One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.
Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said, "Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine." The crowd and the young man looked at the old man's heart. It was beating strongly ...but it was full of scars ...it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in ..but they didn't fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact ...in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing. The people stared ...how can he say his heart is more beautiful ...they thought?
The young man looked at the old man's heart ...and saw its state and laughed. "You must be joking," he said. "Compare your heart with mine ..mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears." "Yes" .. said the old man ..."yours is perfect looking but ...I would never trade with you. You see ... every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love ...I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them ...and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart ...but because the pieces aren't exact ...I have some rough edges ...which I cherish ...because they remind me of the love we shared.
Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away ...and the other person hasn't returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges ...giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful ..they stay open ...reminding me of the love I have for these people too ..and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?"
The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man ...reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart ..and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering ...placed it in his heart ..and then took a piece from his old scarred heart ...and placed it in the wound in the young man's heart. It fit ...but not perfectly ...as there were some jagged edges. The young man looked at his heart ...not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever ...since love from the old man's heart flowed into his.
Hello lovelies.. we actually have whispers of Summer here today with almost blue skies among the showers :o)
I’ve made another little bag with greenwhispers..
its the same as yesterdays.. well almost.. it’s the same style and size - 11 X 8.5 inch.. with this one I’ve made the outside of the bag with the lilac corduroy, and inside with a very lightweight black stripey cotton, that used to be a wrap skirt bought in Thailand a few year ago. The strap, again, is made from the dark purple, tapestry-upholstery kind of fabric and the underside of the strap is a checked cotton in pale lilac.
Hello to you on this blustery, Wintery… Summers day! :o)
I have another little greenwhisper for you today…
I’ve been using up some more of the fabrics from charity shop clothes to make myself this wee bag..
It’s a messenger type bag approx 11 X 8.5 inch.. with a pinstripe cotton fabric on the outside and it's lined with a lilac corduroy, the shoulder length strap is made from a thick, dark purple, tapestry-upholstery kind of fabric.. that used to be a groovy pair of jeans… that I can no longer fit into!! ..and the pinstripe again on the underside of the strap. I’ve left this one quite simple.. no pockets...
I’ll have a go at adding those on another creation!
Good Morning lovelies... and a fine Morning it is too!
Were off camping this weekend so I'll leave you with a few more of my little creations before we get off......... Yes its early... sooo very early!..... never mind.. I can relax in the open air for the rest of this glorious day... if it stays this way! :-)
three cards, same design, different colours.. This is the 'Namaste Fairy'... Do you like her?
A man and his son were walking in the forest. Suddenly the boy trips and feeling a sharp pain he screams "Ahhhhhhhhh!" Surprised he hears a voice coming from the mountain, "Ahhhhhhhhh!"
Filled with curiosity, he screams: "Who are you!" but the only answer he receives is "who are you!" This makes him angry, so he screams: "You are a coward!" and the voice answers "You are a coward!” He looks at his father, asking, "Dad, what is going on!"
"Son," the man replies, "pay attention!" then he screams, "I admire you!" The voice answers "I admire you". The father shouts, "You are wonderful!" and the voice answers: "You are wonderful!"
Then the father explains, "People call this 'Echo'.. but truly it is 'LIFE'! Life always gives you back what you give out! Life is a mirror of your actions. If you want more love, give more love! If you want understanding, give understanding and respect. If you want people to be patient and respectful to you, give patience and respect! This rule of nature applies to every aspect of our lives.“
Life always gives you back what you give out. Your life is not a coincidence, but a mirror of your own doings.
This was my first attempt at making a bag.. a gift for my little Sister..
..with a touch of greenwhisper.. this wee 'eco' bag is made with recycled fabric.. from a no longer used, cotton pinstriped skirt, and a silky chinese style top.. the chinese knot cord fastener is also from the top..
I was pleased with it for a first attempt... hope she was too :o) Xx
Greetings on this bright Monday morning. I'd like to share a few of my handmade cards with you today. For the past few years I’ve been turning my doodling into cards, for friends and family. I love making them so much that I now have many more than I can use. So.. I have beenpondering trying to sell some online. I’ve opened an account withhttp://www.misi.co.uk/..now I just need to create a shop, list a few items and see how things go…
Below are a couple of samples of my little creations…
Today.. already, and still so early, I have been filled with a myriad of emotions, getting on with this mornings work and watching them enter my house…
The following quote sprang to mind so I thought this is what I would share with you for today…
Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don’t accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace.
The following recipe can be used as a facial toner for after cleansing or to soothe and freshen the skin after shaving. I’ve also found it to be very soothing when applied to gnat/insect bites, it greatly relieves the itching applied frequently as needed.
1 tbsp dried Chamomile flowers ½ tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 1 small cup (just over half a mug) of water
Put the chamomile flowers and water into a small pan and bring to the boil.
Once its started to boil remove from the heat, place a lid or small plate over it and leave to cool.
When completely cooled remove the chamomile flowers by filtering the liquid through a piece of muslin into a jug, a fine sieve will do if you have no muslin, but the cloth is much better at filtering all the tiny bits.
Then add the apple cider vinegar, give it a good stir and pour it into a small bottle.. about 100ml size.
This will keep for up to a month in the fridge… although in our house it rarely lasts that long.
The apple cider vinegar is added as a preservative..
Chamomile flowers are very calming, soothing and softening for the skin.. great for eczema and irritable skin, and these combined with their antiseptic properties make this very soothing and beneficial for spots.
Apple cider vinegar as well as being a great natural preservative, is also antibacterial, helps to balance the skins natural PH levels and is full of minerals which are very nourishing for the complexion.
The above can also be made up without the apple cider vinegar… I prefer this to use on my face.. just a matter of personal choice, although without the apple cider vinegar it wont keep as long and needs to be made up more frequently, I find like this its ok kept in the fridge for about 5 days, a week at a push… you can usually smell if its going off!
Using this daily, morning and night, after cleansing is a real treat for the skin. When I have an acne rosacea flare its so very soothing and healing.
A man once found a cocoon of the beautiful Emperor Moth and took it home so he could watch the moth emerge from the cocoon.
On the day a small opening appeared, he sat, enthralled, and watched for several hours as the moth struggled to force its body through that little hole. After a while, it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could go and it could go no further. It just seemed to be stuck.
So the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth.... he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. To his relief, the moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shrivelled wings. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to support the body, which would contract in time -- and the moth would fly away. But it never happened!
In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Freedom and flight could only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of its struggle, he deprived the moth of health and freedom.
If we were to go through our lives without any obstacles or struggles, we too would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every struggle (opportunity) a chance, learn to grow beyond it and fly free of your cocoon -- leave no room for regrets.
1 small cup (or just over half a mug) of full fat milk 1 tbsp fresh mint (chopped finely)
Mix the chopped mint and milk together, and bring to the boil in a small pan. Then remove from the heat, and cover the pan with a lid or small plate and leave to cool. When cooled strain the mint out with muslin/fine cotton or a fine tea strainer. Put the lovely home made cleanser in a bottle.. glass is best :)
Apply liberally to face with cotton wool. This is also excellent for removing make-up and is very gentle on the eye area.
Rinse the face with lukewarm water afterwards and pat dry.
This wonderful homemade Cleanser usually lasts about a week if kept in the fridge.
Milk contains lactic acid which is a gentle exfoliant, its also a good source of vitamins A & D.. so nourishes the complexion, and is a wonderful soother for dry, itchy skin.
Mint has great anti-bacterial properties, on par with garlic, is full of Vitamin C so is antioxidant and has significant rejuvenating properties.
I've found that after regular use, morning and night, for the past 4 months, my skin feels much softer and less dry and tight after cleansing. Also having Acne Rosacea, my skin has calmed down considerably, and is loving not having chemical based products smeared all over it on a daily basis!
You are standing at exactly the place towards which you have been traveling ~ for seven years or seventy years or seven hundred years.
Your reality is within you, it is not somewhere else. But to understand the point, sometimes it takes years. You knock on many doors before you come to your own door...and then you are puzzled, because this is the house you had left and this is the house you have been searching for ~Osho