Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

21 07 2012

This week we’re challenged to look Inside.  Whilst in Melbourne, we visited the La Trobe Reading Room inside the State Library of Victoria.  It is a magnificent room and a spectactular heritage space.  The octagonal walls are lined with books and three levels of balconies rise up towards the restored dome ceiling.

La Trobe Reading Room: State Library of Victoria.

I love libraries and this one was fantastic.  As you enter through double doors there is a busy silence. People are studying and reading – you can almost feel them thinking.  The desks are custom built from Queensland oak and radiate out from the centre of the room.  The top is lined with leather and rests on your chosen angle.  I settled into a chair and looked around, wishing I was more than a passing tourist.  We took time to explore inside and visited the various galleries on each floor as well as Mr Tulk’s cafe.  It was a delightful and serendipitous day, a real treat to find and one I’d love to visit again.

Here are some more interpretations of “Inside”:

Alice through the Macro Lens

Beyond the Brush

The Journey is the Destination


Models of success

18 07 2012

Another great reminder above, reblogged rom Karl Duffy at Mindfulbalance. I’ve been feeling fragmented lately and this post reminds me that the dissonance I’m feeling is actually a good thing. I’m not settled, I need to make changes, I need to slow down. It’s a yearning for a ‘full’ life rather than a ‘busy’ one. There is so much more to living than just ‘doing’ more. Time to breathe.


A “successful” life has become a violent enterprise.  We make war on our own bodies, pushing them beyond their limits; war on our children, because we cannot find enough time to be with them when they are hurt and afraid, and need our company; war on our spirit, because we are too preoccupied to listen to the quiet voices that seek to nourish and refresh us; war on our communities, because we are fearfully protecting what we have, and do not feel safe enough to be kind and generous; war on the earth, because we cannot take the time to place our feet on the ground and allow it to feed us, to taste its blessings and give thanks.

The more our life speeds up, the more we feel weary, overwhelmed and lost. Despite our good hearts and equally good intentions, our life and work rarely feel light, pleasant or…

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Share Your World – 32

17 07 2012

Click here to visit Share Your World – by Cee

Cee is a good friend of mine and she has set up this weekly challenge to “Share Your World” by asking us all to answer some questions about life, the universe and everything.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers! And don’t forget to visit Cee’s blog by clicking the icon on the right, if you’d like to find out how you can be involved.

1. Which would you prefer: a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion and adventure – intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such swings of fortune and mood?

My life fluctuates between the two and when I hit the extreme of one, I find I long for the other  🙂

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
No, I would not like to be famous – I find the thirst for fame and the marketing of people and image quite obscene.  Having said that, I would like to have some impact in life that helped people on a large scale.  I’m more interested in finding and exploring what that is and how I can do it rather than being made ‘famous’ for it.

3. If you could cure one disease, what would that be?
Ooooh, that’s a REALLY tough one.  I’m tempted to pick something close to home, close to my heart that would cure me of my conditions or those that affect friends and family.  In my better moments though, if I really could cure one disease, I’d have to consider a cure for HIV/AIDS.  The toll in Africa is horrendous.  Unfathomable.  There are millions of children left orphaned.  I have to admit that I am fortunate to have access to treatment, specialist doctors and medication which help.  Millions of people across the world don’t have access to running water or electricity, let alone health care, so I’d have to think a bit wider than my own circle.  I must also admit that if my beloved was diagnosed with a deadly disease and was destined to suffer and die in my arms I would be utterly selfish and cure her immediately.   Hmmmm.

4. If you were invisible, where would you go?
I’m privileged to be able to access a lot of places in my world quite freely and safely as a woman but there are some places that are either dangerous for women to attend alone (or dangerous for anyone) or are restricted to men only.  On that note, I’d travel through the Middle East, especially the Persian Empire –  Turkey, Armenia, Iran and Iraq.  I’d also visit various religious festivals and segregated places of worship (of a variety of faiths) to see what they are like.

Thanks for that workout Cee!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

16 07 2012

Minyirr (Gantheaume Point), Broome. Western Australia

The Dreaming is a term used by Australian Aboriginal people to describe the relationship and balance between the spiritual, natural and moral elements of the world.  It is an english word but it doesn’t mean a dream-like state.  The Dreaming relates to a time when the creator ancestors formed the features of the land and all living things.  The Dreaming provides answers to the origins of the universe and the place of all living things within it.  There is a strong connection to the land, or to ‘country’ and the seasons of nature.

Minyirr (Gantheaume Point), Broome. Western Australia

Broome is the name given to the town in the ancient area of Minyirr.  The Goolarabooloo people belong to the area and are closely connected to country through the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail which runs north along the coast.  These photos are from a trip we took a couple of years ago.  At sunrise we ventured out (before the heat set in) and went to Minyirr (Gantheaume Point).  You can see the rich red cliffs (Yaniyarri) contrasting against the edge of the ocean where the songcycles originated.  It was a beautiful and peaceful experience.  I have never witnessed such rich, earthy tones as this.  The array of colours was amazing and became deeper in colour as the sun rose and brought her warmth, almost waking up the colours.  It is so strange to see the vibrant ochre make way for the white sand of the ocean and be met by the turquoise water.  The Dreaming – a fascinating place.

Minyirr (Gantheaume Point), Broome. Western Australia

12 07 2012

A great blog post (above) from Karl Duffy over at Mindfulbalance.  I’m so grateful for those in my life who walk with me and hold space rather than rush to fix.  A loving silence and courage not to fix is a wonderful gift. The quote is from Mark Nepo and you can find out more about him HERE.


We have been battered by modern times into obsessive problem solvers, but as life pares us down into only what is essential, it becomes clear that the deepest sufferings of heart and spirit cannot be solved, only witnessed and held. I have struggled with this constantly. Just recently, after being away for two weeks, I returned to a tender partner who loving uttered, “I really missed you.” Instantly, I reacted by scanning for ways to solve the feeling – to limit my travel or call more often. I instantly tried to change my patterns of being away from the relationship, rather than just feel the poignancy of being loved enough to be missed.

Frequently, this reflex to solve, rescue, and fix removes us from the tenderness at hand. For often, intimacy arises not from any attempt to take the pain away, but from a living through together; not from a…

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Feeling fragmented

10 07 2012

I haven’t written much lately. I’ve been feeling fragmented for a couple of weeks. I’m not overly emotional, not shattered, not broken – just not.quite.together. My energies are not consolidated, my body mind and spirit are at odds, I’m not cohesive or tuned. I can feel it. It comes when I take on too many things and my mind, heart, soul and body get out of synch. I need a break – time to unwind, slow down, de-clutter my mind and relax my body.

Feeling fragmented

A couple of weeks ago, I changed my name. It was a big decision and it was (and is) great, but it brought with it some grief I hadn’t anticipated. I’ve said goodbye to part of myself, part of my history and part of my old identity. My old name had a certain power to it and has not died easily.

Amongst the name change there was also the grief at not sharing that good news with Beth – it has been nearly seven months since she suddenly passed away and each month a deeper layer and level of grief washes through me. Unannounced. I like to think I’m an intelligent adult but when grief barges in uninvited, it brings great wracking sobs and I lose all sense of adulthood and feel lost and small and naked.

I know that death is final. I understand that she’s not coming back. I know there are no deals I can do or promises I can make that will change things. I know I’ll adjust and in time, her loss won’t seem as painful even though she’ll always be missed. It seems that only now am I beginning to start to realise it, only now, after seven months is that ‘knowledge’ starting to sink in. My heart betrays my logical mind though and continues to long to see her again, no matter how much I ‘know’. I know this feeling is temporary and I know there’s still a long way to go.

I think I need to sit in the ocean air for a while, gather my pieces together and breathe them back to life. To watch and listen to the rhythm of the waves, remember the pull of the deep, and how the shore line always adapts by continually changing, growing, reshaping, replenishing. It was there before me and will be there after me. There’s a comfort in sitting with an old soul and I’m overdue a visit.

Share Your World – 31

9 07 2012

Here’s another week of Share Your World from Cee.  Here are her questions for this week.

1. Do you plan things out usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)
A bit of both.  I like to make plans when travelling but also leave some room to get distracted or take more time with something.  I have a lot of things scheduled in my working week like meetings and deadlines so I like to block out some “open” time on the weekend when I can be spontaneous.

2. If you could live in any OTHER time, when would it be and why?
It would be interesting to hang around in Galilee in about 29AD to see if I could find out more about the one who is being called the Son of God. I bet he doesn’t have blonde hair and blue eyes.

3. Do you prefer reading short stories or novels?
I prefer a longer story or series so that I can get more involved with the subject or character or plot. Ideally, I prefer to listen to a story than read it, whatever length.

4. As a kid was there any kind of candy that you didn’t like to get?
White chocolate and I still don’t like it!

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