Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Untill one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole France

First picture : my Mum in her 30s with a goose.
second picture : Me at 3 years old with my doggie brother Rustique.
3rd and 4th picture : my daughter , 2 and a half with her doggie friends Fiac and Scamp.

The more there are animals around me, the happier I am. And the happier they are , the happier I am.
I have always lived in company of animals, I simply can't imagine a life without them.
I remember telling stories and secrets when I was a child to my rabbit, I knew he won't tell anybody and he was always a good listenner... My daughter is the same today, she plays with her doggie friends, the cats and the chickens as she plays with her friends in creche .
The difference is that she is much more calm , patient and kind to them than with other kids . Our animals are extremly gentle with her so she behaves the same with them. Of course I always supervise, especially with dogs, they might get scared if she goes a little bit crazy but this rarely happens because the presence of animals calms her . She knows it since the day she was born, you get so much love from the animals, if you give them what they are and what they need: Pure Kindness.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Balance and freedom // a book - an escape - coming back to the center and find peace.

This week I am going to share with you a passage of one of my favourite book :
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The title may seem a little simplist, I haven't seen the movie adaptation but all I can say is that it's a beautiful journey in the world and into herself at the same time. Like her, Meditation is part of a daily routine but sometimes it is hard to find light and to stop the mind from over-analizing everything.
Halfway through her voyage, she spend three months in a temple in India in search for enlightment, Sean, a 'yogic Irish dairy farmer"who was in the retreat at that time gave her a precious advice:

" Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine' he said "you want to stay near the core of the thing - right in the hub of the wheel - not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness - that's your heart. That's where God live within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you'll always find peace."

I chose these pictures because I was in a state of creative, contemplative , close to the light sort of feeling. Ok It wasn't Bali the place where the author goes at the end but it was the closest of what she describes a peaceful paradise in she feels entirely free. I was in a small happy village of Finistere in Brittany, France. I spent a week there on my own contemplating,walking around in the sunshine, taking pictures of windows and sunny rooftops. I wonder when I will be abble to feel free like this again considering that I am a mother and I live with this paradox that I wish I could go away for a time so I can medidate, write , create but at the same time the mother instinct will drive me insane because I will worry all the time whether she is happy, had enough food or enough sleep so I cannot go away really , maybe I should just go back to the center ... although finding peace in company of a toddler is a real challenge...my everyday challenge!

Sunday, 4 September 2016

5 years ago.

This is where I was 5 years ago : On the road. I didn't know I was just about to find my Home.
At that stage , I was pretty lost. I found recently old notebook written mostly in french, there is translation of irish expression I did'nt understand at first , I remember , in the middle of a conversation, getting my notebook out and asking : Can you repeat that one again please ? That was something like alright fair enough ! or sound sound or what's the crack ? that one confused me at first I said sorry I don't take drugs ahahah it actually means something like what's fun here ?

I also founds bits of poetic automatic writtings in french :
- Allo Monsieur Terrien, ici l'Air , pouvez-vous m'indiquer le chemin de l'echappee belle ?

- Se soucier de demain, c'est comme marcher sur les main sur un fil suspendu au dessus de l'univers geant, c'est angoissant... Je veux apprendre a marcher dans le present, au bord de l'ocean.

< I want to learn how to walk in the present by the ocean >.
Later on that year I moved in a cottage right by the ocean with a fantastic seaview , it really helped to realize my wish of living in the present . I am still here , in the same house and life is good , no complication , simple life aiming for even more simple life , self-sustainable as much as possible : less shopping less plastic , chicken and vergetables in my garden , more life simply .