This afternoon I danced, out of doors, in the garden, for I received some very good news. Or rather, I witnessed a beautiful thing.
I have been writing an article for work about wild lawns, and so wanted photos to accompany my words: photos of the plantain, the daisies, the cat's ears that are currently growing, and this I did. I then checked on my wildflower box only to discover that it has germinated! Yesterday it was a pot of brown soil, today there are lots of tiny wee green leaves poking through the gloom - hope in the darkness.
Checking the cold frame to see how my salad was getting on, imagine my joy when I discovered that they too have germinated, and there's a row of miniature salad leaves poking out, not just green this time, but purple too. Turning to check my willow hedge, I realised that here too there was life. These sticks that I'd stuck in the ground many months ago have found a new lease of life: joy!
Three cartwheels later I couldn't resist a dance. Using the wind as both the music and my partner, I spun, leapt and twirled. Life abounds: spring really has sprung, and as the skylark took to the sky to sing it's wondrous song, I felt my heart life with it. Here we are, as the world continues to turn around us. And we keep on going.
I read the most beautiful blog post the other day. My friend Charlotte has been writing a daily post which is always delightful. On her 30th day, however, was a post so full of love that it had an immediate impact on me. It was like opening Pandora's Box, however nothing but the truth came out.
Read Charlotte's post here...
Her influences, her quirks and her beliefs had me singing: what a wonderfully honest post, so joyful, and words straight from the heart. I immediately wrote an email to her, with some of the things that make me me and would like to add them below.
In these times, when our entire lives have been turned upside down, it is essential to remember who it is that's at the centre of each of us. To give name to our own beliefs or important aspects of our soul is to give them strength, and through our strength we gain courage. So, without further hesitation:
I believe in the healing power of nature
I believe that the air we breathe has an impact on our thoughts
I love to dream of the future (but get nervous of change)
I love slow meetings with friends - chatting, wandering, sitting by a fire, knitting together
I love to write
I am a maker
I talk to myself often
I often sing instead of speak
I sing about many different things in the shower
I love the moonlight
I am a seer
I find peace through the actions of wildlife, which I like to watch unnoticed
I believe that there's a spirit within everything that makes up this earth.
I really, really hug
I find innermost peace from yoga and will do it at any place, at any time
I am an empath
I feel most at home walking barefoot across the land
I believe in love
Now, I would love to hear more about you! Please, think about your own truths and discover who you are. I know that writing them down helped me find a balance. If you are willing, I'd love you to share them with me. Just ask for contact details if you don't know how to get in touch.
I hope this exercise resonates with some of you, and maybe helps you remember yourself and find hearts-ease, if that is what is needed.