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A Blessing Called Bob.

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We have a very special friend called Bob who has been in our lives for many, many years. I would love to post his picture for you  but he would hate it. As his name suggests he seems at first meeting a down to earth, ordinary bloke but perceptions are seldom accurate, Bob is truly amazing!

He, like many, would do anything to help anyone but these days he does stuff everyday to help everyone!

Did I hear you say “Wow!”?

What he does is he gives as well as receives. His gift’s are the priceless treasures that lift your spirit and inspire you and when you get them you immediately tuck them away in your heart for a rainy day when the world looks grim and hope seems a very fragile thing. They don’t cost him a lot, just a kind thought and the click of a mouse for they have been sent as emails to him from all over the world by friends that he has met in his travels. Bob seldom sends stuff about himself and what he’s up to but everyone loves his emails and he sends lots because Bob has always been generous. Each day you receive beautiful picture, jokes, incredible stories and today this one that I just had to share. It said on the bottom

 

“Share this with someone you want blessed.”

I hope you are blessed by it as I was.

Most of all I pray that Bob is blessed for just being Bob!

Namaste Brita.

 

EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW, I LEARNED FROM NOAH’S ARK.

1. Don’t miss the boat.

2. Remember that we are all in the same boat!

3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

4. Stay fit. When you’re sixty years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

5. Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

6. Build your future on high ground.

7. For safety sake travel in pairs.

8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

9. When you’re stressed, float awhile.

10. Remember the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

11. No matter what the storm, when you are with God, there is always a rainbow waiting.

 

 

 

One Path We All Follow

All paths lead to the light in time but some are easier to see. Listening to the experience of others often lights our way and it isn’t always those older that have all the wisdom. Often as we  gaze in awe at a new born we saw “an old soul, they are born wise.” Children have a simple truth that can often resonate like a slap in the face, they just tell it as they see it, shocking us with their truth. Older folk speak often their truth softly and only to those open enough to hear it without judgement as they have learned not to waste their precious breathe on those who “Already know it all,”

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One Path We All Journey.

 

On Friday night we attended a performance of ” Peace Train” by Darren Coggan in the beautiful old Star Court Theatre. For over two magical hours he unfolded for us the life journey of Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). He performed 25 of Cat Stevens most famous songs as we sat in hushed silence and awe not just of his ability but of his search for the true purpose and meaning of his life, here was a man who had sold over 60 million records, had all the fame and riches of stardom , who simply turned his back on everything to seek his true path. For too long he had felt the emptiness of “The Good Life”. When faced with his own mortality through a near death experience he had to find answers. Darren Coggan quoted the famous saying “There are no atheists on a sinking boat” and a murmur of agreement ran through the packed theatre. Cat Stevens born of a Greek Orthodox father and Baptist mother who had been schooled at a Catholic school found his answers, after studying many different religions and philosophical paths, in the Koran. He became a Muslim giving up alcohol, drugs and worldly riches.Today he is a leading philanthropist only performing aid charity, especially those supporting children. He has found his path and can now face death peacefully.
Captain Paul Watson, the founder of “The Sea Shepherd” organisation, travels the world fighting to save the world’s endangered oceans and creatures. His life’s journey has been so different that you would think they shared little in common, that is until you read the final chapter of his biography, where he states:-
“Experience has taught me that the secret to happiness is detachment from material desires, a focus on the desires of the heart and a curious mind, regardless of what people might think.
Happiness is not about what you own, it’s about what’s in your heart, the things you try and what you do to make the world a better place, regardless of how you choose to get involved.
Living outside the material world doesn’t mean lacking material assets. It means not being possessed by the things you possess. It means not being terrified of losing your material assets, if it becomes necessary, and it also means not betraying your integrity, your principles and especially your freedom in order to keep them. It means refraining from making decisions that are motivated by profit. It means making your dreams come true, whatever they may be.” Captain Paul Watson like Yusuf Islam has discovered what we all need to remember, that it doesn’t matter if you’re a lawyer, teacher, actor, prime minister, house wife, journalist or anything else, always put your talents into making our world a better place and ask yourself what the future consequences of your actions will be.
According to the philosophy of the Iroquois Nation: “Never do anything without thinking about the consequences it will have seven generation later”.
If we all follow this path what a different world we will have. Peace will reign, poverty be a thing of the past, all people will be treated equally, with fairness and dignity. Our world will be protected, conserved and cherished and when our time to take our leave we will make that final road in peace, knowing we did our best to make this world a better place.”

A beautiful lady called Ann shared her view of people following different religions, she made the analogy to a diamond ” If you stand  along way back from it you see only one colour but when you get closer you find it has many different and equally different colours. All these different colours are part of the and together make up the brilliant “white Light”

The Dalai Lama said at a teaching I attended that we have different faiths to allow for our differing natures and cultures.

I believe that it really doesn’t matter so much which path you follow, what matters  is to find the path that speaks to your higher self and follow it with the strong determination of reaching the “Divine Source”. If you are truly following your soul path you will be lead to the light. You will understand  that  each and every action counts, none are too small to matter.  Your path won’t be free of suffering, no life is but even in the darkest hours you will have hope, a shinning light which helps illuminate that darkness.

 We each decide when we will begin fulfilling our true purpose and when, if ever, we begin our journey to the light, maybe you have already, if not  I wish you success in finding your true soul  path. It may not appear as impressive or as world changing as Yusuf Islam’s or Captain Paul Watson’s or any of the many other famous people we hear of but fulfilment and true happiness lies at it’s end.

A jigsaw picture of a blue sky is incomplete if even one piece is missing!

 May you enjoy the journey Namaste.

 

 

Compassion, I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU!

Compassion, I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU!

Today some are looking longingly to the skies praying for rain to give them a hope of saving their farms.
Others stare up at the approaching clouds in fear, having just seen thousands swept away and whole towns destroyed.
Same day, different countries but one overriding need,
the need for compassion from those around them, but who are seemingly blind to their need,
to reach out a helping hand.
We are all so vulnerable in the face of natures mighty power and life so fragile.
The needs of mankind seem overwhelming and feeling helpless it often seems easier turn away and busy ourselves with other more manageable tasks.
I, too, often feel overwhelmed,
I have no monetary wealth to give out as a helping hand
BUT I DO HAVE
A minute to listen to those I know who are struggling, a warm hug of understanding, a family heal table to share and a prayer I can say each and every day…

“May all sentient beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
May all sentient beings live in peace and harmony and have their needs met.”

It is a based a Buddhist prayer and it always reminds me of how we are all connected in this world.
We all have common needs, hopes and fears and one language-
the language of love and compassion ,
a language that we all understand.
Don’t turn away, you can help, just say a little prayer
and make time to be there for others.
Love and Compassion are powerful beyond belief.

Namaste.

Seeing The Path of Life.

 

 

If you look closely at the first picture you will see a gate, straight ahead, and just beyond the trees. It is hidden slightly by the mist but it is there waiting to be opened. Beyond the gate is a clear open field leading down to the beautiful Manning River This is one of my favourite places and if you were to go there you would find the trees are actually in straight lines making it really easy to walk through them. It is often the angle from which we are looking that changes the scene sometimes making things seem harder and more complex than they really are.

A change of perspective can change the whole picture, as you will see by the second photo.

In life there are many turning points and cross roads that present us with decisions to make. All too often the way forward appears unclear and sometimes even frightening.. A hundred scenes play out in our minds as we try to predict the outcome of our choices, we become more and more confused and the advice given by family and friends adds another layer of pressure as we try to take their expectations into the mix. At times like these I have found the only thing that works for me is to LET GO! 

I take time out, away from everyone including myself. 

You might think this is impossible in this busy world but it’s not! You don’t need to go to a tropical island, take holidays or go on a retreat, although all those would be nice, in reality all  you have to do is to make a little space in your day to have quiet time.

Once that space is made find” your special spot” and grab some paper and a pencil.

Is your special spot a bench by the sea, a quiet park or is it as close as a cushion on the floor of your bedroom.

Think of this time as “TIME OUT”, it’s not about making any decisions, they can wait. Nearly all decisions really aren’t as pressing as we feel they are, it’s just that we get so caught up in them and give them so much energy that they take us over

Let others, if there are any around you at this time, that you wish not to be disturbed. Put a sign on the door if necessary. Expect your wish for this necessary time to be respected. 

 When you sit in your spot BREATHE and as you do notice the feel of your breath on your top lip, really focus on the sensation, as you breath normally for a few minutes. Then starting with your toes clench, wiggle/shake and relax all your muscles in turn working up through your body and when you reach your eyes squeeze them shut tight and on opening them gaze softly downwards, along your nose and take a deep relaxed breath and release any last tension.

Have the paper and pencil at hand and if you feel you have to do something doodle or sketch randomly not trying to create anything but just freely letting the flow take you.

When you feel the flow stop or that you have had enough time out, put the paper away somewhere private, where you can find it next time DON’T TRY TO INTERPRET YOUR DRAWING. The action of drawing/painting itself is what provides the benefit to you as it changes the area of your brain that you are operating in.

Allowing yourself to go often to this space, even in short bursts, will help you become less stressed and allow you to take a step back from any difficulty and view it dispassionately from a distance and from varying perspectives.

I love the prayer…” God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.

                              Courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

When you feel ready or have to make the decision, go to this quiet space, get out your paper and pencil and look at what you would like to achieve before you begin. Write down everything you want and then narrow it down to the most important things to you. I realise there is a focus on “YOU” here but I am assuming here that you, like most people, put yourself, your desires and needs last.

It seems that for most of us the hardest person to love and forgive is always ourselves.

Take an honest look at how much you can achieve at this time, given what you have to work with, the time, strength and courage you have and then finally look for what is the best, most positive outcome possible at this point in time. Remember time changes most things and a series of small steps can take you as far, if not further, over time than huge difficult strides.

As the saying goes “From little things big things grow.”

Then TRUST,STEP FORWARD and ACT OR…. LET IT GO for the time being or until the time is right and you feel better prepared.

If you find yourself taking the second option on important decisions ask yourself “DO I NEED TO SEEK ADVICE FROM AN OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL TO DO THIS”

Remember you can only do your best. NO ONE GETS IT RIGHT ALL THE TIME. Accept that you like everyone will make mistakes without the world ending and that if we forgive others they will generally forgive us, if not it really is their problem, we have no control over how others choose to feel.

Setting boundaries is hard but it is vital in life to respect ourselves just as much as we respect others.

I hope this helps a little, as I said, it works for me but then we are all beautifully unique and  have such different lives, needs hopes and aspirations, so honour your own journey. Namaste The spirit in me wishes the spirit in you every blessing. Enjoy your journey!

True Love

True Love

Love conquers all, it sees no differences and knows only total acceptance. We see it most often between animals, frequently between animals and human beings but only occasionally between humans and humans, We have so much to learn from animals