Word Nerd: Bucolic

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsybucolic definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyBucolic is a word that describes that idyllic picture of rural life that seems to be woven into the collective conscious. When one is asked to depict their idea of the countryside, it’s often a bucolic image that flows forth. In this Pinterest world it’s an even more idyllic picture – a bucolic setting, halcyon in it’s beauty, tranquil in it’s vast, rolling lushness, filled with flowers, sunshine, soft, sweet air, and a delicious sense of escapism. Goodness, I want to be in that bucolic setting right now! While the rural countryside can be picturesque and lush and everything else bucolic, it can also be rough and work-a-day.

Bucolic Scene, 1910 Ker-Xavier Roussel via LaWhimsySweet soft air / fields of dreams / a bucolic paradise / lushness extreme. / So fair and so mild / a richness that drips / so quiet and wild . /A soul soothing trip to a land that’s surreal / a vastness that kisses / a lover so real… ~ Ella

Bucolic is a delicious Spring word and a word that while idealized, is one that suits the serene beauty of the countryside.

Namaste ~ Ella

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Monday Mantra 150 – Nature often holds up a mirror…

Nature often holds up a mirror Mary Ann Brussat quote Monday Mantra 150 via LaWhimsyNature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.” ~ Mary Ann Brussat

Nature is a mirror that reflects our lives in a cyclical and rhythmic pattern, through each phase of the moon, each turn of the seasons, each passing of the days. There is a consistent, soothing, transformative order that mimics our own lives (or perhaps it is we who mimic nature). When you feel lost or discombobulated you only have to look to nature to find a grounding peace and center to focus on. Nature soothes and reminds us that we do have a rhythm and flow to our lives, even when it feels like chaos. Nature has it’s storms and it’s own chaos and yet it always keeps going, keeps renewing and keeps growing even in the most devastating of  circumstances. This beautiful quote seems so fitting for the start of Spring, a time of renewal and transformations as the Earth begins to blossom and bloom (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere). It’s a reminder that every Winter, every bleak, seemingly dead time comes to an end and life reemerges, filled with hope and promise and the chance to start anew. Look into the mirror Nature holds up for you and remember to breathe and welcome the ongoing process of life.

Namaste ~ Ella

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Word Nerd: Draíocht

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsydraíocht definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyDraíocht (which is pronounced DREE-oct) is an Irish word for magic. Draíocht once specifically denoted the secret lore and arts of the druids of pre-Christian Ireland, however now it is used to describe the magical unseen. Irish and Celtic legend and lore are rich in draíocht. My own Irish side connects deeply to draíocht in so many ways. I can sense it in the land, in the air, in the water, in my dreams. The draíocht that once was widely known and accepted by all is as known to me now. Draíocht is timeless and it is woven into all of our beings, it’s just that many choose to not acknowledge it.

Draíocht Forest Guardian Spirit digital art collage by Ella of LaWhimsyTime seeped in knowledge / draíocht whispers ebb and flow / conscious and unconscious / the Spirits live and grow. /  All around us they gather / they dance, play and pray / circular rhythms enchant Nature’s way. / Ancient and modern / now and for always / entrancing and mystic / unseen and knowing… ~ Ella 

Draíocht is such a deliciously fitting word for this week, seeing as it’s only two days until St. Patrick’s Day and my birthday. Each year I try to find a wonderful Irish word and I have to say that draíocht is now one of my favorites!

 

Namaste ~ Ella

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