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In Week 38 of The Great Wake Up, our challenge was to lie on the ground at stare at the sky - I did my best...

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I know that I am not alone in finding this year the worst for hay fever in some time, which is why I know you'll forgive me for not laying down on the ground...

This week I took a different approach for my sky gazing; after a day of torrential rains on Saturday, I woke up to a beautiful sunny Sunday and the house to myself. This latter was important because we were in a rental cottage with friends, so moments of alone time were precious (and an important factor in my planning...) The sun was streaming down and I took off my socks for a walk in the dewy grass to welcome the sun. I traced the few clouds, enjoyed the sun gilding the trees and then closed my eyes to stare at the sun with my whole being. A perfect moment.

Of all the experiments we have tried through the year, the quiet moments with nature have been the easiest, and hardest. Easiest, because they are already a part of my life, and hardest because I'm conscious of coming to them without the perspective of newness. I use them to reflect on the balance that making time to notice the natural world gives me, and as a reminder of how important it is to make that space in my life.


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Go to the profile of Jacqui
about 5 years ago
Vanessa I am the same! I need nature and greenery in my everyday life. I could never go back to living in an inner city! I am pleased you found some stillness in your week.
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
about 5 years ago
Hay fever? That's not something to be sniffed at! AHEM (I think I might have pinched that from Tim Vine - sorry). Great to read one of your blogs - yeah-yeah! I love your 'perfect moment' they are superb when you have them. The thing is now we know they're there we can find them on most days. Take it easy.
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
about 5 years ago
Loved sharing your perfect moment Vanessa I hope you had a nice holiday x
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
about 5 years ago
beautiful insight V, C x