"Ten Thousand Joys" is the name of our new retreat campsite hut. You can now rent our cozy dwelling hut and have your own private campsite fire and cooking area outdoors in our newly renovated space. Get all of the details and see more photos at www/airbnb.com/rooms/20779873.
My co-host, Brenda Ford, will show you around and help you to feel right at home in our peaceful woodland retreat.
No, this is not about ingesting the substance. Well, actually, it IS about not ingesting the substance of all of the things going on in the world right now. Be cautious, if not downright adamant about not ingesting all of the fear-based shouting and weeping that is going on. Over the years, we have become aware of toxins in just about everything, but less aware of toxic news stories.
We are in that period of what has been called "The End Times," "Earth Changes," "Global Transformation," "Ascension," and many other names in order to prepare us for what is taking place. Until the s--t hits the fan in our personal lives, however, we tend to pay little attention to predictions, good or bad, and hang on to our favorite activities.
Wendy Allen and I enjoyed a heart-filling weekend at The Pharmacy Gallery in Springfield, IL, in April. We were deeply moved by the reactions of visitors to our work. Wendy had given a talk on The Intersection of Art and Spirituality. I gave a mini-workshop on Mystical Vision Meditation. Chery Miller created an altar to Pachamama and numerous volunteers supplied delicious food, wine and their services in creating music, hanging the show, operating the sales table, photographing the happenings and generally uplifting the atmosphere at all times. Thank you to all who understood and appreciated the spiritual energy in our work and added the "frosting" of your own goodwill and cooperation. We had a wonderful time.
I have recently read both Wheat Belly by William Davis and Grain Brain by David Perlmutter. I am reminded of the old Firesign Theatre line, "Everything you ever learned was wrong." These authors have convinced me that even whole grain breads are not the wondrously nutritious foods they once were. Dang! On the other hand, their encouragement to eat more yummy fats and other delicious foods got me to try this dietary approach. The convincers were wheat's connection to the increase in Alzheimer's, Diabetes, ADHD, Autism and numerous other dread diseases.
In the Feng Shui Bagua, Health, Earth and Spirit are at the very center. This is the portion of your health that YOU are in charge of, not your inheritance by birth. Our health is enhanced or decrea...
Near the place where the young woman's body was found, there are three simple altars. The field is vibrant green grass, trees budding out and the sounds of birds singing. In spring here in the midwest, we look for signs of life, especially if we live in the country. One of the reasons we move here is to be more in touch with nature.
We expect to observe her cycles of life and death and to be a little more involved in them in some kind of respectful way. We don't like violence. Whether we spend more time with plants or animals or just enjoying the seasons, we usually deepen our appreciation for how it all works together and increase our gratitude for being a part of it.
Finding that a young woman was murdered and dropped in the nearby field, we ca...
Beautiful May Day! There is only one choice, to go outside and enjoy it. Yesterday, a group of five women performed a clearing ceremony on land where a person died last week. In the midst of all of this beauty, her body rested in a green field as her spirit ascended. The circumstances of her death were unfortunately violent. People grieved, wondered how such acts can even be conceived in someone's mind. This was not the only place in the world where bad things have happened. Yet, on this day, altars were placed here by unknown visitors. Flowers arrived in vases and poems were laid on a tiny table. Hearts were open. In most people, everywhere, hearts are still open. Let us vow to open even more to beauty, love and the tender feelings of our hearts...
Whatever underground pipes were frozen thawed today, and I again have running water in all the right places. That hot bath I just indulged in felt glorious. I seldom take water for granted here, as I am not hooked up to the city water supply. It comes from my pond.
When nature or some other unexpected force pushes us into another mode of behavior, it is a great opportunity to appreciate what is normally just a part of our daily routine. It seems that in my personal life, these surprises have happened pretty often.
Sometimes they have resulted in amazing experiences like the time I lost my way while climbing a path to the top of a 500 foot waterfall. And then it started to rain. There was no way to just go back down because the terrain had become v...
In the midwest, the primary sensation of winter is COLD. It is below zero here in Indiana this week. Snow is now about 10" deep and snowing. It is fluffy and beautiful from my warm "computer cave," but, my water pipes have frozen and I have to melt snow in a bucket to do the dishes.
Life is always providing uncountable occasions for us to either take charge of our experience or wait for a direct order from someone or something outside ourselves to move us to action. When disaster strikes, the path of action is clarified.
However, when your decisions are made only when catastrophes happen, your life begins to feel like drudgery. You may be really good at spontaneous and creative action during these times, but if disaster management is how you live...