An experienced Summer…

Apologies for being absent from quite a while, but it has been a busy Summer, with plenty of travelling, plans for the future, methodical moments of deep thinking and getting ready for the winter months.

We truly had a fantastic Summer this year… the sunshine kept us company throughout the warmer months, and only that made much easier the search for a future destination.

We explored various places in Hertfordshire, North and South, the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds and to complete the list we had to go back to one of our favourite place: the Lake District.

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England, Cumbria, Lake District, Lake Ullswater, Glenridding, August 2018

Every time I spend time at The Lakes, something magical happens. Almost like an internal spiritual shift to another kind of dimension, where nothing else matter… but just you and the Natural surrounding. Being there it truly makes you wonder about the meaning of your entire existence. It is almost like if you come into contact with your deepest self, and you feel safe to BE the most authentic You.

No masks, no filters, no need to hide…  Nature has such a power to touch your deepest place. And if you are ready, you will gain the most magical experience you will ever have. You just have to be open to it, to receive its blessing, observing and listening in silence.

Be prepared to come in contact with your deepest fears, your doubts… but also to your most authentic hidden self, your pure and untouched essence. Walking in Nature is good for the Soul, for the Body and for the Mind in many ways… it will make you grow spiritually, experience after experience… It is a very methodical active way to observe, perceive, and fully opening your senses to the outer world, in order to understand and to discover more about your inner world.

The English countryside is very special, but the Lake District goes far beyond that… it is a truly magical place, the quintessential of the Englishness of things, Paradise on Earth.

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 England, Cumbria, Lake District, Grizedale Forest , August 2018

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a Forest Wilderness” – John Muir

Morning Glory…

This morning I got up very early… now that Summer is almost here, as soon as the birds start to sing their favourite songs, my dog Woody also starts to bark his favourite song: LET’S GO OUT, WAKE UP! So, with one eye still closed and the other barely opened you are there trying to find a good excuse to get up so early. This morning I had the good excuse. The sky was blue, the Sun was shining over Enfield, and as soon as I opened the window I felt that fresh enjoyable breeze and thought: Ok, Woody, you win, lets go out! 🙂

So, there we were at 7am, walking along and enjoying the fresh summer breeze, surrounded by ‘the green’. The park looked so vast… it was all for ourselves. To my surprise hardly anyone was there, and the very few people you met along the way, were ‘happy people’, welcoming your presence with a smile and a cheerful ‘Good Morning!’… while our dogs did exactly the same thing with their wagging tails.

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The smell of grass, still wet from the night time frost, the gentle fresh air caressing your skin while whispering into your ear to enjoy the present moment, the white patches of the Moon still visible ‘nel blue, dipinto di blue’. Everything was just perfect. Our senses really are an incredible tool to appreciate the moment to moment experience. And then you turn and take a look at your dog, and he is so happy to be there with you. Smelling, trotting, enjoying every single moment of it… Dogs truly are the best Meditation Teachers I have ever met. They are constantly present in the moment, with no thoughts, completely relying on their senses to get on with their lives and to get on with us human. This is probably why I love Dogs so much: they are incredible beings, teaching you to enjoy the Now, in happiness, with them.

I have never been a morning person… more of a night owl really… but this morning was magical and I really appreciated being there, with my best friend. And while we were heading back home, suddenly echoed into mind the Italian proverb that my husband constantly repeat to me when I complain about the too early morning routine: “Il mattino ha l’oro in bocca!”, which in english will probably be equal to say “The early bird catches the worm”. 🙂 But this morning I smiled and I was happy to hear it.

So, better to get used to this early morning routine, and get on with it… especially while we are aspiring to the country life style. I must admit though, there is nothing better than waking up and start your day surrounded by Nature, while enjoying your morning walk and appreciating to be part of this incredible world.

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