Saturday 7 April 2007

Absolutely Awesome

On Thursday after a leisurely lunch in the Orchard we made our way to Leitrim for our Reiki retreat weekend. With the sun shining it was like the start of school holidays, and impossible not to feel cheerful. The view that greeted us on reaching our destination was this beautiful vista of a valley with two lakes, and daffodils stirring in the gentle breeze.

While this was beautiful, the vision I woke to on Friday morning was so beautiful I tried to capture some of it on film, but I also had to write about it there and then to capture the impact it made on me.......

"Some places and times overwhelm you and force you to stop and acknowledge your own insignificance in the world. Here at 8am on Good Friday is one of those times.

The Lake below, shrouded in mist and a majestic swan sails gracefully through the enveloping mists, the water parting dramatically in his wake.
The vision moved me close to tears.

It seemed the swans' approach through the mists was a ritual acknowledgment of the morning and the beauty of this place before he returned to the mists to prepare for another day.

Such a moment in a place like this has a timeless quality. There is no 21st Century, no machines, birdsong is the predominant noise across the valley. It could almost be the land of Tír Na nÓg, or was that Aodh, Lírs' son sailing through the mists.


Regardless, just for this moment in this place I feel glad to be alive."

As an even greater honour I was initiated as a Reiki Master this weekend. The short ceremony was performed overlooking these beautiful lakes. It is almost difficult to come back to the reality of computers, internet and housework, but I will treasure the special memories of this weekend for some time to come.



11 comments:

JACKIE said...

Fantastic photos Audrey, I especially love the misty lake and the way you described it =0)

eva birdthistle said...

Wow,you really were moved by your surroundings, wonderful words! The photos are amazing and really give you a sense of your day. Congrats on becoming a Reiki Master!

Neasa said...

Wow, stunning photos, love the misty lake one. Well done on your achievement (gosh, you've been busy lately!) Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

Carrie said...

Congratulations on becoming a Reiki Master Audrey - and wow you can write as well as take the photos - lovely work......

Lainey said...

Beautiful photos Audrey - really stunningly captured. You should write a book - you have a lovely style. Congratulations on becoming a Reiki master.

Anonymous said...

Audrey - huge congrats on becoming a master :)looks like you really enjoyed your days off. Love the photos- the misty lake one is amazing.
meg

CarolineO said...

Well, congrats to you! A great achievement to be a reiki master. Fabby photos, love the early morning mist one and what a wonderful piece of writing.

Kate said...

LOVE the misty lake photo Auds STUNNING and congrats on becoming a Reiki Master.

Tigger's rambling said...

Congratulation Audrey :-)
and wow your photo's are amazing....

Karva said...

WOW Auds you certainly are a lady of many talents, such elegant words and fab pictures and well done on becoming a master :)

Gillian said...

Audrey - Congratulation on becoming a Reiki master, I hope the journey is a good one, fantastic photo's and an idylic setting:)