To my Love…

In celebration and remembrance of the magical day that sealed our love two years ago, let us remind ourselves of these wise words as we dance side by side today…

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

– Marriage from the Prophet.

Wedding Silhouette.

Time flies when you are having fun…

…Time does seem to go quicker and quicker these days but this last year has been the fastest yet!  I am wondering whether the old saying “time flies when you are having fun” means my first year of marriage must have been a blast then!!  Well, I can truly say it has been action packed and I can hardly believe one year has gone by…  Do I qualify for a paper or cotton prize?!  Hmmm the diamond anniversary is still some way off but at this rate I should be adorned in no time! Ha ha!

We haven’t done too badly… we are still speaking, sleeping in the same bed and have firmly established who does which tasks…erhmm errhmmm!  Team work being the name of the game!  I won’t pretend it has been one continuous twelve month honeymoon.. oh no.. we have taken the roof off a few times… if only the Maldives could have gone on forever!

Marriage is as successful as the effort you put in.  It is all about finding the balance between the elements of each other and the relationship, for they are all at play.  Sometimes as best friends we earth each other when one of us is out of sorts, at other times we are in transition with our own life’s and floating in the air in our own directions.  This is fine unless the tension mounts when trying to re-connect or in insuring one or other is not left feeling unappreciated or even not present in the moment.  By that last point I mean you are physically present but you are emotionally attached to a piece of electronic equipment and otherwise engaged else where!  Oh the powers of modern technology these days!

However, when any of these factors happen we just need to come back to a calm warm balanced tide of water.  Still fluid and ever changing but centred and sometimes grounded by the shore to rest and take stock before setting sail again.  With the right balance and commitment we are usually equipped to take on the passing storms life can sometimes throw at us and we will survive to carry on sailing through marriage for another day with wind in our sails and radiance lighting our path.

It is also very important to remain healthy and breathe in our own air, to never remain still or stagnant but fresh and strong, remaining as independent people.  For we may be united but like “the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadows”.  (Kahlil Gibran).

Like fire crackers we have fuses and blow outs but then comes the passion and love, an eternal flame continues to burn.  When all the elements are working in unison we are a force to be reckoned with and the dynamics of this bond have allowed us to achieve a great deal together this year, from work to home, health, stability, peace and unity to a new and exciting life as husband and wife.  Life is different than it was before and it is certainly for the better.  Saying “Yes” was one of the scariest decisions I have ever made but I am glad to have taken the plunge.  Where are we sailing to this next year I wonder?!

Today we are remembering the incredible journey we went on a year ago from Australia to the UK to Ibiza to seal our hearts and souls together and share this magic with our family and friends.  To each and every one of you, all of those who could not make it and to all of you we have since met and are yet still to know some important words to consider:

“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.”  

Carlos Barrios,  Mayan elder and Ajq’ij of the Eagle Clan.

My Magical Wedding Day.

The elements of love joining two souls for life.

Feeling good… in mind and body…

Well I don’t know if it is the euphoria brought on by the recent Super Moon or my yoga class but this week everything feels great!  Having always been a high impact, full exertion or nothing at all type of exercise goer, I am finding Hatha yoga surprisingly enjoyable.   For a long time now I have been meaning to give it more of a chance than the odd session here and there.  This year it was on my new years resolution list, again!

Perhaps it’s my age creeping up too but if I plan on living as long as I want to, the joints need some reprieve from boxing and running.  So I have finally succeeded in taking yoga up.  I started in January in Melbourne and have now found a wonderful place to continue my practise overlooking the ocean in Camps Bay!  (Yes, I do feel rather lucky!).

There are many descriptions but to summarise from wikipedia – “Hatha yoga represents opposing energies: hot and cold (fire and water, following similar concept as yin-yang), male and female, positive and negative. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or “asanas”, purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body’s physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation”.

I am finding it is especially helpful during this time of transition, when although on the outside I may seem confidently settled in to my new environment, I am still having troublesome dreams and feel a little anxious at times about the future.  It’s human nature, but the best strategy is to keep putting life into perspective, to make the most of every day and focus on the positive.

In other ways I am almost anxious because life suddenly seems too good to be true or is that just how it should feel in the sanctuary of marriage!  Well, not only was it the super moon this weekend but it was also the two-year anniversary from the happy day (22/06/11) when my dearest asked for my hand in marriage!  Now I am not saying it is always complete harmony, it is indeed a path with many ups and downs, but we are still making each other smile most of all.

Anyway, back to the point!  I find taking the time out to even do just fifteen minutes of yoga and quite simply breathing, first thing in the morning, can really start the day up in the most positive way.  The trick is getting up on time to make sure you can squeeze this in to your usual routine.  The benefits far out way the extra fifteen minutes in bed.  I will be honest, sometimes I can take some convincing to persuade myself (especially now when it is dark and cold!), but the more you do it the easier it becomes.  Go on, give it a go!  Oh yes, and most importantly, a smile for the first person who enters your world that day and I bet you will get one back.

Namaste’   – “I honor the place within you where the entire Universe resides; I honor the place within you of love, of light, of truth, of peace; I honor the place within you, where, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.”   Mahatma Gandhi.

Blue sky.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape…

Wow!  The Honeymoon Escape!

Truly a once in a lifetime experience.  Hopefully because you only get married once and also because it is a holiday that certainly costs a little more than your average break.  It was a complete escape from reality, no phones, no internet, no tv and no responsibilities or decisions.  The only choices to make were when to swim, eat and sleep and really they weren’t decisions they just kind of happened.

After all the excitement and flurry of the wedding planning, organising and then the event itself a honeymoon is exactly what’s required.  No more questions, up-dates or conversations with friends, aunties, uncles, cousins, parents….. Finally just the two of you escaping into each others love to absorb everything that just happened and revel in the new warm feeling of being married; peacefully and alone together at last.   This opportunity may not come along quite like this again for some time!

So what an escape it was, we traveled to the Maldives for an idyillic 10 days of warm sunshine, clear blue turquoise ocean, spectacular snorkeling and delectable cuisine.  We could well have been in heaven and I would give anything to escape right back there!

Here are some photographs I think display escape, including one of my friend the crab who would subtly escape underneath the deck whenever we ventured out to sunbathe.  He also knew we needed our privacy!

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Spreading a little magic with the weekly photo challenge.