Offerings of devotion

“A leaf, a flower, a fruit, or even water, offered to me in devotion, I will accept as the loving gift of a dedicated heart.” 

These loving words were spoken by Lord Krishna to his devotee Arjuna in Chapter 9 of the Bhagavad Gita (the Hindu Bible if you like).  It was written centuries before the Christian Bible, and at a time of higher spiritual attunement to God.  The sentiments are clear:  if a person is sincerely seeking God, determinedly trying to be a better person each day, meditating regularly and deeply, this person need not offer gifts of material wealth to God. Rather, seekers are encouraged to offer up everything they think, do, say, eat, drink, see, touch and so on, even and especially the smallest thing, so that we realise that it is God Himself that is behind everything.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Linktree

Do you have lots of social media links?  Are you fed up typing them all at the end of posts and on any pieces of writing that you do?  Try linktree (it’s free!) and really easy to set up and use.  Here’s an image of what my linktree looks like.  If you click on the image, it will take you to my linktree account (@healingwordsblog).   You then simply have to click on whichever link you want to explore.  I think this is a great idea and would be really useful for your existing and potential customers.

Perhaps I’m late on the uptake to Linktree, and if you know all about it already, you have my permission to roll your eyes and give a slight shake of the head in pity at my ignorance, lol !!  Anyway, happy blogging everyone and have a great weekend.  Cannot wait, Spring is definitely in the air here in Scotland and I want to get out for a walk in nature.  Anita 😁🌳

p.s.  have you checked out my new Podcast site? ( healingwordsblogpodcast )  There are only 2 episodes, but more will be added soon.  It’s been fun learning all the new skills involved!  Constructive feedback would be welcome.

Out with the old (2)

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.

You can tune in here:  Podcast Episode 2 Out with the Old

I would love your feedback and any helpful suggestions!  Anita.

Breathe the air deeply

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.🌼😁

Gaia

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. 

Scotland, voted the most beautiful place on Earth!

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.😊🌻🌳👍