• Thought for the week

    Wise words from Anthony Hopkins: ′′Let go the people who are not prepared to love you. This is the hardest thing you will have to do in your life and it will also be the most important thing. Stop having hard conversations with people who don’t want change.

    Stop showing up for people who have no interest in your presence. I know your instinct is to do everything to earn the appreciation of those around you, but it’s a boost that steals your time, energy, mental and physical health.

    When you begin to fight for a life with joy, interest and commitment, not everyone will be ready to follow you in this place. This doesn’t mean you need to change what you are, it means you should let go of the people who aren’t ready to accompany you.

    If you are excluded, insulted, forgotten or ignored by the people you give your time to, you don’t do yourself a favor by continuing to offer your energy and your life. The truth is that you are not for everyone and not everyone is for you.

    That’s what makes it so special when you meet people who reciprocate love. You will know how precious you are.

    The more time you spend trying to make yourself loved by someone who is unable to, the more time you waste depriving yourself of the possibility of this connection to someone else.

    There are billions of people on this planet and many of them will meet with you at your level of interest and commitment.

    The more you stay involved with people who use you as a pillow, a background option or a therapist for emotional healing, the longer you stay away from the community you want.

    Maybe if you stop showing up, you won’t be wanted. Maybe if you stop trying, the relationship will end. Maybe if you stop texting your phone will stay dark for weeks. That doesn’t mean you ruined the relationship, it means the only thing holding it back was the energy that only you gave to keep it. This is not love, it’s attachment. It’s wanting to give a chance to those who don’t deserve it. You deserve so much, there are people who should not be in your life.

    The most valuable thing you have in your life is your time and energy, and both are limited. When you give your time and energy, it will define your existence.

    When you realize this, you begin to understand why you are so anxious when you spend time with people, in activities, places or situations that don’t suit you and shouldn’t be around you, your energy is stolen.

    You will begin to realize that the most important thing you can do for yourself and for everyone around you is to protect your energy more fiercely than anything else. Make your life a safe haven, in which only ′′compatible′′ people are allowed.

    You are not responsible for saving anyone. You are not responsible for convincing them to improve. It’s not your work to exist for people and give your life to them! If you feel bad, if you feel compelled, you will be the root of all your problems, fearing that they will not return the favours you have granted. It’s your only obligation to realize that you are the love of your destiny and accept the love you deserve.

    Decide that you deserve true friendship, commitment, true and complete love with healthy and prosperous people. Then wait and see how much everything begins to change. Don’t waste time with people who are not worth it. Change will give you the love, the esteem, happiness and the protection you deserve.

    “A human being experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  – Albert Einstein

  • Thought for the week

    The Red Boat

    A man was asked to paint a boat. He brought his paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.

    While painting, he noticed a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.

    When he finished painting, he received his money and left.

    The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice check, much higher than the payment for painting.

    The painter was surprised and said “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat Sir!”

    “But this is not for the paint job. It’s for repairing the hole in the boat.”

    “Ah! But it was such a small service… certainly it’s not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.”

    “My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened:

    “When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention the hole.

    “When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.

    “They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.

    “When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.

    “Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.

    “Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole!

    “You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your ‘small’ good deed.”

    So no matter who, when or how, continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively, and carefully repair all the ‘leaks’ you find. You never know when one is in need of us, or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.

    Along the way, you may have repaired numerous ‘boat holes’ for several people without realizing how many lives you’ve save. 

    ❤

    Make a difference….be the best you…

    Have a blessed day

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  • Thought for the week

    June and July will provide two unique opportunities to build and nourish relationship with a world that is beyond the material.

    In June, Summer Solstice will take place on 21 June allowing us to connect with the divine rhythm of the Earth. On that Monday, the Sun will travel the longest path through the sky giving us the longest period of daylight in the year (Britannica). When it happens in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth’s axial tilt towards the Sun will align with the Sun’s declination from the celestial equator both being 23.44°. (Wikipedia)The middle day between planting and harvest (midsummer), summer solstice is a turning point where the fire of the summer eases into nourishment. This is the time when Nature grows crops that used to be essential to our surviving the autumn and winter months. Midsummer is or at least used to be celebrated in many cultures and beyond linking it to a fertile season, it was also the celebration of the nourishing aspect of the light. From a spiritual point of view, this day is also a reminder of the nurturing and divine aspect of the light of the Sun and how it is essential we find this light and nourishment in ourselves. Connecting with this higher aspect of ourself (our consciousness) and with the nature of the Divine is vital to an embodied and meaningful life experience.

  • Thought for the week

    Poem by Charlie Chaplin

    As I began to love myself
    I found that anguish and emotional suffering
    are only warning signs that I was living
    against my own truth.
    Today, I know, this is Authenticity.

    As I began to love myself
    I understood how much it can offend somebody
    if I try to force my desires on this person,
    even though I knew the time was not right
    and the person was not ready for it,
    and even though this person was me.
    Today I call this Respect.

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    As I began to love myself
    I stopped craving for a different life,
    and I could see that everything
    that surrounded me
    was inviting me to grow.
    Today I call this Maturity.

    As I began to love myself
    I understood that at any circumstance,
    I am in the right place at the right time,
    and everything happens at the exactly right moment.
    So I could be calm.
    Today I call this Self-Confidence.

    As I began to love myself
    I quit stealing my own time,
    and I stopped designing huge projects
    for the future.
    Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness,
    things I love to do and that make my heart cheer,
    and I do them in my own way
    and in my own rhythm.
    Today I call this Simplicity.

    As I began to love myself
    I freed myself of anything
    that is no good for my health –
    food, people, things, situations,
    and everything that drew me down
    and away from myself.
    At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
    Today I know it is Love of Oneself.

    As I began to love myself
    I quit trying to always be right,
    and ever since
    I was wrong less of the time.
    Today I discovered that is Modesty.

    As I began to love myself
    I refused to go on living in the past
    and worrying about the future.
    Now, I only live for the moment,
    where everything is happening.
    Today I live each day,
    day by day,
    and I call it Fulfillment.

    As I began to love myself
    I recognized
    that my mind can disturb me
    and it can make me sick.
    But as I connected it to my heart,
    my mind became a valuable ally.
    Today I call this connection Wisdom of the Heart.

    We no longer need to fear arguments,
    confrontations or any kind of problems
    with ourselves or others.
    Even stars collide,
    and out of their crashing, new worlds are born.
    Today I know: This is Life!

  • Thought for the week

    Spring 2021

    Did you know that your shadow gets elongated during winter due to the frigid and harsh lighting? In Spring this tends to soften, and it paves the way for balance and symmetry. That can be used to inspire your springtime routine. With a sense of awakening and the coming to an end of the restriction we can find our way slowly towards greater freedom. Take it slow so you feel more grounded and stable. Your body opens to everything that is new around.

    Our body tends to mirror nature’s journey by taking a step toward nurturing its physical bloom. In Spring, we emerge from the cold winter and step toward a new budding life yet again. With the days becoming longer than usual, our body and mind get the opportunity to rejuvenate both physically and energetically. To attain this, it is important to keep our minds immersed in the vulnerability of the blossoming process. Practicing yoga and Pilates with additional care lends ample spaciousness to your inner experience.

    Practice with open window and doors to get a new perspective on the process. See the vibrant imagery painted by nature all around you, the bright flora, sprouts of greenery and sunshine, all come together to renew the energy in your practice. You can successfully tap into the alchemy of your body during this period of growth and transition. It helps you witness and capture the renewal all around you and most importantly, within you.

    I adore the sense of aliveness and vitality that comes with spring. Everything feels endlessly full of hope.

    Mary Oliver also said these words which reminds us of nature which is forever changing.

    “to live in this world.

    you must be able.

    to do three things

    to love what is mortal.

    to hold it

    against your bones knowing

    your own life depends on it.

    and, when the time comes to let it go,

    to let it go”

    Mary Oliver poetry The Peace of Wild Things, will make you want to fall in love with your life.

    “You do not have to be good.

    You do not have to walk on your knees.

    for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

    You only have to let the soft animal of your body

    love what it loves.

    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

    Meanwhile the world goes on.

    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

    are moving across the landscapes,

    over the prairies and the deep trees,

    the mountains and the rivers.

    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

    are heading home again.

    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

    the world offers itself to your imagination,

    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –

    over and over announcing your place

    in the family of things.” 

  • Thought for the week

    The Lighthouse

    I often wonder can one person make a difference, what can one person do?
    And sometimes my fear warms its hands by the fire.


    Like a solitary tree growing on the empty open landscape.
    Battered by the wind and the rain, perhaps feeling threatened by lightening, invisible in the darkness.
    So far away from everything and everyone, connected but also disconnected.

    And then I really see the tree, and its place in the landscape.
    How it is nourished by all the different kinds of weather – it continues to grow, it moves with the weather.


    This tree stands alone but strong and solid in a vast open space, like a lighthouse, with unseen light penetrating everything in its reach.

    Nourishing, and protecting, a living, beating compass to navigate the storms and rocks in life.
    I see into the tree, the roots interconnected with all life and like the tree I realise again we are all connected, held together by a string of invisible light.


    We can be a lighthouse for others helping them safely reach the shore.
    And like the roots of the tree our hearts have a deep intricate network of vessels – unseen heartstrings, our invisible roots that connect and nourish us. Holding us all together.

    Perhaps we cannot feel or see them, but we only have to know they are there, and know how to sit with them.


    I can see them more nowadays as my heart softens and opens and I smile to the lighthouse.

    ©️Peter Moore 9th June 2020

  • Thought for the week

    “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” “We are born of love; Love is our mother.”

    “Mother is the name for Unconditional love in the lips and hearts of our children.” “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.”

    Did you know that Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 50 countries around the world, and many countries have a unique date to celebrate mothering?

    Within each one of us, irrespective of gender, we have the power to light up the very essence of the Mother, nurturing care, compassion and deep love. This is expressed through the heart of Mother Nature, as a Mother cares for her child, in all her beauty and glory.

    On this day of celebration, Mothering Sunday in The British Isles and Ireland, we have the deep desire to activate and amplify all that is radiant as we shine the light of awareness of goodness, beauty, peace and harmony.

  • Thought for the week

    Find peace in this moment with these simple practices of less than one min each

    Thomas Keating wrote these simple but profound words

    The deep listening of pure contemplation

    Is the path to stillness.

    All words disappear into It,

    And all creation awakens to the delight of

    Just Being.

                                                        —Thomas Keating,

    Finding Peace in the Moment with these simple practises

    When you are in the middle of a disagreement or a difficult emotion, here is a few quick resets to create some inner peace.  They will also just give you the space to respond in a way that is nurturing.

    The brilliant thing is no one will even know you are doing.

    Try to practice one or more of these exercises below as you read them. Each takes less than a minute and it will shift you stress response into a calmer place. Then use the one or two that seem to work to bring you a sense of calm.

    1. Close your eyes: You can usually close your eyes without being noticed, even if for only a half a minute. Try it now. The outside world takes a backseat while you go within. You almost instantly regain a sense of balance and relaxation.
    • 30-second body scan: Bring your attention to how your body feels, sitting or standing, right where you are at this moment. With your eyes open or closed, scan your body from the top down, front and back, relaxing as you go. Relax your forehead, your eyes, your mouth, your tongue, your jaw. Lower your shoulders and relax your belly. Bring your attention to your hands, then your feet. In less than a minute, you can feel better from the inside out.
    • Feel your breath: You can find inner peace with your eyes open, too. Focus your attention on your breath as you slowly take in a deep breath through your nose, then, let it out slowly through your nose. Pause for two seconds, then repeat. Holding the breath after you exhale helps counteract stress patterns of shallow breathing or holding the breath in. In, out, hold, repeat.
    • Count your breaths: Eyes open or closed, it might help to silently count your breaths. In, count one; out, count two. Count your breaths all the way to ten. The mind might wander, but simply keep focusing back to your breath and counting. This calms your nervous system.
    • Pay attention to each one of your senses: What are you hearing in this moment? What are you feeling? What are you seeing? What do you taste? What do you smell? By paying attention to your senses, your focus can shift back to the present moment just enough to relieve stress.
    • Say a affirmation: Silently repeating an affirmation can immediately shift your focus from a stressful situation to peace. Slowly say a prayer in your mind or repeat an affirmation. All is well, I’m doing the best I can, and Peace can be found here and now, and This too shall pass, are good examples. You can also choose a single word, like One, Relax, Trust, or Calm. Repeat seven times.
    • Smile: Give yourself a smile (don’t grimace.) Smiling releases endorphins that reduce stress and help you feel better. Studies have shown that even faking a smile can lead to feeling happier. Even if it feels strange at first, make it a point to smile more often.
    • Slow down: Do one thing at a time, move a little slower than usual. Get up from your chair more deliberately or walk a bit more slowly—you’ll find that this helps ease the tension, brings you back to the present moment, and relaxes your mind and body.
    • Excuse yourself: If you’re unhappy in the moment, or if you’re around people who are unhappy, the discomfort can be contagious. Whenever you notice signals of stress in your body, simply excuse yourself, “I’ve got to get back to a project,” and walk away. That project is your inner peace. Go outside, back to your desk, or head to the bathroom. Once there, use one of the above techniques.
  • Thought for the week

    The five senses “What is my sensory experience right now, in this moment?”

    The five senses and how we can tune into them to bring our awareness into the present moment more often to welcome in more peace and calm.

     
    So if you feel a little distracted or out of sorts ask yourself

    “What is my sensory experience right now, in this moment?”

    What am I seeing? As I gaze around my room, I welcome the various colours, the shapes of objects, the sizes of forms, the space between things, the up and down, the near and far, the shadow and light, and the movement and stillness.

    What sounds are there? Notice the textures of the sounds rather than deciding whether you like the sounds or not. For instance, notice the hum of the heating system, murmured conversations from the hall, distant traffic, the chirps of birds outside your window.

    What aromas are there here? The bread toasting, the wafts of flowers, the freshness of the air through the open window, fresh brewed coffee.

    What flavours linger in your mouth? Roll your tongue around and tune in.

    What sensations are here? The weight of your body supported the the chair, the sensation of your clothing draping your arms, chest, back, your feet on the floor, the movement of your belly, chest, and back in response to breath. Just come and check in to your senses without any evaluation, as you clearly see, hear, smell, sense, taste and touch (give yourself a big hug) what is here and now, without a whole lot of story-telling. This engages your attention in the present moment. It’s the opposite of spacing out and letting a default monologue run in the background.

    As the late spiritual teacher Wayne Dyer once said, ” “Seize every second of your life and savour it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.”

    The whole world comes alive if you let it. Try this out a few times throughout your day and see what a difference it makes.
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