Such love so freely given and never withdrawn from us no matter how we mess up. How lucky we are.
May you always feel loved and may all sentient beings also feel that they too are truly loved! Change the world one person at a time by making time to make sure others in your life feel loved. Make eye contact when talking to them, yes ignore the screen, hug, smile, talk and share, hold hands, smile be truly present for them and yourself!
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When I was 18 years old I worked as a social worker in India. A part of that job was to visit children in orphanages. My first visit to one of these orphanages was one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life.
The first thing I saw when I entered the orphanage was babies, babies everywhere. You might think think this was normal as it was an orphanage, but I really mean everywhere. The hard stone floor was covered with babies, sleeping only on a very thin bedsheet. The bedsheet was drenched in urine. Two women were sitting on chairs chitchatting.
It was time for the babies’ milk, and bottles were filled and placed tilted on books. so that the babies could drink.
One of the women picked up a baby and gave him to me, then she smiled and gave me a bottle. I sat down, took the…
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THIS AMAZING ROCK FORMATION IS CALLED “CHAPEL ROCK. THE TREE YOU SEE ON THE ROCK IS ONLY KEPT ALIVE BY THE ROOT BRIDGE ON THE LEFT.
When times get tough, as they sometimes do, we all need a lifeline, something or someone to help us get through. At present I know a very special lady who is struggling and am sending her lots of prayers and love. Her strength is coming from her family and the many wonderful friends she has made over the years but in the end in the toughest times even more is needed. I have been meeting a lot of people lately who have been doing it tough and it really starts you thinking.
When looking at times when we are alone and no other person can share a path we must walk alone you need a strong inner belief that life is taking you exactly where you are meant to be and that all is unfolding just as it meant to. Then you can settle, find peace and acceptance of the present situation knowing that this too will pass, it is impermanent and as everything does will change.
Often this takes a strong faith!
“You need a deep well in times of drought!” was how the Dalai Lama put it during his teachings in Melbourne.
This faith doesn’t belong to any culture. He went on to say “If I had been born in Australia I would probably be praying to that nice lady in blue (Meaning Mary the mother of Jesus) His point was that we have different religions because of our birth place, heritage, cultural beliefs and this is not to create barriers between us but to make it easier for us and allow for our differences.
Some find their strength in Christ’s teachings, some in Buddha’s and some in other faiths, the important thing is to find that strength and how to tap into it BEFORE things get tough because then it is easier to hang in and find the inner strength and peace to make the journey easier.
These tough times often bring amazing blessings! They come to us in many surprising ways but they almost always come to us through the love given out by others. It is a gift we can all give, it costs nothing but a little time to send loving thoughts and in todays tough world we need all the love and compassion that can be given.
If you know someone who is doing it tough and you want to help but don’t know how start by sending them loving thoughts.
If you are doing it tough just open your heart and accept all the love that is being poured out daily by many loving souls who know that everyone has a special unique place in this world and that love unites us all.
It is great and really refreshing to get ideas on how others meditate I found these along with some posts that really resonated with me on this site. This lady has a lot of beautiful and very helpful ideas to and visiting her site is always enlightening.
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“I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world” Ellen DeGeneres
If I could point to one single thing that has been my greatest guide, teacher, healer and solace in the past few years it would be developing a meditation practice. For quite some time I had read about the benefits of meditation to overall physical and mental health and would think to myself “gosh I should really learn how to do that.” Somehow it seemed like it must be really difficult. Shouldn’t I have a guru? And sitting in that lotus position for more than 3 minutes made me dead from the waist down, legs completely asleep.
But then life happened and things got pretty intense. I had struggled with minor anxiety for many…
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WILL I SEE MIKEY IN HEAVEN?
MIKEY IS STILL HERE BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING WITH HIM IN HEAVEN!
Will I see my pet’s spirit after they pass on?
This is a question that is often asked, especially when a much loved pet dies.
I am one of many who answer “YES, you will!.”
Many years ago, while trying to work out how it was that I could see spirit and if it was alright to do so, I attended a spiritualist church in Sydney where the medium giving the readings saw spirit so clearly and accurately that everyone was amazed!
She came to one person after another in the group giving her messages from the spirit world and time and time again she would describe a pet that had died years ago.
The lady behind me had a cat. Not just any cat but a cat with a coat that was rough to pat, it had ripples in it she said and it was a ginger colour. Sure enough the lady had that type of cat it was some special pedigreed breed I had never heard of but she had one.
There was a variety of dogs recognised by their owners and then she came to ME!
I lived in a unit at the time but I had a cat Mischa that had died shortly after my mum passed.
Great I thought!
No she didn’t see a cat… she saw a budgie! A blue budgie that I had forgotten all about.
How I forgot him I’ll never know for he caused us so much embarrassment in his day.
His cage at night was right next to the phone. Peter, that was his name, talked so much mum was always saying “Shut up Peter!” then one night when she was on the phone to a friend he came out with “SHUT UP!” (sorry for swearing) He had dropped the” Peter” .well mum nearly died there and then as she tried to explain who was doing the swearing.
Peter never did use his name after that when he swore and we learned a valuable lesson about talking budgies!
She then saw “Mischa”, a tabby cat with one distinctive feature, (he only had three legs as he had been attacked by a dog)
the medium said “This cat hated being called TRIPOD!”
Only one person ever called him that, a cousin’s husband and I never forgave him either!
I became a believer in pets going on after death to a spirit world that night.
I don’t know if it’s the same place we go but I think it could be and I truly hope it is. I have shared so much love with so many wonderful pets and am looking forward to being reunited with them.
I am even looking forward to seeing Peter again for I’m sure no one swears in heaven…DO THEY?
A friend of many, many years has just died and I believe is now with those she loved and missed dearly who had gone before her.
Death is just another step in our journey but it causes so much pain to those who remain that we seldom remember this.
When a young person passes over we grieve for the life they “should have had” but really have no way of knowing what that life would really have been like or what suffering it may have involved or if it would have in fact been a happy one.
Death places a curtain between those we love and us while we are still here but curtains can be made of various materials, some so sheer you can see straight through them.
I know this lady, who had a strong faith in life after death and her Lord, is happy now.
Happier than she has been for many years.
While she will be missed here I know she is just behind the curtain and I will see her again soon.
Some people think solely about themselves, others mostly about themselves and others never about themselves. Like most things in life a little balance is a good thing. Sadly certain people and even organisations expect a lot or else regard one as unworthy or not reaching their standard. This takes it’s toll on the giver/doer and has a huge cost. Worn out by constant doing for others they sometimes even give up despairing of ever being “GOOD ENOUGH” or “DOING ENOUGH TO PLEASE” “I should do more…”
I have found, as I have become older and a little wiser, that some people just take and if you are a giver by nature you need to take the difficult step for most givers of putting strong boundaries in place.
It is good to give but it is necessary to remember to also give to yourself and this requires taking time for yourself to do the things that give you pleasure.
A slot in your diary for “ME TIME” is vital especially for busy people.
Taking time to replenish and nurture yourself is not selfish and you must never fell guilty or that you are not doing what you should because by taking time out regularly you will find you are wiser about what ,when and how to give in a way that is beneficial to all involved. You will also develop a greater ability to give lovingly and without strings, so by having compassion on yourself, stepping back and having some me time, you are really helping others as well.
In all things let there be balance in you life is a lesson I have had to learn the hard way.
I hope it is something you already do, if not don’t wait for sickness to make you take time out, start planning changes and enjoy the journey.