Many people have passed through my life. People I knew as a child, people I worked with as an adult, family, friends, lovers, husband, clients.
Born in the North, raised in the South, my education came at two schools, numerous colleges, I worked in London, have lived in the South West and now settling in the North West. Varied career, different industries, different settings, good at coming forward, showing up, holding space and definitely learn’t the once bitten twice cautious rule.
Thinking ahead to all that we will be doing with Light Up Lives in the coming months I’m reflecting back. Maybe it’s this time of year, Christmas celebrations over, Spring emerging, this time between to prepare for the newness of an emerging path.
This morning washing up my porridge pot, thinking back to washing up over the last 3 years, thinking back to the day I moved to Lindale, wondering if in a previous life I have lived here before and whether I will again. I had made a home, found a place to be, yet clearly now not this lifetime. I must be on a different path, and now is the time to embrace all that is emerging, revealing itself and becoming something greater than my individual spiritual practice.
As I pack up my belongings, to be unpacked somewhere else, listening to Ravi Shanker I remember all those years I’ve been listening, being filled up with the sweet sounds of Indian instruments. I feel now to be an instrument for a greater symphony.
My inner warrior, injured and battle scarred from the highs and lows of life, my mind, body and soul need to rest and recuperate. And creative arts is my medicine. Piece by piece, peace from piecing, making quilts from fabrics which had a previous purpose, now to adorn in a different function.
Creative Arts can be explored in different forms. Taking time to be creative is as important in our fast paced lives as planning for necessary actions. Giving our minds space to reveal hidden depths of understanding.
Have you ever spent time totally absorbed to realise that you feel better from either trying to replicate a favoured vista in paint, drawn a simple object, all it’s details, shadows and highlights, or spent hours choosing which fabric sits better next to the pattern of an old shirt worn by a loved one passed.
I’ve had an idea for a series of events for a long time, ever since I took an evening class to teach for life long learning. My project came together offering a space for people to learn new craft skills each week, building up a portfolio of mastery to design a unique art piece. Creative Play Space, your chance to come and share with a community of learners, all supporting each other’s developing skillset.
The Art of Kindness, for you to be Kind to You by taking time to be creative; Kind to Others being in a community sharing skills and even Kind to the Planet by reusing materials destined for landfill. Give yourself a new lease of life and take time to step back for a while to be creative.
It's been a great pleasure this weekend holding space for love. The love of another, the love for friends and giving the gift of time together.
Another full Saturday of bookings at Grange Hotel, with couples staying to celebrate Valentine's Weekend, Spa Days for friends on a weekend break, husbands playing golf, ladies reclining in the jacuzzi, catching up and chilling out. And the soon to be newly weds, recently engaged and beaming with love and deep connection for each other, resting and retreating with each other, a share moment to just be.
And my gift for myself this Valentine, is to soon retreat to one of my favourite places just to be, to take in a spa day, to walk on the beach before curling up with a book, my reward for making those moments for others extra special, heartfelt and supportive. And my Valentine's gift, as I hope those we saw this weekend will relish too, is that the memory is more than just the day itself, to feel the love for longer.