Old Haunts

Today I decided to go back to one of the cafes where I was Cafe Poet in residence a few years ago. The Annex Cafe, which is much different now, with new owners, a more open space and new menu, yet the vibe was familiar. Perhaps it was my memories that haunt me and make it feel familiar?

Sometimes it’s nice to visit new cafes, but then again it’s just as inspiring and good for the muse to write in one of my old haunts.

A productive morning writing, not bad for the start of the weekend. And I’m sure it’s got everything to do for visiting a cafe where I used to write a lot, and to re-connect with my muse who lives here.

This old haunt might just have to become a regular once more.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

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Before the Sunday rush

Enjoying the quiet of the Sunday morning before the morning rush at Sarah’s Sisters Sustainable Cafe.

It’s peaceful listening to the sound of running water, a few birds and a little noise in the cafe kitchen. And no other conversations.

A harmonious environment to begin edits on my story Sceptic (out soon!).

Lilliana Rose 🌹

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Connecting with Dreams

Once again I’ve turned to the colouring of mandalas to help me. This time it was to help me connect with the dreams I have for 2018. Thanks to my friend Rebecca at A Blissful Existence for the mandala and related ‘pondering’ questions to answer.

The choice of colour, the geometric design, all helps me to internally withdraw, connect with my soul and listen to what dreams are being whispered, and then to bring them into my conscious thought.

This is a process, an inner journey, calling the dreams, which in turns will help guide me to the paths my soul would like to travel for the year ahead.

The use of crystals helps me to further solidify these dreams in my mind, so they can be like a compass for the months ahead, especially if I lose my way a little (like all good travellers tend to do from time to time!). The colours of the crystals are important, they connect to the colours in the mandala. The green crystals I relate to new starts, significant for the start of the year, but also as the year unfolds, and the new adventures that this year specifically holds for me. The orange crystals I relate to creativity, expression and spirituality, all areas which are very important in my life, especially as an artist.

This ritual while simple, holds many layers, all helping me to connect to the dreams I have for this new year.

I’m ready for my dreams to come true this year!

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Lost and Found

I just had a minor panic as I couldn’t find my two favourite pens! And I’d just sat down to write at a cafe!

Don’t Panic!

After a few deep breaths, and taking out my trusty cheap BIC pen I decided to look in a different section of my bag. There they were!

Phew!

Lucky! One of these pens were a gift, and another a special treat to myself, so I was annoyed they were lost. While I can write with any pen, there’s more meaning when I write with these because of the story behind getting them. And this can help with the creative flow. Or at least with my frame of mind when I sit to write, which in turns influence the creative flow.

And the flow was good this morning! In which I’m grateful for 💖

Lilliana Rose

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Hectic Time of the Year

Often during the year there are busy moments, but I can’t help comparing them to this time of year – the lead up to Christmas. To me, this time of year feels more hectic than any other, especially in shopping centres, cafes, even simply driving around. It’s like there’s a panic in the air. Deadlines urgently have to be met, jobs cleared before people go on holidays, cooking treats made,Gingerbread.JPG and of course Christmas gifts bought. I find it hard to escape the chaotic energy buzzing around.

In amongst this busyness there are times when I find moments of peace within me, and in my own personal environment. This reminds me how this time of year doesn’t need so busy, and how restful and rejuvenating the sense of peace is when I don’t go into this hectic flow. Sure it’s busier with extra jobs of Christmas preparation but I want to approach this time of year with a harmonious mindset instead of being on edge with rushing around.Christmas tree

Peace on earth, had taken on a new meaning for me. While I’d like peace to be on earth, it’s a long way off and a challenge. What I can do is start with peace internally within me. And when I’m in this mindset I find it more harmonious to reflect on the year that was, releasing it to help make room for the New Year. Also in this mindset I find I reassess what’s important in my life, and how friends and family have influenced my year, and my life journey. I list off people and events to be grateful for, which enhance my inner sense of peace, which in turn evokes a sense of joy within me and I keep connected to my personal life flow. This all hits a deep root of what’s important for me at this time of year.

Merry Christmas, may this time be safe, peaceful, and a joyous time as 2017 comes to a close.

Lilliana Rose

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Love Letter to Myself

I’ve made it back to the local markets for some letter writing to myself and some food shopping for Christmas 🎄I’m feeling organised for Christmas, but I’m sure there’s something I’ve forgotten to do! Fortunately I have a few days to remember before Christmas.

Writing love letters isn’t easy, and it’s not something I’ve done much in my life, especially to myself. But it was a fun exercise to do and challenging. It was an effort to sit and write what I love about me, without letting my logical mind edit before the words were written. It was slow going. The words didn’t flow at times. But I persisted and wrote a love letter to myself. At the end of the letter, I felt more in tune with myself, more at peace, and I’m sure this is something I could do more often.

I look forward to reading my the letter in a year’s time! And to see if I’ve developed more wats to love myself.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

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Review and Renew

My gorgeous friend Rebecca from A Blissful Existence is offering a guided review of 2017 and renew for 2018 with a series of reflective questions and mandalas to colour.

She is generously offering this in a free PDF or if you want a little more detail there’s a more comprehensive version to purchase.

Click here to check out her Review and Renew.

I’ve downloaded and printed mine and can’t wait to work through and release the year that was in all its glory and dilemmas and dramas, to help clear the way for the new year.

What I really like about what she’s presented here are the mandalas to colour. I write a lot, so I really like the chance to approach my personal reflection differently, with colour and meditation. It’s a nice change for me and helps to bring in new insights.

This time of year is when I do deep reflection about my life and the direction I’m taking. This year I’ll be doing it a bit differently with the help of mandalas from Rebecca 💖

Do you have any particular ritual you like to use to reflect on the year that was and herald in the new year?

Lilliana Rose 🌹

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I am Grateful for…

Despite the busy lead up to Christmas I find myself with time to reflect about my life.

Continuing the theme of letter writing, today I wrote about what I’m grateful for this year. While I have a more detailed post coming up on this topic, this letter was different to what I’ve done before. I’ve written it to be read in a year’s time, it was short and not full of detail. It’s a record of my life, a moment in time of my life and something I can keep and even reflect back on in future years.

Plus, I got to use my brand new pen I was recently given. Inspiration plus!

A simple ritual, writing down all I’m grateful for, and despite lots going not to plan in my life this year, I have so much to be grateful for. The extra good part of writing this letter was by the end of it I felt full of joy and positivity. And that’s the sign of a good ritual, and why the simple task of writing down what you’re grateful for is so beneficial 💖

Lilliana Rose 🌹

www.lillianarose.com

In a year from now…

First day of holidays and it’s time for self reflection and thoughts of the future.

It’s hard to think what my life will be like in a year’s time, but I do know that it will be very different from now. I look forward to sealing the letter and opening it in a year’s time. I wonder how much will have come true? And if I care if it hasn’t? Will something better have happened in my life?

I’ve also taken the time to write a letter to myself about the highlights of this year so far. There have been a lot. It will be a joy and perfect reminder to also open this letter in a year’s time to remind me how much I’ve traveled, to show how far I’ve journeyed, and that I have grown even though at times it might not feel like it.

Time for some dreaming as I write.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

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Doorways

Looking through doorways before some journaling and wondering where they may take me in my imagination.

An inspiring environment to do some journaling.