• 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.

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    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.
  • Thought for the week

    Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think.

    Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. – A.A. Milne, The House on Pooh Corner

    When you first encounter someone or something, there is that fleeting instant of pure awareness – just before you identify it – before your mind starts naming, labeling, and knowing, before it thinks…”oh it’s honey…or, oh it’s a dog, or, oh it’s an owl. This moment of pure awareness is “mindfulness.” It’s the moment of in between. In between the direct experience of the object and the mind’s evaluation of it. It’s important to tune in to these moments of not knowing, these moments of the in between

  • Thought for the week

    Simplicity. How wonderful is this

    THE clutter of our lives binds us to the precious simplicity that surrounds us and within us. Too often we become possessed and imprisoned by the chains of our own accumulations. We live in fear of their loss; we evolve complex strategies to protect ourselves from failure and deprivation. This burden inhibits our ability to walk with lightness of heart. The noise created through our own busyness deafens us to the wonder of silence.
    Modern culture has wrongly learned to equate simplicity with deprivation, silence with absence, and strives to fill our lives and minds with objects, information, and distraction. We have become uncomfortable with quietude. Caught in the web of this complexity, we grow increasingly poor in spirit.
    We do not need to retreat to the nearest monastery, renouncing all of our possessions and engagements, in order to discover the wonder of silence and spaciousness. Indeed, confusion and preoccupation can be companion of the ascetic as well as the commuter. We do not need to withdraw from the world in order to discover true simplicity of heart. Dramatic gestures are not called for. “If one is to do good,” says William Blake, “good must be done in minute particulars. General good is the plea of the hypocrite, the flatterer, and the scoundrel.” Simplicity is related to not how much we have but to how much we hold on to. This simplicity is without pretension. It is like the water that simply runs downhill. In Zen, it is called our true nature.
    Simplicity and renunciation are acts of compassion; for ourselves, for the world around us. Gandhi once stated, “There is enough in this world for everyone’.s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” Simplicity in our lifestyle expresses a care and compassion for the world. Simplicity in our hearts, letting go of opinions and craving, is an act of compassion for ourselves. When we let go of yearning for the future, preoccupation with the past, and strategies to protect the present, there is nowhere left to go but where we are. To connect with the present moment is to begin to appreciate the beauty of true simplicity.