Springtime!

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For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring has either sprung (depending on where you are) or is just around the corner. Birds are chirping their way back into our awareness, and buds are teasing forth on trees for all to see. It is time for jackets instead of coats and runners instead of boots, if we’re lucky. April can be a fickle month in the North so it’s always up for grabs. All of which means, don’t put those shovels away just yet, cuz ya just never know.

Traditionally Spring is a time of beginnings. So let’s begin to envision the positive. Let’s envision a peaceful world, a happy one, and let’s dare to open even more to serenity and kindness in ourselves and in our lives, no matter how crazy things might appear to be. And yes, they do appear to be incredibly crazy. But…

The old is slipping away. The new is being born.

Because it’s the start of APRIL, I’ve changed things on the WHAT’S NEW page. Check it out by clicking here. WHAT’S NEW And the Poetry page has a different entry as well. Poetry   If any of it speaks to you, if you want more info or want to buy, just email me at 22shangrila.com.

So here’s to Spring! Let’s plant seeds of loving wherever we can. Then let’s help them prosper, flourish, and grow. Loving. Believe it or not, it’s what we do best.

Namaste, & may happy moments be yours.

Tempests and The North

     by: Aliana Alani ©2017brewing-storm-with-lightening-and-tree

 

Tempests, when they brew, have a tendency to swirl and spit, which can sometimes fly, the spit that is, and sometimes far. When tempest spit lands, at this point being a rather toxic substance, it can oft times burn. It also has a nasty habit of starting little tempests of its own.

Tempests like to gather momentum, pulling from the energy around them. It matters not what devastation is left behind. A tempest simply wants and so must have. It likes to grow. It’s in its nature. Tempests, it is worth noting, are generally not there for happy endings.

So here we are. standing midst a developing world of brewing tempests – some in their oh-so-tiny phase, others gathering lightening-speed momentum. One only has to glance south to recognize this. Given the instant access of social media and online news (some true, some not) that can inundate one before realizing it with an unexpected tempest fury, it is perhaps important to take a deep breath, stop, and remember what truly matters in our lives, who we are as individuals (and as a country), and where we choose to place our focus and actions – ideally, one hopes, for the betterment of all.

That thought brings me to The North.

Though some might say otherwise, ours is not a perfect land. Resplendent in natural beauty, our choices have not always been wise. There is fallow ground crying for seeds of caring to be sown. Areas needing nurturing more than others.  And there are wounds still to be healed. Gratitude to be offered. And forgiveness to be given. Like all people and places in this world, here too love is needed.maple leaf

Still, we carry within a kindness, a genuine decency and caring that for whatever reason seems to waft strongly through the air and song lines of this place we call, CANADA. It is a gift given to us by all that is sacred in this land. It burns unconditionally, like a small flame, calling. And it is possible that because of it, we who live here have an ongoing opportunity, perhaps even an obligation, to share this caring through acts of kindness and compassion with each other, and with this world.

Never has such kindness been needed more than now.

With that in mind, let us not import a negative eye, no matter where it comes from.  Let us instead support a positive vision. Let us not adopt the ranting and raving of others. Let us speak in tones of genuine caring and compassion. Let us, with our words and thoughts and deeds, empower, inspire, and uplift. Let each of us, and hence this country, be the constant calm in the middle of the storm.

I believe that areas of this planet carry within qualities and keys that when recognized, honoured, and truly embodied, support the blossoming and prospering of our world into its true essence and story. When that happens, and it will, we will know without question the amazing garden of love and beauty we all live in. We will know it for we will finally be living it at that level of being ourselves.

If our key here in The North, in Canada, is one of kindness and caring, let us dare to live its song fully, let us courageously walk the gentle rhythm of its melody day by day – for the sheer honour of doing so, and for the pure joy of being one with it. Let us humbly and gratefully be the loving calm within the storm.

Let the Love shine!

single-red-rose-3IT’S SUNDAY … So let the Love shine, folks.

Let it pour from your heart like the beacon of possibility it is meant to be. Let it radiate. Let it heal. Let it empower. Let it be the light of Love that nourishes and enriches this world, the Love that nourishes and enriches you. See it flowing forth like a never ending waterfall … and see the world (no matter what form it may be in) drink from the cup of that Love and be transformed.

Let Love prevail. And let it help our world prosper again.

It’s our Day of Love

single-red-rose-3As many of you know, each Sunday I call on all of us to help MAKE SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks. During such times, we express and send love into our world, close friends or not. We share kindness and compassion where we can. We celebrate the day with a prayer that such  love might go on forever.

This week, the Love is for YOU.

No matter where you are, YOU matter. No matter what you look like, how you dress (or don’t), how you share the magic of your days, YOU matter.

It is often easier to give love to others. And yet without drinking from the Well of Love ourselves, how can we truly share that love with the world?

It is time to nourish our own inner gardens. Celebrate our inner beauty. Honor our inner wisdom and knowing. And allow ourselves, each and every one of us, to blossom into the magnificent gardens of love we were always meant to be.

After all – to be a tad poetic – YOU are the breeze that wafts within tall trees, the golden leaves that fall in Autumn, the slender buds that bloom in Spring. YOU are the rippling waters of a gentle pond and the crashing waves midst a stormy sea. YOU are today and tomorrow NOW. YOU are the reflections of those around you, the reflection of yourself in life’s slender mirror. YOU are an endless garden, an open heart, a robin’s song. YOU are all these things and so much more.

LOVE YOU. Why? Because YOU matter.

So go ahead, make today, SUNDAY, the day YOU LOVE YOU.

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A tiny poem – You are…

Last April, I did a posting in memory of Sathya Sai Baba who had passed from this world five years before. Remembering Baba had brought gems of heartfelt knowing back to conscious awareness for me. At the end of the posting, I included a tiny poem that had come through the tender threads of the night sky and landed at my doorstep the following morning.

Recently, while speaking to a dear lovely soul, this poem came to mind.

I feel called to share it with you once more. It is for each and every one of you. I pray you will take it to heart.

YOU ARE…                                            Aliana Alani ©2016

You are the love you seek,
The peace you crave,
The abundance you desire.
You – infinite glorious radiance of the Eternal,
You are the one you have been waiting for.

Happy Canada Day!

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Yes, it’s Canada Day.  A day to celebrate who we are and what’s good about our country. A day to join hands and spirits, toast the leaf (no, not the team), and do the things that Canadians do best – be kind to each other.

As a friend recently said, ‘It’s a good time to live in Canada’. And it is. So celebrate it. Be grateful for it. Help it to continue. And on this day of flags, fireworks, laughter, and yes probably a few beers, remember – good things are like seeds in a garden. If they are to flourish and grow into the fullness of what they can be, they need attention, they need watering, they need love.That applies to countries as well.

So you of the Great White North, albeit dressed in summer clothes, enjoy the day, and as you do, carry high the flag of kindness and compassion. Help Canada, and each one of us, be a beacon of light and love unto our world.

HAPPY CANADA DAY TO YOU ALL

A Wee Reminder…

So you all know, here are the Templates from The Garden that are looking for their new homes, and hence are available for sale.

I am listing title, size, and focus below so that you can get a feel for each of them. Should you be interested and want prices and to see a pdf of the images, simply send me an email at 22shangrila.com (please mark ‘templates from the garden’ in the subject section) or leave a comment below. A payment plan is possible, should you need it.

 

THE WATERS OF COMPASSION

Done on high quality watercolour paper – in gold, silver, pale aqua & deep electric blue pens.  Size is – 19” x 22 ¼”

Focus:  The spiral of life carries within it all energies and frequencies. To many, the highest form of love is Compassion. THE WATERS OF COMPASSION is a Template from The Garden that calls on us to illuminate our relationships in the here & now, be they the inner or with others, via the portal of loving kindness and compassion – to ensure that our personal Gardens are blossoming in harmony with the high frequencies of Compassion that are now escalating within The Garden of Love. To become a Keeper of this template is to commit oneself to such a path.

SERENITY

Size:  15” x 22” – on high-quality watercolour paper – done in gold, silver, light aqua, deep teal, and lime coloured pens

Focus:  To walk in The Garden of Life with a deep sense of calm and nner knowing, viewing all around from a place of peace – these are the qualities that SERENITY brings. To contemplate its beauty, meditate on its form and frequencies is to open a door to inner harmony, and indirectly, to contribute to the harmony of the world as well.

TOWARDS THE STARLIGHT GARDEN            

12 ¼” x 22 ¼” – Done on high-quality watercolour paper in gold, silver & black pens.

Focus:  There is a beginning to everything. TOWARDS THE STARLIGHT GARDEN is a conscious first-step walk toward a world of harmony and love, where hearts begin to open and eyes begin to see. It provides the opportunity to discover that The Garden of Life resides within and around us all, here and now. Meditating on it can help open you to this awareness.

THE GREENING

Done on high quality watercolour paper – In gold, three beautiful shades of green, and a breath of a touch of silver – Size is 15” x 22 ¼”

Focus:   THE GREENING is traditionally known as a time when things begin to flourish – when that which has been seeded, births and comes into its own voice of expression. It is a special time, full of manifesting possibility and the song of life. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in The Garden. This stage in The Garden’s evolution (and in a sense within our own) is both celebrated and enhanced by this new template.

There is joy and delight here, a touch of magic and wonder. The air is clear. The sun is soft and warm. And all around, life is smiling. Everything feels like it is dancing toward a delicious fruition. It is, after all, the time of THE GREENING.

 

All Templates from The Garden are created by Aliana Alani.

As always, I wish you much joy.

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For your consideration … The Greening

A new Template from The Garden Series created by Aliana

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THE GREENING IS TRADITIONALLY KNOWN as a time when things begin to flourish – when that which has been seeded, births and comes into its own voice of expression. It is a special time, full of manifesting possibility and the song of life.

NOWHERE IS THIS MORE PREVALENT than in The Garden. This stage in The Garden’s evolution (and in a sense within our own) is both celebrated and enhanced by this new template, THE GREENING.

THERE IS JOY AND DELIGHT HERE, a touch of magic and wonder. The air is clear. The sun is soft and warm. And all around, life is smiling. Everything feels like it is dancing into a delicious fruition. It is, after all, the time of THE GREENING.

 

Done on high quality watercolour paper – In gold, three beautiful shades of green, and a breath of a touch of silver – Size is 15” x 22 ¼”

 If you feel a call to this new template, THE GREENING, either as artwork for your home or as a Keeper of its energy and focus, email me, aliana at 22shangrila.com.

 

Remember – until the end of December, there is a 15% discount off all templates purchased, and yes, a payment plan is possible.

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