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.
What do female voices from around the globe think is the meaning of the Divine Goddess/Feminine? To find out, I recommend this wonderful book, Goddess: when she rules (Golden Dragonfly Press). Profits from the sale of the book will go to charities which promote education for women. I wrote the essay below as a contribution to the Goddess book. The editor, Catherine Schweig, also hosts a great blog site for those interested in spiritual poetry: Women’s Spiritual Poetry. Click on the image to read the article which was published in Mystic Living Today e-zine. It’s a bit longer than my usual posts, so you’ll need a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Enjoy! Much love, Anita.🙏
A big Hiya from beautiful, sunny Scotland! I’m taking a social media holiday for 2 weeks. I’ve got some books to read and review, and lots of time to spend with family and friends. I’m so grateful to everyone who reads and interacts with me on my blog. It really does mean a lot to me, and I adore reading your blogs too! It’s so cool to connect with like-minded people all over the world. Speaking of cool, I think it’s time for an ice-cream…..
Much love, Anita.🍦🌴
Morecambe and Wise came into my mind this morning along with the song, “Bring me sunshine” which they used to sing at the end of every show (for those who don’t know them, they were a comedy duo on UK television in the ’70s – that’s the 1970s – so last century!!). Their song and dance routine always made me giggle, especially the silly little skipping dance at the end.
What’s at the heart of all this? Sunshine! Light! Laughter! I had glanced at my wall calendar for June 2018 this morning and noticed that I had drawn in a big sun symbol on the majority of the days. This is something I do to uplift my spirits on a low day, so I thought I’d share some more sunny, silly ideas with you today.
So, why not think, say or do something silly to bring a smile to your face and help lift the spirits of others. Here are a few suggestions for you (I’d love to hear yours! I’m always on the look-out for good ideas):
- watch a short Morecambe and Wise video on YouTube (any will make you giggle)
- find a really good joke (from a book, or google (?) and share it with others). Here’s one:
- draw a big sun on the calendar if it’s a beautiful sunny day, and colour it in with yellow highlighter. Encourage others to do likewise. Here’s my calendar for June:
- record your pet snoring and share with your friends or on social media.
- see the funny side in everything today. Laugh out loud as often as you can. It may freak people out, but it will be infectious. Check out laughter therapy.
- Make it your mission to get others to smile/laugh today. eg: smile at them; compliment them; hold the door for them; give them some chocolate. Share your results with us / others.
- Follow your intuition. If you see something that you think will make someone smile/laugh, don’t hesitate with excuses. Just make them a gift of it and brighten up their and your day.
I leave you with this iconic song from ELO, Mr Blue Sky. Just click on the image below to listen, and have a happy, sunny day! Anita.😎
“It’s written in the wind. It’s everywhere I go.”
❤ Love is…….
the wave surrendering once more to the ocean’s embrace.
the calf waiting to be born.
the flourishing weed in the flower bed.
the shared glance across a crowded room.
hands joined in prayer.
a fully-stocked bird feeder.
walking under leaf fall in Autumn.
the scent of wild garlic in the air.
the cup of tea proffered to a sleepyhead.
the bliss of God’s grace.
“And now these three remain: Faith, hope, love.
But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13.
I decided to do some research on Corinth because I had no idea where it was or why St Paul was writing to people there. The ancient city of Corinth was located in southern Greece, about 50 miles from Athens, on the narrow stretch of land (called an isthmus) between the mainland and the Greek islands.
Corinth was a booming Roman town, having been made a colony by Julius Caesar in 44BC. But at the time St Paul, (one of Christ’s apostles), was writing these letters or epistles to the flourishing Christian church in Corinth (AD 53-55), the new converts to the Christian faith were struggling to live good lives in the bustling seaport and were getting into disputes with each other. So Paul decided to write to them giving religious instruction on what doctrine and spiritual laws they should follow.
Whether you prefer the lyrics of Love is All Around or the words of St Paul, they are both imbued with the message: love is the most important thing there is.
❤ Love is also…….
the scent of air after rainfall.
being in stillness.
emptying the trash (physical and metaphysical).
the caesarean scar proudly shown.
the smile given equally to all.
the longing for home.
Have a loving weekend everyone. Anita💛🙏