I love this quote from Rumi above. It was the starting point for my new PODCAST channel on Soundcloud (yay! – major learning curve overcome). This episode offers guidance on how sorrowful thoughts can be used to our advantage. It’s a 5-minute listen, easy to do while you’re busy with daily tasks.
Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again. Gustav Mahler.
Spring is in the air:
These were my thoughts this morning, and I hope you like the image I chose to go with the quotation. Nothing says spring to me like tree blossom and blue tits. The changes of the seasons can have a real feeling of impetus to them. I know I always feel the pull to “coorie down” (like the Danish word hygge) with the coming of Winter or the push to spring into action with the first shoots of Spring!
Our house mind:
The Mahler quote got me thinking about the idea of staying in the house, and what other meaning it can have. Many of us can also be guilty of staying put in the house of our mind, and not just through the dark seasons of the year. We can become so comfortable with our thoughts, opinions and habits that they end up imprisoning us, don’t you think? This inertia can make us inflexible, polarised, stuck. The windows of our mind house become dusty, so that we never look outside of ourselves, never seek other ways of being or thinking. It’s us and them (and we’re always right in our house mind). So this Spring, I’ll be doing a physical spring clean of my home and also of my house mind. It’s okay to change our opinions; it’s great to clean the windows and see all the good in the world; it’s wonderful to dust ourselves off and seek out new opinions, new positive role-models, and rediscover who we really are.
Many blessings for a wonderful Spring day! If you’re able, get out there and breathe the air deeply again. Much love, Anita.🌼😁
There is a hypothesis called The Gaia Principle first expounded in the 1700s by Scottish Geologist, James Hutton. He studied the planets and concluded that in the same way our bodies are made up of billions of cells all working together as one single unit, everything on Earth also works together as one single, living, self-regulating organism – all living things, the atmosphere, plants, animals, humans, climate and so on. And just as our bodies have their own regulatory systems (eg. nervous system, respiratory system), so the Earth has its own systems: atmosphere (air), biosphere (all lifeforms), geosphere (soil and rock), and hydrosphere (water). The health of the Earth depends on all these components working well in harmony. If one system is impaired or malfunctioning, it will affect all the others. There can be many reasons for impairment or malfunction, for example ozone thinning, unbiodegradable plastics entering the food chain, fracking, draining of water tables, to name a few, of which the common denominator is: us!
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. John Muir
If we subscribe to the Gaia principle, I guess the overarching aim behind it might be that we learn to share, cooperate, compromise, discover consequences of our actions; that we learn the need to give back to the Earth in order that it may thrive for future generations.
I love the Earth. It’s absolutely astonishingly beautiful. Let’s cherish it. I love my part of the world too. Here are some images from Scotland. The first image is the castle in my hometown, Kilmarnock. We live in a region called Ayrshire. If you look at the second image, this is a view of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. I like that we are never far from the sea no matter where we are! The Mackintosh rose is an icon of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famous architect and furniture maker. You can visit examples of his work all around, from the Hill House in Helensburgh (a small town on the west coast) to the Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (our largest city), to the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. The fourth image is an interior view of the City Chambers (where the city councillors meet). Isn’t it gorgeous?!
In the penultimate photo, you can see that we don’t take ourselves too seriously in Scotland. In fact we are famed for being self-deprecating! The final image is of the paddle steamer The Waverly which chugs tourists up and down the west coast and islands.
I would dearly love to see images of your part of the world! Why don’t we collaborate on a joint post on the beauty of our world? If you’d like to do this, just add a link to this post https://anitaneilson.com/2019/03/11/gaia/ when you’re writing your blog. Right, I’m off out to litter pick and look after my little part of Gaia. Have a great week. Much love, Anita.😊🌻🌳👍
I woke up this morning feeling great. The gloomy introspection of winter is easing more and more. As if to offer their support, bunches of yellow daffodils are blooming along the garden path to cheer on my soaring spirits with the coming of Spring. It’s just around the corner…not long now! This got me thinking of my poem ‘Winding Roads’ which I first posted in 2016!! Where have those 3 years gone? Here’s the poem. Keep in mind the lumpy hills of Scotland, denuded of trees by wealthy landowners over the centuries to make way for livestock farming. Such a shame, although the hills do have a stark beauty. We see them as they really are without any adornment. So this weekend let’s try to see the ‘real’ beauty in everyone and everything we come across. Have a wonderful time. Namaste, Anita. 😁🌳🐂
Winding Roads by Anita Neilson
Winding roads and lumpy hills lined by crowds of daffodils cheering on the weary traveller “Not long now!” they cry. Snow-crested mountains stand strong and serene a majestic backdrop to this wonderful scene: ochre heather and grey-coloured scree trees clinging on at odd degrees ancient rocks clad in moss against the cold respite for travellers in days of old. We are intruders in this landscape yet it seems a part of me – our shared heritage and history. But this land belongs to all, not some, softly winding roads leading us home.
We have a temperature gauge in our shed in the garden. It’s true to say that a lot of Brits are obsessed about the weather, as we can literally have 4 seasons in one day (we are an island nation buffeted by the Atlantic ocean from west and south and the North Sea and Scandinavia from the north and east. A case in point was yesterday when I awoke to a beautiful, sunny day; by 11am it was snowing heavily and covering the daffodils which only last week thought it was Spring and whose stems had ever since been climbing steadily skyward.
The point is I awoke this morning to the temperature in centigrade of -10 (that’s 14 degrees Fahrenheit for those of you who use that scale). My first thoughts were, “I’m freezing. I’m sore. It’s so cold.” But during meditation this morning I realised that actually I’m not freezing, but people who had spent the night out in the cold were. Sure, my mind thought it was in pain, but I would soon get better once the central heating got going in the house. I have a house, a home. It’s safe, secure, warm. I have the choice to turn the heating on or off. I can make myself a hot drink or soup any time I want. Some people aren’t so lucky. I’m one of the lucky blessed ones.
When you’re out and about today and it’s cold (and even if it’s not), don’t pass by the homeless person you see most days. Be a superhero. Buy them a hot drink/soup or a pair of gloves. It doesn’t matter their reasons for being homeless. We can all judge each other for something. Let’s not do that. Just show some love and compassion even if they’re not ready to receive it yet. It’s the intent, the act of giving of yourself to help someone else, that’s what matters. Have a great day everyone. Much love from a frosty, snowy, cold Scotland. Anita. I leave you with some images of snowy scenes. Be careful out there.