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Our Christmas tree December 2012

Our Christmas tree December 2012

I am finished with my decorating and gift wrapping and looking forward to good times with family for the holidays. The television is on with constant holiday specials and shows, while I do last minute preparations. The temperatures have dropped and we may even have snow and ice tomorrow, Christmas eve. I look forward to it, but also know so many will be traveling, including us during the next few days. I’m sitting going over my list and checking it twice when I decide to turn on my new laptop and work on learning how to get around on it and updating some programs. I’m not used to a touch screen but I’m getting the hang of it for the most part. I hit a box on the start page and it goes to news. I usually don’t read a lot of the news online, not daily anyway, but something caught  my attention and I began to read the long article. So many emotions came over me and I felt I wanted to share some of them here on my blog.

I read about courage, sadness, death, community, Christmas lights, presents, people who care and those that wanted to help in anyway they could. My heart was touched and tears welled up in my eyes. As I read, I could see images in my mind, in full color, and my emotions were bitter sweet. I read about love, unconditional love, giving, life, children, the true holiday spirit, where people were doing their best to make some kind of sense out of something that made no sense. I could feel and hear angels singing and at a time when they’re nearer to earth than ever, they’re needed more than ever to comfort and spread joy, just as we’re all needed to help do this.

I felt proud to read of so many people giving of themselves and doing what I wish more people would do all year long and everyday. I wondered why tragedy brings people together and opens their eyes and hearts to the art of true humanity, but why it doesn’t always last. I wiped the tears from my eyes and said a prayer for the angels affected and the angels helping now. Such deep emotions, even as large as our world is, touch others and cause vibrations to change. It’s like a ripple in the ocean; it takes time to move the water and it can travel a great distance, but it makes a change, an effect on the water, just as events with humanity. 

With spirits high, emotions strong, love in the air-especially this time of year, we need to be aware of how blessed we are and how important it is for us all to be awake and aware of our lives; if not, it’s for nothing. We are here to make a difference and even when we do things quietly or without others knowing, we know we’re here for a purpose. Being kind, sharing love, creating peace, being joyful and filled with light… we’re being a positive example to the world and helping the balance. 

As the last days of 2012 count down, take time to find the good things about your life, be a positive example, give of yourself and your time in ways you feel are right in your heart. Do your best to help others, love always, even when you must deal with not so positive people or situations. Be gentle with yourself and let go of expectations and just live life to the fullest, living your dreams and creating the life you deserve and a life filled with joy and love. Be well.

Wishing everyone wonderful Holidays filled with magic, a Merry Christmas, a Cool Yule, and joy, peace, love and light, no matter your belief or how you celebrate. May your New Year be fantastic and the best yet!! ~2013~

Sent with love,

Mysti~

Fran Hafey

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I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, blessings and abundance! Here in Virginia, the weather was beautiful with a sunny, warmer day for November. My family and I, got outside, played some football, had some laughs and enjoyed a wonderful meal my oldest daughter cooked for us. It all came together with everyone bringing a dish, dessert, extra chairs, a table cloth, etc. or whatever was needed for a larger dinner crowd. My parents were both there, in their mid 80’s and left before it got dark for their trek home.


During the day, we told stories and talked about our latest aches and pains, but never forgot how blessed we were to be there all together. We know, not all families have what some consider a traditional Thanksgiving, with the turkey and stuffing, vegetables, pies and football games. Many are homeless, estranged from loved ones, alone, seeking work and not fortunate enough to have family and friends to gather with. I know this and do my part to help throughout the year, giving to those in need, whether it be spiritual or physical. I do my best not to complain but ask for a little help now and then when my body feels the need to slow down and take a break. 

My message for today is about really giving from the heart and how for the Holidays we don’t have to buy anything to make others happy. What we give, truly give from within, is the most important thing. 

This time of year isn’t always easy for me, not because I get depressed, stressed or feel flustered about shopping, cooking and decorating, but because I feel so much of the energy floating around from others, that’s not positive or loving, but is more about buying, getting, taking, rushing, complaining, arguing, money and much more. I do my best to keep the true meaning of the holidays in my heart
all year long, having joy and peace within as much as possible. It makes me sad to see how some people act around the holidays. The meaning of the holidays is what’s most important, not how many gifts we buy, the amount of money we spend or if we can buy the biggest gift to try and please others. I can hardly stand watching the commercials on television promoting buying a car, diamonds or monstrous gifts or the attitudes of some children these days about the holidays. It has to begin at home; passing from one to another the real meanings, the traditions, what’s really important and how wonderful it is to really put some loving thought into what we do, how we act and our attitude of gratitude at this time of year and all year long. 

What are we teaching and learning? I find that the innocence of a child about the holidays is refreshing and true. I saw a television show during the weekend called, “Cancel
Christmas.” It was about re-birthing hope, trust, love and giving gifts of ourselves, from our hearts instead of buying gifts from a store. It was very heart warming and I cried when I saw people helping each other not because they had to, but because they wanted to. There was one part I really loved when the real Santa went to the local mall and children sat upon his lap, he asked them “what gift are you going to give your parents this year?” The children looked puzzled for a minute and said, “But I don’t have any money?” That’s when Santa told them, “Gifts don’t have to be bought, you can give a gift of helping with the dishes for a week or do something helpful around the house.” When pictures were taken of Santa, each picture showed him differently, as each child saw Santa in their hearts. Santa was a different nationality in every picture! I was amazed by this creative thought the writer came up with for this television movie. Yes, it was on television, but it had a wonderful message. It was on The Hallmark channel and this time of year, they show a lot of beautiful movies that truly touch our hearts. 

Every year, I do my best to spread holiday cheer and joy, reminding people of the most important things. I’ve always loved the feel in the air, how more than not, people have the holiday spirit. When I was about five years old, I would play Christmas  records on my small record player all year round, loving the way they made me feel when I thought about Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe, snow, the loving spirited stories, the
baby Jesus, the angels, the Christmas story, family, reindeer, decorations and so much more. I just loved the magical feeling and still do to this day. That’s one of the biggest reasons I do my best to keep the holiday spirit alive and well within me all year long, but especially during the Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas, or whatever people choose to call it for their own beliefs and way of life. 

This year and every year, give from the heart, choose gifts that feel good to give and don’t be so concerned if the receiver will think you spent enough. It’s true, “it’s the thought that counts,” and having a joy filled, no stress, loving holiday is the best gift we can give ourselves and others too. Choose to do things that feel good and not try to over do or just do too much. It’s not good when we dread the holidays coming, but when we look forward to them with the heart of a child and hold that feeling all year long! 

Happy Holidays and I wish you peace, love, joy and light always,
       Mysti~Fran 

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A Season of Love Message~12-5-11~The Best Gift of All~

December 5, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Monday:  Today, I will think of gifts I can give to people that have deeper meaning in them than just to make someone happy for a few minutes. Do you give gifts that are well thought out, that give longer than a few minutes or a few days? When giving from the heart, we can be even more creative when giving gifts, even “re-gifting” a gift that is something close to our hearts that we know will feel the same for someone else we love. The true meaning of the Holidays isn’t to try and buy everything on someone’s list, but to create a happy, warm feeling in the heart that will last a lot longer than just through the New Year! Today I will take time to think about giving gifts that have deeper meaning and feeling to them and give from my heart with love. 

So often, people will tell us, what they want for the Holidays. I used to ask and try to give gifts people on my list needed or wanted, which made them happy and me too. As the years have gone by and I’ve enjoyed many Holidays as a child, adult, Mother and Nana, I’ve been changing my views on gift giving and receiving. I love the surprise in the beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree, but sometimes when we get older, the surprise and magic seems to fade. It doesn’t have to. We can keep the fun, the surprise and magic in the Holidays by giving gifts that are well thought out, fun, cheerful and even by “re-gifting” something we’ve enjoyed and loved, to someone that will also enjoy, love and appreciate them. Sometimes no gift is good, when we get to spend time with those we love and just share good food, conversation, laughs and good times! When we give gifts because we’re sharing love and joy, we don’t need to expect a gift back from those we give to, it’s in giving from the heart that’s so important, that creates the true joy for the holidays!

A gift from the heart, no matter how expensive it is or even if it didn’t cost anything in monetary value, is always the best gift because it truly means the most. Think about it. What gift can you give that’s from the heart and not just from your pocket? I’m sure whatever gift you give, when you give it with love and from your heart, it’s the best gift of all!

 Blessings, peace & joy, Fran~Mysti~ 

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A Season of Love Message~12-2-11~Holiday Spirit~

December 2, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Friday:  Today is a good day to make some plans to do something new for the Holidays. Many of us hold close to traditions and things we did during the holidays when we were growing up. Maybe you put up the tree at a certain time, made cookies or goodies and shared them with neighbors, began wrapping gifts early or had a special ornament to hang on the tree. Starting a new tradition or trying something new could be fun for you and your family and friends. Why not make cookies together, go to a tree lighting ceremony, drive around looking at all the holiday decorations, invite someone to dinner, send a card or gift to a soldier who’s protecting our freedom, go caroling or do something totally new that you’ve never done before! How exciting it is to try something new, share the joy of the h0lidays, get out of the old routine and surprise some family and friends. It’s always good to share some cheer and joy, even when the holidays are over!! 

For me, the holidays are a mixed bag of emotions. I love the sparkling lights, the excitement about Santa coming, the mystery, the joy, the music, the food, remembering old times, good times and creating some new memories. My emotions tend to go up and down when I look back over the years and also think about how things are in the now. I love the old stories, the nostalgia, when times were different, less hectic, more meaningful and simple. I do my best to keep some of the traditions that are close to my heart in my routine, but it’s always good to do something different and new too. 

One of the biggest things I tend to get on a soapbox about this time of year, is how I wish everyone had the holiday spirit all year round. We may not keep our tree up all year long, but we need to keep the spirit of love, kindness, giving, joy, peace and light, within us and in our actions 365 days a year. We need to keep it a live all the time! Yes, the holidays are special and this is a time to celebrate, rejoice, show gratitude, share, love one another, give from our hearts and put up decorations, bake good foods and hold close to our hearts our traditions to be a part of it all.

We can make a choice today, to do something new but also hold onto the loving traditions of old. There are so many gifts we can give that don’t go under the tree, but show our love every day of the year! 

Peace, Fran~Mysti~

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A Season of Love Message~11-28-11~”Being Real”~

November 28, 2011

A Season of Love Message for Monday:  Today is a good day to “just be real!” Being “real” to me, is when we allow ourselves to be who we are, not to put on airs or try and be something or someone we’re not or try to do something we’re not really feeling. As a Writer, I have times when the inspiration flows and other times it doesn’t. I cannot force the words or it doesn’t sound good or isn’t coming from my heart. During Thanksgiving, I got busy cleaning, cooking and spending time with my family and I didn’t even open my computer. I felt “guilty” for not taking out time to write my weekly messages or to even write and say I was taking some time off. There was something in me that kept telling me it was ok, that others understood and taking time off for a bit wasn’t “bad.” In our busy worlds I think we often try to please too many people and sometimes forget about ourselves. We all need some down time to just be ourselves and give to ourselves too. Just be real and tell yourself its ok to slow down and take some time for YOU!

I found myself cleaning and basically over doing it. I’ve done it before and I guess I just don’t learn! With a family and pets, those are just two reasons I’m always busy trying to keep up with chores around the house and when guest come, I tend to overdo it and cause myself to be exhausted for a few days afterwards. I have Fibromyalgia and recently my doctors had changed some medications I’m on for blood pressure and asthma. While preparing for Thanksgiving and seeing our son and Grandson, we had to get things in our house in order for them to stay overnight and spend time with us. We’d been going through all sorts of things and had our spare room in disarray, so I spent quite a bit of time organizing, washing linens, dusting, cleaning, plus shopping for food and dealing with many other things that had to be done. I see how easy it is  to become overwhelmed or over do things. I was happy to see them and I did what I had to do and then just spent quality time with my loved ones. I didn’t have the energy to really do much online, much less write something from my heart, even though I took lots of mental notes on things to write about in the near future. The Holidays seem to do something to me, not sure if it’s easy to explain, I enjoy them, but I think  a lot, about how much I wish we could have all this cheer, joy, love and holiday spirit, all year round! If I’m not careful, I can get into a bit of a funky mood, just thinking about and feeling the energy all around me from the Holidays.

Being real and allowing myself time to work through all of this “Holiday stuff,” is a gift I give myself each year. I love the magic in children’s eyes during the Holidays and love to share traditions, stories and the magic with them. Just taking time to be real and allow my inner child to partake of some of the Holiday fun is important. So, if you don’t see me around on a regular basis until sometime in January 2012, between the shopping and wrapping, giving and celebrating, loving and eating, (and also cleaning) you know when I write, it will be quality versus quantity, just how I like to spend my Holidays! I will be around, just being me and sharing lots of love with you too when I do have time to write and share. The messages may be a little late or they may not, but they will always be exactly what I was supposed to share and at the right time. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, joy and blessings. 

Peace, Fran~Mysti~

 

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The Christmas Orange
by Fran Hafey/Mysti
 
In the country, on a hill in Virginia, there was a family of seven.
 
It was a small farmette amongst the trees with plenty to do. Many times for the holidays, gifts were hard to come by. The mother was a wonderful seamstress and she made beautiful dolls and clothes for the children. There were only a few gifts for each child, but the parents did their best. Not one child ever opened those gifts and asked, “is that all?” They understood about love and giving, and were always pleased.

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Spiritual Pathways LoveNote~
December 15, 2009

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“Do you have the Holiday Spirit? Whatever we call it, its about
love and giving, not a name, its about what’s in our hearts.~”
~Mystiblu~ 2009

Holiday Spirit Within Us~
By Fran Hafey/Mystiblu

One day, I was listening to some people talking about how they
thought it was horrible how people still tell children about Santa
and his magical journey one night a year. They felt it was wrong
to continue to tell the story and keep children believing.

I believe in Santa Claus and the story of what he began many years
ago, the spirit of giving from the heart. He was a real man with a
real life and no he didn’t fly through the sky with a sack full of toys,
but he was a good man that gave from his heart and with time,
became a Saint and his story has lived on.

I can remember my Mother telling me the story of Santa and me
telling my children the same story, but we also told other stories
about love and giving and what the true meaning of the holidays
means to us. We feel it’s about family, being together, the birth
of a child in a manger, giving and so much more. No matter what
traditions we have or what story we’re told, where we live or
what our beliefs or religion, the main point is about love, peace,
joy, giving and not about how much we can get, complaining
about family and gifts we didn’t get, cars, diamonds and lofty
expectations.

To me, as a child I heard the story of Jesus, born in a manger and
as an adult I also believe in burning a Yule log, having a tree with
beautiful decorations on it in the house, lighting candles, giving
blessings, making cookies and baking, making home made gifts
and decorations, but giving from the heart and not because of its
price tag. I believe in everyone giving tidings whatever way they
choose may it be “Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy
Hannukah, Happy Kwanza and then Happy New Year and
Wishing many blessings for the coming year!” For me, its about
having the “Spirit” of all these things and sharing it with others
in the way that feels right and best to all.

It’s all magical and wonderful to me and I’ve never forgotten my
true meaning of giving, loving, blessing and feeling happiness
and joy in my hearts!

Affirmation: Today I will remember to have the “Spirit of love,
giving, joy, peace, light and blessings,” everyday of the year and
happily share it with others, always.~

~Wishing all, a Wonderful Holiday filled with every good thing
and a fantastic New Year!~ From my family to yours~

Peace, light, love, joy and blessings,~
Mystiblu~Fran

*Note-Spirit/God/Source/Creator is what Mysti uses in her writings. Please
replace with your own Higher Power or whatever feels good to you.
Thank you~

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Fran Hafey is a Spiritual Consultant, Healer, Visionary,Writer, Earth, Human & Animal Activist, Teacher & Motivational Speaker, living in the mountains of Virginia. She provides guidance, inspiration & love via her Website, Groups, Newsletter, MySpace on the World Wide Web. She’s currently working on publishing her own books about love, inspiration, magic & nature stories for Children of all ages.
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