5-Minute-Meditation: Remember

By Cynthia Booden Firth

Living itself is a task of such immediacy, variety, beauty, and excitement that one is powerless to resist its wild embrace.

(E.B. White)


My biggest stumbling block is fear. If I could take a picture of fear, trusting my inner self to recognize it, maybe I would finally be able to frame it and hang it in its place—a dark corner in the basement of my soul.

When I get out of my own way, obstacles melt away. As mists of uncertainty part, before me lies my authentic self. I celebrate her as I re-discover words I wrote, for times like this, when I turn from fear and remember the truth.

You are, just you, you are enough

Hands empty, heart full

You are, just you, you are enough

Angels call, voices sing

You are, just you, you are enough

Laughter echoes, smiles shine

You are, just you, you are enough

Soul mate, truth of soul

You are, just you, you are enough

One to one, one to all

You are, just you, you are enough

Life leads, you dance

You are, just you, you are enough

I remember to get out of my own way and celebrate

my life—it is enough to be the unique person I am.

© Cynthia Booden Firth 2016

Remember was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography –Cynthia Booden Firth

Cynthia Booden Firth’s dynamic and creative approach to life is reflected in her passion for the visual arts and written word. Well-travelled, well-read and well-versed in matters of the mind, heart, and spirit, she embraces life with both reverence and gusto. As a Public Affairs professional and an avid photographer, she endeavours to practice in her passions daily. Her motto is: Live, Love, Laugh.

5-Minute-Meditation: Walk

By Anne Harding

At Christmas people usually perch a fairy or an angel on the Christmas tree’s top. But perhaps all trees have an angel in their branches somewhere.

(Roger Deakin)

Yesterday I was walking outside the art room when I began to look at the trees. I noticed that one was labelled “Common Oak” (Quercus Rebur). I began to examine its bark, the patterns, shapes, ruts, holes made by insects, birds and mammals. The branches were still hanging onto their leaves although it was November. There were no acorns to be seen on the ground as they would have already been taken by birds or squirrels.

I looked up in the branches and thought about the piece I was reading the night before. Unfortunately, I was not able to see an angel but I was indignant that the tree had been labelled “common.” I stroked its trunk and said “Take no notice of the label people have given you. You are not common, you are wonderful, be yourself!”

As I walked away from the tree, I felt that an angel called me to go for a walk and remember that I am wonderful myself.

I walk in nature and remember to be

my wonderful self.

© Anne Harding  2016

Walk was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography –Anne Harding

Anne was a Primary teacher and worked with pupils with English as an Additional Language. Since retirement she has joined a Poetry Society and short story writing group. After attending a Transformative WritingTM course at Woodbrooke in 2009 she has returned for the Alumni Retreats every year since. The Tools of Transformation support her writing development. Anne is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and attends meetings in Telford.

5-Minute-Meditation: Dare

By Denise Ede

Dare to be a Daniel; Dare to stand alone

Dare to have a purpose firm; Dare to make it known.

(Philip P. Bliss)

Standing up for what you believe in. Fighting the good fight. All truths from the past. Indoctrination. To the good or to the bad? Who knows. Maybe it did some good. At least I can say I tried. Joining the World Wildlife Fund and doing nature conservation work. Being in the Red Cross. Caring about things and being prepared to spend time doing something.

Has the world changed so much now that making that effort no longer seems worthwhile? Have I changed so much that I no longer care? Or do I just see that it seems pointless to try? To expend energy on something that may or may not be really important. What is important?

“Truth, dare, kiss, command or promise?” A game we played as children. Nobody usually dared choose “kiss”— that meant kissing a boy! I almost always chose “dare.” I liked a dare. I liked danger and a challenge, though I can’t remember what the dares usually were. If it involved climbing a tree, or climbing anything, I’d be right there and ready. Some dares wouldn’t be done and a forfeit would be made. Can’t remember what we forfeited. Was it sweets? Probably.

What do I forfeit now if I don’t “dare”? I suspect it is something far more important and that it diminishes who I am. A denial of my true being.

I dare to be true to myself.

© Denise Ede 2016

Dare was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography –Denise Ede

Denise Ede hails from a former mill town in the north-west of England. She was fortunate enough to attend the local grammar school where she gained an enthusiasm for many subjects, including literature and writing. At Sunday School she was introduced to the song “Dare to be a Daniel.” Denise is currently enjoying retirement in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd in the Welsh border country. Her favourite author, at present, is Fernando Pessoa.

5-Minute-Meditation: Peek

By Sallie Cooper

The first fall of snow is not only an event; it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? (J.B. Priestley)

PeekOne sparkling, frosty morning with the bitter bite of winter in the air, I sat up in bed and gazed through the window in utter amazement and wonder. The whole world was white, from the treetops to the housetops and the ground to the sky. I quickly donned my winter layers of warmth and wellies and went for a walk in the deep fresh fallen snow to the village pond, which had been frozen solid.

In front of me was a lamppost of the old-fashioned variety which I had never before noticed. The only footprints in front of me were those of the early morning adventurers of the bird and animal world. My footprints lay behind me, and spread out in front, with the sun rising over the trees, was the pond bejewelled and bedazzled by the sun light and unmarked by footprints of any sort.

As I trudged home, my boots squeaked against the walls of snowdrifts and settled snow. I caught the fluffy, frozen flakes, all feathery in my open mouth, and felt them cold on my warm tongue. I noticed the flakes landing on my bright red fleecy jacket, gradually melting to glistening droplets. As I return home, I remind myself to peek around corners wherever I am, to find magic.

I discover the enchantment that awaits me 

as I enter the natural world.

© Sallie Cooper 2016

Peek was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.

Biography –Sallie Cooper

At 61, Sallie is a proud mother and grandmother and firm believer in lifelong learning. A keen writer and reader, she is also a cellist and trained facilitator of Life Writing for TransformationTM which occupies regular slots of time in the area around her home in North Yorkshire, UK. A lot of Sallie’s work is done in the field of Mental Health, an area which she is passionate about and experienced in.