I saw the above view on Saturday, but it didn’t look like the photo. It wasn’t sunny and bright, it was twilight and the sea and sky had almost the same colour, a light subdued blue with a translucent quality. The horizon appeared blurry.
It was completely magical. I walked entranced, the first time I spent time outside since my hayfever started. Thankfully, I was sniff-free for most of the walk. I grounded myself and my body was abuzz with the energies from my “stubborn rock” Bray Head, the sea beneath me, and the endless shifting possibilities of twilight. It was perfect! It was also the first day which felt like true summer to me: I had only left the house at around half past nine, but it was still 19 degrees.
I would love to show you how enchanted the world looked (and was. There was a lot afoot that evening), but I left my phone/camera at home for a reason. I needed to BE there, not process or document. I buried my feet firmly in the grass, watching the sea and listening to the gulls. The spirits were calling out to me, and I answered.
The weather is not as good these days but it’s supposed to get really warm again this weekend – and I’ll have a long weekend too! Last Friday was the last day of our business quarter and I worked until midnight to get it all done. To make up for this, we got this Friday off, which is very decent and makes me all giddy looking forward to three days of budgie-time and hag-time and sheer indulgence with a minimum of housework in the mix.
Gods, how I love this season! Not even my hayfever slows me down these days. I’m surprisingly alert and don’t need lots of extra sleep like I usually do during hayfever weeks. I’m so grateful! I just wish this state, the bright evenings, me not freezing and all that, would last for a few more months at least. Alas, the nights are getting shorter already, but at least summer is here to stay, I hope.
The other thing I wanted to tell you about is that I’m brainstorming heavily about the proposed forum community. Thank you SO MUCH, all who got in touch to express their ideas. I’m listening. And if you didn’t have a chance to voice your thoughts last week, you can still leave comments here on the blog or email me. In the meantime, I’ve come up with a few ideas.
The main theme of your replies seemed to be that you would love to connect more, but don’t have tons of time to spend online. My challenge then is to come up with a concept that will give you maximum benefit in very manageable chunks of time, and I think I’m on a good track here – I’m thinking of work groups, like study groups, where those who are interested can sign up and we’ll work together through either a free e-course or a book or a series of meditations, etc. It’ll require no more than a few minutes’ participation per week, the rest will be done by you – offline.
For those who choose to spend more time online, there will also be general chatty forums and pagan group-tree-hugs (haha! New word!) to keep you entertained.
How does that sound?
News From The Tribe
Rita wrote up an amazing exercise to help you listen to your body reactions as a way of gaining clarity. What do you really want? You’re on the brink of a discovery.
Joy just posted a wonderfully open-minded and deeply insightful blog about god, goddess, universe, and other names. It shows very clearly why all those “my religion is better than yours” wrestling that’s going on is essentially beside the point!