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March 2021

Brambles, boundaries and Sleeping Beauty


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During lockdown, I’ve started taking a daily walk through my local cemetery. Sounds incredibly morbid, I know, but there’s a lesson in here somewhere about getting back to basics and turning to nature as our teacher.

On my walk I couldn’t help notice how some of the bramble bushes were growing. They seemed to be growing in a way that didn’t appear random. They formed clusters that seemed like they were there for a reason, either hiding or covering something. After researching why they grow in this way, I discovered that brambles actually grow as a form of protection.

Their brambles, spines, or prickles are often used as a natural defence against burglary, being strategically planted below windows or around the entire perimeter of a property (we’ve all seen Disney’s Sleeping Beauty where the fairy summons a forest of trees, brambles and thorns that spring up around a castle, shielding it from the outside world and preventing anyone from disturbing the sleeping Princess). They also have been used to protect crops and livestock against other animals – free fencing… clever hey?

This got me thinking about how we need to create our own protective boundaries or ‘bramble bushes’, and give them time and space to grow. Something I’ve personally been trying to implement this year is to dedicate one day a week towards developing my creativity and pushing my business forwards and be really protective over this time every week.

In the interest of continuing the metaphor, brambles also act as a food source for some animals, which led me to think about how establishing our own boundaries and protections allows space for creativity to flourish and grow, as well as allowing us to nurture and give to others at the same time.

What are some of the protective boundaries you have over your time and energy? Send me an email on maddy@paivcreative.co.uk, I’d love to know!

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