It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes
And pleasant scents the noses.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis
Thanks to Oscar Hammerstein II for the title of this month's blog from his musical Carousel (1956).
June is seemingly named after the Roman goddess Juno and is the month for young people (well that rules me out!)
I decided earlier in the year I wasn't going to fill this area and satisfy the curiosity of the squirrels who dig everything up, but then I thought it looked a bit bare and put some of these beautiful plants in instead.
Visit her web site here to see her lovely range of plants and plant services. The weather is nice and warm again and pleasant to be out without coat or jumper.
I've created a little website with the things I am doing in my therapy and spiritual life with my business partner Linda - have a look and let me know what you think (constructive comments welcome).
Do you believe in Angels? Last night, as often I do on a Friday night, I have a meditation and spiritual evening. This is a relaxed affair, nothing formal and very successful way of contacting your inner self and those from other realms be they Angels of Spirits.
I hope this doesn't cause you to unfriend me because you think I am a bit of a nut (not too far from the truth - but not yet committable), but last night we had a message from a very high being in the realm of Angels.
There were many facets to this message which took over three hours to get through, but one of the things this Archangel majored on was the need for us to try to get across to mankind a message that it is so important - mankind must replace hate with love. This is my task (well certainly one of them) and that of my business partner.
Great - where do we start? I guess of the 7,089,000,000 people and rising on this planet only a few are in what you would call serious widespread conflicts of hate. Recognised battles, be they steeped in differences of religion, culture, nationality - they are easy to spot - at the time of writing, Syria for example, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bali, Somalia, Burma and Sudan where there are over 1000 deaths per year. There are other conflicts around the world that have registered less than a thousand deaths a year and there are many of them - too many to list but for example Mexico drug war, Israel and Palestine conflict, Libya and the Yemen to name just a few.
Hate however can be a much more clandestine emotion, one that can be hidden in the depths of the mind to resurface when the opportunity arises. Do you 'hate' the way you look in the morning, do you 'hate' that dress that woman is wearing or do you 'hate' that man because he is black or that woman because she is a lesbian or that child because he is disabled?
Hate is a mind condition, but it manifests itself more often in words and actions. We transfer that hatred that we are brought up with, conditioned with or what we learnt by being unable to contain our anger and hate and expressing that hate with violence of one sort or another, normally against an individual or property. Vicious, hateful words is a violence - it attacks the senses and emotions of the victim. Physical assault scars for life, memories that never go. Murder is the ultimate, put to death because your sexuality for example is not the same as theirs, or because your DNA makes you a different skin colour - something over which you have no control.
So whether you express your hatred through words or deeds, in a subtle way or a gross way, you need to understand how that hatred is eating away inside you and be of no doubt, it will ultimately destroy your health, alienate you from society, and lose what few friends and support if any you have.
Love on the other hand is the subject for another blog entirely. But think on this: Is opening a door for a disabled stranger courtesy, kindness or love? I think if you consider how it makes them feel, I would argue you've probably shown love for a fellow human being in anything but name.
Hey - enjoy the rest of your weekend.