Encouragement for the Journey 30 / 12 / 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 30 / 12 / 2012

Encouragement for the Journey


Greetings Fellow Traveller,

‘Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.’ Anon

I thought I would repeat what I wrote this time last year, it is still applicable. New Year is a time for resolutions, making changes, charting new ways of being and responding to life. I found an article in the Huffington Post (On line Newspaper) on the 5 Spiritual Practices of Ageing Well by a Buddhist Writer Lewis Richmond. I want to use his five headings which are: Gratitude, Generosity, Reframing, Curiosity and Flexibility.


It is surprising how our mood changes when we become grateful for our lives. Meister Eckhart has a delightful quote: ’if we could only say one prayer it would be thank you.’ Often we take for granted that which is familiar and present, take for example, our water and electricity supply, for people in Samoa after the cyclone their supply is unpredictable. Gratitude is being thankful for what is.


No matter our age, we can still be generous, not speaking here of money, rather offering simple acts of kindness, a phone call, a letter, email or text, or just giving of our time and that essential word of encouragement. When we are generous, we discover that the world does not revolve around us; there are others also on the journey of life.


How are we looking at our life, is it through negative spectacles or through positive spectacles which always offer us opportunities for hope and life. When things happen to us and they do, we can choose to explore different ways of giving meaning to those events, which change the negative to the positive.


In life we may become narrow in focus, we have our interests and close friends, and it may become increasingly more difficult to start new interests and friendships. However, when we adopt a spirit of curiosity, we realise there are other ways of seeing and doing, we become open to wonder and mystery.


Have you heard the expression: ‘I am too old to change.’ If we accept this, it is like having our feet in concrete shoes, we become stuck, unable to move and we slowly stagnate. Being flexible in attitude, we develop an openness to discover, to appreciate wonder and mystery, and our life becomes interesting and alive.

May the unfolding New Year offer you moments to live well within the embrace of life’s mystery.

Meanwhile Peace Alf