Ten Rules for Being Human

Rules for being human. Simple. Straightforward. Old as the hills. And still we lose our way. Some of us take a lifetime to learn our lessons and discover these truths for ourselves. Whoever said simple was easy? A friend shared the rules with me. ‘Look what my son sent me,’ she said in a voice rich with a mother’s love and joy in her fifteen year old son who are so appreciative of these wise words – wisdom way beyond […] Continue reading»

‘Tis the season of peace on earth and goodwill to all

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Christmas. The holiday season. A season of “peace on earth and goodwill to all men.” A time when we send cards and messages to friends, family and loved ones to wish them love, happiness, peace, blessings, joy and prosperity. Like many people these days, I don’t send so many cards anymore. It is a dying tradition, what with electronic cards, emails, Facebook and so many other social media platforms. I have my core list though to whom I send regularly, […] Continue reading»

Krishna & Arjun: A modern day conversation

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Don’t have free time? Life has become complicated? Constantly unhappy? Listen in on a modern conversation* between Krishna & Today’s Arjun. It is recommended that you read it out loud. Read it out loud to your family too. Arjun : I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic. Krishna : Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free. Arjun : Why has life become complicated now? Krishna : Stop analyzing life… It makes it complicated. Just live it. Arjun […] Continue reading»

Heaven has another angel

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Death. It is not something we talk about much in the West. Or think about. Or know about. It is certainly not something we want to happen to us. Especially not those close to us like our families, friends, loved ones. ‘Why?’ we cry. ‘ Why me?’ ‘Why did my beloved have to be taken from me?’ ‘Why is God punishing me?’ How certain we are that God is punishing us when things don’t go according to plan; the plan […] Continue reading»

A Prayer for Peace

I am a firm believer that peace in the world starts with peace in our own lives. As the Dalai Lama says, ‘We can never achieve peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.’ How do we make peace in our own hearts? How do we make peace with those who have wronged, judged us, hurt us and worse? And yet we must. We may as well admit we cannot do it on our own. We need […] Continue reading»

Taking Time to Stand and Stare

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Standing there beside the lake; Feasting my eyes on the expanse of the water, the lush pastures, the majesty of the fells; Listening to the lap-lapping of the water on the pebbles and rocky edges; The breeze caressing my face; Breathing in the clean, fresh air – deep, deep into my lungs until my chest feels like bursting, I am reminded of a poem by William Davies, one we learned at school many moons ago: What is this life if, […] Continue reading»

7 Principles for a Happy Life Together

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This is a week of great excitement. Saturday is The Big Day. My daughter is one of the brides maids and yes, my son is the groom. It feels like a milestone in MY life! Is this normal? Is this how other mothers-of-the-groom feel? And it feels like I should write something special, which is enough to make all words desert me! Google to the rescue. There are plenty of tips for a long lasting relationship and a happy marriage […] Continue reading»

On Shedding Light and Being the Light

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Marianne Williamson is one of my favourite authors. No surprise then that I have a collection of her books; the most recent addition being A year of Miracles, a collection of daily devotions and reflections to help you develop a positive, loving mindset and encourages you to live your best self to bring miracles into your life. You are supposed to take these daily devotions one day at a time, letting them sink in, contemplating them, savouring their wisdom so they […] Continue reading»

You are Loved

I was writing in that best of ways the other morning. I had woken up early, all kinds of thoughts roaming through my mind. The only thing to do then is to get my journal out and start writing. I don’t think about what to write. I just put pen to paper, write some inane comments like “I’ve been lying awake awhile. There is probably a lot going on in my mind. It is better out than in,” and continue […] Continue reading»

Words I Treasure: Comes the Dawn

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I re-discovered some words I treasure. I found it during my recent spot of decluttering. It was hidden among the multitude of notes, notices, reminders and other bits of paper on my desk. (There! My secret is out. I LOVE paper, I do …) The poem first showed up in my life more than twenty years ago. Since then, it has popped up from time to time. Having found it again, I did a little research to find out who […] Continue reading»