Nourishment for Heart and Mind.

dscn8797“Let Christmas not become a thing Merely of merchant’s trafficking, Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath And surface pleasure, but beneath The childish glamour, let us find Nourishment for heart and mind. Let us follow kinder ways Through our teeming human maze, And help the age of peace to come.”
— Madeline Morse

My thoughts on Christmas this year boil down to one question?

Why do we put ourselves through this festive circus? Battling the rabid crowds to find the perfect gift. The long queues, the tired, screaming children. And don’t get me started on the carparks. We find ourselves flustered and frustrated before we even reach the over populated elevators.

Each year when I walk into the mall I swear to myself next year will be different, next year I will shop in July. It never happens.

As I walk by the shops I see Santa sitting there on his giant chair. His beard has seen better days,  a child, her arms outstretched for her mother is wailing on his knee. Well when I say wailing I mean a high pitched squeal. She is upset because her parents want that perfect xmas photo. The one with the beaming smiles and happy baby. I stopped forcing mine to go when they were small, it was not worth the stress and tears. It seemed a tad cruel for two shy kiddies to be thrown on a strangers knee and to expect them to be happy about it. All those talks about stranger danger, if you know what Im getting at.

Today I decided to find an inspirational quote to get me in the festive mood to write a positive blog post about Christmas. I found this quote above and fell in love with it. My issue is I cannot find any information on Madeline Morse and where she came from. So if you know anything about this poem please feel free to share it.

Nourishment for heart and mind that is what Christmas is all about. I come from a family of nine children. This year almost all of us will be together on xmas day. Its not about the presents, but being present. My father (now gone) loved to gather all of us together his friends and family and have a sing along, a couple of drinks, good food, and lots of silly board games….. That is what I remember most, the gathering and the laughter. We have not all been together for a long time and our family has grown in size. I think there will be nineteen adults and eight children for xmas lunch. My father always said the more the merrier. No matter that he had nine children, he often asked neighbours and friends to join us for dinner if they dropped in to say hello. He will be with us in spirit.

My wish for you is that you find nourishment for your heart and mind, you receive  kindness and love from family or friends this xmas.

I am blessed to have a large, crazy, loving family but I know there are plenty of people who don’t. I raise my glass and say to you at christmas I hope you find peace and some joy in the small moments. I sit on my deck this Christmas eve morning and soak up the quiet beauty before me (Picture above) and wish you all a Merry peaceful Xmas.


About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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49 Responses to Nourishment for Heart and Mind.

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    What a lovely post. Like you the madness of the malls is not what makes Christmas. Over the years I have been working to make it a more relaxing loving time. We will be chasing a crawling Grandbaby around the tree this year. Wishing you much happiness with your family.

  2. Stunning photograph, Kath. Several years ago, I stopped stressing about Christmas preparations and now I only do what I enjoy. Aside from writing Christmas cards, the time spent with my family is most important. You can’t buy that in a shopping mall. Merry Christmas to you and your family! ❤

  3. It isn’t yet Christmas Eve here Kath, but I like the peaceful image of you sitting out on your deck. I wish you much nourishment for your soul and your creativity 🙂

  4. Fiona says:

    Well said Kath. We are lucky to be surrounded by such beauty and space so the ‘peace’ part is a bit easier for us I think. In a time of such unrest, upheaval and intolerance, I wish for world peace and harmony…….till the end of time would be nice! Have a great day lovey, enjoy the mayhem tomorrow, as I know you will. LOL. Merry Xmas 🎉🍷🍧

  5. Val Boyko says:

    I love your reflection and this quote Kath 💕
    “Nourishment for heart and mind that is what Christmas is all about.”
    The run up to Christmas is busy for me … teaching mindfulness and centering yoga for all the stressed out peeps out there!
    May you feel nourished and loved with your family as this special time of year. 🌟

    • Val may I say I have noticed in my morning yoga meditation it has been a lot more challenging to quiet ones mind when there is so much to do. But so happy the yoga has stayed with me I love it so and sometimes in the early mornings I sit out on the deck with this mountain and meditate, very lucky to be able to find some peace here. May your xmas be filled with peace and joy.

  6. Great message for this crazy time of year Kath. I hope you and your extended family find nourishment and fun throughout the holiday season. Merry Christmas and big hugs! 💕🎄💕🎄💕

  7. kathydoremus says:

    Merry Christmas! May your time with family be rich and full and sweet.

  8. Staci Troilo says:

    Happy holidays, Kath.

  9. Merry Christmas to you, Kath. Do enjoy your big gathering. I shall be driving thirty minutes south across the white landscape for a far smaller one. The holiday craziness grows greater each year, it seems. For the most part, I’ve escaped the mania since my children became adults. No longer is there the pressure to “perform” and we’re all the happier for it. When last I was in the store for a few household items I witnessed the fatigue, blank stares, and short tempers. Too many people trapped on a treadmill with crowds ahead and behind. And all the while what’s most valuable is the spirit too often lost. Blessings to you and yours.

  10. That image is one of the reason why online shopping has become so popular. Yes, we love the festivity of crowds and holiday spirits, but that’s a separate activity than buying the gifts, I fear.

  11. Wow, Kath, that is the view from your house? Awesome and beautiful! Our only family here is just my husband and our two kids and their new boyfriend and girlfriend this year so it will be 6 of us which is different. I am sure it will be fun, though. My parents have been gone for years and my husband’s as well. Our siblings are scattered and don’t keep in touch. Again, so glad we met and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! 🙂 (I have never heard of that poet and couldn’t find her online either.)

  12. Roy McCarthy says:

    I can’t add to your thoughts and those of your commenters Kath. I’m sure it never used to be this crazy in days gone by. Happy Christmas to you and your large family. Love that view.

    • Roy I agree it was more about the gathering when I was a child. We were so caught up in catching up with each other this year that our christmas gift giving game, (one present throw it in the circle and we all get one present) did not happen until the next day on boxing day. All to hot here and swimming was the order of the day. Hope your xmas was full of Joy and peace Roy.

  13. Oh what a wonderful post … I hope you and your family had a wonderful lunch together. Merry Christmas to you all 😃

  14. It’s not about the presents, but being present…ABSOLUTELY! My thoughts exactly, which I mentioned in my blog just before Christmas. Our families are the gift. No matter what you celebrate this time of year, being with the people we love is all that matters. xo

  15. Kath, I love that view you have! So beautiful. I hope your Christmas was and is everything you want it to be. ❤

  16. Jill Kuhn says:

    I enjoyed your post very much, Kath! 🙂 Your father sounds like he had a very generous spirit. What wonderful memories you have of him. I hope the time with your family was extra special this year. Your photo and quote are so beautiful!! xo

  17. Sara says:

    A merry Christmas to you and your entire family. Every year at Christmas (and several times throughout the year) my family raises a toast to “those not present.” Funny thing is, their presence is felt even though we can’t see them. I hope you had as wonderful a Christmas as I did, spending it with family and enjoying the simple pleasures of the season. A happy new year to you too!

    (I love the photo! Are you serious? That it’s taken from your deck? How I envy your view!)

    • Yes Sara its a nice view we live on the farm that my husband works for and so sadly its not my house, but we do enjoy the view whilst we have it and I have lived in many cities etc in my time and this has to be one of the prettiest sites to wake up to each morn. Glad your xmas was good simple pleasures is all we need.

  18. Bun Karyudo says:

    From what you say about your father, it sounds like he was a man of great generosity of spirit and someone who really knew what Christmas should all be about.

  19. Cecilia says:

    I cannot agree with you more! The photo at the top of the post is just absolutely stunning! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing and greetings.

    • Thanks Cecilia I noticed on your blog you are from Switzerland and so my little mountain would look so small against the ones you were use too. I have travelled to Bern and stayed in a village in Langnau. Such a beautiful country. I know where to go if I need help with all my animals, your site is very informative. I have five chickens, three dogs and four cats.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Kath, yes to nourishment! I don’t go to the mall for Xmas gifts, I buy everything online ahead of time, so I don’t have this stress of shopping gifts, no more! But groceries, I can’t do it online, it’s so much stress to buy everything, people get crazy in the stores. Happy new year to you my dear!

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