2015 – Guidance for the Year Ahead

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” ~ William Jennings Bryan “Ah, Nothing is too late, till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Happy New Year and […]

Power Word Meditation for 2015

“The more of me I be, The clearer I can see.” ~ Rachel Archelaus Today I’ve prepared a short guided meditation to help you to truly connect to your power word for 2015. If you haven’t yet chosen your power word go back and choose it here. If you have a crystal that you’d like […]

Choosing your Power Word for 2015

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” ~ Socrates   2015 is almost upon us, and already I can feel the opportunity and potential transformation that this new year brings. Choosing a power word will help me to focus, and make the most of 2015’s energy. Why a power word? I long ago gave […]

The Frog Choir

“Then the singing enveloped me. It was furry and resonant, coming from everyone’s very heart. There was no sense of performance or judgment, only that the music was breath and food.” ~ Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith   It’s been a magical few days here at our little farm. We had a […]

A Little Christmas Gift from Me!

“They always gives me bath salts,” complained Nobby. “And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can’t think why, ‘cos it’s not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You’d think they’d take the hint, wouldn’t you?” ~ Terry Pratchett, Hogfather   Merry Christmas! Thank […]

My Christmas Eve Gift to Myself

“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the […]

Ritual for Connecting with Your Ancestors

“When we have passed a certain age, the soul of the child that we were and the souls of the dead from whom we sprang come and shower upon us their riches and their spells, asking to be allowed to contribute to the new emotions which we feel and in which, erasing their former image, […]

Talking to Dragons

“Always speak politely to an enraged dragon.” ~ Steven Brust, Jhereg   It’s after 3am. An odd time to be posting a blog. Still. I’m wide awake. I might as well stay up now so that I can do my morning meditate soon, as is my daily practice. It’s been one of those nights. The […]

A Lovely Night of Normal

“Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That’s what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?” ~ J.M. Coetzee   One of the problems of having a chronic illness like Lyme Disease is that so often you end up marginalised in your own life. If you choose to expend […]

Quick Christmas Macadamia Shortbread Recipe

“For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.”  ~ W.J. Ronald Tucker   This is a super recipe. It’s rich and buttery, and the lovely crispness of the shortbread goes perfectly with a cup of tea. I like their rustic style […]

How to Connect with Unexpressed Grief and Emotional Pain

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” ~ Sigmund Freud   It’s never healthy to swallow our grief, to stuff down our pain, to ignore our heartache. And I also know that sometimes you just can’t fall afford to fall apart in the moment. You might be […]

A Busy Night

“When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.” ~ Khushwant Singh, Delhi   It’s a short blog today. Sorry. I was up most of last night talking with a client whose daughter was involved in a horrendous […]

Direction or Destination?

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ~ William G.T. Shedd   Right now is a terrific time for planning. 2015 is almost upon us, and as the Captain of our own ship we get to choose where we will sail next year. Some of you might already have a specific […]

Magic – Byron Bay Style

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~ Plato   After a few days of being housebound I was looking forward to an early Saturday breakfast yesterday at a favourite cafe, so with the weekend papers tucked under our arm off we went, […]

My Day’s Best Medicine

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ~ George Gordon Byron   There is one thing Lyme has taught me that is well worth sharing. Some of the best medicine isn’t prescribed by a doctor. Here’s some of my favourite medicine. The smell of pine trees and sunshine. Posies of sweet little flowers from […]

Lit up like a Lyme Green Christmas Tree

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ William W. Purkey   Well, you know by now that when I’m quiet there’s a good reason. This time? My doctor recommended a new combination of Lyme drugs. Result? […]

Easy Christmas Fudge Recipe

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let […]

Weevil Attack!

“Excuse the mess, but we live here.” ~ Roseanne Barr “My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?” ~ Erma Bombeck   I had hoped to be blogging about something interesting. Or inspiring. Or at […]

Magical Teacup Oracle

“As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There’s a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother’s pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, ‘In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes’.” ~ Aprilynne Pike, Illusions   Will you join […]

Me, right now!

“Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.” ~ Heraclitus, Fragments   Forgive me, but I’m sleeping. It has been a big week. Clever wordpress let me write this before I even went to bed, and it shall post itself as I sleep. I’ll be back […]

A Little Taste of Our Sanctuary

“Each positive thought is your refuge and your sanctuary, where in that thoughtful moment, you are safe.” ~ Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life   It’s our final day of the 2014 Soul Sanctuary Retreat, and I thought I’d share just a tiny part of what we’ve been doing. We’ve come […]

Starting from a Place of Gratitude

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” ~ Henry Ward Beecher   Whatever we focus on, we draw to us. Whatever we constantly think about, adding strong emotion to that […]

A Rather Fine Lizard

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” ~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar   Just outside the hall where we go each morning to meditate and do our group work  is a large rounded rock, with an indentation which […]

Musings on Early Morning Magic

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats   I am sitting on the veranda of my retreat bedroom, looking out over the quiet, still bay. It’s cool this morning, and cloudy. A ribbon of pink light is beginning to colour the sky, slowly growing […]

The Power of Sharing Our Shames

“Shame is a soul eating emotion.” ~ C.G. Jung “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” ~ Brené Brown   We did something very powerful yesterday, here at our retreat. Earlier in the day we’d been doing some journalling, looking at our triggers and the things […]

A sneak peak at Day One…

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~ Mother Teresa “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl   The picture at the top of this post is a rather large crystal mandala, […]

Today’s expected transformation…

“Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” ~ Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life   Today’s the day. Our Soul Sanctuary 2014 retreat starts this morning. A group of hard-working and world-weary women shall walk through the front door, tired and in […]

One More Sleep!

“Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.” ~ John Archibald Wheeler   Only one more sleep until our Soul Sanctuary Retreat begins, here in beautiful Byron Bay. The goodie bags are packed. And the art materials. Deb, our amazing caterer, is off buying all the organic yummies to feed us each day. I […]

A Refreshing Pause

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” ~ Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book “…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…” ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain   I’m so glad that we went and […]

Sowing Seeds

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson   Yesterday afternoon the sky over the farm grew heavy and dark. The air was hot and humid, with not a hint of breeze. I had finished a busy day of phone readings and retreat […]

Warm Lamb Salad with Tahini, Kale and Roasted Tomatoes

“Don’t just eat McDonald’s, get something a bit better. Eat a salad. That’s what fashion is. It’s something that is a bit better.” ~ Vivienne Westwood   One of the pleasures of being on the farm is wandering around the garden in the late afternoon, hunting out things to eat for dinner. I have an abundance […]

The Winner of the Chlorite Phantom Quartz

“Home is not where you live but where they understand you.” ~ Christian Morgenstern   I’m so happy to announce that the winner of this beautiful little Chlorite Phantom Quartz Crystal is: Pauline Longdon  Congratulations, Pauline! I know you’ll take good care of her, and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures together. […]

Waiting for Matooluff

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder   It’s about this time of year that I start waiting for Matooluff. When I was just a tiny little girl, maybe three […]

What’s up with this crazy End-of-2014 energy?

“If you lack the humility to go back and tie up the loose ends in your past, then be prepared to forever be haunted by her ghosts, all of whom will come into your present and your future – staining everything and everyone with their leftover emotional and mental garbage.” ~ C. JoyBell C.   […]

Harry Dog Update

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”  ~ Dag Hammarskjold   Young Harry is feeling a little brighter each day, and if we get the all-clear from the vet today we will take him home to the farm tonight! He’s still quite tender and sore, […]

My Early Christmas Present

“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” ~ Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy   Monday was my day off. A day to rest, sandwiched between two days of psychic work on either side. I am in Brisbane right now, and the plan was that Ben […]

Ouch! Poor Harry!

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger A. Caras   I got the phone call no dog parent wants to have yesterday. Ben rang from the farm to say that Harry had been hurt after he chased a stick that had been spat out the back of the […]

Green Boost Detox Smoothie

“If you don’t take care of this the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given…where are you going to live?” ~ Karyn Calabrese   One of my most favourite things is food. And I want my food to be a delight – even as it is healing and nourishing me. This smoothie is […]

Journal Challenge Week 4 – Nuggets of Gold

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring   Hello Lovelies, and welcome to the fourth and final week of our Journal Challenge! If you’ve […]

Win a Chlorite Phantom Quartz

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats   Hello Lovelies, I promised that during our Journal Challenge I would be having some giveaways, and here is the most precious of them all. A stone from my own personal and much-loved collection. This is only a […]

Seeking Help Is Not Failure

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” ~ César Chávez   I had a long chat with a close friend yesterday. She’s been struggling for a while – I’ve heard it in her voice, I’ve seen it in the way her usual happy disposition had given way to a furrowed brow, a […]

Helping The Great Mother

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” ~  Rachel Carson “In a moment the ashes are made, but a forest is a long time growing.” ~ Seneca   One of the most vivid dreams in my night of owl dreaming was one in which […]

Last night I Dreamed of Owls

“I love the silent hour of night, For blissful dreams may then arise, Revealing to my charmed sight What may not bless my waking eyes.” ~ Anne Brontë, Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters   Last night my dreams were all of owls. The night sky was filled with them. They watched me from every tree. […]

Saving Marlo

“I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.” ~ Cesar Millan Note – All names have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved   Last Friday, after a terrible night’s sleep, I spent most of the day napping. I was in a good space, but a worrisome niggle kept […]

Afternoon Magic at the Farm

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by […]

Journal Challenge Week 3 – After The Rain

“You have to get through the rain if you’re ever going to see a rainbow.” ~ Karen White, After The Rain   Hello Lovelies, and welcome to Week 3 of our Journal Challenge! If you’ve only just found us now, it’s not too late to go back and start at the beginning. That’s the beauty of […]

Wide Awake for a Reason

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins.” ~ George R.R. Martin   If you read my post yesterday you’ll know I didn’t get much sleep the night before. So last night I put myself to sleep at eight, all ready for an early night and a decent catch-up. Of course, things didn’t go to plan. Just […]

I should be grumpy this morning…

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher I should be grumpy this morning. Really, really grumpy. I have now completed my third drug-free week from my lyme treatment, letting my liver have a break. At first I was so grateful to not have to […]

And the Lucky Rune Winner is…

“Because I was more often happy for other people, I got to spend more time being happy. And as I saw more light in everybody else, I seemed to have more myself.” ~ Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty   There were so many names to put into the hat for […]

Home, away from Home

“I don’t care if we have our house, or a cliff ledge, or a cardboard box. Home is wherever we all are, together,” ~ James Patterson It hasn’t been the same, without Ben at home – while we’ve here, in the city, waiting for him to be well enough to leave hospital. We’re not used to city life […]

Last Chance Soup Recipe

“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.” ~ Calvin Coolidge   Sunday or Monday is usually a day of planning and prepping for me. And that often includes making a batch of Last Chance Soup. I first started making this soup when I was […]

Breaking Inherited and Created Patterns of Low Self-Worth

“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.” ~ Nic Sheff […]

Journal Challenge Week 2 – Lightbulbs and Lightning Strikes

“SOWING LIGHTNING Seize Bolts of lightning from the sky And plant them in fields of life. They will grow like tender sprouts of fire. Charge somber thoughts With unexpected flash, You, my lightning in the soil!” ~ Visar Zhiti, The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry   Hello, my Lovelies, and welcome to Week 2 of our […]

Rune Giveaway and Facebook Party

“It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope   Hello Lovelies, I promised that during our Journal Challenge I would be having a weekly […]

A Newsy Update and Writing Reminder

“Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally. “No,” Sunny answered. “Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let’s go.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator   This will be quite a newsy post, hence the title. Breaking News and Announcements: Husband Update: Ben […]

Your Strength as a Wounded Healer

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi   Have you ever wondered why stuff happens to you? Why you’ve had to suffer, and endure the things you’ve gone through? I have no good answers for the WHY, but I do have some advice based on having suffered and endured on […]

My Poor Sick Boy!

“The world is come upon me, I used to keep it a long way off, But now I have been run over and I am in the hands of the hospital staff.” ~ Stevie Smith, Selected Poems   It’s usually me I’m blogging about in a sad state of disrepair, but today it’s about my […]

When I Loved Myself Enough…

“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of […]

Using All The Best Things!

“Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.” ~ Mary Manin Morrissey While I was at university I went to a babysitting job. The family […]

Journal Challenge Week 1 – Full Moon

“If you’re going to doubt something, doubt your limits.” ~ Don Ward   Welcome to Week One of our four week journaling challenge. There are some very favourable energies about right now to help us in connecting to our authentic selves, and from that place of truth we can then dream a new life, a […]

Grab Your Journal – I have a New Challenge For You!

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” ~ T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of […]

Easy Date, Ginger and Walnut Cake Recipe

“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.” ~ William Cowper   What am I doing this morning? Well, as soon as this blog is done I’ll be making a nice cup of tea, cutting myself a slice of this cake and sitting down with my journal for an hour or so. […]

Flowers with your Green Smoothie?

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” ~ Iris Murdoch   Each morning when I venture out to the garden to pick a few herbs or some kale for my breakfast smoothie, I rejoice in the flowers which grow […]

Can You See My Baby Brother?

“For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans.” ~ Brian L. Weiss *Note – all names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved. Last year Beth’s mother brought her along to a session with me because Beth had been insisting on seeing that lady. I need to see that lady. […]

Is it Time to Work Out What’s Holding You Back?

“When we pay attention, whatever we are doing – whether it be cooking or cleaning or making love – is transformed and becomes part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before; everyday life becomes clearer, sharper and at the same time more spacious.” ~ R. Fields […]

How Do You Measure Your Progress?

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” ~ H. James Harrington   Progress is a funny thing. When we’re really tied to […]

Today’s Post Is Short For A Very Good Reason

“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us […]

Mandarin, Zucchini and White Chocolate Cupcakes

“Baking is like washing–the results are equally temporary.” ~ Patricia Briggs, Raven’s Shadow   I experimented with a new cake recipe earlier in the week. But it was so good that it was devoured before I thought to take any photos. So I made it again! In fact, I tested two versions. A straight-up version […]

That Lovely Land Of Rest and Dreams

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora   Daydreaming. That’s what I’m doing today. Daydreaming has a special magic. It allows you to try on different ideas and realities. It helps you to explore the future in a way […]

No Blog Due to Dinosaur

I am unable to blog this morning, owing to the fact that I am still in bed, trapped under a blue triceratops. Also, Lyme… Sorry, I’ve had a rotten night. And I have one eye that refuses to cooperate. Normal blogging should resume tomorrow.

Want To Get Your Book Written in November?

“Write it. Just write it. Write it on receipts in the car while you wait for your kid to finish their piano lessons, scribble on napkins at lunch with friends. Type on crappy typewriters or borrow computers if you have to. Fill notebooks with ink. Write inside your head while you’re in traffic and when […]

Where’s My Cheese?

“What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?”  ~ Bertolt Brecht “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”  ~ G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions   I was sure I put a wedge of cheese on the kitchen bench last night while I was making dinner. I popped outside for a moment to […]

Quick Broth and Oyster Soup

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I […]

Why This Psychic Blogs About Cooking!

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” ~ Laurie Colwin “If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, […]

Random Magical Things

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl   Here’s a collection of random magical things, because it’s Friday, and magic seems appropriate today, don’t you […]

The Parable of The Sacred Plumber

“Anybody who has any doubt about the ingenuity or the resourcefulness of a plumber never got a bill from one.” ~ George Meany “If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber.” ~ Albert Einstein   Once upon a time there was a small village, much like every other village everywhere. All of […]

Easy Lemon Yoghurt Syrup Cake

“Mma Ramotswe sighed. ‘We are all tempted, Mma. We are all tempted when it comes to cake.’ That is true,’ said Mma Potokwane sadly. ‘There are many temptations in this life, but cake is probably one of the biggest of them.” ~ Alexander McCall Smith, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies   This is a […]

Why You Need A Tribe

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are. ~ Unknown   We all need a tribe. A tribe isn’t often the family we are born into. A tribe is a group where we find a spiritual home – a group of people who […]

Write On!

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing   Over the next four days I’ll be on retreat. Not one I’m running, but one I’m attending. Hopefully I’ll have some phone reception while I’m there, so that I can sneak out a post or […]

A Moment of Perfect Peace

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” ― Meister Eckhart Very […]

And then the Storm…

“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.” ~ Benjamin Alire Sáenz   Sunday was Drug Number Four Day in my current Lyme medication regime. Today is, too. Ever the optimist, I had […]

A Very Good Day!

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ~ Audrey Hepburn   What a wonderful weekend it has turned out to be. Good friends have come to stay at our […]

What It Means To Be There For Someone

“There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.” ~ Jim Butcher “Too often we underestimate the […]

Breathing Through The Pain #LymeWarrior

“Your breathing should flow gracefully, like a river, like a watersnake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves […]

Rewarding Yourself Is A Good Thing

“The reward of a work is to have produced it; the reward of effort is to have grown by it.” ~ Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods “To celebrate the production of the work and the personal growth created by the effort is a wonderful thing. Stopping to mark a personal achievement can […]

Will You Join Us for the 2014 Soul Sanctuary Retreat?

“When we pay attention, whatever we are doing – whether it be cooking or cleaning or making love – is transformed and becomes part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before; everyday life becomes clearer, sharper and at the same time more spacious.” ~ R. Fields […]

Simple Tomato Salad

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.” ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting   One of my favourite salads involves ripe tomatoes, a little oil and a handful of herbs picked fresh from the garden. Right now my Spring vegetable garden is still in its infancy, and my tomatoes are not yet ripe. But I found […]

A Little Bit of Normal

“Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.” ~ Steve Goodier   I’ve spent the last twenty-four hours offline and disconnected from the outside world, so that I could reconnect with my husband, our dogs, and the beautiful place we call home. I needed that, after five days holding the space […]

Endings and Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ~ Meister Eckhart   It’s our final morning of retreat, before we come back into the world again. One thing is certain. So much will be different after today. So different that lives will feel unrecognisable. And yet, most of […]

Storm Clouds and Other Magical Things

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore   As I finished my meditation this morning, sitting on the veranda overlooking the ocean, a lightning storm began. There was no thunder. The whole thing […]

Sneaking Out For Love

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my […]

Becoming Who You Always Were

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   Right now, here on retreat, my goal isn’t just to teach my participants new things. Instead, my goal is to help them uncover and live more fully as they already are. […]

Up Early With Ganesha

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” ~ Meister Eckhart This morning, as ever, I was up early. I took my mala beads, my singing bowl, and my prayer shawl and snuck out onto the veranda to meditate and greet the dawn. Today I sat with Ganesha. Buddha, by his side. A possum […]

One More Sleep ’til Retreat!

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ~ Gloria Steinem   It’s only one more sleep until I head off to run my Advanced Channeling Retreat. I’m so excited I could just about bust! 🙂 For the last eight weeks I have […]

Easy Tomato and Onion Gravy

Q. Why is a tomato round and red? A. Because if it was long, skinny, and green, it would be a bean.   My grandmother used to cook a batch of this sauce every week, and use it for a variety of purposes. I learned to make this recipe by avidly watching her and, bit by […]

Kindness Challenge – Week Six

“Are we being good ancestors?” ~Jonas Salk   Hello Lovelies! Welcome to the sixth and final of our Kindness Challenge. To participate in today’s challenge all you need to do is select and perform one of the following kindness activities. This week’s challenge is all about leaving a legacy that can benefit others in some way. I encourage you […]

My Whole Life I Was Wrong

“If I am right, Thy grace impart Still in the right to stay; If I am wrong, O, teach my heart To find that better way!” ~ Alexander Pope, Moral Essays   My whole life I was wrong. I laboured under the illusion that I needed to be perfect. More beautiful. Thinner. My relationships harmonious. My […]

Lovely, Lovely 3am

“You were born and with you endless possibilities, very few ever to be realized.  It’s okay.  Life was never about what you could do, but what you would do. ” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year   Every day, since I was around twelve years old, I […]

Delicious Strawberry and Kale Green Smoothie Recipe

“Our bodies run on the fresh green fuel of the land.” ~Terri Guillemets   Today’s my birthday, so you’d think I’d be blogging about cake, but no. I’ve decided to post something virtuous instead. We’ll get to the cake later. 🙂 I love a good green smoothie. It’s a tasty, easy way to eat whole […]

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