Tag Archives: peace

Micro-Fiction: ‘Hiding from the World’

Hiding From The World

The grass fringing the lake is my sanctuary. It offers me stillness, isolation from the noise and busyness of the world. For now, that is how I want it to be. Just me, the forest, the mountain, the waders and birds of prey … and the lake. Even the sky is my friend today, its cloud leaking onto the higher reaches of the mountain. I feel it reinforcing my separation from everything else.

I have left the electronic world behind, turned my back on its insistence, its urgency, its pleading. I cannot be found. I cannot be called back. This is where I need to be. Before it is too late.

Here, I can breathe, and my lungs expand with ease. The mirror in my cabin reminded me this morning that I haven’t shaved for three days. But despite the stubble, the face looking back at me seemed younger. The V of lines on my forehead had vanished, and my shoulders seemed lower and looser. It had taken me a while to figure out what else was missing … then I realised it was the haunted look in my eyes, the pain I’d carried with me for ten years absent for the first time. Instead, I saw a clarity, a brightness, a hope.

I will have to go back sometime; the boat passing by with its chattering teens illustrates that quite clearly. This is not my own paradise. This cannot last forever. I will have to go back soon.

But not today.


Words © Joanna Gawn

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.Net


H is for Hope (The Cordello Quest A-Z Series)

Hope … where would we be without it?

Sometimes, our thoughts and beliefs lead us into darkness and worry, into fear and difficulty. Sink too far down this road and it can take a while (and some effort) to break free. At its worst, hopelessness can be utterly devastating.

But sometimes a lack of hope can be turned around with a little inspiration and encouragement. We hope this is the case for you, if you’re in need of a bit of a boost!

As hope is such a key theme in The Lazuli Portals series, you might like this extract from The Cordello Quest. This is one of the many sections that ‘wrote themselves’. 🙂

Keira has arrived in Cordello and is having a bit of a crisis of confidence. Well, that’s understandable given how she got there, leaving Jason behind in their own world! Lord Charls has been giving Keira a tour of his manor’s gardens, which she has thoroughly enjoyed.

But then her worry circuit kicks back in …

Then I assessed my current situation. Would I even be able to return to my own world? Would I be trapped here in Cordello? Would Karn achieve his ambitions, desecrating and taking over Cordello? I frowned, as I remembered the reason for my being here. My feeling of well–being vanished in an instant, and as if Charls was tuned into my emotions, he turned to me, a quizzical expression on his familiar face.

“You are worried, Keira, are you not? Please – enjoy the gardens, and experience each moment fully. Allow such moments to lift you back to your natural state of optimism and happiness. Pleasure helps you to lift your vibration and to keep it high.

You are helping us, in no small way, simply by being here – fulfilling your part in our legend gives our people hope. Never, ever underestimate the power of hope.

Your presence will automatically expand the quantity and quality of lovelight that we can share and store. If you, too, can keep your energy high, that will spread to others, also.”

Charls gently touched the petals of a golden–yellow rose as he passed. “Accept what might be, and feel the peace of the moment. You can become peaceful right now – just by intending so.”

Do you find any of those words from Lord Charls particularly helpful? Does one suggestion resonate more with you than the others?

We hope (pun intended!) you’ve enjoyed this post. Please Comment, Like, and/or Share if you have – and please also let us know whether you’d like us to write the next letter in this series (or not!!)

Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals

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Words and image copyright Joanna Gawn

Earlier posts in this A-Z Series: A, B, C, D, E, F and G

G is for Glade: Keira’s Meditation (The Cordello Quest A-Z Series)

Keira stops for a moment of meditation in one of Cordello’s secret glades.

The softest of late summer breezes skims across my skin as I sit on the grass at the edge of the natural pool. I let my fingers dip into the water. It feels delicious.

In the distance, I can hear the muted roar of the waterfall. But here, all is quiet, with golden sunlight slanting through the trees protecting the glade.

I could stay here all day, in this secret place. Just me and the clear water and the gentle breeze sighing through the trees.

Above me, the air is tinted with the opal tones of lovelight, and it soothes me.

My breathing slows. The tranquility and energy of my surroundings seep into me, penetrating deep into my muscles, my bones, my cells, until I am completely relaxed.

There is nothing I need to do. I have no desire or need to move.

My body rests. My mind is quiet.

I am just me. Here, I am free.

I know this place now, and when I need its stillness, its peace, I will return.


We hope you enjoyed this little slice of tranquility. If you did, please Like the post, leave a Comment, and/or Share it. That way we’ll know you’d like us to continue with this series! 😉

~ Joanna

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Earlier posts in this A-Z Series: A, B, C, D, E, and F