Sunday, 12 October 2008

Who has the answers??

Snippets from home

I seem to be sewing all of the time

Reflecting on who I am

I have a book it is like a bible to me......'Simple Abundance' by Sarah Ban Breathnach, 13 years ago it made me think about what I really wanted from my life, I am still struggling with this question, it is still a terrible battle.

How do I live a life without material desire, I covert so many things. I desire so much, I have a passion for loveliness, both in creative form and spirituality, fortunately nature provides most of what I desire, but there are other things, that have to be bought, and paid for!! I have over the years succeeded in cutting myself off from some of the temptations of material desires, and from the people that peddle them, yet I still find myself unable to ditch the computer, the car, the radio. I have to work to pay the bills, where do we find the balance, how do we make our lives authentic? How do we care for our soul.

Be Blessed with a loving week

Love and hugs Lynn xx


serenitymeadow said...

Loved this post, Lynn. I was really impressed with the Simple Abundance book...has it been out that long now? Wow, time flies. Anyway...balance..good question. Authentic living comes in those small moments...those moments of simple pleasures..the ones we get when we are full of desires..for the lovely things in life. There is nothing wrong with a passion for loveliness...those things are a gift from God. I say, embrace those sometimes material bits of loveliness. Buying little things for ourselves or indulging in some loveliness is how we can sometimes get through some very hard times.
By the way, I am taking great pleasure in your second photo. There is some serious loveliness going on there!

Katie said...

Hello Sweet Lynn - I too LOVE the Simple Abundance book, and it has shaped a lot of the way I began thinking about 5 years ago...My friends and I have been thinking about balance a lot. This might help...if you look at a situation differently, it can change the entire situation. Those of us who make art for our living (how hard that is to make ends meet with it!) have to constantly be telling ourselves that we aren't just making "stuff" that we are connecting and sharing and creating loveliness in the world...and that we would make it whether we made money on it or not. I think that the Divine wants for us what we want for ourselves, and there will always be a way to make that happen. You were given such a gift that you might have a responsibility to share it with the world!

Moth to a Flame Studio said...

Beautifully written Lynn....
as a reminder to enjoy the 'simple abundances' we are given in life, like a day outdoors or a good home cooked meal with the ones we love.

Nurturing your spirit and soul with beautiful things that inspire and bring good feelings are a great way to spend life and it's a wonderful reflection of who you are and what you exude to the world, creativity and happiness.
And I am so happy to hear you didn't give up your radio. Music is like art for your soul especially when you do a twirl or two while listening.

What a great post for a Sunday, as I am going through lovely remnants of fabric to make gifts for the family for the Holidays. Your post is a wonderful reminder we don't need to spend money to give gifts.
Handmade of the lovelies we have collected comes from the heart.

Much love ~ Lisa

Moth to a Flame Studio said...

Beautifully written Lynn....
as a reminder to enjoy the 'simple abundances' we are given in life, like a day outdoors or a good home cooked meal with the ones we love.

Nurturing your spirit and soul with beautiful things that inspire and bring good feelings are a great way to spend life and it's a wonderful reflection of who you are and what you exude to the world, creativity and happiness.
And I am so happy to hear you didn't give up your radio. Music is like art for your soul especially when you do a twirl or two while listening.

What a great post for a Sunday, as I am going through lovely remnants of fabric to make gifts for the family for the Holidays. Your post is a wonderful reminder we don't need to spend money to give gifts.
Handmade of the lovelies we have collected comes from the heart.

much love ~ Lisa

Sea Angels said...

Thankyou so much for your beautiful replies, they are full of heartwarming advice and wonderful suggestions, how very precious you all are.
Hugs Lynn xx

timelesshome annika said...

I feel so strong about the words you you have written . Work to pay bills......I found a super book this summer read it The munk whom sold his Ferrari find your...I dont know the titel in English .....Robin Sharma is the athur
I think you will like it I love the two Thats been translated to swedish. He have written many more..
My sister is famous in sweden and she have done the chocolat book you saw on my blogg.

Ragged Roses said...

Hello Lynn
I have just returned from the most beautiful weekend with my family camping. It was a birthday celebration for my eldest daughter and some of her friends came too. We were blessed! To see such beautiful young women enjoying the freedom and beauty that nature provides was so inspiring. Whilst sitting in a gloriously sunny field with a cup of tea in my hand I realised that you really couldn't wish for much else. I'm hoping that these moments stay with me and colour the way I think, I know for my daughter it was a chance for her true spirit to shine.

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi Lynn!

You are so sweet, I really like you! Even if I have never met you in person I can feel that you have a big heart!

Very nice post, I haven´t heart about the book, but I can imagine it´s well worth reading.

Lovely photos as always!
Take care and have a lovely week, dear blogfriend!


Oh you bring so much pleasure to all of us.. reading your post looking at your precious pictures is giving joy back... I know how you feel.. I think a lot of us does..Feeling that way keeps you going and it's a sort of inspiration to grow.. Love your serene.. so you!!!
xoxoxo Laura DellaPorta

Marja Kristiina said...

This was absolutely wonderful to read, dearest Lynnston, and I mean it in the terms of serving as a vital reminder for yours truly.

I've heard so many good things about this book that I'll definitely have to buy it. No but wait -- *buy* it? This is the very problem; when encountering something pretty or interesting (in a word, desirable), my first instinct is to make an immediate purchase. Should I in fact first take a day or two to think and decide whether this certain something is truly a piece I want or need, before spending that money? And yet I almost never do that as I'm so used to instant gratification. Have allowed myself to get used to it.

And I feel happiness and a sense of fulfillment slipping further and further away with each unnecessary purchase. Why is it thatI desperately want to simplify my life but am so incapable of doing just that?

I, too, ask the very question: what will, in the end, nurture my soul?


PS. The pictures of your lovely home take my breath away. You are so lucky to be surrounded by so much beauty and tranquility.

Babette said...

je suis sous le charme de tes images . Cordially . Babette

Sanctuary said...

Interesting thoughts on a difficult topic! It seems to be an ongoing issue, enjoying beautiful things on the one hand and wanting to simplify life and home on the other. I suppose it's all about finding the right balance and not becoming too attached to material things.

Queen of the Armchair aka dzintrastitcheries said...

It is hard to make the balance but I always remember what Sarah says about the six threads of abundant living ... gratitude gives way to simplicity ... simplicity brings order ... order brings harmony .... harmony provides inner peace to appreciate the beauty and beauty opens to joy. Love your blog. Blessings to you Dzintra Ingrid

Hem och Lycka said...

It's nice to reflect over life sometimes and I like your text about this..

Thanks for your sweet words at my place! I just love your images, so much beautiful fabrics! hugs, Mia

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Lynn,
Such a lovely post, both your words and the delightful photography....
I know all too well the situation that you feel yourself in.
I take comfort in knowing that what I have created will be enjoyed by those who choose to own it, but more time for myself and my lovely family would be a huge 'yes please'.

If you need to earn any more money to pay your bills, I would LOVE to own your second photo as a set of notelet cards!! ;-)) Gorgeously, stunning vignette - I love it!

Take care,
Niki x

Wish on a Whisker said...

Hi Lynn~ I am trying to learn to just follow my heart. Sometimes I think it is that simple. Enjoyed your post. ~Mandy

Solange said...

its not always easy, but I know exactly what you mean... to find the balance between work, passion, income and little pleasures and luxuries. I think the best thing to enjoy them is to have a balance, we could't appreciate the lovely things if we never had to work and vice versa.
But I think the best thing to do is to listen to your intuition, only you know what's best for you...
enjoy without feeling guilty :-)

take care, Solange

Jema Rose said...

You are so SWEET!!!

: )

Yes, I know about the christmas CD with Loreena, and also that both Enya and Sarah Brightman are releasing christmas albums soon!!!

: )



Sal said...

A beautiful post! Your photos are gorgeous ;-)

acornmoon said...

I don't have any answers but just wanted to say that I love the colours you have chosen for your blog, very subtle and understated, very chic!

Karin said...

Dear Lynn!

We all need to find balance, and that is the puzzel of out life! Follow your very special, beatiful heart and you will know Lynn!

I love all of your lovely photos! Your creative room looks soooo nice. The wallpaper is lovely and all the things on your shelves! I hope you find time to make all your beautiful thing, as they give you and all us so much pleasure! (i hope my English i correct now)

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughtfull words and lovely things!

Many hugs!
Ps It is my laundry you saw. My bathroom is not that nice *smiles*, but i which it would be. It was the first room we fixed for ten years ago and it is very small and needs a makeover now!

Katherines Dream said...

Hi Lynn, sitting here with the laptop on my bed with a broken leg! your beautiful blog has cheered me up. Snips from your home are very inspiring.
I share your passion for loveliness.
I have not made hardly anything for the fair for weeks! panic is setting in now!
Have a lovely week sewing.
Carol x

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Hello! I have just found you through my friend Karin in Italy who told me that you received my "Just Peachy" award. Your blog is beautiful, as is your work.

Such a funny coincidence...just last night I pulled that same book, Simple Abundance, down from my shelf and started reading it again.

I am happy to have found your blog. I will be back soon.



A Bun Can Dance said...

Hello Lynn. Oh my goodness - Simple Abundance is my bible too! I've been reading it for 10 years and never tire of going over and over the wonderful thoughts contained therein. It has been a life changing book for me, literally. And would definitely be my desert island read. I haven't got much time to write at the mo, as I'm just sneaking a look at blogland whilst a friend is staying with us. But I will come back to this post again. Many thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. Happy days. Denise

Solstrimmor & Stjärnstrålar said...

Your photos are so lovely, Lynn! You have a very beautiful home.
I haven't heard about the book, but it seems very interesting.Thanks for your lovely words in my place.
hugs and have a lovely week!

Solstrimmor & Stjärnstrålar said...

Yes, she left a comment in my blog too, and I just wondered how she could know... Fantastic & magic
hugs again

Henna said...

Dear Lynn...thank you for your words..Sometimes I wish, that closing the eyes a while would make all bad things go away..unfortunately the reality is so much crueler than in fairytales. Allthough still I´m able to be more "relaxed" considering the jobsituation, it is really hard not to be swirled around by sentences here and there. People are desperate at the moment, thousands getting sacked and very little available new jobs.
I´m trying to find the balance too..falling in love with beautiful items can be exhausting on the wallet ;-) ...the alternative for me has been fleamarkets with the variety and kindness to the purse, it´s also good for the imagination and creativity, don´t you agree?
Certain things have higher prizes and are to be plazed in the "necessary things to be needed" things needed to keep the house in a good shape and so on.
Last week Marko and I were at the bank making choices for the future, like saving up for the pension..and how we are "protected" if one of us dies..tough questions, and not the topics one wants to think about. I hope the air is getting easier to breathe, and that the sun brings many smiling faces.
Little things, items..loveliness in our homes makes everyday life worth living..not forgetting the love from our closest ones, children, parents, friends, pets..
at the end there shall be balance, at least let´s hope so.
Your home is really chic, I adore the pictures!

Lots of love to you and your family!

Hugs from me to you...Anne

CashmereLibrarian said...

I know how you feel. I crave beauty and I DO appreciate the one's life gives us for free--nature, love--but there are also gorgeous shoes, plates, jewelry, books and faraway places that cost money and I struggle with this all the time.
When Simple Abundance first came out, I wrote Sarah Ban Breathnach a letter and she called me back!

MaryPoppins said...

What lovely words, I am struggling at the moment I have a home that is being re furbished and I want to fill it with beautiful things, yet what is more beautiful than my family, my DH has not know whether his job is safe until recently and there is me choosing pretty wallpaper and pretties for my new Home Sweet Home and there was he worrying that I might not even have a home to fill.I should have been thinking of him, we have had a very good chat and I do feel better, a beautiful blog and I look forward to coming back
Mary X

manon said...

j'ai traduit ce post avec babelfish
pour pouvoir percevoir vraiment ce que vous vouliez exprimer et quel bonheur de savoir écrire si bien
en pouvant se libérer
thank you very much Lynn

Lorelei said...

Hi Lynn,I feel creative people need to be surrounded by inspiring things....material desire is to be human,material desire within reason of course.I think very few of us really know what we want from our lives. ( myself included).
I do know though that your photos are beautiful and that I look forward to your posts!
Take care...Lorelei

Di Overton said...

I have the answer - wait until all the kids are up and have fled the nest then do what's best for you - simple :)
I know I've done it.

Lina said...

Glad to hear that the gift finally arrived! How did it end up with your neigbour?

Hava a nice w/e!
BIG hug, Lina

hannas form said...

Thank you so much for your kindnes words at my blog. I love your blog..It´s sooooooooo nice!

Counting Your Blessings said...

I don't know how but I haven't read Simple Abundance. But I feel like I live it though - sometimes out of necessity, more rarely by choice. I wish I were less wanting and more giving - less immediate and more patient. I do know that blessings follow obedience and obedience comes when we are less focused on ourselves and more on Christ. It IS a delicate balance, isn't it?!

Great post. Blessings... Polly

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi Lynn !

Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend!

Big hug,

Miss Maddie's said...

Balance in life is sometimes difficult to achieve.It is different for every individual.
If we compare life to a weigh scale where one side is simplicity and fulfillment, the other indulgences and material desires each side will throw off the balance depending on the choice made at that time.The secret is staying true to what is really important in one's life and thus the scale will fall in balance.
I love the reflection in the mirror of the staircase.
Enjoy the weekend!
xo Susan

kissa said...

Just wandering around and stumbled upon your blog. Isn't it just lovely? 4 letters of love is a fantastic book. I too love Scandinavia and used to live near Loughrigg so how could I not say Hi? Nice to have found you.

goddessof4 said...

I love that book!!!! I keep rereading it again and again!!!!

Annabelle said...

My heart desires but my mind reflects; too many bills to have the pleasure of buying the material world and so I create....from nothing or just visit Blogging and Flickr friends and enjoying with my eyes the surrounding beauty and getting inspired.
Being broke has a way with me in conjuring the spirit within me to becoming productive and magically creative, it seems to enlighten me of the inner source of talent I possess that I otherwise would never had known ,so in that way being limited with cash can be a bonus and blessing in disguise although there are times I wish I could just go out and get the renovation people over to redo my old carpet floors with hardwood ,a new kitchen that at the moment is falling apart and a bathroom that needs to be gutted. A beautiful home is still something I strive to make although a loving home I’m fortunate to have!

Hugs Annabelle ~^..^~

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I think in simply asking those questions, one is halfway there. Being aware of what it is in life that truly feeds our soul, somehow makes it a bit easier to say no to that perfect pair of costly shoes! Sometimes.

Leticia said...

I visited and didn't leave a comment because there were so many others and they were so similar to what I wanted to say- but I had to return and let you know that I too was touched by your post and the beautiul images. A lovely post as always.

Sussi's värld said...

Love your blog, is it ok with you if I write about it in my blog?
Can I use some of your photos?

Mary-Laure said...

What a BEAUTIFUL place! More please...

Anonymous said...

Only smarties have the answer!!

Sandra Evertson said...

I think we have succeed in making our lives authentic by simply questioning it, it shows we care enough to examine and make it better! Lovely post!
Sandra Evertson

The Devil Makes Work said...

Hi Lynn,

I will have to check that book out. I know how you feel especially now. Material things really don't mean anything, but like you, I could never give up my Mac!!


Lilla Blanka said...

Hi Lynn !

I feel so much better no, thanks for your concern. *hug*

On Friday I´m off to a blogmeeting in Denmark, that will be just great I think :)

Have a nice evening my dear friend,

Annie said...

What an important question you ask. For me, life and death and the events of afterwards helped me a lot in this area. I discovered how much I was influenced by the opinions of others and started to feel free to be more truly myself. This is no criticism of those who have passed. It simply was the way it was. Acceptance allowed for moving forward.

As I eliminated "things" from my life, I was able to more truly understand the "things" I wanted to keep in my life. Discovering that made matters much easier to find personal peace and balance.

There is still a lot that can go but now I'm not nearly so stressed and confused by it. It is a highly personal journey, Lynn, but friends sharing their experiences are excellent lamps to light our way. I am very grateful for all who helped me when I really needed it.

Sea Angels said...

I am completely overwhelmed by the wonderful correspondence from all of our lovely and caring blog friends, each and everyone of you has offered your own words from the soul, I am deeply touched.
Lots of love

Sussi's värld said...

Thank you for the nice things you said about my blogg.
When we came to N.Z the girls were 6 and 9 years so they just knew a few words of english.
It was pretty hard the three first months, and now they are fluent.
In Spain we put them into a english school, but they learned spanish aswell. Now back in Sweden they are both in english schools because they are better in english then swedish, and the level abroad was so much higher so my yongest one is three years ahead in spanish...
Hopefully we have to try some more countries in the future, it´s so exciting.
Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Mom, I hope you know that just being you is enough - you dont need to ask any questions or seek any answers; you are wonderful EXACTLY the way you are and I would not change you in any way.......dvd player and all! I dont tell you enough how much I love you and how proud I am of what you have achieved. Love always - Kate x x (Love to Ade too! x)

Sea Angels said...

Thankyou so much my beloved daughter, you are in my heart and with me always.
Mom xxx

Deb said...

I adore my Simple Abundance book as well - keep it on my bedside table still after all these years. When ever I find it at book sales/garage sales I pick it up to give to a friend. I hadn't realized it had been 13 years! great post Lynn. Enjoy your weekend.

vosgesparis said...

I would love to give you THE answer to your questions.. but I guess the balance is when on a normal day you walk around and think.. WoW I really feel happy.. so I think you knowby yourself where the balance is between being creative, working and dreaming about who you want to be when you grow up.. ;)

PS the soap.. in the little bowl are soap flokes in vanilla .. they are sold in a soap shop over here.

Millie said...

Dear sweet Lynn - what a truly beautiful soul you are sharing your feelings so honestly with us all.

20 years ago I went through a period of great loss. Sarah's book 'found' me & during that time I journaled & tucked the pages in her book. It provided such comfort & insight, & life moved on.

After reading your post, I wandered over to my bookshelf & reached for Simple Abundance again. I have just sat on the floor reading some of my entries & it's been such a joy.

So much has happened since then - so many blessings, much joy & newfound love, the pleasure of seeing my precious little boys become strong, wonderful men.

You have a very special gift my friend, one that crosses to the other side of the world & touches a stranger in a unique & spiritual way.
Millie ^_^

Ziakoko said...

What interesting questions! I think its hard to map the difference between pleasure from beauty and desire for having more & more, I think the latter comes from not having your priorities in place, finding misplaced comfort in these things often indicate something else is missing(usually spiritual or emotional). Whereas loving beauty can be a way of lifting the spirit and pushing yourself to achieve more to be proud of in life- I have always liked William Morris words do not have anything in your home you do not believe to be beautiful and know to be useful. So if something isn't needed then it doesn't belong. I have a huge archive of lovely images and scrapbooks of things I have seen over the years that I enjoy browsing, doesn't cost a penny but I get to see and enjoy them as much as if they were my own and I am quite happy to wait for my perfect home when my children are older because you can't really give them all your heart if you have filled it with other things! Regards Zia