To become a widow is to set out onto a path unknown. We don’t choose to be widows, yet here we are! We are unsure of the path we find ourselves on and we haven’t a clue of where we are going or who we are anymore Yet still, here we are.Read More
I've been in some of the dodgiest places that I wouldn't even go to in Australia, but still, courage takes us to the edge of the unknown then drops us off safely back home wherever that is...Read More
Sometimes we are just pushed around, in and out, but in the end a cloth is made, it is the fabric of the life we have made. The dance of life, morphed into a tapestry of colour.Read More
May you rise to the challengeOf making amends Even if that is a mere thought For nowRead More
Such are the joys of love and life, and I have enough drama to last to eternity and backRead More
But life's like that, and I don't beat myself up for not going with the flow, instead I just move along until I can.Read More
I am just a piece of fluff Blowing in the wind
We all break down
We blow around
Until it rains
Not so good, for fluff
I am now
Just a piece of dust
Sweep me up
If you feel you must
But I’ll float around
And around some more
No more, no less
No different to the rest
Hey there friends,
Have you been giving attention to world events, to the ups and downs - floating around, going to ground.... Grief for some, anger for others, abuse and nightmares can be found everywhere I look lately.
It is a busy place just now, don't lose your head in the news and views of others.
Now and again, take yourself off on an adventure of the mind....
Imagine yourself floating away on a cloud, being outside makes that obviously easy.
Or take yourself into the Earth, following the path of the intrepid earth mover.
The adventures can lead you to leave the stresses behind, often where they belong, behind you and in the past.
Change your attention, change your life, with a little imaginary travel.
Lots of love
xx WendyJoy xx
Brother sun,How those clouds dare To race across you up thereRead More
'To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides' David ViscottRead More
With reflection, tonight I get to count the blessings of love, support, companionship and inspiration: I will go to bed on a sleepy high.Read More
One Sunday when you’ve had enough of the repeat repeat of the weekday weekend treadmill, try jotting down some points of what’s great and not so great about it all. You might be surprised at what’s revealed, or where your daydreaming takes youRead More
The earth is constantly tidying itself up, a volcano here, an earthquake there, and the seasons are getting a shake up too, (are you?).......It is ageless and timeless and I am always in awe of it's (your) beauty.Read More
Venice reminds me of life, there are so many water roads, round and round they go, the pathways have dead ends but the waterways flow endlessly. Maybe we need to jump off the path sometimes, and let the waterways take us away with the tides.Read More
So many others before, Have left a path, a dream, An inspiration, just for me... I had no idea that the little bricks I saw would look like that in real life and didn't know it was Rome in the dream - oh hand on heart moment!Read More
I have had a wonderful magical mystery tour of Assisi, who could have known how charming the place is?Todays picture is of my lemone and melone gelato sitting beside the Pantheon. Oh My Goodness Me!Read More
It's not easy being an ordinary human being, but we can all take the good with the bad, it just needs practice to find it. I'm sure it's in there.Read More
When I read of the chance to walk the sacred paths and visit the sacred sites of Assisi on a 14 day pilgrimage, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.Read More
I have a piano, it sits in my garden and I play it whenever I go out there just for fun. Goodness knows what the neighbours think, because believe me it is loud!Read More
I was reading the Tao Te Ching, 81 Verses By Lao Tzu, Sacred Texts Translation and Commentary by Ralph Alan Dale 2002 and came across Verse 43 and felt inspired to share it with you. It has such relevance for today and yet it is believed to have been written around the 6th BCE, most likely by those devoted to his teachings (as he was known for the simplicity of being rather than instructing in words, or deeds I would suppose).
THE VALUE OF MINIMUMS
That which is most tender
can overcome that which is most rigid.
That which has least substance
can penetrate that which has least space
Acting without deliberate action
and teaching without uttering a word
are rarely practiced.
So few find their way
to the Great Integrity, (Tao)
Never are words such as these so true, as when you have children in your life. They hear every word, but is that what they follow? No, they are taught without words, and generally speaking their tantrums (rigid) are controlled by the gentlest of actions (tenderness).
Have you found people fear telling the truth for fear of hurting another? Misguided love I suppose. Many others fear telling the truth for fear of repercussions. Politicians around the globe seem to have made it into an art form, weird isn't it, as it's almost expected of them?
Well I am often inspired by the opposites in life and Verse 43 today has had me thinking, even the name of Verse 43 is interesting, as we don't always consider minimums to be of any value in these days of up-size.
Also I was aware of my actions and non verbal communication. I had the music on, then I realised the beautiful silence that had filled my room. I sat and listened to some friends who dropped by, and although I hardly spoke a word my body spoke for me. My day was filled with such moments of awareness; very entertaining.
Well that was my day! A mystical, ancient reflection on my thoroughly modern Friday. Now, what can I get up to tomorrow? And you?
Hope your weekend is a treat, lots of love
xxx WendyJoy xxx
It was precious, it was a moment I shall never forget. As a mum I have seen my kids do similar things, but as a grandma I have had the time and the grace that comes with time to really see it.Read More