During this strange time, its so easy to feel complacent or turn to keeping busy. But lets go within for a second: Its not so much about doing (or doing nothing) but about creating space for a kind of interaction to happen from within the body-mind. It’s about deciding you are going to open that space in your life, and really create an altar in your life (and heart) as a whole, and then tending to the temple within for the magic to happen.
This tattoo reminds me to do this, to be wild and free, to know love and be present like flowers and to be grounded to the earth like the scarab.
I love day dreaming, to help me tune in. It is being in a state of presence- between this world and the other, of being in a state of quiet awareness and contemplation. This goes beyond going outside and just thinking about things, its about letting go of agenda and the ego, and simply experiancing, and this can happen in any landscape. This is about making time to be with the world as it lives and breathes, its about being in its consciousness and experiencing its medicine.
My recent experience in a state of day dream was walking along the sand dunes with my partner and we took photos and I was simply being in the moment and I was asking reflective questions in my mind to the universe and then I looked at my tattoo and felt there and then that this is my happiness….
I’ve seen my partner at 36 years old change career paths to become a police officer (of which I’m very proud). I know of a woman at 40 retraining as a tattoo artist and a man becoming a writer & publishing his first book at 50, its never too late and I am allowing myself to change my mind and listen to who I am. So here’s my big announcement: I’m letting go of a career in mental health. There are many reasons why but in general I’m not happy. I’ve spent years analysing mental health for the sake of understanding certain experiences rather than following my heart. I’ve learned all of this is making me sick.
This thigh tattoo is a reminder at how much I love nature & being free spirited rather than confined by my mind & need to understand humanity. I’m going to utilise my love of analysing into learning more about health & wellness in relation to flowers, herbs, remedies, gardening & Ayurveda (with yoga). It’s a healthier relationship for me to analyse plants.
I saw on the movie Jurassic Park that one of the actors plays a paleo-botanist & that made my heart skip a beat! I don’t know how, when, where or if it’s possible but I’ve decided to change career paths to train & study something related to plants. It could be floristry, herbalism, Botany, botanical illustration or design. I don’t know.
But I know it will expand upon my knowledge as a holistic wellness teacher, & work in harmony as part of my lifestyle. I feel calm writing this but maybe a little shaky too, I do worry what people will say (as we all do). But I want a chance to bring my life back to balance and I want know peace again from just doing what feels right for me and not societal expectations.
The feeling I got from just listening and being receptive was amazing. As part of this journey I am writing and recording nature themed meditations and I am starting up another project because so many people out of the blue keep telling me I have a very clear, calm & beautiful voice. So, from being in my partner’s kitchen and watching the Chinese Roses dance in the breeze, the message was clear: I am also Creating a Podcast!
Just being in nature in a state of day dream feels amazing to have this experience of connection, inner peace and observing subtle signs. All it takes is one moment, one rich gateway to the heart to show you that even in cityscapes you can have these magical moments of just deep listening & interconnection.
When day dreaming there is no need to analyse or question. We are simply in our quiet awareness. We are open to whatever it is the earth is experiencing and we experience it at the same time. Making time to be with nature may just unlock your door to your wider intuition. For me, simply being with plants and nature has been paramount to my own healing. Go deeper than tending to your garden, go deeper than sitting on a park bench, notice subtle signs and sounds and thoughts and see what comes up.
Learning more and being present with nature has sparked pure joy in my heart and its opened my heartgate to leading a life with pure joy too.