Tuesday, 26 July 2016
I had such a lovely weekend. We went to stay with my youngest son Dan and his partner Sharna and their little boy, our youngest grandson, Jojo. What can I say without listing every moment. It was just perfect and it filled me with gratitude for being who I am.
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Monday, 18 July 2016
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Considering I have dealt with major cancer surgeries four times, I have got a bit run down these past few months with one stupid thing after another. It started with a 6 week virus back in late March that also led to bronchitis. It left me pretty washed out and I had several "toothy" problems after that then another massive upset with my adhesions from my kidney surgery which was horribly painful. I just got over that then went flying in my garden and got bashed from head to toe. Just getting over that a week or so ago, I said to my friend Julie at choir..."I feel really well again at last!" I spoke too soon as last Thursday I got another throat and ear infection and then a nasty little mozzie decided to attack my face. For the last 6 days I have being trying to deal with 7 or 8 really painful bites all around my mouth. A couple went septic and I have got to say, they have really got me down. As well as that I have to say they are pretty unsightly so it is not very nice to have to go out the house! I have tgried everything under the sun to calm them down ... to no avail... I think they might just be beginning to dry a bit today, I really hope so. Not helping my general mood ... how can something like mosquito bites make you cry... but they do and they have. There... I feel a bit better for writing it down. :-)
Monday, 11 July 2016
I have always really loved the Desiderata, as did my mum and we read it out for her at her funeral. I have copies all over the place, so does my daughter. We have both accumulated them over the years. The words never fail to calm me, comfort me or lift me. These few especially.....
Sunday, 10 July 2016
Friday, 8 July 2016
Peace is every step. The shining red sun is my heart. Each flower smiles with me. How green, how fresh all that grows. How cool the wind blows. Peace is every step. It turns the endless path to joy. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Thursday, 7 July 2016
I have always loved Shel Silverstein. I used his poetry such a lot when I was teaching. Children love his poems and he uses them to help children grasp what really matters in life. I am a poetry fan anyway but there is something about children's poetry when it is written to also speak to adults....to our inner children, still resting quietly inside our souls.
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
A day of sunshine again today....as they are few and far between this year in England I expect most of us feel our spirits lifting a bit. I know I do. I love the colder seasons and often say that summer is my least favourite. That is a bit unfair on summer really as I love to see the sunshine, see people smiling in its warmth and all the beauties of the natural world which can show themselves off to their best. It is the heat I don't like, the heat and the light intensity. Both give me headaches and I have always been that way. That's the only reason really. Having said that I love the winter for its own particular beauty but I think I say I love it also because I love being at home in the late afternoons when the evening draws in, I love candles and fires and drawing the curtains. I loved it when my children were small and I knew they were all safe at home with me. Nowadays I can't know that of course but I try to imagine they and my grandchildren are all safe and warm in their homes. Autumn is glorious to me and that is for her colours and the stirrings of the first chill of winter in the air and despite my grand old age now, I also love the thought that Christmas is coming once the autumn days are with us. Then of course, who cannot love spring. Even me, with my love of winter, feels my heart lift when I hear the birds singing and see the first shoots of spring flowers coming through. I love to see people's spirits lifting when they remind themselves winter is nearly over. Spring always heralds a new beginning and it is a time of hope for us all. But for today....the sun is shining here in England, at least in the bit where I live....and the sunlight is shining down on us all.
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
During my "calm day" today I listened to my favourite musician Damien Escobar (I shall pop something on here one day soon) who is a wonderful violinist.....and I found one of my favourite poems of all time. I have always loved this little poem, I think it says so much in its few short lines. I hope you enjoy it too.
I want to keep my blog uplifting but have to admit I had a very stressful day yesterday. I had two of my lovely grandchildren with me which helped a lot but a couple of unforeseen problems cropped up (not with them) one of which casued me a lot of anxiety. As always with these things it has left me with a real headache and a feeling of upset so I am determined to find a space to stay calm today. This means just doing things for me I think. Well ... yes ... I have a few things I must do but I am going to keep them to a minimum and allow myself some really quiet time. So this little picture seems rather appropriate for me today, especially as the distressing things of yesterday do not affect people and at the end of the day, how many times do we let inanimate problems cause us upset....I know I do so today is a day of practice for me in getting things into perspective. so I think this is a good start.
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Namaste. I first heard about Mooji a few years ago now and it was actually on our website Freeing Your Wings. I still love to read his words and watch his videos and only last week watched one with some of my friends. He has such a calming presence and he reminds me how important it is to find some time to still myself every day. This little video is only a few moments long but it is a beautiful reminder to us all to find moments within our day when we remember that it is "Just for Today". Love and light Lynda x
How lovely to be able to see the sun shining through today. I think this summer we need to make the most of every day when the sun manages to break through the clouds don't you? Whatever you are doing, I hope you are having a happy day. I must admit to being rather black, blue, scratched and grazed in places after my spectacular fall in the garden yesterday. I also have four or five vases of flowers around the flat too....the result of all those broken stems when I landed....at least they look very pretty. I am normally loathe to pick my flowers, having such a small garden, so perhaps there was a silver lining. Two of our grandchildren, Stanley and Rose, are coming later today and staying the night as they have an inset day at school tomorrow. So I have a lovely day ahead. I still have a headache from my fall though so I am going to take it a bit easy till they come. Anyway I found this lovely picture and quote below so I hope you like it. See you tomorrow. xx
Saturday, 2 July 2016
Good morning everyone....well actually it seems to be afternoon now! My day started off a bit dramatically as I went head over heels in my little garden and hurt myself rather a lot! I was pretty shaken up too so ended up having to lie down for a while. Then I had a bath to wash off all the grit in the bumps and scratches and now I am trying to start off my day again....... I thought I would have done most of it by now and been able to paint today but now I have still to go shopping, do the ironing, tidy up the kitchen and....clear up the mess in the garden!