THE TRUE BLESSING OF CHRISTMAS

christmas.fireplace.people.family

Dear everyone,

today I feel and sense very clearly again what the real and true meaning and blessing of Christmas time is. This results from real life experiences as much as contemplative and meditative insights and experiences.

Finding and cultivating a deeper sense of love is the overall agreed meaning and purpose of this sacred time of the year. We all feel a deeper yearning for love in this time, and also a greater need.
It is important to seek and find love in our own hearts, inside of ourselves, independant of outer happiness and the action or reaction of people. This is the path alot of us approach in general, and over the whole year. It is the path of introspection, self reflection and search for God inside.
It is a path to find love and meaning inside, so that we can live and be love outside as well, with no conditions and demands to get something at first.

This might be the core message of Christ and Christmas too, but now, in the times of outer darkness and the retreat of the outer life into its roots in winter time, we cannot only stick to this any more.
We have gathered wisdom and insight and have practiced our learning over the course of the year,
and now our hearts and living crave contact and people. We need to get in touch and share what we have found inside, give AND receive love, affection, care and compassion, in closeness with people.
This is something our ancestors have done naturally – gather round the fire place to be close and share warmth, physical togetherness, tell stories and tales, sing, dance, eat and drink, and rest in this soothing and nourishing feeeling of being in touch with other people.

The real nourishment that brought them safely through the winter was always the human closenness and warmth, helping even in times of freezing cold and lack of food. And the real nourishment that brings us safely and warm through the winter these days is still just the same.
So do not forget to LIVE the divine and the love you have found or have been searching for over the year, with real people, in real life. Call friends and family, meet persons you have not seen for longer,
greet your neighbors warmly, smile and talk to strangers on the train, thank the hairdresser or the waitress in a more personal, wam way. Let your love get PALPABLE. And you will feel it come back in a palpable way too.

The fireplace to gather is in our hearts, and we take it with us no matter where we go.
Our people and family is anywhere we get in a real warm touch with people.
And true togetherness blooms every moment we share of ourselves without an agenda but with
being natural and close and warm with other people.
And the true blessing of Christmas are people!

A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED TIME FOR ALL OF YOU.

ULRIKE ❤

The grace and beauty of dying

death and life, two very close friends
death and life, two very close friends

Dear everyone,

what a topic in the middle of summers heat and sunny days!
Yet I feel called to the theme of death alot lately, not only in my  own inner and  contemplations but also through friends, familiy and my own memories.

Death always is a part of life, withering and passing begins in the midst of the year and the full power of the sun and nature, the leaving of outer light and warmth is already in progress in summers noon.

Transformations and transitions are closely related to death and happen frequently throughout the year and also in our life – the change of seasons, our yearly birthday, our stations in life like leaving of school, moving out of our parents house, job occupations and changes here, a marriage or other longer relationship and the end of it, the loss of friendships, the leaving of other persons in our life, the passing of people or animals we love and care for alot. It will always be challenging for the living, yet also always is a great teacher, all of this.

We have all experienced this numerous times before, and will experience again.
This is certain, if nothing else is. Change, loss and transitions are things that are certain and reliable.

Does this sound macabre to you?
It is not.
Feel deeply into this for a moment, and you might sense a release in it too,
and peace. Nothing ever stays the same, not the nice and good and beloved things, not the unpleasant, terrible and unbearable things. All this will end, all this will change and become something else, and so will you and everything and everyone in your life.

Change and death are truly dependable and also never selective and judging, as they treat all the same. They are one great force of creation and god that show equaliity and mercy and so grace to all life just the same.

Fear arises because we are insecure and scared of change, and because we are not willing to trust our creator and dive into the unknown. But the unknown awaits us each moment, if we think about it. There never is a guarantee or security for a certain development or outcome, nor for the reactions and actions of others. And the unknown comes with us each night we go to sleep, and awakes with us each morning. We never know what the night will bring, or the next day. It is not controllable, and will never be.

Death is our greatest master in life, and dying is the greatest experience we can make.
One day, we will pass, to the other side. Until then, we can keep fearing, ignoring, running from the death; we can fight it, try to control it, condemn and judge it, humour it: It does not change a thing.
We also can make friends with it. We can welcome all the smaller and bigger deaths
while we are alife, our changes, losses, and transitons. We can walk through our lifes challenges and transformations with grace and gratitude, no matter how painful and exhausting at times. We can celebrate the sun and the summers high and still already welcome the fall and winter and realize the dying light in the midst of summer.

This way, we are in full contact with life and all its splendour and power and still hold
fast to the other side of it: the dark, the moon, the doom, the withering and death.
And when death knocks at our bedstead one day we can welcome him like an old
friend, willingly take his hand and leave gracefully. And when a friend or family member is dying, we can rest by his side in peace and love and trust and gift him this grace by reaching brother deaths hand for our dying one, and connect them as friends too.

This not only gives the dying a peaceful passage home and lights up their soul,
it has the same effect on us and the whole world.

WILL YOU BECOME DEATHS FRIEND AS WELL?

I thank you so much for listening and caring about this truly crucial theme.

Ulrike ❤

SUNDAY EVE SELF THANKFULNESS

song for self thankfulness

 

SUNDAY EVENING SELF THANKFULNESS SONG

Another week comes to an end.
I have learned some more how to love and how to blend
all the nuances of life and myself into one.
It was hard and it was fun.

I have been high and also low,
I have allowed myself to grow,
I have trained some more to trust the flow.
I cannot say where all will go.

And that’s ok,
I am fine to be in the middle of the way
and I get comfortable with
never fully getting it right.
I am allowed to stray and fight.

And when I rest my head tonight
I am blessed to journey into the night
with all the uncertainty that includes my bliss
as my soul receives the celestial kiss.

Ulrike