In todays blog post I would like to review the lastest book that I have just finished reading. Jon Kabat-Zinn “Wherever you go there you are”. I am so pleased that I choose this book to read. It has given me guidance on my journey to live my life more fully. To not worry about the trivial and to look ahead into the path of what it is to be fully aware. To appreciate the things I often take for granted.
This is an extract from the book which sums up brilliantly what it is all about:-
“It is in our nature of our minds to go on automatic pilot mode daily and by doing so we actually lose touch with the only time we have to live, to grow, to feel, to love, to learn, to give shape to things, to heal, our minds also holds the deep innate capacity to help us awaken to our moments and use them to our advantage to help ourselves, for others, and for the world we inhabit”.
I also particularly like this reference to gardening;-
“Just as a garden require attending to if we hope to cultivate flowers and not have it overrun with weeds, mindfulness also requires regular cultivating. We call the cultivating of our own mind to bring it to wakefulness ‘meditation’. The beauty of it is that we carry this garden with us wherever we go, wherever we are, whenever we remember. It is outside of time as well as in it”
I have not tried meditation as yet. My meditation is to read, garden, paint, make things with my hands and spending time outdoors. Whenever I feel the need to absolutely stop and reset I turn to books such as this one. I have read many books on mindfulness and in particular by the Dalai Lama. After each book (and I often re-read many times) I feel a lightless and a reason why I started “Time Consumed”.
I will add a reading list through goodbooks reviews of the books I have read. If you would like to buy a copy of “Wherever you go there you are” I found mine through amazon.co.uk
I hope you enjoy this journey with me. Have a wonderful day.
Happy Weekend readers. This Sunday morning I have started to create mood boards for my Land girl, well for me really! It became very apparent that I need a new method of dressing for when I am at the Lodge and working on the land. Currently I wear the scruffiest clothes ever – I am sure my husband doesn’t mind but when you don’t look good you don’t feel good. By the way the Lodge if you would like to check it out is at www.crashpadlodges.com
Winter in North Wales is truly cold, dark and wet. In the summer it is gloriously warm (at times). I would love outfits that make me feel feminie yet are hardwearing for everything that is thrown at me and for everything that I throw myself into. From tending to my garden to driving the defender down to the Lodge to do a turnover for the next set of guests. I would also like to be able to feel good enough and look presentable enough to be able to pop into the supermarket or to friends house on the way home.
I am going to start to look at clothing companes such as Dickies and Carharrt for some female work clothes. I will test them and let you know how I get on!
In the meantime I am going to read up on Land Girls as there is something really interesting about these amazing groups of women that helped during the war. I do sometimes think I belonged to that era!
If anyone has any good suggestions of clothing companies that do great workwear clothes for women please do let me know.
Have a great rest of your weekend and thanks for reading.
Happy Friday one and all. My post today is coming to you from an image that I saw today from one of my followers on Instagram. One of my life long dreams is to own a farm, it always has been since I was a little girl. As I’m now 35, working in fashion and no-where near owning a farm, not even a small holding so my little vegetable patch in my garden will have to do.
So I live my dream at the moment through people I follow and admire. One of the people I follow is a young farming couple who show their daily life through Instagram. A particular picture today showed the lady in mention in a very chic almost Landgirl type outfit – but more modern.
It looked so great that I want to build images around it and create a “look” . This look is a backlash against throwaway fast fashion. It is full of natural fibres, wools, linens that get better with age. With garments that are worn and washed hundreds of time so they achieve a beautiful patina. That can be repaired and loved.
This girl works on the land. She is tough yet feminine, strong yet soft. She is at one with nature and animals, has a strong knowledgable head and can turn her hand to anything.
Maybe I am picturing the life I want and I am that girl. Thats ok with me, at least it is one step closer! Look out for the mood-board coming soon.
The ocean is a whole but no two oceans are the same due to the differing patterns of waves, currents, sea life and shoreline. The atmosphere and the air we breathe is a whole, wrapped around the world that we all breathe, but it is different in each area due to its change in heat, humidity, oxygen content and higher altitudes. Life in earth is whole, we all breathe, eat and die yet it is unique it organisms and life chain, between plants and animals. All faces resemble each other, yet how easily do we see the differences, the uniqueness that makes us individual.
So there can be no-one place to be, to own, to practise, to learn, to be. The ever changing chain of events that happen to us make the day particular to us.
Going back to the great podcast I listened to “Saints of Somewhere”, George Shaw stated that ‘isn’t it funny to think, we are all living on this huge flying graveyard called Earth’. When you think of it, it is true. We are all on this shared Earth, orbiting the sun. When you think of the Earth as a whole, how small and often trivial do we see our problems?
We are not really getting off this Earth – perhaps some soon to Mars thanks to Richard Branson but not really. Earth is our flying sphere called home in the universe.