There is a quiet sort of grace in the gentle ebb and flow of the world around us; the sparse, sinewed kink of flowers against a stone wall; the comforting swell of a hilltop on a mountain walk; the twist of the dying roses’ sepal artfully languishing in an old glass beer bottle of a busy café. Even the merest ripple in a lake on a still day; the dense, deft weave of wild forest grasses, or the willowy elegence of noiseless pine trees [how many years have they stood, poised and calm as the wisest of shaman, hushed, mighty and knowing as we rush around like crazed ants at their feet, lost in the dark. They watch us bump into each other beneath them and curse and move on as they sigh and shake their noble emerald heads above in the clouds]. These are the things which quicken my heart and steady my breath. When so many big things are happening. Things I don’t understand; things which cannot be understood. I look for the quiet things.
I wrote this post a few months ago, before I lost my way with blogging, and life [temporarily – it’s good to be back. I’ve missed it more than I can say]. I still find it relevant now; perhaps even more so given I have spent a lot of time recently reflecting on
[in relation to my life, and my practice]
[a word which emerged from these thoughts]
It’s heartening to know, coming back to my blog now to find this post, that I might have been on the right track.
Time to get back to it.
© images and content Emily Hughes, 2014
great observations and photos
The epitome of grace. Beautifully written-beautiful images.
Thanks so much, Elena!
So full of grace and beauty!
Happy to find you back !
nice to be back 🙂
Beautiful! I especially love the shot of pine trees. 🙂
Thanks CB! it’s one of my favourites too and eventually ended up part if in another work i posted a while back ‘the forest’.
yay – these are graceful and beautiful – thank you Emily.
Thank you. I hope all is well with you? X
Ohh! So loving and so lovely! Maybe you wrestle or feel you lose your way sometimes but you are always home when you are in your heart … Thats what i feel … Sometimes it feels hard to get there though, even though it is quietly waiting, right there in our chest! xoxoxox🌸🌸🌸
It’s true Gigi! Thank you for your lovely words xxx
welcome back. and thank you for returning, and for the delicate & beautiful words and images.
Thanks Sydney! It’s really good to be back!
Great post. Welcome back, Emily.
Thanks Richard! I’ve missed you guys! 😊
I absolutely agree with Gigi’s comment and it’s wonderful to have you back here! Thank you for your beautiful and deeply meaningful post, Emily! I wish you all the best and hope you have an inspiring new year!
thanks so much Anette! What lovely words 🙂
Great eye and great images.
Thanks so much!
Such clear, inviting writing, and images too. I so appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Great to see you, and read you, again!
hope things are good with you, Cath? Happy new year!
So tender, touching and full of generous honesty . . . . thank you Emily and so good to know you here.
The quietness of the photos speaks to me. I think you have captured grace. And your words hold meaning. Thanks for sharing.