See the World through the Eyes of Your Heart

We live in complex times… We are all different yet the same, as we are all human, all part of humanity and the universe. We must embrace our lives, our relationships, and our world as the precious gift that it is, seeing that compassion of heart is truly the only path to both our inner peace and peace for our world.

 

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2017-02-18T12:35:03+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Let the gratefulness flow|1 Comment

Everything Happens for a Reason, or Does it?

Do things happen for a reason, or is it all just random? And so the question of whether or not there is a prescribed path for each of us to follow, a designated sequence of events, is pondered. Is there a grand plan? A friend recently suggested that if indeed there was a grand plan for everyone, then why was I worried or stressed or sad? I should just trust the plan and more importantly, I should try not to analyze “why” things happened. Are there truly lessons to be learned that we contract to experience, lessons that guide us through our own personal mine fields where we bloom or implode, and outcomes are written in our destiny? It is said that our soul’s journey is comprised of prescribed lessons that we agreed to learn before we came into this life, lessons that we will learn no matter what path and relationships we choose. I read that what you are doing does not matter so much as what you are learning from doing it. Maybe then the lesson is not in the “why” it happened, but in the fact that it happened at all. Life is after all about moments. And each moment and event is filled with the opportunity to learn something about our selves. Each moment or event opens the door to other opportunities and paths for us to explore. But are we guided to these certain experiences by some inner aspect of our selves? How often have we known that a decision is correct, or that a choice resonates truth? Would that be a confirmation from our higher self or divine guidance from within? We simply have to follow the path. One friend described her path as “following the bouncing ball.” She had experienced something extraordinary and now was attuned to the sound of that bounce – the one that reverberates and says, “come” and adds “do not fear for all will be ok.” When I think of my path, I think of following a thread – or a ribbon that is at my place at the table and winds its way through and intersects with other ribbons, embodying all that it feels, sees, senses, and hears, becoming educated in who it is so that when it reaches the big centerpiece box filled with surprises and joy in the center, it lands in gratitude. I like that metaphor – each day, each experience is new and so a surprise, and the hope is that at our center, our lives are filled with gratitude and joy. It is of course up to us to make the choices, have the perspective, and the perceptions that can lead us through our imbedded scripts where we will encounter the conflict and pain that will deliver us to that joy filled center. When I watched Life of Pi, I was struck by something the father said, “How can you find your way if you don’t choose a path?” There is always some choice that we will have to make, that will determine what we will experience, what relationships we have, what paths we follow. It is our free will that we must exercise, that we can exercise, to enjoy the surprises that the bouncing ball or the thread invite us to explore. And it is also our free will that can keep us open and listening for that inner voice, our inner guide that does indeed seem to know what is best for us, that informs us of what is true, what path we should follow, and when we will learn the lessons we came to learn. My astrologer of twenty years always reminds me that free will can change everything. It can affect timing, circumstances, and relationships. But ultimately it guides us to see what is within us. It instructs us to transform the way we view our selves and everything around us. So let us bless this idea that things happen for a reason, that we will learn our lessons, and that there exists within us a higher intuitive self that offers guidance and insight. And as for free will changing everything, let it change us all, and the world, for good.
 
though we can't always see it at the time
photo Jackie Jones – follow Jackie on instagram @funksista75
Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2016-05-25T18:12:51+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Dive Deeply|3 Comments

It’s a New Day

I wake up each morning and greet the day with an open heart and mind. Nothing of the previous day is burdening me. I am in the present moment. These are the choices I make each day. I choose to hope, dream, and become the best me.

 

I wake up each morning and greet the day with an open heart and mind. Nothing of the previous day is burdening me. I am in the present moment. These are the choices I make each day. I choose to hope, dream, and become the best me.

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2016-02-19T09:06:26+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Morning Intentions|0 Comments

My Soul Got Lost for a Little While…

my soul got lost for a little while copy

 

I often wonder how I got to this place… through all the trials and tribulations… how I somehow continued despite the derailment, the heartbreak, and the shattering of dreams.  I did manage to survive it all, and to arrive here in this moment where I can see the blessings in my life, where I can see the beauty, where my heart is open with gratitude, and where my soul is at peace.

 

 

 

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2016-01-26T00:04:10+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Quotes and Thoughts|1 Comment

Make a Promise to Yourself

I have been thinking about how New Years is coming and that there is always this pressure to make resolutions.  Resolutions I might add that few of us are really able to keep.  So I decided something.  Instead of a resolution, I am going to make a promise – a promise to myself, to do something for myself each day.  Something that will make me smile, that will make me feel good about who I am and the path I am on.  As I thought about what promise I was going to make to myself, I thought about all the possibilities – exercise everyday, meditate every morning and night, take a class, eat healthier, sleep more… but I wanted it even simpler and easier to do. So I decided – I am going to wear something luxurious everyday.  Be it a great sweater, a beautiful silk scarf, cashmere gloves perhaps… I want to feel something on my body that feels cozy and luscious.  I want to sense beauty and softness on my skin… to remind me of my blessings and of the good that exists in the world. 

What a perfect time of year to make a promise to one’s self… to do something that makes you feel good every day.  Even if it is just wearing a favorite hat.  Pave your path with joyful moments. Take heart in the present moment. Make a promise to yourself.  No resolutions… a promise, to be kept daily.   ~ jill <3

PicMonkey Collage

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-12-26T11:26:56+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Quotes and Thoughts|2 Comments

Birthday Giveaway!

It’s my birthday and I am celebrating on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/soulofamermaid. I have some wonderful gifts to give away…

You’ll need to do these things to enter: FIRST, in the comments of this post tell me what you do, or what you would like to do to celebrate your birthday! And I need your e-mail address so please either write that in the comments or pm me. NEXT, if you are on facebook, please make sure that you have liked my page and all the other participating pages too… you can swim over and say hello with a tail splash!  And the LAST thing is to please share one of my original posts so that I Must Be A Mermaid continues to grow and thrive in this great ocean of social media!

Thank you so very much for swimming with me! I am so grateful for all of your love and support. I have enjoyed riding the waves of life with you all!

Here are the pages and descriptions of the giveaway gifts:

Mermaid Musings – Release your inner mermaid and wear your passion proudly! This Bohemian metallic turquoise leather cord bracelet is approximately 7 ¼ inches long, and features a Tibetan silver mermaid/whale tail, Bohemian metallic beads, and a Silver Vintage-style bead closure. Looks incredible worn alone, or stacked with other bohemian ocean bracelets. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MermaidMusingsOcean

Peace of the Beach – Matte print. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful photography by Marianne Mollica! This is one of my favorites… I love the rolling waves.

Jagged Touch Studio – Sweet mermaid piece is an 11×14 matted giclee print with these words: Breathe in the laughter of the autumn breeze dancing through the trees.
Breathe in the tears of the stormy days when breathing feels absolutely impossible.
Breathe in the sounds of the Ocean waves as their Music reminds you to dance again.
Breathe in the love of the warmth of the sun that awakens your soul to the possibilities.
Just Breathe.
http://jaggedtouchstudio.com/portfolio/

Mermaid Shack – Mermaid Shack’s 2016 Calendar provides whimsy, color and fun on each of the 12 individual 5″ x 7″ sheets. Professionally printed matte sheets. Calendars are available for sale atMermaidShack.com

Sea Quarius Skincare – Sea Your Beauty – Love these products from the sea! The SeaQuarius “Sea Clean” is a natural deep seawater, olive, and virgin coconut oil facial wash. It purifies and leaves the skin feeling as if you just stepped out of the Sea, because you have…
http://www.oceanskincare.com/SeaQuarius_Sea_Clean_p/sea-clean.htm

Seaside by Arlene – Many of you know Arlene’s work. Sea glass jewelry- white sea glass with purple and aqua blue sea glass inside. This necklace is made from sea glass Arlene hand picked on the shoreline of the beaches from Kittery, Maine to as far north as Beals Island Maine. On an 18″ sterling silver chain.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Seasidebyarlene3

Thanks for celebrating birthday number 3 with me! Swim close. I will be announcing and e-mailing the winners on Tuesday, November 10th.

~ jill 

3rd b-day giveaway collage

 

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-11-08T16:52:39+00:00 November 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Love Is All Around Us

I see hearts everywhere.  Roundish hearts, angled hearts, white rocks, grey rocks, calling to me from their beds of sand.  They whisper and remind me that there is love all around… all we have to do to see it,  is open our hearts. 

love is all around me collage

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-08-08T13:07:17+00:00 August 8th, 2015|Dive Deeply|1 Comment

Joyous Expectation

today i live in the quiet joyous expectation of good

 

Imagine if we woke up each morning with the idea that our day would be magnificent, beautiful, and full of wonder.  Imagine if we woke up with that idea and applied it to our whole world, and that we could in fact help create that ripple and vibration of compassion and kindness to all things living, including the earth itself.  With a positive outlook, there can indeed be a quiet joyous expectation of good.

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-05-20T17:32:23+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Morning Intentions|0 Comments

Perspective for the day…

i see every day as a gift and a blessing

 

When we great each day with a grateful heart, the world holds much beauty and wonder. Our perception can allow us to see that clearly…  to understand what a gift each moment is… and how blessed we truly are.

 

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

When We Open Our Hearts

when we open our hearts

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-02-11T20:10:51+00:00 February 11th, 2015|Quotes and Thoughts|2 Comments