28 March 2013

Solace in Service

The following is a Daily Om posting that seemed to resonate with me (as they have an uncanny way of doing).  So I thought I would share it.
Doing For Others
by Madisyn Taylor

So many times, when we are being of service to others,
we find the answer or solution to our own problems.

When we feel bad, often our first instinct is to isolate ourselves and focus on what is upsetting us. Sometimes we really do need some downtime, but many times the best way to get out of the blues quickly is to turn our attention to other people.

23 March 2013

The Day I Get Rid of My Heart

This is a rather moving poem by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh that reminds us that actions speak louder than words. At the end of the day if we let our busy Western lives consume us, we lose sight of the larger picture - that bearing our connection with not only our brothers and sisters but also our connection with the earth (our soul).
The Day I Get Rid of My Heart
by Thich Nhat Hanh
My brother, the one with brown skin, is hungry. Hell is right here. I was not mindful, and you took away my part of the steak.
My brother, the one with yellow skin, is destitute.  His little boy fainted in school this morning, because he lacked even a small sweet potato to eat. I was busy struggling to prevent the landlord from raising the rent.  You equipped your company with new machines, and I lost my job.

16 March 2013

The Time of the Autumn Equinox

On 20 March it will be the time of the Autumn Equinox here in the Southern Hemisphere, also marked when the sun enters the sign of Pisces.  During this time we will find ourselves at a time of equilibrium once again, when the hours of light and darkness are equal.  
At the Spring Equinox the energy is manifesting before action (which is what is occuring in the Northern Hemisphere).  Now here at the Autumn Equinox, it is repose after action.

06 March 2013

Dreaming of Autumn

According to the general populace, 1 March is supposed to herald in the cooler season of Autumn, bringing with it much appreciated relief from our hot Southern Summers.  However, here in southern Australia, our temperatures are still heading skyward as if Summer is determined to make sure it is not forgotten for a while.

Having had enough of our heat and increasing humidity, my thoughts however are wishfully focused on the cool change that will eventually arrive (hopefully in time for the upcoming Autumn Equinox picnic being organised on Sunday, 17th March).  As such, I thought I would share a beautiful seasonal poem: