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September Morning in the Peak District, by Penny Alexander

Ever had that feeling that something magical is happening outside and you need to look out the window? Sometimes the light wakes me up before the alarm and because it is quite dark at night here, I sleep with the blind open so that the morning light, and sometimes the stars if it is very clear, wake me up.

Earlier this week the light was so magical I had to put on my dressing gown and go outside with my camera. I love how the mist hangs in the valley in the morning and the sun blazes through it. The light was special though, full of the promise of a day of sunshine instead of drizzle. In September that feels like such a gift, like an extra day of Summer. Dad had seen it coming and so we had planned to spend it gardening, another gift.

As I took that photo at the top I remember a massive feeling of everything is well in the world. Obviously being in a beautiful place helps with that, but it is more than that, I think I am in the right place for me at last, but also that I am learning to be more mindful. Lots of other things in life aren’t quite right yet, a place in the country doesn’t solve everything, in fact it creates a load of extra things to learn and adapt to.

No life is ever perfect either, no matter how magic it looks in photos, I still procrastinate too much, wonder if I am doing the right things career wise and fight the same old battles over the telly with my kids here, but I reckon being in the right place geographically for me is a great place to start.

I’m getting the hang of mindfulness at last, and now I have read the Science behind it, I am more invested. I always had to know the ‘why’ as a child, so now I know the whys behind mindfulness I am totally behind it. I read Frazzled by Ruby Wax, which has loads of the Science behind mindfulness, as well as the practical stuff in. I keep having these dazzling moments where I am suddenly totally present and smiling at life. That’s all I can explain it as for now, but I guess the more I practice, the more I will be able to explain it here. Just one moment like that can be enough to change the course of a day.

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  1. 22/09/2017 / 11:22 am

    Lovely post Penny, and I’m with you on mindfulness – it’s something I’m trying to get better at myself. Your photos are beautiful and the light is gorgeous. There is something really special about that kind of September day x

    • Penny Alexander
      22/09/2017 / 1:02 pm

      I was just thinking how unmindful I have been today, it comes and goes, but I will get better! x

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