Your entire life in just that blip…

I once heard someone describe the time we have, in this physical plane, as equivalent to the length of the hyphen that is used between the day of your birth and the day of your death on your tombstone. Your entire life in just that blip. Life is short. Time waits for no one.

It was a very sobering thought. It still is. It is one of the biggest mistakes human beings make, to think that there is “always tomorrow”, “siempre mañana”.

Don’t make that mistake, my friend. There is no tomorrow, that is an illusion created by our EGO to pull us away from what really matters most. If tomorrow arrives it will be this present moment again but, happily, it comes with yet another chance to choose to live fully in that moment.

I hope you choose to live each moment of your life full out, with passion, belief, gratitude, and love. In that space can be found your true purpose in life.

Much Love, Peace, and Gratitude

Rico- 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼💫☯️❤️

Love Fiercely…

Love is all that matters in the end. Love can fill our hearts, even when we stand alone against the world. Even when we are in the dark of night and facing yet another of life’s great challenges. Even when we are far from home or walking alone for a time. Love is our very nature, our true being. It is really never far away. How could it be when it is who we are?

It is in the depths of life’s greatest sorrows, tragedies, and challenges, that I have found my greatest inspiration and strength. Had I given up completely, at any time, I would have missed the most amazing sunsets and sunrises that were yet to come. I would have missed out on the smiles and laughter of good friends and loved ones that have made the journey so beautiful despite the darkness that seemed to envelop me at times.

I would have missed finding out just how strong, how good, my heart was capable of being. I would not have seen how very far I could go in life beyond what I thought was possible.

All my life, since I was just a kid, life has seemed like an uphill battle, and, in many ways, it has been but not every moment of it. I believe that right there is the key, my friend. Life is not always lived down in the valley. It is often, and beautifully so, lived on the hilltop where we can see the horizons of life, and realize just how fortunate and blessed we truly are to just be breathing, to be fully alive, even for just a moment in time.

It is there that we see how those moments we spent in the valley, facing down another crisis or challenge, brought us to that hilltop. It is a wondrous and magical place to be but we would never truly appreciate it if not for the days we spent in the struggle.

If I have learned anything in life, it is this- never give up. Just three little words that have defined my life and that have brought me through the darkest of times. Never give up. Keep reaching up. Keep loving and stay open to the power of Love.

I encourage you tonight, my good friend, to stay open to this notion- never give up. Never stop trying. Never think it is over for you. It isn’t over unless you give up. I believe there is always a way forward.

Even in that very moment when someone I loved deeply was about to take her last breath, she encouraged me to find my heart and to never stop living life to its fullest. I did stop, for a while, but her words kept coming back, like fire in the cold icy depths of despair. Never give up, she said. I haven’t and I won’t, and I hope you don’t either, my friend.

Life is indeed rich, beautiful, and way too short to spend in the depths of despair for long.

Never give up.

Love fiercely.

Love is the most powerful force in the Universe…

Much Love and Gratitude,

P. S. Tell someone you love them today, right now… 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼☯️☮️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

No fear, always forward, always Love… 

“Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh 

More and more of us are seeing the truth of this simple but profound statement. We are all part of the Collective Consciousness. That realization is very powerful. And, like the ocean expresses it’s power in waves, the Collective Consciousness does so as well. Increasing in strength and duration until it breaks down barriers and obstacles.

And, it is an incredibly powerful force, certainly more powerful than hate, greed, bigotry, racism, fear, divisiveness, etc., because it’s core is Love. And, Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. 

No fear, my friends. We’ve all been through tough times. We’ve all lived through change, sometimes incredible change, and have witnessed the positive outcome of that change. No fear. Love one another. Realize that we are all part of that “ocean” and are indeed united. Just not exactly like the President elect alludes to, but in a much deeper way, a more powerful way. Nothing in the outward can affect the inward if we remain connected to that essence, to that Love. 

That realization within will bring about the next stage of humanities evolution. I stand here today firmly believing that. I stand here today in love with humanity, with each one of you regardless of your political choices, or perceptions, because of that realization. No fear. Out of darkness – light. 

Yes, there is work to do, but it must be based on “inspired action”. And, inspired action stems from Awareness and an inner connection to Love. No fear. 

My intention, more than ever, is to express that love and fearless based way of living to  as many other human beings as I can. No matter how small that act might seem, if it is based on Love, I believe it is all that will matter. 

I invite you to join me in expressing that Love more consistently, to be more inclusive, to be more open yet mindful, to not allow fear to dwell in your heart for long, if at all. It is possible, and I believe it is probable, that we will see the path forward in our evolution because of these small steps. Now is the time, my friend’s. No fear. 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~Lao Tzu 

As always, Much Love and Gratitude  Rico-