Can pivotal moments change lives? In an instant can you turn from despair to hope?
For me the answer is YES definitely! Like so many people 2016 was a very tough year! Hanging on by the fingertips emotionally, I felt challenged on so many levels. To the point where I had no energy to continue writing my second book. Each day seemed a challenge. While I believed I had healed pretty well from a traumatic past, I discovered I had to dig even deeper to make peace with past memories that had been triggered by certain events early in 2016. The natural world enabled me to touch the inner silence and acknowledge that any resistance on my part to unresolved pain would only hold me back.
When the opportunity presented itself to share in the journey of 365 Life Shifts I said YES! While still feeling emotionally depleted I realised I had been offered a lifeboat in turbulent seas. Passionate about sharing the beauty and wonder of this world I knew my story offered hope to others. Hope to me is the sunshine of the soul. Supported lovingly by Facebook friends, writers Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck, I was excited and blessed to share my story of a pivotal moment that changed my thought-form enabling me to heal and thrive.
A little of my story : Finding myself a widow at 47 years old, I felt empty and broken. Mirrors taunted me with that emptiness until I found the courage to take responsibility for my own pain. In that painful and precious momentof truly facing myself, hope swelled in my heart, hope of living fully and reconnecting with my true nature.Yes it did take time to heal, however once I made the decision to take responsibility for my own pain many teachers and guides crossed my path. My totem Crow, whom I write about in my book Triumph of Joy, reminded me to see the past as a teacher; the present as the place of creativity; and the future as a place of inspiration.
Rather than feeling overwhelmed and disappointed that I had achieved very little in 2016, I had February 21 st 2017 to look forward too! Today I share this sacred place with other wonderful contributors as we cross continents and share stories heart to heart to bring hope and inspiration to a world in need of hope and tenderness.
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At times the natural world invites us to connect deeply with a living creature who can support us on life’s journey ! Penguin the Magpie is such a creature.
The story of Penguin the Magpie captured my heart on Instagram immediately because of my love of birds and because the bird trible come to me when I was in need of healing.
This wonderful book tells a beautiful story about an injured baby magpie who fell out of its nest and was rescued by a loving family.”Penguin” the magpie survived to became an important part of the Bloom’s life and in turn rescued a family in need of hope. Initially I followed Penguin’s story through the brilliant photos of Cameron Bloom on Instagram. Like so many I loved seeing Penguin with the family. When this wonderful story became a book I knew immediately I had to buy a copy. It was a privilege to read such a wonderfully written, heartfelt story, with images that dance instantly into the heart and mind.
The natural world is a wonderful teacher if we take the time to listen. When I was in depair and struggling to write my book Triumph of Joy, a Pelican came to me as I stood high on a cliff face overlooking the ocean. The Pelican circled above me time and time again. Each time the Pelican circled closer to me I clapped in delight ! On this final flight I thanked Pelican for the joy and majesty of his flight. So close was he on his final flight, I could have touched him. It was then the Pelican looked me directly in the eye. In that precious moment the Pelican and I were one. Enchanted by our connection I knew instantly the Pelican was to be the totem for my healing journey. Pelican is seen to represent ~ Rising above life’s trials. It is not the trial in life that is significant; but how we rise above that trial that really matters.
Each time I was ready to give up writing or felt weighted down with self doubt, a Pelican would appear regardless of where I was at the time.The cover of my book is in honour of my beautiful friend who supported me on my healing journey.
I encouage you to read Penguin Bloom a forever story of family love, hope and joy.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Quote from Rumi .
Rumi’s words are timeless. They sing fragrant truths to the heart. Once I no longer saw myself as a victim my wounds were able to be opened to the light. In allowing myself to be vulnerable by touching on the deepest part of that pain, I began to heal. Those wounds that once made me feel broken are now filled with truths light which I share with others.