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What’s one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

What’s one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

I was thinking about this today, thinking about this Thanksgiving and remembering a very special Thanksgiving when I was young. It’s still one of my favorite memories and I am fortunate to have lots of them.

I think I was around 5 years old and it was the night before Thanksgiving.

A big truck pulled up to our house and seven or so of my dad’s friends all came into our dining room. They started to bring in boxes of food, veggies, turkeys, and cans and all sorts of stuff was piled up everywhere. Then, my dad pulled out a long list and all the men started filling the boxes from this list. I knew some of the men, but not all of them.

Of course I asked what it was all about.

My dad told me this was a list from the priests and ministers and rabbi from our town of all the people who may not have enough money to have a good Thanksgiving dinner. So he and his friends got donations of food and money from stores and people to fill these boxes so everyone could have a great Thanksgiving.

I asked to help and I got to count out the potatoes and put them in the right boxes. They kept talking and laughing and working until there were piles of boxes filled with food in the living room and dining room.

Once the boxes were packed they took out a map and put it on the table. My dad explained that they were figuring out the best roads to take so they could deliver everything.

When I asked him who the families were, he smiled and said, “We don’t know. We ask the priests and rabbi not to give us their names, just their addresses so they won’t feel funny or embarrassed that they don’t have enough food this year.

I know my eye must have been wide open at this point. Then he said, “We drive to their house, put the food on the porch or front step. Then we ring the bell and drive away.”

I was in awe. I didn’t know what to say, but I was so proud of him.

They took all of the boxes to the truck and came back in to say goodbye.
Then I looked at all the men in my house and saw they had hats on. I’d never seen those hats before and so I asked one of the men what they were.

He said, “We are veterans and these are the hats we wore when we fought for our country.”

I looked again and all the men smiled. They wore their hats, stood taller and looked at me. And my dad said, “You know, we all just really like to help.”

Then they left laughing and joking and got into the truck and drove away.

I’m tearing up right now, remembering that band of brothers in my house making Thanksgiving for people they would never really know.

Thank you Dad, and all your friends for a simple memory that still moves and inspires me today!

What’s one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

 

 

Stopping Is The Way To Go

Stopping Is The Way To Go

Stopping Is The Way To Go

Living Inspired is a passion of mine. I can see what our world would look like, if we were living inspired. I can see each person’s life filled with the richness of their purpose and positive passion. I can see and imagine how each life would shine, how each of us would discover new ways to fulfill our own visions while we engage the world in positive possibilities for peace, harmony, beauty, health and creative expression that brings more live, more connection and more awakening into our world.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one!” John Lennon

 With this vision, this dream, and by Living Inspired, we can uplift our world and have fun doing it. We can bring greater positive creation to our own lives and our world. That’s why I wrote my book, Living Inspired with Lumari, so you can access the wisdom, energies and teachings of active inspiration and begin Living Inspired every day.

Usually, Living Inspired isn’t really about tips. It’s about recognizing and opening to a greater fullness and then acting from that awakening. And, of course, when I say that, I have tips I can share to help you do that, to help you recognize true inspiration when it comes to you. This is about living inspired, so it’s active. You engage it.

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A Perfect Gift ~ Discover the Gift of Five Blessings

A Perfect Gift

Discover the Gift of Five Blessings

Gifts are powerful. Really. Holiday, birthday, anniversary, thank-you and ‘just because’ presents shift both you and the recipient in a moment. When you give a gift to someone, you extend a heartfelt connection. You share love, appreciation, and delight with them. Think about how amazing that is!

I love gifts! I love receiving them. I am so excited receiving gifts and one of my fun saying is, “Send presents!” I love giving gifts, too! I create lists of what I know people will want, so I can get them something they will love.

My husband Peter’s birthday is coming soon and I already bought him his present. I couldn’t resist. I knew he would love that gift so much, that I even gave it to him a month early. Peter loves his coffee, straight, black coffee. I found a gorgeous coffeemaker that is exactly what he wanted. No, he didn’t pick it out, but knowing my beloved, I knew that not only did he want a good, quick and perfect brewer, it also had to be beautifully designed. Every time he brews our favorite coffee, he smiles. That is a powerful gift!

The Gift Of Five Blessings
I’ve noticed that there are five blessings that are given, when you give or receive a gift. They are very powerful.

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Living Inside Appreciation – Meditations With Lumari

Meditations With Lumari

Living Inside Appreciation – Meditations With Lumari – Audio meditation included!

APPRECIATING YOUR BEING

Appreciation is an expression of admiration, approval or gratitude. When you appreciate something or someone, you place value upon it. You understand its worth or quality or significance and place it in high regard. You can look outside yourself and recognize the beauty, contribution or excellence of someone or something. You can look within yourself and value a feeling, a gift or a greater truth.

Appreciation occurs in the present moment
Appreciation is a wave emanating in the present. Whether you appreciate aspects of your past or are looking forward into the future with appreciation for new opportunities, the wave of high vibrations coming from appreciation is in the now. It’s a gift that happens in the present moment. When you are appreciating, you give yourself a gift of moments of admiration, recognition and gratitude. Appreciation is a gift you give yourself that expands your heart in soft pleasure. By appreciating something or someone, you open to the gifts of life. You recognize and understand beauty, wisdom, delight, value and caring. Appreciation fills your moment with those gifts. It’s uplifting, heart-warming, and filled with wonder.

THE APPRECIATION MEDITATION

I created this meditation, to awaken and expand feelings of appreciation in life and for life. As you connect with what you do appreciate, you can increase it. As you extend appreciation to others, you expand the feelings of joy and well-being. Continue reading

Joan Rivers ~ Honoring You with Tears of Joy and Sadness

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Joan Rivers ~ Honoring a Great Gal with Tears of Joy and Sadness

I didn’t think I’d cry, at the passing of Joan Rivers.
Yet, I write with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.

Joan, I send you blessings on your sacred journey. May you be embraced by those who love, appreciate and honor you. I send blessings to your family and friends whose sorrow at your loss will always be flavored with the joy, laughter and acidic humor that shocked us into laughing at whatever danced around your mind.

What a remarkable women!
Joan Rivers built her success on her own terms, with a generous heart, and in the face of everyone who knew that women could not succeed at stand-up.

Well, she did it. She succeeded while making us laugh, laughing at herself and challenging us to laugh at ourselves! She is unforgettable. Irreverent, challenging, brilliant, quick and ready for the joke that will rip someone apart and still make you laugh. Continue reading

Love is a Realm we enter

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Last night I was thinking about LOVE.

I was seriously thinking about How truly inspiring, powerful and transformative love is in our lives and in our world.

We can care so deeply and profoundly about another person. We can share our lives together for years and in this relationship, in this love, we can find goodness, beauty, heart and even more reasons to love them now than we did before.
This is breath-taking.

I was thinking about the wonder of love, that this bond, emotion and vibration can lift us beyond our own singular expression and we can join an intimate world of another person’s thoughts, story, visions and goals and truly want them to achieve their dreams and even more. Continue reading

Robin Williams ~ Honoring and Celebrating Your Life

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Dear Robin,

Thank you for so many years of joy, insight and laughter that you brought me and you brought to our world. You will always continue to shine. We are lucky that we had you, that you visited us for as long as you did, and brought us the generosity of your gifts and shared your life with us. Your profound depth of soul, heart and wisdom made us laugh and cry, and made us wonder. You brought us an ecstasy of spirit and a luxury of unpredictable delight.

I send blessings to you on your sacred journey. May you be greeted by those who love and honor you. I send blessings to your family and friends whose sorrow at your loss will always be flavored with the joy, laughter and electric humor that could give us whiplash with your brilliance.

Many people have made lots of comments on his life and passing and this I know is true. A good life is worth celebrating. A good life is worth honoring. It is up to us to bring that celebration and honor into our lives and our world. So celebrate and honor Robin for the life he led and the gifts he shared with all of us. Continue reading