reflections - sending out loving kindness to the worldWritten by Claire Chapman
It's been an emotional week this week, in a lot of ways. I don't think that there are any of us, reading this, who have failed to be touched by events that happened in London on Thursday, in some way. I was actually in London on Thursday, on an NLP course, in Hammersmith, and as reports started coming in, one of first thoughts was letting my loved ones, friends & family know how I was, and that I was safe and away from trouble. Amazingly on course, we spent some time sending out light ito universe to help with healing of city. It's been a powerful testament to people this week I think way that media has reported on bombs & reaction of people of London. Even in midst of such terror and pain there has been tales of support, sharing, community, and wanting to continue with life. So, a thought for all those who have died, or are ill, and a sharing of community for all of us.
One of most important things I have got from this weeks events is to always speak from heart, in everything that we do. It shouldn't take a major event to do that, but so often it's easier not to have those conversations, or to continue in traditional "English" way of doing things. This week, I'd love you to focus on sharing your emotions with those who are important to you, more we all do this, less likely it is that those who want to spread terror will win. From my heart, and thoughts on event, to yours - I hope you find these tips useful.... ·take time to tell those who are important to you that you love them. Remember that saying, don't let sun go down on an argument? I heard a great continuation of this earlier in week, that when people die we grieve most when we have not told them everything we wanted to say. Who do you need to have conversations with to release that pain? ·Open yourself to positive - spend your time with people who are important to you & who focus on great things that life has to offer ·Notice abundance around you. I regularly share with a friend top 5 things each day that make my day great. What would this mean to you? It can be as simple as a cup of tea, a walk in park or time with family & friends.
Tim McGraw has it right - Live like your DyingWritten by Greg Ryan
Chorus: An’ he said: “I went ski diving, I went rocky mountain climbing, “I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu” “And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter, “And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.” An he said: “Some day, I hope you get chance, “To live like you were dyin’.”
One of latest songs by Tim McGraw talks about a man in his forties with cancer. Who began to live his life has if he had only days to live. And all he hope for others was, “Someday, I hope you get chance, to live like you were dying.” Are you? Are you living a life like you are dying? I don’t mean in physical sense, how about spiritual realm. The bible talks about dying to self by living for Jesus.
Each day we are challenged to make decisions that lead us away from Jesus or directly towards. Yet, which seems easier? Dying to self takes sacrifice, trust and faith in God. It also means letting go of things of this world.
I have always tried to live my life with no regrets when I look back at end of day. And maybe on my tombstone it will say just that simple phrase, “No regrets”. Yet, one of biggest daily challenges I face is dying to my flesh or things of this world. And only way I can win over them is ask Jesus for help. When was last time you just awoke in morning and ask, help? Help me Lord today to live for you and not for this world. Be with me Lord every second this day and help me make decisions that bring me closer to you.”