Finding Joy in a Sea of Masks

For only the second time, I travelled up to Glasgow to take part in the gatherings on Glasgow Green to speak about the recent goings on, from my perspective. The first time, I didn’t speak up, but this time I did. I received a very warm welcome from the people of Glasgow who were very receptive to my 5 minute talk.

I met an amazing lady by the name of Christine, who is a homeopath, and as luck would have it, or the synchronicity of the Universe, we both travelled in by train, so we walked back to Glasgow Central Station together, both maskless of course.

GCS was an interesting venture. 99% of people were wearing masks, and those who weren’t walking stoood obediently on the marks on the floor, for social distancing, aka social compliance. I bet if I’d stopped and asked some people who were there, if they knew anybody who a) had tested positive or B) had actually died from this so called deadly disease, the number of affirmatives would be very very low, to either question. I still don’t know anyone personally who has tested positive, let alone died from it. And it’s supposed to be SOOOOOO contagious I would have expected to know someone, wouldn’t you?

Anyway, my new best friend and myself are walking through this sea of masks, and we spot a man walking towards us without one. We have eye contact, and then, by his side, he puts a very quiet, Thumbs up!

Oh how my heart sang at the sight of this little sign of solidarity, against this madness. A little bit of joy, in a very strange world that we find ourselves living in at the moment.

Gathering on Glasgow Green August 2020

Faithfulness in the Sacred Garden

The 7th quality of the Fruit of the Spirit, as described in Galatians 5 v 22-23 is faithfulness. What does the word mean to you? Here are the quotes we contemplated and meditated on.

All God’s giants have been weak men and women who have gotten hold of God’s faithfulness.

Hudson Taylor

Our world is obsessed with success. But how does God define success? Success in God’s eyes is faithfulness to His calling.

Billy Graham

Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.

Paramahansa Yogamanda

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post which is one of a group writen on the Fruit of the Spirit. Tomorrow’s post will be on Gentleness. I hope you will come by and read more on the Fruit of the Spirit.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy

Goodness in the Sacred Garden

As we work our way through the qualities of the Fruit of the Spirit, we come to the 6th, goodness.

Full of Goodness

To have an open self is to provide a free channel for the infinite goodness of God. To have an open self is to keep yourself aware, alert and sensitive to the beauty and wonder of life. God’s love will flow through you into the world, when you are open. You enlarge the dimensions of your life when you keep yourself open to the highest and best. The key to God’s infinite riches is within you-open yourself and you will receive.

Wilferd Peterson

An act of goodness is of itself and act of happiness.

Maurice Maeterlinck

In goodness there are all kinds of wisdom.

Euripedes

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post which is one of a group writen on the Fruit of the Spirit. Tomorrow’s post will be on Faithfulness. I hope you will come by and read more on the Fruit of the Spirit.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy

Kindness in the Sacred Garden

Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots

Kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits.

Take care of the garden and keep out the weeds,

Fill it with sunshine, kind words, and kind deeds.

Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post which is one of a group writen on the Fruit of the Spirit.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy

Patience in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The fourth is Patience (or long-suffering in the New King James vesion), and these 3 quotes and passages were read aloud for meditation & contemplation.

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”

Joyce Meyer

Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its won unhurried pace.

Brian Weiss

The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.

Ralph Marston

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Patience? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Kindness.

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Peace in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The third is Peace, and these 4 quotes and passages were read aloud for meditation & contemplation.

Hold the World in Your Thoughts and Pray for Peace

Inner peace does not come from getting what you want, but from remembering who we are.

Marianne Williamson

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.

Martin Luther King

If you want peace you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.

Desmond Tutu

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.

Peace Pilgrim

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Peace? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Patience or as the New King James version of the Bible calls it Long-suffering .

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too. Please join me in the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Joy in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The second is Joy, and these 3 quotes and passages were read aloud for meditation & contemplation.

Jumping for Joy
Degrees Announced

Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy.

Mother Teresa

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no-one will take away your joy.

John 16 v 22

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

Rumi

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Joy? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Peace.

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Love in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The first is Love, and these 3 quotes and passages were contemplated upon.

Love is the most universal, the most tremendous and the most mystical of cosmic forces. Love is the primal and universal psychic energy. Love is the sacred reserve of energy. It is like the blood of spiritual evolution.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God-for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending His only son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love, it is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No-one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us and his love has been brought to full expression through us. And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

1 John 4 v 7-13 NLT

Your tsk is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Rumi

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Love? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Joy.

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Theme Reveal

Today is the day that any writers of blogs who want to participate in an AtoZchallenge during September reveal their theme. I have chosen:

With the strange times that we lived through in the Spring of 2020 most of us were confronted with a life that we’d only dreamt of before, or should that be had nightmares about?

Come and read how I found Joy during the time.

I look forward to sharing with you my deepest thoughts.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

If you would like to find Joy, then head over to the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook. It would be a joy to see you there.

Porters and Guides

Are you like me, you like to do things on your own terms? Maybe you’re a starseed, never feeling quite at home or comfortable where you are, never quite fitting in. If so you are not alone, but you may need to hear this.

I love hillwalking, I love being out in nature, high up, admiring the view. My happy place was on Tuesdays. Heading out to the hills, all located within a 2 hour drive from my home in Scotland. But if I was honest, I preferred to do them on my own. I held people back, I wanted to enjoy the journey admire the views as they changed, not just race to the top, and then head straight home again.

When I went to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, I learnt 2 big lessons. One was that no matter what you do, altitude sickness can get you, and put a stop to your ambitions.

Secondly without a certain group of people, I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I did. Those people are the Porters and Guides who accompanied us. It was very humbling to be in their presence. Yes they had an awesome “office”, but they had the likes of me to put up with. They are all stars in my eyes. They worked tirelessly carrying our belongings as well as all the food and water, cooking equipment and portaloos up and down the mountain-side, and they do it with a smile on their face. Each night when the team got into camp they were greeted with singing. I only managed to first day, as all the following days I was so behind everyone else, they had stopped the singing and dancing and were onto other duties. It is the thing that makes me the saddest, when I reflect back on that trip, that I missed the singing and dancing.

3 guides I spent an inordinately long period of time with, and can mention them by name. There were others that were the rest of my party, so I didn’t get to know them so well. During the evenings, when everybody else was around the mess tent, bonding and gelling, I was laying down, recovering from the days walk. I saw little of the mess tent after the second day. Despite huge attempts by some of the party, I was left to my own company in my tent. This was a shame as it meant I didn’t get a chance to speak to the porters much. To be a guide, you started as a porter for 3 years, and we were encouraged to speak to them, to help them with their english.

So a big shout goes to Benson and Sticky who got me as far up the mountain as was possible., occassionally literally dragging me up, as the altitude sickness just made me want to sit down and sleep.

Ayoub who escorted me off the mountain, and subsequently looked after me, taking me to clinics and internet cafes to get the necessary paperwork, before I could come home.

I am often asked if I have unfinished business on Kilimanjaro. I don’t think so. Sometimes you just have to accept that you may not realise the dream you set out to do. That is the unfinished business that I have. Coming to terms that there are places that we set out for, but never reach our destination. The real learning is in the journey. The last donation before I set out came with a message.

So what has this got to do with your spiritual development? Well sometimes you just have to admit that you need help. Without the expertise and knowledge of a team of people, I would have failed very early on. Self-awareness, self-development, dealing with trauma and experiences in life that can hold you back from experiencing joy in your life need a guide sometimes. That is why I am currently writing a book to help you overcome situations that are holding you back. Sometimes it may feel as though you have a mountain to climb, and from my experience you do. Sometimes you will need a little help carrying some of your baggage, and sometimes you might need dragging along, as it feels as though the oxygen has been sucked out of you. But using my book as a guide-book, we will get you along the track for a memorable experience.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy

The mountain teams are seriously hit economically by the health crisis, which has gripped the world in 2020. If you are enjoying this blog please consider donating to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project here This is a fund set up to help with finances and training. To become a guide takes, time, money and dedication and they need our help now, more than ever.