Irish cottages are fairly dark houses, designed to be snug and keep in the heat, working well it has to be said…but I love the light, so have judiciously placed mirrors, here, there and everywhere!
This is one near the north window, reflecting light from the west window.
A well placed mirror can act like another window in terms of light.
I never turn down the offer of a mirror, even a broken one and have even used bits of mirror in the garden to reflect light onto plants.
Contentment is often found to be lacking in the world today.
So many people want more and more and as they acquire material goods become weighted down with the accumulation of such.
Materialism is like the albatross in the poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”
When the mariner finally looked down upon the creatures in the sea around him and recognized their divinity, the dead albatross finally fell from his neck…he became one with all life…contentment descended upon him.
To free oneself, it becomes imperative to examine the inner self and one’s values and beliefs.
There is an old saying, a proverb if you like, that I often heard as a young woman growing up in my home town of Omagh.
Of all we know life to be, three aspects of it will guide your journey: truth, nature and knowledge.
These three things will light the life path and bring you forward, safely and in contentment.
My paternal grandmother had little in terms of money or property, but was immensely wealthy of spirit and generous with all.
Her own mother was an equally remarkable woman and incredibly attuned to the natural world around her.
She loved the world outside of her little lime-washed cottage and slept in a big, brass bed in the barn, all year round, waking with the birdsong and living a long, contented life.
Happiness, contentment and the recognition of Divinity in all life, were never strangers on her journey.