“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Saturday, 28 January 2012

From the passenger seat . . .

“When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.” - Rumi

I don't drive, which means that I'm lucky enough to always be in the passenger seat. It gives me the freedom to be able to watch the world go sailing by - so I get to look at the sky, the trees, the traffic, the people. And I sit back and take it all in. . . and sometimes I take pictures. These are just some of the sights I saw as we were driving this week.

"If you are aware of what's happening right now,
then you are doing it right" - Jon Kabat-Zinn

"The moment spoke to me. Like a great universal shout echoing from the depths of forever.
It talked of day and night, and how all things are different, and how all things are the same.
About how darkness is filled with light, and how light carries darkness as its shadow.
It told
that encoded in each action lies the seed of its opposite.
That beauty and squalor occur in
equal measure - and that we always
have the ability to choose where to focus our lens." - SB

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything,
it is because we are
dangerously close to wanting nothing.”
- Sylvia Plath

I hope your week has been a good one. x

Thought of the week

“I discovered it was as important to live poetically
as to write poems.”
- James Broughton

Words and Images - Susannah Bec.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The colours of my January garden . . .

“Your deepest roots are in nature. No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation." - Charles Cook

The temperatures warmed up a little bit this week and rain replaced the frosty mornings. My cat Sammy joined me as I ventured out into the garden. I seem to have become a stranger there since the leaves fell, and first the winds and then the frost arrived. But I knew that if I took my camera out with me, it would inspire me to seek out the little bits of beauty that are always lurking there, no matter what the weather or the season. . .

I noticed that even Sammy manages to look pale in the damp, grey, winter light!

Here are the photos I took. . .

My collection of stones and pebbles (gathered from various beaches over the years)
seem to appreciate the damp weather, it brings out their beauty.

The green man quietly surveys the garden from his home among the branches.

This seems to be the colour palette of my January garden. . .

"Just remain in the center, watching.
And then forget that you are there." - Lao Tzu

Oooh, it is all starting again. . .new life springing from the ground!

I hope your week has been a good one. x

Thought of the week

"You can focus on what's wrong in your life,
or you can focus on what's right."

- Marianne Williamson

Words and Images - Susannah Bec.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Reflections and Realisations. . .

"Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth." - Rumi

This week has been one of reflection and realisation. Now that the festivities have passed and there's a new year with a blank slate in front of me, the thoughts of what I want to bring into my life, arise. They float around the edge of my consciousness, half formed and shadowy. They wait for me to give them form, to understand what it is I need to do. Where it is that I need to direct my energy. . .

When the words don't come
I look for them.

I shine a torch into dark corners,
- dig down into the silt.

Looking for letters that have fallen
from my mouth as I was speaking.

And there, half buried in the sludge
I find them.

Carefully I dig out each one.

Only to discover that they
spell out one word

. . . W R I T E

And I understood that that is exactly what I need to do. I have a book waiting, one that is finished but for the final polish. But there is procrastination involved, I can feel a sense of holding back - because saying 'it's done' will involve taking another step. I will be setting out on the next part of the journey and there will be decisions to make.

So, instead of writing I have been following my usual distractions - taking photos, changing my blog look etc. etc. In fact I spent a great deal of time putting together a some of my poems with some of my old digital art images. It is still a work in progress but you can find it here - Under my Skin

But as I HAVE been taking photos, I thought I would share some of them here with you. :-)

Above, I was so pleased to catch this bird just taking flight
and below, these house names caught my eye on a walk around the village

Down by the canal. . .
I love the different surfaces, colours, and the lovely moss edging!

Such beautiful reflections in the canal. . .

When everything had gone,
I found I still had myself.
The grand continent of me,
still existed inside my skin.

I took freedom in exchange for possessions.
I filled the space with trees.

I quickly discovered other truths.
The infinite possibilities of darkness,
that sunlight glinting has its own rewards,
and that things remain lost until they are found.
- S B
The beauty of sunlight and shadows

And back at the car. . . Joe and reflected trees

I hope your week has been a good one. x

Thought of the week
"We each have a choice, and with each action we either feed
or starve our life force. "
- Debbie Ford

Words and Images - Susannah Bec.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

On The Back Of The Wind...

"The new year blew in on the back of the wind.
Whistling down chimneys and banging on doors.
It announced its arrival by hurling rain at my window.
. . . It sounded just like a round of applause."

"The wind makes my garden speak.
It runs through the greenery,
whispering and telling tales."

I am life moving
like breath
like rivers
like rain

I am life moving
In my perceptions
my feelings
my thoughts

I am life moving
like a tree
a wild love
a child

I am life moving
in tender moments
in grief
in joy

I am life moving

"Speeding by the sunset
a blur of yellow streaks
the coming night with gold."

Thought of the week
"For everything you have missed,
you have gained something else."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words and Images - Susannah Bec

I am linking this post to week 69 of I Saw Sunday


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