Today is a dark and rainy winter day. I am inside and put up some beautiful nature sound. I brew a coffee and dream into the new year that has just started.
I grab some magazines from last year and start to look for inspiring text elements, colourful pictures and let the collage emerge. I enjoy the process, to create from what is already around. It has become a way to me to illustrate and remind myself of important values and the little things to be aware of that make life even more colourful. Something for my heart and feelings.
How do you start into a new year? Do you have any specific ritual? Do you visualize your values, dreams and goals? And if so, how do you do it?
Wishing you a wonderful start into a new year that is full of 365 (or today still 352) new opportunities and new beginnings – every day is a new day! 🙂
The forest is a wonderful place to recharge and gain new perspectives. It is a peaceful place. A place of magic. Fascinating. A place where many different trees and pkants and animals co-live and -create the space.
I enjoy the forest moments. The woods inspire me. Get inspired, too! 🙂
Leaning on tree and looking up into its crown:
Magical “wow” moment when the sun meets light mist and shines into the woods:
Can you still recognize the forest through all the trees?
Trust your intuition and the signs of nature to go your own way…
Over the past two years, I have started to pay more attention to the little things on my way, during walks and travels.
And by doing so, I learned that when you start being more aware, you will notice that certain forms, shapes and symbols can be seen in many objects and be discovered in many places and moments. I decided to focus on one specific form. Magically, I find it increasingly often everywhere. And since I smile everytime I see it, it has become a special little magic of my everyday life.
A new season offers a great opportunity for a new start. Our beautiful nature reminds us of the fact that the constant change brings new energies and opportunities to (re-)start all over again. To bring something new into this world.
Trees bring new colours into our lives, the air brings fresher breezes, the light becomes softer, the days shorter and the nights become slowly longer again. Autumn stands in front of our doors.
After a sunny and warm summer outdoors, the first fresher temperatures today provoke a sense for more indoor activities slowly taking seat over the coming weeks and months.
An opportunity for the continuation of my blog. But, What do I really want to bring into the world through this blog? A question that goes round in my mind since a while. And while I am searching here and there, I realise that all is here already. No need to search so far. Life is a journey. With every step that we take, the journey unfolds. Step-by-step. This blog is a means for me for creative expression.
What I like to share with you:
simple and beautiful things from the day-to-day;
thoughts, questions and reflections from and about life;
travel tips and experiences;
discoveries in my surroundings and in nature;
links to other blogs, posts and websites that I find inspiring.
What is at my heart?
Mindfulness, love and connection to nature, gratefulness, living lightly (in the sense of “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly” – C.K. Chesterton), a sense of feeling alive (of which adventure and travels is part of for me), peace and a little bit of slowness in a fast paced world.
It’s Saturday and I walk through the Botanical Garden not far from my home. I always enjoy it. It is a peaceful place and also a place to discover and observe nature – trees, bushes, plants, flowers and animals. I come to a small little pond. It is almost empty, just a few brownish short cut stems. The photo I took last summer comes to my mind. And, it triggers in me a feeling of astonishment, of wonder – out of what seems nothing right now will grow a lotus flower over the coming months. Even the potential is not visible that is inherent to this plant. Amazing! Nature’s potential to create is simply extraordinary!
On the Sunday walk, I go through a forest up to mount Gurten. Big trees are on the ground, uprooted or with broken trunks. I am impressed! This is the result of a winter storm, of nature’s force to destroy.
These walks remind me of nature’s potential to create and destroy. To become and dissolve. To change (even landscapes), to grow, to learn and to heal.
How did your walk inspire you today? What did you discover?
This year was not about big hikes but filled with countless walks in the surroundings of my new place of living.
Mainly, in search of nature, forests, rivers and viewpoints, I discovered many places and found some peaceful spots.
Rivers: Regularly upstream and downstream river Aare and along the river Sense.
Trees and forests: From the botanical garden to Elfenau I found beautiful old trees, crossed forests of Gurten, Bantiger and Ulmizberg.
Best viewpoints in and around Bern: Münster (incl. Münsterplatform), Kleine Schanze, Bundeshausterrasse, Kornhausbrücke, Rosengarten, Gurten, Bantiger, Ulmizberg.
Today was one of the highlights, just started walking as if I would go up Gurten but then took the unknown roads and found myself on Ulmizberg with a stunning winter-sunset-view 🙂
On the way down on a small street while it was getting slowly dark and colder, a car stopped and a young man asked me whether he could take me somewhere. Yes! To the next public transport, that would be wonderful. And so I got a ride and a nice chat. Lucky me! Thank you dear driver! 🙂
After about 4 years of “modern-nomadic-lifestyle” moving from one place to the next with just a few things in my backpack, I appreciate now having again a place that I call “my home”.
What makes it my home?
It’s the presence of things that mean something to me or that I simply like and that make me feel good. A place like a little oasis. A shelter. A warm and cosy place. Room for being. Space for creativity, expression. Silence. Nature around. Sound. Dance. A place to cook and eat and having a tea. A space to retreat. And to meet. It is also the painting on the wall from an artist friend I met on Bali and from another I made in Rio de Janeiro. It means photos on the walls from my journey. And it also means ‘less is more’, every few months cleaning and freeing up space (just as I used to do with my backpack). And last but not least, it’s also finding my name at the door.
Moving to a new place always offers so much to discover. This year was full of moments of wondering around in the streets, parks and surroundings of Bern.
Bern is charming. Many beautiful romantic nature spots such as the botanical garden, Elfenau/park cafe, Zehendermätteli, Gurten, Rosengarten, Münsterplattform, kleine Schanze, to name just a few from my new ‘repertoire’.
Bern offers countless nice and cosy cafes for different ‘gustos’. I particularly enjoy Wartsaal, Lesbar, Volver, Stauffacher, Effinger, Cafe Fleuri, and Ängelibeck. And then there are those cafes that are still to be discovered.
On the cultural side, I went for a dance performance to Dampfzentrale and danced at Salsaare. I went to Zentrum Paul Klee, Museum of Arts, to the Cinematte and to openair events such as Buskers.
And while walking to work I started observing a bird I haven’t seen before – beautiful, small, agile and an excellent diver. My curiosity asked google for help and I learned that it was a white-breasted dipper (Wasseramsel).
What did you explore and discover this year? What are you up to next year?
The forth season of the year has just started. While suddenly the landscape turns all white, I take a moment, retreat and remember the other seasons throughout this year. I like the seasons, to live and feel the special vibe of each season.
The first snow has already given me moments of marvelling and playing with snowflakes falling magically from the sky.
Autumn was full of colours and so was my time – intense and colourful.
Summer was warm. It was about spending time outdoors and jumping and floating in the river Aare.
Spring – everything started blooming. It was also the start of a new “era” with a new place and a new programme and team that was coming alive.
This year was much about bridges. For example, building bridges:
For a good cooperation,
And, I am crossing bridges, everyday, as part of my new place of living and working. The moment in the morning when I walk over the bridge inspires me to connect and build bridges during the day.
And, as part of learning more about the Balkans’ culture and history, I was recommended to read “Bridge over Drina” from Ivo Andric. Interestingly, in September we drove from Skopje to Sarajevo and passed this famous bridge over the Drina – past and present connected 🙂