Today I realised I like my views open and to stretch long and wide before me preferably with variety in texture and hue. It’s pretty much how I like my life too:-)
This really will come as no surprise
to anyone who knows me well
and it’s likely my mother will just chuckle.
I’m curious and a free spirit
so the idea of a blocked way ahead
is tantamount to bound feet
or living in a dark house with no windows or doors open.
I spent the last two days in the most gorgeous place
where you looked out the window
almost directly to these large mountains,
dense with trees and scrub
on all sides of you.
I had of course scaled a mountain to get there.
It was a beautiful old Spanish house.
Imagine large rooms, stone stairways,
burnt red window frames, tiled floors,
gorgeous light, large terraces,
friendly hosts, interesting people.
Amazing lightning storms at night,
dramatic skies, beautiful clouds,
but as soon as I got there I felt myself close a little.
It wasn’t until the end of the 2nd day
that it struck me it was the mountains.
They felt like a wall to me,
a large impenetrable wall
of which I couldn’t see the other side.
I later returned to the place.
I had stayed the previous few days
further down the hill and mentioned
that I found being up the mountain
beautiful but also heavier.
My host instantly said its very protective
and I replied I don’t think I like that.
A chat then ensued where in Feng Shui
it is considered good to be protected as you enter your house
but to have a long view once inside to the outside.
This place had a soothing gentleness to it. The views crossed hills and vale to open fields.
Trees, bushes, flowers, and you can see those large mountains safely in the distance.
I believe we are very connected to the land
and particularly to the land where we grew up.
Immediately I land in Ireland I feel at home. In any moment I can close my eyes, see it feel it and smell it.
I believe where we choose to live
and how its effect on us, is greater than we often acknowledge.
I have lived in so many different places
but water and particularly the ocean always calls me.
I love to stare into its distance.
It speaks of possibility
and stories yet to be discovered.
How do you like your views?
What do they speak to you of?
Look around you wherever you are.
Then close your eyes and
bring your focus to your heart.
Now drop deeper into your heart
Ask it to take you to a place that calls you.
See it, Sense it.
Wait for the forms, the textures, the colours to fill in
the details to paint themselves in your head.
Settle into it, and just be there. Breathe in its aroma,
Hear the sounds. Let the air touch your skin.
Stay there for for a minute or two as long as you need to.
When you are ready begin to come back
into your body into the room.
Breathe back into the moment
Keep the feeling of that belonging as you move into your day
Know this place is there in any moment you need to go there.
Have a gorgeous day