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Reflections on Life, Love and the Universe

Updated on February 21, 2016

"We are the dance, Life is the dancer."

Orion space nebula
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How many of us have danced in the moonlight with stars glistening as we circled around the dance floor, whether it was a grassy field, along the Seine or on the terrazzo tiles of an open plaza, or possibly in our dreams. In a more spiritual sense, Eckert Tolle once wrote, "We are the dance, Life is the dancer." Life dances within us as we make our journey. I like the imagery it conveys. Stars give us light, beacons of hope. We dance to the music we hear in our lives and sometimes the dance is slow and rhythmic and sometimes it is long and fast, or short and intricate. So many dances, so much life.

For this hub, I share with you some of my journal entries and reflections about our dance through life, love and the universe. Some entries are observations, some are quotes, some are stories or poetic. I've left out dates, locations and time because life in the truest sense is always only in the present, now is all we ever have.

How lovely and simple can be a blank book ready to fill with memories.. dreams..
How lovely and simple can be a blank book ready to fill with memories.. dreams..

Reflections On Life; We Are The Dance

How lovely and simple can be a blank book ready to fill with memories, thoughts, dreams, ideas.

I woke up this Saturday morning to the glorious sound of a chorus of birds singing-- the symphony of the trees.

Mist from a soft rain still hung from the heavens.

Reading from a book: "You are a miniature world. Your essence contains the world and everything in it."

We sat at a beautiful town park with a waterfall and ducks standing right at the edge. It was rather poetic watching them and how they did not lose their footing. It was very calm and serene watching all the life that enjoyed this Charles River.

There's a tenderness in life which we can't lose, it's a part of the human thread, it's part of who we are and how we must see our world-- with soft eyes.

While driving home on my street, I saw the neighborhood boy that nobody seems to like. He has no friends, his mom lets him wander. Maybe he is 9 or 10? When I saw him holding a fishing pole, I felt sorry for him. What will be his future if his present is so empty?

I was listening to an old Simon and Garfunkel song the other day and the last line was, "and the island doesn't cry." As soon as I heard it, I thought, "ah, but it does". An island cries to reach out and connect with something, anything. It can only have so much isolation without shrinking into a barren stretch of lonely sand, footprints no longer etched into its history.

I don't imagine it should amaze me any longer what can happen in the space of a couple weeks. Events take place in our lives-- sometimes changing us a little, or a lot. Why do we allow ourselves to become burdened with the unknown, the future? When it arrives, it will be known and it will be present.

Sometimes I am so enthralled with moments of quiet and peace that I don't know which pleasure to pursue in those moments. I have found that simply lying on my bed, looking out the window at the quickly moving sky, or pondering the dance of the leaves is more pleasure than I could imagine.

Stardust turned into tiny fragments of nothing.
Every dream was lost.
Once upon a star it all vanished
like a dusty trail on the desert mirage.
Every time we got closer
it disappeared,
never real-
only reflections
of dreams wished upon
a silvery, glittery star.

I read a wonderful line in a book about Artemesia, the female painter from 16th century Italy, whose emotion was clearly seen and felt in her art. The line is from her friend, Sister Graziela, who spoke these words to her as she was to marry and leave Rome. "The real principles of living are not all in the Scriptures. They are in blood ties, histories, sayings, innuendos, surreptitious looks, clandestine agreements, and hot clasped hands." How incredibly beautiful are these words!

Our reflection is exactly what it is, a reflection. Our true self is so much more, so much deeper. Live from within, give from within. Let us adorn ourselves with a beautiful soul.

Without love that you can feel, life is just going though motions.
Without love that you can feel, life is just going though motions.

Reflections On Love; Life Is The Dancer

Without love, love where you feel it, life is just going through motions.

It's all about capturing the moment and letting it be.

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it." Buddha

It is then that we will be living an authentic way of life, giving truly of ourselves, whatever it may be at that given time. If I have love and truth and passion, then why hold back and keep it within- there is no reason to hold it inside- it is learning the art of expressing ourselves in every way possible.

But if it is true that love can change everything, then I am ready for wonderful changes in my life.

When I think of the children's lives that have touched me this year, I am blessed beyond many to have been given their gifts of sweet love, tender innocence, hunger for knowledge, discovery, allowing me entry into their world.

What a year it has been. No one prepares for the passing of their mother. It has been a soul searching, amazing spiritual journey, hard to put in words. I do know she passed peacefully, lovingly, tenderly, in the early morning hours. I wonder what she was thinking. I am sure she felt our love. Even in her passing, I saw that life is about survival, love and hope.

Beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace arise from beyond the mind.

the turquoise waters
liquid silk
dancing gently
reflecting quietly~
I see you
I am so in love with you.

She found her most beautiful dress of soft yellow. It stopped at her ankles with tiny blue flowers all around the bottom. She looked as radiant as the emergent sun that was rising in the eastern sky. "I will dance among the flowers, I'll sing gently to my man, he will watch near the rose pergolas, then he will take me by my hand."

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them, and the point is to live everything. Ranier Maria Rilke

I imagine there to be
ten thousand angels and more
which ride the gentle winds
that now carry sweet love to him.

Undiluted and so pure,
only angels breath
could whisper love
so perfectly appointed.

Love so meant to be
it lives beyond eternity,
not even forever can
extinguish the flame.

copyright. rebekahELLE

Ethereal flowers 'spoke' to me in the gardens of Longfellow Inn in Concord MA
Ethereal flowers 'spoke' to me in the gardens of Longfellow Inn in Concord MA | Source

Reflections On The Universe; Dancing with The Stars

Yesterday we drove to Concord and toured the Longfellow Inn, walked around Walden Pond. When we were inside the gift shop for Walden Pond, where they had many Henry David Thoreau books, etc., the sales man asked me where I was from and at first I couldn't remember! I guess walking through this inspiring part of the world put me into a transcendental moment.

Outside for a long time listening to mother earth. There is an urgency I heard in the wind- like she is crying out, "take care of me". I felt restless, I saw it in the way the leaves were swaying in the wind- the way consciousness moved through the clouds across the blue expanse.

When we observe nature, we can notice the space between. It allows for the flow and connection to be made. How could a tree grow unless there is space between the branches? How could a bird fly without space beneath its wings? How can a man and woman love without the proper space between them, but not innate as within nature. Man and woman must determine what space allows for harmony.

We must stretch our minds to discover, explore, listen to our world, both within and around us.

I cannot imagine living anywhere without one living tree to cover me, to help me breathe, to whisper life into my ears.

Her feet were as clouds
as she moved with the light
the chain on her neck
would guide her by night.

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
" Helen Keller

Underneath the clouds, the beautiful blue is still there reminding us of a peaceful canopy of light that covers us with its ever present acquiescence.

The days blend together, one moving into the next, no concept of there being a line of demarcation between one day and the next- like this invisible row of nows lined up moment by perfect moment.

There is this moment swaying, dancing, dissolving. The breath of life is now.

There is this moment, swaying, dancing, dissolving..
There is this moment, swaying, dancing, dissolving..

Reflection on Life - Neil deGrasse Tyson

peace on your journey
peace on your journey

Thank You For Reading And Please Feel Free To Leave A Comment

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    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks colorfulone! I'm glad that my words are able to refresh and inspire you. Your comment also refreshes and inspires me!

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      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      It is wonderful to really feel life and love through your deeply inspiring reflections, Rebekah. I do feel refreshed by your creative expressions.

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks so much, Kenja. It always means a lot to me when another writer comments on this particular hub. If anyone ever wants to truly know me, this is the hub. The verse that you commented on is part of a poem I wrote years ago while collaborating with a German artist. I envisioned this young woman deep in a forest of trees running to meet her lover. Of course, she met him and lived happily ever after. I was reading a lot of German fairy tales at the time and learning about the Fairy Tale Road of Germany.

      Your comment is heartfelt and appreciated.

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      Ken Taub 

      5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Love this:

      I cannot imagine living anywhere without one living tree to cover me, to help me breathe, to whisper life into my ears.

      Her feet were as clouds

      as she moved with the light

      the chain on her neck

      would guide her by night.

      It's a great refrain, an immense image, and about as good as the Tyson cosmos video that followed. Nah, it's better, Bek -- for the stars were speaking through you.

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      James, it's so nice to have your visit. I'm always happy when someone finds this rather obscure collection of writing and enjoys it enough to leave a comment. Coming from such a talented writer as yourself, you have made my day. Hope all is well with you.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed reading this really cool collection of thoughts and ideas. I like that it is out-of-the-box and beats with a truly human heart. Thank you for this pleasure. :-)

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks Denise, Yes, I sent it around again as it seems sometimes we all need to remember we are the dance. So glad you find it inspiring. :)

      Astra, I've always loved your screen name! Thanks for your lovely comment. You are amazing!

      Thank you acaetnna!

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      Completely beautifully and very inspirational. Thank you.

    • Astra Nomik profile image

      Cathy Nerujen 

      7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      This is a beautiful hub. You make dance sound so amazing the way you describe it and write about it. :)

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm smiling right now, rebekahELLE, because I saw this hub pop up and it seemed vaguely familiar. So, as I re-read it and re-experienced its lovliness, I saw that yes, I had indeed commented on this awhile ago.

      It is still as heartwarming and inspirational for me as when I first read it. Many Blessings to you and the sharing of your thoughts in this piece.

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for sharing this rebekahelle, the message is powerful and very timely. 1 vote up and beautiful=)

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      7 years ago

      This is a beautiful uplifting Hub. Perfect timing for these times to remind us what is still beautiful in this life and on this earth and the reason why most of us cling to it tenaciously no matter what happens.

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      Pergolas Melbourne 

      7 years ago

      You have provided very knowledgeable content. I was searching this kind of blog from so long time but after reading your blog my search has been finished.. Thanks for sharing it with us....

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Rebekah, I just came back for another wallow in lovely thoughts and calming words... and I found them so eloquently stated in your hub. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful hub. You write with your heart and it is so nice that you share. Rated up and beautiful

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thank you Beata for stopping by and reading. I also enjoy reading your beautiful hubs. :)

      @The Farmers Wife, thanks so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment. That section you have commented on is also some of my favorite writing. The link, flowers, takes you to the end product which resulted in a poem. It was a story poem I was writing from inspiration from a Monet painting. It was a wonderful, inspiring period in my life. I appreciate your compliment! :)

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      The Farmers Wife 

      8 years ago from Turkey

      I loved this hub and in particular:

      "she found her most beautiful dress of soft yellow. it stopped at her ankles with tiny blue flowers all around the bottom. she looked as radiant as the emergent sun that was rising in the eastern sky. "I will dance among the flowers, I'll sing gently to my man, he will watch near the rose pergolas, then he will take me by my hand."

      Just beautiful :-)

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      Beata Stasak 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you for a beautiful reflection, thank you for becoming my follower and leaving me a beautiful message on my site, very appreciated....loved reading 'The Time Traveller's wife' as well...

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      winsome, yes, we sure do. nothing like living and truly experiencing our lives. always a pleasure to see you. xo

      Denise, thank you for such a beautiful comment and I'm happy you enjoyed this writing.

      I am certain his twinkling eyes are filled with love as you make your journey through this life. Sometimes don't you feel like you don't want to sleep, there is so much to experience? It is a wonderful life, with the ups and downs and twists in the road. thanks for reading and sharing. :]

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      RebekahELLE-I am swept away with the lovliness of this hub. From the title, which caught my eye, to the beautifully shared pieces of your journal...the life dance. Thank you for sharing this. I voted it up and will also bookmark it.

      It really is a dance, isn't it?-the sadness and pain of a young child experiencing lonliness; the delight of forgetting where you are from, because there really is no attachment to the identification of oneself when we know we are all part of ONE; the depth of letting go of one we love through death; it is all part of our journey.

      Tenderly written and shared.

      I too, have danced under the canopy of stars with one who has loved me unconditionally. Now, as I travel this world without him, I gaze at the nightsky and see his twinkling eyes winking at me from above.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      You write the journal of your life by living it. Thank you for sharing with us. =:)

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      DeGreek, I know your feeling. I think people become immune to these realities, that life is full of sadness and emptiness for many, or it replaced with things that are not important. I used to see that boy all the time, now I never see him. I hope he is well wherever he is. thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you found also some happiness while reading. :)

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      I became depressed at the mention of the 9 year old without friends. How is such a thing possible? It really made me sad.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Celebrate what is... Thanks.

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thank you for the lovely comments. it's always both humbling and thrilling to realize our quiet, written reflections and thoughts can mean so much to others.

      I think in all our diversity, humans are essentially very alike. we are all connected. thank you!! xo

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      Twilight Lawns 

      8 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Rebekah, I feel as if I have been bludgeoned with loneliness. But these few words, especially, will stay with my for a long time:

      love so meant to be

      it lives beyond eternity,

      not even forever can

      extinguish the flame.

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      What you said and the way you said it is just so beautiful I will bookmark this hub and read it again and again. Thank you for starting up my day in such a possitive way

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      8 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & beautiful! Oh, I needed this today. Thank you for showing me we need to just slow down and feel the misty rain on our faces and ponder each fleeting moment...

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      Susan Keeping 

      8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Love this! What a wonderful hub :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful writing with your thoughts about those children ad things that have touched your life. I enjoyed reading it very much.


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