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Vision Board for Love

By: Gloria Marie

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My theme for February has been love and romance. To continue with that theme, let’s make a vision board for love this month. Having a “visual” to look at helps employ an extra modality. It supports the feeling of giving and receiving love to permeate your entire being. My first career was as an exceptional education teacher. I taught multiply handicapped children. My lesson plans involved using as many modalities as possible to teach a concept. For example, if I was introducing a letter of the alphabet, I would employ touch, taste, visual and auditory stimulation. To introduce the letter “A”, I would have them say “A” out loud, show the letter “A”, touch the letter “A” in sandpaper or clay, and taste an apple.

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
They’re in each other all along”
-Rumi

Follow these steps to design your vision board for love.
Materials Needed:
1. Gather together a poster board, scissors, glue, and colorful markers. I usually like to use a foam board. There are no rules for the size of the board
2. Search the Internet and magazines for photos that you feel represent love and romance.
3. A photo of yourself looking happy.
Making the Vision Board for Love:
1. Put the photo of yourself in the middle of the board.
2. Surround your photo with photos from magazines and the Internet that illicit the feeling of love in your heart. This is a very personal decision. Look for photos of happy couples and couples in love.
3. Use the colorful markers to write quotes about love and romance.
4. Decorate the poster with other fun things: stars, airline tickets (if you want to travel), ribbons, and flowers.
5. Leave some room for other photos or quotes you may find in the future.
6. Place this vision board where you can see it every day.
Did you have fun doing this project?  Where are you going to put your vision board?

The Impermanence of Life

By: Gloria Marie

The Impermanence of Life

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Life is impermanent.  This can be hard to accept.  We want the good times to go on and on and we want to avoid the difficult days.  Divorce, illness, unemployment, and financial loss, that shouldn’t happen to ME.  Those challenging aspects of life should happen to other people, not ME (with a capital M and E).  Every experience in our lives gives us a chance to grow.  Staying strong and having courage through strife will empower you.

The poem below is written by Rumi and is from the book, “The Essential Rumi” translations by Coleman Barks.  Rumi (c. 1207-1273) was a poet and mystical genius of the Sufi tradition within Islam and has been called “the greatest mystical poet of any age”.  “The Guest House” so beautifully states for us to welcome each day and be grateful for what each day brings. Each person that comes into our lives has been sent as a guide from beyond.  Print this poem and put it someone where you can refer to it and remember to embrace life each day and accept and learn from each “visitor”.

 

The Guest House

 This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

 A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

 Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

 –Rumi

Do you have any other favorite poems of Rumi? Let me know what they are!