Holding our loving space….

In my sifting and sorting this week I have re-discovered my Granny’s tea set in a box. I have started to use her cups and I am going to plant her teapot, sugar bowl and jug up with spring plants. I let my Mum (her daughter) know about my discovery and then we went on to talk about family treasures in my space. The embroidered cloths that Mum has passed my way, Granny’s sewing basket that I use nearly every day, the bookcase that my Dad gifted his Mum when he got his first paycheck is with me too, holding my beloved books. Creative treasures that Emily, my daughter, has made over the years are here too, with a set of her paintings alongside a creative table I have put together. Everything in one place and accessible, so that I can create in a spark and not have to hunt for anything, or set anything out. Marvellous.

Each circle in each day brings me back to a calm centre within, where I am held in a loving space.

Sharp winds of change have blown through life lately and I have found peace in this calm centre. It’s not about denial of upset, because as feelings rise up like waves, I acknowledge them and then ‘park’ them. In turning my mind back to the nurture of creativity, and what soothes naturally, the temptation to layer up against the pain doesn’t happen. I flow with accepting that it is how it is.

So many times in my work and life I meet souls layered up and sheltering behind their shields. Sometimes so layered up that they have managed to convince themselves that they don’t need nurture at all. So many painful stories from the past playing out as if they are still happening now.

We are like vessels that fill up and whatever we hold inside gives us the view on how we experience life.

I spend my working days helping others to unpack and gift themselves some room within to breathe and explore new perspectives and options. Recently, a client said ‘I am sorry Jane, I can’t tell you what you have just said, but your voice is so calm I’m falling asleep.’ I burst out laughing, which made him chuckle…laughter and calm in his inner space. ❀

39 Responses to “Holding our loving space….”

  1. 1 mariewilliams53 March 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    This is such a heart-warming post: I loved how it made me feel. Thank you πŸ™‚


  2. 3 smzang February 20, 2018 at 9:53 am


    Your site is lovely, as is this post that breathes love with every word.
    Thank you for sharing your treasures, your light, your talent.


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  3. 5 ShimonZ February 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    what a gift you have Jane, to be able to put someone to sleep with the calmness of your voice… I think I’ve been aware of that gift since I met you. It’s like a sweet kiss.

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  4. 7 frederick anderson February 6, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Nothing ties me to a past more than a signature in a book, In the age of the paperback, I wonder if that precious tradition will be lost? Do we retain and treasure things anymore, do we still have a sense of value and possession?
    Oy Veh! Hugs, Jane XXX.

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  5. 8 dgkaye February 6, 2018 at 4:36 am

    I love how your positive spirit flows through the page here Jane. You’re such an inspiration and I’m so glad to learn you are finding such treasures from the past and incorporating them into your daily life.
    I especially loved this: “We are like vessels that fill up and whatever we hold inside gives us the view on how we experience life.” Gorgeous my friend. ❀ xoxox

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    • 9 Jane Sturgeon February 6, 2018 at 9:43 am

      You and Gordon are much in my thoughts and prayers lovely. ❀ With a number of entrenched situations in his life Georgie is overwhelmed and he feels better able to tackle things on his own. I have gracefully accepted this and I guess the getting everything out of storage and nesting here by the water, was part of me finding some ease. I have writing ideas starting to spark, so my special unicorn buddy, creativity saves the day. Much ❀ and hugs flowing to you both. xXx ❀

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      • 10 dgkaye February 6, 2018 at 7:33 pm

        Truest words Jane, creativity has saved many days for many of us. You know, I didn’t want to pry but I knew you hadn’t mentioned Georgie in awhile. I’m sorry he’s going through a funk right now. Men can be funny that way, keeping to themselves when they could rightly do with someone loving and understanding by their side. You keep busy with your lovely new/old treasures and all the creativity flowing and I just know when he’s ready in his head, he’ll be back to the best thing that has probably happened to him in a long time – YOU!
        Sending you big warm loving thoughts my lovely friend. ❀ xoxoxo πŸ™‚

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        • 11 Jane Sturgeon February 7, 2018 at 6:04 am

          Your warmth and wisdom can be felt instantly, no matter the geographical distance my lovely unicorn friend. I don’t hold any expectations, so I feel whole in this moment with nurturing and creativity as valued tools in my box. I know that you will know exactly what I mean. Hugs and much love flowing to you. xXx ❀

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          • 12 dgkaye February 7, 2018 at 4:50 pm

            I do know exactly what you mean sweet friend! Savour the creativity – the universe works in mysterious ways. ❀ Hugs received and new ones flowing back to you. ❀ ❀ xxx

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  6. 13 Jane Stansfeld February 5, 2018 at 12:16 am

    I’m not a hoarder but treasure the few mementos that I’ve saved over the years You are correct, their presence brings an enveloping peace especially the items with beauty, and perhaps items which I wouldn’t buy for myself. The teacup at the top of your post is a poignant example..

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  7. 15 Clare Pooley February 4, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    What a pretty tea-set! It is wonderful to have family treasures around us as a connection with those people who mean the most to us.
    Isn’t it sad when people can’t let go of pain and resentment? One of my cousins has been feeling more and more upset about something her partner hasn’t done and this has been going on for years! She feels it’s not up to her to broach the subject but is getting angry and I’m sure her partner has no idea what the problem is! Take care, Jane ❀ ❀ Love and hugs xxxx

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  8. 18 ianscyberspace February 3, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Memories are so important as they cheer us and warn us as we remember. I like your hairdo Jane.

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  9. 20 Francina February 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    lovely post with wisdom words, lovely Jane .. sending hugs across the creek ❀

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  10. 23 nataliescarberry February 3, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Wow love this and the “space” you are in!!! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  11. 28 davidprosser February 2, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    That’s quite a compliment your client paid you Jane even if it made you chuckle. Few are the people we feel safe falling asleep with.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  12. 30 Al February 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Aha! At last a remedy for my insomnia! Please send me your phone number.


  13. 32 tornadoday February 2, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    ….I don’t know what it is about we mortals……..we can’t help but keep the worst, carrying with us as a reminder of the pain………… ❀

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  14. 35 John W. Howell February 2, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    It is so nice to have things around us that have our family history built in. I have my grandfather’s WW I instrument chest as a side table and it gives me a sense of history.

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