Trees Are Great Role Models

Trees help keep our planet alive and who doesn’t love trees, so they must know something

If you want to help plant more trees  and help restore our planet look into Treesisters –  women seeding change

Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

 

Alain de Botton and a quick exercise on self compassion.  I think in our rush to get things started and done at this time of year we all need a bit of this.

The Ingredients Of Love

 

An enlightening explanation from Alain de Botton on True Love of Self and Others.

Any info on how we can all love more is always helpful.

Journey To Ones Self

A thought provoking talk by the Irish Poet and Philosopher David Whyte

 

Reality Revs Up Our Imagination

How numerous and manifold is everything that is yet to come, and how differently it all surfaces and how differently it all passes from the way we expect. How poor we are in imagination, fantasy, and expectation, how lightly and superficially we take ourselves in making plans, only for reality then to arrive and play its melodies on us. –Rilke

We  plan and visualize and when things don’t go to our plan, we scream and feel all is lost. Trust me it’s not. Reality  is just forcing us to go deeper and bigger.  We sometimes think too small because we feel incapable of the wild big things we imagine. It’s just as hard to do something small as it is to do something big. If we limit ourselves to what we can perceive we rob reality of its magic.  Theres’s always more to understand and learn, be open, go big and see  the places it takes you

A good example

 

What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications.- Nora Ephron

Do what really matters to you in life. Whatever it is, it should be worthy of you.– Sadhguru

 

 

Soften the Shape of Your World

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We must always change, renew,rejuvenate ourselves otherwise we harden – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Today’s world has so many horrid things on offer we close our eyes to stop our tears and miss the worlds beauty. We harden ourselves in order to protect ourselves,but the world can’t be helped by hardness. Hardness can slip in without you even realizing. It masquerades as judgement,being too practical, unforgiving and huffing and puffing about the smallest of matters rather than laughing at them.  We feel helpless not knowing where to start, so we do nothing. Sometimes just changing our mind can be enough.  As Mother Theresa  said   “We cannot do great things in this world. We can only do little things with great love.  

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, wracked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
– Agatha Christie

Nature is a great softener

(Rainer Maria Rilke)

The hour is striking so close above me,
so clear and sharp,
that all my senses ring with it.
I feel it now: there’s a power in me
to grasp and give shape to my world.
I know that nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.
All becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
and they come toward me, to meet and be met.

 

 

 

Year of the Fire Monkey

According to Tibetan Astrology by Phillipe Cornu, a Monkey year is “extremely rich and holds many surprises—anything can happen. This is a year in which one must be cunning and seize new initiatives. All opportunities are open and one should be flexible enough to take advantage of them. This is a year of daring progress, not for the slow or timid.”

The fire element adds to that rather exciting stew: “Fire transmits a vital, brilliant, and transforming energy and enhances expression, extroversion, and the ability to make decisions.”

Sounds good to me. I love monkeys. They are lively, playful and full of energy.

This video explains how unexpected advantages can come from daring to deal with a mess.

 

 

Curious Monkeys

 

 

 

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