The gift of sadness

Recently I came across the writings of Australian author Ailsa Piper who is a writer, actor, producer and teacher.

Her reflection on sadness and the gifts that lie within it (see link below) deeply resonated with me. We so often want to understand immediately the meaning of our thoughts, feelings and life experiences. However, often the gift within requires silence, patient waiting and mindfulness before we can truely receive the lessons that await us.

The gift of sadness

In her ‘Lessons from the lighthouse’, Ailsa demonstrates that objects and places in our lives (in this case a lighthouse) have much to teach us. If we but look with open eyes, mind and soul these objects, places and the world around us will whisper, talk and shout at us lessons that can provide us with perspective and insight, guiding us forward on the journey as we stumble or stride through the here and now of daily life.

Lessons from the lighthouse

Ailsa has written many other articles that are found in newspapers and online journals. Amongst her writing is her first book, ‘Sinning across Spain: a walker’s journey from Granada


About deepspiritleading

I connect with the Spirit of God in the world around me, my family and friends, the people I meet in my work and daily life, in music, literature, writing, art, sacred scripture, in prayer and meditation, and most of all in nature and silence. I draw strength and sustenance from the presence of God in the small everyday happenings of life. God is always present but I however do not always have my eyes, ears or other senses attuned. Each day I need to remind myself to be awake to God's presence. Keeping a Gratitude journal, planting summer vegetables, savouring a home cooked meal with produce from my garden, holding a loved one, sitting with someone experiencing deep emotional, mental or spiritual pain or saying a silent prayer are some of the ways I keep myself open to God's loving presence in my daily life. In this blog I hope to share with you my experiences of God's deep Spirit leading me in my everyday life to become the person that only God truly knows me to be. I hope you enjoy my musings.
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