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Marie Manning Marie Manning positivity purveyor. soul broadcaster. light-worker.

Marie Manning, known affectionately as "Twinkle" by many friends and colleagues, founded TV for Your Soul to bring positive messages of hope and community-stewardship, and empowerment to the world. [www.TVforYourSoul.com]

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Shortly before I met my first chosen mentor, I discovered the word Namaste. Loosely translated, it means, “The light in me sees the light in you.” That resonated with me because I tend to see the good in people. Enter my mentor … she would look at me and say, “You just shine, you twinkle, and the whole room becomes happy when you walk in.” She saw the light in me and was one of the first I can remember who so clearly told me so.

I’ve had many teachers and many life-changing moments, not all of them pretty at first glance. I’ve experienced the death of many loved ones: my parents, my brother, my god-father, all my grand parents, a best friend, my lover. I’ve been divorced. Twice. I’ve seen with my own eyes, felt with my own heart, and have scars on my own skin from the undeniable depravity that exists in our world.

But I’ve also experienced the miraculous.

I’ve birthed life into the world four times, twice laboring and delivering virtually pain-free as I committed to the belief that it was natural and possible. I’ve survived three hurricanes, an earthquake, and a tornado, and shared in the communal cleanup and caretaking after each. I know firsthand what it’s like to be looked at by eyes filled with perfect love from my children.

I believe we find peace and joy by traveling within, by discovering our life’s purpose and acting in harmony with it. I’m becoming more and more certain that the sustainability of the peace, joy, and purpose we discover in our hearts is strengthened (and weakened) by the community we choose to surround ourselves with. In myriad ways, we connect and affect. When we see the light in others and hold mirrors so they can see the light in themselves, we strengthen.

Last week, my youngest son and I were at a local coffeehouse and a woman there was crying. My son, who’s four years old, quietly got off his chair and danced toward her. With a swirl of his hands, he placed two tissues on the table beside her. It was a moment of innocent kindness that lifted her too-sad eyes in a smile of gratitude.

How can we heal suffering, famine, pollution, homelessness, and environmental crisis? Look. See the light in the person, the nation, and the child next to you. And act in a way that shows you do.

– Marie Manning

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