Change

Whatever our circumstances, we all face change in our lives. None of us is the person we once were. This took me some time to realize. At first, when illness changes your life you can easily drown in self-pity and/or anger.  Read on to see how change can be such a positive event in life, making space for the new…. Continue reading

Things that make my heart sing

Don’t you just hate those times when you’re in a low mood and none of your usual strategies works (see my previous posts on distraction, gratitude, acts of kindness, meditation)!  At times like these, I just allow myself to feel the emotions fully, knowing from experience that for me this low mood will pass tomorrow.

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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.🌞

#healingwordsmon – All things Irish!

My blog has been going for a little over a year, and I’ve decided to try out a blogging schedule. You’ve inspired me, my lovely fellow bloggers. It may get too much for me, but I won’t know until I give it a go! So, here is the schedule:

Mondays will be #healingwordsmon –  poems, quotes, short story, comment;
Thursdays will be #healingwordsthu – acts of Kindness, articles of interest etc.

So let’s get started with today’s #healingwordsmon –  All things Irish….!!😀💃

St Patrick

 

“I am Patrick, yes, a sinner and indeed untaught;
yet I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop.
I am certain in my heart that ‘’all that I am’ I have received from God.
So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God,”

-Saint Patrick.

 

Saints:

Ireland, like many other countries around the world, has its own patron saint – St Patrick.  This week welcomes the feast day of Saint Patrick (March 17th). But who was he?

Well, I’ve done a little research online and discovered that he was born of a Romanized family in Britain around the 4th/5thC AD (timings vary from sources).  As a youth he was reportedly kidnapped and spent 6 years tending sheep in slavery in Ireland!  During his enslavement, believing that God was testing his faith, he converted to Christianity.  He eventually escaped and returned to Britain and then Europe where he trained as a priest.

After becoming a Christian missionary and bishop, he returned to Ireland to convert the “barbarous tribes” to Christianity.  Legend says that he used Irish traditional pagan forms of worship to introduce and explain Christian theology, including the use of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.  From the 17thC onwards, his feast day was recognized in the Christian calendar. He is globally recognized as the Patron Saint of Ireland and is celebrated each year on March 17th  (sources:  Britannica.com and biography.com)

So what?

Indeed.  Why I am telling you about a Saint from the 4th/5th C AD?  Well, his story inspired me, and it got me thinking that we all need to be inspired.  We all have people whose lives are such a shining example of how to be good and kind that we can’t help but want to be like them, to be with them, to be them.  These could be saints, gurus, or people in our family or community.  The spiritual qualities they display, such as determination, resilience, patience, understanding, grace etc, act as magnets drawing like-minded souls to them.  St Patrick must have had quite a tough time of it in Ireland.  He is often quoted as saying that he would continue despite the derision he faced.  What kept him going?  His unbending faith.  How many of us would put ourselves out there like that, knowing that we likely faced scorn, ridicule, anger, perhaps even violence?

******* TODAY:  Think about something you avoid doing or saying because you fear ridicule.  Perhaps today you can find the courage to act.  *******

Poets:

Staying with the Irish theme, I’ve chosen an Irish poet to highlight in this week’s post:  WB Yeats.  A Dubliner, he lived from 1865 to 1939.  Here is an extract from his poem, The Choice:

“The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.”

-from “The Choice” by WB Yeats.

These lines seem to point to a dichotomy between success in the material world and the spiritual world.  Yet, there have been saints who have come to earth to show that it is possible to lead a spiritually advanced life while also carrying out daily duties (indeed this is desirable).  One of these was  Lahiri Mahasaya.

We always have a choice. Every second, every minute, every time we have a thought.  We can turn that thought into word, amplifying its power (so let’s make sure it’s positive and loving).  We can turn words into actions, amplifying them still further.  Let’s make good choices every time.  Let’s be inspired by those ‘saints’ in our lives and try to adopt some of their good habits.  Much much love, Anita.🙋‍♀️🎈

I wrote the book I needed to read!

This is a post with a difference: a 3-minute audio/video excerpt explaining why and how I wrote my book, Acts of Kindness from your Armchair (out Nov 24th) and how it helped drag me out of my deepest darkest days of fatigue and pain. I hope you enjoy it. Anita.