Posts Tagged ‘meditation’

Embracing Winter

May 5, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Embracing Winter

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,

a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.


While spring is meant to be a time for romance, for regrowth and budding enterprises, winter is a time of self-reflection, going inward, cocooning, gestating. Winter can be a metaphor for the final stage of life, for relinquishing the physical and slipping away. What wisdom can we discover as we embrace the many aspects of winter?  How can we clear our minds and experience winter as the best season of our lives?

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. ~William Blake

Go into nature and observe the changes this time of year. For those of us living in northern NSW, the seasons are not as defined as many places.  We have to notice the subtle things that cold nights bring.  The vibrant sunsets that paint the beach in rainbows, some shedding of leaves and dropping of blossoms.

Notice the inner changes as dark comes earlier and lasts longer. How do we come to peace with our own aging? How can we celebrate each season with equal appreciation?

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.

~Andrew Wyeth

Write a poem celebrating Winter, the season and your own inner winter…

This will be the theme of the upcoming one day retreat guided by Bev Sweeney and myself.

Friday, 22nd of June from 10- 3:30 pm in  New Brighton

In a nurturing circle, relax into poetry, Qigong, meditation, journaling and nature. We will explore the winter of our lives, how we can age with grace and ease. We will uncover the beauty and nourishment of winter.

All are welcome if you are in the area and can come along!

Taking your poem for a walk!

July 7, 2011  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Taking your poem for a walk!

Fog hides the mountains as a wafer of winter sun gilds the valley.  I have just returned from a retreat in the Glasshouse mountains, rested and re-inspired to walk my poetry.  Being away from the computer was a great relief except when I was revising lines of poetry.  I had to fall back on an earlier habit of taking the lines with me as I walked and repeating them aloud with each step.  It soon became obvious where the clunky rhythms were. Where the poem speeds up, I would quicken my pace.  Repeating the words as I walked, I noticed changes I was intuitively making. Weak points were suddenly obvious. The poem evolved and I delighted in the wild ducks and black swans, the changing hues of the mountains as the day progressed.

When I walk alert to poetic possibilities, I notice so much more.  With my notebook handy, I jot down images, smells, tastes, textures, sounds.  These may not weave into anything immediately but later when I reread my notes, I often find connections that gradually to grow into a poem. Away from my desk, touched by nature  all my senses are heightened. When poetic lines arise, my experience can be shared and expanded. A day spent walking in nature with my poetry is one of deep joy.

If you want to walk with your poetry, enjoying stillness and the power of the circle, please join us for

Embracing the Wind, nourishing our connection to nature and our place in it.  Relax into the sounds of the sea, the bush, music and beautiful words. Enjoy simple Qigong movements, mindfulness moments , journaling. A time for silence, a time for sharing.

This one day retreat from 9:30-3 pm will be held in Brunswick Heads on Friday, the 22nd of July. Early bird discount ends Weds!   Click here for more details.