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A Spiritually Enlightening Online Magazine. May's Theme: "Balance"
Volume 4 Issue 4 ISSN# 1708-3265
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Magic Hour
by Dj Brown

We live in a world where our attention is demanded from many sectors. Multi-Sensory stimulus bombards every waking moment. And sometimes at the end of the day, I am left standing in a cesspool of stress.

My question has long been, where's the balance in my life?

The words I share with you now were born in my ongoing search for some possible answers to my question, and a need for personal peace in a chaotic world around me. As always, some of these words found their way into my journals. Some sprouted to grow into a working understanding. It is with that understanding I begin to show you my journey, a more natural balance in my life.

I have long felt personally it was not necessary nor was I capable of doing it all, doing it well, and with dignity and purpose, yet the demand still loomed in the air. The first understanding I worked with was to do what I do well, find a natural love of the action, and enjoy the process, following my own inner direction. I began to slow down. In doing so, a sense of purpose rose to the top like cream on fresh warm milk. I became less stressed when I was working on something. Balance seeped in naturally without trying to force my will into the project or event.

I found my next understanding by working with this process. I noticed when I relaxed and enjoyed what I was doing, I didn't have the over-rated expectations I am prone to limit myself with. The understanding of personal expectations emerged as my next guidepost.

Expectations have a way of sifting the fun out of life. A child playing in the sand doesn't exert expectations into the sand box. They playfully accept the environment and use it to enjoy what it can naturally give as a play area. Applying the playful childlike attitude without expectations and outcomes lifted my spirit. Life was good and I found more moments of balance and joy every day.

Seeing where this was leading me helped me reach my next crossroad. I made the commitment to choose to believe that no matter what life gave me I was, and am, capable of standing firm in my own dignity yet being flexible enough to bend with the winds of change. I believed I could do this without breaking my spirit and love of life. I use a beautiful, graceful, and healthy oak tree outside my window as my mentor. She bends in the wind and grows even stronger with the passing seasons by way of the very storms and winds which seem to be determined to blow her over.

For myself, I have come to the conclusion that the only perfect point of balance in my life is one of accepting life on its terms and playfully living it with my understanding as I know it. Life can be a slippery, sloppy mess like a raging current in a river. I may be riding along peacefully only to encounter life's churned rapids that surely come, and now I try to relax and ride the rapids letting them show me the way around the jagged rocks I might see upstream. When I don't try to force my will, I seem to miss a lot of those rocks and end up back on course peacefully.

I'm learning to go with the flow. As my understanding expands and grows, I adjust my course. Life truly is a journey. I look often to my most treasured teacher, nature, for guidance. I take notice that day balances out night, birds always sing after it rains and howling winds always give way to gentle breezes.

My mantra is, "With dignity and purpose, I choose to live through the hardships of winter, celebrate the promise of spring, sing the stories of summer, and gratefully accept the fall harvest of my efforts." Balance, to me, means that it is what is, at the moment. I look for it to change because it always will.

The playful child in me has surfaced in a new and refreshing way. She tries to live in the moment and when she is not able to, she tries again and again. She dreams wonderful dreams, and tries to remember she always has the right to choose and change course, if necessary.

I leave you with this final thought about balance.

Magic Hour

Evening's magic hour purply soft,
Gives way for night stars aloft.
Guiding the seeker's dreams
       'til they fade to gray.
As the stars slip and fall, dawns magic hour
       turns to day.

All is well in its natural balance.


A mystical curiosity about nature and the ability to paint pictures with words gives this gifted writer, public speaker and artist the ability to serve and share with those she walks her journey with. Dj Brown earned a degree in metaphysical ministry and counseling. She was born a sensitive to spirits and finds her abilities enhanced by her spirit guides and earthly teachers. Dj describes her life goal as one of further developing the tapestry of her spirit to reflect the compassionate, loving Source of her being.

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