November

 

This November day, I wish all who visit here a moment of peace.

May you take a breath from all your thoughts, look up, even if a ceiling greets you, and imagine the canopy of your world filled with light.  A thousand stars twinkling in your mind’s eye!

I wish you a breath of cool air,  if your day is full of turmoil, and a moment of heart ease if your suffering is great today.

To all in difficult situations, I wish the resilience to pass through with compassion for yourself and those who may be causing them, and forgiveness for the anger which can rise so easily on both sides.

I leave you with some beautiful words:

‘You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognise the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.’

Thomas Merton

 

 

 

 

September

It’s September, and the season here is ready for a change.

The blackberries declared it end of summer in July this year, tired of waiting, and now we too must accept summer is on the wane.

The Buddhists declare life is impermanence and I think that feels more and more so in this changing world.

To discover joy and peace is to embrace it,  and truly see things as they are.

It feels almost impossible to imagine this world evolved and at total peace, with the global headlines of 2017, and yet there are those who believe this could yet be a reality.

It is an incredible thought to imagine human beings understanding each other without error, without fear, and with complete love. But we are human, and for some reason we have been given all of our sides!

Remembering the creations of immense beauty the human has achieved in states of love is humbling, and perhaps the place to begin.

Remembering the acts of pure courage in the face of wickedness is a place to continue.

And finally seeing the acts of total forgiveness when living with loss and grief must be the place to rest, and stay, and learn, and evolve.

From the family, to friends, neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities. From community to countries, alliances and to the entire planet.

Betrayal, corruption, greed and competition exists even within a family. This thing we do, so badly, begins at home. We simply have to evolve. It is time for change.

 

 

 

July Words

If life is a journey, what happens at the end?

Tara Brach has a lovely quote of a wise Buddhist monk asked by his pupil, ‘What happens when we die? To which the monk replies he doesn’t know. The pupil is disappointed in this great teacher’s lack of knowledge and asks him how he cannot know. To which the monk replies ‘Well I haven’t died yet, but I’ll let you know when I get there!’

(Paraphrased – apologies and thanks to T Brach!)

In embracing death we embrace our beautiful, complicated lives.

We cherish our loved ones even when we suffer from things they do or say.

We accept our precious time here is unmeasurable and begin to learn faster… we learn of love, and loss. Of betrayal and forgiveness. Of war and of tolerance.

Tears flow freely and we accept their salty message. We smile even when the horrors which plague our earth and people’s minds threaten to cover our souls in darkness. We smile because those who understand know this earth and us upon it have an incredible message to share.

Normally I speak of our precious wildlife, but today I felt like speaking of man – who for all his faults has within him the potential for greatness beyond all our dreams.

Today I pray we all work together – colour, race and creed – and show the spirit who we can be.

Mother Teresa on a Friday

pretty

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”    – Mother Teresa