Divine longing

I just had to share a beautiful prayer with you all. It took my breath away, as does everything that this wonderful woman writes. An ardent longing to know God, coupled with a Divine love deep enough to submerge body, mind and soul, are all summed up beautifully in a prayer by Cheryl Anne on her blog site, Saint Brigid’s Hearth. The prayer poem is called A humble Harvest. The imagery is exquisite, the love expressed within it so alluring. Here are a few lines to tempt your senses, but do check out the full prayer and the blogsite by clicking the links above:

"Let my life’s remaining days
Be a quiet harvest of praise"

Isn't that beautiful?

"Let me reach high
And dig deep
For the precious fruits
And roots of gratitude"

Amen to that!

I can truly say that I want my life’s remaining days to be a quiet harvest of praise. I affirm sincerely that I want to reach high and dig deep for the precious fruits and roots of gratitude – every day. My thanks go to the author as this prayer poem has reawakened my longing to be closer to God on Earth and beyond. Have a glorious week. Much love, Anita.🙏❤

Sentinels

 Pure white sands and turquoise blue waters
frame the Sentinels’ view
tall and strong they stand
these robust endeavours of the faithful.
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A harsh land this where no tree
survives, peat bogs their only terrain.
The Stones have seen lives born
and torn apart by strife
lovers entwined in their shadows
widows mourning in sorrow.
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The blueprint of the past lies
embedded in their skin
an energetic imprint for future kin.
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They feel cold to the touch, like ice
but a fiery heart lies within
a gift from the ancestors
our eternal protectors
sheltering us from the wild Atlantic winds.
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Callanish standing stones

This poem was inspired by the Prehistoric Standing Stones at Callanish on the Isle of Lewis (Scotland), shown above. For me, they symbolise the steadfastness and resilience of those who laboured to erect them. This Midsummer they remind us to stand firm to our beliefs, show resilience and keep on keeping on.

This poem is taken from Soul Murmurs, available online from July 26th 2019.  You can read more about it here.

I beat the blues!

What can we do when the blues take hold of us?  How can we function in daily life? And can we really beat them?  Are the blues more likely to be depression?  This has been my story over the past month or so.   Read on.. Continue reading

Kerala Flooding Disaster

Our good thoughts and prayers surely go out to those affected in the southern Indian state of Kerala which has been badly afflicted by torrential flooding over the past month, with more than 325 people killed and 200,000 made homeless.  The amount of rainwater in this year’s monsoon has seen an increase of 30% on normal years (I’m taking these figures from Hindustantimes.com.

Scientists blame climate change and deforestation for the landslides which followed such huge amounts of rainfall in the region.  I’ve done some research on Kerala.  It has a population of 34 million people in an area of 34,000 km2, whereas the country where I live, Scotland, has a population of a mere 5 million in an area of 79,000 km2.  So Kerala, which is only a tiny part of the Indian sub-continent, has more than 6 times the population in an area half the size!!  Puts things into perspective.

My prayer today:

I pray that Kerala’s people may find their inner strength and determination to help each other through the awful situation in which they find themselves.  I pray that Government and industry leaders will have their eyes opened to the abuses done to the environment in India and across the world, and will finally stop these practices.  Money and convenience should not be put above caring for the environment and all its inhabitants (for there have surely also been many (unreported) deaths in the animal kingdom during this time).  Finally, I pray that we in the West will not shrug our shoulders at another disaster on the other side of the world, but will reach out to help in whatever way we can.

So, how can we help?

We can spread the word about this current disaster.  Information can lead to positive action and pressure being put on our leaders for change.

We can donate (eg.) to the Oxfam Kerala Emergency Appeal.

We can pray for those affected.

We can pray for and give gratitude to the emergency services personnel who put their lives in danger to help others.

We can use this experience to put our own troubles into perspective.  Let’s not use phrases like, “This dress is crumpled.  I’ll not be able to wear it tonight.  What a disaster!”.

It’s really not a disaster!

I felt compelled to write this today after watching the news this morning (something I rarely do, so it must have been meant for me to see).  If you do not share my views, that’s fine.  We are all entitled to our own opinions, we are all distinct and different – or are we?  Perhaps we are all interconnected and everything we think, say and do affects all others on Earth.  Something to think about.

Much love and many blessings to you today.  Anita 🙏😥

The decider game

I wrote this post last year around this time when I was watching the French Open Tennis championship at Roland Garros in Paris.  I was enthralled by the levels of determination, fearlessness and resilience shown by the players as they battled for supremacy on the tennis court.  I saw clear links with how we might nourish these spiritual qualities in our daily life.  The article, entitled Jeu Decisif, has been posted on Watkins MindBodySpirit magazine online today.  Click on the photo below to read on.  Have a great day!  Anita.