Feeling the healing powers of walking in the ocean..

Some days getting out of bed is difficult. My mind is so full of thoughts about so many things. Mostly about how I find myself in this space at this time of my life.

I look back and see my life so far has been a huge adventure filled with wonder, fear, love, loss and change. All of these elements have contributed to making me who I am today. I feel peaceful about that. Peaceful in the knowledge that I am doing the best I can and that I have hope for the future what ever it may hold.

So when I don’t want to get up I think about moments on the beach when my feet are in the ocean and my dreams and aspirations begin to flow. When the movement of the water across my skin draws the pain and anguish from deep inside me slowing my breathing and allowing me to be still. When the stillness allows my heart to open.

The taste of salty air on my lips makes my tongue involuntarily run across them causing me to smile. As does the sight of my furry companion Sasha chasing seagulls and throwing random bits of seaweed in the air. Sasha loves the beach and makes each of our visits there an adventure.

My spirit is recharged as my toes feel the sand beneath them and we walk. Early mornings have a way of slowly warming you and at the same time healing you as the light of the break of day dances on the water. The warmth of the rising sun soaks deep into the parts of you that need to be set free as if it is a magic key to the lock on the sacred space deep inside.

For these gifts, and so much more, I feel blessed. Blessed to be here in this space, blessed to be feeling all that I am in this moment, blessed to have found my way to the magic, blessed for the fellow travellers on life’s road that smile my way.

 

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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

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

Wild seas and a new 90 day challenge! 71/72

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The last two days have been wild in the morning.. The ocean has been like a washing machine with lots of bubbles and froth. I am of the mind that the Giants worst work gear would have come clean out there in the wash!! or maybe ripped to shreds on the rocks.

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No walking on the rock shelf for this girl today as I was fearful of being swept into the tumultuous sea.. So over the rocks I climbed with Riley in tow that is until he realised that the Giant was out on the shelf…

Down the rock face he clambered and out onto the shelf. The Giant was watching an octopus that had moved across the shelf towards him. A big wave obscured it from view and the Giant was left waiting for it to, his words, “Grab me by the leg and drag me out to sea” . Now that I would have filmed… hehe!!

My ritual of walking the beach and then planning and learning are now embedded in my life. Sure there is the occasional day where it doesn’t go to plan but that is life.

My next challenge is a 90 Day project.

It is going to take a couple of days to get the required things ready to start then we will be off on a new journey. Incorporating the Holy hour in the morning, that I have now learnt to love, there will be some new challenging additions to this practise. Watch this space as things might just get interesting.

Love and light Ali xxx

Not a cloud in the sky just amazing… Feeling blessed. 68

Well today started out spectacularly well.. Riley is back home and was very excited to be getting in the car and heading for the beach this morning.

We arrived to find no a cloud in the sky and the water looked glorious.

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As we walked and talked Riley ran and played and then headed for the rock ledge with the Giant in tow.

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I love the way the light plays on the surface of the water and how it changes the way everything looks.

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The feel of the sand beneath my feet and the cool water swirling round my ankles is quite hypnotic. It is as if time is irrelevant. I like to just walk and let it all soak into my being. Just beautiful.

As we returned toward the car park I notice this one small bunch of seaweed in a rock pool it looked so pretty.

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Then in the last of the rock pools I found my small sea slug from yesterday just working its way down a frond of weed on the side of the pool. The little antennae are fabulous, if you move close they retract and then slowly reappear.

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The drive home was followed by a great session of practise on my guitar… How wonderful life is.

Feeling immense gratitude for the opportunities that life is offering me… Peace and light Ali xxx

Back to the beach… 64/66

What a morning.. It rained during the night but not enough to register in the gauge so this morning up we got and Riley and I headed out to the beach. The Giant had already left yesterday on an expedition to the big smoke.

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20 minutes exercise.

How could you not feel enthused about exercise when this is the view that greets you on the beach. It was a little cool and threatening rain from some of the heavier clouds. Magical light was just wonderful.

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I even managed to capture the octopus reaching out to see if Riley was good for breakfast.. Funny moment.

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There is something so special about the way the colours reflect on the water.

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As the sun gets higher in the sky the changing light takes my breath away.

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Then I found this old lady drinking tea among the rocks…

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20 Minutes learning

Aura Lee on the guitar is actually sounding like it might be manageable. I am starting to find that I am remembering where the notes are so I am picking up the tunes quicker.

Will be leaving my trusty guitar at home over the next couple of days while I head to the city for a very special surprise 80th birthday.

Don’t worry I will be back with photos and stories to tell.

20 minutes reading.

Almost at the end of Gone Girl now… predictable and not holding my interest but I will battle on.. I think I have read so much true crime that fictional crime doesn’t really cut it.  What is it they say life is way more interesting than fiction.

Hoping and wishing Ali xxx

Silhouette of a man in the early morning light. Content, excellent, laughing 61/66

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20 minutes exercise.

The Giant wandered onto the beach ahead of me this morning, somewhat in his own headspace searching for treasure left on the shore by the outgoing tide. It was an image that struck a chord with me and became my angle for shooting on the beach this morning.

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Reminds me of a castaway on an island immersed in the search for answers.. Resonates with this journey…  Content.

20 minutes learning.

Well the Giant nearly fell off his chair this morning with surprise as I picked up my guitar and played the blues piece without looking at the music..

‘I can believe you did that” said the Giant with just the right amount of surprise… Yep I said I did… didn’t even look at the page..

Progress my friends, might be slow but it is moving on… Excellent.

20 minutes reading/researching

WIFI is a fickle piece of work… So I unpacked the new printer/fax/scanner, followed all the instructions with an absolute step by step process… Everything lights up and yet when I go to connect  via WIFI… It wont!!!

After a large number of step by step attempts I finally concede and call tech support… They will call back as soon as a technician is available… Before next Christmas would be nice!!

There is a really good reason that on a good day I still like to write in books on actual paper with an actual pen…. Tech gear is great but only as great as your WIFI connection.  Roll on the pulse.   Laughing…

Thinking happy thoughts.. Love and light Ali xxx