International Women’s Day

SKY 21

“You are the sky.  Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

-Pema Chodron

This blog is for the many amazing women I’ve come across in my life who’ve influenced me and helped me become the person I am. It’s also for the men in my life who support me with respect and love and let me be who I am.

I’m still a bit shell-shocked after a few “procedures” in hospital over the last couple of weeks, but again I have to thank all of the medical staff at Crosshouse and Arran Hospitals for their care and humour in the face of annoying physical weakness (and their appreciation of my Hot Chili nail polish) I’m so grateful for the healing prayers and meditation that came my way and the opportunity again to remember that I’m not in charge, but I am much loved and if I let go and just breathe, I’ll understand more than if I twist and turn and try to find answers.

I’ve taken much comfort from the writings of the Buddhist nun Pema Chodron which were shared by a close friend who knows of my impatience and my searching for answers.

“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”
It’s important to remember the women in our world who are struggling to be who they are, especially in countries like Syria which are torn apart by war. I’ll end with a prayer that each woman can reach her own idea of fulfillment. The world will be a better place.




About lynngrayross

A mother and grandmother with over 40 years of experience in textile arts. Author of "Handweaving: the Basics" published by Bloomsbury UK. Available to purchase from

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