Signs of life

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#tinytruth I see signs. (I wanted to type I see dead people, if only to see the kind of reaction I'd get 😉) But signs are safer, so let's stick with that! ⁣

We don't really 'celebrate' in a big way most of our societies usual traditions... instead I think we focus more on the tiny things we think are worth celebrating... daily mini-wins and moments. But Easter, and Earth Day did give me a prompt to pause and reflect... on springtime, and birth, and death.⁣

I find when I'm out walking I'm always more aware of the signs that Dad's energy is still with me. I find these signs come to me in so many different ways, and the other day, when I felt him really strongly an orange tip butterfly passed by me and I smiled... and as I was calling my sister to say what I'd seen, a second one appeared. Like magic. I truly believe. Then, another sign of things I needed to hear, was I came across this passage in the book called 'Fear' by Thich Nhat Hanh...
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“When you lose a loved one, you suffer. But if you know how to look deeply, you have a chance to realize that his or her nature is truly the nature of no birth, no death. There is manifestation and there is the cessation of manifestation in order to have another manifestation. You have to be very keen and very alert in order to recognize the new manifestations of just one person. But with practice and effort, you can do it. Pay attention to the world around you, to the leaves and the flowers, to the birds and the rain. If you can stop and look deeply, you will recognise your beloved manifesting again and again in many forms. You will release your fear and pain and again embrace the joy of life.⁣⁣”⁣

Nature is like a melting pot of magic signs for me, and these signs bring me comfort, and hope... and definitely make me think more about life and death, and this crazy world that we live in. It also gives me a space to think about the things I believe are worth saving and fighting for, and the things I can release, and let fly. ⁣

Does nature do that for you... send you tiny signs of life? Of hope? ⁣

Bloom

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#tinytruth I want to be more plant. Less force, more feeling (ooh, that would make a great # don't you think? 🤔😉)⁣

Bear with me... I know that sounds a little too woo-woo for a Wednesday afternoon, and my kids are going to roll their eyes at me too no doubt. But I think there’s something to it... ⁣

I recently discovered the work of @jeshderox (🙏 @thecreativityhabit ), who is an artist who studies joy. Now that’s something I think is worth studying! I caught one of his @instagram lives yesterday and throughout his talk, my mind was firing with so many connections that lit me up. ⁣

This concept of being more plant was one of them... I’m not sure if these were his exact words, but basically, he was expressing how we could benefit from letting go of the plans, rules, boxes, expectations, and systems we tend to cling to as humans. Instead, he suggested trying to surrender ourselves more to the elements, to feel our own path instead of planning the route beforehand. I guess in a way it’s more like tuning into our intuition... and trusting ourselves.⁣

I definitely feel the desire to grow more in this direction. I'm a stickler for rules, plans, order, systems... but I think they often get me stuck. Right now I'm playing with letting go a bit more, and exploring what that feels like for me... ⁣

I liked it... so I doodled this, and let it sink in. That really works for me right now, finding fun ways of 'creating' my thoughts is incredibly therapeutic. What do you do to help your thoughts settle? Does being more plant sound appealing to you? 🌱

Nature's Magic

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#tinytruth - Nature holds my secrets.⁣

I find my energy re-balances in nature. All the thoughts that swirl around my mind seem to settle when I walk alone through the fields. Once they have stilled, it's almost like I'm walking in another dimension, where I see with something more than just my eyes. Everything becomes clearer, and brighter...⁣

This is when I find my tinygiant speaks to me. When I've given her space to feel safe, she whispers to me tiny truths she knows I need to hear. It is then when I 'feel' these thoughts I am trying to express. ⁣

In part, I think it sounds really woo-woo and weird, and yet the other part of me thinks it's the simplest and most obvious truth there is. My wisdom is at home in the wild.⁣

Do you have a place or a practice where your inner wisdom, or soul, or whatever you want to call it (mine is my tinygiant), speaks to you most clearly? ⁣