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.

Happy January 2017

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be changing a few things around at 22shangrila – taking down pages, putting new ones up. Consider it a bit of ‘de-cluttering’ for the New Year.

There will be a page called, WHAT’S NEW, which will mostly be about what’s currently available to buy, with a few added ‘bits’. This way you’ll be able to check it out at your leisure rather than having to scroll down on the main section to find things.

And there will be a page entitled, THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH. You may find a quote there or something longer. Hopefully it will in some way inspire you and touch your heart. Because we are almost at the end of January (hard to believe, I know), it will begin February 1st, the Celtic New Year.

I’ll also be changing the POETRY page periodically. Mostly you see new postings of poetry in the main section, and that will continue. But from time to time, I will scoop one of them up and tuck it into the Poetry Page. Do go and take a peek now and then. I hope you enjoy them.

I also hope you’ll stay with me as we walk these challenging times together. The year 2017 promises to be a year of opportunity, but it is opportunity cast within a swirl of chaos. Chaos, as you may remember, can be diva drama at its best. As such, it loves to pull you in and hold you in its sway. It wants you to believe it is the only game in town. It needs that to succeed. However, if your desire is for peace and harmony, a growing serenity within, a life of kindness and caring for yourself and your world, this year will be your chance to truly live that desire.

Meditate. Find the stillness within. Look beyond the illusion. Stand true to your core knowing in your heart of hearts. Be kind. Be caring. Share your gifts and talents generously. Laugh in small giggles and big HAHAs. Let people know how beautiful they are – because they are. Daily tend your garden of life that it may flourish and grow. And above all – LOVE.

 

Love is the answer. Always has been. Always will be.

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Waves of Love & Gratitude…

single-red-rose-3TODAY IS SUNDAY – our LET’S MAKE SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE day. Whether we share that love with those close to our hearts, or with casual friends or strangers through kindness and compassion, it is a day where we choose to allow Love to be the guiding light within out lives.

In a world currently up to its proverbial rafters in drama, let alone the real pain and suffering so many are going through, Love is needed more than ever. To see the other through the eyes of Love is to give our hearts a chance to open to the world as it is meant to be. It is an opportunity to offer the one gift you can truly give that can know no bounds – the Love That Passeth All Understanding. Touch that within yourself, allow it to flow forth unconditionally, and you will have found the door to Home.

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Here in the Great White North  – not so white yet but large and definitely North – it is also THANKSGIVING WEEKEND – a time of gratitude when we acknowledge, appreciate, and give thanks for all that has been given to us. We give thanks for the kindnesses that have been offered, for the food on our tables, the friendships that prosper, and the blessings that have been given. And for the opportunity each day provides for us to share our gifts and our love with the world.

And so I thank you, each and everyone of you, wherever you may be, for your courage and willingness to step beyond the norm, to share your kindness with others, your laughter, your joy, your smile;  to dare to love, and in loving, nourish your visions of a world of harmony, balance, and yes, even peace – so that one day, hopefully very soon, those visions will have become our reality.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!

Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.         Always will be.

Need I say…?

It’s Sunday AGAIN. WOW, how could that be, and so soon after last week. Did time fly? Did the birds flutter faster into tomorrow? Did we hit the warp speed button and we don’t remember? No matter, it is Sunday and what does that make it for us lovers of a world of love – that’s right – it makes it LET’S MAKE SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE day.single-red-rose-3

So get out there. Shake a few hands, hug a few people, tell them you love them, smile that radiant smile of yours and let it nourish you and your world. Cast a glow of love like a fisherman’s net into the beyond so that it can bring forth a song of happiness and joy.

And remember, every moment is THE moment – no matter what it looks like out there. So open your heart. Dare to dream the great dream. Dare to imagine it into being. And most important, dare to love.

Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.       Always will be.

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What day is it?

YOU GOT IT – IT’S SUNDAY – our Let’s Make It A Day Of Love day. single-red-rose-3

So go be a fire fly of love. Fill each moment with kindness. Sing a song of beauty. Dance in the open air. Love the trees around you. Kiss the sun, or the clouds if the sun is hiding. And remember – you are Love. No matter what your body looks like, no matter what’s around you, no matter what’s in your bank account or isn’t – LOVE is who you really are – and LOVE is what our world is really made of. No matter how dark or dull or devastating things might appear to be, LOVE is there hiding in the mist of our moments, waiting to be felt and seen.

So go feel the love. Open you heart to its song. And when you hear it, dare to share its melody. Because LOVE is everywhere, waiting for YOU.

You are a blessing. You are LOVE.

Tomorrow is Sunday.

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If you are new to this call, do check out WILL YOU JOIN ME? You’ll find it in the Headings listed above. Have a read and if it speaks to your heart, do join us. Also, there are Share buttons. Please use them. The more love circulating our world right now the better.

This is an exquisite planet, full of immense beauty and wonder, and you, each and every one of you, are part of that majesty of being. No matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) in your life, don’t ever forget that. Let the light within you shine upon your life like never-ending starlight or a sun-kissed day, and let the love that hovers deep within your heart, divine and everlasting, be a gentle flowing river throughout everything you are and do. We will all be better for it.

Bless you!

 

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Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.        Always will be.

A Wee Reminder & A Big Thank You

burning candles, like a heartFIRST OF ALL, to those of you who participated yesterday in Let’s Make Sunday A Day Of Love – THANK YOU! Every time we choose to be the emanation of love in our lives and in our days, a ripple of that love flows into our world. As we all know, our world needs that love right now perhaps more than ever, and truth be told, so do we. So bless you and thank you!

Remember – there’s always next Sunday. Let’s be in this one for the long haul. Let’s spread the word and be the love.

 

lotus flowerNow for the Wee Reminder – TEMPLATES FROM THE GARDEN – There are nine templates available from this series and they are looking for their new owners. As some of you may remember, the focus for the series is now closed so these are the last ones you can buy from this series.

Here’s the list of titles – AT HOME IN THE GARDEN – STRAIGHT TO THE HEART – THE DANCE – A PLACE OF PEACE – BALANCE – WATERS OF COMPASSION – SERENITY – THE GREENING – TOWARDS A STARLIT GARDEN.

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‘Detail’ of THE WATERS OF COMPASSION created by Aliana Alani 2016

If any of these call to your heart, do email me – aliana at 22shangrila.com – and we will discuss the power of the templates and pricing. Of course you can purchase any of the series solely as artwork BUT if you also choose to be a Keeper of the energy and focus, you bring that resonance and flame of possibility into your home, your life, and your world on a deeper level.

The doors to these templates have been opened, the portals created, now they need to complete their next step which is to find the home they are meant to be in. Then they come full circle and are truly resonating at their optimum.

Each one of these is sacred geometry that in its own unique harmonic way speaks the language of love.

If any of them speak to you, do become one of the Keepers.

 

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Remember

Love is the answer

Always has been.     Always will be.

 

Yes, Yes, it’s Sunday!

For those of you who are joining us, let’s make this a radiant Day of Love. Be that shining light. Let love pour through every part of your being and share it softly, like a gentle breeze of kindness and compassion, wherever you may go today, wherever you may be.

munich burning candleAnd remember, the planet is nourished and healed through love as well, as is all of nature. There are lots of fires, floods, and storms out there right now. A gentle healing kiss of love in their direction would not go amiss.

We are all together in this worldly journey so let’s help love be the guiding light. And don’t forget, put yourself in that circle of love as well.

If you are new to this call, please check my page, WILL YOU JOIN ME? that is listed in the headings section above. If it touches you, then please help Make Sunday a Day of Love. And use the Share buttons. The more who join in helping love prevail, the better.

Blessings to you and have a great love-filled day!

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Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.         Always will be.

 

 

Let’s Make Sunday a Day of Love

Yes, it’s true – tomorrow is Sunday.

single red rose 3So I am here once again to remind you of WILL YOU JOIN ME?, the page I posted a couple of weeks ago that began the call to come together to Make Sunday a Day of Love (you can find the page heading above this posting in the headings area).

As some of you may know by now, it is a call to come home to love – to bring love, unconditional and timeless, into all aspects of our lives – for ourselves, for each other, and for the world.We begin with one day – Sunday. But ultimately it is there to assist us in infusing every day with love; to get used to the idea, the feeling, its resonance within, and then, make it so.

Please go to the page WILL YOU JOIN ME? and read about it.

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Obviously, the world has gotten a little crazier and pain-filled since last weekend, so our love, kind and compassionate, is needed more than ever. There are a lot of vulnerable people out there right now who could use feeling a little healing love. So let’s join together and Make this Sunday a Day of Love – and when we do, when we create that healing circle within the day of love, let’s be sure we send some of that love, like a gentle gentle wave, into our very fragile world, that those in need may feel, even from distance, that they are not alone, and yes, that they are loved

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Bless you and thank you. Thank you for helping MAKE SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE.

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Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.              Always will be.