Opening up to your Full Potential

Image of lavender flowers in a small vase

Lavender (image author’s own)

Over the past few weeks the garden has shed much of its glory and I have been doing a few odd jobs around there, clearing leaves from the patio and into the hedgerow  where decay will, in the long term, produce new life. I do love this time of year though, around Halloween, when everything feels very elemental.

In all aspects of life, plant or animal, including the human kind, each season has its own unique charm and beauty and Autumn is for me a time of peace and contemplation. I was, therefore, delighted to find Mary O’Connor’s beautiful image this morning on her blog Life Is Full of Sweet Spots, 

A book I read recently also inspired me a great deal. By Eoin McCabe, ‘Open: How Learning to Live from the Heart Changed Everything’ is a treasure for anyone struggling with anxiety, depression or just plain bewilderment. Through his own life experiences and a kind of trial and error process, the author shares ideas and techniques that helped him deal with upheavals and crises, with loss and change. I couldn’t put it down and I know it is one of those books I’ll keep going back to again and again, probably for life! Highly recommended. So, until next time, believe in yourself, stay focused on your goals, keep creating your dreams and hang on in there!

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  2. Dace
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 15:09:56

    I like your wording – “feels very elemental around Haloween”. So well said! I ll definitely check out the book in the nearest future. You sound so passionate about it.

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    • Roberta McDonnell
      Nov 02, 2013 @ 16:51:01

      Hi Dace, thanks so much for looking in and for your lovely comments. Delighted to have so much encouragement and yes,I am pretty much bowled over by the new ideas and thinking in mental health, everything is so much more positive than when I was a young student nurse ( many moons ago!). I think service uses are getting benefit from sharing their stories and from the emphasis now on positive recovery and service user involment in policy and service planning. All this creativity around is very uplifting! Thanks again and catch up with you soon 🙂

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  3. maryoconnor12
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:19:08

    Thanks for the link to my blog this morning. I agree, autumn is a very special time of renewal and contemplation. By the way, when I clicked your link, it failed, so I’m repeating it here! http://lifeisfullofsweetspots.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/landscape-photography-can-be-a-form-of-contemplation-and-meditation-charlie-waite/

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