Sunday, 23 May 2010

A new page

Hi everyone,

Just a quick email to let you know that I'm still blogging but have moved to a new home at http://purplemagnolia.wordpress.com/

Hope you come to visit me there.

Tesni/B.

P.S. also blogging under my real name (or at least my real initial), B.

Monday, 23 November 2009

A brief update on life

Well I may just about be one of the slackest bloggers out there at the moment, but I haven't completely forgotten about you dear readers. Life is (as per usual) busy, though is becoming somewhat frantic of late. The great omnipresent thesis is doing it's best to fill my life, and the deadline rapidly approaches...18 days to go! But here, dear readers, is a small snapshot of my life:

1. Nia, my darling girl (who should always be number one!. We move in together in less than three weeks, I can't wait!

2. Summer research scholarship, I'm doing some work for my supervisor on a very interesting language project over the summer. It's a bit stressful at the moment as I try and finish my thesis, but so far is proving manageable.

3. Thesis, 18 days and counting. 2 more chapters to go, and one conference presentation, then it's all over!

4. Wellington - Nia and I have been trying to make more of an effort to actually go out in the world and do things, a concert last weekend, a dance performance this week, a dinner date the week before. It's actually quite nice being out in the world - who knew?!

So that's pretty much my life at the moment. It seems a little boring all laid out on the screen like that. So I will leave you with a youtube video I've fallen in love with...a little food for thought...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Reflections on Love and Live

This year I have felt more deeply than ever before. This year I have opened myself to love and life in a completely new way. This year I have been challenged to grow, spiritually and emotionally. And I have responded, intuitively, in ways I never dreamed I would or could.

A year ago, a wonderful woman walked into my life. Quietly at first, she lingered at the door, then chance and fate collided, bringing us together, showing us a glimpse of a shared connection. The connection grew stronger and deeper and at Samhain, at the year's end, we learnt to see. We learnt to see that fate and chance, goodness and love, beauty and life had conspired to bring us together. And so we looked, and we saw that we were standing at the edge of a precipice, and that below us lay life, spread out in a patchwork of experience, green and blue fields stretching to a purple haze at the edge of the earth. And standing there, we came to realise that we had a choice, take a deep breath and step off the edge risking life as we know it, or turn around and take the safe road back down the cliff, never knowing what it is like to soar. You see, love isn't always easy, and it doesn't always feel safe. It's a big risk, but like Erica Jong said, "it's really worth being brave for, fighting for, risking everything for, because the trouble is, if you don't you risk even more." And so, with these words ringing in our ears, butterflies in our stomachs, and hands tightly clasped, we took a deep breath and stepped off the edge. Together. And we flew.

I know with the utmost certainty that this wonderful woman is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I every day I am deeply thankful for her presence in my life. She fills my life with laughter, love and light. With her, I am complete.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The Danger of Telling a Single Story

Marianne over at Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping just posted this wonderful video from Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She speaks on the danger of telling a single story about a country, a group of people, a single person. She talks about the fact that we all have multiple stories that make us who we are and to focus only on one of these is to flatten our experiences and reduce us in some way.

What else can I say? Plenty I'm sure, but really just watch it. She's absolutely amazing.


Monday, 9 November 2009

What role does community play in your life?

I think of my community as my spiritual community mainly, but I also have an academic community. My spiritual community is my tribe, it's my extended family. They're people who love and nurture me, respect me, challenge me, and in turn I love them, help them, and have the utmost respect for them. I'd be so much poorer for never having known my tribe.

My academic community challenge me too, they inspire me, and encourage me to keep going, keep trying and keep striving.

What is the relationship between health and spirituality?

For me they are so interlinked. I don't think I could be wholly happy and healthy unless I was nurturing my spiritual being. Similarly I don't think I feel at my spiritual best when I am not feeling well. I use a lot of natural therapies, and as I'm a druid it is pretty difficult for me to draw a line and say spirituality ends here, and health starts here. It's such an interwoven web of ideas and concepts, and to be honest I kinda like it that way.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

My god! A post!

No wait look! Now there are two - and in one day! Okay so it's been considerably more than a little while since I posted. Life has been distracting (in all the best kind of ways) of late, but I thought I would pop back up with another post just to tell you that I am alive. Because I don't have much time to write tonight, here is the annotated version of my life.

1. Thesis, thesis, thesis - it's now at 14,007 words and counting!

2. Thesis - what can I say? It's all consuming. I have less than 6 weeks til hand-in! Stressed much?

3. Nia - really she deserves to be number one. She's fantastic, and has been doing a brilliant job at putting up with all my stress.

4. NGO governance stuff - major meetings coming up this weekend. I'm a panelist for part of the afternoon about the governance changes we are working on, and presenting the next day. Busy, busy, busy!

5. I'm going to be a primary school teacher - for a while anyway. I got accepted to the one year grad diploma of primary teaching for 2010. Yay! (I think - I'm not insane right?)

6. Thesis - did I mention a got an abstract accepted for the national linguistics society conference? Which equals more work to before the end of November.

What does personal freedom mean to you?

The wonderful people over at Gaia Community, who I have just reconnected with after several years away have started sending daily questions, so witness the new section to this blog - Gaia questions. Today's question:

What does personal freedom mean to you?

Quite simply, it means the world.
   
     

Monday, 14 September 2009

A day for Wishing

Inspired by Susannah's beautiful post at Ink On My Fingers, I had a day for wishing last Thursday. Of course I missed the 9.09.09, but the day after is good too.

Dear reader,


Today is a day for wishing your deepest wishes and dreaming your biggest dreams. Tonight before you go to sleep open the curtains and look up at the starry velvet sky, breathe deeply and let your heart open.


What are your wishes?


I wish for love to a last a lifetime and beyond. I wish to kiss my darling Nia in the summer rain and dance with her under the moonlight. I wish for a gorgeous little house filled with light and laughter and love. I wish for happy and healthy babies one day in the not-so-distant future. I wish for a hurricane lamp with a beeswax candle to place on the kitchen table - a sign of hearth and home. I wish for a year and a day spent living in Wales. I wish for a future with little pairs of gumboots lined up next to two big pairs. I wish to write a book. I wish to read all the books on my book list. I wish for a lifetime spent waking up next to the one I love. I wish to travel to Morocco and Southern Spain. I wish to sail along the coast of Croatia and Greece up to the Aegean Sea to Turkey. I wish for a world where no one knows pain or suffering. I wish for the courage to do something with my photos - to put them out to the world. I wish to always see the inner beauty in everyone. I wish to find a good contemporary dance class and find the courage to dance again. I wish for a lifetime filled with laughter, love and light.


Tonight just before you fall asleep, whisper your wishes to the world - she is listening! All you have to do is ask.


yours from underneath the flowering magnolia,


Tesni