Wednesday, April 28, 2010

So, where does your Soul hang out to dry its tears?

Oh crikey! What can I say? I've been away way longer than I would have wanted to. And I feel I've been neglecting this little corner of my soul. And I know it's missed me too.

The interesting thing though, is that I've not been completely away from soul work. You see, I've been writing for an Interior Design blog. And although they're not paying me anyway close to what my writing is worth (never mind the research that's involved), I'm building a profile and, for the moment at least, I'm choosing to think of it as 'being paid to learn'.

(Those of you who read this blog and my other one that bears my name will know that I've opted to slave myself.  At least until I become so well known and sought after that I'll be the one commanding my rates and I won't be shy about it either, I can tell you now).

Oh sure, I'm not making enough to buy myself a decent pizza marinara but hey, I'm getting my name out there. That's got to help. And, I get to write about something I love. Yeah!

Still, all this is not quite in the vein of this blog, So, if you'll excuse me just one moment while I make a slight adjustment to tone, voice, style and content.

Ah, that feels more like it. 

So, I was wondering,which part of your dwelling place you go to when you're feeling sad. Is there a particular room that you find greatest comfort and consolation in? Or, if you happen to live in a no-room studio apartment, which corner or spot do you get drawn to?  Or perhaps it's your garden that provides balm of healing for your soul?

And, what does your sad sanctuary look like? What have you got in it? Does it look anything like these?

""  the soul


the soul. vanishes, into the

shape of things"

—ROBERT KELLY, “The Blue”.

"Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul."  ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


  1. I have been away from the blogging site for a while myself - No place like home...Really like to ideas you posted here ( Pictures)... I am not sure about the first photo ( again its just me). But my fav is the spa setting.. So peaceful! :) Keep writing!

  2. Hey NT

    Thanks for dropping by and hope you'll get back into the blogging scene :)

    The pictures don't necessarily reflect my personal tastes either. Often, I include ones that provide a variety and that are vastly different to what I like. But they provide contrast and they might appeal to other's all good :)

  3. Honestly, can't remember the last time I felt sad. When I was young, I'd always take my sadness outside, usually to the beach, where I'd walk until the sand and surf dissolved it.

  4. I don't know about a room for when I'm sad, because I'm rarely that.

    As for a room for when I need space to think and breath - far away from the madness of the world, the nagging girlfriend and screaming baby, then there is no place better than my little box room upstairs - where I can also get some peace and quiet to write my blog and make comments like the one I'm doing now.

  5. My sadness makes me silent and my silence connects me with the world of my thoughts.

  6. @ NP I don't feel sad as often as I used to. That said, I've been reading a book by Neale Donald Walsh, Happier than God, where he makes the distinction between feeling 'sad' and feeling 'unhappy'.

    I think I used to feel unhappy a lot, an awful lot, I might add. Not so much these days, I do feel sad though when I think of certain people and the pain they're going through or at least the pain I think they're going through.

    @ Jason We all need our 'space', don't we? I wonder, what does your 'box room' look like? Have you got certain colors or things in it that are of special significance? That sort of help you calm down instantly or just take you to a better place?

    I've got lots of places that I can go to. I love walking or just looking out from my window and the trees and their beautiful green leaves or often, my laptop and the internet :)

    @ Eyewitness Great to see you here! Yes, I too go into my world of thoughts and also my world of music...

  7. As you we know that a blog needs a "Blog Doctor" similarly a blogger needs a thought doctor. That is what I was looking for in BC directory today.
    Best Wishes

  8. A 'Thought Doctor'. Oh yes, everybody needs one and the best one I think is the one you find deep within you - your inner wisdom. In the meantime, fortunately for us, there are people who have found their Inner Guru/Wisdom and are sharing their knowledge and understandings with us...Neale Donald Walsh, Abraham through Esther and Jerry Hicks, A Course of Miracles, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer...and going back in time, the Buddha, Jesus, Muhammed, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela etc etc.

    I do hope you find what you're looking for!

  9. PS @ Eyewitness I meant to share this thing that I read in Neale's book, Happier than God. I think it's something he's quoted from A Course in Miracles:

    "Nothing has meaning other than the meaning you give it".

  10. I don't ever feel "sad." I don't mean I don't feel like a good cry sometimes, or shocked by some act of cruelty to another sentient being, but I don't seem to feel this sadness to which people refer. Perhaps I am afraid of it. I did not have a very happy childhood and I used to "disappear into myself" a lot. So when events happen that cause me mental pain, I pull myself inside and put it into a place where I can derive some energy from it. I guess then that my sad place is a mental place and not a physical one as I seem to be able to do this anywhere. Yes, I'm a weird one :)

  11. Hi Rosina, thanks for sharing this. I'm quite certain there's no rule that we must feel sad or feel sad in a certain way! I find that I do get sad, mostly when I see or think of the plight of others. But I don't dwell on it. Having a portable mental space is a great way of handling sadness :)

  12. Ooh! I like that photos of ordinary rooms are here too ... So many sites that feature room-design elements are of spaces in which a single chair costs more moolah than I've ever made in my whole *life* ...

    I'm just cruising all your blogs after reading your notes on mine ... Thanks so much for your love of and commitment to conversation! It means the world to me ...

  13. I have always despaired of the barbarity, cruelty ,and inhumane nature of Mother Nature and human nature as well. The only refuge, I think, for the soul (or mind or whatever you wish to call it)
    is the 3lb. universe...the brain. Of course, it doesn't
    hurt to have a professional decorator design it!
    My best


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