It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘sit down and show up’ post, so I thought I’d try to get into the habit on a Sunday check-in, long or short, each week.
This week has been flavoured with Autumn, and it’s been a full one!
Starting with last night, because I don’t do linear time very well…. I went to one of Heidi aka The Dreadess‘ Moonlodges at Minstead Study Centre, held in a gorgeous roundhouse below (this pic of the venue was taken at mine and Bik’s handfasting, which we had there, by our friend Az from Lemontree photography).
The moonlodge is a gathering of women, usually with a theme, to share the things we have in common.
Really, for me, it’s a chance to gather and talk about the important things that are happening in our lives and the world. Taking special time out to remember ‘the big picture’ is vital, whether you have a spiritual belief or not.
The women’s stories around the fire about their lives, their joys and sorrows, their families and their thoughts, hopes and dreams weave a beautiful song, a song of wisdom and a song of real life, as it actually is.
Around the fire, I always feel a deep connection with my natural self, and with my lineage, all the way back to the first life on earth – and even further back than that.
Of course, around the fire in that special space we are all our best selves.
Those calm words of acceptance and wisdom may contrast strongly with the stressed out mother, or the angry wife, or the fearful worker.
That doesn’t make those moments any less real.
I think it’s so important to have spaces where we can be the very best version of ourselves.
It reminds us who we really are.
What was also fun was getting a lift from a lovely moonlodge sista, extending the connection before and afterwards.
We forget how similar our stories are, even mine and a mother of a young child, a woman who grew up in Chile under Pinochet.
Mothering a business to life, and growing up in South Africa under Apartheid, has quite a few similarities!
The moonlodge was themed around ‘water’ so today we took a walk in the late evening at the Lower Test Nature reserve and paddled in the very chilly river.
We also popped in for lunch at The Art House – this is a good day to do it usually, but our chef had to go home ill so I ended up in the kitchen for an hour finishing off the second batch of roast lunches. Them’s the breaks when you visit your place of work on your day off, huh!
Also this week I’ve been doing the 30 Day of Lists journal challenge. It’s a great way of getting journalling done even on a busy day, as lists don’t take very long and are lots of fun.
I have always loved lists – even to-do lists!
Here are days 1 – 5
Other than that, my week has consisted of quite a lot of getting the menu at The Art House updated, working on my new free offering for this site, and trying to get videos edited with a certain naughty man who likes to freeze-frame me looking like I am having a funny turn.
That was my week – how was yours?