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 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.
Have you felt at times that you were standing alone; like a single tree alone in a paddock? I felt that way also, partly because I was very independent and enjoyed doing things myself. However the time came when my mind , body and spirit were so deleted I not longer had the capacity to stand alone, and needed to stand amongst like minded others.
Since that challenging time I have learnt to reach out for support and nourishment from those around me . I doing so I have come to understand the power of standing together, and now enjoy being encircled within a supportive network . Nature has allowed us to bare witness to the benefit that supporting those around you offers. Recent research has revealed that in a forest, the trees provide a underground support network of roots and fungi that share carbon, water and nutrients with other trees and that rather than survival of the fitness, trees help and support other trees to survive. Larger trees can communicate and help smaller trees. So much so that a dying tree will transfere its nutrients to other trees, until it falls.
People can only live fully by helping others to live ~ Daisaku Ikeda
Love and acceptance is a natural part of who we are as human being. Having worked in childcare I was surrounded each day by love and acceptance. It was this acceptance and unconditional love that helped me to heal deep wounds. Over time that inner voice of ours may become a critic as self judgement and judgement of others becomes a way of life. How can we change old patterns ?
1 ) Begin to praise rather than criticise your actions.
2 ) Be gentle with yourself.
3) Learn to accept others for who they are.
4) See the life around you as a reflection of who you are.
4) Expand your awareness of self and those around you.
Our attitude I believe is our most powerful tool, and the open door to a Tender Heart. Fortunately our attitude can be changed by the willingness to see life through kinder eyes~ beginning with yourself. While it may take time; especially when your inner critic had become set. I began with a simple goal ~ to be able to accept a compliment. Previously I would disarm any compliment I was given. Once I came to see a compliment as a gift, I found that it felt good to accept a compliment. How will you find a way to be kinder to yourself ?
At times we struggle with moving forward, sometimes we feel we are going backward. Yet consciousness can only move forward. Nothing is lost. Just as the chrysalis safeguards a butterfly through the next stage of its growth ; we continue to grow and develop even when we wish to “cocoon” ourselves. So too the bear gives birth to its young during hibernation. As with all creatures , there is a time to enter “The Silence ”
This silence or void is a place of infinite possibilities. A place to rest and nourish our hearts and minds. Our thoughts, dreams and life experiences made us who we are, and will sustain us in creating new ideas and new beginning. Patience and kindness to self will enable you to move forward one again.
If you build castle in the air, your work s not lost, that is where it should be. Now put new foundations under them.~ Henry D Thoreau.
How beautiful is the light that shines on this lovely flower . While the flower alone is quite stunning, the light that shines on it adds another dimension to that beauty as it emphasises the richness and structure of each individual part of the whole.
In our own lives we reflect our light to the world, as times that light might seem dim to you , however the richness and depth of that light always remains, even if we do not see it. The beauty of who you are when you open to your true nature ; warms and nurture’s those around you. The gleam in your eye, the brightness of your presence may give strength and hope to another. The love and light you are touches everything around you .
“A candle loses none of its light by lighting another “~ Rumi
Is morning a magical time for you? Are you an early riser who loves to be there at sunrise? Living close to the water is a blessing many people enjoy. Walkers, joggers, bike riders, mums and dad’s with prams take advantage of the walking traces around the bay where I live.There is a buoyancy about the early morning, as strangers wish each other a “Good Morning ” as they pass by. Of all those who I meet along my path there is one particular couple who capture my heart.
They are an elderly couple who are always holding hands and are completely immersed in each other. My heart does a flip each time I see them walking together as their devotion and love for each other shines out like a bright star in the evening sky. The couple remind me of a time when I held a warm, strong hand in mine. While that strong hand is no longer there, the memory and warmth always remain.
At times the living promise within you pulses so strongly that you feel you can fly. It opens your heart and mind to dream as you float in this glorious place of unlimited possibilities, filled with hope and gratitude for all that is. At other times the joy and wonder of this universe within becomes diminished, sometimes for weeks, months or years. The music of the soul dims as Hope struggles to warm a lost and saddened heart. Yet the living promise remains to take you on a journey to the true of who you are.
Finding a way to make peace with life’s challenges and to remain open to our living promise may mean focusing all your energy on the present moment and seeking something that brings you joy. Even if that something seems insignificant to others. Little by little you can extend that focus as you claim your place in this beautiful world of ours. At one time my heart was so heavy I struggled to focus on anything or free myself of uncertainty. It came about that I bought a tuning fork that resinated to A. When I played the running fork it sound like the buzz of a bee. The sound of the bee reminded me of the honey of life I was missing out on. After that bees appeared all around me in one form or another. With the tuning fork I felt I was recalibrating my heart to the living promise and joy of who I am.
What joy enables you to feel the beauty of your living promise?
How many of us beat ourselves up with unkind words? I know I did ! After a traumatic experience at fifteen, I blamed myself for my naivety and used the traumatic experience to drag myself down. In my late thirties I began meditation and was thrilled to connect with a source outside myself that focused on love rather than judgement. So began a journey into more gentle self talk and positive affirmations. As thoughts are words I began to guide myself each day with encouraging words. Little by little I began to honour myself rather than judge. As a child I was very joyous ~ so I set myself the goal of reconnecting with that joy . Love of the natural world enabled me to connect to the beauty and joy of life.
My journey into self kindness gave me the strength years later to overcome the trauma of living of with a mentally ill husband who saw me as the enemy and to find the courage to share my story of self healing and transformation in my book Triumph of Joy.
Our thoughts each day create our reality. Those thoughts may be filled with kindness towards those around us and ourself. When this is the case we find ourselves living from a tender heart. That tender heart is in my belief the true indication of “who we really are.” To buy a copy of Triumph of Joy go to http://www.triumphofjoy.com
As each new day begins it brings with it the promise of endless possibilities. The sky , the birds and the sun give birth to their own interpution of aliveness. Breathe in the joy of each new day and fill your soul with aliveness as you open your heart to fresh possibilities. At times dark clouds can fill the sky and you may be weighted down by life’s trials yet the sun is waiting to break through those clouds and fill your heart with sunshine once more .