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

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    This is my first post of the year, so let me start by wishing everyone Peace, Harmony, Laughter and Love for 2015 (and beyond!)

    And, as it’s Nurturing Thursday, I’m sharing these words of encouragement and self~care.
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    Conquering Fear Spiritually

    Happy New Year! :)

    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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    In these sophisticated days of electronic wizardry, it’s hard to imagine/remember life before the advent of satellite technology: no internet, emails, mobile phones, FaceTime or Skype.

    Recently I was discussing with a friend how I kept in touch with my mother, when I moved away from home in the early seventies. In those days I didn’t even have a landline. To hear her voice I had to walk half a mile to the nearest public telephone ~ which devoured coins at an alarming rate during the daytime. Calls were cheaper in the evening ~ but by then my pre~schooler and baby were tucked up in bed, their sailor father often at sea or on duty.

    Mum and I stayed in contact by exchanging regular letters ~ which she expected to be ‘newsy and interesting’. I loved receiving hers ~ scanning them quickly as soon as they arrived, re~reading them later when the children were asleep, and again whenever I felt in need of a hug. And, as I went about my day, I’d make a mental list of things to tell her when I replied. Looking back I can appreciate how these tangible expressions of love nurtured our connection, even though we only met up twice a year.

    A few days ago , on her blog Streams of Consciousness, author Brenda Marroy invited her readers to take part in her ‘Heart Medicine’ project. Here’s how she explains it:

    In September, 2013, I developed a project I called Heart Medicine. I bought thirty all-purpose, inexpensive greeting cards and every morning during the month I addressed a card to someone I was thinking about. Each of the thirty cards went to a different person and each card had a hand-written personal note from me.

    The purpose of the note was to let the person know how special he/she was. If I wasn’t thinking of anyone in particular, I would sit quietly, take a couple of deep breaths, and ask Spirit to please let me know who needed to be remembered.

    The results from doing this project were:

    I received many cards, phone calls, emails, and messages on Facebook from the recipients of the cards. The messages were all pretty much the same. They were, “Thank you for thinking of me. You made my day.” “I needed to hear what you had to say about me.” ” I did not know I was that special to anyone.”
    People’s hearts gladdened by receiving a personal hand-written note. In this age of texting, emails, and all the other impersonal ways we use to communicate, a hand-written note is appreciated.
    I felt joy knowing the project helped to gladden people’s’ heart. It truly was medicine for the heart
    Upon receiving my impromptu card, many went out and bought a card and sent it to someone they were thinking about.
    I am going to repeat this project in 2015 along with the “You Matter Because” project. If you have not yet seen this campaign please check out you matter on internet. It is a worthwhile project and I can only imagine what could happen if we all got involved in sending out these cards. (The “you matter because” cards can be printed for free. )

    I am putting out a challenge to my readers to pick one or both of the above projects for 2015. See what happens when you begin to send out heartfelt personal messages to people who are not expecting them. If you need more information on the Heart Medicine project, feel free to contact me.

    Remembering my excitement when an envelope bearing that familiar handwriting arrived, I’ve decided to take up Brenda’s challenge in the New Year. I already have a bunch of pretty notecards ~ I knew I was buying them for a good reason, not just because they were ‘two for one’!
    :)

    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