Can we continue to sow seeds of love when we are feeling depleted within ourselves?
At times in our life we wonder how we can rise above the challenges that face us. We may feel so emotionally depleted it is difficult to recognise the beauty and wonder of life. For myself it comes down to our willingness to change our mindset. If we are not able to sift our focus within ourselves then the outside world contains endless examples of willingness that can inspire us.
This lone flower demonstrates its willingness to survive within concrete. As I observed this tiny flower on my morning walk ,I thought that it must be a struggle to survive in such harsh conditions. Then I realised that although it was surrounded by concrete its roots were being nurtured because they were firmly within the embrace of Mother Earth. So too we are essentially nurtured by Mother Earth, the sun rises each day to give us light and sets to enable us to rest.
A wonderful example of willingness took place on a train trip. Our train was stopped by a large tree branch across the track. Buses were to replace the train which meant a much longer trip to Sydney. Lots of passengers mumbled and grumbled about the delays. Accepting the changes I walked onto the platform to wait. Before long I noticed a lady with a small group surrounding her. Curious about what was happening I joined the small group and discovered they were watching the lady paint. Later when I chatted to the lady she explained to me that the reason she and her teenage son were on the train was because he had refused to board the plane they had booked for their trip to Brisbane. Her special needs son disliked crowds so the mother thought a train cabin was the best option. The family was returning to Brisbane where the recent bushfires had destroyed their home. As her son was sleeping the mum ( A portrait artist ) decided to make the most of the delay and paint the portrait of two passengers.The elderly woman in the picture loved it so much she bought the painting. As she did so the elderly lady explained she had just returned from overseas where she had her portrait painted in Paris. Sadly she left that portrait on a train. The elderly lady went on to say that she loved the picture painted by the lady at the station so much more than the portrait she had lost.
Not only was I inspired by the willingness of this amazing artist to make the most of the situation, I felt honoured and enriched by the experience. Seeds of love and respect were planted on a railway platform that day as strangers laughed and shared stories. No one noticed the delay rather we all focused on enjoying the moment.
When you plant seeds of love, it’s you that blossoms. ~ Ma Jay Sati Bhagauati
Do you have a poet or visionary whose words inspires and uplift you ?
May you recognise in your life the presence, power, and light of your soul.
May you realise that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for you own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique, that
you have a special destiny here,
that behind the facade of your life there is something
beautiful, good, and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride,
and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.~ John O’ Donohue
Healing though words may come about by both writing and reading. Often the words of another can give us insight into our hearts longing, while writing freely can release us from the prison of our mind. Sometimes the words we write ourselves can surprise us and open up a new dialogue within our mind.Seeing our personal truth in words can free us to tread a path we may have otherwise feared to tread.
Writing Triumph of Joy opened my heart and soul to healing in a way I could not have imagined. Writing gave me the courage to face even the most fearful aspects of my past and introduced me to a magical world of infinite possibilities that await an open heart.
How will you paint your day? With love, joy and gratitude ?
Regardless if it’s rain, hail or shine each day is a blank canvas upon which you paint your day. Your attitude guides the stroke of your brush and the colour and experience you bring to your day. May your day be filled with joy, love and gratitude.
At times we may feel lost and disconnected. Like a cloud floating endlessly across an expansive sky. So how do we come back into the moment, into alignment?
My practice if I wish to change my sense of disconnection is to shift my focus outside myself. Focusing on bringing light to the self doubt that is clouding my soul.
Going for a walk immediately shifts my focus to the universal energy of the natural world.There is a special place I visit to make peace with what is. One such morning, sitting on a sandstone ledge, surrounded by bright yellow Grevillea flowers I stilled my mind to release what was troubling me. At the time as a new writer, my confidence and self belief often slipped away, like the tide retreating at the water’s edge. Seeing myself as a real Author although I had received wonderful reviews for my book http://triumphofjoy.com/ was a real challenge. Embracing others kind words about my writing meant stepping into a new reality.
As I contemplated what writing meant to me, I noticed a bee had landed on a nearby Grevillea flower. As I watched the bee I noticed the tiny creature conducted its business without any uncertainty. I thought to myself ~a bee knows how to be a bee. This tiny bee is being of service to the world. Not only is pollen food for the bee, but some of the pollen drops in flight, which allows cross pollination to take place, benefiting both the plant and the insect. This process of sharing is known as .Symbiosis
In that instance my spirits rose as I realised as a writer my words are the sweet nectar of my soul. The tiny bee was showing me just as it sourced nectar for itself it also benefited others. Something I was aching to … be of service.That morning I refocused on the healing power I find in words and how they may benefit others.
I thanked the little bee for enabling me to realise that as a writer words are the nectar of my soul.
At times we may feel sad that we didn’t achieve our goal or missed out on an oppurtunity . Its easy to look at others with envy, yet honouring and celebrating the success of others opens our heart to our own future success.