Lavender Dreams

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Slow down the busy,
Timeless action
opens the way,
A portal of joy
lighting the darkness,
To see again
lavender dreams.

It seems that after the holiday season it is back to reality so to speak. This is the case for so many of us where there may be lots of responsibilities in our daily lives. Anyone feeling that?! How can we keep on top of it? What is the best course of action to take? What can we do that will bring the greatest results for ourselves and others?

I constantly ask myself a lot of these questions. Rarely do I have all the answers I need or in a way that I expect.  It usually leads to more questions but I am ok with this (well, most of the time).

What I have learnt over the last few years is to stay with it and go through life with a sense of child-like curiosity rather than make work for myself in my mind. We can’t always know what is ahead of us even when me make seamless plans but no matter what happens we can always give our best to life, our relationships with others, in our work and anything else that is important to us.

As much as I would like to approach 2017 full steam ahead, I have been taking time to be quiet before beginning and doing. When I have set any new goals or projects I know myself and the tendency to go all in, sometimes barely coming up for air but I decided this year that I will do it differently and strike more of balance, if anything to keep my sanity.

As my friends read this, I can imagine their responses… I promise I am sane really!! Anything is possible 🙂

It takes commitment to stay still. Most days I really don’t feel like it. I could think of better things I could be doing that are more fun and easy. Does this sound familiar?

That’s all I know is that I can’t afford to not be still. Even five minutes a day can make a huge difference if done consistently over time. It’s about changing our minds to see the good in our lives. Like anything, it requires training and there is no greater act than training the mind. I don’t pretend to be a master at it. Sometimes I sit there and I feel none the wiser but my will is strong enough to carry me through it and keep on trying. I believe that’s why they call it a practice. One day at a time is all it takes.

What commitments have you made for yourself in 2017? I would love to hear from you.

In love and light,
Lisa

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Peace be me…

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The driving of YOU,
Speaking of peace,
A healing for the masses.

I was confronted with a real issue recently that I was afraid to share initially in this post because of the nature of the topic but in keeping with the now I wanted to share my thoughts and internal happenings with you. The topic of exploration today is one of race. I know that horrific things still happen in this day and age to people because of the colour of their skin and that really saddens me because we are all human with heart and feelings no matter what we look like on the outside.

As a person of Chinese origin growing up and living in a predominantly Caucasian society, it is an issue I have faced from time to time throughout my life. I have been very lucky that any racist incidents have been few and far between and my encounters with them have been the odd word or remark from people just being plain ignorant. They have had no lasting damage on me or any damage for that matter.

I had not thought about this for a very long time and nothing has happened for many many years… until now. I was walking down the street when a group of teenagers walked past. One of them thought it would be funny and smart to circle around me and repeatedly say the words “nǐ hǎo” (Hello in Mandarin) and walked off. My initial reaction was to swear and tell this person to ‘get a f**kin life’. I also felt like saying ‘while you’re at it go and learn some proper Chinese’. I figure if you’re going to do this to someone at least get the right Chinese language and hence the ignorance.

I took a deep breath and carried on walking to where I was headed. It wasn’t until I went home that evening I thought about what happened earlier and I realised what an opportunity I had to effect change, at least within my own life. I’m glad I didn’t act on my initial reaction because that would have been sending out the same energy as what was being directed at me which in turn would have resulted in more of what I don’t want.

“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.”
(Albert Einstein)

I decided instead to send out thoughts of love and compassion for the person that did what they did. It wasn’t about condoning the behaviour by any means but looking beyond it and seeing the behaviour as an expression of the part of this person that hasn’t yet healed. As I did this, I felt a wave of calm and peace over my entire body and that made me smile. In a way the incident was a gift because it was my opportunity to be more loving and compassionate in a situation that was very much the opposite. It also gave me something to write about which was a bonus. It is my way of not walking away like I have over the years and have a voice so for that I am very thankful.

It is so easy to hate and yes there are so many good reasons to warrant it but as Gandhi put it, ‘be the change you wish to see in the world.’ I believe peace is the way forward and love will show us the way. Each person matters. We are all part of the collective and in this Life together. That is both precious and beautiful so let’s walk lovingly hand-in-hand no matter what is on the outside.

Thank you for reading.

Love and light,
Lisa