balance

balance

  Today is spring equinox. Night and day, dark and light are in balance. Southern and northern hemispheres are also in balance.     In the north the balance is about to tip towards the dark, and here in the south the balance is about to tip towards the...

Season of surprise

Season of surprise

  Which season is most full of surprise for you?     For me, spring wins every time. Last week, as I walked along the leafy streets, suddenly I was engulfed in sweet fragrance. It felt as if a shimmering diaphanous stole had been flung over my head and...

Wild Retreat

Wild Retreat

  Have you ever given yourself a retreat — time out from obligations, time to be nurtured and to reconnect with yourself?   If so, you may imagine or hope that the retreat will be peaceful, with no disruptions. But this may not be the case.   I began...

First Light/Imbolc/Brigid

First Light/Imbolc/Brigid

  On a wild ironsand beach I prepare to welcome First Light, which in the southern hemisphere falls on August 2 .   This festival falls half-way between winter solstice and spring equinox. It was known to my Celtic ancestors as the festival of Imbolc or...

A winter welcome

A winter welcome

  Have you ever felt warmly welcomed by someone?   It feels good, doesn't it? Some people know how to do this, quite instinctively. They know the small touches that make you, the visitor, feel you matter, that you are valued and special. If you pause for a...

In winter light

In winter light

  I've been out walking in the brief fine patches between showers, hail and steady rain, and have composed this winter photo poem for you. I hope you enjoy it.   In winter light, new shapes emerge     In winter light, a shiver crosses the land...

Lighting the inner fire

  Do you find yourself huddling against the cold, the rain or the howling wintry wind? Do you walk through the elements with a grimace on your face and resentment in your heart, thinking, ‘This is a sod of a season’? Do you even start thinking with envy of your...

Solstice Suns

Solstice Suns

  What are the rituals that you never forget?    For me, it's the ones that take place outside — yes, even in winter. Two solstice rituals come to mind as I sit here to write to you on this cold, bright winter's day. The first takes me back to the warmth of...

Missing Matariki

Missing Matariki

  It's June, and here in New Zealand an important event has occurred in the night sky: the return of Matariki, a beautiful star cluster that many will know by its European name: The Pleiades.   Matariki the wanderer dips above and below the horizon, teasing...

Longing for lemons

Longing for lemons

  I gaze out the ranch-sliders to the little grove of lemon trees, scanning the sharp leaves and hard green fruit, hoping to find one that is ripe. Early winter is approaching here, and it's too soon for lemons. But I have a cold and am longing for a lemon drink....

Remembrance

  Outside the dark, noisy café, a woman sat on the pavement. ‘You’ve caught the sun,’ I said, as I stopped to talk.   'Yes’, ‘it’s sweet autumn’, she said. I agreed. 'These fine days feel as if they could last forever.' ‘But they won’t, the woman said,...

Saying goodbye to summer

I caught myself feeling sulky. I know I 'should' know better, but the truth is, I felt let down this weekend when I woke in my cabin on the land to find that I felt cold, and had to turn on the heater for the first time in months.     Yes, it's that time of...

The Last tomato

The Last tomato

Each morning I sit on my balcony in the sun and quietly eat my breakfast. As I enjoy my muesli, I watch the last tomato slowly ripening on a withering plant.   I feel I'm in the presence of a mystery, as I watch the colour deepen a little more each day. How does...

Equinox blessings

Equinox blessings

Happy autumn equinox! And to you in the northern hemisphere, happy spring equinox!   At equinox, light and dark, day and night come into balance. At equinox, our two hemispheres of this planet come into balance. We are together, poised in this moment of...

How seasons change

How seasons change

 How do how seasons change? Once again we are entering a period of transition: summer to autumn in the southern hemisphere, winter to spring in the north. What is your idea about how seasons change? I notice that a lot of people think of seasonal change as something...

Keeping a nature diary

Keeping a nature diary

Have you ever kept a nature diary? I kept a small one last year while undertaking a ‘Rewilding’ challenge. The idea was to spend 30 minutes outside, every day for 30 days, and to make different observations each day, according to different instructions. I didn’t...

Giving and receiving

Have you ever been really surprised by a gift? A wave of pleasure swept over me when an old friend arrived with a bouquet of flowers. After she had gone, the flowers continued to give pleasure each time I looked at them, this inspired me to use a flower delivery in...

Fresh perspectives

Fresh perspectives

  How was your holiday?  Has it relaxed and opened you up to new levels of wellbeing? Have you returned with fresh perspectives? It's a big transition, taking a holiday. And also returning from one. You may be finding some of this challenging. I’ve been hearing...

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