You’re beautiful, it’s true…


Out There

“Out There
you’ll see it all.
The floating ends will meet and mend, and you will be yourself;
your fully-formed, though always changing, self of selves.
Every clumsy backward look will pay for itself.
Every tear you’ve cried, or wanted to cry, will set your broken bones.
The rips in your heart will no longer need to be guarded by steel
girders,
banyan trees,
or even rice paper.
Not so much as a dragonfly’s wing will you need
to cover the bludgeoned place,
to protect the private you you love so much and hope to save intact
from what has seemed years of relentless pummelling.
Go and live and love in peace, my friend…


… for surely there is love to enfold you,
and life to be feasted upon;
our portion is boundless.
Love will be the more you’ve wanted.
You will know it when you see it.
You will love yourself as no lover has ever had the courage to love;
and the warmth you’ve wanted will line your pillowcases,
dance upon your windowsill, and hide at the ends of your socks
awaiting your toes.”

by Deborah Mears

{with thanks to Padraigan for discovering and sharing it}


These beautiful pictures were sent to me by my darling friend Donna. She is a floral designer and an all round glorious soul. She is a gift to the world indeed. I deeply encourage you to click on the above pictures to see them full size. See all the crystals, stones, frangipanis and miracles in each. They take my breath away… I don’t think I’ve ever seen my words so lovingly and deliciously honoured!

Today I give thanks to:

beautiful words
beautiful images
and
beautiful friends.

love,
Leonie

I’m in heaven…

“I have never met a person whose greatest need
was anything other than real, unconditional love.”
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

:: so joyful that Lunation Occult & Magical Store is opening in Canberra City!

:: Imagine yourself in India, Venice or China with Intrepid Travel’s Put yourself in the travel picture game. Can’t WAIT to do India next year with them!

:: Via the beautiful bajaboy ~ the incredible video of the Dance of the thousand hand Bodhisattva. “In Buddhist tradition, Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva (the buddha of great compassion) is depicted with eleven heads, and 1000 hands with an eye in the palm of each hand. The symbolism of the thousand hands and eyes are in the buddha’s compassion to see and reach out to the suffering of all sentient beings. The fact that the participants in this dance depicting that symbolism are all deaf… simply has me in complete awe.”

:: And, you will now see in the left taskbar over there
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a sign up box for blogarithm, so you will get email updates when I update this blog. You can also add the rest of the blogs you watch on there, and get your update notices in a once daily email. I tried to implement RSS feed on here but lovingly have no idea. 🙂

:: Go OUT. Be BRAVE.

Brunch with the marvellouses

Juliana, Bianca, Deb, Louie, Raquel and Bernie

What better a way
to spend a sunny Sunday morning
than to sit out over the lake
eat pancakes
and be with the marvellouses:
my womens circle.

Huli and Bee

They know just how to hold me, hug me, and ask me:
how are you?
{Sometimes I don’t know the answer}

Bee and me

“There comes that mysterious meeting in life
when someone acknowledges who we are and what
we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.”
~ Rusty Berkus

Louie and Raquel

It has been a year since they came into my life.
And now I can’t picture life without them.

Louie said to me ~
Knowing you is like watching an interesting movie.
Then you realise it is in a different language,
so you turn on the subtitles.
Oh! Now I get it!
And it turns out to be a wonderful film once you have the subtitles and can understand it.

I think that is the most wonderful compliment I’ve ever received.

Deepest blessings to you my womyn.
For showing me all I can be, and loving me right where I am.

Me and the beautiful Deb.

This Saturday…

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher

journeying into vegetarianism

leonie: professional grass watcher and lover

It has been less than a week since I made the decision to become a vegetarian.
I wanted to share with you the insights thus far.

This is BETTER than being on a diet.
It makes me conscious of what I am eating, and what I am actively choosing to nourish my body. I feel so much more joyful when it comes to eating food now. I don’t have to switch off my mind. I don’t have to try to ignore what an animal sacrificed in order for me to eat it. My mind feels peaceful now, and my belly feels like it is smiling.

I’m now so much more aware of what I can choose to eat. I haven’t just cut out meat from my life – I have started eating more fruit, more tofu, more good things that make me feel good. I find my tastebuds adjusting, and no longer wanting to eat *gasp* as much sugar as before. And this is coming from a Sugar QUEEN.

My friend Juliana told me her experience of being mostly vegetarian ~ she told me to become aware of my sensitivity around violence, news on TV and drunk/disorderly people. Another vegetarian friend has agreed with this, and said he is unable to watch mindless violence on TV now that he actively chooses compassion in his day to day life.

I’m already very sensitive to violence and keep a strict movie diet of romantic comedies, documentaries and gentle drama. I often find myself prickling up in tears over the news. Last night I was watching ELF and started to cry when Buddy Elf decided to leave the North Pole, and Papa Elf was saying goodbye. {And: this isn’t the first time I have watched Elf. It wasn’t an unexpected goodbye}. I wonder just how much more sensitive can I get. It will be interesting to see how this one develops.

Journeying into vegetarianism has also meant the discovery of new food that I would have never have tried otherwise. I was worried about missing Chicken Pad Thai and Lamb & Tabouli Kebabs. This week I’ve found some replacements – Tofu Pad Thai (highly scrumptious) and the wonder of FELAFEL kebabs. Let me prostrate before the god who invented felafels. Let me kiss your feet as you have made my belly sing like no other. I know felafels aren’t the newest of foodstuffs inventions, but I’ve just never tried them before. I was a loyal lamb kebab eater. I tend to find something I like and just eat it everytime. Being vegetarian has pushed me out of my comfort zone and into new realms of discovery.

Last night we made another discovery – vegetarian sausages. I thought they would be poo. Wrong. They are incredibly tasty! *insert happy, smiling face*
They were just the thing to watch M*A*S*H re-runs with. {How on earth does that show still manage to be so funny 25 years on?}

So a week into my journey, I’m giving it the double thumbs up, and a big shiner of a smile.

Thank you to all for your advice, encouragement and love. I deeply appreciate it.

Off to the studio. Less than a week until my first market!

love
leonie-lover-of-felafels

{PS: Wanted to just affirm that this is *my* journey. What feels good to me doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for everyone. Deepest blessings.}