Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Today marks the beginning of the Maori new year here in Aotearoa New Zealand. For this is the first new moon after the reappearance of Matariki, the little eyes (mata) of god (ariki).Matariki is the bringer of food, and so the appearance of this jewel-like...
The turning of the sun

The turning of the sun

Today I had a conversation with a friend, one of those exchanges that searches into forgotten places. It was about how we love the dark, and the way it holds so many secrets.  From the perspective of the darkness, the world outside changes shape.  The winter...
Feeding body and soul

Feeding body and soul

 When I feed others, I too am nourished. Yesterday I led my first ‘Pathways to Spirited Ageing’ workshop, for counsellors and therapists. How satisfying it was to spend a day in the company of others who are willing to face into the ageing process...
Rocks that float

Rocks that float

 This morning the weather was mild, and so the little one and I eagerly trotted down to the beach. She was here for a sleepover, such a treat for both of us. We never know what we are going to find at the beach. ‘Look, they are like rocks that...
Do you ever wonder . . . ?

Do you ever wonder . . . ?

 Do you ever find yourself wondering, on a grey day without much sparkle,  amidst the inward-moving energies of winter,  about a particular person  whose anniversary it is? And you wonder, ‘how old would they be now, had they lived?’...
Lights of winter

Lights of winter

 It’s been a long time. At last a long weekend unfolded its fan of invitation before me, and of course I said yes!  In winter, I seek out what will light the inner fire. So on the way to the bach I turned up a steep driveway to the organic growers,...