Friday, 28 December 2012

Fire and water


Suspended above the road to Devon on 21 December, the solstice sun was a huge disc of many colours. Down there, it rained A LOT, and when it stopped both sun and moon broke through with astonishing clarity.The sodden countryside was as peaceful and resonant as I have ever known it (not so great for the farmer out in that downpour working to unblock a ditch or the three bedraggled ostriches in a field just up the lane). Owls hooted all night in the rain and a rabbit danced in the morning on the wet grass. In this enclave of quiet and freedom, among others loving it too, lost longings and affinities resurfaced. I dreamt of floods and wrapped myself to meditate in a flaming orange blanket. Fire and water; self and no-self. The journey home yesterday was long. At every motorway junction, the traffic slowed and clotted - too many of us.

5 comments:

Tamar said...

Beautiful.

Thinking of you, and wishing you a Happy New Year.

Daydream Believer said...

And best wishes to you, too. I find this time of year so hard on many levels, but when it is quiet and I meditate or paint, everything stills and heals, even the rain. Love the idea of a brightly coloured blanket. My comfort is a multicoloured cardigan . I enjoy our web encounters - may they continue during the coming year.

Lucy said...

Glad you made it there and back safely, and had such a restorative and peaceful time.

Happy New Year to you, Jean.

Fire Bird said...

wow, you will have been there with my dear friend C then. in silent retreat you may not have known this!

liliannattel said...

That is beautiful, photo and words both.