Spring is here!!!

spring-budding-treesI have lived in the southwest for nearly 30 years, this has limited my experience with the full appreciation of the change of seasons. Being in South Dakota during the change of seasons, from winter into spring, has been a remarkable experience. To rise in the morning and see a tree barren of leaves or even the sign of a bud, or a leaf and then to witness, throughout the day, that tree budding, growing new leaves, putting on a new coat of beauty – is truly . . . awesome!

This has been an poignant lesson of – I don’t know what I am missing until I am experiencing what it is that I have been missing! The light breeze, the smell of fresh cut grass, the birth of so much color and beauty – WOW. This is the million dollar jack pot!

Watching grass grow, watching Earth present her most magnificent jewels is something to behold! What a gift! I feel my spirit awakening. I feel a tug as though there is a string between me and Earth – hmmm! A smile comes across my face. What joy to experience!

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To all you Earthsters!

A-Gem-in-the-ForestDear Earthsters!!!

Greetings from the land of our northern ancestors, the land of the Lakota people, the paha sapa, known to us as “the heart of it all”

To all our Arizona friends, we look forward to celebrating Earth Day 2014: Urban Roots – Ancient WisdomBringing the Sacred Back to women at the fabulous community gem – our Alwun House – for we are all one!

We are one – in a collective compulsion to show up and do something that benefits another human being.

We are one  – in our desire for clean water, air we can breath and land we can grow food on.

We are one – in our seeking and yearning for a way with less violence and whole lot more love!

We are one in our innate desire to reach out to other human beings and extend a hand of kindness, compassion, love and generosity.

As I spend this sacred time with my mom, in my home town of Rapid City South Dakota, I am reminded of the importance of being surrounded by the wisdom of our elders, the knowledge their years of experience has brought them and the generous information they can bestow upon us!

I am reminded of the importance of improving our ability for conscious contact with one another, with remaining present to our priorities and being willing to forgive those who have chosen different paths – I have found it is easy to jump to judge others much more rewarding though to let “others” be who they are and focus on how I can best serve.

Thank you for being conscious today – thank you for being of service to your community,

We live in a time of so many forces trying to get our attention – I encourage you to take a moment and consider living a life prioritized and centered around some simple principles such as honesty, courage, faith, hope, perseverance, love, integrity and service.

May you come to know how abundant your life is, how bright of a light you can be and how bright of a light you are in this world of perplexing challenges. May you share your knowledge, through your actions and your words, every day for all to experience and for all to share.

May the seeds we have planted today blossom into nutritious morsels of light and love tomorrow!

Thank you for all of your support.

annie loyd, founder, ceo – the FUSION Foundation

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my prayer – my intentional actions of living as a human, being . . .

SunriseMake me a channel of peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where t
here is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by surrendering that one awakens to the great mysteries of life as a human being.

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i have faith

I have faith – notImage as defined as a belief that is not based on proof but as a confidence based on some degree of warrant, justification, a guarantee. i have positive assurance that when i remain present to the moments in my day the experiences of life reveal a path filled with solutions, filled with answers to the challenges i will face.

I have come to rely upon my intuition. i didn’t always. For many years i was deluged with unrelenting fears. I was fearful about what you thought of me. I wanted you to like me. I wanted to be successful. I walked through the world at moments believing i was on top of the world and the next moment feeling like an ant that had been run over by a bulldozer.

Over the years through developing some discipline through different forms of daily practice i have come to experience life very differently. My first response is rarely to get angry – although it can still happen at times! My primary coping skill is not found in a bottle tall, short, fat or skinny! My next coping skill is not to take off to the high country and stay away for long periods of time, although I have to say that remains an appealing dream solution at times!

My first response usually is to take a deep breath in – deep breath out and remember it will all be okay – AND if I am not feeling as though it is okay in this moment, to remember this feeling will pass and if it is not okay this particular journey is not yet done!

This little practice comes from years of experience, that experience provided me with the best training and education of my life. These experiences in my life have provided me with the security, the guarantee – The experiences ground my faith!

So as i traverse this latest phase of my current journey – i have faith that i will learn new lessons. That some of my rough edges will be smoothed out.

thanks for traveling this journey with me, annie loyd

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good friday – to you!

Pactola-Damgood friday – to you all!

the cross we each bare differs from individual to individual and culture to culture.

my friend shared this with me moments ago,

Tomorrow, our Sun shifts from Aries (Easter) to Taurus (Buddha). Pondering this, the thought comes of how the Christ and the Buddha are brothers.

The Buddha, it seems, held the intention of making it clear to us how our modern world is based upon false values (causing much pain and suffering) and his brother, the Christ, it seems, held the intention of wanting to show us, demonstrating for us, how to give life a meaning and a value. These two brothers agreed that it is only through humanity, itself, that it can be worked out. The astrological energies available to us these days incline us to more fully recognize and to take to heart in restoring the “work out”.

within each of us is this ability to create, to inspire, to innovate equally within each of us is the ability to destroy, to judge, to squash opportunity. Uniquely to human beings is the ability to choose.

i choose to build

i choose to love

i choose to be of service

i choose to inspire

i choose to be!

what choices are you making today? – this period of time – is an opportunity to recognize how we can be a light of joy, compassion, innovation and inspiration in the lives of our loved ones, community members and beyond! In return, as a direct result of the actions we choose to take – i guarantee you and i will experience a shift in our perspective and feel a release of suffering and increased happiness!

I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with my mom who has needed some help from her daughter, here is a brief window into that experience this morning:

as i go through this process

my mornings have been greeted with the songs of birds

sometimes the morning doves, sometimes robins

the songs sound happy, light and cheerful

throughout the day their songs bring a joyful interruption

a smile glides across my face at the sound of their melodic expressions

my shoulders relax- for the moment it’s all okay . . .

during this phase – i am reminded – daily – the importance of love, compassion, kindness

for what is needed money cannot buy,

no medication, no quick fix

this process is about love, kind, quiet, powerful, understanding – love

my heart fills with gratitude, deep appreciation for dear friends

unexpected phone calls

the kindness of “strangers”

our elders give us an education we cannot find in a book

the experience of walking through a process is priceless

good friday to you, annie loyd

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These times they are a changin’

 

This past Saturday marked a call for human beings from all tribes, cultures, clans and nations to take note of the change in the season and express a desire, intention, contemplation for a prayer for peace in their native manner.

We stand at a commanding crossroad that is visibly different than times before. A stargate is open and, through this new perspective, we have an abundance of talent, resources, and opportunities coming forward to take a part in this global transformation. Remain focused on what you can do. Remain present to how you BE.

Nothing is impossible, now.

As Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka battled each other — and the circling whipping wind — in


yesterday’s women’s championship during the US Open final, Williams emerged by finding a way to gain control of the match, using her own power and using the hardcourt to her advantage, rather than allowing the wind to defeat her. A great tennis match is less about the winner and more about witnessing the culmination of practice and the application of that practice coupled with the art of consistency, persistence, tenacity and ability to make readjustments, to regroup and finally, persevere. We also witnessed that same tenacity this week as Diana Nyad, age 64, overcame an ocean of obstacles to complete her heroic fifth and successful attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida.

It is easy to get frustrated with elements that “are out of our control.” In reality, nothing is in our control. Our ability to find the groove, to get into the flow of the energy force, our willingness to be persistent and not give up is what propels us forward.

I spend time meditating, walking, swimming, writing, reading, contemplating and in long conversation with depth and breadth because, over the years, it has become a recipe that has provided a substantial foundation from which i have received amazing insights through the revelations of ancient wisdom. I have learned how to respond rather than react.

During this campaign of a “Give Peace A Chance – Change for Peace,” we have provided a multitude of opportunities for you to explore new possibilities, exercise your strengths, talents and wisdom, and discover different beloved communities that are striving to discover a different way of “being.” Be sure to check our calendar out at http://thefusionfoundation.org

Peace to all — everywhere.

annie loyd, founder the fusion foundation

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When you plant …

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.

Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.

That is my experience.

No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.

If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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July 2, 2013 · 6:59 am