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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 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.

 

 

Rain Renews Hope!

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This picture was taken by an incredible Australian, professional photographer Peter Carroll,( who waited 35 years to capture this and a series of other amazing shots of rain on the mighty rock that sits at Australia’s heart, Ularu. ( If you would like to see more of his rare and beautiful work or to get permission to use it please visit his web site, http://www.petercarrollphoto.com )

Last night it rained here, it hadn’t been 35 years since rain but it seemed that long if not longer to the farmers around her and it was, as rain always is, miraculous. This morning everything was changed, brighter, more colourful and more alive! Birds and wildlife were everywhere and the air sang with their songs of thanksgiving. Life seemed more hopeful and people had a smile on their face as they greeted each other. It will take a while yet before the really needed changes to pastures and crops are apparent and follow up rain is vital but the showers we had brought HOPE and with hope we are stronger and better able to carry our load whatever it is. A Little HOPE is always A BIG BLESSING! Can you spread some today, I will try to. We could all do with a lot more. Namaste,

Choosing Not To See

This is an actual photo taken in England c.1920 of a beggar running alongside King George V’s coach.
To me it shows how little some things change but there is always hope… Hope that more and more people will not look away from the needs of others but will sit with the discomfort they feel and work out a way to help.
“It is not what you look at
But what you see.”
Henry David Thomas.

May we all start to see ourselves in this picture and then start to see how we can change it!

A Prayer For You from Lama Tendar.

 

 

 

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” May you have happiness and inner peace.

May the universe be free from suffering, disease and negative influences

and you be filled with joy and peace.

 

May you complete the perfection of effort by striving

for the enlightenment of all sentient beings

with unwavering compassion.”

 

Venerable Lobsang Tendar

Always smiling, Lama Tendar has lived a life few could believe. Born in into a large poor rural family in Tibet( where he didn’t even have shoes), leaving them to study and become a monk while still a child, imprisoned by the Chinese, nearly dying, fleeing to India, now living in Australia, sharing the home of a wonderfully enlightened Catholic priest and setting up The Tibetan Children’s Fund. (see widget to find out more).to educate poor children in Tibet, and recently opening The Medicine Buddha Tantrayana  Meditation Center in Victoria, Australia. Lama Tendar has already seen more of life than most of us will ever experience. Yet he remains full of hope, love for all and above all compassion.

His faith and practice not only sustain him daily, in the past they have saved his life.

A beautiful, man, totally without pretension of any kind or any of the trappings of wealth and success, his love, compassion and wisdom inspire all fortunate enough to cross his path.

(see “Freedom To Love” by Hong Curley to read her journey to enlightenment and how he has inspired her and her family. ISBN 978-1-62776-804-7)

I would recommend everyone google Lama Tendar or use the link widget to Tibetan Children’s Fund to find out more about this amazing man.

He has changed my life and that of my husband over the years we have known him.

 HE IS A TRUE BLESSING.

 

 

Amazing photo of Samuel before he was born thanking the doctor for saving his life!

An Amazing Moment Before Life!

This picture is a 21 week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by a surgeon named Joseph Bruner.
The baby was diagnosed with Spina Bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She knew of Dr.Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb. During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr.Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached out his tiny but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeons finger. Dr.Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was clasped it was the most emotional moment of his life and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile. The photograph captures this amazing event. The editor titled the picture “Hand of Hope.” The text explaining the picture begins,”The tiny hand of 21-week old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.” Little Samuel’s mother said they “wept for days” when they saw the picture. She said, “The photo reminds us pregnancy isn’t about disability or illness, it’s about a little person.” Samuel was born in perfect health and the operation and the operation was 100 percent successful.
To see a life journey begin in this amazing way reminded me of how many truly beautiful people in this world work daily to provide miracles that make life possible. People like doctors, nurses, theatre staff, researchers and don’t forget the cleaners who keep the germs at bay, how often we only think of them when an urgent need touches our own life. So many people work hard daily to make this world a healthier, happier, more caring place for others less fortunate than themselves. Let’s focus on them and acknowledge their gift rather than focusing on all the negatives the media usually focus on and let’s say a special prayer for them and like them each do our job in life, what ever it is, to add to the lives of others, focusing on them and not ourselves. If we do this simple task we can all enrich the journey for everyone and make this world an even more loving, caring, beautiful place.

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

CATS SLEEP ANYWHERE!

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I love watching our cat Gracie sleep, she had a tough start to life, as a stray was kicked which meant  an operation was needed to repair her diaphragm. Then a couple of years ago she needed another major operation to remove a huge tumour, yet despite all she has been through she remains the most loving, contented cat. Cats often get a bad rap, mostly due to their human owners being negligent, I think it is such a pity because there is so much they can teach us. If like them we could let go of the past, stop worrying about the future and just enjoy the present then we too would all sleep soundly.

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A poem by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) really sums up cat naps.

Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair.

Top of piano, window ledge, in the middle, on the edge.

Open drawer, empty shoe, anybody’s lap will do.

Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks.

Anywhere! They don’t care!

Cats sleep anywhere.

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Feeling Truly Supported.

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LOVE NEVER DIES

THOSE PASSED OVER

SUPPORT US

UNSEEN

DAILY

NO MATTER WHAT

WE DO

SAY

OR

HOW WE FEEL

WE ARE ALL LOVED

COMPLETELY

FOREVER

LOVE NEVER DIES.

Today I have the flu. It is a beautiful day. The sun is out, the birds singing and I have been forced to stop and rest.

Sometimes I think we forget to stop and just be. While resting I have looked at the other sites of people who are following mine and I have learnt so much. Among them were true jewels, not selling anything but spreading light, love and wisdom. I have put a couple on my site. The one Hand in Hand inspired my poem above, it brought to mind my family now in spirit and awareness brought them close. There is no real separation, they have just passed through a beautiful door into spirit. I will pass through that doorway, again, just as I did when I was born and the experience I know will be just as wonderful. The process may look a bit rough  ( It usually is and I am constantly  amazed at how strong women are!), but then the smile on the face of a mother,  when she first gazes in love and awe at her baby, says it all.

My husband is also supporting me. The papers are here with a cup of tea  and he is off to buy something for dinner that we don’t need to cook. While my body feels awful, my spirit has never felt better. Many thanks to all both seen and unseen who are making my day!

Such a lovely day even the kangaroos are up and about!

I am loving just sitting watching everyone enjoying life.

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WE ARE CALLED HUMANBEINGS

NOT

HUMANDOINGS

I MUST REMEMBER THAT

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Don’t Die With The Music In You!

71What a title to an amazing book!

The book is written by an Australian football coach. “Football coach?” Yes a rugby league  coach, but he is so much bigger than this box into which most Australians fit him (as are we all- boxes don’t work!). My husband bought the book and having seen Bennet on T.V and finding him to be a fascinating, wise, multi layered person I read it. I loved the book. It says in the introduction that he is a contradiction.

“Had Thomas Edison put enough time aside to work him out we’d still be sitting in the dark.” He’s also a Queensland Father of the Year.

 ” Wayne and his serene and beautiful wife Trish faced the heartbreak of seeing their first born son Justin become mentally disabled after an adverse reaction to immunisation. Elizabeth was their first daughter and then Katherine was born with physical disabilities that left her wheelchair bound.” People who know Wayne Bennet speak of a loving and gentle father who has been a mentor to many hundreds of young footballers over the years. A strong role model who made a promise to his mother not to smoke or drink or gamble like his father, and who has made something extraordinary of his life despite the odds being stacked against him.

The whole book page after page is a philosophy of life, his life and his wisdom. It’s quirky, funny but above all enlightening and thought provoking.

ATTITUDE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.

Why? because a human being can alter their  life by altering their attitude.

Bennet says constant reinforcement is the key.” Where do you get it? By spending time every day, every week, listening and reading and mixing with positive people.

We can all learn from people who have turned around their lives. I have a book here called Never Give Up, and it is a good book, carefully stacked alongside Michael Jordan’s I Can’t Accept Not Trying and biographies of Muhammad Ali and Winston Churchill, Fred Daly and Weary Dunlop.

When trying to develop a better attitude, it’s important to keep away from people who continually knock what you’re trying to achieve.

Small people do that, while the greats make you feel like you too can become one of them. Hey, if you can’t keep away from small people, just teach yourself to ignore them.

Ask yourself these questions:

* Am I allowing my life to be governed by daily activities, or do I choose to live in accordance with good principles?

* Am I allowing my life to be governed by outside forces?

* Am I so busy putting out fires that I don’t have time to start any?

* Do I have important goals and dreams I am committed to, or am I creatively avoiding commitments by filling my life with daily activities?”

The quotes Bennet uses are from diverse sources, his insights life changing. His humour dry! If you can find his book I am sure it will inspire you.

Good luck on your journey!

WAYNE BENNETT -DON’T DIE WITH THE MUSIC IN YOU.  First published in 2002 by ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Reprinted by Harper Collins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd. ISBN 978 0 7333 2219 8.