Live in the light!

This post is a contribution to the Midweek Motif from the wonderful Poets United blog. This is my first attempt at contributing, so here’s hoping I get the pingbacks right (?!). The theme this week is Light. I hope you enjoy my poem. Anita 🌼

Darting amongst the shadows
in our mind
part of us
yet abhorred in disgust,
The Gorgon of fear
spreads her rhizome-like tendrils
around the heart:
a fear-seeking missile
set to explode on impact.

We daren't look
at this Medusa within
we keep her locked away
at bay,
so we think.
Yet the sweetness of her tone
may turn a heart to stone.
For fear is irresistible
to the ignorant and susceptible
whose fate is now surely done.

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But we can rise above her
let love fill our hearts
feel the tendrils dissolve
as we reach out with compassion
to absolve the Gorgon child,
to reassure her
and release her
into the night.

For henceforth
shall we live in the light!

Live in the Light by Anita Neilson. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

These 5 simple things: advice to my younger self

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and give some advice to your younger self?  Here’s what came to me today during meditation of what I might say (with love) to the young girl I once was.  Please bear in mind, we should never berate ourselves for the things we have done in the past, for these all help us to learn life lessons along the way.    This post is also for Debbie Roth’s #forgivingfridays. Continue reading

Let’s make room at the inn this Christmas!

Twenty centuries ago, a young couple is turned away when they ask for help and shelter for the night.  She is heavily pregnant and eventually gives birth to her child in a stable.  We will come to know the child as the God-realized avatar that is Jesus-Christ.  Fast-forward to 2018.  A young girl (from a country torn apart by war or environmental catastrophe) witnesses her home, her family, her world as she knows it, decimated.  Will she find help and shelter?  


“What place is this, where blossoms cry in pain, dripping sorrowful nectar, an indelible stain, on my bleeding heart?”   from poem In the Garden, by Anita Neilson.


Our world can often appear tragic, unkind and inhumane.  Isn’t it all the more important that we turn our focus to all the positives, to every act of kindness and compassion which happens day by day, minute by minute, second by second.  Then we can reimagine our world as the precious place it is.  We can rediscover our place in humanity by making sure there is room at our inn, in our heart-space. 

Let’s leave aside our judgement of how others choose, or are forced, to live their life and drop a few coins in the begging bowl of the homeless woman on the street;  let’s offer help in any way we can to our fellow human beings, be that in thoughts, words, or acts.   If we are blessed enough to be relatively wealthy in comparison with those who are struggling in our communities, well what use is wealth if not shared with others?  Let’s make it our mission to find out what charity projects are running this Christmas and to contribute to them.  It could be our local newspaper organising a Christmas Dinner in a Box to be distributed to vulnerable families.  It could be a local children’s charity asking for donations of a new set of pyjamas and a toy for those children in disadvantaged families.  It could be welcoming an elderly lonely person into our home for Christmas Dinner.  Let’s look into our hearts.  What would we buy for our own child or grandchild?  Can we find it in our hearts to extend this love to other local families?


I was reminded this weekend about family and about why God gives us family and then (so cruelly it seems) takes them away from us in death.  I believe He gives us the joy of family so that we may experience all the different kinds of love He offers – parental, filial, romantic, children and so on.  In taking loved ones away from us, He wants us to learn to extend the love we feel for family out towards the wider world, so that eventually we will learn that all the world’s peoples are our family.  We should not differentiate between anyone, regardless of race, colour, creed, gender and so on.

Can we find it in our hearts to open wide the doors of our inn(er) heart centre to welcome others and give them shelter, materially, emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.  Have a wonderful week.  Much love to all.  Anita.🙂🙏

The alternative 2018 Advent Calendar

Fed up with the usual Advent Calendar?  Cheap chocolate shapes behind doors that are infuriatingly cumbersome to open?  Here’s my gift to you – the alternative (free) 2018 Advent Calendar!  No bad chocolate to sicken your palate, but plenty of practical tips to spend a wholly more spiritual advent season.

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Lighten up!

The Sun God Ra is flexing his limbs in my part of the world this morning, coursing rays of love and light all over this land.  I rose at dawn to see pink clouds smeared across the sky and could almost hear the dew-topped grass, and all the tiny creatures contained therein, trembling in anticipation of another day on Earth.  I was surprised by the main story on the Scottish news today!  Read on to find out more.
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