Recently I came across the writings of Australian author Ailsa Piper who is a writer, actor, producer and teacher.
Her reflection on sadness and the gifts that lie within it (see link below) deeply resonated with me. We so often want to understand immediately the meaning of our thoughts, feelings and life experiences. However, often the gift within requires silence, patient waiting and mindfulness before we can truely receive the lessons that await us.
In her ‘Lessons from the lighthouse’, Ailsa demonstrates that objects and places in our lives (in this case a lighthouse) have much to teach us. If we but look with open eyes, mind and soul these objects, places and the world around us will whisper, talk and shout at us lessons that can provide us with perspective and insight, guiding us forward on the journey as we stumble or stride through the here and now of daily life.
Ailsa has written many other articles that are found in newspapers and online journals. Amongst her writing is her first book, ‘Sinning across Spain: a walker’s journey from Granada