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Song of the Day: Mercy by Duffy

Try not to dance to this upbeat song. Impossible. Michele and I do these kind of funny crazy dances to this song and we crack each other up. Nobody else would think they are funny but we do. And we laugh and dance. Mercy by Duffy. Dance. Have fun today. And laugh. For God’s sake find something funny and laugh. You will live longer and be healthier, mentally and physically.

About Duffy:

Duffy won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Rockferry, and she was nominated for two other Grammys at the 51st Grammy Awards. In 2009 she won three Brit Awards: British Breakthrough, Best Female Solo and Best British Album.



Rumi Quote:

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”

― Rumi


I Am Alive
Michael P. Burke

What Makes Me Feel Most Alive?


Hmmmm…a great question.
For me personally, it is a long list.
We are so incredibly abundant. We are endlessly blessed with gifts.
They are ALL found in the NOW.

When we consistently make ACCEPTANCE and GRATITUDE a part of our daily lives…we can’t help but feel powerfully alive.

Life is an endless buffet of experiences…it is a wonder really that we ever don’t feel completely alive. Never underestimate our ability for AMNESIA.

When we embrace EVERYTHING in our lives, we feel connected and vibrant. From this vantage point…we see life pulsating in everything and so we too feel that way.

When I do get caught up in the everyday illusions, in thought, I tend to start doing spontaneous things. Without much planning, this creates excitement as well as helps further embrace the unknown.

I might suddenly feel inspired to write, or paint. Pet my cats. I may start dancing, playing or singing. I might head out for a walk in nature with no destination in mind. I may focus my attention on helping someone in need.

So many possibilities…so many ways to feel alive.

For each of us this may be found in different things. Some may be physical. Some may be mental. Some may be found in the spiritual…in stillness.

It can even be felt in a single breath.

It is for each of us, as MASTERS OF OUR OWN EXPERIENCE to flow with our own lives, discover and create it…THIS IS LIVING.


Love light laughter acceptance & gratitude

Michael P Burke
Children’s Author/Illustrator


About Michael P Burke:
Michael is a fabulous loving upbeat human. He is always helping his fellow artists and the first to reach out a helping hand to anyone who needs it. He is a great guy. He is from London Ontario in Canada and is an Artist/painting instructor and Children’s Author/Illustrator.


About Ontario:
Ontario is one of the provinces of Canada, located in east-central Canada. It is Canada’s most populous province or territory and fourth largest in total area. It is home to the nation’s most populous city, Toronto, and the nation’s capital, Ottawa. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the region was inhabited both by Algonquian in the northern/western portions and Iroquois and Wyandot (Huron) tribes more in the south/east.



  1. “Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.” – Erich Fromm

    Yes… embrace life and be grateful for…

    “For each new morning with its light,
    For rest and shelter of the night,
    For health and food, for love and friends,
    For everything Thy goodness sends.”
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    P.S. May I join the funny dance, Michele & Andrew? hee-hee… 🙂

    • YES, YES, YES!!!! Julie. Join is in our funny dance. We dance. We laugh. We dance. We laugh. You would love it!!! We feel your beautiful spirit. I am in awe of the contributions you have made to both Zen of Water and Facebook posts of your own. You are filled with such wonderful life. I am a better person for knowing you 🙂 Great appreciation and gratitude 🙂

  2. Loving the aliveness of this page! This is pure upliftment from Duffy to Rumi to your wonderful friend Michael. ok, time to dance :-)))

  3. 🙂 🙂 🙂 big smile, yes, time to dance, thanks for your comment, brought a big smile, wishing you love, light and blessings, 🙂

  4. Dance with Life! Wow! What a great post! Michael P. just exudes life and love and tremendous vibrancy! What a beautiful world we can all make together! Ready??? Now, let’s dance!!

    • I am so proud to be your partner Sweet! You are the best, and I am a very lucky man. Thanks for everything you do. Thanks for the great comment and for seeing Michael’s inner light. 🙂

  5. Woohoo… Let’s dance!! 😀

    I thank God for crossing our paths 🙂

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