Coffee shop life…

I am sitting writing in a coffee shop… When we come to Winchmore Hill we take up residency in the Larder, but on Mondays it is closed, so I am sitting in a another, surrounded by much deliciousness and chatter and plenty…

Plenty of people and food and choices of smoothies, brownies, healthy meals and coffees…

Life is a coffee shop now, for so many… Or a bar.

As humans much of our life has always been spent preparing and eating food, and now there is more emphasis too on drinking coffee – and then enjoying more food and beer and wine – and more coffee.

And the workplace now doesn’t necessarily need to be in a workplace anymore, it can be wherever there is wifi; often in coffee bars – the world is changing…

But the world has always been changing for time immemorial – change is constant, movement is forever – Heraclitus the Greek philosopher known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe said…

“The way up and the way down are one and the same. Living and dead, waking and sleeping, young and old, are the same.”

Because of course there is seeming imbalance; to plenty, there is famine… To extreme wealth, there is poverty, to the light the dark.

To create the perfect balance, of yin and yang.

And we are also reminded that everything is unfolding as it should… Which of course doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be endeavouring to live fully, to care about things, to shift and change and grow and engage in passionately in projects; to make a difference, to make changes…

To be the change, to be the difference…..

Whilst accepting what is in every moment…

And so we continue to tread the earth plane, as we have always done… Waking and sleeping, feasting and experiencing famine…

Banqueting and fasting, winning and losing… Loving and hating; in war and peace…

And as I glance around the coffee shop, full of life being lived, connecting, communicating…  I reflect that this is just one small room in the vast planet…

But people are connecting and communicating globally through the amazing ‘telepathy’ of the internet, phones and computers….

We are one big global village…

 

 

Know thyself…

Winchmore Hill became a party street today, a big wheel right in the centre, and a stage on the green, Morris dancers in the street…Art… Music, food, clothes jewellery, gin! Everything in abundance and people crowded, packed together, enjoying the summers warmth… Perfect for the occasion.

I could hear the merriment outside the peace of our beautiful walled garden. Anadi had gone to meet a friend for a coffee, and I stayed in the leafy cool solitude of our little stables home for awhile. I stretched and did my routine of step ups press ups and more… I planned to run later and so I went into the garden to see what the day might hold… I saw Octavious who had just finished his breakfast, and then my dueña Nina appeared at her french windows, and instead of braving the bustle and the hustle we chatted together in the garden…

In the main about the preference for introversion, for needing the space, the peace…. How important it is to honour, and embrace the introvert, both within if that is your preference but also in society…

Acknowledge and accept the folk who prefer to be alone, who don’t enjoy a party or a crowd… Or to whom a party or a crowd exhausts rather than energises…

Know thyself… There are some of us who love nothing more than to be in a room with people, on a green with people, at a festival, a gathering, a joining together… The energy can build and multiply and delight and energise… And that is a joyous thing…

But then there are some of us, who need the silence of solitude, or the sounds of nature, not a person in sight (or only a few…!) or to be one to one with a special other.. Who get energised by silence, stillness being alone…

There is no right way… There is your way. And that can of course be a changeable thing… Both places give an experience, a place to know more aspects of ourselves, to see where tension builds, to see where expansion occurs, where joy bubbles, where exhaustion occurs.

For this can happen in the space of aloneness, when instead it takes on the guise of ‘loneliness’… As well as in the space of a group… Tensions can arise, doubts, insecurities, self consciousness, lack of confidence… All states that need noticing, investigating can happen within every situation imaginable…

Clearing the tension, means it is easier to be where we really want to be, as it will emerge from the truth of ourselves.

Anadi appeared back home, as Nina and I were chatting, so then he and I made our way out onto the Green… We walked through the fun, the energy of Saturday song and dance… We took in the sights, the smells, the sounds…

We walked through it all… ‘It’s like a mini festival…’ Anadi commented.

We then made our way to the pub on the corner of the green and ate salad and drank coffee and watched the Saturday around us… Wimbledon on the television, alcohol flowing, chocolate brownies with ice cream, plates laden high… Children running, crying, falling, laughing…
The pub got busier and busier… Louder and louder…

And so we came back to our tranquil garden, where Octavious greeted us in his quiet welcoming way…

Later on we once more entered the throng…

More people than ever now, from the tranquil calm to the fiesta fun we moved… We made our through to go running on the fields next to Sainsbury’s…! Where three matches were playing… The sun was starting to drop low in the sky as we circled the pitches to the resounding thwack of the ball on bat… It felt like we were running through the ‘set’ of the scene of a typical English Saturday afternoon…