Saturday, 23 April 2011

Blossoming- April’s #Reverb11

@LetsReverb April Prompt: 

What is blossoming?

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.” –John Keats

A huge shift has occurred since I signed up for #Reverb10 last December. 2010 was one of the most difficult and heart breaking years of my life. It is such a relief to sit down with this prompt and realize that everything is changing for the better. As my gratitude deepens each day, more pleasant surprises unfold.  I have begun to thrive emotionally, physically, and mentally.  I feel whole.

My new business is doing well, and the financial pressure I’ve experienced has lessened.  That’s no small feat in a country where people are collectively feeling the economic pinch!

One of the greatest sources of joy in my life is my creativity.  Every day I’m dancing, writing, singing, felting, or taking photos.  There is always a new project or idea to pursue.  It’s exciting after years of being tied down to my (ex) husband’s routine.  I love being in charge of my own life again.  It seems my old life had to die so I could truly begin to blossom. 

Shadow Integration

This month I began clearing away weeds to make space for flowers.  My garden was once beautiful, but I neglected it when my marriage fell apart. A few weeks ago my children and I planted seeds in our conservatory.  Watching the kids’ excitement as the leaves sprouted was such a joy! I’m reminded of the book Simple Abundance and all of its wisdom.  Pleasure really can be discovered everywhere.  I'm so glad I have my family to experience it with.

2 of my children are flourishing; holding a space for their brother.

Most noticeable to me- but less obvious to others- is a softening within.  I can feel my heart expanding, opening.  I’m lessening the grip on grudges and learning to let go.  Rather than dwelling on past hurts, I want to embrace the future and all of its possibilities.

In closing, I’d like to share a poem and wish everyone a Happy Easter! The time for renewal has come once more.

Over cherry blossoms
white clouds
over clouds
the deep sky

over cherry blossoms
over clouds
over the sky
I can climb on forever

once in spring
I with god
had a quiet talk.

-Shuntaro Tanikwa


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

    So happy to hear that the seeds you've planted - outside AND within - are blossoming.

    And what an honor that Reverb has been a reminder of journey. Thank you for sharing.

    -cali/reverb hq


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