Service to Others

One of the best things that we can do in this world is to help others.  It doesn’t have to be big things or huge dramatic deeds or take a lot of money – little things sometimes help the most.

And we don’t need to be anything other than who we are right now – we can help others where we are, and with what we have this moment.

Even simple gestures such as a warm smile, a heart-felt compliment, or holding a door for someone, makes a difference.  Each act of kindness affects everything around us.

There are so many things that I do and so many interests that I have, and I used to think that these were simply what I do or hobbies that take up my time. Things such as writing, reading, playing the piano, Reiki healing, spirituality, dogs…

But they are so much more than simply hobbies.  It occurred to me that everything I do helps someone else and reaches another life.  The books I write, the piano entertainment that I do at senior facilities, adopting rescue dogs, and the Reiki energy healings that I offer and share with others – all of that helps others. And I am now realizing that my purpose in life, in this world, is really to help and be of service to others.

I might not be the best or greatest at any of those things that I do, but I can help from where I am and with the gifts that I have.  I can offer who I am and help in whatever way I can, no matter how small the service seems to be – it still makes a difference.

We are not supposed to be perfect, or better than others, or not make mistakes.  It’s okay to be fallible and human.  We all can be of service in so many ways – all it takes is a kind heart and wanting to help others. And that helps us to rise up to a higher calling and be our greatest self.

Who we are in this moment is enough.  And through service to others, we continue to grow and discover more about ourselves.  Everything we do to help others helps to change the world.

Please know that each act of kindness helps more than you could know. Without even realizing it, you might lift the spirit of one who has given up hope, restore confidence in someone who was doubting himself, or brighten up the world for someone who felt lost.

So I invite you to let go of doubting yourself or not feeling good enough – simply do your best, see the beauty in others, and help those around you.  The more we help and are kind to others, see the best in each other, and respect others, the better this world becomes.

Wishing all of you ripples of kindness, boundless joy, seeing the beauty all around you, finding the best in others, and the incredible discovery of immense love within yourself.

So much love to all of you!

Copyright © 2017 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

 

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RRBC BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

YAY – We have our 3 Winners!

Congratulations to:
Beem Weeks, Robbie Cheadle, and Susanne Leist
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Woo-Hoo – Glad you won!

I will contact you and deliver your prizes right away!

RRBC BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

Hi Everyone – and WELCOME to
Rave Reviews Book Club’s
BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY
on 4/27 

You are at Lynn Miclea’s blog “Dancing Leaves”
Coming to you from beautiful, sunny Los Angeles, California

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Enter today to win exciting prizes!!!

Here is What I’m Giving Away Today (4/27):
* $25 Amazon Gift Card
* $15 Starbucks Gift Card
* One (1) autographed paperback copy of

“Mending a Heart”

Winner may substitute any other of my books or in e-book format, if preferred
(hard copy in U.S. only, e-book to outside the U.S.)

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Number of Winners at this stop:  3!

Everyone is eligible to enter  simply leave a comment below on 4/27, and you will automatically be entered to win. Three prizes are guaranteed to be given away  the winners will be selected at random. You never know – you could be the big winner! Good Luck!!!

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And while you are here, I’d like to introduce you to my blog and my books! My blog is about kindness, growth, love, insights, and experiences of life.

My books are, well, about the same things!   After I retired, I discovered a passion for writing, and I have now published ten books (so far)!
Below is a brief introduction to my books.  

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Two of my books are memoirs – one is about our family’s experience with ALS (my mom had bulbar ALS), and one is about my own journey through emergency open-heart surgery.

RUTHIE: A Family’s Struggle With ALS
A powerful and compassionate memoir about a woman’s experience with ALS. Dramatic and heart-wrenching as the author’s mother, an intelligent and beautiful woman, slowly loses the ability to speak and to eat as the disease progresses. The story includes volatile family interactions as one person who is in denial attempts to block the woman from getting the help she desperately needs. This is a personal view of this difficult illness, and the story brings you right into their lives and hearts. This book also gives advice and tips on helping people through this type of difficulty. It would greatly benefit anyone dealing with any type of progressive illness.
Link to Amazon here.

 

MENDING A HEART
A gripping and powerful story of a journey through emergency open-heart surgery. Dramatic and riveting, the author experiences profound and debilitating weakness and shortness of breath, and the symptoms continue to get worse, as her condition deteriorates. This story is an inspirational journey of strength, determination, and self-reflection, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, as the reader is brought into the author’s private world. This is a true celebration of life – gripping and heartfelt, the story is empowering and offers many insights for those who face and deal with medical crises, and is a poignant reminder of what is truly important in our lives.
Link to Amazon here.

 

Children’s Books
I have also written eight sweet, uplifting children’s books of fun animal stories about kindness, seeing the best in others, breaking through fears, believing in yourself, helping others, celebrating our differences, discovering the magnificence within all of us, and becoming more than you ever thought possible. Wonderful stories for children – and great to have in any child’s library!  These sweet books appeal to adults as well, as the meanings under the story lines, and the layers and metaphors, are enriching, powerful, and good for people of all ages. For more details on each book, see below, or visit my website here.

 

WISH FISH 1 – Two beautiful fish are happily enjoying their lives in the ocean. Can they escape dangerous large predators and avoid being captured by fishermen? What are these special abilities that defy logic and are beyond what they thought was possible? As they break through their fears and misconceptions about their own limitations, they discover a wonderful freedom and joy. This is both a love story and a celebration of life, helping all of us discover that we are so much more than we ever thought we could be. Excellent book for teaching children about joy, love, life, and kindness. The story continues with Wish Fish 2!
Link to Amazon here.

 

WISH FISH 2 – The story from Wish Fish 1 continues! Two beautiful fish face incredible new and terrifying dangers in the ocean. How can they get away from the huge jaws of a monster fish? Can they possibly help another fish heal? Join them as they break through imagined limitations, learn from a Master, and unleash their true inner joy. This is an empowering celebration of life and the magnificence within each of us, helping us discover that the possibilities are truly endless. Excellent book for teaching children about joy, love, life, and amazing possibilities. This book along with Wish Fish Book 1 makes a rewarding and uplifting gift!
Link to Amazon here.

 

PENNY GAINS CONFIDENCE“Penny Gains Confidence” is a sweet, uplifting story about a bunny who is filled with self-doubt because one leg is shorter than the other. Can she learn to face her fears, stand up to bullies, and feel good about who she is? This story inspires us to treat others with kindness and compassion, and to see the best in each other and in ourselves. This story is about celebrating and honoring our differences and imperfections, and looking beyond the surface to discover our true inner worth. This story brings smiles to kids and helps them feel great about who they are.
Link to Amazon here.

 

SAMMY AND THE FIRE – (Sammy the Dog Series – Book 1)“Sammy and the Fire” is a fun and exciting story about a sweet rescue dog named Sammy who smells smoke and knows that friends are in danger nearby. Can he reach the burning home in time to save his friends? Join Sammy as he faces his fears and discovers the true joy of helping others while rescuing friends from a fire. Filled with much warmth and humor, this sweet and funny adventure encourages and reminds us to be kind to those around us and to help each other.
Link to Amazon here.

 

 
SAMMY VISITS A HOSPITAL – (Sammy the Dog Series – Book 2)“Sammy Visits a Hospital” is a fun and entertaining story, with much humor, about a sweet rescue dog named Sammy who helps children in a hospital. Can he help children laugh and feel better? What happens when he gets lost? Join Sammy as he discovers the true rewards of helping others while having fun exploring during his silly and thrilling adventures as he brings joy to others along the way. This story helps teach kindness, helping others, and can lessen any fears about hospitals.
Link to Amazon here.

 

 

SAMMY MEETS GRANDMA – (Sammy the Dog Series – Book 3)“Sammy Meets Grandma” is a fun and entertaining story, with a lot of humor, about a sweet rescue dog named Sammy, who is brought to a senior facility to meet Grandma. Can dogs dance? Is he able to catch a squirrel? Join Sammy as he discovers a whole new world in which to explore and play at the senior facility. He has silly and funny adventures while also helping and touching the residents there, bringing life and happiness to those who need it the most and making a huge difference in their lives. This beautiful and funny story is about kindness and bringing joy to others, as we affect everyone around us.
Link to Amazon here.

 

 
SAMMY GOES TO THE DOG PARK – (Sammy the Dog Series – Book 4)“Sammy Goes to the Dog Park” is a thrilling and exciting story, and a delight to all animal lovers! A sweet rescue dog named Sammy has tons of fun at the dog park while helping others. Can he help a scared new dog? Can he find a missing friend? Join Sammy at the dog park as he is his sweet, silly, and funny self, having many crazy adventures, all while helping those around him and showing the value of kindness and compassion.
Link to Amazon here.

 

 

SAMMY FALLS IN LOVE – (Sammy the Dog Series – Book 5)“Sammy Falls in Love” is a fun and exciting story, filled with warmth, excitement, and humor, about a sweet rescue dog named Sammy. Who is hiding in his doghouse? Can he save a boy who fell into a lake? Join Sammy as he has amazing, fun adventures with a new friend and helps many lives around him while he is falling in love. Sammy is funny and charming, while showing the value of kindness, helping others, and caring for those around us.
Link to Amazon here.

 

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My advice for new (or not-so-new) writers and aspiring authors:

  • Read a lot and write a lot. Reading helps you know what you like and what you don’t, and writing helps you develop your skills.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Find your own voice, your own passion, your own style, your own phrasing, and the things you want to write about. There will never be another person just like you, so be proud of who you are and develop your own unique style.
  • Use the services of a professional editor so that your work will be professional quality. You don’t want readers to get distracted by poor grammar or spelling errors or incorrect punctuation. And more than that, an editor can help with inconsistencies, flow of the story, eliminating repetitions, and fixing whatever hinders or interrupts the progression of the story, etc. A good editor is important!

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I love reading and writing, and I hope to have even more books published this year – I sure am staying busy!!!

Please follow me and connect with me!

Please visit my website here.
Please visit and like my Facebook author page here.
Please follow me on twitter here.
Please visit my Amazon author page here.

 

And please check out my previous blog post here – it’s about loving and forgiving yourself – I think you’ll like it!

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 Once again, thanks for stopping by – and don’t forget to leave a comment on 4/27 to be entered to win a great prize! Good luck!

Have a great day, be kind to everyone, and be loving with yourself – always remember that you are incredibly amazing, beautiful, and very special!

Copyright © 2017 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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Love and Forgive Yourself

Loving and forgiving, and all forms of kindness, are so important in this world, especially when life gets difficult.  And most important, we need to love, forgive, and be kind to ourselves as well.

So many of us tend to be way too hard on ourselves over the smallest things – we put ourselves down for something we did or did not do, said or did not say, or even the way we look. And, of course, beating ourselves up does not help anything or change what happened or what is.

Sometimes I’ll go over and over something that happened years ago, and the memories haunt me. It’s so easy to beat myself up over things that happened years ago, which I cannot change. I need to forgive and love myself and let it go. And that’s a good lesson for all of us.

There will always be times when we don’t handle things well, when we get overwhelmed, exhausted, short-tempered, angry, or frustrated. We may become upset or even be rude to others. We don’t always use the best judgment. And it’s okay. Forgive and love yourself anyway.

We are human. And life on earth is messy and unpredictable. As much as we want it to be, life here is not all light, love, joy, and peace. There will always be times of illness, loss, fear, pain, struggle, and hardship. All of that is part of life. But we don’t have to get stuck in negatives and self-condemnation, live there, and allow that to be all that there is.

All of that, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, helps us to be whole. We are meant to live ALL of it and embrace all of life.

Always forgive yourself. You are human and fallible and evolving. Forgiveness is to witness it and to let it go. Don’t let it own you and keep you stuck and mired in it.  Thank it for teaching you. Forgive it, bless it, thank it, and let it go. Forgive yourself.

You are not the same person you used to be. Allow yourself to become free from the ties to your past burdens and traumas. Allow yourself to be free to move forward and become more than you were before. Life will keep changing, and so must we.

Simply take a step back, take a deep breath, and witness what you are going through. Notice the difficulty, the pain, and the stuck places. Notice the moments of light, love, joy, and peace. Witness all of it. Breathe. You are so much more than anything that has happened.

Don’t put yourself down – love yourself. Be as compassionate, kind, forgiving, and loving as you would with a soul mate. You are the one you will always go through life with. Love yourself.

We are not here to be perfect. We are here to learn and grow and to experience life. And we do all of that from the totality of life – from our mistakes, from the messiness and difficulties, and from the joys. Embrace it all – and love and accept yourself through it all.

Be proud of your journey. All of it. Be proud of how far you have come. Be proud of who you have become and who you are now.

Immerse yourself in overwhelming feelings of immense and powerful self-love and acceptance so that you can feel both the giving and the receiving of love. Love and accept who you are today. Who you are right now. That is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

Forgive yourself. Love yourself. Love and accept yourself exactly as you are right now.

I forgive myself. I love myself. I love and accept myself exactly as I am right now.

As you move through life, be kind to everyone and to all life around you, and always remember to be kind to yourself as well. Because you deserve it. You deserve the best that life has to offer. So forgive yourself often. And love yourself always.

Copyright © 2017 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Astounding Joy

Astounding joy is something we all yearn for. And guess what? It is inside us, it is part of us, it is our nature, our true essence. YOU ARE astounding light and joy.

You are a phenomenal, amazing, astounding being of love and light. We all are.

Sometimes the world around us reflects that back to us – in the overwhelming beauty of a sunset, in the depth of the smell of a rose, in the brilliant colorful intensity of the soft petals of a flower, in the taste of amazingly delicious food, in the heart-pulling sounds of beautiful music, in the fiery brilliance of a lit candle, in the delicate feel of a breeze on your face, in the refreshing touch of water running down your body, in the exhilarating freedom of movement, dance, and walking. In those moments, we touch the infinite boundless joy of the universe. It surrounds us and it is us.

Being mindful helps us to be more present – and in that space we find that joy – we touch it, see it, feel it, hear it, and know it.

Do you ever wonder what you are here for?  What your purpose is?  What you are supposed to do?

Part of that answer is in discovering who you are. And the other part is in being and living who you are.

Where are you drawn? What calls to you? Follow your heart, your soul, your dreams – head toward whatever calls you. Go after what excites you. Do more of what touches your soul and makes you laugh and dance and come alive. Embrace what makes you happy and
what is truly you. In those moments, you touch the joy of your own being.

Don’t be afraid to be who you are – you are here for a reason. Live fully – as YOU, not as anyone else. Don’t compare yourself to others – they are on a different path than you. Discover your own unique path, your own voice, your own essence, and embrace your extraordinary journey.

Let go of anything and everything holding you back. Take off the mask, the labels, and the restrictions. Let go of the pretense and the trying to fit in where you don’t quite belong. Let go of other people’s opinions and rules that don’t really fit you. Honor who YOU are – there is no one else in the world exactly like you.

Don’t let fears, doubts, or insecurities scare you or slow you down. We all have fears and self-doubts – that is part of being human. Acknowledge them, see them, feel them – and then move forward anyway. Go for your goals, follow your yearnings, grab those opportunities, and enjoy each moment.

Don’t hold back or let anything stand in the way of being fully who you are. You are a unique, magnificent being in this amazing world. You are here to live life fully and to become the most and best that you can.

Go for the gusto! We are meant to move forward in life, to live fully, to be happy and joyful, and to embrace all of life.

And we are to share that love, light, and joy with everyone around us. Be kind to everyone and to all of life, so that others can see that within themselves as well.

Each of you is so much more than you ever thought possible. You are amazingly brilliant and beautiful. You are love. You are light. You are life. You are infinite sparkling radiance.

You are life-filled joy and fiery brilliance. Allow your life to flow and blossom. Embrace who you are and shine. Celebrate being you.

See and touch all the wonder, beauty, magic, awe, magnificence, brilliance, and radiance around you. And know that all of that is a reflection of what is within you.

“You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”Rumi

Allow your inner being, your true self, to radiate out with sparkling crystal rainbows of astounding joy.

Wishing all of you more love and joy than you can imagine.

Copyright © 2017 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

 

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New Book – Mending a Heart

2-heartNew Book – Mending a Heart

I am excited to announce that my latest book is now published and available.

The title is “Mending a Heart: A Journey Through Open-Heart Surgery.”

In 2005 I had come close to dying and ended up having emergency open-heart surgery. The experience was so powerful, on so many levels, that I felt compelled to write it down and share it in this memoir.

Slowly and silently, my strength, stamina, and energy were being diminished by a condition called aortic stenosis, due to a defect in my aortic valve.

I had been minimizing and dismissing my symptoms of profound weakness, shortness of breath, and even passing out, while my condition rapidly deteriorated.

file3021341154406[1]This is a journey of strength, determination, and self-reflection, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, as I searched for the cause of what was wrong and faced open-heart surgery.

The journey was baffling, overwhelming, and terrifying – and through this gripping and powerful story, the reader is taken into my private world, experiencing the journey along with me, including fears, insights and triumphs, while I slowly healed on many levels.

To this day, I continue to wake up surprised and so very grateful to still be alive and walking on this earth. The story is powerful, dramatic, and riveting, and this book is inspirational and a true celebration of life.

Gripping and heart-felt, the story is empowering and offers many insights for those who face and deal with medical crises, and is a poignant reminder of what is truly important in our lives.

IMG_3143For ordering information – please see the book at Amazon here.

If you get a copy of the book, please leave a (hopefully good) review on Amazon – thank you so much!

I wish all of you good health, joy, and peace – and I encourage all of you to find wonder and happiness all around you each day, and joy and peace inside you as much as you can and whenever you can.

Copyright © 2016 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

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Election Pain and Healing

costa_rica_010[1]For those who do not like the outcome of the election and who are now hurting – I reach out to you with love, compassion, and understanding. For anyone else, please do not put any hateful, negative, or critical comments here.

For those disturbed by the election results, I understand that this is not about politics or about who “won” or “lost” – this is about the loss of hope in protecting the rights of so many of us – women, minorities, LGBT, Muslims, elderly, poor, blacks, Hispanics, veterans, and so many others. And also important issues such as marriage equality, minimum wage increases, social security, Medicare, the environment, animal welfare, and so many others. So many people are understandably terrified now for their own safety and well-being. The election result is a powerful and horrifying loss.

costa_rica_012[1]So many of us feel shocked, stunned, lost, and angry. And we have every right to our feelings. In addition to not liking the results of the election, I believe that we are going through a grieving process. Allow yourself to grieve and go through the stages of shock, disbelief, anger, and depression. It is normal and healthy to feel these emotions.

And then when ready, allow yourself to heal. Allow yourself to again become strong and powerful. Any setback or bump in the road, no matter how difficult or painful, does not mean the end. Let this fuel your desire to work toward making this a better world. Please continue to stand up for what you believe in. Fight for greater human rights. Reach out and help others with support, kindness, and love. Do not give up on your dreams. Keep moving forward. Even if it takes us longer to get there than expected, we will get there.

DSC_0006[1]If you believe we should end the electoral college, feel free to sign here.

And in the meantime, we cannot change the result of the election. So there needs to be acceptance. I hope that when our new President takes office, he will be kinder and more rational than we expect. We need him to reach out to ALL of us – and I trust that there are checks and balances in place so that he cannot be a dictator and do anything he wants. So we need to at least give him a chance. And also know that it is temporary.

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And for now, allow yourself to grieve – it’s okay to be upset, to freak out, to be shocked, horrified, depressed, or angry. Honor your feelings. And know that you are not alone.

And we will survive. Continue standing up for what you believe in, go for your dreams, and fight to reach your goals. You are still powerful and can do much to help improve our world. Be proud of who you are and what you believe in. Be respectful and kind to everyone around you. Stand up for people and help wherever needed. And know that each small act of kindness helps to change the world.

Even if it takes a while, love will win over hate.

Copyright © 2016 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

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Book Specials

Book Specials

I want to let everyone know that one of my children’s e-books is currently FREE – today, Monday 10/24/16 is the last day that it is free, so I wanted to get the word out and make sure you knew.

1-wishfish-1The FREE e-book is “Wish Fish 1 – Discovering the Secret” – Two beautiful fish face the peril of large predators, fishermen in fishing boats, and other dangers. As they break through their fears and misconceptions about their own limitations, they discover a wonderful freedom and joy that comes from opening to and unleashing their own inner gifts and abilities. This is both a love story and a celebration of life, helping all of us discover that we are so much more than we ever thought we could be. Excellent book for teaching children about joy, love, life, and kindness.

https://www.amazon.com/Wish-Fish-1-Discovering-Secret-ebook/dp/B01L6AAU4I/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472489600&sr=1-4&keywords=lynn+miclea#nav-subnav

Also, starting tomorrow, Tuesday 10/25/16, another of my children’s e-books is being reduced to just 99 cents for a few days – don’t miss out!

1-dog1-sammy-fireThe e-book that will be 99 cents tomorrow is “Sammy and the Fire” – this book is part of the Sammy-the-Dog series. “Sammy and the Fire” is a fun and exciting story about a sweet rescue dog named Sammy who faces his fears and discovers the true joy of helping others while rescuing friends from a fire. This sweet and funny adventure encourages and reminds us to be kind to others and to help each other.

https://www.amazon.com/Sammy-Fire-Dog-Book-ebook/dp/B01LE1BSY0/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472789994&sr=1-6&keywords=lynn+miclea#nav-subnav

For those who don’t know, I currently have available eight wonderful new children’s fiction books – these are sweet, loving, feel-good animal stories, fun to read, and filled with much humor. The stories are about kindness, compassion, helping others, breaking through fears, seeing the good in everyone, believing in yourself, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and discovering that you are so much more than you thought you were. These stories are recommended for ages 6-16, but the metaphors, wisdom, and meaning underneath the story lines are good for adults as well.

file000739253401For more detailed descriptions of any of my books, including links to see them or purchase them, please visit my website at www.lynnmiclea.com.

For any books that you get, if you would be so kind, please leave a review (hopefully a good one!) on Amazon – I read all my reviews personally, and I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

For more information about me, please visit my Amazon author page here.

Please also like and follow me on my Facebook author page here.

If you would be interested, please give me your e-mail address in the form below so that I can keep you notified and updated with the latest specials, deals, sales, freebies, and new books coming out.  Please know that your e-mail address will not be given to or shared with anyone at any time.  Thank you!

Thank you so much! Always follow your dreams, live with joy and passion, see the good in everyone, and be kind to each other.

Copyright © 2016 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

 

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