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
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
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.
This post is for Debbie Roth’s #forgivingconnects and my #healingwordsmon and it’s about non-judgement. Today’s poem is an extract from Perfect Reflections (which will appear in my new book).
Show me Your light
In the evil deeds of men
For dost not evil
Merely cover the good in them?
Show me Your light
In hurtful, vengeful words
For dost not pain
Merely cover forgotten love?
Give me the strength, Lord,
To proclaim what is true:
That we are all
Perfect Reflections of You.
– taken from the poem Perfect Reflections by Anita Neilson.
I have to say right up that I have been very judgemental in life. This all began with a childhood habit which grew into an ugly spiritual boil before bursting a few years ago. Only then, could I see my behaviour for what it was – embedded in fear. Fear of difference. But ironically, now I realise that every person we come across is different, unique, and to surround myself in this bubble of fear was only hurting myself. And yet, I choose not to beat myself up over this. I forgive myself for my years of judging on appearances; of laughing at those less pretty or clever than I; of being a little too spoilt for my own good.
Now that’s not to say I don’t struggle with showing love to those who commit acts of evil in the misguided belief that it will bring them the happiness they seek. But they are on their own journey through many lifetimes, just as we are on ours. We’re all at different stages, and who am I to say that my way is the right way? I know that there will be others who compare themselves favourably with my ‘misguided’ standards. It’s such a tricky one this. Yes, show love and understanding to people who do bad things but also speak out if others are being harmed. I’d value your thoughts on this dilemma, because I do battle with this. Anita.