Updated: Apr 28
Welcome to my first ever blog post! I'm so pleased you've found your way here and I hope you will enjoy everything I'm excited to share with you.
I'm not too sure where best to start, so I think I'll meet you exactly where I am right now and that is with my feet firmly rooted in mama nature and here's why...
We are now on week five of lockdown here in the uk and after an initial freak out where I felt gripped by fear of the unknown, I am actually feeling ok right now. Better than ok, I am feeling more me than ever before! I miss my family and friends terribly and my heart feels broken when I think of all those who have been effected by this virus. But on a personal level, I feel like I have come home.
Coming home to ourselves is essentially what we are all doing right now. Without the noisy distractions of the external world, we have no choice but to get up close and personal with ourselves and listen to our souls whispers. It's like a bright light is shining on everything and there's no hiding from the truth. It's highlighting what is working, what is not and most importantly what matters most. In fact, it is making us question everything! Everything about life as we've always known it and it's almost impossible not to think ahead and wonder how all this will eventually pan out.
The truth is, we just don't know. None of us know. So the only thing left to do is to surrender to what is. And this is where the magic lies. Somewhere between letting go of what was & surrendering to what is, we come back to the present moment and home to ourselves.
Now, I don't always see things so clearly, I've only got to catch a headline on the news and my mind can easily go off on a tangent at a hundred miles per hour! So, I consciously try not to watch the news. Not because I'm ignorant, but because what use am I to anyone (least of all myself) if my head is a scrambled mess full of negativity and unable to see the bigger picture?! Not to mention the negetive effect stress has on our immune systems.
Instead I choose to go to my greatest teacher "Mother Nature" and listen to her gentle whispers of the wild for guidance. For me, Nature has always been a constant in my life no matter what is going on and in these uncertain times, I feel this more than ever before.
The whole time the world has been in a state of fear and chaos, the sun has been shining, the birds have been singing and the trees and flowers have been giving us an abundance of beauty and medicine. Absolutely nothing has changed in nature other than the fact that she seems to be responding very well to us lot taking our foot off the gas and treading a little more lightly on her, with more respect and appreciation.
So please understand, I'm not meaning to glorify the situation in any way at all, but I am very aware of the positive implications all this may have on our wellbeing if we choose to be mindful about where we let our thoughts go. So let's look to Mother Nature as our guide and in doing so, return back to our true nature as a society.
My intention for Whispers of the Wild and my forthcoming blog posts is to create a space where we can feel safe, inspired and open to the earth magic that is all around us. Through words, pictures, illustration, spells and recipes I plan to share my experiences and various ways we can tune into the seasons to create a deeper connection with Nature.
So go on, get outside and hug a tree! You know you want to and I am there holding your hand every step of the way!