…And on to Tankwa Karoo!

A wide and open expanse of land situated between the Cederberg Mountain Range and the Roggeveld Mountains.  The landscape is vast and fascinating, desolate and yet at the same time peaceful.

The highlight for me was watching the incredible colours of the sunset before star-gazing for hours on end at one of the most clear and spectacular night skies I have seen.  Revealing all the stars and milky way the darkness has to offer without city lights or smog filled air to ruin the show.

Here I found space, solitude and tranquility.  Oh with the exception of Afrikaburn and the rising of Tanka Town for one week…but that is a different story!

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A sign….. post!

Well as I mentioned in my previous post a new path has revealed itself and I think I am going to take it!!

Indeed, I have been exploring and taking the steps which presented themselves to me and as I continued on my journey this signpost appeared…. hmmmmm…..

Signpost and sky

This is offering me more options than I had even considered!

Sometimes the choices we have are actually staring us in the face but we fail to notice what they are.   Sometimes it is just worth stepping back for a moment and considering all you have in your life and realising there are always options.  Even when the going gets tough it is always possible for you to turn a corner and change your life, head in a new direction and find a happier place.  This doesn’t mean you have to travel to a new geographical destination, it might just mean you look at the world you live in with new awareness of what is surrounding you.

Well, in actual fact I don’t need to follow any of the directions this signpost is offering me because I have already arrived at the new destination.  (Don’t get me wrong, I am an explorer and I will be covering all these destinations off at some point; if I haven’t already!).  But for now back to the current situation…….. Where I am standing at the base of this signpost is where I am heading in due course to start a new adventure… Do you know where I am?

Several ideas for turning a new corner and looking at your world differently:

  •   Change the order of your daily routine, mix it up and see what you notice….
  •   Drive, walk, cycle, run, hop to work a different way…
  •   Make the effort to get to know someone you don’t always take much notice of…
  •   Learn something new… from belly dancing to boxing, drawing or singing!
  •   Go some where new… even in your local neighbourhood, I bet there is some where you haven’t been!
  •   Cook a new dish with ingredients you have never used before …
  •   Take a moment to be still and appreciate the elements surrounding you, the air, the earth, the water, the fire and the ether…

And if that doesn’t inspire you, well….

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
― Dr. Seuss

The Four Elements

My recent Wedding Ceremony invoked the four directions of East, South, West and North and aligned all those present with the four elements.  The effect was the most incredible, happy and loving energy which is still pulsating through us.

The guests were not aware until they arrived on the day that they would be seated in an amphitheatre on earth over-looking the beautiful aquamarine water of the ocean, whilst being warmed by the suns glow of fire and breathing in the fresh mountain air.

Our union was blessed with the gifts of each element.   We exchanged personal vows expanding on the qualities of the four elements and the capacity in which they are the foundations and symbols of alignment for our marriage.

There is a great deal for everyone to recognise and consider in the meaning that each element holds.   I hope you find this inspiring and useful:

Earth – is rich, natural and strong yet soft, always growing and patient.

Fire – is passionate, intense and energetic, it generates radiance and warmth.

Water – is fluid and ever changing, never still, vast and fresh.

Air – is positive and carefree, sharing dreams, thoughts and emotions.

Let us not also forget the fifth element – the Ether – our spiritual energy.

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity, love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness.  It is not complex or elaborate.  All you need is within you.  Find your heart, and you will find your way”.   From Carlos Barrios, Mayan Elder and Ajq’ij of the Eagle Clan.

With this we all joined hands and with our hands our hearts.

The Four Elements - Earth, Air, Fire, Water