What a difference a day makes.

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Early morning light has a way of seeping through the cracks in your personal mask and soaking deep into your soul. Then it pools and warms you from the inside out. What a gift from the universe. We orbit this huge ball of fire and yet we take it for granted or worry that it will burn us up as we destroy the protective layer around us.

Yet at 5am in the stillness and the peace of the beach it takes on a whole new persona. Gently it takes some of our aching parts and, if you let it, starts healing the deep aches within.

I have said it before but it wont hurt to say it again… Feet on the sand in the sea in the soft morning light is the best medicine for everything.  YES, everything looks a little clearer, feels a little gentler. The internal noise volume goes down.

So today people allow the soft light of this new day to soak in no matter where you are. And remember you are not alone. We are all riding this beautiful orb as it travels through space and time.

Be kind to each other. Peace and light Ali xx

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Was that a hobbit I saw disappearing in the undergrowth.

I had an idea this week to go exploring and so it was that I headed out to a spot called Mt Franklin. When I parked my car I was the only person their so I followed the signs to the trail.

There is something really cathartic about being out in the old growth forest among the trees and the silence. Well not exactly silence, as the bird and creature sounds were awesome. The lower section of the climb has a sealed path that winds up and although it is steep it is quite beautiful. I was a little disappointed that the path was sealed but then I realised that it gives access to this spot that some people would never get to experience.

As I rounded the corner in the path I could see a resting station with benches and a sign…. The ascent to the summit is not for the foolhardy it said. There are over 300 steps to the top and if you suffer from illness, high blood pressure, heart condition this is not the climb for you.

Well there are 304 steps to the summit… I counted them all!!!

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But believe me when I say it was worth every pounding heartbeat. The view from the top was spectacular.

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The photos don’t really do it justice but it was a wonderful experience.

I sat atop the granite and breathed the air deeply. The cloud swirled around me as it flowed past. My apple, pistachio nuts and water tasted like a feast. There was do sign of civilisation in any direction. I felt grateful for the experience and to be up there by myself in the peace and calm of it all.

The steps were hard work on the way up but as daunting on the way down due to the steep ladder like sections.

When I got back to the resting station I realised that there was a sign for the Caldyanup Trail that circles the base of the summit. Not one to miss and opportunity I decided that was the way to go next.

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The path led me around the sheer granite on the one side and the old growth forest beneath my feet.

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The smell of the forest floor was amazing and the things growing there were beautiful in their right.

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Fallen trees created windows into the other world.

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Any moment I expected a small hobbit to appear on the trail if only to disappear into the undergrowth before my very eyes.

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At several points the track passed between two towering Karri Trees leaving me feeling small and quite insignificant.

I had set myself the challenge of climbing to the top and yet the day turned into so much more than that. I found myself singing as I wandered down the trail feeling a world away from the day to day things that we let direct our way of being.

Take time to be in nature as it will slow your heartbeat and make you breathe deeply the rare sweet air of another time.

Feeling blessed.

Peace 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

The light the tide the surf and gratitude. 37/66

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Hello morning you are calling my name again… No clouds in this sky today!!!

20 minutes exercise.

Almost two hours after we arrived at the beach we returned to the car park. A number of factors contributed to this long luxurious stay today.

1.  The light: how could you not linger when such beautiful light was streaming in uninterrupted with no breeze.

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2. The tide: all rock ledges were accessible today as the tide was partially out.. Tucked under one of the ledges was an amazing octopus!  Just waiting for an unsuspecting edible to go past. With tentacles that were at least 60cm in length it was quite impressive to watch. Not too closely though as I would have kept it fed for quite a while.

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3 Surf: The waves were beautiful and the surfers started arriving with us this morning. Five to five and a friend was there with his offsider and their boards. they head out down the beach to where there is a break in the rock shelf and then allow the rip tide to carry them out to the back of the break. By the time we headed back to the car park there were about 20 of them out there waiting… Waiting for the perfect wave… One thing about surfers is they are really patient….

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20 minutes learning.

Gratitude: I have so much to be grateful for,:

  • the Giant in my life, the children and grandchildren and dreams of great grandchildren in the next 20 years
  • EVERYTHING THAT HAS LEAD TO THIS MOMENT this time and this place.
  • the good the bad and the ugly that life has thrown at me and all the lessons it has taught me

But what do others say??.

What Is Gratitude?

Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.”

“First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”

In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”

Emmons and other researchers see the social dimension as being especially important to gratitude. “I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,“ writes Emmons, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

Because gratitude encourages us not only to appreciate gifts but to repay them (or pay them forward), the sociologist Georg Simmel called it “the moral memory of mankind.”

Why Practice Gratitude?

Over the past decade, hundreds of studies have documented the social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude. The research suggests these benefits are available to most anyone who practices gratitude, even in the midst of adversity, such as elderly people confronting death, women with breast cancer, and people coping with a chronic muscular disease. Here are some of the top research-based reasons for practicing gratitude.

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude/definition

20 minutes planning/reading/goal setting

All about the linen!!!!!

When you have guests coming out of your ears and they are coming and going at a rate of knots it is all about the linen. The end!

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heck the halls with boughs of Holly because I am tralalalala lala lala… lol  Ali xxx