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
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.
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
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
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!
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.