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discomfort and the inbetween liminal spaces Field Notes Blog by Farmer Stacey Langford Coghlan Cottage Farm

Dis/Comfort & The Inbetween

As I sit down to write today, I'm kept company by a little ladybug on my keyboard, one of many busy in my old window frame - a loveliness of ladybirds. They're always here at this time of year - that space between sleep and the waking of spring.

I've found myself unable to write write of late.

Together with the ladybirds it's had me thinking about the power of liminal spaces and how reluctant we often are to both embrace and honour them.

There are familiar liminal spaces; the shift of the seasons, dusk and dawn. . . . But what of the larger cycles of in-between? The ones less easy to put a finger on, to find the seam in grain?

Maybe we are all of us in a greater transition, one so large we can't see it, can't find the edges of and so cannot ever be sure it's truly there.

We feel it, tho, don't we? A subtle shifting? A discomfort, unnamed wariness, an intuited disorientation?

My instinct in these times is often to push through...and sometimes that is the thing. Others . . . well, perhaps simply sitting with it, learning to get comfortable with our discomfort is the only way.

Uncertainty is . . . uncomfortable. There are seasons when it feels that uncertainty itself is the ONLY certainty.

Every year when I tuck those sleeping seeds into the soil, there is no promise that they will bear fruit. I simply have to trust the seeds and the soil know their way.

All we can do in moments like these is to keep planting seeds, acknowledge and accept the not knowing and surrender.

Eventually, the ladybugs will fly away. The writing will return. The edges will reveal themselves.

Until then, hold on.

"Don't dig up in doubt what you planted in faith." E. Elliot

As always.



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