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I wonder if I’ll ever cease to be amazed by the power of meditation. Reading Eckhart Tolle’s Stillness Speaks – another transformational book of his – has drawn me deeper into the practice, with joyful results! The complete concept for my next novel Lost in Light and sequel to Out of Air (see My Books) has arrived in technicolour. You know how it goes: weeks, months, years of living occasionally converge into a point of perfect clarity.
If you’re interested in the storyline, please click on that last link. In the meantime, the following image, poem and quotes encapsulate its heartbeat:
LOST IN LIGHT
Embraced by love
beyond her dreams,
a formless fear
What if it all
never to return her
into the light?
Yet love’s power
beckons her deeper
towards the heart
of the sun
Where she feels the fear
but has to follow,
in order to learn
that there is no loss
Only change –
and pain is caused by
the simple illusion
of holding on
is the answer
to receiving the gift
“Throughout history, there have been women and men who, in the face of great loss, illness, imprisonment, or impending death, accepted the seemingly unacceptable and thus found “the peace that passeth all understanding'”.” – Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks
“Acceptance of the unacceptable is the greatest source of grace in this world.” – Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks
My thanks again to Amanda Patterson of The Write Co., whose two novel-writing courses I’ve completed in the past. They continue to teach me, profoundly, along with the downloads from the phenomenal Writers Telesummit and Your Creative Career Telesummit. One of the things I’ve learnt regarding the nature of chick lit (my natural genre, mixed with romance) are the three primary themes – betrayal, revenge and loss.
If you’re familiar with Out of Air, you’ll know it involves some juicy betrayal. Dust on Fire gets down and dirty with revenge, while Lost in Light explores loss. Nevertheless, being chick lit, they’re all a light read 🙂 Nothing like variety to spice up the challenge of keeping pen to paper, and consistent meditation to keep it real. In line with that thought, here’s a final quote from Stillness Speaks:
“Artistic creation, sports, dance, teaching, counseling – mastery in any field of endeavor implies that the thinking mind is either no longer involved at all or at least taking second place. A power and intelligence greater than you and yet one with you in essence takes over. There is no decision-making process anymore; spontaneous right action happens, and “you” are not doing it. Mastery of life is the opposite of control. You become aligned with the greater consciousness. It acts, speaks, does the works.” – Eckhart Tolle
- Stillness (naomiestment.wordpress.com)
- How to Participate in a Faith Tradition as a Conscious Person (epages.wordpress.com)
- Picture Perfect [Snap Judgment] (jezebel.com)
- Olivia Rosewood: Please Meditate: It’s Good For You (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget (thinksimplenow.com)
Wintry warmth soothes my bones, spreading Sunday laziness through my body. Indistinct doggie sounds decorate the background. A yap here, gallop there, punctuated by noisy chewing, which I’m determinedly ignoring. I mean, really, how much damage can they do out here? The first whiffs of Spring float her pending arrival on the still air. O The Oprah Magazine is pleasant company, serving up some inspiring women’s stories and stunning images. What’s this? The sparkle of our nearby pool reflects sweetly off the page.
Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat Pray Love shares some timely insight. ‘Nearly all the women I know,’ she writes, ‘are stressing themselves sick over the pathological fear that they simply aren’t doing enough with their lives.’ Despite the fact that each and every one is doing ‘a lot’. Doesn’t that ring a clanging bell? It does for me 🙂 Elizabeth confides something enlightening: after writing 5 books, never mind the millions of copies sold and the movie just launched, she worries that she hasn’t written the right kinds of books, or that she’s maybe dedicated too much of her life to writing, thereby neglecting other aspects of her being. She asks: ‘Can we all lighten up a little bit?’
Brilliant point, corroborated by my primary muse, our gorgeous Jina. She’s a staunch believer that when all else fails, and even when it doesn’t, the best thing to do is RELAX!
And when you’re done with relaxing, PLAY!
Uh-oh, hysterical barking. A silver-grey streak catches the corner of my eye. Okay, so even Jina falls short sometimes. Composure be damned, I rush to her rescue. Guess all we can manage is our best in each moment. Or for a fresh change, a little less than our best!
Outlook is unique.
Ah, the lure of a warm wooden deck, with a view of infinity! Squinting into the morning sunlight, I let it’s rays lick my throat. Vampires flirt with my mind. In particular, Edward Cullen. It’s all Sam’s fault. She’s the one who got me infected. Right here in this vivid piece of heaven. So I skip an early game drive – only one – to luxuriate in bed with my electric blanket. The bushveld runs on African time, which means there’s plenty to treasure.
I struggle a little to get into Twilight. There’s a challenge in diverting attention from nature. Birds twitter their greetings, while the scent of thatch cosies around me. It’s not compulsory, of course, but I’m curious about these books, being a novelist. What is it that makes them wing off the shelves? Can’t say I’m much the wiser by the ‘blood-slurping’ end, but it’s been entertaining. Thanks Sammy. I’ll read the next one, for interest’s sake. One thing I know anew, though, is that my novels will remain tailored to my own unique outlook. That’s just the way it is 🙂
Quotes to consider:
“Life… It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.” – Richard M. DeVos
“It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.” – Alfred North Whitehead
“Love…doesn’t allow any room for pettiness or narrow outlook.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Here’s a pic of the culprit, just for the record:
LODGE BEDROOM – Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa
Every now and then a surprise discovery crops up. Like Katberg did for us. More specifically, the Katberg Hotel and Eco Golf Estate nestled in the Katberg mountains in the Eastern Cape. This is another of the delightful destinations we’ve come across on Dave’s motorbiking trail. It was the venue for the last national enduro event, which he participated in.
Unfortunately, due to mechanical problems, Dave didn’t finish, but we certainly made the most of the trip. The scenery was absolutely stunning, similar to the nearby Hogsback area, which is rumoured to have inspired JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (in particular the fictional forest “Mirkwood”), since he holidayed there during his childhood.
Here are a few photo’s to give you an idea of the surroundings:
An ostrich on the golf course 🙂
Just to confirm there was a race going on, here’s a shot of the pits in the morning, as well as Dave and the guys lining up for the start:
From Katberg, we traveled through the old Transkei, now part of the Eastern Cape, en route to an extreme enduro event on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast. More about that later, but here’s a shot of the sunset just South of Mthatha (Umtata), which is too spectacular not to share:
Texture entices touch.
It graces the world with depth and dimension.
Quotes to consider:
“Little moments can have a feeling and a texture that is very real.” – Ralph Fiennes
“The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present.” – Paul Scott
“Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory.” – Kazuo Ishiguro
“Carob works on the principle that, when mixed with the right combination of fats and sugar, it can duplicate chocolate in color and texture. Of course, the same can be said of dirt.” – Sandra Boynton
Authenticity is about being.
Too much doing can lead to undoing.
Quotes to consider:
“What we are looking for is what is looking.” – St. Francis of Assisi
“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.” – W. H. Auden
“Serve others for they are reflections of the same Entity of which you are yourself another reflection. No one of you has any authenticity, except in reference to the Original. Feel always kinship with all creation.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba