Are you embracing the darkness?

For several weeks I had been watching the sunflower bud slowly enlarge then even more slowly it eventually broke into this delightful bloom. As I observed it, I noticed two things:

a) The bud was taking a long time to open

b) I could not rush the process. If I pried it open, I would destroy it.

When the bloom finally opened, I was delighted. It took my breath away. The wait was over… but every bit of that wait was worth it. Yes, the bud took a longer time compared to other flowers but a SUNFLOWER is a SUNFLOWER – bold, huge and beautiful!

When the bloom finally opened, I was delighted. It took my breath away. The wait was over… but every bit of that wait was worth it. Yes, the bud took a longer time compared to other flowers but a SUNFLOWER is a SUNFLOWER – bold, huge and beautiful!

I think of how easy it is for us to get frustrated when we feel stuck in a dark place or simply when we feel that we are not making as much progress as we would like to in our daily lives. When you go through such moments, think of the sunflower bud and how MUCH MORE you are than the sunflower! It is o.k if you need more time to heal, restore, create, think, plan, regain your perspective etc. The darkness can only work in our favour when we understand that it is simply a natural process to bring balance life. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Don’t be afraid of being in the dark… have faith that all things will work out for your highest good.

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Stand proud…even if your head is full of seeds :)

I have been waiting patiently for this sunflower to burst into its lush yellow golden petals. It is not quite fully open yet but I wanted to share the photo and a quote with you.

“If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower

To always follow the sun

Turn my back to darkness

Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.” Unknown

Need I say more?

Stand proud, tall and straight even with your head full of seeds!

Love,

Mags

A garden fairy for my garden?

Someone brought me a cute little garden fairy – it is priceless gift for my garden! I have no idea who it is from. My son tried his best to explain that a young girl and her mom dropped by with the garden fairy but he could not remember their names. I hope that I can find those two wonderful people to say thank you.

This little garden fairy brought me back to my childhood days of reading all those wonderful magical books about fairies and the mystical world. It is perhaps where my love for the mystical world started. I spent night after night reading, completely enchanted with those little beings whom we could not see but I believed that they existed and they visited gardens and spread fairy dust over our dreams. In my mind, I captured hundreds of little fairies who all created magic and miracles in my life. I believed that they dance around in the night and used their magical powers to remove darkness and cobwebs formed in the day time so that our day could start afresh.

It was all imagination but today I know for a fact that whatever we believe and imagine about life becomes our reality. If I believe in fairies, I will find fairies in all aspects of my life. If I believe that miracles are always happening in my life, I will find miracles. If I believe that my new day is always a fresh day and that fairies have cleaned up the cobwebs from the day before, then so it is. If I believe that the mystical world is full of wonder and magic is created from that space, then I will experience this magic.

What do you believe about life? Do you see life as difficult or easy? Do you believe that life supports you? Do you believe that people are for you? Do you believe that life works against you? Do you believe that you live in a magical world where creation is constantly gifting you with miracles and opportunities?

As I played with the little garden fairy in my garden, I felt like this little girl who had gotten a new toy. I positioned it between the leaves, in a glass jar, below the plants and imagined it filling my little garden with love and joy. I walked along the little garden trail and felt enormous gratitude for the person who brought me that little garden fairy and believe that my energy of gratitude will touch them. It is not only that they have caught on to my love for the whimsical, mystical part of life, but now they have also chosen to be a part of it.

And so I say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtfulness and consideration and for adding this little fairy to create magic in my garden.

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Love,

Mags

What are you welcoming into your life?

I found this cute little sign for my garden. WELCOME. A simple word which brings a deep invitation – for someone? something? an experience?. Until this moment, I never thought of the depth of the word, WELCOME

Most of us use this word to invite or greet others into a space. Most often, AHEAD OF TIME, we will think of creating an experience to welcome them such as providing food and drinks, clean towels, a well made bed, a small present, a well set table, a warm environment, a well thought of experience etc. We can feel when others create a special welcoming experience for us.

Have you ever though of how you welcome yourself into your own life or what you welcome into your life?

I welcome the wonderful gifts of nature into my life.

I welcome people who nurture and support me.

I welcome exerise and good nourishment for my body, which carries me all through the day and night.

I welcome kindness from others.

I welcome the feeling of safely and security wherever I go.

I welcome a work environment which challenges and uplifts my spirit.

By thinking ahead of what you CHOOSE to welcome into your life, you automatically attract more of the same. Eventually, you will realize that you are living a life which welcomes YOU first. This also automatically multiplies and makes it easier to create a welcoming space for others. We cannot treat others better than we treat ourselves… therefore be kind and loving to yourself and it will naturally draw more of the same to you.

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Love,

Magdalene

All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

“All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” Charles Kingsley

My last thoughts before falling asleep last night were waking up in anticipation of picking ripe tomatoes from my garden and getting photographs of my pink clematis which is finally growing in the way that I imagined it would. Walking up this morning to do just that were rewarding and gratifying. Each tomato I picked brought a smile to my face. It has been a labour of love and I am reaping the harvest which I designed long before I touched the fruit.

This is my second harvest for the summer – looking forward to many more pickings! This is also the best vine of clematis so far!

And then I thought, what if every last thought became a reality? Can we program our lives like that? How amazing it would be if I could deliberately think of more things in anticipation of living them in reality….because I know that we can design the life we want to live, long before we live it!

“There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension; the other is with anticipation.” Jim Rohn.

Which do you choose?

Love,

Mags

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ― Oscar Wilde

Last night I sat in my garden inhaling the essence of the everything which makes my garden beautiful, colourful, inviting and intimate. The candles and garden torches were all lighting, bringing to me the energy of fire and passion. Above me the clouds floated and a few stars twinkled. I smiled as I thought that they must be happy with me – flowers around me and stars above me!

And then I found this quote this morning. How perfect.

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

And then I found this other quote;

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
Oscar Wilde

How true. A flower blooms in it’s own time. Of course, it is influenced by the forces around it but it blooms for it’s own joy. Not to be compared to others, not to feel less or more than.. for it’s own joy.

Let us bloom for our own joy. Like the flowers, we are unique, beautiful and connected to all of creation. Bloom for you and for your joy – in your own time.

Love,

Mags

PAUSE with the sunset. It rejuvenates the spirit.

What is more magical than sitting on rocks, looking over the water and feasting on the sunset as it slowly disappears beyond the horizon? I felt the pause in my body as my breath also flowed easier with the universal energy of life. Half an hour later, I felt better, more grounded and more determined to give my best to live this life which has been gifted to me.

Each sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. Each sunset also begs me to reflect and ask myself, “Did you truly live this day to the fullest? Did you enjoy the gifts of the earth? Do you feel peaceful as you close your eyes with the promise of the dawn? Did you add a little spark of kindness to this day? Did you forgive? Did you let go of all of your anxieties? Did you trust that all is perfectly fine as you are a Divine Child of Our Great Creator?”

Oh beautiful sunset – keep me grounded and remind me to create beautiful days so that at the sunset, I can have no regrets when I pause to look at you, in your majestic, mystical beauty.

PAUSE with the sunset. It rejuvenates the spirit.

Love,

Magdalene

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