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Longing for Life…Corfu calling…

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact

that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”

H. G. Wells

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The view from the villa where I lived for a time. 

What do you see as the most fulfilling lifestyle for you during this time on Earth? Or have you found it already? My experience of ‘finding myself’ was in the most simplified way of life that I have lived thus far – which happened many years ago – whilst living on the Greek island of Corfu.

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Monastery at Paleokatstritsa

After going through a deep and painful break-up of an 8 year relationship with ‘the love of my life’, I was stripped down to raw emotions, until I reached a place of acceptance.

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Paleokatstritsa

During that journey, living on a magnificent island, then less spoilt by tourism…My life changed dramatically!  In the many hours, days and years that I spent alone, I would while away the time, often  mesmerised by the beauty of nature all around me, often staring out at the ocean, in what felt like, a waking dream. And so, very slowly, I found more of myself and who I was becoming. Finding a depth in the deepest recesses of my heart…I found my peace…

DSCF0027In those intense moments, I let go of the an old image of myself…the social butterfly…in exchange for this simple life, that was filled with light and colours I had never seen before! It was a rich experience in so many ways. I spent time in solitude (except work – the first female Chef ever to work on the island), swimming in warm calm waters, lazing on the beach, driving to magical beauty spots, walking, drinking coffees at the Liston and living a blissful existence.

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View towards the Old Fort

I lived on simple basic foods, in a small apartment, almost on the edge of the sea, wearing only a faded pair of shorts, a t-shirt and no shoes. I spent many of my waking hours, in a state of deep introspection…though I did not realise it quite then. Often sipping a glass of white wine or a cup of tea, staring out at the  horizon and into the great ocean of life…with it, the turquoise sea, the sands, the sunsets, the stars and the moon…

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In those deep moments, I felt my own ancestors, especially my grandmother Katarina, who seemed to be in the very Earth beneath my feet, and all around me. Her love, her grace, her gentleness, her beauty.

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The Liston – The main Promenade in Town

I developed new love for life! It changed who I was and what I then believed to be true. And in those hours, those long nights, those cool mornings, days and nights passed and with that came the deepest contentment, humility, peace and self acceptance that I have ever experienced. I felt deep joy and contentment, in my heart my soul…

And with those memories, that knowing, that deeper understanding of who I truly am, a piece of my heart will always remain in Corfu…I go back there to find more of me…again and again…and I know too that She awaits me there.

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Sunset…

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Listen to Your Life…

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“Listen to your life. 
See it for the fathomless mystery it is. 
In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness:

touch, taste, smell your way to the Holy and hidden Heart of it, 

because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, 

and life itself is Grace.” 

Frederick Buechner

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TODAY: Gently raining. Dense low cloud reaching down to us…Stillness with an undercurrent of a more restless and simmering energy. What lies beneath the surface, I wonder…

COLOUR: Pastel Yellow/Gold

WORD: Sweetness…Il Dolce Far Niente‘The sweetness of doing nothing…’

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FEELING:

“Throw off your tiredness.

Let me show you one tiny spot of the beauty that can’t be spoken.”
Rumi

I get these ‘giddy swirls’, is the best way to describe it…and feel as if I am falling off this world…and into another.
My days seem to drift gently by, yet on another layer of my life, time has folded and is screeching ahead at a speed that is astounding! For this reason days meld and blend and may change from intense, insightful, tired, happy, sad, wide awake or mentally astute.

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INSIGHTS:

“Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us,

not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal.

The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are.

We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find.

In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment,

a strength on which to build a life.

Silence is a place of great power and healing.”

Rachel Naomi Remen

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Life is hurling ahead at a speed that none will understand or believe – until much time has passed and we are reborn and able to ‘see’ with new eyes. I feel the changes hourly and understand fears and uncertainties.
As I move through different layers of my life, in and out I see it, I know. I get a picture of the dreams that awaits us, and you my dearest precious friend are next to me in all those dreams.

COLLECTIVE:

‘Oh soul, you worry to much.

You have seen your own strength, you have seen your own beauty.

You have seen your golden wings.

Of anything less, why do you worry?

You are in truth, the soul, of the soul, of the soul.’
Rumi

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In the past weeks and months I have had request for advise, and conversations with clients and friends about how tired they feel, how pressured, how ill, forgetful, torn, out of balance and rushed, rushed, rushed…especially if you have a career and young family to manage.

‘How to do this? Nourish the body, get sufficient sleep, exercise, meditate, study, spend time in nature, contemplate and reflect more, and pay careful attention to the thoughts and lives of great men and women throughout history. Expose ourselves to great art. Be creative. Help others. Aspire to worthy things, like understanding and appreciating the Creator better, and being wiser, and more loving, and healthier.’*

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My response is this: Simplify your thoughts and so your life. Stretch time…Pencil in ‘Me’ time. Become aware your need for balance in your life…Then slowly allow for different way, leading to a happier, more relaxed and fulfilled you…layer by gently layer…

Make some choices that are a stretch for you…reach for what does not seem possible in your regular daily regime. See it as simplifying it all. Begin to be more ‘you…’ Do it, don’t think about it too much, or pretend that you are about to do it! Trust yourself! Live the dream that is in your heart now…It can be revised later. Be who you are, drop the masks, the rigid outer casing…Then very gently, expose more of who you know in your heart, you already are!

Change your hair, wear new colours, try new things, be bold, be courageous, love who you are, relax more, perhaps dance and sing, or make time sit alone in silence…let old emotions and hurts go….weep, then dine lavishly, rest often, sleep more deeply and laugh more freely. And drink…water, water…water…cleanse and let go.

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Begin to allow the word ‘rejoice’ to enter your world…make sure that you are being True to YOU! Escape negative influences, leave them behind with love and thanks, release yourself from all their fears and limitations. Be free…surrender.

AFFIRMATION: “I am happy, healthy, wealthy and wise…”

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