A big part of my philosophy of life is being non-judgmental. It’s not always easy. But it can change our lives for the better when we live and let live.

Yet, when someone isn’t doing something the way we believe it should be done, we often want to fix it. Sometimes with the best of intentions we try to set them straight. We criticize and someone else adds their thought on the subject, and pretty soon it becomes a huge issue. That’s how to become a destroyer rather than a builder.

Let’s always remember that the other person is as much of God’s Light as we are. Love and praise can go a long way toward making a situation better. Let’s look for the good and the joy in every person and every situation. Think about it.

Affirmation: Today I see “The Christ” in each person I meet. Today I greet everyone with love.

It's Spring!

It’s Spring!




“Then a ploughman said, “Speak to us of Work.”

“When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?”
The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

May your work be something you love and give your all to. May your play be given as much time as your work. Let there be balance in your work and your play so that your life is filled with the music of joy. Everything in perfect balance, Spiritual, work, play, love. It is all good because it is all God.

Gail Manishor, Author of
FROM HERE TO SERENITY,  A Spiritual Guide to Transform your life.  to buy the bookbook-cover-front-2nd-edition-jpg1



“It is well go give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding: and to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.” -The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

When we give in love and with joy we are blessed as much as those to who we give. Our giving lifts the giver as well as the receiver. Generosity comes from the heart and without thought of any return at all. Can you do that? Do you do that? I know that you do. Bless you.

Gail Manishor, Author of From Here to Serenity,
A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Rose Garden & Embankment

Rose Garden & Embankment



“What is fear of need but need itself.” Kahlil Gibran

I’ve reread The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. As I read it and read it  again  I  find  more and more wisdom in every paragraph. When we are open to it, wisdom is available to us.

“First Prize” rose Gail’s Garden
Gibran also wrote “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.”  There is polarity in everything in life. I think this is what Gibran is talking about in this quote.
At the lowest end of this pole is sorrow, but at the highest is joy. So take a look at where you are in your life. Are you on the sorrow end of the pole or the Joy? There’s a lot in between too.  You have the ability to choose. You can decide  where you want to live.

I am choosing joy.

From Here to Serenity,

A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Gail Manishor, RScP



In Gail’s Serenity Garden

It is so basic and yet so easy to forget that what we say and think has a profound effect on our lives. The more we take notice and are aware of our words the greater influence we have on the world around us. It comes from within us at the heart level.

A view of my garden:




Gail Manishor



Excerpt: From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Gail Manishor, Author

God created each of us out of a need and in great joy. If we were created in joy, shouldn’t we be joyful? It doesn’t work to say “If I only had such and such I’d be happy,” “If only I had the right man or woman I’d be happy,” or “If I just lost 20 pounds, I’d be happy.” Why wait? Be happy now. “That’s easy for you to say,” you may tell me. Well, I am telling you. You can be joyful if you want to be. President Abraham Lincoln once said “A man is as happy as he wants to be.”

Take joy where you find it. Joy can be in the many little things as well as the big things. God doesn’t think in terms of small or big.
Everything is important. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

What do you love to do? What’s fun for you? Is it writing, drawing, painting, reading, going to the beach, walking in the mountains, skiing or gardening? Be creative in your own way. Make time for th things you love. Live in joy, and joy will live in you.

Joy is a by-product of knowing that God is always with you. It doesn’t mean there will be no sadness in your life. Life is change and growth. There are changing relationships or loss. Life just keeps happening. But it does mean that you can live in serenity knowing this truth.

In This Thing Called You Ernest Holmes wrote “As you enter into life, feeling the Divine Presence in everything, more and more you will hear a Song of Joy singing at
the center of your being.”

Gail’s Serenity Garden

Joy and Peace in My Garden

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Do you know what my Garden Angel just said to me? “I have plans for our garden. I know what needs doing. The most important thing is to prepare the soil. But you go out and get all excited and buy plants by the carload and distract me from my plan.”

Okay, She’s a little bossy. But, Wow! She’s right. I do that. But I’m compelled and can’t stop. Well, let’s face it, I don’t want to stop.

Sunday I went over to Anderson’s La Costa Nursery. It’s always fun to go there and poke around. Of course, I can’t leave without buying just a few things. Anderson’s is really beautiful and has well cared for plants in interesting and well-designed settings and helpful people.

Sunday I went over and bought more red and orange flowers to fill in and highlight the purple (Whirlwind Blue and the silver plants I already have on one side of my back garden.  I bought: orange snapdragons, red Nemesia, orange Nemesia, Phlox hybrid “Intensia blueberry,” and a plant I’ve been lusting after for a long time named  Very Cranberry Cape Mallow.  I think it’s looking very beautiful and that’s what matters… Well –  my Garden Angel does have something to say about it. Luckily she usually gets into the spirit of it.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

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