WAKE-UP, CHILD!


Fairy reading in the garden. Photo by Dafina Kuficha

Sleep for five to eight hours and then,

Look around you,

See the love and support that has remained with your

Through all of your difficult encounters.

No matter where you have roamed or what you have done,

You have always remained loved and support.

What have you given back to those who have NEVER forsaken you?

Love, complaints, a helpful hand, lies, excuses?

Yes, you have changed your program, but was it by choice or did it

Prove to be the wrong path for one as gifted as yourself?

WAKE UP, CHILD!

Time moves on and waits for no one!

Be not the fool, the dog who barks at the flying bird.

This is your time. Use it well and it will be kind to you later.

Misuse it and you will be constantly reminded, embittered by the waste.

You have left a messy trail.

It led you to the streets and then to jail.

Achievement in school remains the best way forward.

Education is priceless. If you don’t believe me, try living without it.

Plant the seed now and later the harvest will feed you.

Work hard NOW and the benefits will surprise you.

No matter what you think, NO ONE owes you.

You owe yourself, more than you’ve been willing to admit.

So OWN yourself!

WAKE UP, CHILD!

Stop acting the fool, do well in school.

Be thankful you have a home, the streets are no where to roam.

WAKE UP, CHILD!

This is YOUR life!

Stop spitting on the hands that feed you.

Be loyal to your family.

Look nowhere but within.

Be true to yourself.

No more lies, inside or out!

The truth will set you FREE!

Clean up your trail! No more running! Check out your mind!

WAKE UP, CHILD!

The clock is ticking, ticking, ticking!

It’s about you! What will YOU do for YOU!

C’MON NOW, WAKE UP, CHILD!

 © 1989 Dafina Kuficha

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Taking Steps To A Healthier, Happier Life


Photo credit: Dafina Kuficha

1)     Wake up with an Attitude of Gratitude ~ Let your first thoughts of the day connect you to your gifts. Before you even arise from your bed, give thanks! Forgive what needs forgiveness. “Do not let any grievance dim your light!” Create an inner smile, no matter what challenging situations are before you, and return to it throughout the day.

2)     Drink at least two glasses of water first thing upon rising and 6-9 more throughout each day, depending on your body’s needs. Water aids in release of toxins through the urine; is lost through breathing, moving your stools, and sweating. It also adds luster to your hair and skin. Dehydration can have dangerous affect on the body.

3)     Stretch like a cat as you are preparing for your day. Raise your arms up over your head and take your arms to the right side, then to the left side, then back to center. Prepare your body for the day.  Movement is crucial to a healthy body.  It also generates more energy, blood flow and flexibility.

4)     Eat a nutritious breakfast.  Breakfast is just that, breaking the fast created by sleeping. Our body relishes the nutrition breakfast provides and helps sustain vibrant energy throughout our day. Make good nutrition a habit throughout your day.

5)     Take extended breaks from tv, movies, computers, phones, from the need to be entertained. Write letters to some faraway friend who doesn’t use the internet, or mend those kitchen curtains. Enroll to take a class in an area of interest that you discover in the quiet time spent with self only. Get creative and remain creative!

6)     Clear the old, useless stuff out of your closet, drawers, cabinets, storage space, garage. Decide what you’d be better without and declutter. This activity can also include releasing relationships that do not support your wellbeing.

7)     Stop everything for a few minutes a day to honor silence. Some may choose to meditate or just be still. When doing so, relax your body completely and let your mind follow. Quiet, do nothing time may seem scary at first, but soon you’ll realize its value.

8)     Start an exercise routine. Make it reasonable. Set a goal. Maybe this is the time to take that dream movement class, like capoeira,  Walking, yoga, taichi, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking or ice skating are just a few of many examples. Continue reading

How Do I Enter the Silence


Though I may seem quiet, often my mind is not.

For thoughts stalk it like a jilted lover.

When I sit alone, my mind’s fullness sits with me,

demanding constant attention to its empty musings.

I want to turn it off, to let a Higher Mind lead my thoughts to a higher place

within the holy  chamber of Silence.

Silence’s golden quietness seeks me out, but how do I reach for it?

How in the loudness of my mind’s chatter, can I reach the peaceful Silence?

How can the Voice of The Sacred Oneness rise above all this inner noise with its incessant distractions?

They tell me, “Turn within. Be still and know.”

But, they never quite say how!

How can I quiet the chatter of my worries?

How do I turn off the tapes that play all day,

every day, the same ol’ break-me-down message?

How am to I connect with The Voice beyond the noise

played by my mind’s orchestra?

They say that I can hear the answers to my prayers in the still calmness

that is reached in the Silence.

How will I recognize the Voice of the Divine in the midst of my mind’s madness?

Will I ever even be spoken to?  And, when I hear a voice, how will I know that It Is the Divine Voice?

Is my chatter-filled mind even worthy of receiving these holy, precious messages?

 

Is this a whimsical venture, to quiet what has so long existed in noise?

Would not the Silence drive me into a state of utter panic?

They say in the Silence, there is no war or conflict,

only the “peace that passeth all understanding.” Continue reading