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Today winter cloaked herself in hoar frost, sparkling in the soft golden light of an early morning sun which cast sharp black shadows on the frozen ground. It was the perfect morning for a walk and, rather than dash straight into the office as I normally do, I went with Martin and the dog to the River Dart in Dartington where these photos were taken.
There was something meditative about the dark stillness of the water with wisps of silver mist rising from it. Sometimes I feel a bit fidgety when we’re taking photos and eager to get on with my day but, today, I felt at one with the landscape and the silence of nature in the grip of winter. Someone who passed us as we were taking the photos commented that I looked powerful silhouetted in front of the river mist. And I realised that I felt surprisingly powerful today, which is a feeling I haven’t had in a long time.
I am still inspired by the conversation I had a couple of days ago about manifesting. It reminded me that I am not a passive consumer of my life but the active creator of it. Since I watched What the Bleep Do We Know last week, I have adopted the practice of setting an intention for my day every morning before I get out of bed and I’ve noticed that, when I do this, my days pan out a bit differently.
That is how it’s been for the last nine months or more. There’s a kind of longing to return to the peaceful oblivion of sleep, rather than the stark reality of what is. If I can catch my thoughts before they head off too far down the road of unhappiness, I can head off the negativity bandwagon before it builds up too much momentum. For the last few days, I’ve been interrupting my negative self-talk by thinking about the day ahead and how I would like it to unfold.
So far it’s going pretty well.
Yesterday I found myself able to write in the easy, effortless way that lets me know I am fully and completely in the flow. It is hard to describe how this happens and I can’t always access the place in myself that allows it but I know it is connected to feeling relaxed, at peace with myself and free from restriction. When I am in such a state, I can often hear the words in my head before I write them. The inner critic is silent – it’s like he’s gone out for lunch – and I’m left in peace to write in a way that is easy, uncensored and free-flowing.
I was writing some notes for a meeting. I finished writing 10 minutes before the meeting started. It went really well, I felt buoyed by my own enthusiasm and the outcome could be a great opportunity for me in the fullness of time. It is linked to something I’d really like to manifest this year. I am holding a positive intent on that one. It’s felt that I have been manifesting stuff I don’t really want for too long. Let’s hope that by practising something different, something different witll show up. Do what you always did you’ll get what you always got.
It was really hard to choose today’s photos as there were lots of lovely ones due to the beautiful setting and the beautiful morning. These will give you a flavour. The dress is by the wonderful German design house, Privatsachen, which uses rich silks and linens in the most fantastic colour pallet, including magenta, teal and lime green. This style of dress is called a balloon dress as the hem tapers in slightly causing the skirt to balloon. I am wearing it over my favourite gold Bohemia petticoat and a gold cashmere cardigan by Next which I bought for £2.50 from Paul, the rag trader. The handmade gold leather belt is rather gladiatorial in style. It came from a shop in Glastonbury called God’s Gift Emporium, which also supplied the fantastic turquoise embroidered wool shawl.
I said it wouldn’t be long before the pink boots made an appearance on the blog and here they are. In case you missed it, I bought them secondhand from a friend a couple of days ago. She has moved off-grid and is gradually shedding virtually all her possessions including these fabulous handmade boots. I am in awe of what she is doing… and I’m more than a little thrilled to have her boots.
Shawl:Embroidered Indian wool
Boots: Handmade by Conker