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The ocean has alway been an important part of my life and this image show a beach in Melros, Western Australia, which is a place that we often visit with a group of friends. Cheap accommodation enables us to stay with another three couples and we enjoy endless beach walks, the challenges of 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles, games of scrabble and Red Wine sunsets.

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I grew up on the East Devon coast of England, near the Regency town of Sidmouth. It is a beautiful area of outstanding natural beauty, sitting a short drive from the Dorset border. A twenty-minute walk, through hedged pathway and lush public open space, could have me sitting on the pebbled banks, hankering over some of my wildest dreams.

When I stare out to sea, I can be anywhere in the world and generally feel more connected to the place I still call home. It has the universal ability to tune me into an amazing creator God, enabling me to reach new spiritual depths. Problems and concerns seem to magically lighten, as the reflective waters twinkle, dancing in delicate footsteps on the ocean’s surface.

On a daily basis, the skies and oceans work collectively to bring some of the most amazing scenery. People like me revel in taking happy snaps, photos that attempt to capture an aura of the Divine and choosing just one to share was hard, as many also include magnificent sunsets. I decided on this one, as it links in with a ‘Freestyle Poem’ that I wrote at Writers Group this week.

The prompt was to write a poem linking a favorite place to an emotion. Even I was surprised by what I wrote in the time-frame we were given.

Freedom Coast

My prison holds no walls

Emotions creating their own boundaries.

Escape is a road trip

Fueled by dark days

Powered by the need for sunshine.

Sand snatches at my feet

Grabbing at my stability

Until solid ground holds firm.

Distance is unfathomable

And waves roll to my heart beat.

Space and rhythm

Washed up debris

Working to erase the shadows.

Lighting my spirit with inspiration

Encompassing all things beach.

(c)Sandie’s Snippets 2013

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I will have to give up Oranges if they cause me to have too many deep and meaningfuls with myself!

After a mini meltdown last week I was; encouraged by friends, given a surprise gift and reminded that for the next month rhythm and routine is the name of the game.

Friends are an incredible power house for us to draw on, when we navigate one of ‘Those Kinds of Days’. Days when you feel lost and overwhelmed by all that has to be achieved, even things on the not necessary list somehow become a priority. Before you know it, you curl up in a faithful armchair with a mug of strong coffee and nothing is achieved at all, as your head spins out of control.

The one wise thing I did do, was admit my feelings.  I’d felt very honoured earlier in the year, to be invited to join a ‘Christian Writers Prayer Group’, so I sent out a call to this group of special people via email. Slowly, as I asked them to support me in prayer, I saw the root of my problem open up in front of me. Confession really is good for the soul, as before email responses had even arrived, my spirit was lifted and emotional healing was taking place.

My Writing Group also listened as I explained that the whole NaNoWriMo project was over whelming and instead of pushing me on, understood. So too did another close writing friend. I’ve not given up with NaNo’, just been more realistic with what I can physically achieve, setting my personal goal to 30,000 words.

Then I was given a surprise package that had been sent from the Eastern States. ‘The Writers Remedy’ came gift wrapped, consisting of a small bottle with small magnetic words, suitable for people with ‘Writers Block’. It created a wonderful ‘Chill Out Time’, as I placed them on the fridge door and just had to play. For a whole hour I played…..Then I sent off a thank you email. It was a wonderful gift and the timing just perfect.

A walk along the shores of the Indian Ocean, although tempting, wasn’t going to eventuate this week. So instead I looked through my photo albums, reminiscing about some of the wonderful coastal walks I have taken. Special memories are captured in each picture.

Thank you for dropping by and reading todays post. I still have a bit of catching up to do………. Have a great week everyone.

P.S. Keep writing. It may not cure everything, but it can help to heal a lot of old wounds.               

Images top to bottom. Cape Range National Park, Nr Exmouth in Western Australia. Southern Ireland. Vietnam.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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It has been a week of mixed emotions as change seems to be in the air, hovering in sweeping circles overhead. I’ve decided that this is going to be my last ‘Purple Project Post’ as I believe I am entering into a new season, with the colour orange leading the way.

The purple journey has been fascinating on so many levels, as I’ve come to better value myself as ‘The Purple Princess’, Visualizing who I am through the eyes of God, who I very much believe in.  It has given me a greater awareness of where I have come from and where I should be heading. A growing confidence to stand my ground, love myself more and say no to others has not always been comfortable, yet the rewards are there, perhaps not clearly visible for all to see, but they are there.

Seasons come and go and with them new colours and shades fill our earth. The purple flowering plants that have brought me so much insight and pleasure over the last few weeks, have been replaced with yellows and orange. Cheery spring flowerings, whispering new life, and future expectations.

I’m not sure where this journey is headed next, but I think I’d better go and find the orange nail polish.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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