The beauty of early morning light.

There is something amazing about the early morning light on the beach. Peaceful and serene. It is the place that grounds me and clears my mind of all that would drift in to distract me. Breathing deeply I soak in the serenity. I am grateful for this blessing in my life and for all of natures gifts rich and rare.

 

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Dawning of a day starts slowly… thoughts from my head.

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Dawning of a day starts slowly

A sliver of almost light along the distant horizon

In the half light rocks and waves move

Shape changing in those moments

Not light, not dark, dawning.

Softly the light increases

Spectral colours illuminate the beginning of a day

Gazing east to west slowly

Orange moves all the way to blue

Uninterrupted by rules of colour

Light just is colour.

Stark squinting light arrives

Breaching the horizon the sun burns

Unbearable light to the eye

Yet turn to face the point of ending

Rays warm my back gently.

What started gently, slowly, softly

Now strong, sharp, blinding

Intensity takes us by surprise

The day has begun.

Peace and light. Ali xx

I had chocolate mousse for breakfast and it was AWESOME!!

Have you ever had a moment when you open the fridge looking for breakfast and you think to yourself ohhhhh I know what I want!!!  Then the sensible you kicks in and you push away that yearning and do the sensible grown up thing… Or so you think..

This morning a couple of major things happened.

Firstly I realised that it is time to move my alarm forward 15 minutes to 4:45am as the beach was quite dark when I arrived.

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I still walked in the beautiful cool air and loved every minute of it but decided that for safety I best adjust my timing. The climbing over the rocks in the dark is a little bit risky and although I like a challenge my inner self is saying time to ease up on that one.

The second thing relates to the fridge and to the changes I have made to my life….

Chocolate mousse has always been on my list of things I love however up till recently it was the kind that was full of who knows what, sugar overload hello Cadburys!!

Now I make it clean… Two avocados, four spoons of raw cacao, splash of coconut oil, honey to taste and my personal special ingredient a cap full of pure peppermint oil… Not a naughty ingredient in site…

So this morning I opened the fridge, surveyed the abundance of good things in there, decided I would have chocolate mousse for breakfast… no guilt just nutrient rich deliciousness… And IT WAS AWESOME!!!

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Hoping you are all having a fabulous day…

Chocolaty Love and light Ali xxx

That is how the light gets in….

It is still quite dark in the mornings now when I get up at 4:30am. Riley and I made our way to the beach this morning with the remnants of storm clouds hanging overhead the light was quite amazing.

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As I looked out the words Leonard Cohen’s Anthem came to mind:

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again

I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be

Ah the wars they will
Be fought again

The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

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We asked for signs
The signs were sent:
The birth betrayed
The marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
Of every government
Signs for all to see

I can’t run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud

But they’ve summoned up, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud
And they’re going to hear from me

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

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You can add up the parts
But you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march
There is no drum
Every heart, every heart
To love will come
But like a refugee

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

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Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in

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I am humbled and inspired by these words that move me each and every time that I hear and feel them. How true it is of life, ‘forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in.’

I had the privilege of seeing Leonard Cohen live at an outdoor concert in the company of one of my most treasured friends. It was an evening of memories, music and comradeship with all the other people in that space, in that moment, all sharing the amazing energy of this old man of music. His energy and enthusiasm, and his honesty and humility drew us into the portal of his world for the evening.

As we emerged back out into the world as we knew it the music stayed with us. For some reason these particular words revisit me often. I feel them deep in my being.  These lyrics can mean many things to many people, for me I have memories and experiences that I relate to each verse, sentence and note. I am grateful for those who share their talents with us that we may find our own meaning in their creations.

On this beautiful day as I consider the choices for the next phase of my life’s journey I wish you all rays of light streaming in through the cracks in your life. Let it warm and comfort your heart and brighten your day. Allow the light to illuminate what lies before you and move forward on your path.

Love and light Ali xxx

Reflections on light and life… 75

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On clear days like today there is so much reflecting in the water.

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It got me to thinking about my life and the journey thus far.

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About lessons learnt, the battles with others and with myself.

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All of which I would not change. As all of the good the bad and the ugly have led me to this place on this day and the world is still beautiful.

Feeling immense gratitude for the journey and for the lessons and gifts along the way.

Peace and light Ali xxx

A perfect landing and take off on a clear blue day. 74

Have you every looked at the sky and wondered what it would be like to fly?

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Today was that kind of day. Walking on the pristine beach where the footprints from yesterday only existed higher than the tide line. The sky before sunrise has the amazing capacity to draw you in and hold you suspended in its almost light.

Riley was quickly racing about looking and smelling everything.

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By the time we got on to the long beach the light was getting brighter and the wind blowing in my face.

A lone seagull flew by and then decided to set down on the beach. In one move it alighted on the ground, looked around, then lifted off leaving a perfect set of footprints behind.

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Soon the sun was peeking over the escarpment and the brilliance made me squint. The warm rays reaching out into the day.

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As we approached the end of the long beach, the waves and the blueness captivated me. I looked, inhaled deeply then headed for the car park.

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May your mornings bring you clarity joy and may your landings be perfect.

Love and light Ali xxx

The journey continues 67

To get up and to be on the beach in the morning is now something I look forward to everyday. It matters not the weather of the day as just being there walking thinking clearing my mind is all that matters.

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The Giant says he is on the beach for 20 minutes before he is even awake… Such is the life being married to the person who when my eyes open I am on and eager to explore.

The heavy cloud caused the rising sun to look like a volcano in the distance it was magical.

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We walked in the opposite direction to usual and discovered a rock pool amid the rocks.

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There is something mystical about the soft rain that falls and the haze in the distance.

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By the time we leave the beach the cloud is hanging on the local hilltop like a sacred shroud.

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I am so grateful to have now committed to this ritual that brings me calm and balance at the beginning of each day.

May your tomorrow start with calm and balance too.  love and light Ali xx