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The Happiness Key

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Articles 

I love looking at A Course in Miracles to gain insight from the lessons that I can apply to my day to day life.  One of the lessons from the Course says "Forgiveness is the key to happiness."  (Lesson 121)


That made me pause.  I know right now there are people that I am struggling to forgive.  There are days that I can forgive an action or a person who did me wrong.  But then there are times, I just can't do it.  I'm holding on to it, letting it grow and fester.  


This non-forgiveness, if I had...


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Bloom

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, January 11, 2016, In : poetry 

The flowers are in my hands,

precious petals full of fragile fragrance

and colors that dance over my eyes,

turning up my vision with a

knob of delightful global views.

It's so beautiful and simple.

I have to treat it gingerly, though,

because with this beauty comes a price,

a price of danger of injury.

And an extra force of my breath

can make it wither in my fingertips,

causing it to never be the same.

Each unique in its own way;

I get to touch so many and

experience to sweet smells

in my olfactory nerves...


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Stronger Than That

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, In : poetry 
I should have seen that coming
but somehow I let my glasses get fogged
with a fuzzy full-of-supposed-dreams cloth.
Everyone else says they watched it happen,
popcorn in hand,
as the play by play is painted
by that fake smiling reporter
who thinks she knows my story.
Put through filter coming out
full of maybes and I thinks.
Doubt has an iron first
and it holds me lover tight.
 
 
Yeah, yeah, you told me so.
And I say so what?
Can you help me out?
Because I've disappeared again
and can't seem to push
this big br...

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, March 21, 2015, In : Articles 
I was talking to one of my clients about a certain goal she wants to achieve.  She is thinking about going back to school but there are a lot of things that seem to be standing in her way - her age, her desire to go, family pressures - she just wasn't sure which way to go.   
 
She said to me "So these are my beliefs and thoughts about it."  My response, " Well, those things we tell ourselves - we wouldn't lie to ourselves, would we?"
 
We all have our beliefs and thoughts about ourselves.  And e...

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It Isn't Over

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, In : Articles 

I was having dinner with a friend tonight and we were talking about goals that we have - big ideas, big dreams.  In the midst of talking and debating if we could accomplish our respective goals, she said "Hey, it isn't over until they put us in the ground."   

This made me pause.  She was right.  Our lives, while finite and the "deadline" is unknown, are ours to shape and experience, no matter what the age.

It seems as we get older, we get more scared, cynical, complacent and downright grumpy....


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The Past, Present, Future

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, February 28, 2015, In : Articles 
A friend of mine and I were discussing how he likes to live in the past.  It's been troublesome to him over the 25 years I've known him and he seems to reflect on and regurgitating situations over and over again, reliving tough details and hurts.  
 
After a particularly intense conversation, he said to me, "I don't know why I do this.  I wish I could understand it."  So I said, "Well, what do you think it is - other than being a Cancer?"
 
As we talked, we came to the conclusion that the past, w...

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Try, Just A Little

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Articles 

Recently I had a client come to me about some problems in her life.  She felt things were stagnant, rough and she didn't see a direction.

Part of my job is to flush out solutions.  "What about this?"  I said.  "Well...." she countered with reasons as to why it wouldn't work.  "Okay, how about that?"  I countered.  "Well...." more reasons why it wouldn't work.

Now, I'm all about being realistic about what we're capable of but I also am one who believes we have to push past boundaries to create c...


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You Earthquake

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, In : poetry 
The dream squashers are everywhere,
ready with their steel toed boots
to stomp all over the stars in your eyes.
Smashing your windows with words 
full of sledgehammers and grenades,
hoping to leave ashes and shards 
in their wake.  
After all, why not let you clean up
the mess you carefully crafted together
with hopes and wishes and fears
and desires and work?
 
Do you truly know them? 
Do they hold the key to your heart?
Do they know better than all 
you've put your biologicals in?
And when you look in thei...

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Trust

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : Articles 
I was talking to a friend of mine tonight.  He went through a pretty bad breakup with another friend of mine.  It's been a tough time for both of them.   I'm grateful I've been able to keep them both in my life.
 
In this discussion with my friend, we were talking about trust.  One of the reasons why we have stayed friends is because he is able to talk to me about his life and I keep it just to me.  He was saying  how hard that was to find.
 
In yesterday's musing, I talked about rumors and gossi...

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In the Wings of an Angel

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : poetry 
As she rests 
she lies quietly
But her mind is nothing but quiet
Those thoughts race
She worries, anticipates,
thinks about what is coming up next
Before tomorrow comes
It’s an exercise in mental jumping jacks
And while she thinks she is resting
she is exhausted but asking for a sign
Then she feels a gentleness
A softness nothing like of earth
the feathers wrap her like a blanket
of warmth and love
Holding her, comforting her
letting her rest, soothing her mind
whispers that "It will be okay"
and as she dri...

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I Wish

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, February 19, 2015, In : Articles 
I wish people could see how amazing they are.
 
I wish people didn't believe the lies they tell themselves.
 
I wish people could see that past mistakes don't predict or have to influence the future.
 
I wish people know the pain they have is real and certainly ok to get over whenever the hell they want.
 
I wish people would respond to weakness (including their own) with compassion.
 
I wish people would love without fear and give it as freely as criticism and ridicule.
 
I wish people mended fences, re...

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Bright Light

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, February 16, 2015, In : poetry 
Bright light, you are true.
There are those that would
try to dim you - 
put a lampshade on you,
soften you, direct you.
But look at you, 
nothing stops you from 
shining everywhere,
filling the room,
showing off all over.
You surround those
in your view with
delicate pieces of
connections to make
it better than it was.
Not everyone is like you,
Bright Light,
not everyone shows
their gorgeous glows.
But you beam fearless
into the eyes 
of all who observe you.
So Bright Light,
just be you.  
All others pale
in compari...

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Musing on the Musing

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, February 15, 2015, In : Articles 
I love to write for you, dear readers.  "Mary's Musing" has been one of my joys throughout the past several years.   I appreciate you reading them.
 
Lately, thought, I've run into a bit of writers block.  One of the worst things in the world to me.  I hate sitting here, staring at a blank screen thinking, "I've got nothin'."  Or worse, starting a musing and then scraping it because it just doesn't feel right.
 
I do my best to give you the best of my thoughts and what I observe in the world.  Bu...

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I'm Fine?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, In : Articles 
I was walking up the stairs to my office and my psychic development student was waiting for me.  I looked up and saw her face - she looked so sad.
 
"How are you, sweetie?"  I said.
 
She looked at me and said "Doing fine!"
 
I paused.  She smiled and said, "Well, no, I'm not, but that's what everyone says, right?"
 
And she's right.  When we ask someone how he or she is doing, that person usually says "I'm fine."  It's a common response, one we never think about or really acknowledge.
 
We're conditio...

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Love: The Death Defier

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Articles 
I was bit by the photography bug a couple of years ago.  I took the plunge and invested in a nice beginners camera, the Canon Rebel T3i.  I've stumbled around a bit but am getting the hang of shooting manually and I've gotten some amazing shots.
 
In November, I went on vacation to New Orleans.  Of course I had to bring the camera.  The city is so rich with photography opportunities there was no way I couldn't leave it behind.  
 
While I was there, I visited several cemeteries.  One of the ones ...

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Time To Get Up

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, February 8, 2015,
Sometimes you have to fight
even when your fingers
are cold and hurting,
your heart is bleeding and
your mind is weeping  
from all the pain.
It's a challenge,
though, the pillow
calls your head and
there is nothing more
you want than to not
open your eyes 
for a millennium.
And then you can 
slumber longer than that.
But if you cannot see,
there is nothing 
that you can love.
If you cannot see,
there is nothing you can
plan and plot and
watch grow like 
weeds that you don't
want to pluck away.
If you cannot see,
you...

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Weathering the Storm

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, In : Articles 
I am born and bred in Boston.  It's my favorite place to be and, while I love to travel, I always love to see the dirty water of the Boston Harbor when I fly home.  
 
As you might know, we currently are getting pummeled by Mother Nature.  Currently, we have gotten more snow than we got in the historic storm of the Blizzard of '78.  More is due to come - two more storms are in the forecast in less than a week.
 
The snow makes us grumpy.  It's cold, we have to shovel, it makes us wet and soggy an...

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What Do We Expect?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, In : poetry 
What do we expect?
Do we set low expectations
because of shadows in the past,
hiding what we fear and seek to hide from?
 
What do we expect?
Hurt and pain and consequences
because of the crawling we've done
and never want to do again?
 
What do we expect?
Do we not say our words,
sing our song, speak the truth
because we've been shut down before?
 
What do we expect?
Do we ever hope to reach out dreams
or do we find ways to not manifest our goals
because of failures or lack of support?
 
Isn't it time to expect...

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You're An Original

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 25, 2015, In : poetry 
You're an original, 
one of a kind,
made from scratch,
from just the right recipe.
You can't be duplicated,
because you're already perfect.
Others may try to 
alter what's already built
but you know that 
you have the right stuff.
Sure, it's easy to wonder
what if you did this or that
so do it...or don't.
You're an original, remember?
Whatever you do,
keeps your special,
amazing, out of this world,
a sparkling soul.
There may be moments
where you doubt, 
cry, get upset or 
wonder why but
you're still an original.
N...

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Angels Walk This Earth

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, January 24, 2015, In : poetry 
Angels walk this earth
in the form of your family
for the heritage they passed on to you
and their love and lessons they taught you
 
Angels walk this earth
in the form of a good friend
in their eyes full of love for you
and the hands they reach out to help
 
Angels walk this earth
in our tormentors and tyrants
because they are our teachers
to make us stronger and more loving
 
Angels walk this earth
in strangers you meet on the street
who offer you a smile on a bad day
or hold a door when it rains
 
Angels walk...

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The Work

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Articles 

I had dinner with my cousin the other night.  It was so nice to catch up with her.  We have a wonderful relationship where we can talk, laugh and cry about anything.

Somewhere in our conversation, we started talking about the difference between jobs and our work.  Most people have a job.  This is something that we need to have to have to pay the bills.  It can be good or bad.  It could even be something we could be very good at day-to-day but chances are it's not what we really want to be do...


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POEM: Worthwhile

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, In : poetry 
Wipe the dust from your eyes,
you're alive and, admit it, 
you're kickin'.
For once, let the 
barriers roll away
and find out what's ahead
because nothing is
untouchable, unattainable.
It's your life,
the one you live, eat, 
breathe and surround 
yourself with everyday.
You constantly rise
from the ashes
and yet, you doubt you.
What if you were finally
in your corner?
If you fought for
all that was yours -
what wouldn't be?
What couldn't be?
All those knockdowns,
the black eyes,
the bloody an...

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POEM: Clean Slate

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, October 17, 2014, In : poetry 

You ask me not to struggle,
"it will all be okay."
Sure.
You aren't in my head,
running the third marathon
I've run today in record time.
No, you have moved on
to the next task
while I wonder
if the blackboard 
will ever get erased.
All those words, and sighs,
and trampled dreams,
and ripped apart moments,
yes, those are what I notice.
Overwritten and crowded 
into a small view, 
I only see so much now.
Jumbled words edited 
so much they've lost their
original meaning
and now are saturated 
w...


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POEM: Changes

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, October 2, 2014, In : poetry 

It all changes in a second
just wait for it to come around
it never stays exactly the same
the ground is shifting ever so slowly
but it is moving, changing
take a breath and wait for it to happen
you'll be amazing what is revealed
when you settle and let go
let go of the control and anxiety
let it happen, the way it is supposed to happen
live your life as it changes
send the energy out that you're in motion
and the world, the universe will respond
if it's not working, then it's not meant to w...


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POEM: Gone Now Back Again

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, In : poetry 

I thought I lost it 
but then it was found
Gone now back again
Around the way
not so far gone
just out of sight
I thought it was over
But I see not so much
It wasn't expected
but it is welcomed
and seen as a new start
a time reset
with a past to leave behind
There is no more to say
just things to experience
No more to grieve
just life to love
living even better
than I thought possible
because there are
no more expectations
there just is, this moment now
nothing to fix, nothing to break
nothing to ask for anymore
ste...


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POEM: Live Wings On

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, In : poetry 
I'm nothing special,
I just try to honor the Gods,
be a good person,
tell the right stories,
kindness is in short supply,
the stores are out,
but my heart is in,
how could I have it another way?
The Spirits demand attention
and they push me to the edge
until fear shivers my soul
and then they catch me
or whisk me into higher altitudes
with just a whisper on the wind,
it's all about trust
and the roles I was given,
questioning that leads to 
nothing but dullness in the water
and worn circles under my feet.
So he...

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POEM: And I Still Am

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, In : poetry 

And I ask myself,
"Am I ready for this?"
No way, disaster looms.
It can't turn out well.
I mean, if I step forward,
I can't go backward
and that's a familiar dance
with a broken record 
of an out of tune melody.
What if I just keep
leaving the past behind?
What plot twists does
my story have then?
The old hurts and memories
stay behind me like
a back tattoo and scars,
carved into my psyche
and body - not letting me escape.
But, what if I just carry them?
Take them with me 
but know they don't define
what's inside...


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POEM: I Know What's Right

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, June 20, 2014, In : poetry 
When the challenge comes up in front of me,
I say, “Bring it’.
There is nothing I can power through
no matter how much it tries to unravel me.
The negative words, the dirty glances,
the aggravating comments, the unjustified anger.
All those things that are pulling me down,
they want blood, 
they want my sanity.
Little do they know it’s already gone,
that’s why I’m delusional enough to think
it’s all going to be okay.
Maybe that’s why it is.
Because not knowing any better,
or maybe knowing bet...
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Poem: YES

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, In : poetry 

Sometimes you feel like the whole world is against you,

plotting, planning, creating your demise

ripping apart painstakingly prepared plans,

laughing as you try to pick up the torn pieces.

But life is what it is,

bad and good, up and down,

it does what it does.

It's our responsibility to do what we do.

We don't have to fall,

we don't have to cry,

we don't have to react in a way

that stops us in our tracks,

beats us, betrays us.

No.

 

Life does not happen to us,

we are not play...


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If I was just....

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : Articles 

I recently did a reading for someone who is one of my favorite clients.  She's fun, outgoing and has a lot going for her.  The place she feels she is lacking is in a relationship so the last couple of readings we've had is around that topic.

I tuned into the most recent guy she had gone out on a date with and he didn't seem like he was for her.   He wasn't a dysfunctional person or a person with a ton of baggage, he just wasn't for her.

Then I heard something from Spirit that seemed very im...


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Mercury Retrograde - June 7 to July 1

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : Articles 

It’s that time of year, Mercury is going Retrograde. From June 7th to July 1st get ready to double check your communications and mechanical items because Mercury Retrograde is known to influence them in a challenging way.

Mercury is going Retrograde in Cancer during this time. If you know your Natal Chart, watch where Mercury moves during that time. Where it is in your chart will be activated by this transit.

If you don’t know your Mercury in your Natal Chart, never fear. Here are the g...


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The Master

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : Articles 

I was having a discussion with a friend about emotions and handling stress that comes up on a day to day basis.   I've accepted stress is part of my life but I also realize it's my choice how to handle it.
 
I said to him, "Part of my journey is to be the Master of me, the Master of my emotions.  I am in control of how I handle what comes up in front of me."
 
This statement made me pause - what is the meaning of being a Master?  A Master is someone that is an expert and has a high level of s...


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The "Shoulds"

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : Articles 

I love how hard we can be on ourselves. I've had many a client say "I should be over him/her, I should be further in life, I should be..."
 
The "shoulds" mean nothing.  It's a discussion of possibilities that could have happened and it's used a tool to beat ourselves up for what we haven't accomplished or overcome.
 
So what if you aren't exactly where you want to be?  So what if you haven't let go of all your feelings about someone or something?  So what?  Where you are right now is just th...


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Time

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, In : poetry 
Time.
Understanding it slips, it runs, it moves.
Ever flowing.
We fool ourselves into thinking it stops
with a kiss, with words, with sleep.
But it marches on.
We think we have so much,
best laid plans, ideas,
the "where do you see yourself in five years"
question.  Always questions.
And we keep time, waste time,
let it pass with bitter words and closed doors.
And yet, it keeps moving.
It discards our agendas, our wants,
our baggage and our wrist time keepers.
It doesn't care what we do with it.
It just does...

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The Juggler

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : poetry 
Watch me juggle
I throw it up in the air
I have it under control
Seem to not have a care 
 
I'm making it happen
Always on the go
the balls keep flying
I have it in a flow 
 
More and more get added
the juggling moves faster
what if I drop one?
This could be a disaster 
 
Why do I keep this pace?
It seems I have to, right?
I'd love to put some down
it would make me light 
 
The wrench gets thrown
I lose all my grips
I'm out of control
my perfect flow has slipped 
 
The juggling has stopped
It's all scattered around
I h...
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Poem: The Saint

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : poetry 

He comes to me

 

telling me it will all be okay

 

blocking the darkness

 

fighting for my light

 

He comes to me

 

showing me what the future holds

 

proving to me it’s not done

 

laughing when I question him

 

He comes to me

 

pushing all of my buttons

 

making me see the truth

 

wiping away my tears

 

He comes to me

 

anticipating my call

 

letting me know he’s here

 

his strength is unparalleled

 

He comes to me

 

without strings or demands

 

smashing through the walls

 

lifting me to the stars

 

He comes to me

 

the protectiv...


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Don't Worry

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : Articles 

One of the most common phrases I say during a reading is "Don't worry." 

 

Then I get the look.  A look that usually says "Are you kidding me?" 

 

I know it's easy to say that phrase.  Because at that point, I'm not in that situation to worry about it.  It's also a pretty easy phrase to throw out there, almost as easy as "Good Morning". 

 

Instead of worrying, what if we transformed worry into something different?  What if it turns into something  much more positive?  Is it possible? 

 

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Stay on the Right Road

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : Articles 

Recently I did a reading for a client fresh out of college.  She wasn't quite sure what she wanted to do for a career and was thinking of going back to school.  

 

Our conversation:

 

Her:  "I'm going back to school to become a Vet Tech.  What do the cards tell me?"

 

Me:  "That this isn't the right move.  You already know what you want to do - why aren't you doing that?"

 

Her:  "Well, I want to open my own animal shelter.   I work for one now but I don't know.  A Vet Tech seems more practical...."

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Poem: I can be me

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, January 4, 2014, In : poetry 
The struggle to dream
 
Darkness surrounds my eyes
 
Covering the future
 
fooling me into falsities
 
Watching me struggle
 
Laughing at pain
 
There I am
 
pulling at the blindfold
 
Telling it to stop
 
Tearing at the lies
 
removing the fabric
 
It fights me
 
it tells me it's what I want
 
It tells me it's best for me
 
It tells me no one will approve
 
It withholds love
 
How dare I try
 
There isn’t a view to see, it insists
 
But I don’t trust it
 
There is more to see
 
more to feel
 
more to know
 
And it doesn't get a ch...
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Make it Work

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, January 3, 2014, In : Articles 
 I'm a huge fan of Project Runway.  (No, I'm not ashamed to admit that.)  I love watching materials being transformed into amazing designs.  The creativity of the designers inspires me to believe anything can be made out of nothing with some thought and an open mind.
 
My favorite cast member on Project Runway is Tim Gunn, the Mentor.  He takes time to consult with the designers about their work while it is in process.  Gunn can guide them about the trends and what the judges will like or disli...
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Seize the Moment

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, January 2, 2014, In : Articles 
I went to the Red Sox World Series Game 2 in October.  Being around Fenway when the Red Sox are in the Championship brings fanatic to a whole new level.  People decked out in all red, wearing World Series shirts from 2004 and 2007 and just grinning from ear to ear.  I had my Canon camera on me and was snapping pictures happily.
 
After taking some pictures of the people and sites on Yawkey Way, we made our way inside Gate D of Fenway Park.  The elevators are to the right inside Gate D and strai...
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The Power of Prayer

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, September 7, 2013, In : Articles 
My Father has been battling Mesothelioma for the past several months.  October will be one year since he's been diagnosed and he's still fighting strong.
 
I am always amazed at the consideration of others when they ask, "Hey, how is your Dad doing?"  It warms me to know they are thinking of him. 
 
Lately, I've had people say to me, "I'll say a prayer for him, is that okay?"  
 
My reply is, "Of course!!  I'll take any prayers we can get."
 
So what is prayer?  What does it really mean?
 
Prayer is so...
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We All Shine

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, September 6, 2013, In : poetry 
The stars in the sky
shine down on all of us.
Not because we are rich or poor,
Not because of who we are,
Just because it's what they do.
The stars shine on us, brilliantly.
They all have their job,
just like us, to shine so bright.
Yes, they may not all look the same
but they know how to live their purpose.
It's not because they have to,
it's not because they were told to,
they were born to shine.
They do not know any other way to live
other than to just be.
 
Our mission is to shine, 
to be like the stars.
T...
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"They Don't Call It Work for Nothin'."

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, In : Articles 

I was lamenting to a friend of mine recently about how hard things seem to be lately, not just for myself but for other people. I asked him, "Why is it like this? Why are so many people overwhelmed? I mean, when do we get a break?"

 

He said to me, "These experiences make us stronger and help us build character. We have to go through things in order to help others. It's not Spiritual play; They don't call it Spiritual Work for nothin'."

 

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Fueling My Fire With Words

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 27, 2013, In : Articles 

With 2013 here, I am working on doing things in my life differently.  No resolutions, just making improvements that I think need to be made.

 

One of my improvements is to be more careful of my words.  I speaks before I think.   I like to blame in on the Sagittarius in me - we're known to be blunt.  However, that doesn't mean it has to stay that way, though it would be much easier to keep it and blame it on my astrological sign.

 

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Morning Pages Realizations

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 27, 2013, In : Articles 

I have been looking for ways to be inspired and make changes in 2013.  One of the things that came up as a way to tap into inspiration was working through the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron.  It's a book to help unleash creativity and since I have felt blah in that realm, I have been working the book with some friends.

 

Once of the suggestions of the book is to write "Morning Pages".  It says to get up in the morning, grab your coffee or tea and do a mind dump of writing for thre...


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Enjoy the Silence

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 27, 2013, In : Articles 

Sometimes we say things that may hurt each other.  It may not be intentional but we feel the need to say what's on our mind at the given moment.  Is it necessary to tell someone what we think about them or what they're doing, especially if they haven't asked?

 

There are times I have to bite my tongue because, even though I have an opinion, it's not my place to put my thoughts on someone else.   It's not about me, it's about them and what they need.

 

Honesty is important but there comes ...


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Forgiveness

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 27, 2013, In : Articles 

I notice some of the most passionate comments I get are on quotes on forgiveness.  The common theme is that it's hard to forgive others because the person hurt the commenter very bad.  "There is no way I can forgive (my ex, my family, my boss, etc)."

 

This is completely understandable.  How can we possibly forgive someone that has done incredible hurt to us?   It seems counter-productive to what we should do, which is tear the person down and hurt them millions of times worse than they hur...


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Strength

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 27, 2013, In : Articles 

Strength.  It's an interesting word.  Sometimes when I hear this word, it conjures up the image of a body builder who can lift practically anything.  There is also another kind of strength and I think this is the one that is harder to find but stronger than the best bodybuilder.

 

It's the strength we have inside of us to handle situations that come our way.   We never know what we are capable of until we are faced with it but we surprise ourselves with the will to tackle what we need to ha...


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Turn Up The Positive Volume

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 27, 2013, In : Articles 

As I was talking to a friend the other night, she seemed to be going through a hard time.  She was saying all kinds of negative things about herself.  I said to her, "There are plenty of people in line ready to beat you up - why do you want to be at the front of the line?"

When we go throughout our day, we do all kinds of things.  We get ready to leave the house, we design projects, we interact with all kinds of people, we do work, we drop the ball, we praise, we hurt - it's endless.

If yo...


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Where did my creativity go?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, In : Articles 

I did a reading the other night for one of my regular clients.  She is a talented, smart and beautiful woman with the usual questions.  There was one, at the end, I don't usually hear.

She said, "Mar, my creativity is totally dead.  What can I do to get it back?" 

I gave her some suggestions that Spirit gave to me and then I also said, "You need to be inspired.  You need to do something that will touch your soul and make you smile."

This happens to me every once in a while.  I get writer...


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Don't Worry?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : Articles 

One of the most common phrases I say during a reading is "Don't worry."

Then I get the look.  A look that usually says "Are you kidding me?"

I know it's easy to say that phrase.  Because at that point, I'm not in that situation to worry about it.  It's also a pretty easy phrase to throw out there, almost as easy as "Good Morning".

Instead of worrying, what if we transformed worry into something different?  What if it turns into something much more positive?  Is it possible?

While I know w...


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The Hermit Times

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, In : Articles 

This time of year usually makes me miss summer and the longer days.   I look forward to the Winter Solstice for us to gain a minute of light everyday.   With the sun setting around 4:30 in the afternoon and our nights getting longer, I think about how the darkness can affect us.  And by darkness, I don't mean anything that is evil or sinister.  It is actually an opportunity to look at things differently because our sight and reactions must be different when the stillness arrives.

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The Ripples of Our Decisions

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, November 12, 2012, In : Articles 

One of my favorite movies is "Wanted" starring Angelina Jolie.  It's an action movie, very heavy on the action aspects.  It shows the transformation of one character, Wesley, as his life gets turned upside down when he learns, and ultimately embraces, who he truly is.  

 

There is a line from that movie that always sticks with me.   In explaining why Fox (Angelina Jolie) joins "The Fraternity" of Assassins, she says to Wesley, "We don't know how far the ripples of our decisions go."  

 

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The Crossroads

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, November 11, 2012, In : Articles 

Driving has been a different experience for me lately.  I've been noticing a lot more instead of just having tunnel vision to my destination.  Taking a look around while waiting at a stop light can be quite eye opening.

 

As I was driving today, I pulled up to a four way intersection - the crossroads - and settled at the light.  I saw someone about to take a left and then, at the last minute, she decided to go straight.  I could see her brow squiggle, trying to figure out the best route to go. ...


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I've Seen The Light

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, August 8, 2012,

I've seen the light

 

it is so bright in my eyes

 

almost blinding me

 

It illuminates all that is around me

 

Nothing can hide in the shadows anymore

 

Nothing.

 

I'm not sure how I feel about that

 

How can I deal with those things

 

I thought were gone?

 

How can I look at what was in

 

the shadows of my mind?

 

Can the light help me?

 

Can the light show me the way?

 

Now it seems that the only way

 

for me to let those things go

 

is to shine the light on th...


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We Know More Than We Think

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, June 7, 2012, In : Articles 

We are amazing people who can handle an amazing amount of information.  Our brains are built to sort, collect, categorize and, if necessary, discard information. 

 

There are times that we don't realize what we know.  For example, I was having a discussion with someone about her knowledge of tarot cards.  She told me that she didn't really know them well and she especially didn't know how to do multiple card readings.

 

So while we were talking, I asked gave her two cards and asked her t...


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Being Grateful

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, In : Articles 

I have started looking back at the teachings of The Secret and one of the things I like was the concept of being grateful.

No matter what is going wrong, no matter what is happening, the theory is to be grateful for everything in your life, even the hard lessons.  

The thought is that being grateful will help you see what you already have in your life.  It shows you how abundant you really are.  It's not just material things but also your relationships, your talents and your gifts.

There h...


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Just Breathe

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, June 4, 2012, In : poetry 

Just breathe

others will try to sway you

but you're just as solid as ever

 

Just breathe

others try to break you

but you'll be able to be handle the pressure

 

Just breathe

others will try to knock you down

but you'll show them how tall you can stand

 

Just breathe

others may think you are weak

but you'll tap into strength you never thought you had

 

Just breathe

others may underestimate you

but you're amazing, courageous and truthful

 

Just breathe

there is no one that c...


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It's Just Noise

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, June 1, 2012, In : poetry 

It's just noise

a distraction for your mind

embrace what is positive

discard what isn't kind.

 

It's just noise

people will say what they say

your inner voice is louder

don't let others get in your way.

 

It's just noise

opinions are what they are

you are the one in charge

don't forget you are a star

 

It's just noise

cracking and loud

tune to a new station

one that makes you proud

 

It's just noise

look for a sweeter sound

you can tune it out

find other words that are ...


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Celebrate Each Day

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, In : poetry 

 

Celebrate each day

for your eyes opening

your early morning breath

breakfast of champions

 

 

Celebrate each day

for your heart beating

the hugs you receive

the laughs from your belly

 


 

Celebrate each day

for the work that you complete

the relationships you build

the lives you touch

 

 

Celebrate each day

for the moments that make you pause

whether they are unbelievable

or amazingly good and memorable

 

 

Celebrate each day

for the challenges you face

you can handle them with your famous style

with a little bit of g...

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Gone Now Back Again

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, May 27, 2012, In : poetry 

I thought I lost it 

but then it was found

Gone now back again

Around the way

not so far gone

just out of sight

I thought it was over

But I see not so much

It wasn't expected

but it is welcomed 

and seen as a new start

a time reset

with a past to leave behind

There is no more to say

just things to experience

No more to grieve

just life to love

living even better 

than I thought possible

because there are 

no more expectations

there just is, this moment now

nothing to fix, nothing to break

nothing to ask for anymore...


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The Juggler

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, In : poetry 

Watch me juggle

I throw it up in the air

I have it under control

Seem to not have a care

 

 

I'm making it happen

Always on the go

the balls keep flying

I have it in a flow

 

 

More and more get added

the juggling moves faster

what if I drop one?

This could be a disaster

 

 

 

Why do I keep this pace?

It seems I have to, right?

I'd love to put some down

it would make me light

 

 

The wrench gets thrown

I lose all my grips

I'm out of control

my perfect flow has slip...


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Stained Glass Window

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : poetry 

Who am I?

I am a collection, 

a masterpiece of careful 

creations and contributions. 

There are so many pieces 

of experiences, places, people, 

I feel like a stained glass window 

with many parts making up the whole. 

They are colorful and 

many sizes - purples, blues, 

greens, and greens, 

they make up a picture. 

The picture of me.  

So when you see me, 

you see my parts as a whole. 

But when you step back 

and look, you'll see that 

I am many things that 

make up the my ...


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I Am

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : poetry 

I am strength;

Overcoming the hurt,

the challenges, the trials of life. 

My shoulders hold it all,

even more than I thought I could.

 

I am determination;

Focusing on the future,

pushing ahead, forging forward.

My voice roars as the lion,

louder than I thought I could.

 

I am beauty;

Comfortable in my skin,

Singing my song, writing my lyrics

My soul stands confidently in my truth,

firmer than I thought I could.

 

I am happiness;

Seeing past the tears to joy,

embracing ligh...


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I'm fine?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Articles 

I was walking up the stairs to my office and my psychic development student was waiting for me.  I looked up and saw her face - she looked so sad.

"How are you, sweetie?"  I said.

She looked at me and said "Doing fine!"

I paused.  She smiled and said, "Well, no, I'm not, but that's what everyone says, right?"

And she's right.  When we ask someone how he or she is doing, that person usually says "I'm fine."  It's a common response, one we never think about or really acknowledge.

We're con...


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Standing in the Sun

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, May 19, 2012,

The rain falls on me,

I feel the drops,

stinging my skin,

the wet rain reminds

me of my wet tears.

Dripping, soaking me.

Tearing me to the core,

even though soft.

The rain doesn't let up

I try to shield myself

but the umbrella

flies away like a bird,

I feel the rain again.

It isn't stopping.

It drives harder,

it pounds me until

there is not a drop of dry left.

I shiver but I then realize

I'm still standing.

The rain may be pelting me

with all it's got

but even though slippery...


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Yes, You

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : poetry 

You.

Yes, You.

A light, a beauty.

You have that special way.

There is no one like you.

The world would not turn

quite as well without you.

You.

Yes, You.

Moments with you are gifts.

You blaze a path where you walk.

Seeing things no one else can see.

Being a part of the all

with just your smile.

You.

Yes, You.

You are deeply loved.

Open your heart to what's offered.

Others delight in your happiness.

You make a difference

by speaking, listening and being.

You.

Yes, You.

H...


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Yes, You

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : poetry 

You.

Yes, You.

A light, a beauty.

You have that special way.

There is no one like you.

The world would not turn

quite as well without you.

You.

Yes, You.

Moments with you are gifts.

You blaze a path where you walk.

Seeing things no one else can see.

Being a part of the all

with just your smile.

You.

Yes, You.

You are deeply loved.

Open your heart to what's offered.

Others delight in your happiness.

You make a difference

by speaking, listening and being.

You.

Yes, You.

H...


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Ready to Play?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : poetry 
Fate deals us the cards
how we play them in our choice
whether we fold, go all in or bluff
we hold the cards, remember?

Our chips are worth so many things
fame, fortune, family
love, hate, pain,
success, joy, happiness

Our game is the one that we play
people sit at the table
they may support us, challenge us, or deceive us
but they are all part of our game

Some people leave the table
they take their chips and go
whether or not we understand their strategy
their own game is in play too

So...

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Magnificent Sights

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, May 11, 2012, In : poetry 

Find your peace
Be in the center
More than you know
This place is yours

Be the owner
Over the others
Blend with the Universe
Rise above the rest

Experience the Bliss
The childlike wonder
Draped in stars
Followed by overwhelming light

More to it all
Open your eyes
You can grasp it
And make it real

It’s all about you
Where you find it
Where you keep it
What’s in your soul

Look there now
Don’t be afraid
There are magnificent sights
Waiting to be seen.

Copyright 2012, Mary D’Alba (Spiritualitygirl)


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The Work

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Articles 

I had dinner with my cousin the other night.  It was so nice to catch up with her.  We have a wonderful relationship where we can talk, laugh and cry about anything.

Somewhere in our conversation, we started talking about the difference between jobs and our work.  Most people have a job.  This is something that we need to have to have to pay the bills.  It can be good or bad.  It could even be something we could be very good at day-to-day but chances are it's not what we really want to be do...


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The Burning

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, In : poetry 

The Burning.
It started from a spark 
that I didn’t know existed
moving through quickly, 
even painfully
as I grieved a loss
I wasn’t quite sure of at that moment
but the damage was done
The Burning.
It all seems so clear
that what was had is lost
when it is crisp and distorted
as it fades away into something new
something no longer recognizable
The Burning.
I try to cling to it 
but it becomes too hot to hold
and I see it flying away from fingertips
It no longer has a form
it just has re...


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I Get Knocked Down

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Articles 

I get knocked down.

I am shocked, stunned,

my hands are bruised,

but I struggle to my feet.

 

I get knocked down.

I am hurt, crying,

my body is weary,

but I claw my way back.

 

I get knocked down.

I am angry, gritting my teeth,

my back is strained,

but I pull myself up.

 

I get knocked down.

I am defensive, ready to fight,

my legs are sore,

but I won't stay down.

 

I get knocked down.

I am peaceful, graceful,

my body is solid,

and I rise to my strength.

 

I get knocked down

but nothing will k...


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I AM

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Articles 

Those two little words - I AM.  We use them many time to start a sentence.  "I am tired.", "I am cold", "I am happy".   Those two words at the start of the sentence gives us lots of different ways to identify and express ourselves.  Do we always think about those words that come after "I AM"?  Let's look at how those words impact us at some of our core beliefs and how being more positive in our "I AM" statements will benefit us in the long run.

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On A Detour

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : poetry 

I lost my way, I think.

Where am I?  How did I get here?

This wasn't the plan I had.

I see the road, it looks familiar

but it's not the road I chose.

I don't understand why I have to go this way.

All of a sudden, I turned and I was here.

Looking at a landscape

and seeing only the flaws.


It is going to take forever to get back, I think.

I've lost my way, I can't see an easy turn.

Standing, waiting for someone to come save me.

They will right? 

Even thought my dreams got in the way of realit...


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In the Wings of an Angel

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : poetry 

As she rests
 
she lies quietly

But her mind is nothing but quiet

Those thoughts race

She worries, anticipates,

thinks about what is coming up next

Before tomorrow comes

It’s an exercise in mental jumping jacks

And while she thinks she is resting

she is exhausted but asking for a sign

Then she feels a gentleness

A softness nothing like of earth

the feathers wrap her like a blanket

of warmth and love

Holding her, comforting her

letting her rest, soothing her mind

whispers that "...


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Opportunities

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, January 26, 2012, In : Articles 

I was watching one of my favorite movies Evan Almighty tonight and on top of being a really funny movie (Steve Carrell with a Noah hair cut and beard - c'mon!), I loved one of the thoughts presented in the movie.

Evan's wife, Joan, had taken a break from Evan because it seemed that he had gone loopy.  While traveling to her mother's house to stay for a while, Joan decides to get dinner.  While she is sitting in a restaurant having dinner on the TV comes John Stewart make fun of Evan. People ...


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Always Do Your Best

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : Articles 

My favorite of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is “Always Do Your Best”.   This agreement might be one of the toughest ones to follow because we can beat ourselves up when we feel like we don’t do our best.  Or if we do our best but then don’t get the result, we feel like we failed.

“Always Doing Your Best” means to work to the highest capacity.  Striving for the ultimate results is what we’re conditioned to in life.  However, have we considered that each day our capacity ...


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Let Love Rule

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, January 5, 2012, In : poetry 
Love one another as I have loved you.
Love me as I love you.
Love you as I love me.
Love, love, love. 
 
Love is not to be judged.
Love is not to be defined.
Love is not to be bought or sold.
Love is just sublime.
 
Love is the cure,
Love is the high,
Love is for you and me,
Love lives on after you die.
 
Beyond the physical,
beyond the mental, 
in touch with the spiritual,
love permeates it all.
 
Love without attachments,
let go when it has to be,
Love without boundaries,
it can truly set you fre...

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Broken Bridges

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Articles 
We've all heard the term "Burning Bridges".  When I happen to think of it, I think of a long wooden bridge between two cliffs that goes up in a huge dramatic puff of smoke.  When the smoke clears, the two people on either side can finally see each other.  It's a clear sign something is over because there is no way to cross to each other anymore.  The bridge and the relationship has burned to a crisp.
 
I happened to be talking to someone the other day and instead of saying "burning the bri...

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The Sweet Storm

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : poetry 

It bears down on me

Reminding me how human I am

The sweet storm....crashing all around me

The lightening shatters my quiet

Making me ask for the rumbling to silence

But I have no control.

I can ask but nothing stops.

It may even roar louder until I surrender.

I cannot stop this chaos.

I create my shelter as I hold on.

I cry out for mercy and go within.

My own silence, my own peace.

I am being tested. 

The storm laughs at me through the noise.

Trying to whip me into shape.  It owns me.

Or so ...


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Can I? I can.

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, January 2, 2012, In : Articles 

I was doing a reading with a client that has been going through a lot of changes recently.  The "she has a lot on her plate" phrase wouldn't even begin to cover what she was dealing with this past year and what's coming up for her.

As we were talking about the new exciting (but to her scary) challenges and changes that are coming up for her, she said, "I ask myself all the time, 'Can I do this?'."

I said to her, "Instead of saying 'Can I do this?’ tell yourself  'I can do this.'  Just swi...


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Ten Ways to Reduce Stress Around The Holidays

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, December 7, 2011,
 
~One from the holiday archives.  Enjoy!~
 
Here's some ways to keep yourself sane (sort of) through this crazy but fun time of year. 
 
10.) Keep your schedule realistic – If you’re booked for 7 holiday parties, a blood donation, a toy drive and five family visits, you may want to take a look at your schedule and your sanity.  You can’t do it all at once, sorry.  You risk getting yourself ill or worn out.  Even worse, you could totally loose the holiday spirit, which is no fun for ...

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Remembering Your Dreams

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : Articles 

~I've been getting a lot of questions on dreams lately so I'm republishing this article to help people work their dreams.  There is some great information in your dreams so pay attention.  Enjoy!~


People want to remember their dreams - is there prophecy there?  Will I get a message?  Maybe a deceased loved one will come and speak with me?

 

All of the above are possible but you need some tools to help.  Here's some suggestions:

 

First, know that dream interpretation is successful when the person ...


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It's All About Balance

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, In : Articles 
However, to do all that, it takes constant effort.  I can't think of how many times I've wondered why there aren't more hours in the day or if could I get through the next day with little sleep.

We are busy people these days, aren't we?  We have so much on our plates - errands to run, work to do, family to support, work out, tasks to finish - personal, professional.  Sure, we can check all those things off our lists.  We accomplish so much all the time.
 
But what about the pace of always being ...

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Believe In Your Magic

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : poetry 
You have to believe
in your magic.
It's who you are,
it oozes from your pores,
it's the glow of your being.
It's your magic,
and only yours.
You can share it
leaving your good mojo
with people.
Because it's that magic,
that beautiful connection
to Spirit and light,
that makes it so powerful.
It can never fail,
it can't be drawn away,
it can't be hidden
or ignored anymore.
Your magic is beyond explanation.
It is just you and who you are,
what you do and how you smile.
Your magic is so simple
and ingrained into your...

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Bye, Bye Ego

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : Articles 
Has there been a time in your life that you decided to do something different?  Finally!  You know what you want to do with your life!
 
And then all of a sudden -  all that fear, the doubts, the past, the things you “must do” - hold you back.  “That idea is crazy”, “Why would you do something so silly?” for example, those are the voices that tug at you, sometimes not so softly, to stop you.  And many times, they do.
 
What is all the muck that comes into your life to stop you from wh...

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Design Your Day

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, August 13, 2011, In : Articles 

I was thinking about the concept of creation and how creative we really are, whether or not we think so.  I was watching one of those competition reality shows (Project Runway) where there was a grand prize at the end, after many creations and challenges.  The designers have to be judged weekly on brand new creations and ride the highs and lows as they work through the good and bad times.

 

As I was thinking about it, I was wondering what life would be like if we created from scratch everyday, ...


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Older and Wiser

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Articles 
~One from the archives.  Enjoy!~
 
Today, a very good friend of mine started the journey to finish her second college degree.  She walked back into a classroom after several years and is starting the first of a two semester journey to this degree.  I'm really proud that she decided, in her early 40s, to finish what she started over 10 years ago.
 
The reason why I mention her age is significant.  She said to me, "Mary, I was looking around and seeing the young faces - some as young as 17!  It mad...

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Remembering Your Dreams

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, In : Articles 
~I've been getting a lot of questions on dreams lately so I'm republishing this article to help people work their dreams.  There is some great information in your dreams so pay attention.  Enjoy!~
 
People want to remember their dreams - is there prophecy there?  Will I get a message?  Maybe a deceased loved one will come and speak with me?
 
All of the above are possible but you need some tools to help.  Here's some suggestions:
 
First, know that dream interpretation is successful when the person...

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Tick Tock

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, August 1, 2011, In : Articles 

I happened to be watching "LA Ink" the other night with Kat Von D.  She did a tattoo on a woman named "Miss Claire".  It was a pretty interesting tattoo - a pocket watch with the time "Thirteen O’clock".  The reason why Miss Claire did this tattoo was because she wanted it to represent that fact that she had wasted a lot of time waiting to do what she wanted to do in life.  She kept saying "once I did this, I could do that".  And finally, she realized that she was wasting time and it was ti...


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Let's Take A Drive

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, July 31, 2011, In : Articles 
I was driving along with my mom today, heading to the mall to get our nails done.  We happened to take a cut through to avoid the highway and I passed by an area that brought back a memory.   Bear with me as I tell this story.
 
When I was 16 and on my second to last driving lesson, I took a right at the corner of a busy intersection in Malden, MA.  I was promptly greeted by a cruiser flying head on towards me.  
 
 
I hit the break the same time as the driving instructor did.  He took the wheel f...

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Strength

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, July 30, 2011, In : Articles 
Strength.  It's an interesting word.  Sometimes when I hear this word, it conjures up the image of a body builder who can lift practically anything.  There is also another kind of strength and I think this is the one that is harder to find but stronger than the best bodybuilder.
 
It's the strength we have inside of us to handle situations that come our way.   We never know what we are capable of until we are faced with it but we surprise ourselves with will to tackle what we need to handle, no...

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What's Going On In There?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, July 29, 2011, In : Articles 

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is?  Why am I here?  Well, a lot of that information is with you.  No one can tell you - you have to be connected with what's going on within you to bring it out.


With all the choices you've made, and all the sadness and joys you've felt, with all the craziness and calm, somewhere inside you, there are goals and dreams just waiting to be realized.

Know what with each choice you make lessons can be learned and challenges can be overcome.  A clear plan wil...


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Just Ask

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : Articles 

I did a reading today with a woman who is going through a lot.  She's a mom so, of course, most of her reading focused on her children.  They are going through a hard time - some medical issues, trying to find jobs, moving out on their own - lots of different things at once. 

She is someone who prays a lot but one of the things she said to me made me stop for a moment.

"Other people have so many bigger problems than I do.  I am blessed with a lot.  I feel guilty asking God to help me with m...


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Healer, Heal Thyself

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, In : Articles 
~Note:  I republish this article from time to time to remind us that we have to take care of ourselves, not just other people.  Enjoy!~
 
I have a really good friend of mine who has been going through substance abuse issues for the twelve years that I’ve known him. It’s been one drama after another: between homelessness, fights, hospital visits, jail, several rehabs and conversations where I can’t even understand what he’s saying to me because he’s so drunk. It’s painful for me to w...

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To Yourself Be True

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : poetry 

Sometimes the questions
don't get answered.
Sometimes life will not
deal the best hand.
Sometimes it will not
make sense at the time
but it is always
within the plan.

It can be hard to trust,
to understand the reasons why,
but it might not be clear
why you now have tears to cry.
So let the sorrow flow,
release it from your heart and mind,
and while you deal with these feelings,
make sure to yourself you're kind.

There are lessons to be learned,
growth in the way you live and love,
the schoo...


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The Destination

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, July 25, 2011, In : poetry 
It's never about the destination
it's about the journey
so why not slow down
and enjoy the view for a while?
enjoy the steps you take?
don't lose sight of the lessons you learn,
the chances you take, the changes you've made
as you go for your goal
because as you walk you path
you may find
the destination is already reached
way before you make it to the end
 
~Copyright 2009-2011, Mary D'Alba (Spiritualitygirl)~ 

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Take Control of your Karma

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : Articles 
One of my favorite cards in my tarot deck is the Wheel of Fortune.  It is the one of the Major Arcana cards, which means it is a card that indicates an important life event.  It is usually depicted as a wheel spinning around.  The Wheel of Fortune means the destiny wheel is constantly turning and, if we don’t like what is happening, we should wait because change will come around.
 
Many people think Karma is cause and effect.  For example, if I do something “good”, good comes back to me. ...

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The Comfortable Grip of Fear

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, In : Articles 

There is so much going on in the world today.  I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about the future, what's happening with the economy and life in general.  

I said to her, "I can see it getting better but people have to let go of the comfortable grip of fear."

The comfortable grip of fear?  I paused after I said that to her.  For some people, the fear that is out there in the media, the economy, even what is created in their own minds, is very comfortable.

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Just Go For It

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, In : poetry 

Sometimes it takes

all the courage inside

your heart, soul 

and worried mind

to just go for it.

 

You have to dig deep,

past all the fear, the

naysayers in your mind,

the places that warn you

and just go for it.

 

It may take more time

that you want it to take

but with each step

that you shakily take

you make sure to just go for it.

 

Watch the foundation

being built, brick by brick.

It's building high and strong.

It's happening because

you decided to just go for it.

 

There will be times you will

slip and fall back

d...


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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Articles 

We're not good with change as humans.  We like things to be stable and when the unknown gets thrown into the mix, we struggle to find the solid ground again.

This is understandable.  We work so hard to get what we have, we want to keep our families in the lifestyle they are used to and we have our routine down pat.   So when things start shifting, we worry that life is never going to be stable again.  We focus so much on the uncertainty, we forget this is a part of life.  Life is always goi...


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Falling

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : poetry 

I felt myself falling -
there I go!
Too fast -
I can't grab onto anything!

 

Down the hole,
so far down,
the walls are passing by me,
as I feel myself going faster and faster.

 

My mind is screaming -
"How do I stop?"
"What will meet me at the end?"
"What's going to happen to me?"

 

And then I feel it -
I landed.
I open my eyes, I touch my body,
I am still here.

 

I stand up and dust myself off.
Maybe a few bumps or bruises,
maybe even a break,
but it can be fixed. I am here.

 

I walk away,
knowing that whenever I fal...


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Let Love Flow Through

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, June 9, 2011, In : poetry 

Love flows through

hearts, hands, fingers, toes.

Love flows through

words, looks, smiles, grins.

Love flows through

you, me, family, friends.

Love flows through

walls, barriers, hurt, pain.

Love flows through

challenges, tests, work, tenacity.

 

Love cannot be stopped,

no matter what the distraction.

Love cannot be broken,

even if mishandled.

Love cannot be warped,

it will go back into beautiful shape.

Love cannot be bought or sold,

it can only be freely given and received.

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Be Grateful

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Articles 
I have started looking back at the teachings of The Secret and one of the things I like was the concept of being grateful.
 
No matter what is going wrong, no matter what is happening, the theory is to be grateful for everything in your life, even the hard lessons.  
 
The thought is that being grateful will help you see what you already have in your life.  It shows you how abundant you really are.  It's not just material things but also your relationships, your talents and your gifts.
 
There have...

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I Am Now Awake

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, June 6, 2011, In : poetry 
I lay my head down to sleep
and I dream
I work out the day
My heart shows me wishes
and I rest
I lie quietly
plug myself into the
other side and
fill my cup of motivation up again
I see and feel the
call of my heart.
I visit with loved ones
in their freedom spirit.
I realize I have no restrictions.
Because I'm dreaming.
Then my eyes open
ready to face the day
and my dreams, well,
those gentle encouragements,
they could shut down.
I could put them aside
and go into my sleepy life
or I could make them
wake with me
and...

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You Can Find Your Way Back

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : poetry 

You can find your way back

No matter how far you’ve gone

No matter where you’ve traveled,

what you’ve seen or done,

you can find your way back.

 

It doesn’t matter what anyone says

or the statistics supposedly prove

you are strong and smart enough

you are worthy and determined, yes,

you can find your way back.

 

The past is to learn from,

the future is to find hope,

find the support, love and help you need,

because with every step,

you can find your way back.

 

So start today, start now,

step away from ...


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Take Control of your Karma

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : Articles 

John Lennon once sang “Instant Karma’s gonna get you…”   For years, people have said (usually when something bad happens in their lives), “Karma got me – what did I do?”

 

Karma gets blamed very easily for the bad things that happen in people’s lives but what about the good things?   What if situations are neither good nor bad – they just are?

 

One of the theories of Karma is that whatever you send out (energy, thoughts, ideas, etc) comes back - if you do good deeds and think g...


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Changes

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, May 20, 2011, In : poetry 
It all changes in a second
just wait for it to come around
it never stays exactly the same
the ground is shifting ever so slowly
but it is moving, changing
take a breath and wait for it to happen
you'll be amazing what is revealed
when you settle and let go
let go of the control and anxiety
let it happen, the way it is supposed to happen
live your life as it changes
send the energy out that you're in motion
and the world, the universe will respond
if it's not working, then it's not meant to work
things are...

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If At First You Don't Succeed....

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, May 19, 2011, In : Articles 

How many times have you tried to accomplish something and it just wasn't working?  You've tried several times to get it done and it isn't coming together.

Would it be better to quit, to let it go?  

Many things don't happen on the first try.  For example, Alicia Keys laughed when she was referred to as an overnight sensation because she had been in the music business struggling for over seven years.  

Doors will shut.  Life will deal you with hard blows.  There is no doubt about it.   This i...


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Enjoy the Silence

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : Articles 
Sometimes we say things that may hurt each other.  It may not be intentional but we feel the need to say what's on our mind at the given moment.
 
Is it necessary to tell someone what we think about them or what they're doing, especially when they haven't asked?
 
Honesty is important but there comes a time when you saying something will wound not heal.  I'm not talking about saying something to help someone learn, I'm talking about "yeah, remember when you did that?  It was a really bad/stupid/w...

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Which Voice Do I Listen To?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : Articles 
~One from the archives.  Enjoy!~
 
I am really blessed to have moments where I get an idea and then the possibilities start rushing through.  I wrote something recently that inspired me to start working on a coaching program to offer in 2011.  Off I go, generating all kinds of ideas and tasks to create this program.
 
While I'm in the frenzy of working, getting really excited at how the program is becoming a structure I can work in, thinking of documents to go with it, exercises, etc., all of a s...

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Problem Solver

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, May 16, 2011, In : Articles 

Problem solving - a term that is thrown around a lot today.   How can this be made to work differently or properly?  Getting the task done and making the problem disappear (or even manageable) is an amazing skill.  At a job or in a career, this is usually one of the measurements of performance - how did you solve that problem?  Did you meet expectations or did you have a higher than usual skill set?

 

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Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, May 14, 2011, In : Articles 

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.

When we judge based on how someone looks, we take away their personality, their talents, strengths, pains, triumphs - everything inside that makes them who they are.

Our eyes, our perception, only tell one part of the story.  We make a decision based on our own experiences and that is where someone can be unfairly and inaccurately categorized.

Green hair?  They must be a freak.
Piercings and Tattoos?  Total Degenerate.
Flannel shirt and jeans?  Unintelli...


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Slow Down

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : Articles 
Back in the day, remember when a parent would yell "Slow Down!  You're going to hurt yourself!"  You might have thought "Oh, c'mon, I'm having fun!  I don't want to slow down!"

As we get older, we still are going pretty fast.  It may not be as fun as it used to be, though.  We have work, appointments, projects, driving people here, helping people there.  We are always on the go - there is not much that we can't do, sure, but do we have to do it all?
 
In the meantime, because we're at full speed...

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Who Am I?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, May 12, 2011, In : poetry 
Who Am I...
to think I can accomplish
what seems to be out of my reach.
 
Who Am I...
to believe I have all I need
right inside my heart and soul.
 
Who Am I...
to ask Spirit to show me the way
to feel their blessings and love.
 
Who Am I...
to live life fully with grace
and happiness, drama free.
 
Who Am I....
to be an unique person
to live without judgement, especially my own.
 
Who Am I...
I guess I don't really know me
if I question who I am.
 
There are things about me
that no one else has
no one else can do 
no ...

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Gift Giving

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Articles 
~One from the archives.  Enjoy!~
 
My niece just turned 5 years old last week.  She is so cute.  As friends and family arrived at her house for her birthday, she informed them that it was her birthday (somehow we didn't know, I guess).  She also asked if her voice sounded "older", which we all agreed it did. 
 
I saw her opening her gifts, being very happy as she looked through her toys, clothes, jewelry - all the things a little one gets when we celebrate the life and birthday of a child. 
 
As we...

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It's My Karma? Nope, drop that spiritual crutch!

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, In : Articles 
Karma can be a huge influence in our lives, especially for folks who are walking a spiritual path. We meet someone, end up in a crazy situation and then say "Oh, I'm working out my Karma with this person." And then that's it, we do nothing. How does that help out Karma? Doesn't that just create more Karma for us? 
 
It's easy to blame Karma for what we're experiencing. I know I've found myself into a not so pleasant "friendship" because I've not wanted to confront the person or situation. Now I...

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Teaching New Tricks?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, May 9, 2011, In : Articles 
I hear the phrase "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" when referring to people who don't want to change or learn something new.
 
I have to wonder why not?
 
I know when I pick up a book or take a class, I can feel my mind opening.  I look at things differently.  My collective knowledge is now expanded with this new information and I might change my thoughts on a thing or two.

Many people, though, think that they can't learn anything new.  That they are too set in their ways, too "old" or just...

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I Can't Hear You

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Articles 
There is more media around us that ever before.  The TV, the radio, our blackberry, the internet, ITunes, youtube, craigslist, google - just to name a few.  There are hundreds of websites out there for us to research things we want to know more about.  Multiple news sources, books, newspapers - tons of information at our fingertips.  Amazing, yes.
 
One of the things that found, though, with all these distractions around us, the voice inside us is barely at a whisper.
 
We are so used to be bomba...

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Finding the Balance

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, May 5, 2011,
It seems we are a society that is just driven to keep going.  Work, school, kids, relationships, hobbies, housework - we can have it all right? 
 
There are times that we get completely overwhelmed and overloaded.  I like to say it's when my head is ready to explode.  There is just too much coming in and I can't keep it all straight.  The problem I find is I can't get rid of all of these things (not would I want to) but how do I stop getting overwhelmed?
 
First, if there are things you can get r...

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We Know More Than We Think

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, In : Articles 
We are amazing people who can handle an amazing amount of information.  Our brains are built to sort, collect, categorize and, if necessary, discard information. 
 
There are times that we don't realize what we know.  For example, I was having a discussion with someone about her knowledge of tarot cards.  She told me that she didn't really know them well and she especially didn't know how to do multiple card readings.
 
So while we were talking, I asked gave her two cards and asked her to read th...

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What Do We Expect?

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, In : poetry 
What do we expect?
Do we set low expectations
because of shadows in the past,
hiding what we fear and seek to hide from?
 
What do we expect?
Hurt and pain and consequences
because of the crawling we've done
and never want to do again?
 
What do we expect?
Do we not say our words,
sing our song, speak the truth
because we've been shut down before?
 
What do we expect?
Do we ever hope to reach out dreams
or do we find ways to not manifest our goals
because of failures or lack of support?
 
Isn't it time to expect...

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The Air

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : poetry 
I feel the air around me
cradling me, hold me
I need strength during
a challenging time.
The air doesn't let me go.
I hear its whispers,
I feel its gentle caresses
I listen, I hear, I know.
The air doesn't stop
even when it's quiet.
It opens my ears
and my heart
to listen to the words
of spirit and the words
that come from my heart.
I just have to listen.
Turn off all the other noise
and step out into the sky,
fly away and float,
in the inspiration
of the air that I breathe.
 
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It Starts With Me

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, April 29, 2011, In : poetry 
It starts with me
The good work I can do
The hard work I put in
The rewards I get to reap
 
It starts with me
A positive attitude
A strong will
A heart that's open
 
It starts with me
The change I wish to see in the world
The impact I hope to make on others
The life I wish to have
 
It starts with me
The people I have in my life
The experiences I draw in
The way I handle those people and experiences
 
It starts with me
how I chose to live
how I chose to love
how I chose dream
how I chose to fly
 
It starts with me.
It ...

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It's Magical

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, April 19, 2011,
 
There are things that can't be explained
Miracles that defy logic
Happiness that comes out of grief
Possibilties hatched from impossibilities
How?  It's Magical.
It's the energy in the air
that we all share
it carries us like a gentle mother
it transforms that which is stagnant
it scares away the blues
and brings hope
Magic changes the hurt,
the pain, the sadness into
love, dreams and determination.
Magic can be a hug, a smile,
help when none seems available,
magic lives in...

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I Can See Clearly Now

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, April 18, 2011, In : poetry 
I can see clearly now.
My eyes are opened,
the tears have stopped.
I have perfect sight.
It was right in front of me -
that jewel, shining bright,
but I pretended not to see.
It was there the whole time.
People even pointed it out to me
but I resisted seeing it.
So now I look and I am amazed
at what I have. I've had it all the time.
But I denied it, ignored it.
The cloudiness, the darkness
hid it from my sight or
maybe I did it on my own.
I thought it might be dulled out,
cracked, broken, shattered
but it is...

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I Can Feel My Heart Soar

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, April 14, 2011, In : poetry 
 
As I look through my memories,
I see the black and white,
the color, the frayed, the bright,
I see it all in front of me,
the good, bad and ugly.
Some of the memories,
don’t have a meaning for me anymore.
Some of the memories
seem like they happened yesterday.
Some of the memories
aren’t as clear as they once were.
Some of the memories
are so detailed I can see buttons on a shirt.
I think about these memories
like they are pages in my book.
Some are worn, print is faded
but it is still part of what my...

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Memories

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, In : poetry 

As I look through my memories,
I see the black and white,
the color, the frayed, the bright,
I see it all in front of me,
the good, bad and ugly.
Some of the memories,
don’t have a meaning for me anymore.
Some of the memories
seem like they happened yesterday.
Some of the memories
aren’t as clear as they once were.
Some of the memories
are so detailed I can see buttons on a shirt.
I think about these memories
like they are pages in my book.
Some are worn, print is faded
but it is still part of what my st...


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Just Go For It

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : poetry 
 
Sometimes it takes
 
all the courage inside
 
your heart, soul 
 
and worried mind
 
to just go for it.
 
 
 
You have to dig deep,
 
past all the fear, the
 
naysayers in your mind,
 
the places that warn you
 
and just go for it.
 
 
It may take more time
 
that you want it to take
 
but with each step
 
that you shakily take
 
you make sure to just go for it.
 
 
Watch the foundation
 
being built, brick by brick.
 
It's building high and strong.
 ...

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I Come Full Circle

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, April 11, 2011, In : poetry 
 
With wands, I create action.
Moving the energy,
breaking through the barriers.
I make things happen.
 
With swords, I use logic.
slicing through disbelief,
organizing my ideas.
I think uplifting thoughts.
 
With pentacles, I generate abundance.
taking care of all my needs
drawing in everything and everyone I need.
I lay a strong foundation.
 
With cups, I drink from the emotional well.
quenching my thirst,
touching every emotion.
I embrace my feelings.
 
With spirit, I connect to my soul.
waki...

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You Hold Someone In Your Hands

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, In : poetry 
 
You have to be careful
because everyday
you hold someone in your hands.
You may be giving them
feedback on an idea,
an opinion on a problem,
good news or even
bad news.  But whatever
you give them, you have
the choice in your delivery.
Do you want to be soft
or blast them with hardness?
Do you want to be coy
or give them the facts?
Do you want to lie to them
or cushion them when you
have to tell the truth?
You hold someone in your hands.
You can squeeze or cradle
this...

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Angels Walk This Earth

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : poetry 
 
Angels walk this earth
in the form of your family
for the heritage they passed on to you
and their love and lessons they taught you

Angels walk this earth
in the form of a good friend
in their eyes full of love for you
and the hands they reach out to help
 
Angels walk this earth
in our tormentors and tyrants
because they are our teachers
to make us stronger and more loving
 
Angels walk this earth
in strangers you meet on the street
who offer you a smile on a bad day
or hold a door when it rains
...

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Reflections

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : poetry 

~One from the archives!  Enjoy!~
 
I looked in the mirror today
and saw my reflections
the life I have lead
the choices I have made
the emotions in my eyes

The mirror was asking me to look
to see the reflections
to remember what I have been through
the places I am going
the joy of today 

The light illuminated it all
the reflections I was experiencing
I could see the bruises, the scars,the smiles, the tears,
all that I am made of,
all that I will be 

There is no avoiding it
the reflections I must see
I have to f...


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It's Just Noise

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : poetry 

~One from the archives!  Enjoy!~

It's just noise
a distraction for your mind
embrace what is positive
discard what isn't kind.
 
It's just noise
people will say what they say
your inner voice is louder
don't let others get in your way.
 
It's just noise
opinions are what they are
you are the one in charge
don't forget you are a star
 
It's just noise
cracking and loud
tune to a new station
one that makes you proud
 
It's just noise
look for a sweeter sound
you can tu...


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When I Open

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : poetry 
 
When I open my mind,
I understand ideas much better.
Differences turn into understanding,
learning is part of the experience.
 
When I open my eyes,
I see things much better.
The situation is crystal clear,
I have perfect sight.
 
When I open my mouth,
I speak my truth.
Others know where I stand
and I do too.
 
When I open my heart,
I give and receive lots of love.
My experiences flow with harmony,
I feel beyond my wildest expectations.
 
When I open my hands,
I gras...

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The Power of Words

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, In : Articles 
 
Words have so much power.  I think because we throw words around every day through discussions, presentations, reading, listening to talk shows, watching tv and so many other ways, words are around us constantly.  We forget sometimes they make an impact.
 
When we are having a discussion we have an option to hurt or heal.   We can say the truth with compassion or venom.  It is our choice.
 
I've recently had some intense conversations with several friends of mine.   They count on me to...

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Warrior of Life

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, March 18, 2011, In : poetry 
There are things
that can't be explained,
understood or managed.
They are out of your control.
So it's up to you.
Do you fall to the circumstances
or do you learn the
lessons that are buried underneath?
There is always an opportunity
for positive light
in the darkest depths.
People will do what they do,
you can only control you.
Things will happen,
you can control how you react.
Life will change,
you can flow with it or stop.
Do what you need to do
to understand why it all h...

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They're Not Mad

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, In : Articles 

Tonight, myself and several wonderful mediums and psychics went to dinner.  While there, we got into a discussion with our waitress about mediumship and she had a concern that seems to be on the mind of a lot of people when discussing folks that have passed over.

She was afraid the spirit on the other side was mad at her.

While I don't want to give the specifics of the story, she was afraid that one particular person was going to be angry about a situation.  She was hesitant to get a readi...


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The Mask

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, March 7, 2011, In : Articles 
 
There is a mask that we show to the world.  We might quite possibly have several.  There is our work mask, our family mask, our friends' masks - different sizes, shapes, construction, moldings.  We create them to place over the softness and vulnerable sides of ourselves - our true face - to protect us.
 
The masks are hard, they are solid - conforming to our faces a little too well.  We hide parts of us inside, behind the mask, smothering the softness.  When we don't give these true part...

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Drama Is Thy Blanket

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, March 4, 2011,

I was having a conversation with a friend tonight and we were talking about how some people just seem to thrive on drama.  Anytime you talk with them, they have a story about what's wrong, what's happened, who wronged them, why it happened and how they can't do anything about it right now. 

 

So as we were discussing this, I said, "Well, some people just love their drama, it's like a warm blanket they wrap themselves in and they think it's comfortable."

 

To which she said, "Well, drama ...


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Your Work

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, March 3, 2011, In : Articles 

I had dinner with my cousin the other night.  It was so nice to catch up with her.  We have a wonderful relationship where we can talk, laugh and cry about anything.

Somewhere in our conversation, we started talking about the difference between jobs and our work.  Most people have a job.  This is something that we need to have to have to pay the bills.  It can be good or bad.  It could even be something we could be very good at day-to-day but chances are it's not what we really want to be do...


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Setting Intentions

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, In : Articles 
 
Intent is one of those terms we hear a lot in the crime and punishment shows.  "What was his/her intent?" 
 
In the spiritual sense, intent can be setting an idea before you do something such as magick, a reiki treatment, a reading, whatever.    This can actually be expanded to your day to day life, not just the spiritual realm.
 
For example, when you wake up in the morning, you can set an intention of having a great day.  Or, if you're going into a meeting, you can set the intention...

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Turn Down the Negative Volume

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, In : Articles 

As I was talking to a friend the other night, she seemed to be going through a hard time.  She was saying all kinds of negative things about herself.  I said to her "There are plenty of people in line ready to beat you up - why do you want to be at the front of the line?"

 

If you think about it, when we go throughout our day, we do all kinds of things.  We get ready to leave the house, we design projects, we interact with all kinds of people, we do work, we drop the ball, we praise, we hu...


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Standing in the Sun

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : poetry 

The rain falls on me,

 

I feel the drops,

 

stinging my skin,

 

the wet rain reminds

 

me of my wet tears.

 

Dripping, soaking me.

 

Tearing me to the core,

 

even though soft.

 

The rain doesn't let up

 

I try to shield myself

 

but the umbrella

 

flies away like a bird,

 

I feel the rain again.

 

It isn't stopping.

 

It drives harder,

 

it pounds me until

 

there is not a drop of dry left.

 

I shiver but I then realize

 

I'm still standing.

 

The rain...


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What Tomorrow Brings

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, February 24, 2011,

There is plenty of time
that's what I think
I'll put off 'til tomorrow
what I can do today

Days and months pass
things grow and change
tomorrow is still there
today is too busy

The years, where do they go?
wow, time has flown
tomorrow holds my future
today has too many decisions

I put it off, ignore it
make it a "future task" on the task list
meanwhile, it waits for my attention
pleading for me to notice it

Is it fear, doubt,
voices from the past
that make me put it off
if only I had more time, I ...


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Hope

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, In : Articles 

~One from the archives.  Enjoy!~

I often wonder why things happen the way they do.   Watching the news can induce depression in 30 minutes or less.

The world can be full of cruel, nasty people and events.  We could sink down into the pit of despair very easily and walk around with the burden of the desperate energy of the world.

But then I think about hope.  Hope for the world to change and the potential for humans to change. 

A friend of mine just stepped into a new cha...


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Believe in your Magic

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : poetry 
 
You have to believe
in your magic.
It's who you are,
it oozes from your pores,
it's the glow of your being.
It's your magic,
and only yours.
You can share it
leaving your good mojo
with people.
Because it's that magic,
that beautiful connection
to Spirit and light,
that makes it so powerful.
It can never fail,
it can't be drawn away,
it can't be hidden
or ignored anymore.
Your magic is beyond explanation.
It is just you and who you are,
what you do and how you smile....

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The Wings of an Angel

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, February 17, 2011, In : poetry 

The Wings of an Angel

so light but they can carry anything

They are deceiving -

I thought they were just fluffy

but I was wrong.

The wings lift me up

so very high so I can

see things differently.

I look around and

see from up high

the beauty of the sky,

the air so clean, crisp,

the energy being so light,

not dense like below.

I wonder if I made all

my decisions from here

how would that be?

It's easy.

I just need to grab the

Wings of An Angel

and fly on by.

 

~Copyrigh...


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Life, As We Know It

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, February 11, 2011, In : Articles 

I was talking to my mom last night and she was relaying a conversation she was having with a friend.  Mom is a "Senior" - I like to refer to her as a "Crone" - as she said something that really struck me. 

Her friend said to her "Looking back on her life, I never expected to end up here."  Mom said to her "I don't think anyone expects to end up where we do." 

It made me pause.  Do any of us ever expect to end up where we do in life?  Somehow, our plans get derailed or changed, no ma...


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Cultivating the Spark

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Thursday, February 10, 2011, In : Articles 
It starts with me
The good work I can do
The hard work I put in
The rewards I get to reap

It starts with me
A positive attitude
A strong will
A heart that's open

It starts with me
The change I wish to see in the world
The impact I hope to make on others
The life I wish to have

It starts with me
The people I have in my life
The experiences I draw in
The way I handle those people and experiences

It starts with me
how I chose to live
how I chose to love
how I chose dream
how I chose to fly

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"If I was just...."

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, November 26, 2010, In : Articles 

I recently did a reading for someone who is one of my favorite clients.  She's fun, outgoing and has a lot going for her.  The place she feels she is lacking is in a relationship so the last couple of readings we've had is around that topic.


I tuned into the most recent guy she had gone out on a date with and he didn't seem like he was for her.   He wasn't a dysfunctional person or a person with a ton of baggage, he just wasn't for her.


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The Spiritual Playground

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Monday, November 22, 2010, In : Articles 

When working with my students, we talk about many things that they are going through in their spiritual development. 

 

One of the reoccurring things I hear is something that sounds like this - "I am at a standstill.  I can't hear/see/know Spirit like I used to.  It's really frustrating.  Maybe I'm not cut out for this."  Of course it's not true but when it happens, we wonder why all of a sudden, it seems like we've lost ground in all the work we've done.

 

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Trusting The Universe

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Sunday, November 21, 2010, In : Articles 

~One from the archives.  Enjoy!~

 

It's hard for me to trust, even the Universe.

 

I have been reading a lot of books lately about the Law of Attraction.  I've had my ups and downs with it.  There are days that I truly, deeply believe it.  And then...there are other times that I wish I never read these books and am ready to throw them off my balcony.

 

But today was an interesting day for the Law of Attraction.   I wonder if the Universe is trying to tell me to hang in there. 

 

Money...


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Powerful

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Saturday, November 20, 2010, In : poetry 

Power comes in all shapes and sizes

in a baby’s cry

and a quiet elder’s dignity.

It doesn’t have to be misused

It can be wielded for inspiration

and holding others up.

Power radiates from the heart

drips from the soul,

shines from the eyes.

You can’t hide when you are

a powerful beacon and leader.

Believe in your power, it is real.

So, move forward in your power,

your path demands it.

Strength, movement, creation,

now is your time to seize it.

Powerful being, that is y...


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Reach Out

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, November 19, 2010, In : poetry 

Reach out
and grab the hands of the one you love
tell them how much you care
and don't be afraid to share

 

Reach out
and touch the someone with affection
let them feel a touch so tender
so they may open their heart and surrender

 

Reach out
and help someone to their feet
hold them up, brush off the dirt
and hug away the hurt

 

Reach out
and take a chance even when scared
the greatest growth comes from courage
even if you have moments when you're discouraged

 

Reach out
share your li...


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Reach Out

Posted by Mary D'Alba on Friday, November 19, 2010, In : poetry 

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