Spring mindfulness – Australian style

After weeks of grey skies and night time temperatures ranging between 2 and -1, today is decidedly spring-like in my part of the world. Not quite time to break out the summer clothes, but definitely a day for sitting on the verandah with a cup of coffee and feeling the sun on my face – possibly even a day to consider a bit of planting and pruning.

There’s a scent of excitement around spring that’s not solely to do with football grand finals. Longer days and end-of-year holidays are just around the corner, while veggie gardens are marked out and summer time tomatoes planted

plum-tree-blossom

In my ideal Church, the Church I sometimes dream about, September would seem like a perfect month to celebrate Easter in the southern states of Australia. In the words of the Song of Songs, “Winter is past. Flowers are appearing on the earth. The season of glad songs has come.”

It would be wonderful to experience the Holy Week liturgy as more than an intellectual exercise. I want to anticipate it during the tedious days of winter and be ready to welcome the New Life it promises, let spring touch my skin with the promise and warmth of Easter resurrection.

You and I know that’s not going to happen any time soon, but it is possible to capture some Paschal hope in a world where we are daily bombarded with accounts of mass brutality, political mayhem and a general feeling of not knowing where to find truth any more. The answer starts with each one of us.

Maybe spring mindfulness – Australian style would help.

Watch a sunrise
Open your arms, literally, to embrace the new day.
Sit in the sunlight and feel the breeze
Shrug off your shoes and feel the earth beneath your feet.
Take a picnic lunch to a local park.
Listen for birds.
Plant something and watch it grow.
Try a vegetable that is new to you. .
Clean out a cupboard or shelf and get rid of the things you no longer need.
Visit a plant nursery.
Float a flower in a bowl of water.
Find a new way to drive a familiar route.
Move the dial on your radio and try a different station.
Talk to someone new, someone you don’t know.
Take a trip to the country.
Watch a sunset
Entertain a new idea. You may have to gently tip out an old one.
Pray Psalm 148

Judith Scully

The Book Launch

There’s something about a book launch reminds me of the kind of after-the-funeral gatherings familiar to many Australians – an eclectic mix of family and friends swapping news and matching faces to shared times and places.

The launch of A Gentle Unfolding was something like that. A Sunday afternoon, and a time-line of women and men who at one time or another had been part of my life story, braved the late afternoon winter chill to help me celebrate my first book. There was a happy buzz in the room as people mingled and cousins swapped family news. The children were well behaved and the publisher, David Lovell and Dr Bernadette Miles said nice things about me and the book. And so A Gentle Unfolding: circling and spiraling into meaning was released into the world of books. book cover

My brother Mike filmed the occasion and you can see and hear Bernadette’s launch and my response on the links below.

A Gentle Unfolding book launch by author Judith Scully https://youtu.be/oHVbXoWo61A

A Gentle Unfolding book launch by Dr Bernadette Miles https://youtu.be/JBlUK8xO6hk

 

Some of you may be familiar with Michael Morwood (Tomorrow’s Catholic and From Sand to Solid Ground are among his books.)

A month ago I asked him to read my book. This was his response:
” The flow and easy style will surely lead readers into a desire to share their own stories within their life-story. Let there be more story telling like this.”

I wonder if you will agree with him? Do let me know how my book fits into your life: judith@judithscully.com.au

A Gentle Unfolding: circling and spiraling into meaning is available from publisher@davidlovellpublishing.com, Amazon, Book Depository and http://www.garrattpublishing.com.au

Till next time,  when Words from the Edge will return to normal,

Judith