Breathe the air deeply

Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer!  I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.  Gustav Mahler.

Spring is in the air:

These were my thoughts this morning, and I hope you like the image I chose to go with the quotation.  Nothing says spring to me like tree blossom and blue tits.  The changes of the seasons can have a real feeling of impetus to them.  I know I always feel the pull to “coorie down” (like the Danish word hygge) with the coming of Winter or the push to spring into action with the first shoots of Spring!

Our house mind:

The Mahler quote got me thinking about the idea of staying in the house, and what other meaning it can have.  Many of us can also be guilty of staying put in the house of our mind, and not just through the dark seasons of the year.  We can become so comfortable with our thoughts, opinions and habits that they end up imprisoning us, don’t you think?  This inertia can make us inflexible, polarised, stuck.  The windows of our mind house become dusty, so that we never look outside of ourselves, never seek other ways of being or thinking.  It’s us and them (and we’re always right in our house mind).  So this Spring, I’ll be doing a physical spring clean of my home and also of my house mind.  It’s okay to change our opinions; it’s great to clean the windows and see all the good in the world; it’s wonderful to dust ourselves off and seek out new opinions, new positive role-models, and rediscover who we really are.

Many blessings for a wonderful Spring day!  If you’re able, get out there and breathe the air deeply again.  Much love, Anita.🌼😁

Trusted friend and guide

Do you have a friend whose advice you trust implicitly?  Are they on the physical or spiritual plane?  For some, this friend may be what they call their guardian angel; for others, it may be God; for others still it may be a friend with whom they have almost a psychic link.   Whichever meaning you give to “trusted friend and guide”, my hope today is that you may continue to be guided by their intuition, wisdom and love in everything you do!   Enjoy my poem.  Much love, Anita.

Angel by my Side

When I stop doing and sit quietly
just being, I feel you by my side
trusted friend and guide.

Towering over me
your wings enfolding me
in a loving embrace
as a parent to a child.

My scalp tickles at your touch
causing smiles of surrender
all over this body.

Such benevolence! Such grace!
Your breath pours over me
soothing my muscles
loosening my joints
quietening the mind
unlocking the soul.

May your light flow through me
sending healing to all.
Give me strength to work with you
in service to all.
Be by my side always
to catch me when I fall.

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

Kerala Flooding Disaster

Our good thoughts and prayers surely go out to those affected in the southern Indian state of Kerala which has been badly afflicted by torrential flooding over the past month, with more than 325 people killed and 200,000 made homeless.  The amount of rainwater in this year’s monsoon has seen an increase of 30% on normal years (I’m taking these figures from Hindustantimes.com.

Scientists blame climate change and deforestation for the landslides which followed such huge amounts of rainfall in the region.  I’ve done some research on Kerala.  It has a population of 34 million people in an area of 34,000 km2, whereas the country where I live, Scotland, has a population of a mere 5 million in an area of 79,000 km2.  So Kerala, which is only a tiny part of the Indian sub-continent, has more than 6 times the population in an area half the size!!  Puts things into perspective.

My prayer today:

I pray that Kerala’s people may find their inner strength and determination to help each other through the awful situation in which they find themselves.  I pray that Government and industry leaders will have their eyes opened to the abuses done to the environment in India and across the world, and will finally stop these practices.  Money and convenience should not be put above caring for the environment and all its inhabitants (for there have surely also been many (unreported) deaths in the animal kingdom during this time).  Finally, I pray that we in the West will not shrug our shoulders at another disaster on the other side of the world, but will reach out to help in whatever way we can.

So, how can we help?

We can spread the word about this current disaster.  Information can lead to positive action and pressure being put on our leaders for change.

We can donate (eg.) to the Oxfam Kerala Emergency Appeal.

We can pray for those affected.

We can pray for and give gratitude to the emergency services personnel who put their lives in danger to help others.

We can use this experience to put our own troubles into perspective.  Let’s not use phrases like, “This dress is crumpled.  I’ll not be able to wear it tonight.  What a disaster!”.

It’s really not a disaster!

I felt compelled to write this today after watching the news this morning (something I rarely do, so it must have been meant for me to see).  If you do not share my views, that’s fine.  We are all entitled to our own opinions, we are all distinct and different – or are we?  Perhaps we are all interconnected and everything we think, say and do affects all others on Earth.  Something to think about.

Much love and many blessings to you today.  Anita 🙏😥

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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