Wind Whipped Stories and Friday Ocean Vibes

They’d said that her people came from the desert, that they were descendants of the ancient nomadic tribes who once roamed its red sandy dunes, but she knew differently. In her heart she knew that her bloodline was born from the ocean’s womb, a long line of women of the water. That dawn, as the morning star began to fade in the light of the rising sun, she walked through her garden on the rocky shore and down to the water’s edge. There, the placid cove waves greeted her with a lapping sound as it gently kissed her feet, shied away and then returned to kiss her once more…

The beginning of new story I think?

It had been so long since I’d written fiction. But for a few months now, words have been stirring within and turning themselves into stories. So I’ve been writing little bits about terracotta babies, a lonely girl restoring her late mother’s garden and now a crone woman standing at the edge of the sea. I don’t know if these stories will ever go anywhere. For now, I am content with the fact that there is joy in the writing and that’s all that matters.

I’m sure this latest bit of inspiration comes from the echoes of ocean wind still locked in my heart, residue of my trip to the sea. It seems to be breathing its untold tales to life inside me. So, I thought I’d share some pictures from my recent visit at the coast and send some healing ocean vibes your way for Friday inspiration.

Have a Happy Friday!

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Meandering Musings for Monday

Thoughts meander like rivers, their tributaries gathering ideas, insights and inspiration along their fluid course. We can get lost in the undercurrents hidden from the surface, but like rivers, one can only hope that these thoughts carry us to that ancient and enchanted destination – the ocean of wild stories and intricate waves of musings – the place where deeper understandings and great tales of healing magic are born.

In the midst of this weekend’s peacefulness, family time and Nature outings, the thoughts that have been meandering through my mind are ones of sadness for the 150 lives lost in the terror attack at Garissa University in Kenya. The senselessness of terror and destruction in a world gone mad just leaves a big hole in my heart. I will write more on this later in the week, but not today.

So instead (and since I don’t do to this often enough), I’ll share some links that have made for interesting meandering musings over the last couple of week:

Clouds are dreamy shapes-shifters and a soothing point of focus in those moments when I just lie on my back and watch them as I breathe mindfully, but I’d never thought of them as “great behemoth nomads” until I read this fascinating piece on Cloud Nomads by Sylvia over at The Indigo Vat.

Vanessa Carnevale is hosting a #Mindful Prompt Writing Challenge on Instagram. I always find her prompts to be fun and a great source of writing inspiration. So if you are looking for some sparks of writing inspiration, its worth following your lovely prompts.

Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of Reclaiming the Wild Soul, runs a great interview series called Wild Soul Stories. I really enjoyed listening to her interview with Sharon Blackie.

I loved reading Sophia Rose’s latest post, The Taste of Spring: Wild Onions. She’s included a couple of recipes too.

I’m featuring Stacey LL Couch on my blog later this week. Stacey’s interesting blogpost, Angel of Fiery Red Trees, gives some insight into her work.

Lastly, this short essay by Jeri Studebaker offers an interesting perspective on the suppressed history of Mother Goose ties in a Goddess link.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a week full of blessings!