Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Love Today and Every Day... Return to Yom Kippur for All of Us!

The power of our collective heart means when one of us celebrates we all celebrate, when one of us

forgives we all benefit from that forgiveness.  Each life touches so many others because we are all connected.

Since I'm unofficially a quarter Jewish, I feel blessed to be able to participate with my Jewish friends and family in many of their ceremonies.

Our friend Michael held a Spiritual retreat for Yom Kippur at Holmby Park in Bel Air a few years ago that I was lucky enough to share in. It was a beautiful time to cleanse the energy of the past, and rest in the oneness of spirit and community alongside the trees and the grass and the breeze all calling forth a joining, a unity and most importantly a clearing of that which we no longer have to carry.

V'ahavta I'rayakha ~ and you shall have love in your heart,
V'ahavta kamokha ~ for yourself and your friends,
V'ahavta ani hashem ~ to create a world of hope and peace,

Today I think of all my friends, past and present, I think of my family, I think about the many people I have met as I travel through the world, I think about a lot of things. But mostly, I think about how grateful I am, grateful to be able to experience grace and humor and love, everyday.

Each of us finds our own way on the path of the peaceful spiritual warrior, "capable of wrestling with Life without being defeated by living."

This past year I have been the beneficiary of a huge mitzvot. The mitzvot of learning how to love myself by loving all of you, and I thank you.

Tomorrow is a new day, but for this moment, I wanted to honor and celebrate the truth... I wanted to ask forgiveness for all the transgressions, known and unknown.  I want to atone for all interactions that were not filled with love.

We live in a world full of love, and spirit and vitality and most importantly eternal joy.

I look forward to seeing what lays ahead.

Today's invocation of spirit from the Machzor for Yom Kippur
this day of At-one-ment,
for forgiving,
for clearing,
for at-one-ing.)

May the grace of God
ascend within us, open our ears,
open our hearts and minds,
to the flame of our ancestors,
to the flame of the Messiah,
to our people Israel,
to all humankind.

We open to the cleansing energy within us
the Power of purification present in every age:
Let it clear out the debris;
let it wash away our mistakes and our suffering,
so we may truly see, as it teaches,
"I, only I, Self of your self,
erase your lack of faith in your Self,
and I do this to make known
my reality through you.
Your mistakes I will not recall.
Indeed, I have swept away your mistakes

     like clouds blown away,
     like mist that vanishes.
     Turn to me-- I have already freed you!"
     For you have been promised:
     "On this day a-mending will be made for you,
     to cleanse you from all your mistakes.
     Before the Infinite you shall be clear."

Our Power and Power of our parents,
Let us make our lives holy
through deeds of justice, love and joy.
Let us make our part in the Torah.
Let us enjoy God's world
and rejoice in freedom.

May our prayers
open our eyes and expand our vision,
revealing your divine plan
whose path leads us all to the holy of holies.
May our heartfelt prayers be a conduit
swiftly carrying us to the time
when all Israel, all peoples, serve the divine plan.

May our eyes witness the return of Your Presence
to our lives, to Zion, and to the whole world.
Blessed are You, Source of blessings
awakening the world to your Presence
through our deeds of goodness.

We will continue to offer thanks
to the eternal One,
steadfast Source of strength
throughout all generations,
for our lives which rest in Your embrace,
for our souls which are in Your care,
for the miracles and wonders
which greet us day after day,

Allow me the grace to invite total forgiveness into my heart to wash away all that no longer serves.
Allow me to embrace life in love with all that is.

Allow me your light to radiate through me in a feast of forgiveness.

Allow me to be me.

Love, Mel


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It is a Glorious Life filled with Amazing People

Consider the possibility today, everyone you meet is offering you a gift.  Let everything reveal itself exactly as it is exercising your inner musculature of not doing -- and just be.

While you are practicing this new vision and interaction with the world at large, entertaining that certain inner stillness of amazingness-- don't forget...

"If there's no one beside you when your soul embarks
I'll follow you into the dark."

Since there are always endless possibilities on interpreting the same words -- here's a fascinating cover of the Death Cab for Cutie's I'll Follow You Into the Dark by Amanda Palmer at the Edinburgh fringe festival...

May you feel connected, comforted and full of peace
Today. Now. Always.
May you be lead to a profound, blessed opening in your vision of what is
into all that awaits...
In Grace and appreciation,


honoring Melanie Lutz's work of loving thoughts Mels Love Land.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Beautiful is What You Are...

As we reflect on another ending and beginning, as we say hello and goodbye to loved ones, as we see the dawn of a new day and the setting sun of our tomorrows, wanted to say I am grateful for all the love and support that has been shown to this blog.

Saw a great message over a door I entered this weekend, bloom where you are planted.  It made me happy.  I hope you find some inspiration in its message.

 It reminded me that in every moment the possibility of blossoming lives and breaths.

There is a garden growing and flourishing brilliantly within the ground of your being utilizing divine intelligence symbiotically blossoming in service to the highest expression of who you are. This garden is nourished by Love.

Enjoy what blossoms before you today and everyday.

"With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things." --William Wordsworth.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In Vision and Spirit and Love - The Cat and the Moon by Yeats...

Yeats is such a treasure to the heart and soul.  There is so much love dripping from his words.  Whenever the moon is in its cycle of joy filled expression we can celebrate all the relationships that have brought us here.

So much Love and Storytelling... 

The Cat and the Moon 

The cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon,
The creeping cat, looked up.
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,
For, wander and wail as he would,
The pure cold light in the sky
Troubled his animal blood.
Minnaloushe runs in the grass
Lifting his delicate feet.
Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance?
When two close kindred meet,
What better than call a dance?
Maybe the moon may learn,
Tired of that courtly fashion,
A new dance turn.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

You Learn By Loving.

Everything happens for a reason isn't just one of those sayings it is a reality in the universal plan.  By standing with love in your heart connecting with each and every heart you meet life unfolds beautifully in peace and grace.

As my Aunt used to say 'So much loving work to do.'

If this seems difficult, ask yourself, what do you have to lose?  A bad attitude, a slumping slump. Always remember as my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt said 'You Can do that which you think you can not do.'   Choose to greet everyone you meet with a loving smile extending blessings and joy and a smile to everyone you meet.

Experience the grace of the world.  Experience the miracles available in each encounter.  Experience the gifts being offered all the time.

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift." Einstein.


Lots of Love,


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Soul Force. Rudolf's Steiner's Calendar of the Soul. Aug 11-17

Misteriosamente circondare con il ricordo
Cio che di nuovo ho ricevuto
In preparation for my celebration of love and life and joy it felt like the right time to get back to the soul's code and revisit some Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul.

Sia l'ulteriore senso sel mio anelare:
Esso e destinato, rafforzandosi, a svegliare le proprie forze
Nella mia interiorita
E divenendo dare me a me stesso

To enwrap the new conceived
in memory's secret folds
be henceforth my firm resolve
Becoming strong it shall awaken
within the forces of my own
and give me, as it grows, to myself

Mystery surrounds the memories
This new that I received
My further sense is the wild longing:
It is intended, reinforcing, and wake up their forces
In my inwardness.

And I became me and myself.

Oh Happy Day.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

It is Going to Be A Bright, Bright, Sunshiny Day!

Requests for clarity have been coming up a lot in my travels.  Clarity is as near as our open heart.  Dropping deeply into the wellspring that lies within allowing pathways of light and truth to flow brings us through the door of each and every situation.  Making our declaration 'It's going to be a bright, bright bright Sunshiny Day' states our intention that vision will reflect the expression of the heart with grace.  Love lightens our vision, removing blinders and revealing what is always right before your eyes.  Vision enough for peace.  Clarity of thought and Clear vision guiding the way.  Clear vision that sees the truth in every situation nurtured by love leads to Sunny Days.  Love enough to handle whatever reveals itself in these lights of loving energies.  Love enough to face what must be faced and experiment with the grace of receiving what is there for you to receive, therefore discovering the effortless loving experience of miracles.

In every space of every moment in every heart is the opportunity to experience miracles, miracles within the landscape of nature, our outer and inner nature, but also, the nature of our humanity where love reigns and life flourishes and joy lives in abundance.  

Keep the process of love flowing enjoying the magic of every encounter with an open heart entertaining the remains of each and every day.  

A friend of mine shared a Willie Nelson album of standards, Stardust with me.  The final song in the collection by way of a re-issue bonus is Willie masterly weaving his legacy into Johnny Nash's I Can See Clearly Now .  Thanks to Youtube here's the song that is the inspiration for this post.