Kindness of spirit ~ comes from a genuine & sensitive place. Being kind may be perceived as a weakness by others, but the way in which we treat, regard, consider and speak to others, is one of our strongest influences. I believe there is no greater quality ~ than the act of kindness. Being kind creates a true sense of happiness and satisfaction.
Share your kindness. Just a small act of kindness can impact our world. Our actions shape the way we are living. Different actions create different results; acts of anger and aggression will bring hatred and fighting, acts of genuine kindness will evoke love and compassion.
Performing acts of kindness encourages others to be kind, producing a ripple effect ~ a circle of kindness. Kindness can spread. Be kind.
With Love Sarah xx
We were all created as completely unique and special in our own way. We are all equal in the very fact that we are each different. This is crucially fundamental in raising our children.
Each and every child is special, with unique combinations of abilities and needs. Parenting requires that we treat each child as a unique individual. Respecting a child’s individuality means displaying a genuine acceptance of that child as a unique creation ~ who has unlimited potential within them to fulfil their true life’s purpose.
A child who is embraced for their exclusive attributes, accepted for their differences, welcomed for the way they see our world, applauded for dancing to the beat of their own drum; is a child who flourishes in their uniqueness. These children develop a greater sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.
Discovering our children, what makes them tick and what excites them, without any comparison to their siblings or others, I believe is true magic. What a magnificent contribution parents can make to humanity, through consciously raising wholesome children that we don’t simply regard as an extension of ourselves.
With love Sarah xx
Illustrations taken from my children’s book ‘Little Angels’ available for sale on my website here
Today Tuesday 23 Feb 2016 (22 Feb in Europe & America) marks the New Full Moon in Virgo. The actual days of the Full Moon are generally the liveliest, revelatory, and emotionally charged periods of the moon cycle. Exactly how I’m presently feeling!
Full Moons are a time when we can feel extremely sensitive to the pushing and pulling energy of two opposing signs, in this case it is the polarity of Virgo and Pisces. During this process we facilitate changes within our lives and we release what no longer serves us. Under Virgo we learn to perfect our natural talents in our service to the world. I read today that the Virgo brings practice and discipline into everyday, and she keeps her body pure, as she regards it as her holy temple. Hence, we can anticipate greater faith and practice during this lunar sequence.
Significantly, this Full Moon February 2016 is the final moon phase in an eclipse chain, which began in September 2015. We have literally come full circle. It is a period in which all projects that we’ve started come to completion. The Virgo Full Moon is a time of relinquishing old, stagnant energy. It is essential that we set an intention to let go of the ‘old’ and move forward into the ‘new’. Cutting free from any chords that no longer serve our purpose. The theme of completion fits perfectly with the final moon cycle. Sigh!
The planet of Jupiter aligns closely to Virgo during this phase bringing new opportunities, either in matters of love or financial. A leap of faith will serve us well. It also indicates the healing of a broken heart. It may be a love relationship, friendship or parent relationship that has been a source of inner pain. Whether it be a separation or a continuing toxic relationship, it is the moment for us to take back our power. A time to set healthy boundaries and release all old patterns of expired relationships. Outstanding emotional issues need to be discharged so we can start our new journey with no baggage (or as least as possible!).
Honour yourself and stand in the light of your BEAUTIFUL LOVING BEING. Embrace all that is coming with this New Full Moon in Virgo.
With Love Sarah xx
Carl Jung said: “Intuition is a function by which you see round corners” and it was Albert Einstein who once said that intuition is our most valuable asset, and one of our most unused senses. My youngest daughter in my book, Little Angels, describes intuition as a voice deep inside her tummy that tells her when she should or shouldn’t do something. She claims that this voice inside is always right. Page 6 of my book, depicts this very daughter contemplating climbing a bookcase to fetch a ball, that we had purposely placed up high. In reality she did climb the shelves, lost her balance and created a disarray of books, photo frames and cushions. When I walked into the room she said, ‘Mamma, my tummy was telling me not to climb, but I didn’t listen to it’. I smiled as I realised the importance of her acknowledging her own ability to judge between what was right and what was wrong. We have always encouraged our children to listen to this inner voice, their gut-feeling, their judgment connected to their feelings rather than their analytical mind – to rely on their inner voice that ‘just knows’.
How many times have you had a random thought, response or impression that you should do or shouldn’t do something, only to later find out that your sensitivity was completely accurate? For some married couples, it took just one look to recognise their soul mate. Have you ever had a gut instinct about a situation and not listened to yourself but later reflected you wish you had? These flashes are familiar to everyone. Intuition is natural, a part of all of us. Intuition will tell you intimate and important things nobody else will—and it will also tell you things your own mind will argue with.
Intuition is a vital life skill set and I’m passionate about educating our children to rely upon this inner wisdom. For each of us, as our life story unfolds, with its plots and twists, highs and lows, times of difficulties and choices – simply going with our ‘gut’ can be the make or break of our navigation. Teaching our children from a young age to instinctively consult their inner wisdom prepares them for the wide world beyond. During their challenging teenage years of vulnerability, confusion, self-consciousness, fast-pace; intuition can be the key skillset that averts potentially damaging choices.
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to teach them to trust their intuition. This gift will be one of their strongest protections, empowering them through life’s crises and curve balls. Intuition will be what gets our children through.
With Love Sarah xx
My daughter invested much of her time last weekend writing a speech to present to her school in an application for junior school captain 2016. We chatted together about leadership and what strengths she could offer the school in this leadership role. She contemplated writing with humour and tossed around different ideas that could attract potential votes. She showed me this final draft and said, ‘Mamma, you teach us to live from our heart, so I wrote this from my heart. The younger kids may think its boring and it’s not funny or flashy, but its who I am’. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this 11 year old who has taken to her stage this morning with kindness and compassion. No matter what the outcome, in my eyes she’s a leader in making a world change in her community.
With Love, Sarah xx
HI, if you don’t already know me, I’m Sienna. I’m here today to let you know why I would make a GREAT CHOICE for your junior school captain 2016.
This term, we’ve been studying the qualities of good leaders. We each researched leaders of our choice and their qualities and presented it to our class. Two of my leaders that really stood out to me, were Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. Mother Teresa devoted her entire life to helping the poor, homeless and sick. Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence through peace. Both of these leaders were very HUMBLE, KIND, COMPASSIONATE, and everything they did was for the best of their people.
In our current world, there is much hatred, religious warfare, prejudice and fighting. During these times, I believe WE CAN learn a lot from the great leaders; Ghandi, Mother Teresa & Nelson Mandela and bring PEACE.
If I were your school captain, I would lead with FAIRNESS, KINDNESS, COMPASSION and consider everyone. I will listen to each student, teacher, and even the smallest voice will be heard. In my leadership role I would hope to create happiness and harmony in the school community. By setting a good example in our school we can start to make the change the entire world needs. Imagine what 7 BILLION people could achieve if we all respected each other and showed kindness? The world can be changed by our example. Let me part of that change. Vote for FAIRNESS, vote for KINDNESS. Vote for me.
Image taken from my book Little Angels, available at all leading online book stores and my website soon.
My wise Grandmother, who in the eye of any meaningful situation quotes “everything happens for a reason”, has been a tremendous teacher in my life. She has a calm resolve in accepting any struggle for reasons beyond her control. Like my grandmother, I believe that the magic, the tremendous people and the struggles along my own passage have been orchestrated by a kind of master plan from a greater universal force.
I conclude that people come into our life not by any coincidence, but to serve a purpose on our life’s journey. Synchronicity delivers this friend, spouse, relative, teacher, or neighbour to demonstrate compelling life lessons. To guide us, mentor or instigate the writings of our unwritten story. These gifts do not define us, they serve us, they are there for the reason we need them to be.
Like the people that show up in our journey at the precise needed moment, incidents happen in our life with divine intention, and all for a reason. Our highs and daunting lows and the bendy twists and turns, are all part of our life story. The love, loss, ill health, milestones, tragedy and great moments, are perfectly paved into our road to test the absolute limits of our soul and its evolvement.
Once we live from this perspective of greater awareness, the road we are travelling, feels less retching. Knowing and anticipating the potential lessons that comes from each person or situation that presents, allows a kind of acceptance of where we are in our personal memoir. It diminishes our struggle, our anguish and the resistance we harbour. The key is to simply ‘trust the process’ and know it is for a greater ‘reason’.
This beautiful poem by an unknown author captures the essence of people coming into our life’s story for a reason.
People come into your path for a reason a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do with that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty…
To provide you with guidance and support…
To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually…
They may seem like they are a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die…
Sometimes they walk away…
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand….
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled…
Their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has now been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON.
Because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons.
Things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life…
Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime
~ Unknown author
The word dharma resonates deeply within me. Put most simply, our dharma is our true-life purpose. Our calling. I believe we all possess a unique gift that we are intended to share in this physical lifetime.
I remember the recently passed, Wayne Dyer, talking about one’s dharma and it struck a personal chord. He explained a bumblebee knows what it has been born to do. “To bumble and do what bees do” and that a tree knows its life purpose, as does the beautiful rose. He went on to say, that as humans we tend to interfere and divert from our natural purpose. I have witnessed this in my own life, we can cross paths with our intended journey, we can claim it, we can flirt with it and sometimes sadly we can miss our calling all together.
I remind my own children regularly, that they each have a special talent to share with our world. It is crucial message, setting a foundation to their individual life journeys. Quite consciously, I remove pressure and expectations from their respective achievements and performances. I encourage that they try a myriad of varying opportunities, to experiment and see what resonates with their true spirit. The special “thing” that each child is intended to share, that ‘magic’, that ‘unique gift’, I trust will naturally weave its way into their existence. We must as parents be careful in our coaching and guidance. Our own expectations, even our own unfulfilled dreams or desires can impose limitations or restrictions upon our child’s authentic purpose.
My eldest daughter recently showed me a maths test result. I praised her achievement and talked through the particular unit of maths. She expressed her concern that two of her friends received a higher score and that maths was a subject she really has to apply herself to. The look of concern on her little face worried me. I asked her why she was so distracted over her friends’ scores. She explained that with the commitment she had invested into this subject, she had expected she would have achieved similar results. I asked her;
“Do you enjoy maths?”
“Not really, the formulas and equations are just so difficult. It doesn’t feel easy. I wish I didn’t have to study maths.”
“How can we help you?”
“I don’t need help. I’m passing. I’m not really worried, just frustrated Mum.”
“What else are you studying that feels more natural to you?’ I asked.
“That’s easy”, she replied. “There’s a heap. I love writing, persuasive text is my favourite. Science thrills me. There’s something so fascinating about the Chinese language. My horse riding lessons never seem long enough. And sprinting, my legs have a mind of their own, and I run fast.”
I wrapped my arms around her and reassured her that these pursuits were her natural tendencies. “You don’t have to be good at everything. Accept your maths results. Don’t compare yourself to others. You need to find what makes YOU, YOU.”
My new book Little Angels bestows many affirmations for children, that I hope will help reduce fear and anxiety in our beautiful, individual blossoms. Check out my website for stockists: www.sarahfiggins.com