You Are Here

Going with the flow, being “in flow”. I love the tangible point that it places me in; a sense of where I am, like maps in market squares with an arrow – even as I’m swept along – not always sure of the destination. This also happens when I play. I improvised on an Alto Saxophone, for hours, as a teen. It was a way to deal with the bullying and bereavement that occurred in adolescence.

In recent years, I’ve switched from wind to percussion. The bodhran feels primal. I’m as beginner as it gets; often foregoing beaters and mimicking a heartbeat or rainfall with my fingers. I just adore the sounds of them. With that and the RAV drum, I improvise free of the composition I dive into, with writing. When I stumble into something I like, I lean in and linger. Like meditation, its a lesson in impermanence. I release any intent to craft something permanent and explore the moment instead.

Coppicing has revealed more sky and light; lifting the atmosphere of the spaces outside and the rooms indoors. Chairs invite reading or chats. I’m typing up the book I drafted this year, ready to edit. Home education continues, with gardening and chores peppering the days. I connect with family and friends regularly. There’s a quiet rhythm to the second half of the year, that I love to embrace. There are books to curl up with, episodes and laughter to share. Always underneath, the soft presence of the season; loosening threads that unravel, so I can weave something inspired by the regeneration I see in nature.

World events are beyond my control. Like everyone, I’m finding them hard to deal with, so I’m meditating and practising Qi Gong more. Sending care parcels to people. Whether you celebrate Halloween, Samhain or light candles for loved ones past (as I do), have a good October. It’s message – to release what cannot continue and remember those no longer with us – is especially poignant this year. Despite all we’ve collectively faced, there are actions and ideas we can bed into the soil of our psyche, ready for the sun’s warmth.

Autumn whispers – you are here – and I am so grateful that I am. So while I am, I’m going to make the most of it; embrace the flora, fauna and folk surrounding me. We still face challenges, though the more we are willing to release now, the greater our energy together, to rebuild come Spring. 🙂

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