Thought for the day, Monday 6th September

“Because yesterday was not all it should have been does not matter.
Yesterday is finished and gone and you can do nothing about it.
Today is a completely different matter.
It lies before you untouched and unblemished.
And it is up to you to make it the most wonderful day.

How do you start off each day?
Remember, it is no concern of anyone else.
It is something you, and you alone, have to choose to bring about.
Try to start off the day with inner peace and contentment
by taking time to be still and allowing that peace to infil and enfold you.

Do not rush into the day unprepared and out of harmony.
If you do, it is easy to take that state of mind into the day,
allowing it to affect the whole day and all those souls you contact.
It is up to you to choose what today is going to be and then make it so.
Why not choose now?”

Eileen Caddy (1917 – 2006), one of the founders of the Findhorn community

Thought for the day, Sunday 5th September

From Eternal Echoes by John O’Donohue,

“There are no manuals for the construction of the individual you would like to become.
You are the only one who can decide this and take up the lifetime of work that it demands.
This is a wonderful privilege and such an exciting adventure.
To grow into the person that your deepest longing desires is a great blessing.

If you can find a creative harmony between your soul and your life,
you will have found something infinitely precious.
You may not be able to do much about the great problems of the world
or to change the situation you are in, but if you can awaken the eternal
beauty and light of your soul, you will bring light wherever you go.

The gift of life is given to us for ourselves and also to bring peace,
courage, and compassion to others.”

Thought for the day, Friday 3rd September

“In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
Speech is born out of longing,
True description from the real taste.
The one who tastes, knows;
the one who explains, lies.
How can you describe the true form of Something
In whose presence you are blotted out?
And in whose being you still exist?
And who lives as a sign for your journey?”
Rabia al-Basri (717 – 801), female Sufi poet-saint
Art by Johno Prascak

Thought for the day, Thursday 2nd September

The Moment by Margaret Atwood,

“The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.”

Thought for the day, Wednesday 1st September

From The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben,

“When you know that trees experience pain and have memories and that tree parents live together with their children, then you can no longer just chop them down and disrupt their lives with larger machines…
We have learned that mother trees recognize and talk with their kin, shaping future generations. In addition, injured trees pass their legacies on to their neighbours, affecting gene regulation, defence chemistry, and resilience in the forest community…
It appears that nutrient exchange and helping neighbours in times of need is the rule, and this leads to the conclusion that forests are superorganisms with interconnections much like ant colonies…
The trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going so far as to nourish the stump of a felled tree for centuries after it was cut down by feeding it sugars and other nutrients, and so keeping it alive. Only some stumps are thus nourished. Perhaps they are the parents of the trees that make up the forest of today.”

Thought for the day, Tuesday 10th August

Tradition ascribes this day in the year 610 CE as the date on which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) began to receive the revelation later transcribed as the Qur’an, which begins,
“In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of all the worlds,
The Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful,
Master of the day of Requital,
You do we serve and You do we ask for help.
Guide us on the right path,
The path of those upon whom You have bestowed grace,
those who incur no wrath, and who go not astray.”

Thought for the day will be taking a break now and will be back on 1st September.

Thought for the day, Monday 9th August

“The sanest man sets up no deed, lays down no law,
Takes everything that happens as it comes,
As something to animate, not to appropriate,
To earn, not to own,
To accept naturally without self-importance:
If you never assume importance,
You never lose it.”
Lao Tzu (BCE 604 – 531), Chinese philosopher and author of the Tao Te Ching, quoted in Fragments of Holiness for Daily Reflection

Thought for the day, Sunday 8th August

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”
Mary Oliver