There were not many blog entries for 2013 as I was busy with moving house and other things. To view the photograph and read the full entries, just click on the photo or quote.
Stay Close To The Young
And A Little Rubs Off
Alan J. Lerner
This photograph of my paternal grandmother Evelyn, my brother David and myself was taken in 1962, we had recently moved to live next door to our grandparents in a small village in south Oxfordshire. For about five years we were able to be a part of Evelyn's everyday life and she enjoyed her time with her grandchildren, including another brother who came along in 1963. A special bond developed between David and Evelyn and I also have a lovely memory of going by myself with her to visit her family in Wales for a few days, I think I must have been between five and six as I wrote about it at school (I still have the book that I wrote in). Those shared years are treasured because...
For as long as I can remember, I have always believed that nothing is just a coincidence and everything in life happens for a reason. I don't ever remember being 'taught' this by my parents or learning it some other way but it has always been a belief that has helped me to get through the challenges in my life. Whenever something happened that I was not happy about, I would tell myself this and patiently wait for the good to come out of it. Over time the problem would just be forgotten about or I would acknowledge the benefit that had developed from what had happened. I never used to think of this as being to do with the good things in life, my focus was on when negative things happened.
In 1995 I read The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, it is written as a novel about a man's spiritual awakening, but is more of a parable of spiritual truths. The main character goes on a journey to discover a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru. The first insight is about coincidences and
It is so easy to love some people, our close family and friends receive our love and affection effortlessly. We do our best to give them our attention and support, especially when we are a parent of babies and young children. When they do something wrong, or that we don't like, it can be relatively easy to accept and forgive them when necessary. Achieving unconditional love for them is not difficult.
Unconditional self love is one of the most challenging for us, to accept and love ourselves just as we are, 'warts and all,' is something that most of us struggle with, but...
I have always loved to watch babies and toddlers as they explore their world. The excitement and wonder they show when discovering the simplest of things is a delight to see and experience with them. As Akiane states: 'Everything is magical and extraordinary,' but why does this sense of wonder disappear for the majority of children as they grow?
I used to think that this joy that they have was just about finding 'new' things, and that once the new-found object or experience was viewed a few times, it would not have the same intensity of feeling, ever again. But this belief was proved wrong to me when I began to learn more about the Law of Attraction. Following the teachings of Abraham-Hicks I have been able to re-awaken the experience in myself, so that I can now get great delight from appreciating the simplest of things, especially in nature.
The question of why children loose their wonder and curiosity has been quite relevant to me recently as over the past few weeks I have been...