Happy New Year

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Happy New Year 🎆 Welcome 2019! ✨

I had a really nice and peaceful New Years Eve. I started the day with a morning mediation class with Intention on growth, abundance and hope for the new year. I recently returned to practicing yoga after breaking my foot and I did my first challenging practicing yesterday afternoon. While I still felt some resistance and tightness as I moved and my foot was sore last night, I felt good to move my body and sweat. It reminded me why I love yoga. I watched the movie “Birdbox” on Netflix early last night. It was good but I am not sure it is worth all of the fuss I’ve been hearing about it. I managed to stay up and at 11:50 I sat on my mediation cushion and meditated until 12:05 using the “Aad Gurey Nameh” mantra as my focus. I chose this mantra for my New Years Eve mediation because it opens the Heart Chakra and it offers protection and project of the Heart Chakra energies. It’s healing. It was a lovely way to end 2018 and welcome 2019.

Aad Gurey Nameh

2018 brought many changes into my life – Good healthy changes. I took a leap and tried out a new job in a temporary position. It has been a great experience. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I needed to take this leap. I needed to push myself, test myself and prove to myself that I could operate on this level. I am different now. I guess I will find some way to acceptance and probably keep looking for another opportunity to eventually leave again. I don’t hate it there. The people are all very nice but the work is just not fulfilling to me and that is what causes me the most stress. I know what career fulfillment tastes like now. I don’t want to go back to feeling uninspired.

Perhaps the biggest change happened to me spiritually and emotionally. Graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach gave me the tools to make better holistic choices for myself. Taking those classes taught me how to take care of myself in all aspects of my life. It also taught me how to have patience with myself and acceptance that everything is always working out for my highest good. I am not working full time as a Health Coach but I have a LLC and continue offer pro bono counseling sessions to folks I know. It was totally worth the money I spent on tuition and the year of hard work. I am very thankful I was able to do it for myself. I hope to work full time as a Holistic Wellness Coach after I retire.

Apache prayer

2018 was a year of deep healing. Deep painful memories and experiences from my past came to the surface to be healed. In a sense it brought darkness to light so it could be transmuted. I’ve learned to forgive myself for not being strong enough in the past to allow myself to heal. I learned it’s ok to talk about what happened to me. I learned it wasn’t my fault. I’ve learned to live with sadness and pain that comes in waves of PTSD flashbacks when I think about everything I lost and gave up because I couldn’t let anyone in. I’ve learned I am worthy of love and I’ve learned men who truly care about me will respect me and my body. Blue Love had the opportunity to be just like other men in my life but he chose to not take advantage of me. I am thankful to him for that and I respect his integrity for making that choice. He taught me to trust. I do trust him with my well-being and trust his judgment. I am grateful he’s been part of my healing and my life.

2018 was the year of growth and healing for me. It was the year I found peace within. It was the year my spiritual practices deepen. It was the year I let go of what I thought I wanted. It was the year I followed the signs wherever they went and trusted my own intuition to guide me to the right choices. 2018 was the year I learned the people who are meant to be in my life, will always be in my life. It was year I truly learned to love myself and others unconditionally. I know I will look back on 2018 and remember it was the year I found my authentic voice and finally found peace within.

I am not sure what 2019 will bring. I am eager and excited. My main focus in 2019 will be on living my most authentic life. Loving myself enough to make good choices for my life and my body. Supporting those I love but not at the expense of my own happiness. In 2019 I will help heal others. I hope to set a good example. I will work for change. I will help good to triumph over evil. I will lean into 2019 with an open heart and mind. I will keep my vibration high. I will offer the Universe the vibration of love and continue to pray for Loving Kindness.

I claim love as my vibration for 2019. I wish you all a beautiful New Years.


Remember to put a little love in the world with the Loving Kindness Prayer

Loving Kindness Prayer
May you be safe
May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be loved

Everything is always working out for my highest good 💙🦋

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Shower of Roses – St. Therese Lisieux

St. Therese Lisieux, The Little Flower, saved my life one night about six months after my sister died in 1999.  That night not only brought me to my knees in tears and prayer but was the start of my relationship with beautiful St Therese and her Shower of Roses in my life.

My sister was terminally ill for long time.  I not only watched her health decline but I was also a caregiver.  You think you are prepared for death especially when your loved one has been sick for a long time.  Take my word for it, you are never prepared.  After two weeks in intensive care in early 1999, we asked the Doctors to not give her any additional medications and to let her go in peace.

The first few months after her death were a blur.  There were so many things to worry about and my Mother was teetering between despair and a nervous breakdown.  I spent my time off from work with my family and taking care of my Mom. I was trying to hold my Mom together without really realizing I hadn’t allowed myself to grieve.

Grief caught up to me one night at the end of that summer.  In retrospect, it had been building for a while but I was soldiering on and ignoring it.  I broken down in tears in a meeting in work the day before; my coworkers knew I had reached breaking point. I left work early that day and stayed home that weekend. I was completely broken and could not stop crying. I woke up around 1:00am in morning on Sunday with pressure in my chest and uncontrollable tears streaming down my face.  I was alone in my apartment and I knew I was in trouble. I was having desperate thoughts.  I knew I had to find a church that was opened 24 hours. I had lay my burdens on God’s shoulders. I needed the comfortable of my faith and of a church.

I lived in Ocean City at the time. None of the churches around me were opened 24 hours.  I pulled out the phone book and found Our Lady of Sorrows which was 20 minutes way and was opened 24 hours.  I got to OLS around 2:00am.  When I walked in, I found a St. Therese Lisieux statue and the Miraculous Prayer To The Little Flower card.  I spent the next four hours sitting in front of St. Therese and praying with the card in my hand.  By the time I left the church, I knew she was with me. I could feel the comfort of her presence. I could smell roses. I walked around looking for roses but couldn’t find any but I smelled roses.  That is St. Therese’ sign; you smell or receive a rose.

From that night forward I started to slowly allow myself grieve, I went into the work on Monday but talked to my boss and took a two week leave of absence because I knew I couldn’t work and heal.  I started participating in grief counseling groups and therapy. I started slowly healing. I stopped in church daily for years to light candles, leave roses at St. Therese’s feet or just to say a quick prayer.

Since that night 18 years ago, I’ve maintained a relationship with St. Therese. I pray to her every day. I am member of the Little Flower Society.  I use roses as my sign when I need confirmation from her. Over the years she has sent me hundreds of roses and answers thousands of prayers. She is my rose🌹 As you can imagine, roses are now very spiritual to me and carry great significance in my life.   🌹 If you ever want to make me happy, give me rose 🌹 Since that night I remind myself every day to little things with great love.

I know no other way than to be a lover. If I love you, you will know it. I don’t make grand gestures, I do small little things to show you I care. Instead of having my usual Christmas cards printed this year, I sent folks that are important to me each a Little Flower Christmas prayer card which enrolled each of them in five novena masses with the Carmelites starting Christmas day.   This was my way of spreading St. Therese’s message of “little ways” of great love.

Below is the Miraculous Prayer To The Little Flower that I have said for the last 18 years. I’ve carried this card in my purse for 18 years. I have it in my apartment. I keep one in my bible and in my car. It’s my go to prayer. It always works! Sometimes we don’t always get what we pray for but we always get support and comfort when we pray. Who doesn’t need a novena? 🙏😂 Please visit http://www.littleflower.org for more information about St. Therese Lisieux and the Carmelites.

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Life is best when lived passionately

A Prayer For The Suffering

A Prayer For The Suffering
By: Linda A. Long

Dear God
I pray today
For your support
Strengthen me
With your love
So that I may face
The hardships of life
With the grace
Of a woman
And not
The immaturity of a child
Steady me
With compassion
For those who
Speak falsely against me
Favor me with
Gratitude for
All that is still in my life
Instead of focusing on
Who and what I’ve lost
Dear God
I ask for courage
As I move through
The coming hard months
Courage to keep my eyes
Faced towards to sky
So that I see your face
In the stars
And feel
Your Son’s love
As it shines on my face
I am not asking
For you to spare
My suffering
I am asking for you
To sustain me
Fortify me
So that
My heart
While broken
With loss
Once again
Remains open
To love and light
Brush the tears away
From my eyes
So that I see goodness
And hope
Standing before me
Grace me
With peace and understanding
When someone does me wrong
Sustain me
With faith
So I keep your
Promise of hope
In my heart
With every tear
That runs down
My face
Open my mind
And eyes
To truth in my life
And bless me
With the courage
To accept my
Disappointments without bitterness
Above all
Allow me to
Open my heart
To those souls
Who genuinely
Care about me
And my well being
It is in your arms
My weakness
Will be made strong
I lay my
Heartaches at your feet
And ask your support
In the name
Of the Father
The Son
And the Holy Spirit

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Life Is Best When Lived Passionately

For Sandy on her birthday, I am the woman I am today, because you loved me.
Thank you. Thank you.❤️🌹


By: Linda A. Long

You break me
You bully me
You push me
You taunt me
You hurt me
You disappoint me
You humble me
For some reason
I don’t quite
I still believe
I believe you
Love me
Call me again
To rise up
Push forward
And grow again
You ask me to
Trust this journey
You ask me
To transform
My heart and soul
When I underestimate
You show me
My strength
When I feel broken
You show me
You removed all
Obstacles from love
In my heart
And made
Me love again
I turn my eyes
To the sunshine
And put my trust
Into your hands
Where ever
This journey takes me
I know
I’m being called
To be someone different
Without understanding
I accept your invitation
To grow
I fear that
I’m a too tired
To rally
But I trust
You will give
Me the strength
In this prayer
I acquiesce
I only ask
For you to oblige
One request
Let there be a reason
For this
Let there be a purpose
In this
Let my experiences
Encourage others
Let my determination
Motivate others
Let my humble words
Help someone else
Find peace
Or perhaps
Detect a disease early
Because they read
About my experiences
I pray
For meaning
In my challenges
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My Novena Rose Prayer


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My Novena Rose Prayer
O Little Therese of the Child
of Jesus, please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly gardens and
send it to me as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus, ask
God today to grant the favors I
Now place with confidence in
your hands…

(Mention specific requests –  Today I ask for healing for a friend. My head is still reeling from the news that they have a rare cancer and need surgery. They have a strong body and mind. So, I feel there can be no other outcome but a full recovery and healing. Please give strength to them and their family and caregivers as they set out of fight this battle. I ask you give the surgeons skill and knowledge to give them excellent care. I ask you to give me wisdom so I know what to say, how to help and what to do for them in the coming weeks. Lastly, I ask that you recognize this person is just pure goodness. They are one of the good ones. Bless them with healing.)

St. Therese, help me to always
believe as you did, in God’s great
love for me, so that I might
imitate your “Little Way” each day.


Last night I was given some really bad news. I hardly slept and I woke up heavy hearted. I am still in shock. I am worried and extremely sad that a friend I love deeply is seriously ill. I called my Mother this morning as she always has a way of helping me gain perspective. But, neither one of us could come up with anything comforting regarding this news. So, we just told each other we loved each other and hung up. Sometimes that’s all you can really say or do. 

My friend is really quite special. I’ve learned a lot from her. And, she’s been an amazing friend to me in the last few years. So many of my friends couldn’t handle when I walked away from my life a couple years ago. I learned many of them were just drinking buddies. My “real” friend list is much smaller now since I changed my life. But, the friends I have are true and deep. She stuck by me and went on the whole ride with me. When I didn’t drink, she didn’t drink. If I didn’t want to go to a bar, she didn’t go to bar. She walked with me. She went to the beach with me. I even got her to try Yoga. And, mostly, she listened to me. Friends don’t get much better than that and I am extremely grateful to have her in my life. That is why I am so shaken up by this news.  I don’t want to see her suffer or go through the surgery or treatments. She doesn’t deserve it. If I could take her place, I would gladly.   

I am kind of standoffish with people at first. I usually keep to myself. I have to warm up to people before I am comfortable with them. But, once someone is in my heart and part of my life, my heart beats with theirs. Once I adjust to this news, I will focus only on sending her good healing thoughts and positive energy.

The only way I know how to deal with things like this is to pray. I am posting this prayer on my blog because I believe in praying boldly. If anyone reading this could also offer a prayer for my friend, I would deeply appreciate it.

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I Will Let Fall A Shower Of Roses

St. Therese and the Shower of Roses


What did she (St. Therese)  mean by her “Shower of Roses”?

Experience has shown that St. Therese’s “shower of roses” is both figurative and actual. As she was dying in the convent infirmary, Therese could look out and see the rose bushes blossoming. She loved roses. She had thrown rose petals as a Child before the Blessed Sacrament. As she reflected on her quiet, hidden, and gentle life ending, she believed in faith that God had great things in store for her. She believed that her mission was only beginning as she entered the fullness of life with God. She explained: “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved…”

Shortly after her death, the rain of roses began. Sometimes roses literally appeared, and sometimes just the fragrance of them. Cures of painful and fatal diseases and many other miraculous experiences were attributed to her intercession. Sometimes people found inner peace and regained an inner warmth of spirit and confidence, by appealing to St. Therese. Many miracles and actions of St. Therese do not involve roses. More often than not, marvelous things happen in people’s lives as they ask for her heavenly intercession. The miracles, healings and inner peace come from the trust one places in God, not from any manifestation of roses. St. Therese lived in the dark night of the senses and spirit, with little consolation. Thus, the friends and followers of St. Therese expect no consolation of sighted roses that their prayers are being answered. Her “little way” is about child-like trust and gentle love. She is the great apostle of faith in God’s love, not simple reliance on physical signs. Jesus warned us, and Therese experienced that the desire for signs is a sign of weak faith. It is always important to remember that St. Therese did not experience extra-ordinary phenomena in her life. Her faith was refined and strengthened by God.

Roses are Therese’s signature. It is her way of whispering to those who need a sign that she has heard, and God is responding. Thousands of people have given witness to the way Therese responds to their petitions and prayers with grace and roses. The grace is more important than the roses. So many miracles have happened through the intercession of St. Therese without any roses appearing – usually the deep inner peace of accepting God’s will and seeing His loving plan and presence is the “rose” experienced. Sometimes the lack of a physical “rose signature” is an affirmation of a strong faith.

One does not pray for roses. Therese’s message is about simplicity and love in the ordinary events of life. Trust in Therese is important, and when she wills, roses or their fragrance may appear. The stories are remarkable how roses have shown up in the lives and experiences of people, especially in the darkest times. The ordinary and constant way these roses and graces have shown up in people’s experience is extraordinary. It is important to always maintain the rose of confidence that our All-Loving God hears and responds to our needs, according to the mysterious ways of His Love.

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My Prayer For You Today – St. Therese Lisieux

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.”
― Thérèse de Lisieux



For more information about St. Therese Lisieux and her “Shower of Roses”, please visit www.littleflower.org.

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