Opening to First Light

Opening to First Light

    Are you noticing a shift? — subtle but unmistakeable?   It happens every year around six weeks after winter solstice. Yes! The returning light (despite kickbacks of chill) begins to bring warmth with it. It can feel like a long wait for this relief....
How green are your fingers?

How green are your fingers?

  I returned to the city after ten days holiday to find my garden burgeoning with growth.   Lettuces, beetroot, and beans were flourishing, new seedlings were doing well, and a poppy grown from seed gifted at Beltane in October was now as high as my arm. Its...
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...
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....
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 a critical phase in the birthing...