Advent reflections for the final week of Advent- preparing your heart ❤️ 

Reflections for the final week of Advent 

Preparing your heart  

Christmas will soon be here, and I am beginning to become excited. Last night we brought in our tree and put lights up outside the front and back of the house, which is something I’ve always wanted to do! We threaded the baubles for the tree, watched two Christmas films and I wrote most of my cards. All good, but not quite. 

As we begin this final week of waiting and preparing, I am reminded of a phrase I was once told,

Prepare your heart 

At the time I did not know what that meant, but I feel I am starting to now. When a large event is coming, we make necessary preparations. And yet if we do not prepare our heart for it, if we do not take the time to feel, to reflect, to experience the pull towards love; then the experience can fly by and we remain unchanged and a little disappointed. Throughout this week, I will be preparing my heart for Christmas by taking five minutes to have some quiet time each day and just appreciate what is going on around me. 


What is important to you at Christmas? How are you feeling about yourself? Can you forgive anyone? Where is there joy all around you?
These questions are helping me to prepare my heart for the wonderful celebration of Christmas, and I hope that they may be helpful to you too. As the year is coming to an end, now is the time to prepare your heart, now is the time to reflect, now is the time to hold loved ones close and cherish your joys. Now is the time of the heart.

Best Wishes for this week 
Michael 

Inspiration for the Third Saturday of Advent- who loves you? 

Reflections for Advent

Inspiration for The Third Saturday of Advent 
Who do I love and who loves me?

I ask myself these questions every morning as part of my routine to set me up for a good day and they do the world of good. 

By considering who you love, your closest ones will come to mind: you parents, family, friends, partners. But by asking this question several times you may be surprised by others that come into mind: aqaintances, animals, even strangers. By reflecting on who I love, I am greeted by a warm surge of glowing feeling and the faces of my dearest ones. And over time, this has now extended beyond my nearest people towards a more general love for all people. It is a great feeling when you realise that the love you hold for your family and friends does not have a limit and can be applied towards all people!


And the follow up related question who loves me? is very important

As love involves both giving and receiving, being active and still, it’s lovely to take time to realise that you bring vibrancy into other people’s lives just by being yourself. Hopefully the people that came to your mind that you love, love you back. If this is not the case however, it is still possible to love someone and not expect love back. For example, I have love for all people, but that does not mean I expect them to love me back or even like me! I have love and the right intentions towards them, and that’s all that matters. 
What a wonderful experience it is to know that you loved. And you are, unconditionally. I guarantee that even if you cannot bring a particular person or group of people to mind, you will light up someone’s day just by being around. 

Take a moment to consider that and allow it to make you feel good. When I do this in the morning, when I remember that I am lovable and loving, it brings a terrific surge of appreciation and gratitude towards life. You are a walking gift towards someone else, what a wonderful way to see oneself! 
So try today to try and see with the eyes of love. And know that

no matter who you are, someone loves you. No matter what you have done, you are always capable of being accepted, understood and cherished. 

As I get older I can appreciate this even more and if truly humbles me.

May you enjoy loving and being loved this Advent 

Michael 

Advent Reflections- The Power of People 

Here’s some inspiration about the power of people to help you with your Advent Reflections. 

We are all in it together
This life, is full of people. Some we like, others we do not. Some we love and others we find hard to love, and yet it is true that regardless of this, we are all in it together. There are some incredible, beautiful wonders of the world and yet, the most beautiful and incredible wonders are walking round amongst us every day- the people in our lives.

Our mothers, our fathers, our friends, the strangers in the streets. We are all made of the dust of dying stars and full of billions of cells. Each of us is a walking miracle and it can be so easy to miss this due to over exposure and under appreciation. Too often, an illness or a terrible accident can take away the people we love or reduce our quality of life before we realise the preciousness of our people. But it does not need to be like this.

Take a moment to think of those you know and love. And then think of those you don’t know, they too will be loved by someone somewhere. 

Each one of us is lovable 

And so,  we are all loved by somebody, so why not each other? Each example of life desrves respect, wonder and care and it is our privilege to look after each other. A nice phrase I like to use to remind myself of this is, when I see a group or crowd of people that I don’t know, remind myself that:

These are my people.

To me, my people are all people of this world, not those of a particular race, sex, religion or family. All people are my people as they all are an example of vibrant life. Remembering this universality will open up the world and all its people to you. Many times in my life, I have been amazed and heartened by the wonderful nature and giving attitude of life and its people and each stranger to me, loved by someone somewhere, is just as capable of amazing things as anyone else in this world.

So our people are such a precious resource, and I believe in people and their power. I have spent time with many people of all ages and abilities and the more I do so, the more I see good in people, I see a need for love and a desire to be happy and well, for themselves and each other.

May you hold the people in your life precious and close today
Michael 

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