The sweetpeas have been beautiful this summer, lots of lilacs and purples, which I love most, and then of course their wonderful scent.
I just wanted to collect together some of the photos I took and say a big Thank you to my Dad from growing them.
Love kathryn x
Madlyn always your mail is so caring and arrives in guided timing, it feels like you visited me here. Thank you for these letters lately, and for being there for me. It's like starts glinting in the night sky.
Connie's The 90 day transformation project, I'm hoping to gain clarity and some deepening of my self love practice, through the coaching shared. I have followed Connies blog for a while now and she its always been helpful to me to listen to the insights she shares.. http://conniechapman.com
"... is the centering thought for today's meditation, which activates the power of hope in our hearts.
Hope is a key spiritual component of our joyful self. Spiritual hope is not an anxious wish for things to be better, instead it is the active engagement of our aspiration to the almighty force of evolution.
True hope ties our individuality to the cosmos, giving us the guidance and support to move toward out hopes and dreams. This expansion and fulfilment of our aspirations is an essential joy of life.
We feel happy when our love grows and our territory of influence expands, and hope is the leading edge of this expansion.
Our meditation today takes us to the source of hope, the source of our expansion of consciousness. From this still center of being, we illuminate the light of hope in our life"
- from Oprah & Deepaks 21 day free meditation program on happiness
Some people say that we should not use the term to hope, we should intend or we should manifest, we should be, or know or do. As if to hope is not strong, not using our power. But I would disagree.
To hope is courageous, it is sustaining, it is what keeps us close to God when it really counts & a lot like forgivenesses, it too is full of grace
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
Oh how much do I love this quote and many others by John O'Donohue who's book Anam Cara is such a classic - you must check it out if you haven't already.
This photo and words is dedicated to my friends, who hear me when I'm quieter than I would choose, who listen to the words in between our conversations, who decipher the silence and who know without my having to tell them what I mean, how I am, and so much of the time intuit what I feel.
You are the stars in the night sky who's light reminds me of my own, you are such a big part of what helps me feel I belong and your friendship and care for me, reminds me continually to hold that same kindness towards myself, thank you!
Love you, xo kat
The front garden here at our home, and dads lovely flowers there, I've wanted to see it for ages but it wasn't possible.
After the 5 months over the winter when I was more ill, I have been out of my bedroom intermittently in the spring, but am physically weaker. So come summer now, and I'm having to be extra careful about my energy expenditure as at times im still feeling very unwell.
I am sad because I haven't been in amongst the flowers, like I would have liked, picking them and seeing them in the back gardens.
I really wanted to see the planting and flowers in the front border here and on Saturday I was able to. There beside the hydrangeas which I had watched from the window. And some nicotinia with lavender down under the budlia.
Mam took this photo of a butterfly. It was such a sunny half hour there and the butterflies like the purple blooms of the budlia so much they always come by it.
Things I noted...
Everything was a very pretty tones of green, the flowers were bobbing in the breeze, there were about 6 butterflies, but I only saw one bee, the lobelia was mixing with the gypsophila in dads baskets by the front door, the sky was v v blue, there was nobody about, it was quiet, there were aeroplane trails in the sky but no clouds, the tree has grown a lot in the corner, the sun was very bright,
I am cherishing this, I am praising myself in this, I am embracing this, I am accepting the fragility of how I felt in this, yet at the same time welcoming that I was up to do this, I was there again, & I am thankful for this, for butterflies, for flowers and for mam and dad most of all, Love K x