The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideal, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l, 1948-2020Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on difference
Thanks for sharing this!
I love this quote. It bothers me a lot when people judge others and don’t accept them. Be whomever you want to be. And accept others. If you believe in any consciousness or source of the universe you’ll believe we’re all the same energy. We’re all one. No matter the differences.
Rest in peace. Baruch Dayan Haemet.
Kate’s letter is gorgeous and made me want to cry. Well worth reading…
a love letter to YOU!
This is an open letter just to let you know how much you are loved, how precious each and every one of you are. The mere fact that you are alive brings sunshine into our world daily!
I know that we all have a good heart, and sure some may have more layers to peel off than most. But each of us are doing the best that we can … especially all the kind supportive friends I’ve made world wide here at WP.
We are going through some particularly difficult and challenging times lately. For some restrictions are easing while others seem caught in a downward vortex.
Although we may all be in this together remember that some do have more resources to cushion the blow than others. Such as stable housing, funds to buy sufficient supplies and pay for medical assistance as needed. These factors alone are a huge blessing as most of our world are currently struggling with these very basics.
Incomes are no longer assured, some countries provide safety nets yet the majority don’t. So what I’m suggesting is that we all be grateful for what we do have and try to share with those who don’t have.
While fear and anger reign we all pay the toll … so kindness and acceptance go a very long way to cheering both our self and each other up in this time of turmoil. No point in sugar coating it but we each have immense inner strength, resilience, that we can draw on. Use it to it’s full potential because it will keep you balanced.
If you find yourself getting snappy, saying nasty things or overwhelmed by anxiety know that none of this is normal. That every single one of us have had our life turned upside down and trampled on. Each of us are fragile in various ways. Missing family and friends, deprived of touch and company, not able to socialise and keep ourselves busy with our usual distractions.
Might be time to find other healthier distractions, such as hobbies, helping, networking … coz sulking, avoidance and fear can become insurmountable. So rather than chew another out, extend a warm smile leave a book, a rock, a teddy bear in your window or on a seat … share the love or whatever brings you joy!
As your heart opens it heals those around you. Use humour, nature, write, create … find your healing outlet and as your mood lifts it ripples out to others and we all feel lighter and brighter.
Now enough from me, know that you are loved, that I am thinking of you, that I hold you in my heart and my prayers, that I wish you nothing but the best … know that you ROCK! And if this has helped even in a small way then please pass it on to whomever it may help so that we can support and heal each other.
How I dread chain letters but if this one can help please make it one … a chain of tender sincere love to warm and nurture you as you deal with all that comes your way today and in the following months. You may feel alone but know that you are not …
much love aunty Kate
PS you are my rainbow, my sunshine, you are divine … remember that!
Day 19: What did you learn last year?
It’s an apropos time for this question.
I learnt how to be just a bit. I learnt how to tune into a source. I learnt to pause before reacting. I learnt some patience. I learnt that life is a journey we’re all travelling on and the point is the journey not the destination. I’ve learnt to keep my boundaries more. I’ve learnt that if I do something negative I can leave it at that, it doesn’t have to mean more. I learnt to live more that I attribute the meaning to anything. I learnt a bit about a source of the world. I learnt… I can go on and on. I’m grateful for all I’ve learnt.
what is one thing (or more 🙂 ) that you’ve learnt?
Gratitude challenge day 19: Sign up to volunteer for a day in your community.
A bit tough to do that at the moment
Love, light, and glitter
Blaming. It’s always easier to blame oneself or another. Blaming gives a feeling of control so that if I can attribute a to x then I’m in control.
I’m dizzy. I’m blaming, or was, myself for it. I was dizzy and had already run the bath. I thought that maybe I shouldn’t have a bath and then decided that I had already run it and planned on coating myself with Dead Sea mud and should just. I’ve had baths often recently and it’s always been okay. So I decided to have a bath.
That was a bad idea. It was okay when I was having the bath. Getting up I was dizzy. I sat on the floor of the bathroom leaning against the bathtub for a while. Went back in the shower to clean.myself up when I couldn’t really but wasn’t going to spin any longer. And yes, I’m still dizzy. Even though it took me half an hour to put pjs on. I’m in bed now and still slightly dizzy.
It’s easy to say I was stupid. Which I was doing earlier. I’m not stupid. I made a legitimate mistake. Saying I’m stupid and shouldn’t have done that puts the responsibility for the dizziness on me. And gives me some feeling of control. When, it isn’t my fault. This dizziness used to be constant and I’m so grateful it isn’t. There was a time I didn’t have baths for I wouldn’t risk the dizziness getting up in a bath. I haven’t had to do that in a while and although I could have chosen not to I didn’t know it would make me spin so much, and that’s okay.
Blaming is easy. Blaming is way easier than realising this is just the reality with no cause. This just is, and all there is, is accepting it, being grateful for the good, and moving on.
I find blaming myself easier. For everything. My natural response – learned response – is guilt, blame, and taking responsibility for everyone (but myself). Blame is easier. And it’s not the way I want to live my life. It’s not the way I’m choosing to live my life. I’m choosing another way. The way of love. And acceptance.
Random aside. I haven’t seen some bloggers I follows posts in a long time. I don’t think it’s just that they haven’t posted – so many haven’t posted?? – so until I figure it out, I’m thinking of you all and sending sunshine, sparkles, love, light, and of course some glitter…
What about your body are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for my brain, which does more than is ever possible.
Gratitude challenge: Make an effort to smile more throughout the day
I’m going to try. I didn’t do yesterday’s challenge yet and want to do it still. I’m on edge so smiling anyways is a good idea.
I’d love you to join me with the challenge:)
Love, light and glitter
I loved this post. Really my thoughts on this deserves a post on its own, but….
What is this world? What is religion? What is god? I don’t use the term ‘god’ much for it has a lot of religious associations to me, so I don’t see it as the reality it is, but rather think of ‘god’ as a being I can’t stand. Yet, what is this ‘god’? To me, the way I view it, is that the world was created with the big bang. The energy that existed previously – to be the force of this energy and the big bang – exists in the entire world. The entire world is energy, is consciousness. That is what ‘god’ is to me. The source. The energy that exists and runs the world, that is the source of the world, that gives life to the world – is the life of the world, of us, of everything, and is all, just, just is. It all is. This is something Ashok wrote down really clearly.
Therefore, we’re all one. Religions come along and say, this source of the world is something that someone was able to tune into enough to receive prophecy, or connect enough, and knows what this source wants of us. Because we want to connect to the source.
All of that is good. It’s good so long as it’s about love and light and joy and connection. It turns its back on itself when it’s used against people. When it turns to preaching.
Love. Light. Glitter. That’s what this post was about. About tuning into the beauty of a source of a world. Love. Light. And glitter.
Keep sparkling. Keep believing – in yourself, in your beauty, in the beauty of the world around you, in reality, in your reasons to live, to be, because you just are, and because you’re awesome just coz’ you are, and coz’ just by existing you’re an expression of the source of the world, of the energy that is, of the what I’d like to believe is love and light.
Love, light and glitter
I am a Hindu by birth. But if someone asks me what is my religion, I would say:
- It is KINDNESS
- It is COMPASSION
And my God is:LOVE
My God is not sitting in a temple or a church or a mosque or any other place of worship. There is no god sitting on any mount or in any heaven!!
The love in our hearts is God! If we are kind, if we are compassionate; we are godly; we are spiritual!
There is no God outside of you. There is no God outside of me.
There is no God who can ever be explained or defined!
Love doesn’t need any language. Love is a feeling and it can only be experienced. Love only needs loving! And God Being Love needs only loving. God too can only be experienced.
Hindu scriptures describe God as: Satchitananda — Sat Chit Ananda
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