Thought for the day, Sunday 5th February

“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.”

Adlai E. Stevenson, born on this day in 1900

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Thought for the day, Friday 3rd February

“Dance when you’re broken open.
Dance when you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.
Struck, the dancer hears a tambourine inside her,
like a wave that crests into foam at the very top,
Begins.
Maybe you don’t hear that tambourine,
or the tree leaves clapping time.
Close the ears on your head,
that listen mostly to lies and cynical jokes.
There are other things to see, and hear.
Music. Dance.
A brilliant city inside your Soul!”

Rumi

Thought for the day, Thursday 2nd February

Feast of Candlemas

Let the growing sunlight of each new day touch your soul.
May it reach the parts you that have felt unloved, unseen.
The dark places between your bones, the cave around your heart, the space between each breath.
Let it stir the dreams in you, the seeds of medicine sown into your making, activating their shape shifting ways.
All of you is worthy of this light; your flesh, your skin, your womb, your heart.
Let it’s magic call you home, let your wildness reply with its own slow and gentle awakening.

Brigit Anna McNeill

Thought for the day, Wednesday 1st February

Imbolc / St Brigid’s Day

“I will rest now at the bottom of Bridget’s well
I will follow the crow’s way
Footprint by footprint
In the mud down here
I won’t come up
Until I am calmed down
And the earth dries beneath me
And I have paced the caked ground
Until smooth all over
It can echo a deeper voice
Mirror a longer shadow
Then the fire may come again
Beneath me, this time
Rising beyond me
No narcissus-flinted spark
Behind closed eyes
But a burning bush
A fire that always burns away
But never is burnt out”

Richard Kearney

Thought for the day, Tuesday 31st January

“Only when peace lives within each of us, will it live outside of us. We must be the wombs for a new harmony. When it is small, peace is fragile. Like a baby, it needs nurturing attention. We must protect peace from violence and perversion if it is to grow. We must be strong to do this. But force, even in the name of honour, is always tragic. Instead, we must use the strength of wisdom and conscience. Only that power can nurture peace in this difficult time.”

Deng Ming-Dao

Thought for the day, Monday 30th January

“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

I shall not fear anyone on Earth.

I shall fear only God.

I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.

I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.

I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”

Mahatma Gandhi, assassinated on this day in 1948

A2FP81 Rare studio photograph of Mahatma Gandhi taken in London England UK at the request of Lord Irwin 1931

Thought for the day, Friday 27th January

Holocaust Memorial Day

“For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor