B a l a n c e

I was looking through the pictures that I took that morning and this one jumped out at me, I just love these flowers and their vibrant colors of purple and yellow, and as I was looking at it thinking I’m going to use it in my next blog post, the word balance came to me and I immediately knew that it’s the perfect word and it has to be here.

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When I was finished with the photo, I was trying to write how balance has come just when I needed it, but no matter how I said it, it just wasn’t right.  For two days now I’ve tried to write what balance means to me, how sometimes I’m out of balance, why we need to create balance…but I haven’t been able to.  The words just get stuck and I can’t get them out, it’s like there’s a wall stopping them from getting through.

It finally hit me that there isn’t anything for me to say, that what it means to me, my interpretation of it, is not the glory of this word.  That the word wants to be on it’s own allowing it’s message to unfold naturally for everyone and not as interpreted by me.

So, here it is – b a l a n c e – welcome it, carry it around with you, bring it to your mind throughout the day, think on it, let it unfold for you, and allow it to reveal it’s wisdom to you.

And if you’d like to share here in the comments bellow, I’d love to know how balance revealed itself to you, what message does it hold for you.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

My Photos at the Chinese New Year Display

Last week when I was in Las Vegas visiting with my son and family, my son took me to see the Chinese New Year display at the Bellagio hotel.  Just amazing!!!

In Chinese astrology the dog occupies the eleventh position in the zodiac and this is the year of the Earth Dog.  If you were born in 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946 and 1934, you were born in the year of the dog.  It’s believed that a person’s characteristics are determined by that year’s animal and element.  I was born in the year of the ‘Fire Dog’ and some of my characteristics are, intelligent, hard working, and sincere… 🙂

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There are 18 dogs on display representing the year 2018.  Among some of it’s attributes the dog is loyal, intelligent, honest, and playful.  We are reminded that these are some of the energies of this year.

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There are Chinese lanterns hanging all over and cherry blossoms and a big money tree for prosperity.

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The conservatory was crowded which made it a bit difficult for me to get the shots I wanted.

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In the middle of everything there’s koi pond, with lots of gold fish swimming around.

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Flowers, flowers and more flowers everywhere.  I love the mannequins, all the outfits are made out of flowers and I was wondering how they keep the flowers from wilting.  My son noticed looking closely at the flowers, that you can see that they’re wet and water is dripping down, so I’m assuming that there’s a water system inside the mannequin to keep them fresh.

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Oh and here’s my favorite son.  (don’t tell my other kids that he’s my favorite)

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The displays change with the seasons and I love that when it’s taken down 90% of the trees, plants and flowers are recycled to celebrate and honor our earth.

I had a fantastic time taking these photos, everything was so beautiful, the colors are gorgeous, the creativity of this display is amazing.  We ended the day with a delicious caesar salad and pizza at Grimaldi’s.  I loved being with my family, and now I’m home wiped out.  🙂

Chinese New Year Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

Here’s What I Know…

You can’t always be on top of things and you can’t always direct your days.   You can’t always be perfect and creative and whatever else you think you need to be every day.

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I also know that there are times you can’t force things to happen. You can’t make yourself meditate, or read a book, or be forgiving, or understanding.  Or, not put your foot in your mouth (sometimes). You can’t set a goal and decide how it has to turn out, because the universe may have other plans for you. Greater ones than you could have ever imagined.

I had other plans for today but I just couldn’t get into it… and so I’m resting in the energy that is showing up.  Simple.  Peaceful. Unhurried. I took photos in the store.  🙂  And by the way I didn’t edit any of the colors in these photos.  I love my camera.

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So what I know is that life is not always perfect; things do not always go as planned. Sometimes plans get sidetracked and sometimes life is messy and that’s ok too.  But every day holds out endless possibilities and unlimited potential.  Every day has its own color and shape and energies and we can play in the sandbox or not.

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And this I know for sure – I love my life with all its messiness and magic and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.

Feel free to share what you know… in the comment section below, love to hear from you.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

Why You Need to Go With the Flow

Sometimes I just forget that I’m not superwoman and that I can’t do everything and that I need to listen to my body and give myself a rest and a break. I get into this place where I’m walking around with this idea that I have to be creative every single minute of every single day, and if I’m not, I’m wasting my precious life. And I get stressed (ohhhh noooo) when new ideas aren’t flooding my mind all the time and I’m not creating all the time.

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Sometimes life happens like this past week where every day I had something that came up. Monday morning the water hose to my fridge broke and luckily I was home when the water started gushing out all over. (There was lots of towels to wash)  The next day I had to go to the ear doctor and the next to the dentist (also not planned) and in between I also went to work. I also had scheduled for my windows to be cleaned on another day and so I had workers here and cleaning up to do, and before I knew it the week was gone and I felt like I didn’t do anything, anything creative that is. I am at my most creative in the morning, I love doing my ritual, having breakfast, writing in my journal… that’s how I start my mornings, but when stuff happens nothing creative gets done.

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And so I have to remind myself every so often that, I don’t have to be creative every minute of every day.  Sometimes I don’t get anything done even when there is no stuff happening to interrupt my day, and that’s ok too.  And that creativity can show up at the most unexpected moment, when I least expect it, like the idea to write this blog post. And sometimes I need to follow the rhythm of my own self, and not hold myself up to some out of reach schedule and ideals that are impossible to meet, I’m not superwoman. And sometimes life just happens and I need to go with the flow of it all.

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But in between all that I did manage to take some photos this past week while out shopping.  (Big smile)

And so life continues to show up sometimes expected and at others totally unexpected and I’m reminding myself to just go with the flow…

How are you showing up to your life, come and share in the comment section below, love to hear from you.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

It’s All About Wreaths this Week

I started this holiday season with beautiful Poinsettias, here, and this week it’s all about wreaths.

How I love wreaths.  I feel like my soul is jumping up and down for joy as I hang my wreath on my door. For me it’s a symbol of welcome, blessings, unity, wholeness, and inclusion. It represents infinity since there is no beginning and no end.  It holds within it the unending circle of life, the sun and the moon. It also symbolizes hope and joy.

This is the one on my front door, welcoming all with joy and blessings.

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Here are some photos I took in different stores, I love just looking at them.

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Can you tell I love wreaths? I love the ones with red berries and the ones made with sparkle, and bows, and I love the evergreen symbolizing growth and life.

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This holiday season is about opening our hearts to each other, releasing joy and love. It’s about welcome. It’s about blessings.  It’s about our precious gift – this life.

It’s a reminder that every single step of our inner journey is a pilgrimage. It’s a longing for unity with a power greater than ourselves.

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So come and join me, lets continue this 2017 holiday celebration with joy and wonder.  Post your own pictures of a wreath, (one only please) that fills you with joy, here in the comments bellow, or join me at my face book page, here , and join in the fun.

Happy Holiday Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2017

Loving the Holiday Season Come Join the Fun

I love the holiday season and I love to surround myself with holiday things that make me feel happy.

I love the colors, the feeling, the food, the delicious smells of holiday.  I love Christmas dinner with my family, love the ornaments, love looking at all the decorations in the mall and in all the stores. I love going to Las Vegas at this time of the year and going to the different hotels to look at the decorations.  Every hotel has something different and  amazing, although I don’t think I’m getting there this year :(, and I love looking at the trees decorated with the lights and hearing the Christmas songs all over.  I love Christmas songs… and did I say I love the holiday season? So I decided to post some of my favorite things throughout this holiday season, and I’m starting with the Christmas flower, Poinsettia.

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This is also a time of the year when I hold my mother dearly in my heart, and I remember and miss our time together.  We went to the mall often throughout the year, but during this holiday season it was always more special for us.  We would just walk around looking at everything Christmas, window shopping with smiles from ear to ear on our faces.  And of course we always had a cup of something hot, mostly tea, at the eatery and watch all the people walking by carrying bags filled with goodies.

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So here we are, and I’m taking a journey through a month full of wonder and magic.

This holiday season invites us to open our heart to look within and to give out the beauty that lives within us.  Lets open to, and allow the magic of this season to capture our imagination and our hearts. Spend a few minutes each day, if you can, just becoming aware of the love the mystery of this universe is extending to you.  And don’t worry you’ll still have plenty of time to rush around.

I invite you to join me in celebrating the last month of 2017 with joy and wonder.  Post your own pictures of Poinsettias, (one only please) that uplift you, here in the comments bellow, or join me at my face book page, click here , and join the fun.

Happy Holiday Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2017