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 […]

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