Thought for the day, Wednesday 18th May

“We cannot live without the night,
gossamer veils of emptiness.
The Goddess is black,
but each pore of her body
emits a rainbow.
Motionless, she watches
beyond care, yet flows
like a river of healing.
Doesn’t dark energy circle us all
like Mother Raven?
Take root in your grief.
That is where the sun is born.
Ascend through a bolder falling.
Her womb is immaculate silence.
Her void is moist with stars.
Yet she who cradles them all
has become your breath.
Haven’t I told you there is wine
in the void between thoughts,
Joy and sorrow mingled in one cup?
Now taste, and who knows
if tonight you might not finally
embrace the fierce beauty
of your beaten heart?”

Alfred K Lamotte

Thought for the day, Tuesday 17th May

“Let us be aware of the source of being common to us and to all living things. Invoking the presence of the Great Compassion, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
Let us pray that all living beings realise that they are brothers and sisters, all nourished from the same source of life.
Let us commit ourselves to live in a way which will not deprive other living beings of the chance to live.
Let us pray for the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth.”

Buddhist prayer quoted in Fragments of Holiness for Daily Reflection

Thought for the day, Monday 16th May

“There are three types of people:
A) There are those who define themselves by what they do.
B) There are those who define themselves by what and how much they have.
C) And there are those whose definition of self stems from who they are.

Most people’s self-worth and confidence (or lack thereof), is based on what they do and how much they have, yet, thinking about our purpose and personal Tikkun (correction/healing); why we are here and what is our deeper purpose, a shift of consciousness occurs from doing/having to being. Rather than being occupied with what we do, possess, or want to possess, we begin discovering who we are and what is our purpose.

When our “doing” is rooted in our “being”, we will then do what is correct for us to do, and know that we have what we truly need to have.”

Rabbi DovBer Pinson

Thought for the day, Sunday 15th May

“When women understand that governments and religions are human inventions; that Bibles, prayer-books, catechisms, and encyclical letters are all emanations from the brains of man, they will no longer be oppressed by the injunctions that come to them with the divine authority of Thus sayeth the Lord.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in New York, with Susan B. Anthony, on this day in 1869

Thought for the day, Friday 13th May

Contemplation on No-Coming and No-Going by Thich Nhat Hanh,

“This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body,
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.

So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say goodbye,
say goodbye to meet again soon.

We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.”

Thought for the day, Thursday 12th May

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. For the greatest things grow by God’s Law out of the smallest…

So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”

Florence Nightingale, raised Unitarian, born on this day in 1820

Thought for the day, Wednesday 11th May

“If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about colour; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.”

Bob Marley, who died on this day in 1981

Thought for the day, Monday 9th May

An Unexpected Act of Creative Rebellion by Jackie Stewart,

“The collective wound humans are now ready to heal is the old story that we are not good enough.. Feeling that we are not good enough is so deeply ingrained that we spend a vast majority of our time trying to prove that we are. It drives us to push, strive and succeed. We try to do more and achieve more, even in our leisure time. We need to keep busy to feel successful; we have to prove ourselves over and over. But that old story is fuelling an outdated paradigm that no longer fits the new world we’re here to co-create.

When I was sitting up on the rock opposite our house, watching the birds ride the thermals with freedom and joy, I felt a rising certainty that we change the world every time we rebel against playing the game of busy. We will finally release our impulse to keep busy when we truly believe that we are already perfect and loveable, instead of trying to prove that we are. Realising that we are already good enough is an act of creative rebellion in a success-motivated capitalist world. This is how we co-create a new paradigm that thrives on self-acceptance instead.”