Taking “Me Time”

It is unfortunate that the way of the modern world often forces us to press on and race through life, that taking care of ourselves and listening to our own personal pace and rhythm, often gets pushed down the priority list.

But… really? It shouldn’t, and doesn’t, have to be that way.

I am blessed to have been self-employed for most of my working life, and to be able to (more or less) dictate the terms on which I’ve worked. That’s not to say that setting boundaries is always easy, and I grappled with the challenges of doing so particularly when working as a lawyer. However, I have also noticed how much our own personal choices and conformity to supposed norms, can influence and perpetuate negative working culture. Equally, with every decision we make to set a boundary (either with other people, or with ourselves and the ambitious, goal-oriented side to our personality!), and every opportunity we take to stop, listen, and communicate what we need, we can also shift unhealthy culture and norms.

The last month has been pretty busy for me, from editing/submitting my novel, to hunting for land, to moving house (twice!), to emotional rollercoasters. So this week I took some time out, to take care of me, to allow myself to feel and to be, to process emotions and rest my body. And as I’ve relaxed and allowed myself to expand into the present moment, I’ve found my creative spark flaming with renewed vigour, my energy and spirits have lifted, and I feel more ready to tackle whatever life throws at me…

Hope you enjoy the music! And if you’re looking for some practical tips on developing a healthy home working routine (/lifestyle more generally), check out my article in this month’s edition of Counsel magazine.

Mountain of Gold

Atop my realm
that's robed with light
connecting me
to the force of life
watch me dance
watch me play
to the beckoning call
of a radiant sun

It beams with love 
and tender touch
upon this world
this new day come
as shadow kingdom
falls to ruin
and we rise to truth
awakened, renewed

Distortion

What is this world
that has become so frigid
icy and closed
reporting the neighbour
who stepped out of line
because the laws were all wrong
and forbade loving touch
the stranger who yearned
after too long alone
for a tender smile
to break down those walls
peer behind the mask
false layers of protection
that instead, just destroy
the heart and the soul -

prisoner of distortion
slave to a lie

Shadowland

In the darkness
of the new moon rising
I sit, I wait
as the emptiness stirs
deep within
longing for release
into the night
shadow
dispelling shadow
and rebirth
after Death

* * *

your shadows will stay to haunt you

till you look them in the eye

accept

and then release

Strength

is allowing yourself,
sometimes
to break down in tears
let those rivers roll
down to the sea
without fighting the current
of emotional release
just holding yourself
in your arms
like a child
accepting,
without judgment
noticing
and, with love
permitting the armour
to dissolve
till your soul
is free

Hold Me Close

Oh the road has been rough at times
tried and tested I've nearly changed my mind
but with your love shining, strong and bright
I've held on, oh so tight...

feeling particularly grateful for all the friends and family supporting me on the road these days

I’m sending a little love and good vibes across the ocean

As One

I opened my eyes
After years of never truly seeing
And I looked to the stars
Those radiant beacons
As caught, in a cloud
Of swirling Aztec incense 
I felt the ancient song
Of a hundred pixies drumming
Then through falling embers
I saw us dancing
In tune to the Earth’s wisdom
Sweet Mother of our souls
United, at last, as One