First of all, I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to Kim, for hosting me on her beautiful site today. As a poet, her insights into the dreaming mind have intrigued and fascinated me. My muse is frequently inspired by my dreams (and nightmares) and so often I wake up afterwards needing to scribble them down to use in a poem later.
There is a story behind every book that’s written, and this, my first collection of poetry, is no exception. It is a culmination of a year’s writing after suffering an emotional collapse back in 2010. I won’t lie, it was a dark time back then and I had to ask a lot of deep and painful questions from myself through talking therapy and counselling. It felt as if I’d reached an emotional roadblock in my life and I couldn’t go a step further without any help. It seemed I had survived this far without feeling anything, dissociating myself away from all the difficult emotions, never confronting my demons head on. They refused to lie down this time.
It was mindfulness and writing poetry that ultimately saved me. I started scribbling in a journal every day and in the process of that scribbling I discovered a joy for wordplay and poetry. There’s something about allowing my thoughts and emotions to breathe through the power of the medium that has been profoundly healing for me.
One day, while I was at home, I decided to open up a Twitter account, thinking it would be a waste of time and full of celebrities I cared little about. Instead, I discovered a whole community of poets and writers who inspired me greatly with their skills and talent. I was also extremely lucky in finding some wonderfully supportive people who I have grown very close to and who have encouraged me every step of the way.
I started a blog and read all the poetry I could, working every day to improve my craft. I write about what moves me, the connections between the human psyche and the allure of our natural world. I found there was so much beauty in the world if only I had stopped for long enough to notice it. Through mindful awareness, I have experienced a spiritual awakening of sorts that has carried and sustained me throughout my poetic journey.
I am very blessed and have delved deep inside of myself to write this book, finding a pathway that leads to wherever my soul needs to be so that I can flourish and feel fulfilled. I hope you will join me as I continue this journey.
The beautiful county of Somerset in Southwest England serves as perpetual inspiration for Louise Hastings and her sensuous poetry, which contemplates the connections between the human psyche and the allure of our natural world. Louise allows her thoughts and emotions to breathe through the power of her artistic expression, creating a profound healing for both the mind and the soul. Follow Louise as she continues her poetic journey. (source: Winter Goose Publishing)