** Happy Valentine's Day! & Enjoy this groovy and powerful tune by none-other Bob Marley! Now this is Reggae~ from the Caribbean island of Jamaica! :))
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
**A little 'SOCA' music - for those who don't know yet -- this is the official music of the Caribbean; derived from Calypso. Listen and enjoy the beauty and the lyrics from Machel Montano (From Trinidad & Tobago)! :))
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
We’ve all been through our darkest days and because those days were so disappointing, so frightful and so disturbing we most times keep remnants within our beings or our hearts. We keep it there so that we ‘never forget’, the hurt, the injustice, or the pain. But my darlings, these memories are not meant to be kept forever. These memories not only poison us and cause dis-ease in our bodies; but they also harbor fear. Fear is something we as human-beings need to live without. Throughout my years it has been one of the most difficult yet significant lessons to date - ‘Letting Go’. It’s much easier said than done; for as all of you know we carry baggage. That ‘baggage’ is again, experiences we’ve had in our past that for some reason we keep as reminders and protections if it were to occur again.
This is understandable darlings.
Fear is a chain reaction in the brain which releases chemicals that cause the body to react in different ways; fast breathing, a racing heart, energized muscles among other things. The brain is an abstruse and mysterious organ but triggering these responses won’t help one overcome any stressful situation. That is why it is suggested for us to face our fears. Why do we have these fears in the first place? It is because we cannot let go of what happened to us.
This brings us to the age-old question how exactly can one ‘let go’? Well darlings, to let go we must ‘forgive’. Yes, forgive. Our enemies, our friends, our fathers, our mothers, our sisters, our brothers, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, husbands, wives, racists, chauvinists, those who are also in so much pain and unable to let go. Until we do that, we cannot truly be free from fear. Free from the power they hold over us. Once we release and forgive them from their horrible acts; only then will we truly let go and begin to flow again.
Keeping the flow is important because if we are unable to flow in time with the Universe; we will miss out on all the beautiful blessings, and surprises that we can attract into our lives. It’s imperative to keep in the flow if we want what’s best for us. Being strong in this manner we are then able to face our fears/demons when they arise again. We become spiritual warriors and will be able to slay all those who deem to bring us harm.
Sometimes it’s just a little love in your heart — is all you need to let go…
Reminiscent of ‘Inception’ and ‘Memento’ this 2014 Sci-Fi/Adventure written and directed by English Christopher Nolan; it was a lot more than I had anticipated. Never a real fan of Texan Mathew McConaughey whom I must admit shared phenomenal acting chops in this film and not really an admirer either for the other ‘out-of-this-world’ film ‘Gravity’; I didn’t really have high hopes.
Was I ever in for a ride! This film was enormously thought-provoking, heart-warming, thrilling, and visually appealing, I honestly wasn’t ready for it to end. American Jessica Chastain shone as usual and English Michael Caine, and David Oyelowo (Selma) also held their own and were believable characters. Whom I enjoyed watching and studying throughout the film though was Oscar winner ‘Anne Hathaway’ whom I think is talented beyond her years and magnificent in any character she has the opportunity of playing.
This story had me in deep thought, sitting on the edge of my seat, glued to my screen in awe, smiling because of the riveting soundtrack and crying at it’s heart-warming moments. With an estimated budget of $165 million USD it made back $186 million USD a short 2 months later. With a run-time of 169 minutes and nominated for 5 Oscars this year, the mixed reviews hold nothing against the symbolic and magnificent story that was executed quite wonderfully.
If you want to turn on the ‘Intensity’ dial, this one heats up pretty quickly! Enjoy!
Monday, February 2, 2015
It’s always delightful to watch an ‘oldie’! Actors expressed themselves differently then; and although some of the stories weren’t very multi-faceted or thought-provoking; these filmmakers made sure that their story was carefully executed and extremely enchanting. From wardrobe to singing, dancing and everything in between the filmmaker’s job was to make the audience feel something special by the end of it!
1957’s Musical/Comedy/Romance ‘Funny Face’ was indeed a light and airy tale from intellect and intelligence to glamour and romance sprinkled with exquisite French landscapes and architecture and catchy tunes. Written by Leonard Gershe and directed by Stanley Donen, they brought together a star cast of elegant Belgium time-less beauty and actress Audrey Hepburn starred alongside American multi-talented Fred Astaire and delightful and graceful American Kay Thompson. Viewers were engaged by the charming story, precious songs and adorable chemistry and reactions by the main characters.
This film didn’t bring so many laughs in my opinion but instead tremendous sentiment and the lesson of letting go and following the flow. Having a reluctant and unkind attitude about things in the beginning doesn’t necessarily help when allowing yourself to be a part of the journey although unknown may bring you to all you ever dreamed of and more! :)
**Few ladies left in this world -- but enjoy the lyrics, singing and dancing from these 'ladies' Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson from the beloved film 'Funny Face' in 1957! :))
Sunday, February 1, 2015
We live in times of needing to have extensive ‘self-validation’. Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Am I enough? Just little ole’ me? By myself? It’s a pity that we don’t realize the power and greatness sprinkled within our beings. Instead we are bombarded with ‘snap-shots’ of our daily lives; hoping we’d seem interesting or extraordinary to our peers. We seek not only validation but also if we are good enough. But really we are simply seeking love.
Seeking love is a normal want of human-beings.
Everyone wants to receive it. But must we blatantly keep reaching for “likes” or self-worth by our friends? My darlings, you are enough. And the world doesn’t need to deem you interesting, ambitious or fun. Your activities, your material gadgets and your flashy clothes does not make you a better person than anybody else or more interesting. In fact, constantly sharing in this manner becomes tiresome and ridiculous. Instead of being terribly self-aware, try to become self-less.
Give less attention to yourself and more attention to others. Be of service. And you’ll begin to realize the fulfillment and joy you’ll feel. You won’t be focusing so much on ‘me-me-me’ but instead thinking of how you have helped someone along their path. Have you made someone smile today? Have you listened to the story that elderly person has told? Did you give your presence with the family this Sunday as opposed to being preoccupied with the beeps and alerts from your cell-phone? How was that? How did it feel to disconnect for a moment and connect to something much bigger? Could you feel the laughter, the tears, the excitement?
That feeling darlings, is truly being present in the moment. It is living. It is growing. It is learning to truly become a better you! And you ARE loved! When we tap into nature, spend time being of service to others, or simply focus our time on things we love; we not only are useful and developing skill but also we begin to feel gratified. That self-gratification is what we were searching for all along.
So ‘Elevate Yourself’ and remember your value and worth. We each have special talents or skills that once we tap into it we can blossom into our full potentials. Reaching our full potential of course takes time, but that journey is called life. The ups and downs prepare us all for the heightening and the adventure we have yet to experience!
Trust yourself. Practice humility. And break away from the dizzying norm of self-acceptance and know my dear friends, that you already are all you need to be at this moment in time. Look up and into the distance.