My Inspirational Meditation Cards and Writing Goals

I have been pondering what I could write about; was going to write an article about self-publishing, but I noticed we have quite a few hub writers who are published authors, so there is really nothing new that I could contribute. I figured the best source of information would be from a published author, so I made a request for the hub to be written. I would love to read of an author's experience with self-publishing or through a contract with a publishing company. (The request was recently answered: On Being Published)

I was writing a book on transcending grief in honor of my 18-year-old nephew who passed away 3 years ago; I didn't make that much progress, just 50 pages or so, but my heart is not in it anymore. The handling of grief is personal, depending on our background, religion, spirituality or lack of it - I truly believe that Nature gives us what we need to handle loss. I created a website with my sister (my nephew's mom) which is a source of inspiration, guidance and resources that may be helpful to others. The link is in my profile page.

I now understand why is it that my heart is not in writing the book on grief. I realize this was a process for me to heal, by allowing myself to feel the sorrow and learn to still my mind and spirit; it was this part of myself, that gave me resilence and courage and the ability to transcend the darkness of sadness. I needed to do this, in order to also be a source of strength for my sister; she deserves nothing less from me. One never gets over the loss of a child, but the burden of the pain has become less oppressive, and the ability to be compassionate and more appreciative of life has become much deeper. To me life is sacred, reason, why I appreciate it, and laugh often too. I am not always serious, as I may appear to be. :)

Now that I have decided to nix the grief-writing project, and continue to focus on life's possibilites, it has created a space for me to move in a new direction. I will start writing a book on a topic that is in alignment with my nature - which will be of an inspirational, psychological and spiritual topic, and also create various sets of affirmation and meditation cards, a few which I am sharing in this hub.

Since I have more time, I have also dug my old manuscript of a children's story about angels, which almost got accepted by "Hampton Roads", about 12 years ago. It was so thrilling to receive a "maybe', instead of a "no, thank you". I suspect, a few readers are wondering why it wasn't published. The editor wanted my book to be illustrated, and at the time, I didn't know anyone who could illustrate my story, and then I got caught up with work at the bank. By the time I responded which was :::averting everyone's cyber eyes:::: a year and a half later, the editor had left the publishing company. I know... I know... I sabotaged my good, but that was my pattern then. Instead of resubmitting my manuscript to publishing companies who hardly share the profits, and like to reject works, I have decided to self-publish this little story. It should be fun!

As promised, below are a few cards from one of the decks I am creating.

In the Now

Freedom

Love

Change

Awareness

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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

fantastic idea. keep us posted on your progress?


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

WOW!! Those meditation cards really look really awesome. One of the luxuries in life that I often ignore in this winter is to take walk during sunrise. It really fills my heart with immense peace and happiness which is unexplainable. I also admire the fact that you understand so many perspectives and consider grief management to be a personal thing(indeed it truly is). May your sister and the rest of the family find peace after the physical departure of the beloved soul.


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Lgali 7 years ago

very Inspirational hub


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

I am thrilled for you VioletSun as you embark upon new endeavors, in a new direction that is closer to your heart. 

Understanding the handling of grief, your belief that Nature gives us what we need to handle loss, and your ability to transcend the darkness of sadness is indeed a personal story and truly so very inspiring. 

The cards which you are creating for your new project are eye-catching and so appealing. 

I wish you the very best as you journey onward.  Have fun and continue to laugh often.  ~Dottie~


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India

Simply awesome, VioletSun!I’m so sorry about your nephew and yes,I visited 'justabreathaway', it was so touching.Your cards are just amazing!Wish you all the very best!:)


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Cards are stunningly beautiful; they seem to reflect peace, calm and poise.

Reading about your story and the reason for getting your book published, I couldn't stop myself from sharing a similar thought. I had promised myself that I would never reveal the facts which inspired me to write a Novel ('from the desk of a daughter',to be released in ending Jan) about the horrifying experiences of a woman who happens to be very close to me. I did it for the same very reason as you did. I wanted to get it off my chest. It was making my life miserable. Flushing out my thoughts worked miracles for me. I am at peace with myself now. Thx for sharing this.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Rockinjoe: Yes, I will keep you guys updated. It feels good to move in a new direction. I have found when things don't flow with a project its because there is something else around the corner. A good topic for a future hub. :)

CW: Nature is soothing; I was not very connected to nature in NY- I was more connected to the high rise buildings, LOL! But seriously, nature has a rythm that can soothe one, and I have learned this while living in Oregon.

Lgali: Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Dottie: Thanks for the encouragement and your kind words. You seem to understand me perfectly. :)

Laila: Thank you! Guess what? Its incredible, I was going to add this as post note in my hub, and I may do this. My sister just forwarded an email to me from a large well known foundation that helps with grief. They have dinners, TV programs, radio shows, and they are linking Justabreatheaway to their site. Whoo! The minute I dropped my grief writing book, other possiblities opened up.

Anjali: I had little chills when I read your comment; I so understand, and you are doing a great service too. When people read stories it can be useful. I wish my sis would write about her story- wow, she has had some experiences worthy of writing about- she wants to call her book a "A Mother's Karma".  I wish you luck with your book! And congratulations on doing this.

Thank you ladies for visiting and commenting!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi VioletSun, you have moved on! Loving congratulating hugs to you! LOL I see this clearly in your statement "Now that I have decided to nix the grief-writing project, and continue to focus on life's possibilites." Actually, I have also felt that in your recent hubs and comments. I guess I am struck deeply by this because I too have moved on from my "pain" and want to focus now on saying yes to life with a grateful heart. Love your meditation cards that is so full of wisdom and beauty! Go, go and go and self publish your book. We give you our full support! :-)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Ripplemaker: And I am in awe that the minute I nixed the grief writing project, and wrote this hub last night, the universe opened up in other ways and my grief healing website is going to be included with a foundation that is very inspirational and has a large audience. Wow. Now I can focus on the more joyful side, while at the same time helping others.

I am inhaling, exhaling and going for the book! :)

Thanks for your upbeat, always positive energy. You should do the collection of healing chants, I will buy them from you. I remember how it helped me, and also Shirley Anderson.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahahah simply beautiful... Wow! Yay! Isn't that just awesome? When you chose life's possibilities, life says "Yes!!!" I thank you for sharing this. I am truly happy for you. :-)

Oooh, I am so excited...and will be waking up daisy soon to share this news with her. LOL

My healing chant? Hahaha hmmm...okay, we will plan on it. Thanks for the encouragement and support. :-)


pgrundy 7 years ago

Beautiful! I always thought it would be cool to create a tarot deck, and I really like this other direction you have taken it. Good luck, I think they are lovely. Thank you for sharing some of them with us here.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Pam: I have come across beautiful tarot decks designed by aritists, but for some reason, I always would go back to my old Rider's deck of cards which is over 30 years old.

Thanks for your support and visiting!


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Lovely cards, VioletSun. And your description of being stuck, working through it, and finding a path with heart is quite moving. Thank you.


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healwell51 7 years ago from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

ViolateSun, This one is really nice hub as well as the concepts behind writing cards are also matching with the visual effects... I really enjoyed seeing and reading those ... This is a moving up thing also!

Thanks for sharing!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Bruce: It's freeing to observe and let go of what doesn't flow or move one in the direction we want to go. But you know that, you are a coach. :)

Healwell: Haven't seen you in a long time! Good to have you back in hubpages. I am trying to get the images to match the energy of the words, and am glad you saw this; its a confirmation for me.

Thanks gentlemen. for visiting and adding your input!


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hello VioletSun, your meditation cards emit the calm and gentleness of your spirit. I was smiling as I read your story. Ripplemaker and I also have dreams of publishing our own books. Isn't that wonderful? We share so many things with you. I am very happy for the special connection we have with you. I know you play a big part in our spiritual growth. Thank you for your presence in our life. Be blessed always:)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, dayzeeebee: You both also play a part in my spiritual growth and I am very grateful. Its amazing how this medium has connected many kindred souls. Thanks for your support and encouragement. And, yes, we are all going write that book! WhoooOoo!

I am watching one of the inauguration balls for President Obama, and wow, watching them dance and the chemistry that Obama and his wife share made my eyes wet. I am romantic, and enjoy seeing couples in love. :)


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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful ad inspirational. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be isiting those sites soon.

Love and peace,

Tony


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Tony: Nice to meet you! Thanks for reading and commenting.

Just read your hub on your reaction on President's Obama's inaguaration, and I enjoyed it. Thought I would share the link here, so my friends and visitors can take a peek.

http://hubpages.com/politics/President-Obama--a-So... 

Blessings,

Marie


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Hi VioletSun! This was very inspirational, it sounded like a liberation, it seems you shed a "weight" that was holding you down, in a manner of speaking, and have freed yourself to fly in another direction. It sounds like you closed one door but opened a very big airy window. Best to you in your new project!


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I tend to just do what makes me happy and put the subject of money out of my mind. If you love it, do it. I find that anything I try to do for money, usually isn't the best of me, but likely the worst of me.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Elena: I like the image of a big airy window, its pretty and I could almost feel the refreshing new energy. Thanks for this visual and your comments. Always good to see you.

Goldentoad: I think its a good approach, my partner is the same way. He does things that he enjoys without worrying about money (even at times when he could use the extra money), and the last venture which was home remodeling which at first he did for the fun of it, turned into a profitable business. He enjoys working with his hands. Now he is doing cartoons. Quite a change, LOL!   

Thanks for the comments.


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Melissa G 7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

This is beautiful, VioletSun! Those cards are spectacular and I look forward to seeing them all!

My mom took a similar path with her (self-published) book, first she wrote one about my father's infidelity, which was a tremendously healing experience for her, and with that out of the way, she's been able to focus on the book she really wants to write, which is about personal and spiritual empowerment.

Best of luck with your writing projects!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Melissa: Another confirmation I am on the right direction; thanks for sharing! Appreciate your reading and commenting. :)


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi just dropping by to say I read your news and left you a message in Ripplemaker's hub too. Gosh I am so blessed to hear about your current development. May the abundance of life and love continue to overflow in your life. Hugs:)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

How sweet of you to let me know. :) Going to check ---------------------------->


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Yippity 7 years ago from USA

Hi VioletSun!

It is amazing how treasures, like the ones you are sharing here, come to those of us who are on a path for answers.

Thank you for being in tune with your higher self.

Have A Dynamic Weekend!

Sincerely,

Yippity


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Woweee....when you do let us know the name of it...I would love to buy one...I have a son-in-law that is a Great Illustrater...believe me...One day we will write a book together...he is doing one now for some friend of his...good luck sweetie and your cards are lovely...Thanks so much for sharing them G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Yippity: (I like your screen name, its kinda upbeat, LOL), thanks for your comments and acknowledgement of being in tune with my HS. I often feel joy when I see people make shifts or empower themselves.

G-Ma: Thanks for your comments. Will do so, will share the name of the book once its published.

Hugs, and more hugs, :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

One day when I do publish I plan on self-publishing just because I like the idea of having more control. I already work with libraries and could give them a copy of my book, which would be a foot in the door so to speak. To me there are many little things a self-publisher can do and be successful. I enjoyed this hub and thanks for sharing.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Sweetiepie: That's a good idea, to give the library a copy of one's book! Will keep this in mind when I do self publish. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi Violetsun,

Your cards are beautiful. I'm so glad that things are looking up for you. Reading about your writing ventures reminds me that I also wrote a children's book a couple of years ago, and after receiving a couple of rejection slips, I shelved it and haven't looked at it since. Maybe it's time to dust it off and try again. Thank you for the inspiration! Thumbs up!


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Jennifer Bhala 7 years ago from Upstate New York

The pictures/photos are beautiful and do match the inspirational words which are much needed for so many people today.

Great idea.

Sorry about the passing of your nephew. Blessings to him for a smooth transition.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Amanda: If my reminded you of the story you wrote, then that's a good thing. :)

Jennifer: Thanks for your encouragement. we are ready to print the set I created, before we design the cover of the box; should be interesting to see how it turns out. 

Thank you Amanda and Jennifer for reading and commenting.  


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Robyn S. 7 years ago from So. Cal

Thanks for sharing a sample of your inspiration cards. I LOVED them both visually and for their content. Coming from someone who has had a hard year with the loss of my dad, dog and going through a divorce, these cards are something I would add to my list of wants and needs to help me focus on the good in life and to motivate me to build on what I do have which is still so much!

Good luck with all your endevors in life!

Robyn :)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Robyn: Wow, that's very hard,  to experience all these losses at the same time,  I am sorry for your losses.  I am glad to read that you are open to inspiration to pull you through. When I went through my challenges all at once a few years ago,  it was my ability to hang on to hope, and reading positive literature, and my walks in the park that gave me strength and resilence.

Thank you so much for your encouragement! :)


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Madison Parker 7 years ago from California

Violet,

About the publishing question; if I was writing a "how to" book, I'd probably self-publish it. Novels, fiction in general, most non-fiction also, would be better left to the pros, from my point of view. But, if I came across someone who knew about the self-publishing arena, I wouldn't necessarily self-publish my novel, but, when I finish my book based more in reality, I would most definitely consider self-publishing. Just my own POV, but I'm not a published writer, other than magazine work, so I'm as lost as everyone else!!!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Madison: Neil Walsh and the guy who wrote the Celestine Phrophecy, self- published, and they became best sellers; also the latest was a Christian writer who submitted his manuscript to publishing companies and was rejected by several publishers. He decided to self publish with a friend and it made  the NY Times best seller.  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/books/24shack.ht...

Of course, if a publishing company like Hampton Roads which I mentioned in this hub or Random House where to accept my manuscript and publish me,  I would be thrilled! :) 

Thanks for your input and visiting.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Wish you all the best with your future book...inspiration will come in the right moment,,,,and all the chapters as well....it is just a little bit more complicated then writing a Hub it is like a giant Hub....Maybe you can use some of your Hubs as well in your book.

A lots of Love and Light


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Tatjana: I like the visuals of a book being one giant hub, makes it more doable, and will see if I can add some of my hubs to the book, thanks for the ideas and support. :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Suggestion for your problem, which will work:

You need the following homeopatics:

Kali Phos 6D, Mag Phos 6D, Kali Mur 6D, Calc Fluor 6D, Arnica and Passiflora 30C. Dilute sugar tablets in big glass of water ( 2-3 of them for each remedy. Drink several times per day. The best is to prepare big bottle of it) Next time when you buy them, you can buy in 200 C potency. You will see the difference very soon. Vitamins B as well, multivitamin/multimineral remedy as well. Drink every day sage-tea, or choose any other herb you find apropriate for nerves.

A lots of love


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Tatjana: Will get them tomorrow morning! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge so freely.

Much love and light/Marie


hawaiibound91501 7 years ago

Your cards are very beautiful. I love pictures of nature in all its splendor. Once you get your cards finished, I would definitely love to buy them.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Kani: How nice to see you here! :) Thanks for reading and your support, and welcome to Hubpages!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Excellent idea, VioletSun. Let us know when you are finished. Such a great way to channel your energy into a project like that. Inspiring idea.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi, Frieda: Thank you for the encouragement and reading!


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Lovely cards! I really like cards of all kinds as a meditation and improvement tool. I use tarot, playing cards and also create meditation cards using index cards to set and achieve goals. Nothing so fancy and lovely as your cards, though! :) I think cards are just great because of the visual and tactile anchoring they provide and the fact that you can just pop one into your pocket to carry with you if you need to be reminded of your focus through the day!

Great project and Hub!

:) Suzanne


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Suzanne: You stepped in at the perfect, perfect time! I was getting discouraged with this project as I have two sets of the cards are completed, but the printing has been slowed because my s/o is super busy with the new business we acquired and doing webwork for a friend, and I don't know to cut the cards after printing them in away that its perfect and professional. We do everything ourselves.  

Thanks for stopping by and the boost! :)  


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

My pleasure! :) Like your new profile pic, too!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Thank you, Suzanne! :)


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abbas73 7 years ago from hubpages

your words are inspiring, thank you.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Abbas: Thank you for your words. :)


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Absolutely beautiful. What a knockout idea. Please let us know when they come out. I will buy a deck for myself, as well as for gifts. YOU are a gift. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself.

On grief: I could not agree with you more. How insightful that you realized and let go of the book about your grief. That your healing was part of the end result of your efforts to express this grief through telling his story. When my husband died that is all I could do-grieve, write, cry, and recycle. I have this experience written, and currently with an editor for an anthology of grief stories. It was a final healing-so cathartic.

Keep us posted.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Denise: I so appreciate your support, thank you! :) I will post the link to my site with the cards in my profile when I am done revamping the site. Yes, letting go of the book on grief was a release, so glad you did the same. I am now almost done with an inspirational book, "Whispers of Truth" it already has the ISBN number (Yay!)and will be published when I finish writing a few pages that need to be added.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

I do recall you mentioning the Whispers of Truth in another correspondance between us. I'm looking forward to reading it. :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Denise: I so appreciate meeting you, you give me encouragement and we all need it at times. Hope you stick around Hubpages! :)


Beginners Meditation 6 years ago

Hi VoiletSun - These photos are stunning. Did you take them yourself? Beautiful Idea. Best wishes to you.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Beginners Meditation, Thank you for your comments, and no I didn't take the photos, they are mostly public domain photos, a few I purchased from Bigstockphoto.


Michelle Cicciarella 5 years ago

You inspire many to the possibilites of releasing emotions by meditating. Your site is great and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Love the card idea.. :)


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Hi Michelle, I so appreciate your kind words, thank you for stopping by. :)


Light.of.sitmoia2 5 years ago

"I now understand why is it that my heart is not in writing the book on grief. I realize this was a process for me to heal, by allowing myself to feel the sorrow and learn to still my mind and spirit; it was this part of myself, that gave me resilence and courage and the ability to transcend the darkness of sadness."

Thank you..Thank you Violet for sharing this...I am working on my own grief of a different circumstance and am using my experience to write something that may help others..or not...regardless though, I think it will..no, I know it will, because it is already...help deliver me from my extreme 'darkness of sadness' myself..

Thank you again for this and I love your cards! I too enjoy making inspirational cards!

Warm regards,

In Light & Love~~~


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Light of sitmoia, Thank you so much for your comments, much appreciated! It's always my intention when writing that it will be of use to the reader and if it's not, its okay too, at least I got to express my toughts. :) I encourage you to continue writing, as writing from the heart, from experience is very powerful energy wise and it will touch others.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Marie-I just linked this hub with my last hub about Children's Books that catch the spirit. FYI :)

I love this hub--but, you already know this.


Light.of.sitmoia2 5 years ago

It is very powerful energy and healing too!


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie Author

Denise, thank you! Your support is always appreciated. :)

Lightofsitmoia, my new favorite poet, thanks for stopping by!

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