Friday, 29 April 2016

Recipe for getting through a difficult week.

8 hours of sleep every night.

30 minutes to wake up slowly enjoy that transition period from sleeping to waking you know the time when the bed is just the right temperature and reality has not yet crashed into your consciousness. 

1 hour to shower, and dress, while enjoying a good cup of your favourite hot drink.

30 minutes to eat a healthy breakfast.

Now is the time you go to work either at home or outside the home.

Stop for both a morning and afternoon break – get outside and walk finding joy in the sounds of life all around you.

Eat a healthy lunch and spend 10 minutes mediating on something that makes you happy.

Once home prepare supper and eat this meal at the kitchen or dinning room table.  
Even if you live alone you are worth it take the time.

Clean up the kitchen right away.

Take 30 minutes to lay out the clothing you will wear tomorrow.

45 minutes to soak in the tub.

Get to bed early.

Forgive yourself for any sharp words you directed at others or yourself.

Affirm that you going through a stressful period and acknowledge that it will also come to an end.

Create for yourself an emotional first aid kit.  
This is a small container that you can carry with you.  In your emotional first aid kit place pictures of people and places that make you happy.  Quotes that remind you that this too will pass.  A photograph of you smiling.  

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 24 April 2016

I Am Making All Things New

"a new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34

The events of this week have brought a new depth of understanding to the command to love one another without cost to the other.  

The first occurred in the silence created by the drumming of a traditional Aboriginal singer who followed Karen McClain words "what is the one thing you can do today that will ripple peace and love out into the world?".  At an event where lawyers, judges, social workers and police were recipients of such love from a community that paid too great a price to receive Christian love over many years even to today.

The second this morning as a Quaker spoke to us about the power of silence that opens up space for God to speak to us.  "Sitting in silence knowing everything is possible" Ursula Franklin

Understanding, knowing, practicing the love of God.  Love that seeks to know through silence.  Love that ripples from one person to another.  Love that does not seek to change.  Love that desires only to know, understand, and be present.  Love that seeks only to serve the other.  

Not God's love as we define it full of terms and conditions.  

Grandma Snyder 

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls 

Lectionary  scriptures Acts 11:1-8, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35.

Sunset at the beach reflected

Four images of how the sunset is reflected in the waves Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls