Mahatma Gandhi said "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever".
My sister, a teacher, is always telling me about how anything in life is possible if you are committed to learning. She is not necessarily talking about studying a structured course or the type of learning that will get you a certificate to frame and hang on the wall, rather the every day learning that comes from having an open, interested, alert and engaged mind.
Twenty-sixteen is shaping up to be a turbulent year for me in terms of spiritual growth, breaking down long held and unhelpful paradigms and planting the seeds of my dreams in the soil of reality. So it seems it will be the perfect opportunity to track some of my learning along the way.
1/ Psalm 34:3-6 says " Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. The poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles".
I am not sure I had read this before this week but I love it ... there are so many more beautiful lines in the Psalm "Seek peace and pursue it" and "The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit", 'Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good", it is full of love and hope and reassurance and it has been a real blessing for me this week.
2/ I attended Radiant Light Yoga for the second time and it was truly amazing. I have never experienced anything like it. For just a few minutes in the 90 minute session I felt a soul soothing happiness, a total release from the pressure of life and it was magnificent. I can't wait until next week.
3/ Rain makes us happy. It truly does, it is renewing and uplifting, it brings hope and joy and the promise of new life and prosperity and abundance. It cools everything down and settles the dust of the land and the spirit. Awww sweet sweet rain how we love you so.
4/ Wise and kind friends are golden. This I already knew but I was reminded of it this week. Proverb 27:17 says "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another", who we spend our time with can deeply enrich our lives and kindred spirits are nourishing soul food.
5/ When you photocopy documents to be certified make sure it is an absolutely true and correct copy without even a full stop missing, otherwise you will not get your document certified.
Life is more exciting and interesting when you are always looking for new things to learn ... my sister is definitely right.
Have you learnt anything this week you would like to share?