The Love Doves – Easter 2014

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

The Love Doves – Easter 2014

 

The Doves arrived early this Spring.  The first few days of March I began hearing their sweet coo’s in the very early morning hours.  Such a sweet reminder each year that new life is bursting forth everywhere.

 

Five years ago they built their first nest here, and every Spring they return to my Mother’s home.  It’s a precious reminder of Love and new Life.  I am comforted by the knowing that these two Doves have mated for life and find their way back here every Spring, to nest once again and give birth to new Life.

 

Somehow they know me by now and trust me just a little bit more. They allow me to come close enough to see them and watch them drink water. Every morning I hear the mother cooing ~ longing for food and the comfort and security of her mate.  He eventually comes and delivers her a meal and hangs around long enough to know she is OK.  Every afternoon, late in the day, he returns again to check in on his mate and delivers her evening meal.  As I watched him drink fresh water from the flower planter lid that I had just filled, he flew up into the tree and just stood there on a nearby branch, looking at me as he cooed.  It was so sweet!

 

These are the simple and beautiful things that bring me Joy each year.  They remind me of the cycles and rhythms of life, even when I don’t always feel I am in perfect balance and harmony with my own life.  These last few years have felt so incredibly challenging.  The old ways of living no longer apply to my life.  I have left them behind, along with the weight they carried.  It was just too heavy to hold onto any longer.  So I just let go.

 

Living inside the vortex of emptiness and the unknowing is often equally challenging. Sometimes I feel like my roadmap is an empty canvas and I am holding the compass in my hand without a specific direction or destination in mind. It appears I am to blaze new trails that have not been traveled before.  At least by me. I am trusting my Heart and the Divine to lead me to where I am destined to go. I don’t know where that is right now.  But I do know that my Heart will lead me in the right direction.  

 

I have let go of the busyness of life and my focus and attention is inward, inside my Heart and Soul.  Whatever arises I give my attention to, and I let go of all the rest.  Somewhere inside this silence is a deep Peace and inner Beauty that invites Harmony and Blessings everyday.  I Trust it.  And I know that it is true.  True to my own self. True to the guidance of the Divine.   

 

I have died to my former self and in this transformation I am free, liberated, powerful and victorious.  And like the Love Doves, I am restored and uplifted every Spring with new Life.  No matter what the circumstances, I am uplifted, restored, and renewed. My Heart is open as I rest in Oneness.  It is this Love, this Divine Love that is the greatest harmonizing force in the Universe, and it is always nudging me forward, each and every day.

 

Thank God for the Love Doves! Thank God for Spring returning each year!  Thank God for the simple and Beautiful Blessings of Life.  Thank God for LOVE !

 

Love Doves

Love Doves

Little Buddha Dog ~ A short Love Story about a Woman’s Best Friend & their last day together

Little Buddha Dog

Little Buddha Dog

 

“Little Buddha Dog”  ~  A short Love Story about a Woman’s Best Friend & their last day together

– by Rita Tanos

Available in digital or print on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold.

Little Buddha Dog ~  Book Cover on Amazon  & Barnes & Noble.

Little Buddha Dog ~
Book Cover on Amazon
& Barnes & Noble.

 

In Honor of my Beloved Countess, my Little Buddha Dog who passed on this day, April 8, 2011.  You are always living inside my Heart.  Countess was my greatest teacher of UNCONDITIONAL  LOVE.

If you have ever loved or cared for an animal, then Little Buddha Dog will touch your heart! Written through the voice of Countess, a little dog whose heart is full of joy, she recounts the wonderful Blessings of unconditional love shared with her Mum, and their last day together.

This short love story really is a gift from Countess to all animal lovers who have lost a Beloved pet, or for anyone considering end of life care and their pets final needs as they approach their last days of life. Faced with the decision of how to love them best during their final passage from life to death and eternity is never easy. Little Buddha Dog offers a beautiful and comforting love story of how their last day and final moments of life together were shared with grace, honor, respect and unconditional love.

Little Buddha Dog speaks the language of Love!  May you find comfort in our love story of how we shared the last day of my Little Buddha Dog’s life. . . It was such an honor to love her well, especially during the last moments of her life.

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.  You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”
– Author unknown

Sometimes love is also about letting go. . . even when we feel our hearts are breaking in the process. Sometimes the greatest love we can extend to our Beloved pet is the final act of caring enough to say goodbye. To release them from their suffering and knowing when to say goodbye is an act of love. This is not about us. . . this is about the precious life of an animal we cared for and loved so deeply. We must find the courage within ourselves to accept this final act as a gift of love, knowing in our hearts that Grace is fully present in these final moments of surrender.

As they are letting go of life, we are learning how to let go of them.  Their eyes and hearts tell us everything we need to know. They are ready when they are ready and we must know that, lovingly.  If we are the ones bestowed with the honor of being their caretaker during their life, then we too must be worthy of such devotion at the end of their lives. To gently ease their way out of pain and suffering is our final, courageous act of LOVE.

Rita Tanos

Thank you for reading our short Love Story.  We’re happy to say that in our first couple weeks of release, Little Buddha Dog became a Number #1 Bestseller on Amazon!  It’s such a sweet and tender story that all animal lovers can relate to.

Links to purchase Little Buddha Dog are on our website and you can also find us on Amazon:

Amazon link:   http://www.amazon.com/dp/0988407418

Website:  www.LittleBuddhaDog.com