Morning Rituals To Greet The Day

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays   It’s cold this morning. Four am meditation finished, the house still silent with sleep. Last night’s fire rendered down to ash. I push the back door of our little farmhouse open and am […]

A Break In And A Hullabaloo

“Rule number one of farm life is that the cows get out or in to the wrong paddock at the most inconvenient time! You should know that by now, Nicole. Go put your boots on.” ~ Ben Phillips   There was a heck of a commotion outside our house gate this morning. Just as I […]

Those All-Night Conversations…

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea I’ll keep this short, because I am seriously just about to go to bed at a little after 6am. I’ve had one of those nights with my beloved. One where we both […]

Restful Rambles

“We need the tonic of wildness…  At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden: […]

Every Bead A Prayer

“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello     You may remember that at the very beginning of my Retreat preparation I made […]

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