Saturday, 24 March 2012

Story of hope by Sylvia van Bruggen

In 1998 I headed to the OB/GYN because we couldn't get pregnant. He found a lot of problems with my uterus, and prescribed me hormones to deal with most of them.
Within weeks I was a shell of my self. I was deeply depressed and didn't want to come out of bed anymore.
A long journey followed. I sank in deeper and deeper until I was in such darkness I found myself in the kitchen, standing with a knife at my wrist.
I saved myself there. I knew I couldn't live like that anymore, but I also didn't want to die. Something better was there.
I returned to my childhood love, writing, and wrote myself out of the depression. I also rediscovered art, and photography. The final link came when I reconnected with the child in me. I found my joy again and the deep love that connects me to mother Earth.
I have now made this discovery a big part of my life, teaching others to do the same. It is a gift my depression gave me. I am grateful for that darkness, because in the darkness, I found my self.

 

I have a blog over here: http://sylviavanbruggen.blogspot.com/ with some of my poetry and some short stories (just click the tags in the sidebar). Some of my art is on the blog and here on facebook, just posted a new piece yesterday. Don't have an art site yet, really need to make one
And of course there's http://www.playfulsoulwork.com/ where I get people to meet their inner two year old

 

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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