Today I am contemplating joy – and what it actually is! -I believe that to access our joy fully, we must also have reached the depth of pain and suffering at some level, in order to have something with which to compare it to. I have recognised over the years, that joy is life enhancing in every capacity – and sometimes it is hard to find and harder to hold onto.
Recently I have been reflecting on much of my recent working past – I have been writing and supporting those experiencing grief and loss for over fifteen years and absorbing many of these lessons. My own lessons of loss have also been a part of this mix. Healing has always been integrated into this but somewhat separate.
I have been reflecting recently on the nature of love and unconditional love. This is due to a recent life experience which perhaps one day I will write a book about. One of those big transitions which come about in life. Love is at the heart of my life and all our lives –
Today I have been thinking and reflecting on transitions, and how we manage them. Transitions are a very real and normal part of life, and we all experience them. Some transitions are huge and life changing, such as when a loved one dies, when we separate or when we move to a new location or job. Other transitions are smaller and incorporate the everyday adjustment to changes, such as when we get a new car, or choose a new bank! Each day is indeed a new transition, from night to day, and from home to other environments such as school, work etc.
Today I am contemplating the feeling of grace, something which is both difficult to describe but perfect when felt.
Today I have been reflecting on what it means to flow in our lives – when we truly flow and can allow all the gifts of our life to come to us, trusting that each one will give us something golden and precious, we feel alive and vibrant, resonant with our soul’s purpose and able to make decisions or trust what is right based on the situation. .
Hi, Just back from another great day supporting the work of creativity and wellbeing – I love the way everyone engages and shares what is needed, and how this work really enhances all parts of our being – our creative self is the true vibrancy within our body and soul – it gives us the flavour of what it is truly to be alive – I feel lucky and thrilled to share this work with everyone – look out for another workshop coming soon – don’t miss it!
Does the weather affect you? Do you moan when it has been dark and dreary for days, or do you feel uplifted when the sun comes out? And do you find that if you go out in nature, perhaps walking by trees or in a mountainous place, or by beaches, you feel happier, more well being in yourself?
I have just been reflecting on our wonderful and special chakra day today in Bath – we were lucky enough to be able to use the garden at the centre and being out in nature as well as in the room gave us the extra zing needed to really focus on our chakra psychology. My thoughts about this work are that it is growthful, life enhancing, and revealing, as well as fun, using all the techniques at hand such as musical instruments – ( great drumming Becky!), art materials, the earth, and our own deep sharing. Everyone found some new insights and connections, and I felt humbled to be with such a flowing group who were ready to explore. Using the chakras in this way allows us to engage with our bodies safely, while exploring the emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects we hold. Each time I do this work new insights emerge, and for me the day, as workshop facilitator, held the magic of how vital nature can be in exploring our chakra system – it gives us the connection to our source that so many of us seek, and it allows us to feel expansive, while also feeling safe with our feet firmly on the ground. Our mindful connections today truly touched me. Thankyou to Becky, Jim and Jane. with love and grace Anna
I have been thinking about connections recently – we all have times of connection, to ourselves, to others, to nature, to animals. We all need a sense of connection in some way or another, even if we prefer our own company much of the time.Some of our connections are with family, some with friends, some old, some are new, some are related to being in nature, some connections from meeting works of art or hearing music and the expressions an artist or musician has made, and some are from spending time alone. There are so many ways to feel connected, and it is not just about our connections to people that matter. However, how do we keep a sense of our true self, our link to our soul being and our growth while still remaining in connection with others? Can we indeed remain in touch with ourselves while in connection. And is our growth partly about this, about learning who we are, what our true self is and then sharing or checking this out in our connections to others.
Thinking about creativity and how it feeds our soul today – it seems that we are all born creative, but by the time we reach adulthood some of us believe for some reason that we no longer can express ourselves creatively, especially if we have been told things like we cannot draw or sing. Yet watch children at play, and they do not question that they can draw on paper, dance around or sing loudly! We all have that innate ability and as we grow older, it is vital for us to find what form of creativity our soul truly wants us to express. If we find this, it then gives us not only satisfaction and a sense of being true to ourselves, but it also gives us energy, is life enhancing and a feeling of joy within. In my workshops on creativity I encourage you to find what form of expression you have within you, what it is you need to do or be to fullly be creative in this lifetime….once we find how we are truly meant to express that part of ourselves, we often find a missing link in our lives. Creativity brings wellbeing of itself. Give yourself a little time each day to experiment – you may be surprised at what you find. And if you are unsure how to start, go and visit an art museum, listen to music, read a good book, watch a good film, and then let that inspire you to do or make something – it could be that your creative self loves baking!( very trendy at the moment), or making a fire, dancing or sewing or gardening. All these thing are creative, we just need to find our own way… namaste Anna
Just come from a lovely healing evening, from the group I currently run – we did a fantastic meditation – I hope to put it on line shortly as a video – in this healing meditation we explored if we can find our true expression of our true self, how if we express this we feel fully alive……. everyone has something which gives us an extra boost of light, life and joy, the thing which we cannot live without or if we do, we can feel the light dullen -so I wonder what is your ‘can’t live without’ thing – so many of us are now finding we have to live more fully and be as true to ourselves as we can be – I ask the question – what do you need to do that gives you a feeling of vitality, life and joy, or the potential for this? That is the thing which you need to express to be fully alive in this life, or one of them! We all have unique ways of finding our sense of true self, and finding this can truly enhance this sense of self. I hope you find yours, whatever it is.
Welcome to my blog! Here I am going to explore many of the exercises and meditations I undertake, some thoughts I have about growth, and even perhaps write about some of my current books. Each post will I hope be a gem for you the reader! Adding up to a necklace of gems…….