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As the sun sets on 2015……

…..The Artist and I wish you all a Very Happy, Healthy and Nurturing 2016! 😊

Photos taken on the Isle of Wight by Martin King.

Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. Please visit her inspiring blog,Β On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea

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β€œHappiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.”
― David O. McKay

On Friday August 8th, (8.8) I participated in an on~line global meditation for Peace, led by Deepak Chopra. Over 100,000 people joined in and shivers ran down my spine, as people from all over the globe introduced themselves with the words, ‘I am Peace.’

#IAMPEACE was trending on twitter and I changed my Facebook profile picture to this symbol, provided for that purpose by The Chopra Center:

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I’ve always been a committed pacifist ~ even as a little girl I could see no sense in fighting or arguing. It seems such a waste of time and doesn’t really solve anything, so I try my best not to. But, during the introduction to the mediation, I realised that there are areas of friction in my life ~ and now that I know about them, I have to nurture my happiness by tackling them!

Deepak tells us that ~ when we are at peace within ourselves ~ all sentient beings will sense those vibrations and be calm in our presence. So, to connect with this aspect of inner joy (or at least try to,) I’ve been continuing my daily practice ~ meditating to the Sanskrit mantra ‘Shanti Hum.’ (I am peace.)

‘This level of peace is the core of stillness within that gives us steadiness and quiet comfort when circumstances in our life may be confusing, as well as when times are happy and fulfilling. This spiritual peace is our calm center that keeps our life in balance.’
From Oprah and Deepak ‘Expanding Your Happiness, 21 Day Meditation Challenge.’ Day 3.

No matter what the effect it has on warring factions around the World, last Friday’s on~line Global event was an incredibly powerful experience for me. So, I’ll leave you with these hopes for mankind, which brought the guided meditation to a close:

‘Peace, Harmony, Laughter, Love

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With grateful thanks to Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog,’On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea’, for hosting The ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other regular ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

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I’m posting this to myself.

Now that I’m retired and free from external pressures, I’ve noticed that I’m my harshest critic ~ becoming disillusioned when I can’t meet my self~imposed ‘concept of perfection’.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one beating myself up for not doing something I haven’t not done yet! πŸ˜‰

This is not a very nurturing habit. So, from now on, I’m breaking my own rules and being perfectly happy with the way that I am.

And, d’you know what?

Everything that has to be done always gets done!
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With grateful thanks to Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog,’On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea’, for hosting The ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other regular ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Busy Doing Nothing?

Although it’s Monday morning and the start of a busy working week, I’m not going anywhere. I’ve been made redundant.

The birth rate on the Island has been steadily declining so there are fewer pupils enrolling in our schools. As a result the College, where I worked part~time, has had to make swingeing cutbacks and my post got the chop. It no longer exists, that’s it, there’s no going back!

I don’t particularly rate my chances of finding another suitable part-time job at my age, in the current economic climate ~ particularly as I’m still recovering from a work~related injury. I would never have voluntarily resigned from this one ~ I had hoped to continue for a few more years. One of our colleagues didn’t retire until her 80th birthday and, though I might not have lasted that long, you never know!

And now we never will. That decision has been made for me and although I won’t receive a state pension for a while, I’m now retired. But I’m not bitter. Seriously. This is the best thing that could have happened, right now.

In her later years, when I asked my mother what she’d been up to, she’d often start singing:
‘I’m busy doing nothing,
Working the whole day through,
Trying to find lots of things not to do.
I’m busy going nowhere, isn’t it such a crime?
I’d like to be unhapp~y but I never do have the time!’
(I thought it was just a nonsense rhyme until I googled it. It’s featured in the 1949 film, ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’, with Bing Crosby, her favourite actor.)

Back then I didn’t appreciate the irony behind her super~cheerful renditions. I even wondered if she was embellishing the truth, to prevent me from worrying about her being on her own and lonely. But I’m beginning to realise that she was too busy to be miserable ~ doing whatever she pleased, when she felt like it: solving the crossword in the Telegraph, pottering about her home and garden, visiting and entertaining friends and having whimsical conversations with Billy the budgie. (He once shouted that it was raining and she hurried outside to bring her washing in from the line, only to realise he was fibbing. But when she scolded him he hung his head, told her that he loved her and pleaded for a ‘great big kiss’, so all was forgiven!)

That she was happy with this stage of life ~ the happiest I can ever remember her being ~ has been quite a stunning revelation. And it’s inspiring!

So am I going to be ‘busy doing nothing’? I don’t think so. I’ve had 13 weeks to get my head around the luxury of never having to clock on again. And there are plenty of worthy pastimes I could sign up for. Volunteer work, clubs, classes, re~writing that ratings~busting novel, which obsessed me until 17,000 words zapped into the void, when my computer crashed. As you can see, I’m not short of ideas ~ I could occupy myself so thoroughly, that I’d wonder how I ever had time go to work!

I’ve spent a lifetime in support roles ~ personally and professionally ~ so I won’t be signing up for noble causes, at this stage ~ maybe later, who knows?

I have to start supporting my own needs and wishes: re~igniting my dreams and passions, which have taken a bit of a battering lately. It seems selfish when you’re in the habit of putting others first but if I don’t do it now, I know I’ll always regret it.

So, here’s to a contented retirement! For the moment I’m just going with the flow ~ I wonder where that might lead me?

I’ll let you know.
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Today ‘Nurturing Thursday’ host, Becca Givens, has featured a quote about self~care. When I read it this morning I LOL’ed at the synchronicity ~ I’d already decided to post this as my contribution:

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Great minds, eh, Becca?

Don’t you just love it when that happens? πŸ˜‰

Becca Givens is author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Passing it on contd……..

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A couple of months ago I read a blog about thoughtfulness. I was seized by the possibility of having a project where I could reach out to others in a gesture of kindness and thoughtfulness. In thinking about ways to do this, I had a sense that letting…

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I know it’s a cliche ~ and writers are supposed to avoid those like the plague (:)) ~ but ‘little things’ really can make a huge difference.

Having been confined to close quarters since I suffered a whiplash injury a couple of months ago, I awoke yesterday morning jaded by my all~too familiar surroundings, longing for pastures new and clearly on the road to recovery. The Artist had no Age UK assignments ~ he keeps Wednesdays free ~ so, after a leisurely start to his day off, we loaded foster~dog Indie into the car and set off.

We live on the relatively small (but beautifully formed) Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of Britain. After driving along a practically deserted road for about twenty minutes, we arrived at the ferry port of Yarmouth. But we weren’t intending to escape to the mainland, it’s way too stressful over there! However, as each part of the island is different, this short expedition to the West Wight provided the break from routine that I was craving. (as I’m not supposed to say, ‘a change is as good as a rest’!)

It was a mellow Autumn day, lending the small, historic town a holiday atmosphere: sunlit tables outside busy cafes; late season tourists ambling along ancient streets, unique shops selling crytals, Morrocan lamps and artwork, the background hum of boat engines on the water.

We took our Cornish pasties from the deli where they were cooked, down to the narrow beach beside the pier, engaging in dog~related conversation with passing strangers between bites. Ignoring her admirers, Indie sat patiently at our feet, hoping to be rewarded with a tasty treat. She was, of course!

On the homeward journey I felt content. This unexpected trip, though short, had energised me and I feel happier today than I have for quite a while.

I’m going to nurture that. πŸ™‚

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

And…..finally….to read my earlier ‘Nurturing Thursday’ posts (all 14 of them!) please visit Wightrabbit’s Blog