Happy holidays from Healing Words!

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.🍦🌴

Earth Spirit, mother to us all!

To celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK (11th March), here is my poem about the ultimate icon of motherhood.  You may call her Divine Mother, Goddess energy, Mother Mary, Earth Spirit and so on.  To all the mothers out there (fur kids are included!), let’s celebrate the wonderful job we do in caring for our children; to all the children out there, do not forget to be thankful and spare a thought for those children in the world who are enduring terrible circumstances at the moment (bombings in Syria, terrorist atrocities all over the world, hunger, abuse of any kind).  Be grateful for each and every blessing we have in our lives and be kind to each other.  Amen.  With much love, Anita.❤ 🙏

Earth Spirit

She moves in tune
With the wind
Unseen by human eyes.
Her delicate veil
An endless trail
Of fairy-soft steps
Encircling the Earth.
Her breath is an Angel’s kiss
Light as the morning mist
Caressing the skyline.
Her dance a melodic harmony
Of light and form.
Earth Spirit rejoices
In this glorious morn.
She is maiden and mother
Sister and friend
Belonging to no-one and all.
Taste her in the air
After rainfall.
See her in the forest
Flitting to and fro.
Hear her song
In the waterfall at dusk
When creatures
Large and small
Congress to heed her call.
Earth Spirit breathes calm
Over all.
Earth Spirit breathes calm
On us all.
She breathes for us all.

Kindness as an Antidote to Pain

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”, Marcel Proust.

This is an article of mine which was recently published in Fibromyalgia Magazine (Feb 2018).  In it, I put forward the idea that even (and especially) if we have a chronic health condition, it is important that we become ‘gardeners who make the souls of others blossom’!   Here’s the pdf file of the article.

image used with thanks from ‘natureworks’ at Pixabay.

New shoots of life

While Winter winds her lazy path around the natural world, blue skies arrive, peppered with skytrails.  Ground which is frozen and flooded, and every stage in between, where morning bird-song takes place in the dark, resilient shoots begin to appear.  They make their hazardous journey from the warmth and safety of the earth to spread their fingers finally touching air, vibrating with the prospect of new life – at the will and whim of the all-powerful Sun!

little seedlings in my garden

I planted these spring bulbs in late November to act as a mood enhancer for Winter should depression decide to lay its heavy blanket around me.   No low mood has assailed me I’m happy to say, and I’m delighted to see the progress of these little plants as they reach skyward to find the gently warming sun.

Where I live in Scotland, we lie on the same lines of latitude (56-59N) as the southern tip of Alaska and Hudson Bay as well as great swathes of Russia.  We are much, much closer to the Arctic Circle (66N) than to the Equator.  That said, our climate is soothed in equal part by the Atlantic ocean currents and the powerful jet stream which carry warmth and (lots of!) precipitation our way. So, we may lag behind other parts of the world in welcoming Spring’s arrival, but in my mind’s eye, I’m stringing out the bunting and peering through the glass each day as Winter’s icy grip releases little by little, to eventually pass us by.

And how will I know that it’s Spring?  Well, the daffodils will nod their heads at me as I gaze; the bluebells will cry out to me a longing for Summer; the crocus – in a myriad of colours – will burst open, exuberantly proclaiming the passing of the season.

 

I can’t wait! Anita.💛😁

 

 

“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😊