Nourish Your Soul
The daffodils growing at the base of the old stone wall, by the gate of the field, were gossiping. Their heads were sometimes nodding in agreement or shaking as they disapproved. They were having a good ol’ natter.
“Oh, look – Rose is visiting again” one of them said.
“She’s early this year – I wonder why?”
“She’s come to see the family, that’s why” one replied a little crossly as the head nodded vigorously up and down.
“No. She’s come for some Cumbrian peace and quiet” came a call from the far end of the wall.
“No she hasn’t” said Mrs Know-it-all, who stands by herself, a little away from the gossiping group. “She’s come for the Big Event over the Easter Weekend”.
“Oh – really” said the others, nodding and swaying in admiration. Mrs Know-it-all certainly did seem to have her finger on the pulse.
The real reasons
It seems to me that there is never only one answer to a question. And the above are all the reasons I’ve spent last week in Cumbria.
I came to visit my brother and sister-in-law; to enjoy their company and – although it takes a little getting used to – to enjoy the gentle unfolding of a (mostly) unplanned day. Life with them is much more relaxed than the life I usually live.
Mrs Know-it-all was right. I did come to Cumbria to exhibit and talk at the Spirit of Cumbria Mind Body Soul event that was held in Penrith over the Easter Weekend. It was a new venue for me and I had a lovely time and met some amazing people. It was a highly successful weekend – and great fun.
Feeding your soul
Nearly everyone I know say that one of the things that brings them peace is to walk in nature.
I am awed by the beauty of wide, green open spaces – and Cumbria definitely can deliver those. Expansive views give me a sense of freedom and peace – it’s almost a peace ‘that passeth all understanding’.
Walking through a wood is good, but for me, it is mountains that fill me with awe. Those of you who know me are not surprised – for I love mountains. The sea is wonderful, but it really doesn’t ‘do’ it for me.
But the splendour; the might and the grandeur of the mountains: their majesty and power, inspire and feed my soul. Drape them with mist to increase their mysticism; throw in the odd lake – and I’m complete.
After a week in Cumbria, my soul is nourished. I am rejuvenated, with clarity and renewed enthusiasm for life and my work.
I hope you had a good Easter break and that you found time to walk through the woods or by a lake; or to dig in the garden. I hope you did something to nourish your soul.
If you’re interested in the call of your soul, you might be interested in a talk I gave on the Teachings of Abraham Hicks.
Let me know if you did. I love to receive your comments.