My respect and wonder for all life in all its forms.
Nesting time is here
Irrepressible life is
bursting into song
I was inspired to write this haiku from watching the birds collecting nesting materials that I’ve put out for them in a shrub that is itself bursting into leaf and forming flower buds. It gives me such pleasure to have a part in helping them bring forth the next generation that will visit the garden in the future.
My challenging situation is a chronic, exhausting, debilitating illness that has kept me virtually bedbound for the past 17 years. The gift has been that I had to work at developing my spirituality or I would have gone under. I now (mostly!) have a sense of inner peace and contentment that I never found when I was younger and more active. I’ve been forced to be still in every sense!
Nature is the most awe-inspiring art form that fills me with bliss and gratitude. I love to work with this when I design and plant my garden. Writing too, is an art form that conveys our thoughts and feelings and can touch the soul as deeply as anything visual or audible.
I love the bark of trees. It is home for moss, lichen, beetles and lots of other insects.
I love the branches. The way they reach out like arms outstretched to the sun and rain. Their starkness during the winter months.
I love the leaves. All shades of green, casting restful shade, pumping out oxygen, giving life to the planet. And the beautiful firey shades of autumn.
This is my meditation for today.
I have learnt patience and acceptance. And to find joy in the smallest and simplest of things.
I want to learn to be more still, just being in this moment with all it has to offer. If it’s pain, I want to be able to embrace that, let it be, accept it. If it’s it’s joy, I want to really notice that and feel it fully.
As I live alone the people with whom I spend the most time are my care workers. They have certainly taught me patience!
The people that support me the most are my three children, particularly my younger daughter. She has shown me the deepest, most unconditional love and support and helped me to develop spiritually. She introduced me to this website!
The splendor of human intelligence. It’s not always used wisely but when it is it can bring great benefits. Right now I am experiencing the benefit of drugs that have been developed and make my life more comfortable. This can be said for many people and animals.
My dream is to be well again. To be able to go out, to look after myself and be independent. I’ve been ill for so many years but this dream is as strong as ever.
Dear Elaine, thank you for your beautiful words. I spend my life waiting. Right now I am waiting for a carer to come and help me. Being ill for so many years and needing carers has taught me a level of patience that I never thought possible in this lifetime! It has also taught me to notice the really small things around me and keep a sense of wonder and thankfulness. Reading your words today has given me a wonderful sense of peace.
Love and thanks x
Dear Kevin, maybe you have learned to bear it with dignity and not allowed it to turn you inwards, closing yourself off from others?
I suffered many years of constant back pain following an accident but it has improved immensely now I’m bedbound. Silver linings eh!?
Happy Birthday Michele!
Have a wonderful, memorable time with your daughters. xx
Thank you, Doreen. That has really helped me today xx
Thank you, Greta, I can relate to what you are saying so well. I am often conscious of needing to react/respond in a way that is different, and hopefully better, than I did when I was younger and less experienced which, of course, will impact on any tomorrow that is to come.
With love x
Doreen, I join hands with you in this blessing xx
Bless you, Elaine. We will share peace together. xx
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