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No One Is Too Small To Make A Big Difference!

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“If you think you are too small to make a difference,

try sleeping with a mosquito!”

-The Dalai Lama.

So often when faced with a moral wrong we feel powerless to make a difference and walk away from making a stand. “It’s no good trying to change things, what I say or do won’t make a difference.”

If people like Mandela, Gandhi, Helen Keller, Fred Hollows and a legion of others had said this and just let things stay as they were our world today would be even worse than it is now and the suffering and injustice they overcame would still plague us.

Helen Keller summed it up for me when she said,

“I am only one but still I am one.

I cannot do everything but still

I can do something.

I will not refuse to do the something I can do!”

Now more than ever we ALL need to stand side by side, as one people sharing one world to save and protect each others right to peace, happiness, freedom and a safe healthy environment in which to live.

The choice lies with each of us…

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                                                                  or

                                                                      find a way to make a change for the better.

A might body of water is made from countless small drops joining together. If an injustice is knocking on your heart’s door and making itself known to you don’t ignore it.

                                  You CAN help make a change today for  brighter tomorrow.

A Blessing To Hold Tight Forever!

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Each day brings new beauty into our lives, sometimes in ways so subtle that we fail to catch it. I have just had the privilege of sharing with a beautiful lady who after many years of marriage was waiting for her husband to pass into the spirit world. She was sharing with me how lucky she was to have such a loving husband and told me that her son had said” I have never seen or experienced anywhere else the tremendous love you two have.” She said his comment embarrassed her a little, as his wife was there, so she pointed out to them that this was because they were too young. “Love grows,” she said ” With time and with greater knowledge of each other, working on respect and increasing wisdom you learn love is deeper than you ever dreamed. It grows to encompass friendship, contentment, true joy and the memories of shared experiences both good and not so good. After many years it is the friendship and knowing you are always there for each other that really matters.” Such wisdom! What a wonderful gift she had given. I do so hope he was able to grasp it tightly with both hands and never let it go. It was a great reminder for me that until ego fades and allows us to find joy in another’s joy we can never hope to experience love deeply. It is in giving we receive. Namaste.

  (I would appreciate if someone can let me know who produced this beautiful poster so I can acknowledge them)

Forgiveness

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Everyone of us makes mistakes, we are after all human. Wise people learn from their mistakes and quickly forgive the mistakes of both themselves and others, as they know that to not forgive them poisons their own inner happiness.

We cannot truly judge mistakes and this is one reason why Jesus told us not to judge others unless we are willing to be judged.

Sadly some people deliberately go against this teaching and try to impose guilt and shame onto others or in some cases themselves. They forget that making a mistake does not make you a bad person and use labels like “sinner”.  The word that sin comes from is actually an ancient archery term for “missing the mark”.  When the person shooting the arrow missed the target it was their signal to  realign and try again. It is sad and wrong that many today use the word as a label of condemnation.

We are all works in progress and it would be a much happier world if we all had  signs on us that read ” This person is currently being developed, thank you for your patience.” I know, this all sounds very simplistic. When we are hurt  it seems natural to react impulsively with anger, blame and then to sometimes impose guilt and shame on each other yet in the process of doing this we destroy relationships, sometimes forever and only increase the suffering, prolonging it and creating hell for all involved including the innocent bystanders who are frequently one’s children.

A deep sense of guilt has destroyed so many lives. People feel unworthy of forgiveness. Yet the message of Jesus in the bible is one of love and forgiveness. If he can forgive us, surely we too can forgive. It sounds easy, often it is far from that but it is worth the effort. It allows you to move on, to grow and to teach others from a place of new understanding. It can lead to new awareness and empathy and give insight into how it feels to walk in another’s shoes. It can also renew and create greater love, caring and acceptance.

A very old prayer always comes to me when I face these tough times, it says…

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.

I would like to add…

And the ability to forgive and move on TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME!

NAMASTE!

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.

 

 

The Three Zones Of Awareness.

If we are trying to operate in a fully conscious manner in our daily life it is useful to:=

*know the 3 zones/types of awareness

* learn how to move between zones

* be more aware of where we operate from are we in one zone more than the others and how is this affecting us.

* shuttle between zones, what is happening now!

The Zones are:- MIDDLE ZONE.-thoughts, fantasies, interpretation, self-talk, include here self- criticism.( It is said that anxious people live here a lot.)

OUTER ZONE. – see, hear, touch. INNER ZONE. -feelings, emotions, body sensations (It is said depressed people live in this zone a lot.)

Once we know where we are operating from we can choose to move zones. It isn’t until we are able to identify where we are operating from that we can make conscious and often empowering choices about moving or shifting our awareness..

When we first become AWARE of let’s say a feeling perhaps we “Feel someone doesn’t like us” the next step is to OWN or take ownership of that feeling. That’s how they “may” feel. Am I OK  with it. Have I got it right, what other evidence do I have to support this feeling?” I always check my feelings and perceptions as it is so easy to get these wrong. Then if  this is how it is the next step is to ACCEPT It. Yes it is real. Next take RESPONSIBILITY for it. Acknowledge that only you can choose to do something about it or not. Finally CHOOSE!  Is this real or just someone’s perception of me that is causing this. Is it my problem or theirs. Am I choosing to let it affect me or am I choosing to move on and ignore it.  Does it matter to me. We need to be aware that some people unconsciously or otherwise use criticism as a way of control. This is wrong but it is easy to begin putting yourself down if you are constantly being blamed or criticised. Always act in your own best interests if you find yourself in this situation.

Developing awareness is a great way to take back the power in your life if it has been taken from you.

In the case of “feeling someone doesn’t like me” a simple first step would be to shift awareness to the  middle zone and self talk “Hey but x, y, and zee like me so I’m OK it’s just them!” This of course is an oversimplification but I’m sure you get the idea and will enjoy discovering more about how you operate.

Enjoy your 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,