My place in the Earth

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I realised recently that I have spent a large proportion of my life physically in touch with the earth.  Whether it’s walking barefoot, paddling in a muddy river or digging for work or fun, I’m quite often found in the earth.

I spent a lot of my childhood in the soil too; growing up on a smallholding meant daily opportunities to dig and make mud pies, and of course watch things grow, nurture, harvest and eat them.

Although we don’t have the same amount of outdoor space at home, our sons are lucky to have space to be in the earth at their Grandparents and in the area we live.

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There’s treasure, fun and joy to be found in the Earth. 

As well as being grounding, having physical contact with the earth through playing and working in the soil helps us to actually feel our place on the earth.  we can experience what it is to be part of a food chain and a life cycle, we can see our place in the vast ecosystem that is our planet.  It helps us to realise our personal place within the earth is real, valid and important.  To experience this at an early age must help develop a sense of self, confidence and personal validity within a young person.  It should also foster a sense of responsibility as part of our planet, to nurture and protect it.

To learn at a young age  that you matter: you are part of something that is affected by your actions, you make a difference to what is happening around you, you influence your surroundings just by being there, must have a positive effect on personal and spiritual growth and mental health.   It makes us aware of the consequences of our actions and interactions, and more mindful of the impact we have on others and the planet.  As well as giving us a very real and achievable way of finding balance within and peace of mind.  All I need to do to feel better about myself and to find my sense of place on the Earth is to get outside and feel the Earth beneath my feet.

My hope for my children as they grow up is that they can find their sense of belonging and validity in nature and their connection to the earth.  In these days where social media can be a very large part of how we perceive and value ourselves – when the number of ‘likes’ or ‘followers’ we have affects our confidence, sense of self and our happiness – I’m so glad my children are learning to value themselves in reality and find their joy in digging holes in the soil and making mud pies.

When I kiss them goodnight and notice the mud under their fingernails it’s tempting to beat myself up for letting them down in the 20 minutes before bed when I didn’t check them in the bathroom.  But I can’t help but smile, my boys are creatures of the earth, that’s where they belong and that’s where they’ll find their joy and themselves.  It’s not such a bad thing if they carry a little bit of it with them as a reminder of where they belong.

Wishing you joy in your place on our beautiful Earth.

Namaste.

 

 

A Walk With My Wild Side

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When I think of the word ‘savage’ I think of the primitive and uncivilised.  At first the word seems to have negative connotations; who wants to be thought of in that light?

But then I thought about my savage side, the part of me that is untamed and wild.  The barefoot who walks free in nature, stares in awe at the stars and submerges herself in rivers for comfort.  Sometimes when everything in my civilised, responsible Mum, Wife, Business Owner, life is getting a bit much I need to escape to nature to restore myself.  I have to reconnect with the Wild Me who has been shut away and told to behave while the sensible Responsible Me gets on with ‘stuff’.

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After a week of being efficient, helpful, capable and responsible I needed half an hour alone  barefoot in a field yesterday – blissful reconnection with Wild Me.

Maybe the secret is to marry these sides of me together so that they can walk through my life hand in hand; dealing with ‘stuff’ together. Using the primitive instinct and fiery creativity of Wild Me alongside the sensible consideration of Responsible Me might prove effective?

Something to work on….

….watch out, I’m getting my savage on!

Namaste x

Welcome To July Blog Party & Book Cover Reveal

Join the party!

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Welcome to July’s blog party and the book cover reveal of my second poetry book.

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Can you believe that we are already done with the 1st half of this year? It’s been a roller-coaster year, but we must keep thankful for where we are, for each day and the opportunities that come our way.

Let’s kick in the next half with good positive vibes, motivation, focus, and gratitude.

I would love to thank all my newly acquired blogger friends. I appreciate your taking the time to connect with me on my blog. This is a blog that offers the opportunity to connect with others through monthly blog parties, featured posts,posts that caught my interest and author zone. Feel free to avail yourself of any of these opportunities.

I believe that we grow by supporting each other and I hope that you find that support here.

Do make yourself comfortable. Refreshments…

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Light and Shade.

Let’s be honest, as much as it would be lovely, we don’t all feel Sunny and happy all the time.  Life throws things at us to frustrate and test us.  We have a huge capacity to love which means we feel loss keenly and its not possible to smile our way through everything.

Flipping through my photo’s recently I realised how often I take pictures at sunset, when it’s between day and night, in that neither light nor dark time.  The sun seems so much brighter in contrast to the darkening sky and everything is bathed in a beautiful glow that is so much gentler than the harsh sunlight in the middle of the day.

Maybe my need to capture that moment in a picture is a reflection of a drive to see the light in everyone, every situation, every time of sadness?

Am I drawn to the light in the dark?  Or is it the contrast of both that excites me?

I have to remind myself constantly of the need for balance; how would I appreciate the gentle light at sunset if I didn’t know the harsh light of midday or the pitch dark of midnight?   Life is not all black and white, polar opposites, we live among rays of light and shadows.

Our experiences shape us but we do get to choose our reactions to them; I choose to find good in the balance of light and shade.

Wishing you comfort in both light and shade.

Namaste

Getting my Head in Order – Creatively.

I love craft and am always happy to try a new one.  I enjoy the creativity and the opportunity to concentrate on making something, clearing my mind of anything else and just focussing on the task in hand.  Craft can be a fantastic way of practising mindfulness.

A good friend and I recently went to a local craft place where we had a go at making our own mosaics.  We spent a good few hours with tea, cake, and creativity.  There were moments of silence and intense concentration as we focussed on getting our little tiles in Order, there were moments of lighthearted chatter and heartfelt conversation.  I found that I started off with good intentions for neatness and lined my tiles up nicely but they were actually off centre.  The further on I got the more relaxed I was and the more higgledy piggledy they got.  So my finished piece is a balance of order and chaos; quite a good reflection of my character really!   It was a wonderful way to spend time and a lovely balance to the rest of the day which was spent working and looking after my family.

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It’s not perfect but I quite like it and I will enjoy using as a trivet in the kitchen.  It’s practical and also reminds me of a lovely few hours spent with a dear friend as well as the importance of finding balance.

I would encourage anyone to express themselves creatively in any way they can: any kind of mark making or drawing; it doesn’t have to be perfect – doodling is wonderful, colouring, painting, sewing, sticking, singing, dancing and making music, using modelling clay or embroidering.  Creating anything from fridge magnets to homemade clothes just making something – anything, is beneficial to your wellbeing.  Especially if you’re  focussed on enjoying the process more than worrying about the outcome.  It doesn’t matter if what you’ve made doesn’t look like you’d hoped, as long as you have enjoyed the process and found peace of mind doing it.

I wish you joy in expressing yourself creatively.

Namaste

 

A Bit of Floral Frivolity.

Sometimes you need a moment to look away from the difficult things in life, at something beautiful.  It lightens your mood and reminds you that there is beauty in the world, it’s all about achieving balance.  Being in nature does that for me, the night before last I had had enough of all of the stuff in the media at the moment, as much as I care about it, I needed a break.  So I went outside in the dark and stood in the rain, letting the droplets wash the icky, negative energy from me.  I twirled around and shook out my arms and legs to clear and refresh my aura.  I felt so much better, energised, uplifted.  (I  don’t think my neighbours were watching but they probably think I’m a compete loon anyway!)

Flowers can give you a breath of fresh air (literally when they are on a plant that is giving out oxygen for us to breath!) but when you can’t get (or don’t want to pick) real ones a fabric one will do.

We went to a friends wedding a while ago and I found the perfect dress to wear that only needed a little alteration to make it fit perfectly.  It was black with little yellow flowers on it.  The main reason I liked the dress so much is that I could wear my favourite shoes; a golden yellow pair that my husband bought me as a present.  I know it’s a bit shallow but I have to admit I do love a pretty pair of shoes; we all have our weaknesses and mine is shoes, the weird thing is I spend most of the time barefoot! I didn’t have a suitable matching jacket so decided on a little cardigan instead and thought adding a flower pin would make it look a bit more elegant.  I searched and searched for a matching flower, but couldn’t find the right shade of yellow anywhere.  So I rummaged in my fabric box and found a few different but complementary shades of yellow and gold which I used to make a Natty little flower with a gold button in the middle.

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There are three different shades of yellow in the flower, one matches the shoes, and the others match the flowers on the dress, tying it all together.

All my fabrics were once clothes, curtains or are other people’s left overs from projects.  I like to save fabrics from going into landfill and they get re-used as and when I need them.

I didn’t take step by step photos as I was making the flower but there are loads of tutorials online.  I basically cut lots of varying sizes of petal shapes out and piled them up overlapping and a bit higgledy piggledy with the biggest at the bottom and smallest at the top and stitched through them, gathering them a bit as I went.  The button in the middle hides all the random stitches I made to keep the petals in place.  I stitched the finished flower onto a safety pin.

It’s not got the natural beauty of a real flower but wearing it makes me smile.

I hope you see something that makes you smile today.

Namaste.