Saturday, 22nd September 2018
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We may all have developed "files" in our minds that should be deleted. Those files might include arrogance, sarcasm, being judgemental or being over-cynical - the list goes on!

And maybe the biggest, baddest file of all is one called "ego" that makes us think we are superior to others.

In the fairytale of Snow White, the wicked stepmother represents the ego. She wants to kill her beautiful step-daughter, who is the innocent spirit of love within us.

It is only the kiss of the prince - representing unconditional love - that can break the stepmother's evil spell and awaken Snow White.

If the prince had not kissed her - but instead sniped at her and judged her for still being asleep - then the princess would not have awoken.

It is not those who judge and condemn us who make good things happen - rather it is those who forgive and who us - these are the princes who awaken us from our lower state and return us to our lovely true nature.

Recently I witnessed a mother at an airport whose seven year old son wanted to tell her something. She brusquely told him "hush, don't speak to me unless you are spoken to."

It broke my heart to see her son walk away, really sad and with his head hung down.

One of the best pieces of parental advice I ever received was from a wise old friend who always listened to her children. She said "Do this" rather than "Don't do that."

Our mission as parents, teachers and advisors is to affirm the essential goodness in people, even when they make mistakes.

Practice kindness and you start to become kinder. Practice forgiveness and you start to become more forgiving. Practice charity and you start to become more charitable. Practice gentleness and you start to become more gentle.

There are many wonderful people out there working in the community who already do this. It costs nothing to be nice - we all have the power to generate as well as react to feelings.

As George Eliot once said

"It's never too late to be what you might have been. It is never too late to become who you really are."

Breda Gardner Homeopath,

lcph, mcos rgn runs busy natural health clinics in both Waterford and Kilkenny.

She also presents monthly positive living seminars in Kilkenny.

A native of Galway, Breda worked as a nurse for many years before studying a range of complementary therapies, including homeopathy, iridology, muscle

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