August 2006

Books

by Leonie Dawson on August 26, 2006


quan yin watches over one of my book stashes…

I’m taking the book batton on from splendid goddess sister Sone :)


One book that changed your life? “Succulent Wild Women” by SARK… I agree with my soulsis Sone on this one… I’ve made amazing friends and had incredible adventures because of this book.

One book you have read more than once? “My Place” by Sally Morgan. I read this book every year for a number of years. The stories of an Aboriginal woman and her family.

One book you would want on a desert island? “Women who run with the wolves” or “Bhagavad Gita”. Those are lifetimetoread books for me.

One book that made you laugh? “Still Life – Thoughts of a man hurriedly going nowhere” by Richard Stubbs. I have fits of giggles still when I think of his words on rental trucks.

One book that made you cry? Not particularly the most original, but “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. I had to stop reading it on public transport because the sobbing became a bit much.

One book you wish had been written? Agree again with Sone on this one… The Diaries of Anais Nin. The woman has a way with words that makes me ache and feel hopeful all at once.

One book you wish had never been written? “Grease 2: The Screenplay”. This is entirely my own fault: what on earth was I thinking? In my defence, I had a crush on the dude who played Michael in the movie, and perhaps reading the book was some vague attempt at reclaiming the moments watching him. Please spare yourself however: once you start, you will be so enraptured in its cheesiness you won’t be able to stop.

One book you are currently reading? “For Goddess’ Sake! Get the girls together and have some fun” (I like the concept, but probably a bit too homogenised white bread goddess circling for me); “Goddesses and Angels” by Doreen Virtue (I am finding with Doreen’s books they are quite subtle, and yet cause big shifts on an internal level) and “Crystals and Crystal Healing” by Simon Lilly (A great beginners guide to crystal, I very much like it… even looking at pictures of crystals makes me feel gooooood).

One book you have been meaning to read? “Ask and it is Given: Learning to manifest your desires” by Jerry and Esther Hicks. It’s sitting on my nightstand, but the goddess books are holding me captive.

One book you loved as a kid? “Grandpa’s Horses” (a beautifully illustrated kid’s story book about my favourite creature) and all of Roald Dahl’s books.

One book you loved in school? “The Green Wind” by Thurley Fowler (quintessentially Australian book about a girl living in the bush).

One book that is your all time favourite? “Microserfs” by Douglas Coupland (a fabulous quirky novel about a house of geeks living in Silicon Valley… it has it all ~ humour, intelligence, irreverence, love and spirit).

Would Gail :: Amy :: Lisa Marie :: Bek :: Pixie like to play books?

blessings and the perfect reading chair,
Leonie

And in the end

by Leonie Dawson on August 24, 2006



me and he, photo by Donna

…the love we take
is equal to the love we make.

~ the Beatles

Dear

by Leonie Dawson on August 23, 2006


“angel friends”

“We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, ‘Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone’s plea. You have a part to play. Have faith.’ We can decide to risk that He (She) is indeed there, watching, caring, cherishing us as we love and accept love. The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance.”
~ Joan Wester Anderson

Dear B,

You grew up in a house that wasn’t a safe home. You grew up seeing what it looked like when low choices are made.
And in that small girl body of yours, you knew you deserved more than that, that you would be more than that, that you would make new choices for you.
And I meet you as a grown woman now and I see you making your choices. A crystal path is paved before you as each moment you choose to turn to the light.
I see you fiercely loving, reclaiming, a warrior of peace and self respect, choosing again and again a new life.
Today we shared noodles and life stories by the lake. Every interaction is sacred, every story sings of insights.
This afternoon I ride the bus, read “The Prophet” and think of you.
How sacred you are.
To choose love. Of all you could have chosen, you selected the highest choice, again and again. To make your own family. To want to help others heal. To bring forth another soul into this world and teach Her to love her self. To break the chain that confined, and rebuild a new energy.
Out of all the decisions you could make, out of all the patterns you could break, I honour you for your life.
Breaking the pain and shame, cultivating a gardenbed of greatness.

I honour you.

love,
L