Sharing our light in service to others

Have you ever thought about light energy and how it is the basis of everything on Earth? All the great Masters knew this. Jesus was often quoted in the Gospels as saying: “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matthew 6: 22-23), referring to the practice of focusing on the spiritual eye in the forehead during meditation. Similarly, in the Hindu scripture, The Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna tells spiritual seeker Arjuna: “Out of compassion for them, I, who dwell within their hearts, destroy the darkness born of ignorance, with the luminous lamp of knowledge.”(Chapter 10: verse 11).

In ancient times, the importance of the sun to all aspects of life was reflected in its deification in the form of the sun god Ra.  As Ra shares his universal light with us this summer, let’s follow his example and share our individualized light —our gifts, love, time, and so on — with others.

Summer is the perfect time to do this because it’s a time of plenty when the natural world offers infinite bounty: there are fruits ripening, vegetables ready to be harvested, warm sunshine raising our spirits. As we delight in this bounty, let’s remember the words of Christ and Krishna above, who showed us how to lead a better, kinder, and more spiritual life to bring us closer to God.

We can all do this by giving of ourselves to help others. We each possess a vast amount of inherent Divine light that can be readily augmented by tapping into our inner silence. As we do this, we strengthen our link with its Source. For me, this happens best when I connect with God during meditation. Once we rediscover this light through the process of awakening, we can then share it with others. Amazing!

Read the rest of the article here as featured on Best Self Magazine.   Have a wonderful summer – and remember – share your light with others!  It will benefit both them and you.  Much love, Anita.🌞

Bring me sunshine!

Morecambe and Wise came into my mind this morning along with the song, “Bring me sunshine” which they used to sing at the end of every show (for those who don’t know them, they were a comedy duo on UK television in the ’70s – that’s the 1970s – so last century!!).   Their song and dance routine always made me giggle, especially the silly little skipping dance at the end.

What’s at the heart of all this?  Sunshine! Light! Laughter!  I had glanced at my wall calendar for June 2018 this morning and noticed that I had drawn in a big sun symbol on the majority of the days.  This is something I do to uplift my spirits on a low day, so I thought I’d share some more sunny, silly ideas with you today.

So, why not think, say or do something silly to bring a smile to your face and help lift the spirits of others.  Here are a few suggestions for you (I’d love to hear yours!  I’m always on the look-out for good ideas):

  • watch a short Morecambe and Wise video on YouTube (any will make you giggle)
  • find a really good joke (from a book, or google (?) and share it with others).  Here’s one:

  • draw a big sun on the calendar if it’s a beautiful sunny day, and colour it in with yellow highlighter.  Encourage others to do likewise.  Here’s my calendar for June:

  • record your pet snoring and share with your friends or on social media.
  • see the funny side in everything today.  Laugh out loud as often as you can.  It may freak people out, but it will be infectious.  Check out laughter therapy.
  • Make it your mission to get others to smile/laugh today. eg:  smile at them; compliment them; hold the door for them; give them some chocolate.  Share your results with us / others.
  • Follow your intuition.  If you see something that you think will make someone smile/laugh, don’t hesitate with excuses.  Just make them a gift of it and brighten up their and your day.

I leave you with this iconic song from ELO, Mr Blue Sky.  Just click on the image below to listen, and have a happy, sunny day!  Anita.😎

 

Positive isms for a new you!

Sexism, ageism, perfectionism, internationalism, terrorism, colourism, corporatism and so on and so on.  This list can be as long as the amount of words you can attach to the suffix -ism.  There was an item on the UK news yesterday which mentioned that ageism is the most prevalent -ism in our society today.  How can we turn this around?  Continue reading

Love and kindness to all

Love is such a powerful emotion.  Most of us find it easy to love our nearest and dearest –  our family and friends – and for some people this is enough in life.  They see no need to extend their love outwards from this closed circle.  In fact, the thought doesn’t cross their mind at all!

I used to think like this, but now the thought of sharing love to others outwith my little circle crosses my mind all the time.  I know it’s God prompting me to act.   I believe the first and easiest way to extend love outward from family and friends is to focus on the local community, which has a diversity of layers and avenues to become involved in.

Here are a few things we can all do to show love and kindness to those in our community:

Donate:

Donate food, toiletries etc. to the local food bank for those who are struggling financially and cannot afford to feed themselves and their children.  Don’t donate with judgement in the back of your mind.  Just help people who need help and give gratitude to God that you are financially able to do so.  We think nothing of spending £10 on a good bottle of wine to take to a family gathering.  Include your local community as your family now!  I’ve decided to allocate 10% of my weekly food bill to the local food bank.  You could, if you prefer, allocate a specific amount each week, say £5 or £10.   Do it regularly.  Make it a new, positive habit in your life.  One added benefit of this is that you will feel good knowing you are making a difference.  Not only will you be changing others’ lives; you will be changing yours too!

Respect others:

Treat others respectfully:  do not use them for your own gains; think of their good points when they are being difficult; speak well of them to others; walk away if they seem intent on having an argument with you; do not read their private correspondence; give them space; allow them to be the person they are, not the person you want them to be.  Treat them as you would like to be treated.  In other words,

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.”  (Exodus 20:16)

 Actions speak louder than words:

Be actively helpful:  for example, pick up litter from your neighbour’s garden if you know s/he is unable to do so; if someone asks for your help, give it if you are able (this could be simple things like giving directions, opening a door for someone with a pram/in a wheelchair and so on); and that metal gate to the park which squeals and grates each time it is opened or closed – go ahead and grease it so that others will not have to hear it.  Actively look around your local community as you walk or drive through.  Where is help needed?  Can you phone the local refuse department to uplift an old sofa which has been lying on the grass verge for a week?  Can you phone the police department to install speed detectors on a local road where cars regularly speed?  Can you pester local community groups to do litter picks in your area?  If community groups are unaware of problems, how can they be expected to deal with them!  That’s where you come in!

I hope this post has given you a few ideas of how to spread love and kindness out to your local community.  Please feel free to send in your suggestions.  Much love, Anita. 😀

Plastic is not fantastic!

April 22nd is Earth Day 2018 and the campaign being highlighted this year is ending plastic pollution.  There’s an excellent pdf to read through if you want much more information on how the plastic we produce and throw away is seriously damaging our world, our marine life and ourselves.  Here’s the link to the downloadable pdf: Earth-Day-plastic-pollution-pdf.

What can we as individuals do to make a difference?

  1.  If you don’t do already, RECYCLE all your household waste, using the recycling bins provided by your local Council waste department.  If you don’t recycle, all your waste goes into landfill and can take hundreds of years to break down – and some of it never does.  Leave a nicer present to your children and grandchildren by helping to reduce the mountains of landfill rubbish.
  2. Much of our plastic packaging comes from food shopping.  When you are next at the supermarket, try these suggestions:
    • pick the fresh produce which is not wrapped in plastic.
    • favour glass and canned packaging over plastic.
    • Ask supermarket staff for paper bags to place unwrapped fruit and vegetables in.  If we keep pestering supermarkets, they eventually change their ways to retain our custom.
    • Take your own reusable non-plastic shopper bags to pack your food at the checkout.
    • Ask the supermarket manager when they will be introducing “plastic free aisles” such as those in Ekoplaza Dutch supermarket stores.  Plastic-free means using alternatives to plastic packaging – compostable biomaterials made from plants and trees.
    • Ask when they will eliminate plastic packaging in their own-brand products, as one UK frozen-food supermarket chain (Iceland) has already pledged to do by 2023.
  3. Use bio-bags (100% compostable and biodegradable; made from corn starch) for home bin liners and doggy poop bags.  I buy mine online but some local Councils have a supply of bio dog poop bags which you can uplift for free.
  4. If, like me, you don’t like the metallic taste of water straight from the tap, you could consider buying a filter tap for your kitchen sink rather than buying bottled water.  I’ve only just started researching these filter taps and they seem very expensive!!!  So, the search continues.
  5.  Stop buying antibacterial cleaners, complete with plastic packaging.  A study carried out by the BBC television programme Trust Me, I’m a Doctor showed that bacteria grow back within 20 minutes of using antibac products, and that soap and water were much more effective at keeping bacteria at bay for longer.  There’s a good article in The Telegraph about this.  I’ve also started using bicarbonate of soda mixed with a little water to make a paste.  I wipe this all over the surface to be cleaned (it’s great for restoring a stained sink to sparkling white!), leave a few minutes, then wipe off.  It’s really effective.  If you add vinegar, it reacts with the bicarbonate of soda and fizzes as you clean.  Who knew cleaning could be such fun.

I hope you’ve found some of these suggestions useful and food for thought.  If you’d like to share any of yours with others, please do leave your comments.  Anita.