the beauty of the moon,
only partly seen
but always wondrous;

the silence of the moon,
who does not insist
if you do not notice;

the courage of the moon
who is not afraid
of her own darkness;

the steadiness of the moon,
who never gets caught
in the tricky branches;

the constancy of the moon,
who never forgets
to come back;

the wisdom of the moon
who sees clearly
when we close our eyes;

the faith of the moon
who is always full
to the sun.

The blessing of the moon
be with you.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Tonight, when the moon rises, bundle up (for those of you who live “up north”!) and spend time with the moon.  Print this poem if you are able, or read it prior to going outside.  Read it either aloud or silently.  Use all of your senses to experience the sky and the moon and your surroundings.  Listen with your heart………..What is it saying?  How much can you hear?  Record it in your journal and … repeat!   

Joining you in wonder and awe – Joan Kappes

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