February . . . thoughts of Light

January was busy and February promises more of the same. But it’s a good busy. I will be writing a proper post over the next few days, so this will be short. The course of last month has been completed but the work is ongoing, and quite a few of us are doing the workbook and exercises again. It’s good to have companions on this journey. I am taking part in a shorter, 21 day group, too, that is using a free Louise Hay workbook. Should be fun!

I expect you know that January had a Blue Moon (two full moons in the same month) and that March will have a Blue Moon, too. Which means that February will not have a full moon at all. I had never considered the possibility. Of course, there will be plenty of moonlight at both ends of this month. We had a lunar eclipse, too, but I didn’t realize it was early in the morning, so I missed it. But my son, on Vancouver Island, was  up and took this through their telescope:

Judah Lunar Eclipse am 31 Jan 2018

And for those of you interested in such things: apparently, due to a rare planetary line-up, there is reason to think that the Age of Aquarius began on 07 January 2018. Go here to learn more.

Which led me to think about a poster that I still have (in storage, of course) that has moved me deeply since the first time I saw it:

Desiderata  (Things to be Desired)

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

And that reminded me of the most valuable Zen quote I know:

Chop-Wood-Carry-Water-01

So much wisdom is so few words . . . the changes we dream of in life sometimes manifest, not in different circumstances, but in a different awareness.

Nothing like a little nostalgia, is there? Not sure what brought that on, but I blame the Age of Aquarius music from the first video.

Let Us Dance in the Sun 01

Music for today:

Runrig’s first album: Play Gaelic I’ve shared this before, but it still moves me.

I think I’ve mentioned that I have somewhat eclectic musical taste. A few years ago, while I was in Edmonton, my friend Gen, whose wedding I’m going to in May, played this for me. I liked it so much her father gave me a CD of their songs. This group is from Somerset and the genre is often termed Scrumpy / Western. I can’t explain why I like them so much, but I do. This song was their first big hit, back in the 1970s, and you may recognize the tune as originally “I’ve got a brand new pair of roller skates”.

So here’s the Wurzels, singing I’ve Got a Brand New Combine Harvester.

I recently lucked into this gem: Pete Seeger and Fred Hellerman of the Weavers singing The Frozen Logger, a song my Dad used to sing to us.  Note: a mackinaw is a plaid jacket that was often worn by loggers.  I am wearing one right now that my cousin loaned to me; it’s almost exactly like this, only mine is fleece.

mackinaw 01

Seems fitting for February, although ours has not been that cold (yet).

For those of you dreaming of gardening, John Denver and The Garden Song

. . . and for those of you who want to change the world in a meaningful way, Donovan with “If You Want Your Dream to Be” from the movie Brother Sun, Sister Moon, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, which is a beautifully filmed movie about the life of St. Francis of Assissi and Clare.

Runrig and ‘Ic Iain ‘Ic Sheumais a folk song from the 1500s, which they altered slightly. This video is from the movie Air An Oir (On the Edge); I haven’t seen it yet.

Runrig again with Donnie Munro singing Precious Years, written by Rory and Calum MacDonald after their father died. The lyrics are below the video, just click on ‘More’

Another haunting melody by Runrig: Tuireachd Iain Ruaidh

(from their 1987 concert “Mod For Rockers” Other songs from the concert are on youtube)

I’ll see you soon. Until then, I wish you peace 01

and I am sending you love-and-light 01

13 thoughts on “February . . . thoughts of Light

  1. Thanks Linne, sounds like your weather has been like ours up and down cold then warming. It really doesn’t know what to do. Can not wait for Spring and some real warmth to start. But I feel winter is not done with us yet and is only teasing us.
    I had a Bee in our home the other day.. Very strange and do not know where it had come from, unless it had come in some soil as we re-potted some plants from out the greenhouse.. It was dopey and looked to have no wings, as they were tightly folded up.. and it was walking every where..
    I gave it a teaspoon of honey, left it where it could drink from it.. And the next day it was flying around, so I had to let it out to take its chances..

    I have not been visiting on WP as often Linne.. but saw all your likes today so thought I had better revisit and saw your reply, ( It had not come through into my notifications ) Many are not arriving WP is having lots of gremlins as peoples comments including mine keep getting spammed.

    Wishing you a peaceful weekend too.. I will be back to more painting later on when the light improves..
    Sending LOVE and HUGS.. Take care Linne..
    Sue ❤ xx

    ( I am hoping this posts, third time lucky.. It keeps saying your site is down and cant be reached )
    Hugs Sue xx

    • Sue, nice to see you here again. I’ve been hit and miss on WP, too; too much going on some days. Yes, our weather sounds similar; it’s been down to as low as -25 here at night and next week is due to be just over or under freezing, which is good, as the cousins will be taking me to Armstrong for the surgery on my eye. They can drop me off, go to Vernon for lunch and shopping, then come pick me up again after. It should all be fine. But I’m with you on thinking that winter is still only teasing us with the thought of spring. But it WILL come!

      That was odd, the bee . . . I wonder if he was hibernating in the soil? Nice you gave him some honey; I hope he found another place to nap for the duration.

      I have no idea what is going on with comments. The site may have said it was down because I was working on a post or changing something. Who knows? Glad you tried again, though.

      Light does make so much difference to creative projects that involve colour. doesn’t it? And in winter there simply isn’t enough natural light in any case. Here the curtains are drawn most of the time for various reasons, but I keep mine open during the day. Even on a dark day I like to look up and out at times.

      LOVE & HUGS back to you, Sue. I loved your leopard and am looking forward to your next works. Better more painting and fewer posts, right? Although I do hope you continue to post, however infrequent. Stay warm! ~ Linne

      • Thank you Linne… Still spending time away from WP, but thinking of you and sending love. And getting ready here for another cold blast from the Arctic . Take care and speak soon. Much LOVE .. Sue xx

  2. The Desiderata is pinned on my wall – well, presticked, actually. His words are the most calming, gentle, inspirational and comforting – needed by everyone the world over, from time to time ❤
    Thank you for the music – I have to go do stuff in the kitchen now, but will work my way through them later when I have coffee and handwork… xxx

    • I have always loved that piece, Jill, and I’m so glad I kept the poster (and all the posters and art cards and the like from the 78s through the 90s; I put them up when I couldn’t afford original art). So much wisdom in it, isn’t there?

      I hope you liked at least some of the music; when my sister was in the hospital with Mum those last months and I was at the condo on my own, I’d play music on the laptop as I worked. It made such a difference. Some of it was very energising, too, so good for dusting and sweeping and so on.

      Am thinking of you every day, and all of your area, really. I have to get on with a post, but will pop by in the next few days.

      Love and Light to you, Jill. ~ Linne

      • xxx Don’t worry about us here, by the way, we are doing okay! More people are saving more water, due to the panic, and this has already has a positive impact – DayZero has been pushed back by 2 weeks already 🙂
        I have my last day of a 4-day market ahead, then will have some time to post properly. Take care x

      • I’m glad to hear your day zero was pushed back; just dropped by your house in the ‘village’ and saw that you did get a wee bit of rain. More on the way, I hope, but gentle rain, not cloudbursts that do more damage than good. I’m glad people are beginning to do their bit; it’s always surprising (but it shouldn’t be, really) how adversity brings out the best in so many of us. Maybe we need those times, eh?

        Hope the market went well for you; I like manning a booth, but mostly it’s been for promotional purposes. Lots of fun to meet a variety of people, but for shorter periods of time. Love and hugs to you. ~ Linne

  3. This seemed like a proper post to me. We did not get to see the moon here. Too many clouds. Plenty warm enough but lots of clouds and a fair bit of rain. I have not felt well enough to do much of anything including the lessons. Maybe in a week or so. Glad you have been staying busy. Loved the music. I had a shirt just like that for awhile but it was too big, (my sons) and the flannel was not soft enough for me. I passed it on. Do keep taking care of yourself. I’m finally starting to feel human again at least for part of the day.. Have a great week ahead.

    • ‘a proper post’ made me smile! Too bad we missed out on that moon; but there is another at the end of March, so maybe we’ll see that one. I’m so sorry you are not feeling well; do know that I am thinking of you every day. I hope you feel better soon.

      Busy is good just now. And I’m so glad you liked the music. I love to share music I enjoy. I’m doing ok on the ‘taking care of myself’ front; gave up added sugar in January and have kept that up. I meant to give up fats this month, but that one’s slow in coming. Needs to be done, though. Moving more is good now, too. Wish I could go for walks, especially with a friend. But my balance is improved a lot and I can be on my feet for much longer without being stiff later on. So progress of a sort.

      I’m so glad you are beginning to feel better again. Feeling ill just puts a damper on everything, doesn’t it?

      Love and Light and more warm hugs to you. ~ Linne

  4. Wonderful Linne that you have been busy, and never heard that song The Frozen Logger, though of course Wurzels I have lol And those fleecy shirts are worn here mainly by builders.. We do not have that many Loggers! LOL.. 🙂
    Very Cold again here and we may be in for some snow.. And when the sun is out its colder still.
    Lovely to catch your post..
    I am still doing the greenhouse model, but taking breaks from it and have a painting on the go, a large canvas, so I have been busy working on that this week.. When the light allows, Its been pretty dull some days..
    Enjoy your weekend Linne.. Take care and Hugs your way..
    Sue ❤ 🙂

    • Some music is pretty localized, I think, Sue. If not for my friend’s Dad, I’d never have heard of the Wurzels. I love that they chose to celebrate local culture, instead of trying to seem to be from somewhere else.

      We’ve had plenty of snow, then rain, then snow, etc. Not too cold, which I am happy about, but very slushy, then frozen ruts, then slushy again. But I don’t wish for summer too quickly; the thought of another fire season is daunting.

      We’re up to another weekend already and I hope yours is a peaceful and creative one. Hugs to you. ~ Linne

      I like that you move between projects; I like to do that, too. Maybe mot creative people, now I think of it. I hope you are taking photos of the greenhouse progress and will share some later in a post. I’d love to see it!

    • Yes, and I’m still busy! It’s good, though. Sometimes frustrating. I still don’t have that scarf done, but have given up the thought of crocheting an edge to stop the curling; it didn’t work. This is a good time of year to be busy, I think, as weather dictates being indoors for the most part. Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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