Don't Mention It

I love the symbolism in this beautiful Russian animation. The fear and despair that accompanies being lost in the fog (unconsciousness) compared to the elation of sharing a simple cup of tea beneath the stars with a cherished companion.

My favourite scene is when the little hedgehog falls into the river. He is forced into surrender and decides to go with the flow. It’s the lowest point of the film until a mysterious “Someone” comes to his aid. “Don’t mention it” is all the Someone says in response to Hedgehog’s words of gratitude for saving him.

*Note: The owl in this film might be frightening to young children. Please do not view before bedtime!

There Lived a Tree by Vladimir Petkevich is another animation that I could not resist sharing. It’s rich with symbolism on the certainty of change. Nature being our greatest teacher of this truth.

The theme of loss and death in this film (not to mention another freaky owl!) will not be lost on small children. I erred in showing this film to my five-year-old before bedtime. She was quite tearful about it. After much discussion, she gave me a kiss on the cheek and said, “If you die before I grow up, this is so you know I love you.”

What Is Love?

Love is Spirit, love is the ultimate truth at the heart of Creation. 
Love is the unifying force of nature. Love connects everything 
to everything else, and it’s the only motivation for doing anything
even when people do harmful things. If people go beyond their 
superficial motivation, they will see that they are doing it because 
they want to be loved.

Deepak Chopra

If You Only Knew

Put on headphones, relax, and have a listen 
to this instrumental piece by Steve Hackett...

Soul Food

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This little guy appeared in a slice of organic white cheddar cheese. Our own mini Jesus-in-the-Pancake, so to speak. ;) So, do you think this Man-in-the-Cheese resembles anyone?

On Forgiving

Photo: Rick Wilson
To forgive is merely to remember
only the loving thoughts you gave in the past,
and those that were given you.
All the rest must be forgotten.

~ A Course in Miracles

He Loves Me

How often do we take the time to truly notice the beauty that surrounds us? Look at the exquisite detail on the underside of this daisy...

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

~ Albert Einstein

The Way

One who lives in accordance with nature 
does not go against the way of things.
He moves in harmony with the present moment,
always knowing the truth of just what to do.

~ Lao-tzu