Back in Lakeland, joy in replenishing my wood store never grows old …
A new (old) kind of connection:
Air, chores shared seamlessly, community, conversation, contemplation, dance, deep listening, eating (fabulously), gratefulness, hugs, international, laughing until tears flowed, letting go, love, meditation, reflection, silence – save for the curlews and the fast-running burn, singing, swimming and squealing (freezing), sleeping, surprised, soft mellowness …
Home for the weekend. A Scottish bothy set in acres of silence – save for curlews, a fast flowing burn and wind in the trees. No mains electricity, no plumbed water, no flushing loo, no phone or wi-fi – but very quickly to become a home filled with deep connection, wonderful conversation, fabulous food, firelight, love, laughter and song …
Happy July. I’m going to be ‘off grid’ for a day or two here and there this month, but there’ll doubtless be a bit of reflecting here when ‘reconnected’ – possibly about being truly connected when off grid? 😉
At any rate, friends and family not actually with me will be in my heart xx
The inspiring gratefulness.org (link) is always worth a visit. Today I came across a ‘daily question’ that I came away thinking I ought to be asking everyday:
How can I be a source of joyful surprise for someone today?
What a great question for bringing one’s attention into the present – right in the here and now. At least two lives might be changed if I could come up with a good answer – but probably more. Joyful surprises are susceptible to the snowball effect!
And my pondering today has often led me back to a conversation with someone dear last night, who told me: ‘I like simple things …’
Holyrood today has been host to marching bands, torrential rain, a fair bit of wind, and high heat sunshine – sometimes within the space of a few minutes!
The Sovereign’s Royal Standard catches the breeze over The Palace of Holyroodhouse this morning
How did this city so completely win my heart?
Now here’s a paradox – I sort of know, in hundreds of ways, why. Alongside a kind of not knowing! I only really know, Edinburgh, as I wander home in the course of these long summer evenings, that you did – and that you have opened my heart to the possibilities in a host of other such life-giving paradoxes.
Yes, Mary Oliver, yes. Thank you. Thousands upon thousands of us hear your singing, still. And thanks to @mypositiveoutlooks on Insta, too …
Among the ‘goodies’ I came away from the fabulous Royal Highland Show with yesterday are Sea Salt and Sicilian Olive Oil. Add a little good bread and some salad stuff and one can quickly conjure a simple, nutritious and delicious banquet …
6.45am – Morning sun streaming through my window. The words ‘World Awakening’ have been echoing in the dreams I’ve woken from, clearly remembering. Little gestures and gratefulness, hopes and dreams, love and light, wide smiles, you and me, friends, can and will change the perspectives of all our days. And now I’m off, in great company, to the Royal Highland Show, so today’s post is likely to be updated further – Watch this space!
10.00pm – with sore feet but a glad heart 😊🌱