Inspire, Music, Reflection

Kpop…oh, wait!

This is a weekend for KPop, because I feel like it. Ever wonder what KPop genre is - is it popular songs sung by or created by South Koreans? Does collaboration count? How does that apply to American Pop, or UK Pop, or...? I love the collaborations proliferating across the music world, trans-border, across different… Continue reading Kpop…oh, wait!

Being alive, Pain, Poetry, Reflection

Silence

She stays silent, her voice soft, untested drowned by clamoring thoughts, She keeps numb, swallowing her desires, never spoken for who would heed? Flashes of light and thunder declares, look at me, but like rain clouds that pass everyday, no one misses her coming and going. She bides her time for one day she could… Continue reading Silence

Contemplate, Music, Reflection, Rejuvenate

We cry, it’s ok

So recommendations on my music streaming service... and beautiful songs to share. "Sometimes we cry in the daytime... sometimes it's dark in the daylight." And "It's okay to be not okay, it's just fine to be out of your mind. Breathe in deep just a day at a time." ~ FlorenceT © 2021 FlorenceT Copyright… Continue reading We cry, it’s ok

Living life, Reflection, The Self

A little slow

And so I find myself a little slow these days. Slow in my movements, slow to transition from one thing to another, slow to start or resume. For one who usually moves briskly, eager to tackle tasks immediately and meeting things head on with vigour, this is potentially a cause for concern. Is it age,… Continue reading A little slow

Living life, Pain, Passion, Poetry, Reflection

Wishing not to have – a poem

I came upon poet, Yun Dong-Ju (1917-1945), while researching another. Born in China, he lived during a turbulent time in Korean history spending his life in China, then Korea and Japan. He died at 27 years old in a Japanese prison. All of his works were published posthumously. This is his poem from "Sky, Wind,… Continue reading Wishing not to have – a poem

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul, The Self

Spark of gladness

She was being served at the checkout by a young woman in her early 20s. Her greasy hair matted to her head, her clothes had seen better days. Her child-like voice did not match her middle-aged appearance, and could be heard in the quiet store despite her obvious attempt to whisper. Three people stood in… Continue reading Spark of gladness

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

Ease into a stretch

A desk job means tired achy neck, shoulder and back muscles by the end of the week, or day depending on the day had. For me, yoga stretches are great to alleviate the tension. No, I am not about to give a class on yoga 🙂 As I begin my stretch, there is inevitably a… Continue reading Ease into a stretch

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul, The Self

A sacred place

Feeling unsettled as I went into a meditation practice, this came to me so I am sharing. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Now imagine a place where you feel relaxed... A warm cocoon where you go to get away from the demands of daily life. A place of respite, a place where you… Continue reading A sacred place

Living life, Reflection, The Self

Stages of life

A young person reminded me that we can always do things differently no matter the stage of life we are in. "Stage of life" - this phrase alone has bound or constrained many. How often have we been told, how often have we heard the narratives of "you should be doing this at this stage… Continue reading Stages of life

Living life, Reflection

Saving the best

A week off work, and in my leisure, I chanced upon a new series led by a much-respected actor (whom I happen to like a lot 😉 ). So I started watching it and...wow! What a well-made series, with a clever plot and depth of performances by the cast so far. In my experience, this… Continue reading Saving the best

Book reviews, Non-fiction

#bookreview “Can You See My Scars” by Samuel Moore-Sobel

First, a sincere apology to Samuel for the delay in posting this review. But I got here 🙂 I applaud Samuel’s courage I revisiting this traumatic event and writing his story. I was expecting “life lessons” neatly packaged from this writing, but it is not to be so. The true lesson, if there is to… Continue reading #bookreview “Can You See My Scars” by Samuel Moore-Sobel

Inspire, Music, Reflection, Rejuvenate

Carefree vibes #BTS

You may have heard of BTS, the KPop boy band sensation sweeping the global music industry. I've been a fan though not quite Army :-). Respect is due for their success is a testament to their hard work in an uncompromising industry, especially globally. Their latest single is a catchy tune, with doses of carefree… Continue reading Carefree vibes #BTS

Being alive, Living life, Poetry, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

Luminous space

There is a luminous space between hopeful and hopeless, where hope still resides. The place of stillness, neither active or passive. A place where we observe beyond, gather and consolidate. Where we let things come...and go without expectations or anticipation. A place where light and darkness do not matter; their presence merely a balancing phenomenon.… Continue reading Luminous space

Being alive, Haiku, Music, Reflection, Reminisce

Who shall care #haiku

Away from reflection... a haiku of the now. Who shall care, tender are the spring buds, saplings strive for new life, enough. ~ FlorenceT   I have always found writing haiku deeply satisfying, to convey much with so few words. If you need some inspiration, there's a community here. I wrote the haiku from this… Continue reading Who shall care #haiku

In relationship, Living life, Reflection, The Self

Expectations

Sydney was put into COVID19 lock down again, fortunately for 2 weeks only...for now. When it was announced, relief swept through me and it felt like a holiday had been declared. And I wonder why. After all, I work mostly from home and a lock down have relatively little impact on me. Yes, I do… Continue reading Expectations

Being Woman, Living life, Reflection, The Self

Sleeping patterns

She has lived alone for a few years. Most nights she gets to choose the side of her bed she will lay. She slips in (and out) gently and is still a calm "sleeper", rarely does she mess up her bed covers. This reduces the time she needs to make her bed in the morning.… Continue reading Sleeping patterns

In relationship, Living life, Reflection, The Self

Honouring what is

To knowing yourselfGiving yourself spaceTo rest, heal and reviveTo give over to moments of nourishment and renewalTo go easy,Tomorrow is another day, To being kind to yourself,Loving yourself. Their grace of being kind to themselves, creating mental frameworks to house their experiences, boundaries to maintain their sense of self, choosing each day to sit in… Continue reading Honouring what is

In relationship, Music, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

Cynics say

Cynics speak of the transactional nature of love. Maybe it is not so. And perhaps it is, on a functional perspective. In daily activities, choices are made. In the realm of human existence, decisions are taken. Give and take, so they say. We take stock; subconsciously for what cannot be measured. And in the midst… Continue reading Cynics say

Being Woman, Living life, Reflection

Heart and mind

I marvel at the unbounded desires of the mortal's heart, never ceasing its quest for love. Often hopeful of fulfilling its deepest longings. Yet sometimes we need to leave its door open, Be humble to the comings and goings. I marvel at the complexity of the human mind, its capacity to tell stories of everything.… Continue reading Heart and mind