Gifts from a song-bird…..

I want to share some birdsong I’ve been grooving on,
some sweet shots of sanity
that sift  the kool-aid to the top
so truth can skim it off and toss it,
leaving clearer waters inside.

Because, geez, this world gets noisy,
so much hype and clatter
drummed down harsh on living things
and we seem somehow to reserve the cruelest prattle for ourselves.

Into the thick of some sludge and syrup,
God sent me a bird.
Mandy Bird.
I want to share some words from her perch.
Because maybe you need her healing music just now,  too.

“Something very beautiful happens to people
when their world has fallen apart:
a humility,
a nobility,
a higher intelligence
emerges just at the point
when our knees hit the floor.”
– Marianne Williamson

To this rich quote Mandy responds,
“This is the blessing of huge struggle……
don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is bullshit.
Putting on your big girl panties usually means avoiding your grief.
Those statements are designed to shame you for being so beautifully human.
Tell shame to kiss off.

Don’t fall for that numbed out bravado.
Let’s actually learn to be heart-awake and emotionally intelligent.
Be courageous by keeping your heart open.
Now that’s big courage!”
– Mandy Bird

I know,  right?
And this.

“Don’t lessen your intensity to make others feel comfortable.
Don’t pour water on the fire of your heart.
The world needs your fire and passion.
Tell shame to kiss off.
Be you.”
– Mandy Bird

I’m in the thick of writing and writing and more writing
so I wanted to share Mandy with you this week instead.
Because her voice is one of the ways I listen for God above the fray
and I love her humor and heart and way.

You can find her on Instagram @bird_mandy

“The Ocean says ‘quit pretending to be clear.
That pretense keeps you from receiving what I can give you.’ ”
– Rumi


  1. Julia on June 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great bird song Jennifer. So much wisdom in the melody.
    Smiles & hugs

    • jennifer on June 8, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Exactly, Julia; I love that we sense the same music:)
      Thanks for your kindness and company:)
      Big grinning hug,

  2. ladyfi on June 8, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Wonderful words – and I love the Rumi quote.

    • jennifer on June 8, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      thanks, Fi:)
      It’s been a super-busy time and I’m grateful for other hearts I’m eager to share:)

  3. Elephants Child on June 8, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Mandy’s song is one we all need to hear, to share, to dance to.
    Hugs and gratitude.

    • jennifer on June 8, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Yes, yes, and yes:)
      Thanks for joining the song:)
      Big grateful yes,

  4. jeanie on June 8, 2017 at 10:07 am

    These are wonderfully inspiring and you are quite right — the perfect antidote to all around us. Sending hugs and grateful thanks your way.

    • jennifer on June 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Returning those hugs and sending my own thanks
      for your way of being you and here
      that feeds my courage always:)

  5. Maribeth on June 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Wow, wow, wow. Love this and love when kindred spirits collide.

    • jennifer on June 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      I know – such a gift:)
      Thanks for groovin’ with me, Maribeth:)
      Big joy to you in your own courage-walk!

  6. Emily on June 9, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I needed this today. Thank you, Jennifer — and Mandy Bird — from my heart. <3

    • jennifer on June 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Sending love. And big tenderness.
      With you, Emily:)

  7. Robin aka on June 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Love Mandy Bird! Thanks for sharing!

    • jennifer on June 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Such a pleasure. Always:)
      Thanks, Robin,

  8. Susan on June 11, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Thank you, sweet friend, and Mandy Bird … I’ve always really disliked that saying of pulling up your big girl panties! and of hiding my truth to keep others comfortable, trusting myself to just tell it like it is.

    • jennifer on June 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      I love how you tell it:)
      Thanks for coming by and sharing your voice
      ( and big love to you in the one-day-at-a-time)
      Strength to you and yours,

  9. Lynn Wilkinson on June 12, 2017 at 3:36 am

    I have been feeling stoned by those closest to me … as a f I have done so,thing terribly wrong and have been set at the center of town and as people,pass they strict me aphard with a stone. This Ripplepseak is so perfectly timed. Friday I was brought to my knees and I have read your words and quotes over and over again. I have also been brought back close to my center.
    Love you, love your heart and the way you chose to share it with us all.

    • jennifer on June 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Oh Lynn. Sending love and hugs and prayers and presence with you,
      down there on your knees. Holding your hand. Breathing with you.
      Drawing in grace; exhaling the bitter stuff. Love, friend.
      So much love.
      With you,

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