Finding my Bliss

Friday, 30 November 2012

Minding the Gap



Let go of struggling
resolve to find clarity 
flee from one's own head


 Though I was a keen knitter years ago 
I couldn't master this loopy stitch pattern this week,
instead I was turning loopy myself!
 It had a strangle hold over me.
For two hours or so I determined to 
think it through, 
struggling the technique formula,
finally failing dismally 
I pulled the whole lot off the needles in frustration! 
I went away, left the struggle, 
but a curious thing then happened
as I stood with a quiet mind
 clarity and resolution appeared, fully formed!
Much the same as struggling with anything in life I find
getting out of one's own head 
allows for clarity! 

They call it 'minding the gap'.
Linking with
Haiku my Heart

Friday, 23 November 2012

Truly Grateful


For what I received
I am most truly grateful
Haiku Forever!

Checking back I realise it is now over
two years since I posted my first haiku.
It has been a wonderful journey,
one that has brought richness
and wonder to my Fridays.

Meeting new creative minded
individuals has been a 
blessing for which I am
Truly Thankful.

Also grateful to the inspirational Rebecca who lovingly provides a place for us to gather. xxx


                                                                                                                                    Quote from Rumi 
Linking with
Haiku my Heart
Recuerda mi Corazon



Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Tree Pose ~ Food for Thought



I am a tree which stands by the path you tread.
If you can learn something from me stay awhile,
I cannot take you my way because my roots are in my own piece of ground,
and my branches reach up to my own personal sky.
If you wish to lean against me for some time and warm in the sun which filters through my leaves,
then share my stillness and become one with me.
Don't stay too long or part of yourself will become lost within me.
Do not take one of my branches to use as a prop,
for even I am unaware of which are strong or weak.
In looking at me, reflect in what you didn't know and make it your own truth.
I will not impede the path you tread but I hope I have helped to make your journey worthwhile.
~
Barbara Griggs

Pondering ~> This poem was quoted during yoga practice last week, to me it speaks very loudly.  In reviewing my life's paths, I have chanced upon various tree-like individuals and organisation that have gifted me in many ways for which I am grateful.  Whilst it is fair to say I have learned a great deal from my tree liaisons, I should also say on reflection I was perhaps too willing at times to be propped up by their grandiose story telling, leaning too far in and being too bound up with them, in fact becoming lost in them for awhile. 

One of the tell-tale signs of this happening shows up in a loss of identity, taking on someone else's or organisation's identity.  This can happen when their stories are so compelling that one can be swept along with gusto, wanting to tell the same story the same way, using their vocabulary like a parrot, only to realise sometime later in hindsight, No this does not sound like me, it is not my personal truth.

I simply have to remind myself of this every-time I read a new book, take up a new spiritual practice like yoga, or some other philosophy, even visiting other blog-sites, to embrace new accepted thoughts weaving them into my story, telling it in my way whilst leaving out anything that does not fit!

A mighty tree will not be offended, it is aware it has weaknesses too.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Her Legacy

Seems strange that on the week I decided at last
to re-glue 'My Book of Belief', posted about here
 'Coming Unstuck'
That the person who inspired me to make
this book passed away.


It also seems strange that I should at
the same time be reading another of her motivational books
'End the Struggle and Dance with Life.

There have been many women who have inspired me here on-line and in book-form,
Susan Jeffers being one. She is renowned world-wide for the up-beat way she deals
with life's emotional struggles, bringing bite-size chunks of practical wisdom to
the fore.

One reason why her work appeals to me is that from what I read she did not pretend to 'know'
or speculate about the big questions in life such as 'where we came from',
'why we are here', or 'where we will go', in-fact like me, she took refuge and rest in the 'don't know'
but at the same time enthused about the Grand-Design of it all.

Susan has helped me enormously as well as many others worldwide, her work is now a legacy for those in need and for anyone interested in personal development.

RIP Susan Jeffers, October 7 1942 - October 27 2012.

Susan Jeffers.com


Linking with
Postcards from Paradise
Recuerda mi Corazon

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Flow~>

A river flowed through me today,
I noticed it as sun's shimmer danced on fragments of autumn,


threads, just hanging, dangling, waiting to be noticed enticing me to play.
Feeling the pull of the river, the flow,
I stayed for a while until light faded.


Meanwhile a restful haze surfaced revealing subtle creations of the mind,
only detected by those who allow the river to flow.





Linking with that Joyous Movement over at ~>
Meri's Musings

Monday, 5 November 2012

Gently Gently...

One of those Mondays, things lined up..........

I had planned for yoga and a long overdue groom for the fur-boys,
but I was stuck.......... something was gluing me to a place of stillness,
I've experienced this 'stuck-feeling' before, I've learned to take notice of this feeling and
the message its sending to me, to listen to that small voice from within,
the one that knows the core of me, that sometimes I need to just be.

It has been a day of noticing subtlety, gentleness, I needed this too, to be gentle with myself.
I have learned over the years that I suffer from stimulation over-load and that I need to defuse this situation. I've learned that when everything is gearing you up to say 'Yes to the Universe' just sometimes you have to say No, not at the moment!



Have you found this yourself, days when everything seems too loud, too brash, too stressful?  You want to switch the world off!  The more I move with gentle souls both here on-line and otherwise, I feel the need to honour that voice within that says enough, I am enough for this day.


Friday, 2 November 2012

Dancing the Moments Between Raindrops

Rain is part of life, being able to spontaneously dance between the storms or showers is not always easy, it can't always be choreographed.



Last night I was thrilled to experience 'Tango Motion' at my home town venue The Winding Wheel.  It was a a red-hot affair featuring two of the world's leading Tango dancers plus musicians Tango Siempre with Argentinean singer Guillermo Rozenthuler!  The passion arousing moves from the Buenos Aires traditional through to Nuevo Tango made a powerful impact on me. The history of the dance was revealed through movement, music and narrative. 

Although the choreographed sequences were beautifully executed I was utterly smitten by the improvised or unrehearsed performance, where the female's role is to anticipate the male's lead.  The narrator explained this to be the pinnacle of Tango which relied upon years of practice by the dancers. The female being very sensitive to the male's every leaning and slightest nudge enabled them to move fluidly together in one sensuous unfurling, it was a very dramatic and emotion arousing story.

I got to thinking how this felt like those spontaneous moments in life when we relax into the flow of the next, trusting our senses to make moves most inline with our inner core. Trusting that what we need will be there, that all things are moving forward and unfolding exactly as they should.  The narrator explained further that the roots of Argentine Tango tapped into a place of pain, where Europeans remembered their beloved homeland.  

Tango is about expressing both painful and pleasurable emotions through passionate dance ~ much like life really!