Love is all around

“It’s written in the wind.  It’s everywhere I go.
Reg Presley.

 

❤ 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).

easy companionship.

allowing.

the caesarean scar proudly shown.

accepting.

the smile given equally to all.

nourishing.

the longing for home.

 

Have a loving weekend everyone.  Anita💛🙏

 

How to show kindness this St. Valentine’s Day!

Sometimes we all just need a reminder of what love is in all its aspects:  kind thoughts, acts and words; respect for each other; tolerance of differences; support through life’s challenges; understanding; humility to admit our mistakes; and so on.   The Feast of St. Valentine’s on 14th February each year reminds us to cherish our loved ones, not just our partner, but siblings, parents, friends, members of church or social groupings etc.    Have a wonderful day!  Anita.

 

Little Ripples

I  believe we are all interconnected on Earth. Everything we think, say and do affects all others, if not in this life, then in the next. Here are two things to focus on today to strengthen our interconnectedness:

  1. Treat people with respect, how you would like to be treated.
  2. Stop trying to fight the current. You can never control it! Life is so much easier and more loving when you accept this and go with the flow.

Here’s a poem for you to enjoy today:

Little Ripples

We’re all little ripples on the
Vast ocean of thought and energy
At one with the other in sublime synergy.
Ebbing and flowing with the passage of time.
I want to float on this ocean for eternity
And carry its sigh through my bones;
Feel its gentle bliss
Like a silken kiss up my spine.
I want to swim through these waters
Untroubled by waves of emotion
In tune with the current.
I want to sail through this ocean
And sprinkle its light on others
Anointing them with the Creator’s love.
I am a happy, little ripple on my way home!

The Bothy: a short story by Anita Neilson.

Take a few minutes, sit comfortably with a warm cuppa to hand, and lose yourself in this short story.  Estimated reading time: 3 minutes!

“The Bothy”

Thick snow crunched underfoot as Jim quickened his pace through the forest towards the clearing ahead.  His eyes winced against the glaring sun piercing a sky of cobalt blue.  Cheeks flared red with the intense cold which clung like a second skin.  This was the coldest winter for a long time, he thought as he gave an involuntary shiver, wrapping both arms around his chilled body.  He knew he was close though.  He remembered she’d told him, “A couple of hundred yards or so after the clearing.  For heaven’s sake, go there, and find yourself.”  “It’ll clear your head,” she’d reminded him, “help you make sense of things again”.  If only it were that easy, he muttered under his breath through cold-numbed lips, shoving both hands deep into the pockets of his all-weather jacket.  She’d bought him it for his 50th birthday last year to encourage him to do more walking!  Well, he’d been walking for just over an hour now.

He had to admit she had a point though.  He had been feeling pretty lost these past few months.  Blowing out his frustration with puffs of icy breath, he heard the buzzard’s eerie call as it soared overhead as if pointing him in the right direction.  Carving his way through the trees, he knocked off excess snow from his boots each time he stepped over a fallen log or leapt across a small stream which seemed to emerge from nowhere.   He couldn’t put a finger on what was behind this lost feeling he’d been experiencing.  His job was fine.  His relationship with his wife was fine.  The kids were doing fine at university.  Everything was fine.  “Was that it?” he thought, “Was he expecting more than fine?  And what was so wrong with that anyway?”

Finally, it came into view.  The ‘bothy’ or wooden cabin, nestled in the valley between two sides of an ancient ice-hewn fracture in the landscape. A few tentative smoke whirls rose from its little chimney sitting atop a roof of grey slate tiles.  The walls were thick stone with one small window to the front to keep in as much heat as possible.  In summer, it would have looked impossibly pretty, he thought as he ventured nearer.

The smoke he’d seen signalled that it was occupied.  Jim swore inwardly to himself.  He’d wanted to be alone there.  “Wasn’t that the point?” he assumed. “Didn’t you have to be alone to find yourself?” His legs made to turn back, but his mind said, “Just go in and say hello and then you can leave”.  It wouldn’t do to be rude………………(to be continued)

What do you think happens next??

“It is in giving that we receive”, St Francis of Assisi.

Aah!  The Prayer of St. Francis.  I love it. 🙏 It sums up how to live a good life really by helping others rather than focusing on ourselves.  It’s Winter here in Scotland and Mother Nature’s chilly, icy grip has been tightening throughout the month of December.  I woke up this morning in my cosy, warm bed with warm gas-fuelled radiators heating the whole of our home.  Boy, was I grateful for the gift of heat when I peeked out of the blinds to see the frosty field opposite, the driveway twinkling its icy warning and the early-morning dog walkers’ breath rising like comical chimneys skyward.

So grateful was I for all my blessings this morning.  I am every morning anyway, but I was especially thankful today for:

  • a warm, safe, secure home;
  • a strong body and mind to allow me to thrive in this physical world;
  • people who love and care about me;
  • a growing compassion for others arising out of moments of personal suffering.


Yesterday, I noticed the horses in the field, wearing their winter blankets, happily munching away on the remnants of grass.  Someone had been thinking of their comfort, their basic need to be warm in a cold climate.

It got me thinking of the cold snap of weather and of those people who don’t have a warm home or enough warm clothing.  So, I rummaged through my wardrobe and looked out some warm clothes (knitwear, hats, scarves, coats and so on) to donate to our local homeless charity.  It’s just a little thing, but it’s all the little things added together which bring big changes, isn’t it?  No act of kindness is ever too small in my book.

This morning I asked God, “How can I help people today?”  When we blog, it’s one way of helping people, by sharing our thoughts and ideas on how we can make a big difference with lots of small things.  If you live in a cold climate and are blessed to have safety, security and warmth but don’t have any items of clothing to donate, you could perhaps think about one of the following:

  • donate your time (in prayer or meditation, sending out good positive energy to those in need);
  • donate your time by helping out for an hour at a local food bank or homeless charity;
  • make a financial donation to a local or global cause that resonates with you. Any amount, however small, is gratefully received and always makes a difference.

I’m not writing this post to make you or I feel guilty about our blessings in life.  And if you think you don’t have any blessings, you’re not thinking hard or smart enough!  This morning, I felt I was given a little Divine nudge to do something for others, so I thought I’d share this with you.  Please like and share this post if you agree.  God bless you.  Namaste! Anita😊