Gathering Wild Inspiration

Just a short pondering for today….

The other morning, I stood there at the water’s edge in the gentle rain. Willow trees drooped around me and raindrops danced on the waters surface. I breathed in the peaceful earthy scents of wet trees and earth as I gathered inspiration for my writing, quietly listening out for wild stories and earth whispers. My heart came alive in a special way and in that moment,  I understood so clearly what John Muir meant when he said….

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ John Muir

Where do you go to witness beauty or gather inspiration? And where do you find your peace and healing?

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Land and Sky: A Deep Listening Exercise

“Each landscape asks the same question, I am watching myself in you–are you watching yourself in me?” ~ Laurence Durrell

Sit quietly. Listen to the land, to the sky (in this picture or in a nature space where you are).

Breathe it in and listen.

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What do you hear? When you reach into its essence and touch its sacredness, peace and stillness, what do you feel? What stories do you find in the midst of its light and shadows? Which parts of yourself do the land and sky mirror back to you? What do they have to teach you?

Listen. Look deeper. Sense beyond the surface.

The wild Earth is always whispering something, a story, a poem, a deep soul healing wisdom.

And if stories are what you are looking for, then it is worth checking out Sarah Elwell’s new storybook collection, The Coracle Sky. This wild sky writer’s stories are so intertwined with the energy of land, sea and sky. I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far and with The Coracle Sky loaded in my e-book reader as I prepare to journey to the coast this coming week, I know that my soul will be fed with magic and mystery.

May you always find ways to listen to the wise and healing wild whispers of the Earth.