I didn’t have children in this lifetime and spent many lost years mourning and regretting this loss. It ate away at me on the inside like a cancerous cell, infecting neighbouring cells with its self-destruct button. It affected my relationships, imbuing them with a whole range of negative emotions like spite, jealousy and apathy. It affected my health, contributing to anxiety, depression and physical pain. But once I started meditating and doing spiritual reading and practice, the certainty of reincarnation washed the stain of this sorrow from my heart and I felt free and healed. I was certain that I had been a parent in many lifetimes but that I had chosen a different set of challenges this time around! I still have a deep longing to give and nurture life, and I do this in many ways: caring for our two dogs, caring for the birds in our garden, tending plants and flowers, harvesting fruit from our fruit trees, passing on fruit and vegetables to neighbours, supporting dogs charities and so on and so on…. A wonderful way to help others live a fuller life is through donating my organs when I have no further need of them. I know that I have taken from others throughout my life (emotionally, financially, physically etc.), so I want to give a second chance of life to another when I am finished with this body. If this is of interest to you, do some research, have the conversation with your loved ones and sign up for organ donation today. I hope the poem speaks to your heart! Much love.
This Time Around
I didn’t give birth to new life this time around
I had other challenges to face.
But know that when I discard this earthly shell
I shall give life aplenty in my passing.
If these eyes may give sight to another, then take them.
If this heart may beat in another, so have it.
If these kidneys may revitalise another, why wouldn’t I?
For I have no need for these things now.
I’m going home…to the wonderful realm of thought.
I’m going home…to the kaleidoscopic eternal bliss.
I’m going home…to awaken from the sleep state of earthly life.
So don’t grieve for this body.
Look in the eyes of another – I am there.
Feel the beating heart of another – I am there.
See the vitality spring forth in another – I am there.
Be happy and share in my joy
For I did give birth to new life this time around.
I woke up today thinking that it would be Thanksgiving soon “across the pond” in the USA where some of my relatives live, and it got me thinking about family and how blessed I feel to have been born into my particular family. Here are some of the many things I am grateful for from my childhood:
We were born to parents who loved us
We had plenty of siblings for company
We had a safe, secure home which was warm and dry
We had free education and health care
We had the countryside as our play park
We had an abundance of water, food and clothes
We had an abundance of love.
It was pretty idyllic then and now. Thank you for all my blessings from the past. I will cherish my life now and in the future.
When you love without, you thrive within.
When you care for others
Your Soul is swaddled in the arms of the Creator.
Each step you take
to connect with your neighbour
lightens and brightens your inner demeanour.
The above is an extract from my poem, Kindness, and it really is a beautiful – and powerful – thing! I like to concentrate on the small acts of kindness which we can all do from home. Here are just some of the acts of kindness I have done this week:
I showed kindness to the animal kingdom by rescuing a slug which had found its way into our home and setting it back down outside. Maybe it was cold (do slugs feel the drop in temperature as we do?) or hungry.
I showed kindness to myself by doing my physio exercises and made the experience more pleasurable by listening along to a nice relaxing CD by Snatam Kaur.
I prayed for continued strength and perseverance for the Native American protestors at Standing Rock in the USA, and
During my meditations this week I’ve been sending love and compassion to all those feeling lonely.
I share these with you not for your praise but just to give you some ideas of the simple ways you can show kindness in your life. Have a beautiful week! And remember – be kind!
Want to take part in simple, positive Acts of Kindness from home? I’m running a four-week Acts of Kindness project from my Facebook Closed Group ‘Acts of Kindness from your Armchair’. All you have to do is:
join the Closed Group (safe environment to share ideas)
check in once a week to let the group know how you’ve been doing with your kindness focus for the past seven days. Simple!
At the end of the four weeks, some of the group’s ideas will be collated into a Kindness Greetings Card which you can send out with your Christmas Cards (all names anonymous of course!) The first week’s kindness focus is posted on my Facebook Group ‘Acts of Kindness from your Armchair’.
The Group’s link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/556811911175192/ or Search for Acts of Kindness from your Armchair on your FB page. Join up! Speak to you soon!
This is a photo of the Berlin Wall which separated Soviet-controlled East Germany from West Germany. It was erected in 1961 during a period in history called The Cold War, and was finally destroyed by the people in 1989. A monstruous symbol of rampant egos, of man’s inability to understand or accept difference in others’ views and ways of life. Intolerance leads to fear and hatred if we let if fester in our hearts. I still find myself tutting with disapproval at a naughty child, or rolling my eyes at my husband’s ways of doing things (cos I know better, right? or so I think!). The bright colours of the wall don’t dim the sadness of separation which many families had to endure during that time. Now 27 years later, in 2016, we have secure walls and fences in Calais, northern France and encampments in other countries, to keep refugees out of Europe. Please, let’s not build any more walls between us. We’re all different. Let’s just get on with it, lead peaceful productive lives for the good of all.