Voices of spring

Voices of spring

  Over the years that I’ve been writing these newsletters I’ve never had to think, ‘What shall I write?’   They always arrive easily. But this time I did find myself wondering, because my mind has been elsewhere during Auckland’s weeks of lockdown. I’ve...

How to awaken

How to awaken

    How do you awaken after a long slumber, or emerge from deep meditation?   How do you emerge from winter slowness, from the season of hibernation?   Slowly Meditation traditions teach that slow, conscious emergence from the depths allows time to...

Seasons Newsletter 2021: Do trees sleep?

Seasons Newsletter 2021: Do trees sleep?

  What do trees and grizzly bears have in common?    According to forester Peter Wohlleben, who wrote The Hidden Life of Trees, bears prepare for hibernation by eating and eating to grow fat and sustain themselves for months of sleep with no food. And would...

Why is Matariki significant?

Why is Matariki significant?

Mānawatia a Matariki!   Matariki has risen and it is time to celebrate. Welcome Matariki! Why has Matariki become so popular for both Pākehā and Māori, to the extent that in 2022 it will become a public holiday? Is the adoption of this festival just another...

Folding into Fallow

Folding into Fallow

    Do you ever allow yourself to lie fallow? — like the land after harvest, when its energies are spent? — when you know a growth spurt cannot be sustained and it’s time to rest, recover and regenerate? Fallow ground is land that has been ploughed and...

Time for the Sacred

Time for the Sacred

    How present is the sacred in your life?   ‘Oh but I don’t have enough time,’ you might protest. But here’s the secret. Bringing the sacred into your life is not about needing more time.   It’s about needing more awareness.   Awareness can...

Samhain Remembrance

Samhain 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 replied. I agreed. 'These fine days feel as if they could last forever.' ‘But they won’t’, the woman...

Equinox blessings 2021

Equinox blessings 2021

    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...

Harvesting Abundance

Harvesting Abundance

  Do you find that each season is resonant with memories?  Right now we are approaching autumn equinox (on March 20/21), a harvest celebration in praise of the generosity of Papatuanuka/The earth. This seasonal shift has stirred up a memory of another autumn when...

First Fruits/Te Waru

First Fruits/Te Waru

    As First Fruits arrives, I am aware of how much ripening is taking place in nature. This is the season when I enjoy luscious tastings of apricots, nectarines, plums, and blueberries.   It feels wondrous that the sun's warmth can be stored in such a...

Leaving the land

Leaving the land

    The land was on a grazed hillside, that was struggling to regenerate. When we first saw the bach, a coarse bramble arched across the doorway, and the interior smelt of dead ants. From the deck we saw tall bracken that had sprouted from the bare earth....

Solstice blessing 2020

  Imagine if . . .   at this time of year, for every person who is speeding up, disconnecting and behaving erratically . . .   there is someone who is slowing down, connecting deeply to the still centre within, and taking special care.   Imagine...

The gift of green time

The gift of green time

  Do you find yourself getting caught up in a lot of activity at this time of the year?   A few days ago I gave myself a treat. After delivering a load of orders for my new book to the post shop, I took some time out at my favourite small beach on the...

Tasting the tōtara

Tasting the tōtara

    When walking in the park yesterday and saying hello to a tōtara tree that I like to visit, I checked to see if any of the spent flowers were now turning into berries.   To my surprise, I discovered one bright berry hidden amongst the leaves. I've...

Spring Possibilities

Spring Possibilities

  This spring I am thinking of children. The energy of spring is full of delight and possibilities, as the season lifts its face to the sun and fragrance drifts through the air.   On Sunday I wandered through my local park, enjoying an abundance of...

How to birth in a bumpy spring

How to birth in a bumpy spring

Pregnant in Paris: that was me in 1970, with not a female relative in sight. How could I prepare myself to give birth to my baby? I took refuge in books on natural childbirth. And that's when I discovered that ‘transition’ is...

Storms and Setbacks

Storms and Setbacks

The odd thing was that just a moment earlier I had driven into a quiet patch where the rain had stopped and the air was still.   I flicked off my windscreen wipers and drove into a side street.   The next moment, in a blast from the skies, my little car was...

Petals on the pathways

Petals on the pathways

      You are walking along, head down, in that way of winter, trying to keep warm and dry as the rain falls. Your thoughts are dismal like the day. Then suddenly you spot a flash of colour on the path. You pick up two pink scooped petals. They look...

The kindness of oranges

  ‘Be kind’, she said, and people were during the time of Lockdown Level 4, smiling on the street, offering help with shopping, and phoning to check on friends and neighbours.   And then life reverted to busyness, rush hour traffic, and harassing by unkind...

Musing on Matariki – 1

    On Sunday, June 21, Matariki's return will take place on the winter solstice. Although Matariki wanders around the solstice, it doesn’t often coincide in this way. This year the return of the sun and the return of the stars will happen together.  ...

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