No more…

By: Aliana Alani ©2017

You will forgive me if I say – no more.
Forgive me, perhaps, as I turn away
From this game you seem unable, or unwilling,
To leave behind.

I have stood watch over your thirst for conquest.
Soothed your wounds of battle with my tears.
Mourned your spirits passing, bodies left in the cold of dark.

Many times the heavens turned, showering love
Like fertile seeds within the winds of sorrow
Upon the fields of story – your story
That you seem unable, or unwilling, to leave behind.

Many times did you drink from their cup gladly,
Relishing the moment, healing, even gratefully,
Only then to forget, yes again.

I have come more times than you can possibly imagine
To speak for love instead of hate
To light the way for gentler tomorrows,
And still it continues.

So you will forgive me, perhaps,
If I say – no more.

No more will I lament your passing nor watch
Sweet souls tumble to a blood-strewn earth.
No more will I bury your bones within the stars of light
That you may come to your senses and remember.

This game of war is yours and yours alone.
The courage to peace, to change, lives within.
It has always been thus, but this time it is up to you.
For next time, beloveds, you will be on your own.

You will forgive me, perhaps.
I will not come again.

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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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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.

Okay Folks…

single red rose 3TOMORROW IS SUNDAY … so be daring, start early, grab that glorious radiant gold ring of love, wrap it like a soft blanket around your heart, and – SHINE, SHINE, SHINE.

WHY? Because you’re needed. WHY ELSE? Because it’s who you are!

HELP LIGHT THE WORLD WITH LOVE.

 

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Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.            Always will be.

It’s Sunday…

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SO LET IT BE A DAY OF LOVE ….

IN YOUR HEART. IN YOUR LIFE, IN YOUR WORLD.

Don’t forget…

TOMORROW IS SUNDAY!single red rose 3

That’s right, the LET’S MAKE SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE day. So if you’re new to this, come join the group. If you’ve been participating every Sunday, YAHOO, keep it up. Whichever it may be – make tomorrow, SUNDAY, a day of love. And if it feels right, chat it up. Click the share buttons below or on the WILL YOU JOIN ME? page above. Help make it all happen. Help it grow.

Spread the joy, send ripples of loving kindness wherever you can, let the love in your heart help gently heal our world. Though love is everywhere and a part of the fabric of everything, on the outer it’s been a week of sadness, sorrow and devastation for far too many.

So don’t hold back. Open your heart and let the love flow. Remember, this is unconditional love – compassionate – caring – a kind hand on a sobbing shoulder. This love asks nothing in return. It just is. Why? Because that’s who we truly are.

SO GO BE WHO YOU TRULY ARE. GO BE THE LOVE.

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Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.        Always will be.

 

Remember…

LET SUNDAY BE A DAY OF LOVE!

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Wherever you are, whoever you are with, may this Sunday be filled with kindness, blessings, and gratitude – for each moment, each smile you give or receive, and each precious breath you take. Every moment is a blessing. Send gentle waves of love into your day, your world, and yes even your own heart that the magic and exquisite beauty of love may be everywhere.

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Yes, that’s right…

TOMORROW IS SUNDAY …single red rose 3

So go ahead and make it a day of love. Cast a gaze around you and celebrate the beauty. Dip your feet into the well of loving kindness and then share some with those nearby. Be joyous. Be happy. Be compassionate. And because you can, because it’s in you right here right now – take it a notch higher and go forth and be a never-ending waterfall of love.

And when the day is done and you think on all the blessed moments, breathe deeply from that magical air that’s been created, be super daring, and choose to make Monday a day of love too.

Remember – YOU MATTER – so be sure to love yourself as well.

Imagine how beautiful this world will be when every day is a day of love.

 

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Love is the answer.

Always has been.          Always will be.

Go on now…

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HAVE A LOVE-FILLED SUNDAY and enjoy every moment of it. Dance under the trees. Kiss the one you love. Remember something wonderful that you always wanted to do, and do it. Let the song of love gently emanate from your heart, that the whole world may hear its call and in hearing it, slowly, softly, move in harmony with it.

Imagine that.