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.🙏❤
trying to sleep one afternoon, but the beginning of this piece kept repeating
itself in my mind, a sure sign that I should get up and write the words down
lest I lose them as quickly as they had arrived. I am entranced by early
morning, the quiet time just before all the chaotic ‘human’ action begins. Here
are today’s musings:
“The mist hangs low across the field this early morn: an ethereal backdrop to the grand play of life; a silken web of silence spun by Nature’s thread. All the supporting characters are already in place. The trees stand stock still, a verdant frame if you will to the enfolding picture, with their delicate branches trailing to touch those of their neighbors, as if wishing to hold hands. A couple of roe deer graze in their usual spot in the far corner of the field, ears, head and tail popping up at the slightest sound. And the birds—both garden and woodland―are rousing, taking their roll call, yet still too drowsy to venture out for food.
There linger a few man-made traces in the
pink-smeared sky – evidence of recent holidays abroad and business trips. Life
in the fast lane. If only it were as easy for us to fly as it is for our avian
friends! The swallows who dart and swoon so gracefully and in perfect unison,
or the woodpecker with his comical bounce, seeming as if he will tumble out of
the sky at any moment, or finally the great majestic buzzard who languidly
circles in the blue. His eerie call echoes through the treetops, attracting
families of crows to rise in ambush of this dangerous intruder.
My neighbor, (some 20 years my senior and
hardier than a lifelong North Sea fisherman) is walking his dogs. Rico, the
soppy Rottweiler, who sits on your feet and leans into your legs for a cuddle,
and little tiny Rosie, a fawn-colored terrier, barrel-round and waddling, with
the cutest face to bring a smile to the gloomiest of hearts. I wave to them
through the glass. “Well now,” I turn and say to my own two dogs, “let’s take
our places girls. Today’s play has begun!”
TODAY: Try not to let the drama of life’s ups and downs get to you. Just treat them like scenes in a play or movie. Keep yourself a little more detached from the action. This helps to balance your mood and steady your emotions, leading to a calmer, happier you! □
The above was an excerpt from my new book, Soul Murmurs, out July 26th.
many things to many people. For some, it’s simply the fulfilment of our
character, our dreams, our place in the world. Often the first thing
people ask us when we meet for the first time is, “And what do you do?”
We are identified with the position we hold in our community, aren’t we?
with such clarity the time in my life when I had to retire on medical
grounds. Pretty soon thereafter, I was left feeling distraught and
completely lacking in purpose. This was the exact opposite of self-realization
as I envisaged it at the time.
self-realization is a deeper knowing of our role in the universe, of being
awake to and aware of all our infinite capabilities, inextricably linked to
Source (God, the Creator). We realize that we are not this body-mind; we
simply inhabit it temporarily. It took trauma and crisis in my life to
open my eyes to this eternal truth, and I’m forever grateful for it!
This wee poem came to me last night as I lay in bed. The first for ages! I am feeling so inspired and creative at the moment, so I will take full advantage while it strikes. Click on the image of Paris below to access the poem and do let me know what you think! Much love, Anita. 🙏😊
Just as the quote below says, we need oppposites in life. We need challenges which, although painful at the time perhaps, will help us to grow emotionally and spiritually. If life were just one series of material and bodily pleasures, what impetus would we have to improve ourselves, or to seek the pleasure found in spiritual endeavours such as meditation, helping others and finding our way back to the Divine? The duality of life is one of the ways that God throws in his fishing line in the hope that we will take the bait and return to Him.
Here’s another beautiful quote that I came across this week:
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us
to give ourselves the gift of living well.”
In order to grow from life’s challenges, below are outlined just a couple of examples of how to change learned habits of behaviour and react in different, more positive, ways:
when someone is angry with you, don’t retaliate because you will simply be fanning the flames of their ire. (I had to learn this skill pretty quickly as a high school teacher. At the start of my career, I took part in a couple of quite ridiculous in retrospect shouting matches with pupils. My goodness, the flames of anger must have been reaching out of the top of the building! But I was presented with this opportunity many times to change my ways of reacting to pupil challenges. And each time I learned how to behave more positively, more lovingly. Teaching isn’t all lovely children and fun, although it is that too. To really appreciate the good times, we need to learn through the challenging ones. So, to get back to the issue of anger, quite often if you are quiet and say nothing, this can extinguish the flames! It is really difficult to do this at first, but you eventually reach the stage where you immediately see this challenge as a test. How will you react? If you can do this, it is a major spiritual step forward in my view. If you have a mantra, repeat it over and over inwardly. When the person’s ire has burnt out sufficiently, then you can talk to them quietly, reassuringly. They don’t need to hear harsh words; they don’t need to hear how stupid they’ve been; any kind words and acts you can offer them at this stage will sow a seed in their consciousness. Hopefully, they will think twice about igniting their rage in the future!
when you feel rushed for time and feel as if you don’t have enough minutes in a day, do an activities audit. I PROMISE YOU THIS WORKS! Write down all the activities you do in a day/week such as taking the kids to dance class or play dates 3 times a week, doing the weekly cryptic crossword in the weekend newspaper for 2 hours, watching 4 hours of tv a night. Which of these activities are really essential to your life and which can you simply let go? Learn to let them go and you will feel more at peace, more relaxed. The challenge of time pressure was created by you and you can change it.