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living life in all CAPS

“i thank You God for most this amazing

day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes


(i who have died am alive again today,

and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth

day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay

great happening illimitably earth)


how should tasting touching hearing seeing

breathing any---lifted from the no

of all nothing---human merely being

doubt unimaginably You?


(now the ears of my ears awake and

now the eyes of my eyes are opened)”

― E.E. Cummings


e.e. Cummings was a most peculiar man and poet. I was always intrigued by his writing style and recently saw a picture of something he wrote as a child that was in all caps. It made me think about what using all caps has come to mean today in our digital world. I know it is meant to be for emphasis and to get a point across but to me it feels like I am being shouted at. For instance, when someone writes “do this NOW” I want to dig my heels in like a stubborn mule and do nothing. I know people who live their lives in all caps. Everything is loud and comes across as demanding and abrasive.


Dear Angels, how do we find a balance in our communication so that we are not shouting or demanding but our voices are heard?


Dear Ones, we encourage you to use compassion when communicating with each other. Compassionate communication comes through mindfulness and practice. Embracing compassion through being fully present can build bridges between you and create a foundation for stronger relationships and deeper understanding. Your world has changed drastically such that communication is often hurried and transactional. You no longer see each other as you communicate. We invite you to pause before you speak or type your messages to each other and fully observe. To be seen and heard is the greatest gift you can give someone. While you may think that shouting gets someone’s attention, it has just the opposite effect. Love is not loud. It embraces instead of clinches. Love sees the very heart instead of the surface. In your interactions, we encourage you to strive to understand the other person's perspective, as each of you have a unique way of seeing the world and you may not necessarily agree on everything. Mutual respect in communication is like a slow dance. Take time to enjoy and learn from each other. Remember that you are all a part of something greater than any of your individual beings. Learn how to be gentle with yourself and then you will find yourself being gentler with each other in your communication. And when you give gratitude, as the poet invites you to do, be sure to include each other.


Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.


Today, I promise to listen more fully and speak from the heart.


Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. Teri is also the co-founder of the global movement and non-profit organization Ten Million For World Peace.


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