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A few months ago I shared that I’d joined a local singing group, called Singabout.

Although it was primarily set up for those suffering from dementia and their carers, it is open to all people with an interest in singing for their wellbeing. It’s a vibrant, well attended class with a growing membership of all ages. 

This week we welcomed a new family ~ an elderly woman in a wheelchair, accompanied by her son and his wife. They all live together and have recently moved to the Island. For the first hour Mum sat motionless, slumped to one side, looking down ~ completely disengaged from the activity buzzing round her. The younger couple looked a little uncomfortable ~ not knowing what to expect and maybe unfamiliar with our repertoire of old favourites, folk songs and show tunes. 

At three o’clock we always break for a cuppa, served by volunteers in an adjoining room. The son asked if they should leave Mum where she was ~ but this social interval is an important part of the afternoon and space was quickly cleared for him to wheel her to the end of a brightly covered table, where they could sit beside her and join in the general chatter. 

We returned to singing and I noticed that the old lady was moving her fingers in time to the music. And when we launched into ‘April Showers’ she began to sing along ~ very quietly but word perfect! The son heard his mother’s voice, nudged his wife and they both looked at her with tears in their eyes, as we went through the song a second time together. 

Although not exactly smiling, Mum’s face had lifted. She was clearly enjoying this moment ~ and maybe the tender memories it brought back. Who knows? Bless her! 

What I do know is that I witnessed proof that, along with all it’s other benefits, music has nurturing and transformative powers….and it’s so much fun! 

:)

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

Crowing Crone Joss 

Inside the Mind of Isadora 

Laurie’s Notes 

Pocket Perspectives 

Mazeepuran 

Tea and Paper 

Meg Evans 

Bowl of Cherries 

Hugmamma

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Lynda Field

I intended to post this message last week ~ but for some reason the latest app update for WordPress would’nt work.  :( 

But I didnt stress about it ~ I figured it was ‘time to take a break’, so the Wonderpup and I went out for our daily constitutional instead. :)  

 


This morning I read Sue Dreamworker’s post about how some things aren’t meant to be and surrendering to the flow of the Universe. Her words fit perfectly with the ‘Nurturing’ theme, so I’m revisiting last week’s draft (yes, I remembered to save it!) to see whether ‘the perfect moment is here’ for me to quote Lynda Field’s inspiring and relaxing advice. 

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

Crowing Crone Joss 

Inside the Mind of Isadora 

Laurie’s Notes 

Pocket Perspectives 

Mazeepuran 

Tea and Paper 

Meg Evans 

Bowl of Cherries 

Hugmamma

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Friday Blessings

Jacqueline King:

Our Internet connection has been fragile for a while now and earlier this month it disappeared completely for over a week. Without access to the external world, I got out of the habit of blogging and have missed a couple of Nurturing Thursdays.

I know it’s a day late ~ but when I saw this beautiful poem and photo, posted by Gilly on her blog ‘Lucid Gypsy’ this morning I just had to pass it on immediately!

Now I’m off to observe the effects of the solar eclipse. Dense clouds above the Island might prevent us actually seeing this cosmic phenomena ~ but I can clearly remember the weird and wonderful atmosphere of the last one, in 1999.

Wishing everyone a magical weekend, filled with love and kindness. :)

Originally posted on Lucid Gypsy:

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the balm of bodhisattva
most gentle Kwan Yin

I was inspired by Judith’s post this morning, to wish you peace and joy for the weekend.

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Nurturing Thursday contributor Meg Evans has tagged me in a fun challenge called  ‘Spread the Love,’ which began on Valentine’s Day. Thank you Meg ~ I’m not usually much good at these things but I’ve decided to link my effort to today’s Nurturing Thursday post. 

According to the rules the first thing I have to do is come up with 10 four word sentences about ‘love’

Hardly any of the cliches about love that spring to mind are made up of just four words. There are tons with five or more ~ ‘All you need is love,’ ‘Love is in the air’ ‘Love is a many splendoured thing’ and Erich Segal’s iconic but often mis~used ‘Love means not ever having to say you’re sorry.’ 

There are even a few with three…..’I love you’ being the most obvious! But four? That’s proved more difficult for me ~ I guess that’s why they call it a challenge!

When I explained to My Love why I was muttering and frowning, he made up a brilliantly funny one…..which we’d forgotten by the time I’d found a notebook and pen, to write it down. So with a lot of thought and a little help from the Internet I’ve mixed it up and chosen these: 

  1. Nurture yourself with love.
  2. ‘Love is all around’ Reg Presley
  3. Self care is loving.
  4. ‘Love is my religion’ John Keats
  5. I love my life.
  6. ‘Love is our mother.’ Rumi
  7. Love and be loved.
  8. ‘Love your Harley Davidson.’ Martin King 😘 (This isn’t the one he forgot…. but it is true, he does. Me too!) 
  9. True love is divine.
  10. ‘Ultimately love is everything’ M Scott Peck

I found the second part of the challenge much easier ~ to share my favourite passage or poem about love. These words, On Marriage, from ‘The Prophet’ by Khalil Gibran send shivers down my spine every time:

You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

    Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
    For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
    And stand together yet not too near together:
    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.’

    Now I’m supposed to tag 10 others ~ but instead I’m throwing the challenge open to anyone who’d like to continue spreading this wave of love throughout the blogosphere. You can read Meg’s post, with all the details, here.

    :)

    Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

    Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

    Crowing Crone Joss 

    Inside the Mind of Isadora 

    Laurie’s Notes 

    Pocket Perspectives 

    Mazeepuran 

    Tea and Paper 

    Meg Evans 

    Bowl of Cherries 

    Hugmamma

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    This is an auspicious day.

    Last night’s New Moon ushered in the Lunar New Year ~ another cycle of planting, growth, harvest and rest has begun. Yay!

    It’s also the start of the Chinese Year of the Sheep, (or Ram or Goat,) bringing gifts of gentility, kind~heartedness and willingness to work with others. Sounds good to me.

    And today would have been my mother’s eighty~sixth birthday. Although it’s been a while since she tuned to a different frequency, I still think about her every day. I guess I always will.

    So I’ll be deciding what to plant in my garden and where, nurturing hopes and dreams for the coming year and honouring the memory of this fabulous woman, who gave me life and so much love.

    :)

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    Happy Birthday Mum 💖

    Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

    Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

    Crowing Crone Joss

    Inside the Mind of Isadora

    Laurie’s Notes

    Pocket Perspectives

    Mazeepuran

    Tea and Paper

    Meg Evans

    Bowl of Cherries

    Hugmamma

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    The Mystical Experience

    Saw this and thought of you. :)

    Namaste! 🙏

    Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

    Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

    Crowing Crone Joss

    Inside the Mind of Isadora

    Laurie’s Notes

    Pocket Perspectives

    Mazeepuran

    Tea and Paper

    Meg Evans

    Bowl of Cherries

    Hugmamma

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    image by Alena Hennesy

    With all that’s happening in the World right now, it feels like a dangerous place.

    But this Joseph Campbell quote reminds us that we do have choices. It may not always be easy ~ often it’s a downright struggle ~ but we can choose to nurture joy, not fear.

    Remember, what we focus on grows!

    :)

    Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

    Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

    Crowing Crone Joss

    Inside the Mind of Isadora

    Laurie’s Notes

    Pocket Perspectives

    Mazeepuran

    Tea and Paper

    Meg Evans

    Bowl of Cherries

    Hugmamma