Zen Living

Every morning I have been running,for a short while, then walking, then meditating (although yesterday I googled ‘What is the difference between meditation and sleeping sitting up?’) and then, yes and then… active visualisation.

I am doing all of this because it dawned on me that I need to become one of those ‘Highly effective people’ to accomplish all that I dream of on the croft and HEPs seem to know where they are going and are fit enough to get there, (or so I like to believe).

So – in my active visualisation sessions I see the croft as I want it to be: the pond, the abundant vegetable garden; mammoth pumpkins and scarlet runner been tepees laden with blossom. Bee hives and wild flower meadows with a small dairy cow grazing contentedly.

However, of late, my visualisation focus more intently on a bus.

Ours is slightly more toned down than this one!

You see we are about to move into one and that means a mammoth, no Goliath change in lifestyle. Not least because Yorick and I are not the tidiest people on the planet. I have a tendency to hoard fabric and Yorick’s want is to hoard just about anything that could be labelled ‘lost cause’.

We do now have a large barn within which we can store some of our stuff but I am determined that it is not going to become a chaos barn and will be kept in some civilized order, after all, there needs to be some space set aside for clipping sheep and milking cows.

So, a zen mentality is emerging and I’m loving the concept. The simple life, pared down to the bare essentials…felt slippers, a rough linen tea towel, a ‘Selvedge’ magazine strewn carelessly upon ruffled vintage bedding, and of course a few sprigs of wild flower in a clean, sparkling jam jar. BRING IT ON.

Here's the path to "bus nirvana".
Here are the essential items.
Here are the slippers
Here's the guest accommodation.
and here's the barn storage.

Get the picture?

Here’s one that I just couldn’t leave out.

Could be handy (for those that know the score).

and doubting Peters would say. Here’s the likely reality:

Oh ye of little faith.

Just watch me become an advert for ‘Toast’ Home.

Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

5 replies on “Dream time

  1. If you keep the barn full of free flowing energy with no dead bits then you will always have somewhere to go to primally scream. I wanted to let you know I had read your blog Sarah and that was the best I could some up with. We have a v large loft but it is not for stuff. It’s for being……large…..xxxx.

  2. I love these pics but especially the path……….wow……that path will never leave my meditative state………..thanks…x

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