Saturday, 25 January 2014
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
© Robert Frost. All rights reserved
I have loved this poem since I was a child. I don't know why but every now and then it just pops into my mind and off I go to find it and read it again. It just brings me to a place of peace and stillness and I simply love it.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Watching the sunlight
dance on the waves
My mind slowed, almost to a halt.
I watched, astonished
by the sight
of a thousand dancing bodies there.
I thought I dreamt
and closed my eyes
But opening, saw them still.
A thousand, no - more
ten thousand perhaps,
bodies rising up from the sea.
I felt no fear
They were holy somehow
A wave of spiritual love.
I knew they came
to tell me something
So I sat and watched them play.
The message came
I hear it still
It rests within my heart.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
"Sun Child" (Number 1) by Michael Shapcott
I am feeling so much better these past couple of days, thank goodness. I am nearly there in terms of having a bit of energy but not yet quite enough to start painting again yet. How I would love to have even just a corner in my home which I was able to leave set up permanently so I could just stop by and draw or paint for half an hour, or even less. No...it involves digging everything out of cupboards and drawers, setting it up on the living room table, and then, when finished, tidying it all up and putting it all away out of sight again. Imagine having your own little studio, how wonderful that would be!
Anyway, the whole palava of doing all of the above is just too much at the moment but in the meantime I enjoy myself by finding beautiful pictures that touch me deeply....and today I have pasted one of those here. I have, amongst many other boards, a Pinterest board called "Faces 3 - Faces that touch my soul" and this is on there. What a beautiful face and I am so moved by the way the artist has made use of colour and imagery. What do you think? I thought I would look into these lovely eyes and try and read his (I think) face and see what imagery comes to my mind. I will have a go .... and add it here later.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Three of my closest friends came to see me today and their kindness and understanding of the mess I have been in lately has helped me so much. I realised today that once more in my life my emotions have played havoc with my ability to think straight and to see the clear path. They know who they are but if any of you should read this, thank you with all my heart.
Today my own personal understanding of me shifted again. Quite a big shift really as I saw myself as a bit foolish and someone who I do not want to be. Earlier in my life I was so strong and courageous and yet lately, the last year or so, I have withdrawn more and more into my shell, almost allowing the world to grind me down. That isn't me. Now...it may take a few days more but I have decided...I am coming back to who I really am.
What a life........ :-)
Sunday, 5 January 2014
I started incorporating this chant daily into my life a couple of months ago after my friend Veronique suggested it to our group on Freeing Your Wings. I let is slip a bit during December when I was struggling with a bit of depression again but part of my new year plan is to get back to it. I use this clip from Youtube to help myself focus and for me at the moment, it is the right length of time and leads me into a quiet meditation at the end. I am combining this with my daily meditation from Mark Nepo's book, "The Book of Awakenings" which I hope will help me start my days in a much more uplifted and calmer way.
The other thing I am doing is walking every day...for pleasure...so shopping and errands will not count (I have let myself do that in the past). I have managed it so far even in this wind and rain. With the seafront at the bottom of my road, I really should be able to commit to this properly so I intend to give it my best shot. I was shocked earlier today at how easily I had gone "downhill" in my mood after yesterday which shook me into walking this afternoon and, as I should have learned by now, it helped.
I hope you have some intentions set for the new year that will bring you peace and tranquility too. Please do let me know if you have by adding a comment here.
Love Lynda xx
Goodness, apart from my wonderful walk by the sea yesterday I felt pretty low. Taking down the Christmas tree was not a good start to the day, it always makes me sad but the whole day felt really hard. I was irritable too which is not like me. I am one of those people who get sad, upset, anxious and depressed but not often cross. Still I felt it yesterday and did not really know why. I don't like feeling like that. That has been replaced today by feeling pretty low and anxious...a more normal state of mind for me. I wish I didn't. Still I found this picture which reminded me that even when we feel sad there is beauty all around us that we just need to remember. I rather liked this idea of being covered with beautiful flowers even when your insides feel bad. I am going to try and imagine myself covered in flowers just like this today and hope that gradually the sad feelings are overcome by the beauty and tranquility of the flowers.
Saturday, 4 January 2014
I braved the seafront again today after feeling it was a bit too dangerous the last few days with the violent storms we are having. When we left the flat yesterday we noticed the sea looked half as high again as it usually does. It was really odd. We can see the sea as we leave our building and I suppose you get used to the way the horizon looks each day. At the moment it is so much higher. When I got to the esplanade this morning, I kept back along the path by the beach huts which is some way back from the sea itself but the waves were still crashing over the beach wall in several places. Half the beach is now on the prom. It looked and sounded magnificent, one of those moments of "awe and wonder" certainly. It still surprised me though to see some foolish people, even with small children, up close to the sea wall and running back as the waves crashed over. Apart from the very real possibility of being swept over, the waves up hurling up large stones as well.
Still there were also lots of people, keeping well back, just enjoying what is undoubtedly a spectacle of nature. I have lived here for 43 years and I have never seen the sea like this before. Anyway, after a while the heavens opened up again and I got drenched but actually it doesn't bother me. I just loved the whole outing, it was really glorious.
Friday, 3 January 2014
I am so absorbed in two new books I have discovered by the wonderful Mark Nepo. I will be adding more about him but for today I wanted to share the beginnings of one of those books "Ten Thousand Ways to Listen" through which I am striving to reconnect with my inner self at the moment .... so lots about finding quiet and time for reflection, being still .... and listening to my inner self. I found this lovely picture which seems to complement this really beautifully and wanted to share it with you all. Hoping you too are finding some inner peace now after the holidays.
Thursday, 2 January 2014
Time to start afresh with my Dancing Daisies blog now the new year has started. I hope so much that those of you who have come here from Freeing Your Wings will enjoy being part of this new community. I called this post "New beginnings .... old ways" because I hope that Dancing Daisies will become very much like FYW in its content and in its community. I feel sure that those of us who are staying together, despite the changes, will continue to pay attention to our world and to our spiritual journeys, to be astonished by the confirmations that we receive and to tell each other about it all. I hope so, so much.