Blinking In The Light

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!

I am grateful today

Time to go home…

I hit a rough patch spot a few weeks ago–inspiration withered, everything felt old and worn–people, places, art; the works. The outside world pressed uncomfortably close. Anxiety mounted.  I craved trees and open spaces where I could breathe. Life is tough in the city sometimes. 

So I took myself off to the country for a weekend and spent time with creative friends who supported my need for rest and rejuvenation. I was fed things straight from the garden, patted furry cats, walked in Autumn sun and sat amongst the trees. My friend’s house is newly decorated and she is enjoying the burgeoning of her creative self. It rubbed off as we talked knitting projects and raided her fabric stash. 

I returned feeling an energetic shift and with it a more expansive mind set and glimmers of creativity.

I learned two valuable things–

1. Spend time with people who “see” who you are and support and encourage that vision. A community of like-minds/hearts/souls is important in sustaining and feeding that which is vital in you.

2. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Heed the call to return Home,  wherever that may be …to nature, retreat, the swimming pool, the garden, the kitchen. Don’t leave it too long (with thanks to Clarissa Pinkola Estes).

The garden at St Erth