I was away for a couple of days this week. I went bush. Everywhere I looked there were signs of nature’s shedding.. …Seedpods from acacia trees, gum nuts from the eucalyptus and delicate cicada cases perching on grass fronds.The warm glow of the afternoon sun on the small maple tree and the slowing pace of the natural world encouraged me to reflect on where I found myself at this point in my life.
What had come to fruit and been harvested now the busyness and activity of summer had waned? What did I need to release or shed in order to be living the vision I had for my life? No quick and easy answers.
These are things I will contemplate as we move deeper into the colder months. I will turn inward and begin to write, draw, make more in order to receive the messages I need to hear. Then I will slow-cook and nourish them over winter ready for the next cycle of growth in spring.
So here I offer you an affirmation for this time of transformation and release.
Please feel free to print it out and place it somewhere where you will see it and be reminded of what is important in this season of life.
I wrote this article for the first issue of Maker’s Magazine which was published late last year. This issue explores the relationship between human creativity and Mother Nature, and my article in particular looks at the theme of surrendering. I hope you will read it and enjoy!
Thanks to Maker’s Magazine for their inspirational first issue and for allowing me the opportunity to put my writing forth to a wider audience. It just goes to show that if you believe something is worth saying and continue to do the work, honing your message, somebody, somewhere is listening, and may even share the same feeling as you do!
Well, spring is finally here after the coldest and dullest winter in Victoria for 40 years. Each sunny day seems a small miracle. The trees are growing leaves overnight and the pulse of life is palpable. Creatures are unwinding slowly from hibernation and blinking in the light. I can see why the spring equinox in times past was such a time of celebration. The night is past and the earth abundant again.
So, with a spirit full of hope and rejuvenation, I share my gratitude for the return of spring with you. An attitude of gratitude opens our hearts to the beauty of our life here and now. And it’s good for the serotonin and dopamine levels in our brain which are the chemicals that promote feelings of happiness and well being. With repeated practice we can actually change the neuro circuitry of our brains and become happier people.
As a daily practice, I am choosing to think of 3 things for which I am grateful. We all have basic things to be grateful for starters– waking up alive, having a body that is continually working to maintain equilibrium, a friend that supports us in difficult times. Count them for yourself and see how abundant your life is!
Feel free to print this out and put it somewhere as a daily reminder to rejoice in what you have!