Welcome dear friend, to the first Positive Morning Thoughts!
Positive Morning Thoughts is a new idea I’m trying.
It’s not a “formal blog post” – more a collection of my thoughts, musings and insights of lessons I’ve learnt over the years, wrapped up in yoga and meditation philosophy.
The thoughts are offered to inspire, encourage and support you to build, strengthen and nurture your daily meditation practice.
So, here’s the first Positive Morning Thoughts – Love is all there is.
When my brother, John passed away silently in the early hours of the day (July 1997) I didn’t want people telling me “God knows best.”
I didn’t want to be “grateful for the love he gave” or be “glad he died without pain ” (how do you know – you weren’t there!)
I was angry.
Unhappy and afraid.
…what if I died suddenly, or heaven forbid, one of my daughters, my parents or close friends?
Everyone tried to appease my fears.
Yet, the space I was in, no amount of telling me John’s death was “part of God’s plan” was going to make me get up and feel better.
Positive Lessons Learnt From Losing Loved Ones
And now, twenty years or so later, I appreciate the spirit behind those platitudes.
I can give thanks for John’s life and rejoice in the love John freely shared when he was alive.
Nowadays, I can look back, smile and know his life, and his death wasn’t in vain.
John’s spirit of loving-kindness, forgiving others and seeing the good in all, guides my thoughts when I jump to conclusions and start to judge people who say and do things differently from me.
Through my daily meditation practice, I can pause, regroup my emotions and think, “hmmm, what would John,or my best self say or do” and allow this energy to inform my actions.
My dear cousin Sherry passed away in 1995, 18 months before my brother John.
For years after Sherry’s death, whenever I closed my eyes, the only image I could see, was Sherry’s body hooked up to the life support machine.
The only sound I could hear was Uncle’s broken cry and soft tears as the final bleep announced her departure.
It was all too much, and I shut down.
Life can be cruel.
Loss of loved ones reminds us we are fragile;
Our spirits may be strong, yet our body’s weak.
So, that’s why I do what I do.
I meditate, journal and write, share my thoughts with others to remind myself – and you, that life is precious, a gift for us to enjoy while we can.
Unfortunately, there is no telling how long we can play with this gift.
For some, life is a few years, for others, 92 is the closing date.
And while others, never get to see the light of day.
They are lost in the sea of a mother’s womb, some aborted, some miscarriage or transported to eternal light as soon as they are born.
So, that’s why I believe we must seize the day, face our fears and insecurities, rise above them, and be the light in someone’s heart.
Can you do that?
Can you be the person who lights up and is the light in someone’s heart?
Positive Thought #1
As you go through your day, take heart dear friends, remember you are not alone.
Use your daily meditation practice to safely tune into your sorrows, your hurts and joys.
Use your breath as an anchor to uplift and fill you up, so you feel better, stronger and empowered to rise and enjoy your day.
Be well, dear friend. Allow your light to shine and aspire to be a light in someone’s heart.
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