Somerset Flood Images. Seeing Beauty in the Devastation

Somerset floods, Shaun Green

The flooding of the Somerset Levels UK, seen through a different lens.

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Although Devastating and Heartbreaking the levels still look Stunning.
Hopefully there is brightness ahead for all those suffering
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A. King

Just reading the Facebook posts (where I borrowed these quotes and some of these images from), it seems that that brightness and loving-kindness is already shining through people.
Like M. Perry said, “I think that it has brought many people together.

Flooded Somerset Levels Peter Spencer

Empowering Ourselves

Because seeing things with a lighter mind makes us feel brighter.
Changing how things appear to us, changes what they are in the here and now.

Everything being merely an appearance to our mind empowers us to change the way things are.
We’re not the powerless victims of circumstance,
we’re in control.
We are co-creators of our own destiny.

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Buddhist Sutra & Tantra on Vajrayogini Day

 

The universal compassion accomplished through the practice of Sutra teachings and the wisdom accomplished through the practice of Tantric teachings are like two wings of a bird.

Just as both wings are equally important for a bird to fly, so both Sutra and Tantra are equally important for practitioners seeking enlightenment.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Sutra

Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, a poem written by the 7th Century Buddhist master, Shantideva:

“A Bodhisattva is a friend of the world who, motivated by compassion, spontaneously seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings.”

Verses from Shantideva's Guide, GKG

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Peaceful New Year & New Moon Blessings

It’s New year’s Eve !

What better time to have a peaceful party for peace.
Well, not a ‘party’ as such, more of a gathering of like minds in solidarity ;~)
Riding the waves of the energy shift towards a new dawn for Earth.

As the birds sing in the dawn,
so a new light dawns on planet Earth.
Solidarity
Planets connect in love and peace.

Asket, Pleiades, via Shanti
* (Solidarity – unity of feeling and action)

“Here,New Moon
in this moment –
there is a gathering
of kindred spirits,
and all there is to do
is to allow
a quieting down –
just a little,Stonehenge stars
just enough to hear
a soft whisper
of calm and of peace
and then ever so gently
taking one more step
just a little deeper,
here,Sun meditator
in the calmest part
of each of our hearts
as we gather
in the peace
of this place.”

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✧ from Laurie’s Notes:
a gathering of kindred spirits, about finding the natural path to our hearts.

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November Peace Challenge: Love Thy Enemy

 Meredith

* Tears flow from hateful eyes too.

But I suspect our hearts, like flowers,

grow big and strong with the waters of loving-kindness.

Chill our words not our voice

It is rain that grows flowers, not ice

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“How cold is a heart
When it’s warmth that it seeks?”
Sting, Sister Moon

Related Posts:

❀ everyday gurus:
Monthly Peace Challenge: Love Thy Enemy

 ❀ Electronic Bag Lady:
B4peace: The Enemy Within

 ❀ Poem from Laurie’s Notes:
a quiet prayer of thanks

 ❀ Welcome to a New World: Who is the enemy?

Poem for the English Spring Equinox

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Equinox. Natalie Gray. Laudano
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Happy Equinox

 Like this on here:

Ostara. The Spring Equinox 2013 – Transformation Magic!
Imbolc Blessings

More Equinox stories:
Serendipity 13 – Mighty King Winter and Little Miss Spring
 johncoyote – IF I WAS THE KING OF THE FOREST.
Herald of spring – Life in the Bogs

Memoirs of a Dragon: Guardians Haiku 俳句

Credits:
Poem: Natalie Gray
Image: Laudano

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Death & Love, My Very Old Friends

When Friends Connect

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My oldest friend looks for me
On a dark road
Nights I can’t sleep,
We are lonely together.

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ڿڰۣ❀ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃

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We are yellow jackets in late summer,
Beating at the screen
We are two old women holding hands
At the funeral of a friend.

We are two children playingend kids eyes http-::thewitlessairhead.blogspot.co.uk:2009_10_01_archive.html
“Who Am I?”
You put your hands over my eyes
And in their darkness,
I know for sure
That at the end,

The playful stranger who appears
Is not death
But love.

ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿

Links:
By Kathleen Norris, via Idealistic Rebel
For more of Kathleen’s poems, click the 
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These are thoughts on Priceless Art ~ a Christmas Present

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Priceless Art ~ a Christmas Present

Priceless Art ~

 

A Christmas Present

Grieving lost ones at Christmas

A touching and poignant piece by Julia.
I’m dedicating it here to all those who have lost loved ones, and still feel that empty space in their lives at Christmas.

I don’t think time heals so much as helps us cope. If they left our lives awhile ago, we can think fondly of those who have passed on; they will still benefit from our positive energy directed towards them. We can offer their memory a smile.

Grief has no time limit

It’s more normal than commonly accepted to still miss loved ones years after their passing. It’s OK do this; just hold ourselves and them with a mind of loving kindness.
Grief takes as long as it does.” (Namaste Consulting Inc)

If their passing was more recent and the pain is still raw, sending them our love in the form of prayers and lights will be of mutual benefit to them and us.
When someone has just died, they are still very present in our minds. The loving energies we send to them become guiding lights on the next stage of their journey.

Be mindful of the love we have in us and all around us this holiday

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To remember the dead is to acknowledge the coexistence of pain and love.
(Tim Muldoon)

By remembering those who have gone onto pastures new with loving kindness, we are honouring their memory. As long as we feel comfortable doing this, it’s a beautiful thing to do.

Be kind to ourselves, as well. When we are in pain we are like injured children, who need to be treated gently and tenderly. Being patient with our own suffering helps it to heal. And we’ll never forget our loved ones, “Something in our minds will aways stay.” (Sting)

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Cherish those who are still in our lives now. Really be with them. Part of honouring those who have gone from our lives is treasuring the people who are still here.

The greatest gift you can offer loved ones is your true presence.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) Celebrating Christmas as you normally would, giving genuine smiles of joy – this is a real Christmas present to our loved ones.

ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿ 

* Related links (underlined) are given as offerings to go with this post.
Further thoughts on this:  Death & Love, My Very Old Friends

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Journey with Julia

Another day, another loss . . . all great love has a cost.

Please remember just to breathe, as you take this time to grieve.

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Life is our gift from God above, and He blesses it with love.

Some folks say these gifts don’t last, but God won’t rob us of our past.

These blessings that we receive come with no special guarantees.

One day here, gone tomorrow . . . one day joy, the next, great sorrow.

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You won’t see that face again?

Just close your eyes, my troubled friend.

God’s gifts will never leave your heart

your memories are your priceless art.

 

One of the few pics I have of all the Kovach kids. It’s hard to believe that Teri, Chris, and Steve have all passed on. These memories are my priceless art.

 (Pic: Teri w/arms around Joe and Brenda; Chris next to her, holding…

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