“Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

4d841d80-cea0-4604-a071-84bf3da9ea5fThis leaf looks as if it is showing new life. In reality it is starting to decay and renew.

Its intricate beauty arrested me to stop, to look deeper, to think. It was discovered whilst following my natural instinct, taking myself out of my normal comfort zone, on a study course.

In becoming more still, by changing our environment and exploring our creativity, using our senses with nature, writing, art, poetry, music and meeting different people we create the opportunity re-connect with ourselves.

When did you last find space to unearth and coax your hidden talents out into the open? For me it was the unfamiliar albeit safe and inspiring environment of Ruskin’s home. Here I felt connected, nurtured by nature’s elements watched over by the ancients: the trees and the solid, magnificent fells surrounded by Coniston’s soothing waters.

The lesson? Sometimes we need to trust and let go of the old ways to create space, be that mental, physical or emotional. We need to open ourselves up to new ways of being. Sometimes our initial observation of things, situations, people or ideas is not accurate. The truth can be camouflaged. If we can keep more open, be more aware, more present, and more patient. If we can look just a little deeper, over time something much more precious, more beautiful has the chance to unfurl and be revealed.

Are you ready to renew, create new life and become more of who you are? Is it time for you to flourish? Please get in touch and tell me more.

Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks!

11078201_520254018112751_6966461151850152806_oOur brightest blazes of gladness

are commonly kindled

by unexpected sparks” 

Samuel Johnson English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)

Mindfulness, Presence and Awareness

balance-rocksGreat article explaining Mindfulness, Presence and Awareness by Dr Hanson

“Mindfulness is simply a clear, non-judgmental awareness of your inner and outer worlds. In particular, it’s an awareness of the flow of experience in your inner world – an alert observing of your thoughts, emotions, body sensations, desires, memories, images, personality dynamics, attitudes, etc.

When you are mindful of something, you are observing it, not caught up in it and not identified with it. The psychological term, “the observing ego” – considered to be essential for healthy functioning – refers to this capacity (i.e., mindfulness) to detach from the stream of consciousness and observe it. Other terms for this capacity include bare witnessing and the Fair Witness.

Presence refers to the stability of mindfulness, which means the degree to which you are grounded in awareness itself. With practice, awareness becomes increasingly your home base, your refuge, rather than the contents of awareness. You abide more and more as the field of awareness upon which experiences arise, register, and pass away. ”