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Mehr Leben: Lebenskunst & Yoga

At the bottom of things: Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver November 24, 2014

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In the forest.jpgIn the forest…

Listen to the sounds

Pinecones, woodbugs

Moss and bees

Water, wind and leaves

 

At the bottom of things: Lynn Valley, North Vancouver November 17, 2014

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Rainforest North Vancouver

 

At the bottom of things: Jellyfish at Vancouver Aquarium November 15, 2014

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Jellyfish_Vancouver

 

Resurfacing November 13, 2014

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ResurfacingAfter a busy fall, it is the home stretch to Christmas. It feel like forever since I took the time to gather a few thoughts here. I did write some notes here and there, but the words then seem to not reflect where I am “tunneling” at the moment.

My trip to Vancouver was great. And very different from my week alone there in July. Taking my son changed the priorities. We spend a lot of time hanging out with friends, his and mine. I had loads of coffee and many a chat. It ended up being quite a packed schedule, which I was trying to avoid, but we had a great time.

A few weeks ago, I finally had to admit that these hectic months of changes and upheaval have taken their toll on my energy level. I just wasn’t getting the rest I needed, physically and mentally. I felt uprooted and lost my sense of direction. After an intense yoga weekend I found the motivation to start making some changes. Slowly, I am getting back to the things I enjoy. That give my mind a break. Turning my mind off, abandoning the constant chatter, has always been one of my biggest challenges.

Coming back up for air, having been adrift seems to be the closest analogy I can think off. However, I still feel a long way away from the main land…

 

At the bottom of things: Lynn Valley, North Vancouver October 4, 2014

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There and back again… Part 3 September 13, 2014

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Vancouver Spanish Banks.jpgThe letter has arrived… I found out on Thursday morning standing in my kitchen. I would be taking my oath of citizenship in two weeks time. No clue yet how to handle flights, work and whether taking the family might be a bad idea (read: renewed homesickness).

Five minutes later… I am making tea, turning to look out of the window into a grey morning. Suddenly I am thinking of the ocean, beaches, a beautiful sunset… then more space, the sky, mountains disappearing in the clouds… the passing of a friend during my last trip…

The heart ache is back, tears rolling, the space time continuum is sucking me in… time travel…

Then the kettle boils, my son comes bouncing in demanding breakfast, the hand of the clock keeps inadvertently┬ámoving towards departure time… zoom…

I am back right here in this little room, two months later wondering what the next trip to Canada will bring…

 

Some days everything works out just fine August 31, 2014

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Sun peeking in.jpgThe sun is peeking through the leaves overhead. I can feel the fall air on my skin. The voices of other people in the park are dropping away, blending into the background.

I am early for my yoga class. A rare occurrence. I had the day off and thought it would be a mad dash to get everything done, but things aligned just right. In the morning it turned out my doctor was away still on vacation opening up another hour or so that I did not to spend in a waiting room. Straight after I unexpectedly ran into one of my best friends on the way to the market putting me into a great mood. Spending some quality time with my husband in the afternoon made my day…

Some days everything works out just fine…

I wrote this a couple of days ago and just realized that today was another one of those days, where everything worked out just fine.

My son had his “starting school party” today. In Germany, this is a big occasion with lots of food and drink and family and friends and….

It was a lot of work to prepare everything but the day was great. Everyone including me enjoyed themselves and said so after. The atmosphere was relaxed, everyone found someone to chat with and there were quite a few people which had not seen each other in years that were reconnecting.

Now I am tired, grateful, absolutely stuffed with food and trying not to worry too much about the actual first day of school on Monday. This reminds me a bit of his birth. Everything and everyone was focused on getting us prepared for the birth process and after that the real work started and we had no clue what we were in for.

But the last six years went quick. And being parents has been such a great adventure and learning experience that I would not want to miss any of it. Now we are off to the next leg of the journey.

I think gratitude will serve us well no matter what. Counting our blessings and knowing that after rain there will be sunshine; and there certainly will be times when we have to go with the flow not knowing where that will lead us but above all that some days everything works out just fine.

 

 

 

 
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