Winter Receding

Winter receding

Forced back by warming water

Bringing back new life

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For Those Who Travel Deep Within

Llangorse Lake

Rest awhile where sanctuary heals
By waters, calm, reflecting azure sky.
Majestic mountains add dimensions
That only those who travel deep within can know.

Opening, once again, the wounds of time
That will not heal till sorrow passes,
To calm and soothe the furrowed brow
That only those who travel deep within can know.

Baring soul to mindful scrutiny
To live again experiences sad,
And pain the heart with sorrows yet untold
That only those who travel deep within can know.

Is it me? Or am I just the victim?
Did I cause effects that no one else can see?
Have I done such wrongs that leave a scar
That only those who travel deep within can know?

Is there empathy or understanding
Anywhere within my circle of acquaintance;
Companions who may see the pain
That only those who travel deep within can know?

Boldly forging on with tears blurring sight.
Listening to the sound as waters lap the shore.
Watching memories passing by
That only those who travel deep within can know.

Mindful meditation taking pain
And watching as it ebbs and flows.
Knowing thoughts that cannot be expressed,
That only those who travel deep within can know.

Can peace be found on water’s edge?
Or on the mountain’s weathered breast?
Can there yet be another way
That only those who travel deep within can know?

Surely time will heal the savage thoughts
That echo endlessly in mind and heart.
So few can understand the life
That only those who travel deep within can know.

Angry people flocking to and fro
With ne’er a thought for peaceful contemplation,
Intimidated by the peace
That only those who travel deep within can know.

Enough Really Is Enough

Llyn Llech Owain
Your local area probably has great locations for photography and meditation. A holiday at home is less expensive and offers an opportunity to find these easily-accessible places.

Some years ago I was discussing the weekly shop with a colleague. He told me that his wife had been to the local superstore, the previous evening, and returned with a car “full” of bags. She had spent most of the week’s grocery budget. On checking the bags, however, it appeared that there was little food included. As he said, it appeared that the cleaning products, toilet rolls, toothpaste, etc., far outweighed the food.

In 1943, Abraham Maslow developed his theory of The Hierarchy of Needs. In it he proposed that the physiological needs fill the most basic necessities – food and water, among other things. Safety, such as you may consider to be satisfied by cleaning products, comes second. That makes sense. We are not likely to be able to clean the house if we fail to eat or drink for too long a period.

All of this highlights the difficulties of obtaining “sufficient for each day.” What do we mean by “sufficient”?

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Water Under The Bridge

Bradford on Avon Bridge 1

I wonder how much water has gone under this bridge at Bradford on Avon since it was first built. Originally a packhorse bridge, it was widened and strengthened during the 17th century and is now a Grade 1 listed building. (Wikipedia)

“Water under the bridge” is a common phrase for letting the past stay in the past; forgetting what has happened; moving on with life. It is a good analogy.

Water has always been associated with cleansing; and letting the past go has a cleansing effect on us. It is something that we should all cultivate. The reality is that the person who upset us may not even know that it happened.

Consider road rage. How often have you shouted, angrily, at a thoughtless driver. Yet he did not hear you. He may not even have seen you. Does that suggest someone wilfully nasty? Far from it. The person was just thoughtless. So why let someone like that control your life? Move on.

What about family members who say or do something unkind? Is that their normal way of life? If not, then think about what could have caused them to act that way. Is there some serious situation with which you can help them? Or is it time to give them some space to come to terms with their thoughts and feelings?

Throughout our lives we are going to come across situations that cause us stress and grief. But, for the most part, we are still here, still breathing, and still able to get on with life.

We cannot change the past. We can learn from it and change our future, but we cannot change what has happened. Let it pass.

So, what water do you need to allow to flow under your bridges? Let it go, and move on with your life. Stop allowing the past to control your future. Move on, and be happier for it.