Paris, Beruit. Dear everywhere….

We can get on our moral high ground on social media (guilty always) but as we are out and about we must be aware of our own feelings and reactions to everyone around us. Even a smile or nod hello, can help disperse anxiety and fear. There are incidents of hate crime being reported across Britain.
I know this sense of fear and anxiety well and how very rapidly, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and even family can fall out when there is a threatening atmosphere amongst us. This is how we all are around the world. Suspicion takes over. Trust leaves. Vigilance becomes a prejudice-based act.
War destroys absolutely.
We all think of our children first. Every time. All of us. That in itself means objectivity can vanish. But our kids have to be able to live in a harmonious world soon. All our kids should feel safe to play in their homes and outside on the streets and in fields.
I feel a deep sense of loss when I hear of young men who take to acts of violence and destruction. That hurts too as much as loss of life because of their acts.
Lead by example. Be the light. Children first. Always.
Love and peace  ‪#‎Bradford4Peace‬

Querencia

(n.) a place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home, the place where you are your most authentic self

Here where my home is

My right is to live in it, in peace

My right is to live in it with rights given to me

Where I raised my child

Where my books are, my music, where diversity is in my mind and soul

I can take part in culture if I wish, I can bring culture if I wish

My home travels with me, in my soul

That’s how I was raised

You are as big on the inside as the universe is on the outside

Open and explore your inner self and the wider world

With real depth

There lies Querencia

Block out the naysayers, those who accuse you of things you have not done – that is their envy speaking. Those who can not accept your inner depths – that is their jealousy whispering. Be what your mother allowed you to be. Those who speak against you are without deep meaningful love.

I have learned that there are people who will use against you things you have told them, in confidence and in friendship. That they walked away when they should not have, always wanting materialism, not depth. And they are now left wanting for a life that they gave up, scrabbling for it before death comes.

My Querencia is all the better without them.

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Peace Day 2013

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Peace begins at home, with your family, your friends, in your heart, your mind. It is the breaking down of friendships and relationships that creates conflict. It is the desire for power that makes war. We have enough to keep us happy, enough to concern ourselves over Mother Earth, our children. We have many stories we can tell over and again, re-invent – about battles, baddies, goodies and so on. We don’t need to fight each other anymore. We need to look after our world and it will take care of us.

And I will remember this weekend, everyone gone from my family, from yours and from those I am not in touch with whose families and friendships are being destroyed by power mongers.

Love and Peace always.

Children first.