Sunday, 8 June 2014

Wonder and happiness

"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?" Gabrielle Roth

Children carry the secrets of happiness. They live in wonder, play with their environment and learn naturally. They have already so much wisdom within. We can find that wisdom as well. Just connect to the child inside you and wonder about the beauty around you:

See the colours, the charm of old houses, the magic shape of a rose, the twinkling of light in a bottle, look at the sacred flame of candlelight.

Hear the laughter in the street, the crackling of autumn leaves or fresh snow, the steady relaxing sound of crashing waves.

Feel a soft cooling breeze on your skin in the summer heat, the touch to your heart when seeing an old couple holding hands, the fresh water splashing on your skin.

Become alive


The internet is full of beauty to enjoy. Peggy my blogging friend told me about pinterest and now I collect the photos of children, beauty, poetry, music and dance. For the origin of the photos above check out pinterest. If you want to cut out pictures for your own use go to Start, search for snipping tool, select and snip :)

Do you want to see real wonder and joy. Look at this child who experiences rain for the first time.


10 comments:

  1. Marja, the quotes and video are so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.

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  2. What a beautiful, inspiring post Marja.
    I certainly believe children carry the secrets of happiness and wonder.

    Spending 5 years looking after Joseph one day a week reignited the child in me.

    I recognise some of those Pinterest photos because I have pinned them as well.

    Keep shining your brilliant light my friend.

    Namaste
    Peggy xxxxxx

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  3. What a beautiful, inspiring post Marja.
    I certainly believe children carry the secrets of happiness and wonder.

    Spending 5 years looking after Joseph one day a week reignited the child in me.

    I recognise some of those Pinterest photos because I have pinned them as well.

    Keep shining your brilliant light my friend.

    Namaste
    Peggy xxxxxx

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  4. When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?

    I made a trip down to the beach once after a tough week at work and home. This beach was a state park and since it was early fall there wasn't many people, in fact at one point I didn't see anyone. More importantly, except for the sound of the wind, a few birds, and ocean it was totally quiet.

    Those few hours with a total absence of man-made sounds did more for me than I can describe.

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  5. Hi Marja! You are so inspiring!
    Your video is so lovely and the little girl reminds me of my youngest granddaughter, who is two years old now and discovering her world as well. Children are such good company when they are that age.
    Thank you for sharing and for your comment on my blog.
    Wil.

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  6. Lovely post, Marja.
    I have learned so much about 'the ways of joy' from my beautiful granddaughter.'
    She is sleeping over at my house tonight and I can't wait to share her joy of life in the morning.
    It is contagious.

    xx

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  7. Thanks for sharing that wonderful video, Marja! The little girl would NOT be dissuaded from her excitement and joy at experiencing the magic of rain.

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  8. Hi Marja .. those new sounds and new experiences .. this was delightful. We can always be inspired somewhere along the line ..

    I remember when it snowed in Johannesburg - so many had never seen snow or experienced it ... at work the staff just exploded with delight and danced around in it - I got home and my dog couldn't make head or tail of it .. and the 'crack' as a pile slid off the side of the car made him jump a little and investigate .. such fun to watch and remember!!

    Cheers Hilary

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  9. Very good post and video,dear Marja!

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  10. Great post! I love those questions about being disheartened and such.

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