Finding my Bliss

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Summer is Here




Thought I'd have a little play with my banner today!  Summer is here and I'm lapping it up, as you can see from my posy pics, or should I say more peony posy pics!  I think it's safe to say they're probably my favourite flowers.
I've just come back from a fabulous holiday on the South East coast of the UK, Cromer.  Weather was gorgeous and perfect for holiday snaps.
On a sadder note, I was reminded that not everyone is having a good time even if the sun is shining in this beautiful, balmy seaside town.  Pain still exists here as I notice this plea for help on the back of a loo door! 
Some kind hearted person had left a reply saying
 "things will get better trust me"
I hope she returned to see this reply, it  might have helped knowing someone cared enough!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Strawberry Full Moon & Cromer Magic

I've been dreaming all week in this lovely dreamy place called Cromer, as you can see by my collage I've been bathing myself in beauty, noticing all the colours and images to bring home and assemble on the Strawberry Full Moon.

Jamie spoke about taking time for creativity, this morning I did just that, I got absorbed in my passion for photography and image assembling.  The moments of my holiday are all re-lived as I pursue my passion, a cyclical activity!
 

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Being in the Moment

 What's it like for you?
This is what it's like for me - noticing things, little things, like this morning I noticed the sun's reflection on my fridge door, reflecting the tree from over the road dancing and shimmering on the grey surface.  It makes me feel alive when I notice something fleeting, something other, something of the moment that I can capture with my camera.  These images may not mean anything to anyone else but they give me an almost indescribable feeling of having everything in that moment!

Please tell me about your moments?

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Morning Meditation



I sat as normal in my yoga pose,
entering into the practice of meditation,
thoughts rose,
I welcomed them and softly waved them goodbye,
it was delicious,
the thoughts were delicious
but
 I was aware of more and more delicious thoughts
and
the clock's soothing ticks heightened
along
 with the cooing of doves outside my window.

The image of the peony from the garden entered my mind,
the large, soft, frilly peony,
pink and cream ruffled petals.
I sank into the peony,
into it's dewy, soft petals, they stroked my cheeks.
I rested there enveloped in it's creamy, frilled deliciousness.

I could still hear the clock ticking softly
and
 the bird chattering to herself
but 
the image of the peony faded,
then
 the bird's chatter silenced
though
the clock's ticks whispered on.

Am I in the moment
is this being in the moment?


I welcome your perspective on this experience, these words were intuitively written after my meditation.  I don't claim them to be poetic.  I wrote the words without censor to capture a beautiful experience to keep as a memory for myself and also to share with others the wonderful feelings that come through meditation.

Like many, there have been some dark-day periods in my life, when I dwelled in the dark tunnel not being able to see the end or any glimmer of light.  I forgot what it was like to feel anything let alone experience the beautiful feelings I have come to associate with meaningful practices like meditation and yoga.



Friday, 18 June 2010

Happy Again

Well it's that time again, soon comes around does
Happy Friday

I so look forward to posting,
it focuses the mind on all the little moments of happiness
I sometimes  take for granted. 
So first of all a big thank you to

Jamie
for weekly happy focusing.


This week I'm happy to be back in my sweet pod, in my home with my love after my 'mini me retreat', and of course my two boys Dougal & Jasper I missed all three boys so very much, not sure which one the most!
Garden's come on leaps and bounds since being away, got a bit glum a few weeks back the garden took such a beating after the hard frost winter, we lost several shrubs. 
 I had a bit of a sulk on with it, but all is forgiven now!
First Summer Rose

  Oh yes, I know which boy I missed the most, the one who made a sail to shade me from the sun, as I sit among the apple trees of an evening sipping my vino!

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Friday, 11 June 2010

My Very Happy Friday


I've had such a 'me' week this week, it's been all about 'me', in-fact I've spent the entire week on a 'me-retreat'. I'm having this retreat because I'm house sitting for someone, away from my own place!  It's been a real oasis, for I've escaped all the usual run-up banter to the Football World Cup that goes on in my house!  I've escaped to a very tranquil and peaceful space just right for contemplation!


So what have I been contemplating?   For one thing my blog, you might have detected this from the new blog template I applied!  I'm going to add a new banner when I get home to my own workspace.  The thing is I'm fairly new to the blogging thing as you may be aware!  But I've been reading and digesting a wonderful book on this subject by Tara Frey - Blogging for Bliss, very informative and helpful, beautifully illustrated, and with a friendly touch that seems to be the hallmark of creative bloggers.


Now I'm beginning to get the hang of things I realise that I have made a number of boobs!  When I look back on my previous posts in my new template they could do with a little editing, but what the heck - I'm not going to!  I'm just going to leave them there as a  reminder - life is a learning experience!  We don't have to be perfect first time, or second, or third ........?


Oh, just one other thing that's added to my Happy Friday, Iv'e been feeling such a sense of connection to the world, although I'm not a footy fan, I just had to watch the opening ceremony of the World Cup in South Africa on TV, I have an affinity with South Africa and seeing this spectacle was really moving.  My sister lived in this beautiful county for twenty years through their troubles and turmoil, so to witness the uniting spirit of sport was very emotional!  Added to this my darling daughter is flying to New York as I post for a 'fun in the city' holiday of a lifetime, and would you believe England v USA is scheduled for Saturday!  So there's another connection with some of you dear bloggers!
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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Jamie Asks - What Leap do you wish to Take?




I wish to take a leap of faith - faith that I can reveal the 'real me' frizzy hair and all.  Actually I love my frizzy hair and I'm very glad to have any kind of hair coz a few years back I didn't, was completely bald I suffer from alopecia!  It was a difficult time, it took about two years for my frizzy locks to return, although I still get patches.  The way I dealt with it was through faith - faith in myself, not that my hair would return,but that I would cope with it whatever!  I refused to keep looking to see and said to myself 'if it doesn't grow so what'!

Right now the leap of faith I want to take isn't so much about revealing my outward appearance, but the 'real inner me' in my posts. I know I engage with a  safe and supportive, kind worded community, but still feel a little vulnerable at revealing the 'real me'.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Magical Moments of my Weekend

Son's garden and beautiful blooms including daughter-in-law and her very own bloom the lovely Cathy, who I'm looking out for this week. 
We shared a lovely day together cooking and watching TV, The Britain's Got Talent final - awesome, every act deserved their place, couldn't choose between them!