The Sacred pause

Springtime Blessings all.

robin texture

My thoughts are slowly thawing as daylight lingers longer, and morning footsteps awash in sun beams  lead back to the mossy hillside path. The snowdrops are joyfully singing in the dawn along with the songbirds while the trees stir in a barrage of loud whispers on our windswept hill. If I remain stationary in sadness, I will become  rooted  so I am moving from the profound quiet of winter, and everywhere there are stories coming to life.

flowing with the temporary, attachments are like the seasons which come and go

de bonne heure

Sorrow can come swiftly like the hunting hawk who swoops down on his hapless prey  but so can joy at his soaring.

A pilgrimage consists of three parts ” a journey, a threshold and a silence.”

lake the journey transforms us

 like the wind, the light and the shadow, we are constantly changing. 

meadowsIt is an act of the heart to accept that everything we love will eventually be taken from us but as Kafka said, love will always come back to us in different form. 

 

As St. Patricks’ day approaches I prepared a tribute to our  journeys in Ireland  with Cuchullain’s Lament (Caoineadh Cuchullainn)  played on the Uilleann pipes

The Far and Away

cliffs of Moher and some sacred spaces of Ireland

 

                                                                                             

                                                           Sláinte!

 

66 Comments Add yours

  1. Renee Espriu says:

    A beautiful written piece and photos to accompany it. I always love seeing you here.

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    1. many thanks Renee!! the days have been lighter!!

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  2. Dear Cybele, I know the darkness all too well but Spring is calling and the days lengthening, so we must hope for our own spirit of renewal, too. Sending you love, blessings, and a huge empathetic hug x

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    1. Thank you so much kindred soul!!! Sending those blessings back!!

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  3. Lovely to see you Cybele, you express the move from silence so beautifully.

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    1. good of you to pop by!! Thank you so much Andrea!

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  4. sheldonk2014 says:

    Not always here and not all there…it only feels that way ..this life thing is not for everyone that why it feels so heavy on your shoulders….big cyber hugs

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  5. Amy says:

    Poetically Beautiful in words and photos. Welcome back!

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  6. Your words are delightful to read .. and your images my friend are lovely. Thanks for the music … so good to hear from you 🙂

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    1. Beautiful images, writing, and music!

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  7. Beautiful images as always dear Cybele .. how lovely to hear from you 😊

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  8. Beautiful words! I hope you enjoyed St. Patrick’s day. 😊

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  9. Welcome back, each image is a jewel. Wonderful work………I hope that Spring gives you all the light that you need to flourish.

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  10. Anita says:

    How wonderful are these springtime thoughts, and your pictures that accompany them are fitting and magical! Your words about moving to avoid becoming rooted from staying stationary in sadness resonate with me, especially today. Here’s to new beginnings and sunny days.

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    1. thank you for visiting Anita!! yes to new beginnings!

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  11. Sue says:

    I’mso pleased to see you blogging, Hannah – but your posts do not appear in my reader, so I never know when you post! I had to search this one out

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    1. hmm that’s interesting. thanks for searching it out!!!

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  12. pattimoed says:

    It’s so good to hear your “voice” and see your images, Cybele. I’m so glad that you are coming out of a dark place and into the light again. You wrote: “If I remain stationary in sadness, I will become rooted so I am moving from the profound quiet of winter, and everywhere there are stories coming to life.” I want to hear your truth, your stories. It’s wonderful to hear from you.

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    1. oh thank you so much for your welcoming words Patti!! I hope to keep up more with the blog as I journey along!!

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      1. pattimoed says:

        Wonderful, Cybele.

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  13. paula graham says:

    I add my voice to the chorus.

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    1. much love Paula!! Thank you!

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  14. Adrian Lewis says:

    Cybele, my friend, wonderful images and very deep words. “If I remain stationary in sadness, I will become rooted ..”, especially, resonates with times I have known. I hope you are ok, my friend, I hope you are good. Adrian 🙂

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    1. Many thanks for your concern and kind words Adrian!! All is improving!

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      1. Adrian Lewis says:

        My friend, I am very glad indeed to hear that, A 🙂

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  15. Maverick ~ says:

    Lovely story and your images match beautifully. ❤

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  16. PNCO says:

    Could say a lot about your beautiful post, but instead i just want to send you a heartfelt and warm hug, making you feel cosy and relaxed! Much love from Holland

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    1. and back to you dear Pieter in your lovely land!! Many thanks!!

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  17. disperser says:

    Very nice. Perhaps a touch more forlorn than might be indicated by the coming Spring, but creative, artistic, and nice.

    I like the pipes (btw, are you missing an “n” in the name or are they spelled differently from the US spelling?)

    Looking forward to more contributions and more creative wordsmithing.

    (Note: purists will be annoyed at me making up a word but I think it applies and there is no actual law saying I can’t make up words when I feel like it).

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    1. I’m still emerging Emilio!! Give me time. Yes I missed that misspelling and yes of course there are two ns’ I do that a lot lately!! Thank you for your kind words!! Nah, you are definitely not a purist!!

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    2. disperser says:

      I wasn’t going to link this but then I thought, what the heck . . . this is what this post made me think of.

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  18. Willow says:

    As usual wonderful photos and words!

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  19. Ms. Liz says:

    Cybele, after the terrible day in NZ yesterday I found your post very comforting. Would you allow me to use the beautiful photo of the sunlit woodland path in a post soon, with full credit to you of course? It’ll be a post offering comfort and hope in some way, after the terrible event yesterday, and I would only use your photo along with a few words. Just if its ok with you, please let me know. Thanks for your lovely post!

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    1. of course you may! I’m very honoured. Such a tragic event for you!! Prayers for all!

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      1. Ms. Liz says:

        Heavens! I didn’t expect a reply so soon.. thank you so much, big hugs my friend!

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  20. Good to see you again, Cybele. Love those pipes; so plaintive.

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    1. thank you Sylvia!! Good to see your lovely posts too!!

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    2. I discovered your evocative photography through a link from Ms. Liz in NZ. Beautiful work.

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      1. thank you so much Michael! and for your follow!!

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  21. Suzanne says:

    Good to hear from you again. I hope the spring brings you renewed hope and light.

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  22. Your photos and your words are so wonderful. It’s great to be awakening from this winter (although ours was very mild this year). It’s good to see you back again. Perhaps I can get motivated myself!

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! It looks like a few of us have slowed down but that’s ok too!! We had snow in February only but now it is beginning to feel like spring (though we are not out of the windy rains yet and never really are lol).

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  23. glauco ulcigrai says:

    Salute!!!
    Welcome springtime! I share your thoughts and feelings!
    Ciao ciao, Glauco

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    1. Glauco! so good to hear from you!! Ciao !!!

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  24. smilecalm says:

    glad bringer of warm
    lights & pipes
    for marching
    into it 🙂

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    1. Dia dhuit Cybele, music like the mist that kisses the bog. Moves like dancing shadows of time as dawn dilutes the darkness.
      Welcome back to the light.

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      1. Many thanks George!! You have a poet’s soul. Don’t they just call to you so hauntingly! I will be back soon!! Somewhat different and more strident but I also get shivers when I hear Highland Cathedral played by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. So proud to have the Celtic blood of both tribes running through me veins 🙂 !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tEdH0bjjR8

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    1. Hello Crow!! I was looking for your posts!! hope all is well!

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  25. Peter Nena says:

    Cybele! I’m so happy to read you again. I had missed the soothing effects of your words.

    “My thoughts are slowly thawing as daylight lingers longer, and morning footsteps awash in sun beams lead back to the mossy hillside path. The snowdrops are joyfully singing in the dawn along with the songbirds while the trees stir in a barrage of loud whispers on our windswept hill. If I remain stationary in sadness, I will become rooted so I am moving from the profound quiet of winter, and everywhere there are stories coming to life.”

    So delightful to read.

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    1. oh I’m always pleased by a visit from you Peter! Many thanks!

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