A Hidden Gem in LA

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I believe one of the hidden gems in Los Angeles is the meditation garden of The Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine founded by Paramahansa Yogananda.  This garden is one of the most serene places that I have found in this city.  Sometimes you need a break from the city traffic and hustle while geting back to the beauty of nature.  Since my parents are in town, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to take them to this quiet paradise.

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“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you.  The future will take care of itself.”

The summer is here and slowly unraveling with wonderful surprises along with the opportunity to work with and meet some amazing artists.  I used to be very clear on exactly how I was going to reach my next goal, along with the perfect steps in order to get there.  Lately I’ve had to completely let go of the “how” and literally go with the flow.  I sometimes feel as if I’m not doing enough even though I know it isn’t true.  Mindless hussle just to be doing something has only stressed me out in the past.  Finding that balance between work and play and listening to my intuition has been my saving grace.

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“The things you need in life are those that will help you to fulfill your dominant purpose.  Things you may want but not need may lead you aside from that purpose.  It is only by making everything serve your main objective that success is attained.”

The longer I am on this minimalist lifestyle journey, the more I value my time with those who I adore versus always thinking about gaining more materialism, status, or any other distraction away from my true life purpose.  It is with those that I love that I see more of who I am, and this authenticity is then easier to share with those that I meet.

This beautiful soul is my mother and my best friend.  I’ve learned so much from her.  She is a woman of grace, creativity, and so much love.

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“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

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“Stillness is the altar of spirit.”

Any time that I can get away from the grind is such a blessing.  Even if it is only a fifteen minute nap or a short meditation I am grateful.  This day is one that I will definitely treasure forever.  Beautiful experiences are what make life so blissful.

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“Every tomorrow is determined by every today.”

Although this garden is so gorgeous, I still took notice of a few of the trees that looked like this picture above.  After seeing the documentary Why In The World Are They Spraying, I feel pretty confident that when I see excessive peeling bark on trees is a result of chemtrails.  I’ve been noticing so many trees that look like this in the city, and they do spray a lot here.

It immediately saddened my heart, and I am still not clear on how to take action other than to share what I see.  I sometimes think that we underestimate our contribution to the health of the planet.  Every choice we make every day to be a more ecofriendly is healing to Mother Earth.

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“If you possess happiness you possess everything: to be happy is to be in tune with God.”

So often we base our happiness and success in life on what we own or do not have.  I feel true success is based on how we are remembered.  That really can’t be measured by anything other than the joy we fill in ourselves and how that happiness is shared with others.

There is a lot of abundance and beauty in the world.  Media tends to heavily focus on the opposite spectrum.  Some are abundant in possessions, some in love, some in health, some in creativity, some in peace, some in joy.  I feel that if we are wealthy in love, health, creativity, peace, and joy, then all of our needs will be met in material things as well.  Manifesting our needs is always easier in a blissful state than one of worry.  When we focus solely on things, the more important qualities in life are often forgotten.

My father reminds me to live life like a warrior for what I love most.  There was a time when I thought it revolved solely upon the opportunities that others could give me.  Now I see it has much more to do with the free spirited life that I can create for myself.  Sharing my thoughts on simple living is definitely something that I truly love.

Doing what you love every day is true freedom!

(Images by Dawn Michelle/Quotes by Paramahansa Yogananda)

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