Thursday, 14 May 2015

365 Lessons to Learn and to Teach

"When you talk you are only repeating what you already know, when you listen you may learn something new", Dalai Lama.

Each and every person that crosses our paths daily has something to teach us. I look at this often a little too deeply- what meaningful insight was I meant to gain from the lady that was rude to me at the grocery store. What am I mirroring at work that a work colleagues vanity is aggravating me? But sometimes the lessons we are meant to learn are not these BIG HUGE, weird and wonderful lessons- but small daily lessons. For example, a colleague at work needed help with a power-point presentation- I showed her something new to do to make the task simpler and quicker- and like that- she learnt a new lesson yesterday. I taught.

Similarly I was at my aunt the other day and she cutting avocados,she was pouring hot water over the avo and I learnt that this is to keep it from going brown. And boom. I learnt.

There are 365 days in a year- that means if we learn just one small new thing every day we will gain 365 new abilities and facts. Even better, we can teach 365 different things- we can give 365 little snippets of help to someone else.

So join me friends in sharing your knowledge every day... and in keeping a little silent to take in the wisdom of those near you.

With love and light always.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Saga of Candy Crushing

I am a lover of social media. I admit. I love the stalking, I love the photos, I love the sharing,I love the glimpse you get to have into other people's lives, fears, hopes and dreams. Witnessing happy moments of those near and far just with a click of a button.

Recently - well with retrospect not so recent - I met farm saga. It became my therapy- any moment of angst there was my farm saga. Currently I have completed this game and await for new levels. And so, in my moment of need I turned to candy crusher. Well.. Well... We all know this story 

Am I addicted? No I don't think so. But I have no shame in requesting a life, a bit of help over a bridge from my fellow candy crushers. And the requests come in, but funny because I have no qualms giving lives to Facebook friends I probably would not greet. Help with extra moves - with pleasure but don't start a chat with me. 

Gaming. Social media. Technology. The world today. We are a little bit disconnected from each other- well a lot...  but at the same time we are all so connected. Because we know everything about everyone. The other day I bumped into someone I had not seen in years- she asked me "how is your Cat Shanti, she is so beautiful!"  For a second I thought, wait how do you know Shanti- where did you see my Shanti? Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Shanti is famous. And I guess it is kind of nice, because there was a connection made- a conversation starter and well Shanti is totally gorgeous.

And that feeling when you meet someone new- totally out of the blue- you add each other on Facebook and wham- two mutual friends! Three degrees of separation right then and there- in action.

So sharing is caring, and I am okay with my small Candy Crush addiction (okay I admitted it), and next time someone does give me a Life on Candy Crush- I will send them a message to say THANK YOU.

Keep on sharing. Share with good intent and a good heart.

With love and light always 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

My new friend- Mr Praying Mantis

For a few days now a praying mantis has been following me around. In my bedroom, when I get out the car, sitting on the washing basket- I turn my head and my little green friend is standing there. 

I see signs and meaning in everything around me- so I needed to know why this little guy was my new friend.

The word mantis comes from the Greek word mantikos meaning soothsayer or prophet. The praying mantis does have this look- it is like I want to ask him the meaning of the world, love, hate and my life purposes. And he looks so peaceful, in a terminal meditative state. Taking away from my usual inclination to look at the spiritual symbolism of this creature I looked at science.

Well this chap is the only insect whose eyesight works 180 degrees. Take a look at this little creature and do not get a fright when he looks over his shoulder straight at you. No other insect can do so. He sees the whole picture, and perhaps that is a lesson I need to learn. Stop dissecting the minute details in life, picking out the small things- I need to look at the big picture. What is that big picture? Well life is beautiful. I have love, I have my health and I have shifting moments of inner peace- which is a lot if you ask me. 

Another interesting scientific fact about Mr Mantis, well Mrs Mantis- the female sometimes have been known to eat the males . Lesson number two. Enough said

Lesson number three thanks to my scientific research. Mr Mantis only has one ear. So maybe I do not listen. Well I know I don't. Dashing out words of wisdom is easy but taking them- not so easy. A lesson to learn- listen. Listen to those around you who sometimes do know better. I need to listen to them. Listen to nature. Listen to your body- when it says "Stop feeding me those pizza's I feel sick", listen. And listen to your gut- when you get a certain gut feeling about something- it is probably right. I have come to learn your gut instinct knows no wrong. 

So Mr Mantis, thank you for your beautiful lessons this week. I look forward to seeing you later. 

Love and light as always xxx