Tag Archives: Winter

How to Find Inspiration in the Darkness

23 Jul

Whenever I feel constricted or confused, I find so much comfort in beautiful writing.

Mary Oliver is one of my favourite poets and this piece gives me such HOPE.

That once again, I will be an “acrobat in the freezing wind…full of gorgeous life”

That these softer, fallow periods of life, these forced rest stops, are opportunities to learn:

“Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,Β even in the leafless winter,Β even in the ashy city.”

The final stanza, to me, is the lightness I crave…

“improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing”


Starlings in Winter

by Mary Oliver

Chunky and noisy,
but with stars in their black feathers,
they spring from the telephone wire
and instantly

they are acrobats
in the freezing wind.
And now, in the theater of air,
they swing over buildings,

dipping and rising;
they float like one stippled star
that opens,
becomes for a moment fragmented,

then closes again;
and you watch
and you try
but you simply can’t imagine

how they do it
with no articulated instruction, no pause,
only the silent confirmation
that they are this notable thing,

this wheel of many parts, that can rise and spin
over and over again,
full of gorgeous life.
Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,

even in the leafless winter,
even in the ashy city.
I am thinking now
of grief, and of getting past it;

I feel my boots
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard, I want

to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

Let it Go

Shiny Song #12

26 Jun

I fear the cold!

But right now, my desire to be amongst nature is outweighing that fear and I’m getting up for a run in the icy mornings…And I’ve noticed something lovely.

Yes, it’s cold and my ears and nose hurt. But the dew on the trees catches the light in ways I’ve never seen it before. The air smells cleaner somehow. The people who are out there on the streets and in the park with their dogs smile and shrug at each other’s madness. It’s a shivery, crazy joy.

And sometimes, like this morning, it looks like this:

Perth Winter

This song reminds me that it’s always about embracing right now:

“Breathe, breathe in the air
Set your intentions
Dream with care

Tomorrow’s a new day for everyone
A brand new moon and brand new sun

So follow, follow the sun
The direction of the birds
The direction of love
Breathe, breathe in the air
Cherish this moment
Cherish this breath…”

And for those of you catching Melbourne trams in the icy cold? This might just get you through…

I’ll be there with you soon…

Xavier Rudd – Follow the Sun from Tram Sessions on Vimeo.