Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Treasure-Keeper

Then a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises
was often-times filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,
the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood
that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart 
and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow
that is giving you your joy.

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that
which has been your delight.

Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow",
and others say,
"Nay, sorry is the greater."
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come,
and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other
is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and silver,
needs must your joy or your sorrow rise and fall.


Joy and Sorrow
from
THE PROPHET
by
Kahlil Gibran


I shall be taking a little pause 
until sometime in May.

Tread gently on Life's journey
and gentleness will accompany you.





Friday, 11 April 2014

Early Morning Light

The first rays of sun come over the hill behind some buildings
and I am held spellbound.
There's that special silence which is associated with this time of the day.
The blackbird has been singing on a nearby tree for some time now,
but just before the sun appears, he becomes silent
adding to the drama of  it all.

This little wooden chair was bought in Spain
 for my eldest son when he was just two.
It has been used by all of my children and then my grandson.
It holds many fond memories of many years ago,
and now, bathed in the ever-changing morning light, 
it brings me fully into the beauty of this moment
of sunlight and shadows.

The golden rays illuminate the tulips in a dark blue jug
next to the couch where I am sitting.

Everything is bathed in gold, including me.
It feels wonderful!

The star-like reflections in the base of the jug hold my gaze in this play of light.

Abstract patterns are created with the ebb and flow of the sheer curtains
where shadows become a tangible reality.

My early morning peppermint tea is blessed by the morning sun

and when I look up through my window, 
I can see the soft coloured shapes of the freshly planted Ranunculus flowers
in the window box through the bevelled edges of the glass window hanging.

Early mornings are my favourite time of the day
in every season of the year.
How could I possibly stay in bed with so much beauty coming into my little home?










Friday, 4 April 2014

The Colour in Our Lives: Yellow

Colour is a form of energy
and plays an important part in our lives.
The colours we surround ourselves with
 can effect our mood and the way we look at things.
How do you feel when you look at yellow?
Yellow is the most luminous of all colours. It fills us with optimism.
It helps us focus and see things in a different light.

It cries out for our attention!
It speaks to us of sunshine
and puts a spring in our step and brings out the cheerfulness in our disposition.
Just what we need after the neutral tones of winter.

When I add blue
it feels to me that the whole world is opening up to me
full of wonderful possibilities.
I feel joyful. 
Do you?

Colour is very powerful
 and it's good to remember this when we choose the colour schemes
in our homes and in the clothes we wear.

I know that when I crochet, I choose the colours that I need to see.
Today, I chose to make some flower coasters
 to bring some sunshine into my home.
Yellow and blue and white
which remind me of buttercups and blue skies and fluffy white clouds!

Or with fresh green like new spring leaves and a touch of orange
for a radiating energy.

So if we choose our colours carefully each morning when we get dressed,
we slip into a robe of happiness which gives us
the vibrational qualities we need for our day.

Surrounding ourselves with colours that make us feel good
can change our whole outlook.
Try it when you're feeling blue!


The lovely flower coaster pattern
is a design from Color 'n Cream
check out this link here


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Up the hill with tulips

The art of petals

The marvellous union of pink and green

Mysterious openings

Watercolour tones appear through my lens

A softer focus on my day

A vase of loveliness

and a single bloom against the light.


The turnaround

Rainy Saturday
Trudging up the hill from the shops
The shopping caddie is heavy
 the other two bags are slipping from my grip
The umbrella is wobbling dangerously...
What a life!
I start to laugh at the situation
and this creates a turnaround in my way of seeing things!
With each new step,
I can see things in a completely different light

How lucky I am!
My shoes don't leak
I have the shops within walking distance
I have a shopping caddie with wheels
An umbrella to protect me from the heavy rain
I have a bunch of pink tulips in my bag.
And,
when I was chatting with an old friend over the phone later that day,
she reminded me that I had feet!
I
have
feet.


Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Presence of Colour

Surrender

Presence

Flow

Follow the path before you

with simplicity.

As I bring my full attention to colour and form and flow
I enter and connect with these things on a vibrational level.

Have you ever noticed how different colours touch you differently?
These golden tones swirl around me like liquid sunshine
and the soft greens speak to me of new openings
and fresh beginnings
of moving forward in my life
in all that is important.



Friday, 7 March 2014

Life is like an abstract

It seems to me
that life is like an abstract
and we take out the parts that are superfluous
and concentrate on those we really want to see.

We encounter crossroads
and there are choices to be made

There are ups and downs and many learning curves

The sunlight filters in
bathing all in a joyful light
and we stop
to notice the beauty and the simplicity

pulling back a little
to see the bigger picture
and to notice how everything is so intricately connected.

Ever since I was a child,
I've been forever fascinated by the play of light and shadows
on the curtains against my windows.
Light and shade
One cannot exist without the other.
Add a little breeze from the open window
and just be still
to contemplate the ever-changing wonder before you.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Serenity

When city life seems drab
and noisy and grey

I take a bus or a train to contemplate
the beauties that are not far away at all.

although I live in the city
the mountains and the lake call out to me.

It is here that I come to resource myself
and it's best to choose a sunny day.

A little sailing boat glides over the calm water

and in the small port in the lakeside town of Vevey,
I love to stare at the reflections in the water.

Green and blue
the shapes change with the moving surface of the water.

A swan preens its feathers

and looks into the depth of the water

until a mate comes along.

a last look towards this end of  Lake Léman

and as I look at the sparkles on the water
I take home wonderful memories
of a sunny day by the lake
and find once again
my inner serenity. 



The town of Vevey is where I lived when I first came to Switzerland.
It is barely a 15-minute train journey from where I live now
in the city of Lausanne.













Friday, 14 February 2014

The Most Precious Gift

"The most precious gift we can offer anyone

is our attention.

When mindfulness embraces those we love

they will bloom like flowers".

Thich Nhat Hanh





Pattern for the puff stitch heart:
is by Carola Wijma
and is kindly given as a free Ravelry download:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grandmas-heart