Make laughter your prayer. Laugh more. Nothing releases your blocked energies as does laughter. Nothing makes you innocent as does laughter.” ~Osho~
I found this in an old Church recipe book.
“Equal parts of health, honest work, rest and recreation, mixed carefully with diligence, cheerfulness and an even temper.
Sift them through the sieve of determination to get rid of any lumps of idleness or despondency.
Then bring the whole to a cream with the milk of human kindness and spirits of consideration and sympathy, stirring each in gently with an inspiring hand.
Add to this a sparkle of smiles and colour with laughter, a mere thought and a few illusions.
This mixture can be made at home by anyone.”
What does the wee phrase “a sparkle of smiles” bring to mind for you? I’d be interested to know.
Saturday 2nd July: Friday wrap-up, a day late.
So here are a few things that have happened today. It has been a good one.
I realized that the very cold weather we have had this week is just the thing to stimulate my newly planted garlic bulbs.
The coffee was good and hot at the café this morning
A friend and I had a discussion about resilience which is a topic we are both interested in
I walked around the lake near our shopping centre and enjoyed the winter light, the water, the birds and some stunning colours that surprised me in the depths of a steely, raw winter’s day
Hot soup was just the right food for lunch
I completed my Garden Bird survey and was delighted by the number of chaffinchs in the count this year
I did a guided meditation as the light of the day faded
Everyone enjoyed their hot roast dinner
There was some humorous television to watch in the evening.
And I found a new blog which I will be following closely with great interest. I’d encourage you to have a look:-)
“We have not solved your problem. In fact, we have more questions than when we started. But we believe we are confused at a higher level and about more important things.”
Electrical Engineering Lab. SRI International.
My children used to giggle and quote Jason Gunn ( a presenter on TV here) years ago who would use the phrase “Don’t pack your smellies with your meat”. I asked the grocery packer in the supermarket this week whether she remembered that phrase but sadly she didn’t (and she was old enough to know of it), so the moment was lost. Nevertheless it is sound advice and the best tip I could come up with this Saturday. Enjoy your day.
Keeping a daily gratitude journal is a popular means of keeping our focus on the positive and pleasant things in our lives.
Other things you might like to include in your daily notes are things that you appreciate, things that make you laugh and things that bring you joy.
My list for the day so far includes being grateful for good food and clean water, hot water in the shower, a flushing toilet, my family and pets and the love they give to me.
I am feeling very joyful today because our neighbours are topping and cutting back their trees which means we will get lots more sunshine in our liviing area, as well as lots more sunshine and light in the garden.
I have family members on a long road trip today and I appreciate the benefits of text messages as they let us know where they are. It is great to know they are safe.
It is only noon here so I will have some more notes to make by the end of the day. Do you keep a daily gratitude/appreciation journal?
Rivers are often used as metaphors for life or perhaps how we need to live life. Simply put -to go with the flow, avoid stagnation, ride out the white water, enjoy the journey.
I’ve been reflecting on what has been on my mind these past few days and find that there are a good many people who are important to me who find themselves in rough and uncharted waters right now. I hope I can offer them support through my words and attention as life moves them on in the care of health professionals and the possibility of different ways of living in the future.
Others are feeling in side streams, away from the flow that they would like in their lives. I wonder if time and encouragement will assist them?
Another is feeling the effects of deep currents from the past and is struggling to clear those. Perhaps forgiveness can help in these situations?
Then one or two are in whirlpools where the water and force spinning and sucking at them have left them feeling drained, bewildered and grief stricken. Love and a listening, attentive ear are often the best we can offer.
I have also been flowing through steady, calm and pleasant water when we celebrated two birthdays and a belated third one last week. I need times of refreshment like this to remind me that there are easy parts of the journey.
And later today I hit the high adventure section of the river when I care for my boisterous, agile, funny, delightful two year old grandson. There will be no stagnant pools or much in the way of gentle flow but there will be excitement, laughter, energy and new channels to explore together:-)