So peaceful to go for an early morning swim in the lake, a hidden place in the woods in Brabant. What a treat, just after waking up. So quiet, all alone, with the sun shining on the still water, showing me the way to the other side of the lake. From there back against the small waves. Passing the water lilies that were still closed at that time.

I came back later to make photos. I just love them so much. What a beauty. So amazing how many, the different colours and shades, the shape of the leaves, the reflection of the water in between.

A wonderful start of the day, a simple start of the day. To be able to open up to the simplicity and beauty around me and feeling lucky that i can experience it. And what it brings. The feeling of freedom, to be alive, to love nature, to feel awake despite the short night on a very thin mattress:), to feel grateful and peaceful in that moment.

Whatever happens the rest of the day, i feel i had that peaceful start. It brings hope and patience, especially for moments that i am sensitive and over stimulated, that things are overwhelming. It is good to know that i can be well by simply finding a quiet place to get back to myself again. To find my breath, to feel my body, to rest my mind, to open my heart.

“The heart is the inner face of your life. The human journey strives to make this inner face beautiful. It is here that love gathers within you. Love is absolutely vital for a human life. For love alone can awaken what is divine within you. In love, you grow and come home to your self. When you learn to love and let yourself be loved, you come home to the hearth of your own spirit. You are warm and sheltered.”
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Just a couple of days of work and I will pack for some weeks of holidays. To let go and be in the flow of the day. Will bring with me my tiger eye…a beautiful stone for protection, grounding and trust. A stone that has been with me for many years.