Leonard Cohen and life as a Love Avoidant

‘It was the shape of our love that twisted me’

I spent the weekend in Hunter Valley to see Leonard Cohen. It was amazing, he was incredible, but when he spoke those words I almost gave myself whiplash snapping my head around to look at him.

Hi my name is Lisa and I’m Love Avoidant.

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The power of intention and an open smile

Recently I started setting an intention for my day first thing in the morning while I have a shower. I don’t really know how or why it started, it’s been rather instinctive, but it feels really good, like I’m positively influencing the way in which my day will unfold.

Perhaps the experience of my day is unavoidably coloured by the intention, a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, I don’t know. But I do know that it has been having an impact and not necessarily in the way I intended.

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A fluffy Rorschach and a pair of profound clouds

One of my most favourite things to do when I’m in the ocean is to lay on my back, keep my ears under the water and make shapes out of the clouds. It is really important to do this behind where the waves break, nothing worse than a surprise wave when you’re having a moment.

As much I love cloud watching in the ocean it’s rarely something I think of doing when I’m on laying on the beach. This week I did and I’m so grateful. The clouds on that day were miraculous. There was no squinting and trying to force shapes, they were clear as day and then I watched them transform into other clearly identifiable shapes. I was riveted for at least an hour – which is evident by the glowing tan on my front and the pasty ghost land that is my back.

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