Bestow Joy

August 18, 2014 by  
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 It is an honour to introduce you to Tanya Levy – aka Heartlady – and her evocative images. More about Tanya below.   About Our Guest Contributor Tanya Levy is a Counsellor in a Community College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is known for her optimism, wisdom and sense of humour. She has worked […]

A Suburban Storm

February 1, 2011 by  
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A Suburban Storm It was hard to chose a favourite from the gems contributed to Nature Space by Amy Palko, but somehow, in the midst of summer floods and a gigantic cyclone bearing down on Queensland, this seemed appropriate. Do you ever feel like dancing in the rain? As we run headlong in February we […]

Reawakening Wonder

June 15, 2010 by  
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Wonder is the state that safeguards the innocence which resides in the heart of all dreams, wishes, magic and love. If we peel back the filters of cynicism, we would begin to look with wonder again. You know, like we used to do when we were children. Here are just a few aspects of nature […]

Wild Women Don’t Do Paths

March 15, 2010 by  
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From a very young age we are encouraged to keep to the path.  After all, just look what happened to Little Red Riding Hood when she wandered off in search of wildflowers! Or the sad case of Hansel & Gretel, left alone in the forest with no path to follow, and their makeshift breadcrumb path […]

Green Fingers: A Cherished Garden

February 15, 2010 by  
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At the end of this month my grandparents move out of the house that’s been their home for the last 45 years. It’s a place that’s so familiar to me – a place that has always felt like home. The kind of place that when you walk through the front door, you’re enveloped with that […]

A Simple Way to Find Understanding, Peace and Wisdom

January 25, 2010 by  
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Last semester at university I taught the wonderful poem The Thought-Fox by Ted Hughes, and I was struck at how incredibly rich natural metaphors can be to describe the human condition.  It’s something that I try and tap into in my own writing, both here at The Calm Space and in my personal creative writing, […]

Ceremonial Nature

December 15, 2009 by  
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The city of Edinburgh has a riverway which runs through the very heart of the cityscape.  The Water of Leith flows past fecund allotments, historical sandstone structures, new riverside luxury developments, muddy football fields and busy intersections.  Past graffiti slogans, traffic crossings, Starbucks and builders’ yards. The river itself is accompanied either side by a […]

The Gift of Noticing

October 1, 2009 by  
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Amy drives her family crazy! She flings herself from cars, crouches on roadside kerbs and generally acts in a rather odd manner… but there’s a reason for this behaviour and we’re blessed she’s sharing it with us this month…

Who Are You Not To?

September 1, 2009 by  
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Once again, Amy paints such a beautiful picture with her words and her photography – showing us nature’s reminder of how to live our life to its full potential…

A Suburban Storm

August 3, 2009 by  
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With her incredible way with words Amy again entices us with an invitation to experience a summer storm with her – with lessons about regret, the power of nature and abandoning the shackles of expectations. You’ll be entranced…

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