Thank you Trini you have captured beautifully how my husband and I feel. Christmas is about spiritual things and exchanges of love not commercial exchanges and it is about sharing with the whole of humanity not simply family. It is such a special time and it is so sad that is sometimes lost in the rush to “Get everything just right for the day” Hope lots of folk read your thoughts read you post and simply chill and let the TRUE Spirit of Christmas speak to them. Blessings to you this Christmas and thank you so much for all you have shared this past year my life has been greatly enriched by your posts. Namaste Brita
Today is first Sunday of Advent, and this day marks the beginning of the Holy Season. We wait for the day Heaven will come to Earth and gather us into its sacred heart.
I remember as a child waiting for something, hoping for something….not presents or santa….something magical….I remember explaining santa to my friends when I was 7…I told them that santa was the spirit of kindness and generosity, and so, everyone wanting or pretending to be santa really was, because they carried this spirit within. So Santa, I told them, was real. That year my family let me be Santa for the smaller kids.
I remember as a 16 year old throwing a pre Christmas party for my friends, giving them homemade presents and little poems about hope and togetherness…I made it a tradition, and kept this up for many years.
I remember at 18 celebrating Christmas alone in…
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Yet again I am reminded that it is when you stop searching with the mind and allow the heart to flow that YOU FIND PEACE.
in the lingering shadows
of the breaking day
like shivering bolts
of a wrestling dawn
across the dusky sky
her searching mind
into the quiet
of her soul
and she looked
into the spread of Light
infront of her
with her whole soul
in her eyes
and she knew
she had finally
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Christmas should be a happy time but for so many it is not. Loneliness, stress, family and financial difficulties shadow or totally cloud out the joy yet by simply getting back in touch with it’s true spirit we give ourselves the greatest gift of all, the gift of “LOVE”. Christmas came about in the first place to show us that God or the Creator (some people use different names) who knows us even better than we know ourselves loves us still despite all our failings. He loved us enough to send us a unique gift, the first Christmas gift ever given. It was a teacher to show us how to live life not just better but more fully and in greater joy. He wanted us to be happy and live a joyful life of giving, sharing and serving each other in joy and harmony. Jesus was all about loving one another and also ourselves. My prayer is that this beautiful gift will light up your Christmas with love, gratefulness and joy. Thank you Trini your lovely prayer will help so many of us. Christmas Blessings to you and thanks so much for all your wonderful uplifting sharing.
No matter how often I am reminded to return to the source and centre myself it never seems to be often enough so thank you for this timely reminder. Today I was again busy “doing important things” when this popped into my emails and thankfully reminded me of what is the most important thing in my life, staying centred.
A long weekend here in Ireland, so a chance to refresh and nourish ourselves, taking a step back to notice compulsive running, outside and inside our minds. Meditation practice is more about settling back into something that is already present, rather than a need to “achieve” a goal, even a “good” or “calm” goal. Often this desire to achieve is based on a perfect image of ourselves and just fuels an underlying feeling that we are lacking in a fundamental way, needing to be supported and held up.
Empty your mind of all thoughts.Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
with thanks to dear friend Patrick for the picture from his mountain walks in France
Again the guiding thoughts of the lovely soul, Trini, showers us all with the beautiful light of her insight into love, compassion and walking a path of true meaning.
What a wonderful reminder! Thank you Trini. Enjoy your wonderful journey. Namaste Brita
The whole universe lives and breathes in your infinite soul.
The moon and sun are your eyes, the rain is your tears,
and the wind is your breath.
Your soul contains all, there is nothing it does not hold in itself,
it is involved in all, and all is involved in your soul.
It can take on any form, be what it wants, it has no limitations.
It can swim to the depth of the cosmic ocean
and climb the stairways to the highest heavens.
It carries within it everything created, the creation itself,
and the One who moved the created world into being.
It is not bound by space or time, matter or consciousness,
it is in itself the whole, the sum of all there is,
of all there has been, and all there will be.
Therefor, to know the universe, you must know your soul,
You must journey…
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Awareness pays wonderful dividends as does choosing happiness. If you would like to read an inspiring book written by someone who made this choice successfully I would recommend “Educating Alice ” by Alice Greenup. HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins.com.au
People never remember happiness with the care that they lavish on
preserving every detail of their suffering
Edward St Aubyn, English Author.
Whatever one keeps pursuing with their thinking and pondering,
that becomes the inclination of their awareness.
The Buddha, Dvedhavitakka Sutta, MN 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu