Gems 6.101

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤


Photo, “Brig O’ Doon, Alloway, Scotland. Inspiration for Rabbie Burns’ poem ‘Tam O’ Shanter'” by Hetti.

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”  -Richard Bach


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I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ♡
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Music “Ode to Women” by Empty Hands Music.  Used with permission.  Thank you!


“We respect and love all religions. We never put down anyone’s religion, or uphold one religion to the exclusion of others. What we want is to believe and respect interfaith religion, inclusive of all faith traditions. In our community spiritual practices, we invoke our prayers to the Divine, rather than invoking any particular name or form of God to the exclusion of others.”

-Sister Lucy Kurien, Maher

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Image by billy cedeno from Pixabay

“My dear students…any time you see a woman or a child begging on the street…the aged men left on the street, can you stop…and ask, ‘Do you need some help?’ And please call me up.” -Sister Lucy Kurien, Maher.

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Photo by Stux, Pixabay.

“I have nothing,” she told her mentor, a priest. “What will I do?”

“You have love in your heart,” he told her.

“But with just love, what will I do?”

Here’s what she did.

-Sister Lucy Kurien

from: The Nun Who Has Saved Thousands of Lives From Violence
–by Christa Hillstrom


Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay.

“Maher means ‘Mother’s Home’ in Marathi. And she created the warmth of a mother’s home for the destitute, homeless, children as well as women. That seed has become a big tree today and all of us can partake of its shade but behind it lies such small stories of deep transformation.”  -Sachi Maniar from Sister Lucy the Mother Teresa of Pune


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Graphic art by Niki Flow.

“Maher is a shining ray of hope for transforming our troubled world. This book tells its story, and the stories of some of the women and children whose lives have been transformed there.”  from Women Healing Woman:  A Model of Hope for Oppressed Women Everywhere by William Keepin, Ph.D. and Cynthia Brix, M. Div.


Sister Lucy Kurien, Maher “Mother’s Home”



Gems 5.25

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
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Photo by one of our top contributors and one of our very favorite photographer-poets, Cord X.  Used with permission.  Thank you so much! ♡

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We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems 4.139

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Gems 4.139

Photo “Lake Constance” by Lars Nissen, Pixabay

Years ago I started mailing out graphics I made twice a day to friends. I called it “Rx-for-Healing.  It began after I heard Dr. Northrup’s interview in the movie Hungry for Change.  I wrote extensively about how doing this twice-daily exercise changed my life.  I went from being my worst enemy to — if not yet my best friend, definitely a good friend to myself.

When I started Rx-for-Healing in 2012, I also made it my lifetime goal to create at least 10,000 uplifting messages of beauty during my lifetime.  Since then I’ve created around 3,000 or so.  Rx-for-Healing is all about opposites.  If I felt a strong negative emotion, I looked for its opposite.  Then I looked for quotes about that positive word and read those quotes until I felt better.  It worked really well.  Then I created the graphics which make up most of the ones found on my Pinterest boards, Great Advice from Wise PeopleCreated with Love and my 365-Grateful boards.

When I began under1000skies four years ago, I wanted to use the creative works of homeless artists exclusively.   It soon became very apparent that most homeless creative folks have a lot more going on than supplying this site with photos and poetry.   It was a privilege to receive the beauty when they could share it, given the chaos and difficulty of their lives.

So, on the days in between, I continued to add to this lifetime goal by combining inspiring quotes with beautiful photos from friends, from free sources, or from my own photos and art.

One of the ways I find quotes is to read the news, then summarize the prevailing emotion for the day.  Then I try to find an opposite word and quotes about that which will help heal hearts.  Today’s news had a lot about hate it in.  Among the antonyms for hate is the word “respect.” I found this quote by Don Miguel Ruiz about respect to be perfect for today.

My lifetime goal is ongoing because, as my personal site tagline says, “I feel the world and want to help heal the world.”  I know peace on earth begins with me.  I hope my journey to healing has inspired you and will continue to do so in the days ahead.

With love and respect,

Niki Flow

☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems News

Big News today for Gems/Under1000Skies!


As Posted on Instagram:
#under1000skies Our artist-pack supplies came in today! We have enough for six packs. Each pack includes pens, an all-weather notebook, a disposable camera and a waterproof bag (shown behind). Each (winter) pack also includes one warm scarf and one pair of gloves. Three of these packs are going to our Denver volunteer @wilddreamwalks two to our Delaware team @jazztizz and the other one to our California volunteer @big_manuel  These photos will be returned to us to be developed scanned and featured on our “Under1000Skies” @wordpressdotcom site along with poetry, musings, stories or anything else the artists care to write. We began Under1000skies as a way for homeless artists to connect with each other and form bonds of mutual respect, compassion and deep understanding from shared life experiences. Our Second Gallery #exhibition will be up this weekend. #grateful #heartsong #homeless #artists #photographers #lightfilledgems Special thanks to @cntryboyluv @#and @wilddreamwalks for photography #contributions. We are always looking for new #photos and #art to feature on our site. You always retain full rights. See our “about” page for more info. Thank you you so much for helping us distribute these packs! Thanks also to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the word about “Under1000Skies”. 😊@tizzlovesrowdy