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Time is free, but it is priceless……..

20-11-15 - 1 (248)“Time is free, but it is priceless.    You can’t own it, but you can use it.   You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.    Once you have lost it you can never get it back.”   Harvey Mackay.

Having just celebrated another birthday, I am only too aware of the rapid movement of time and how precious every moment is.

Flowers from an English country garden.   A beautiful moment in time. 27164812_10156033362095396_1542881300197917602_oWhen I sit observing Mother Nature’s bounty, I am reminded that all of life is fragile and temporary.    A flower in full bloom reminds me that beauty is a fleeting and enjoyable event,  however it is the full evolution of a plant that teaches us so much more.

watercolour27164538_10156023231000396_5682597220846199362_oAs Charles Darwin said – ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent – it is the one that is most adaptable to change’

This is possibly one of the many reasons that I am so attracted to the hummingbird.   The Hummingbird goes into a deep torpor during the cold nights – a death like sleep where the little creature lowers its metabolic rate by as much as 95%.      As the warm sun rises, so does the metabolic rate of the hummingbird.    The tiny bird awakens from this state with enough energy reserves to see it through the first feedings of the morning.      The hummingbird’s circadian clock triggers its time of arousal, one or two hours before dawn.

watercolour/gouache16463495_10154868634630396_3944780471682145171_oCircadian rhythms are found in human beings and most living things, responding primarily to light and darkness in the environment.       However in today’s 24/7 techno charged world where time zones are crossed without even a thought and light pollution prevails around major cities,  we humans seem to have lost track of the natural rhythms of life.     Our time clocks are out of alignment .

watercolour20-11-15 - 1 (268)Is it any wonder then, that so many are feeling stress and an inability to slow down and relax?    Is it any wonder that many young children who are glued to screens, often in their bedrooms, never feel at rest?

Potting plants in a Somerset garden20-11-15 - 1 (1101) From Marcus Aurelius – ‘Time is a river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.’

All of which convinces me how important it is to make the very best of every moment we have, because once that moments gone, it will never return.

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Fear and Love

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love.

“When we are afraid, we pull back from life.   When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement and acceptance.   We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and imperfections.   If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.    Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open hearted vision of people who embrace life.”     John Lennon.

watercolour/gouache20-11-15 - 1 (462)All of life in interconnected.     Mother Nature and the Magical Hummingbirds  remind us of this as they work together rather than in opposition.

watercolour/gouache20-11-15 - 1 (1023)Most cultures teach us that safety is found in separation and disconnection.

If we really believe that what happens in one part of the world doesn’t affect the rest of the world, we are in fact living in denial, convincing ourselves that we are safe.

To rely on disconnection for protection is to rely on falsehood.

watercolour/gouache20-11-15 - 1 (772)Mother Nature has given us the perfect example of what happens when we respect the laws of interconnection and also what happens when we don’t……..

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From the book – Buddhist Offerings:

You menace others with your deadly fangs but in tormenting them, you are only torturing yourselves. 

A Bientôt

Living in harmony……..

‘Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.   Thomas MertonP1100559I have been thinking about a time in my life when I experienced a sense of what it is to live in a state of innocence and harmony.

After World War II – yet another hideous war which was supposed to be the war to end all wars,  the powers that be decided that it was time to integrate the young people of Europe.        All sorts of schemes and programmes were adopted.    School children were encouraged to have pen pals from other countries and when possible to travel and meet one another.P1100549Given that I grew up in Kent, not too far from the English Channel,  where France can be seen from England on a clear day,  I was one of many young people who were able to meet up with counterparts from other countries.

My fondest memories are of being on the beach at Broadstairs, Kent – soaking up the experience of being with others, who at a time of limited travel and communication, appeared different, and yet the same.           Most of us had a spattering of other languages, but as is the case with the young, communication was natural and easily nurtured.

In hindsight, I now realise that we young people on that beach, English, German, Dutch, French, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish etc. held at that moment in time, a sense of universal values.      P1100555We hadn’t experienced the first hand horrors of two hideous world wars as our parents had…..rather there was a feeling of new beginnings – a time when people could co-exist with one another – where a sense of harmony might prevail.

During that idealistic moment in life, we were unable to foresee the problems of our world today.      We had no idea that fifty-five years on our collective lives would look like pure science fiction.P1100564It has been said many times that the definition of madness is to repeat the same mistakes over and over again and expect a different outcome.    Words that have been ringing in my ears as I observe our world today.

As always, I look towards Mother Nature for answers……It is here that we are shown how to achieve a sense of balance, rhythm and harmony.

A magical hummingbird drinking from the sweet nectar of life. 20-11-15 - 1 (81)A Bientôt



Thoughts for the new year

I have been aware during this past year that the words ‘Interconnectedness and mindfulness’ have become fashionable buzz words.    For me their significance is immense and I hope to be mindful of their real meaning as I move into the new calendar year. 

The following poem was brought to my attention by Jane Lukas.    I met Jane in 1973.   She became my surrogate Mother and wonderful friend – one whose influence and guidance is with me every day.    Although Jane has left this earthly realm, she is always with me. 

‘The man whispered, ‘God speak to me’,  and a meadowlark sang.  

 But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled ‘God, speak to me’,  and the thunder and lightening rolled across the sky. 

But the man did not listen. 

The man looked around and said ‘God, let me see you’,   and a star shone brightly. 

But the man did not see. 

Then the man shouted, ‘God, show me a miracle’,   and a new life was born.

But the man did not notice.

So the man cried out in despair.

‘Touch me God, and let me know you are here’

Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man,

But the man brushed the butterfly away, and walked on…………



My hope is that as I move through this new year I am mindful of each and every precious moment.

I wish everyone a year full of creativity, peace and joy.

Elephants and hummingbirds are a source of wisdom, beauty and good fortune.



A Bientôt