Daily Om ~ It’s Never Too Late

5446_576954122314584_224581038_n There are times in life when we are committed to pursuing our passions. Every molecule in our body is focused on doing what we love. At other times, necessity and responsibility dictate that we put our dreams aside and do what needs to be done. It is during these moments that we may choose to forget what it is that we love to do. There are many other reasons for why we may leave our passions behind. A hobby may lose its appeal once we’ve realize it will never turn into our dream job. Someone important to us may keep telling us that our passions are childish and unsuitable – until we finally believe them.

Forgetting about what you love to do can be a form of self-sabotage. If you can forget about your dreams, then you never have to risk failure. But just because we’ve decided to ignore our passions doesn’t mean they no longer exist. Nothing can fill the emptiness that remains in a space vacated by a passion that we have tossed aside. Besides, life is too short to stop doing what you love, and it is never too late to rediscover your favourite things. If you gave up playing an instrument, painting, drawing, spending time in nature, or any other activity or interest that you once loved to do, now may be the time to take up that passion again. If you don’t remember what it is that you used to be passionate about, you may want to think about the activities or interests that you used to love or the dreams that you always wished you could pursue.

You don’t have to neglect your responsibilities to pursue your passions, and you don’t have to neglect your commitments to do what you love. When you make an effort to incorporate your interests into your life, the fire within you ignites. You feel excited, inspired, and fed by the flames that are sparked by living your life with passion for what you love.

Source: Daily Om

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit ~ A ritual for spring

little choc rabbitOstara is a time to celebrate spirituality and the turning of the earth, but there’s no reason we can’t have a good time with it as well. If you’ve got kids — or even if you don’t — this simple rite is a great way to welcome the season using some things that are readily available at this time of year. Bear in mind, this is meant to be fun and a little bit silly. If you think the Universe has no sense of humor, click the back button on your browser immediately to exit this page.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 20 minutes

For this ritual, you’ll need the following: A bag of jellybeans Marshmallow Peeps — chicks, bunnies, etc. A chocolate rabbit for each particpant A glass of milk for each participant

Arrange your ritual supplies on your altar so they look pretty. Kids can do this — typically the chocolate rabbits end up in the center, surrounded by an army of Peeps and several rings of jellybeans. A quick note — you might want to perform this ritual well in advance of mealtime, or all the kids will be too full of candy to eat a real dinner.

First, give everyone present a handful of jellybeans. Point out the different colours in the jellybeans, and what they can represent. As you call out each one, eat the jellybeans in that colour. Feel free to be a bit goofy. Say:

Behold, little jelly eggs, small symbols of the season,

How we adore you!

Green is for the grass that springs from the land! (eat all the green jellybeans)

Yellow is for the sun shining above our heads! (eat all your yellow jellybeans)

Red is for the tulips that grow in the garden! (eat your red jellybeans)

Pink is for Aunt Martha’s new Easter hat! (eat your pink jellybeans)

Purple is for the crocuses that sprout in the wood (eat the purple ones)

Continue this until all the colours are gone — if you really want to have some fun, make the kids take turns naming off the colours and what they mean to them. When they’re all gone, call out:

Hail! Hail! to the mighty jelly bean of Spring!

Next, hand out the marshmallow Peeps. As you do, say:

Behold the Peep!

The Peep is life, brought back in the spring!

Little Peep chickens, we honour you! (bite the Peep chicks)

Little Peep bunnies, we honour you! (bite the Peep bunnies)

Continue this until the Peeps are all gone — it’s probably a good idea to limit each kid to just two or three Peeps at the most. When the Peeps have all vanished, call out:

Hail! Hail! to the mighty Peeps of Spring!

Finally, distribute the chocolate rabbits. Say:

Behold the great chocolate rabbit!

As he hops through the land, he spreads joy and happiness!

O, how we adore the chocolate rabbit and his great big chocolate ears! (eat the rabbit’s ears)

Praise the chocolate rabbit, and his delicious chocolate tail! (eat the rabbit’s tail)

Honor this chocolate rabbit, and his chocolate hoppity legs! (eat the rabbit’s legs)

He is a wonderful rabbit, and he is special indeed! (eat the rest of the rabbit)

When the rabbits are all gone, say:

Hail! Hail! to the mighty chocolate rabbit of Spring!

Give everyone a glass of milk, and raise your drinks in a toast to these three symbols of the season.

To the jelly beans! To the Peeps! To the chocolate rabbit! We drink in your honour!

Drink your milk, and sit back to enjoy the sensation of being stuffed with ritual candy.

Source: Patti Wigington

 

 

Daily Om ~ Healing with Movement

dancingOur bodies were made to move and flow and within our movement we find a deeper connection to our bodies and the earth.

As children, most of us were encouraged to dance on a regular basis, freely and openly, in whatever way felt best. A few of us may have retained or regained our ability to engage in dancing unselfconsciously but by the time we reach adulthood, many of us have stopped dancing altogether. We may have hang-ups about our bodies, or we may fear being judged. Then again, we may simply have fallen out of the habit for so long that we don’t even realize we never dance anymore. Whatever the case, there’s no time like now to rediscover the healing pleasure of moving your body to music—alone, as part of a couple, or in a group. Opportunities to dance abound, once you start looking for them.

If you haven’t danced in a long time and feel too self-conscious to start in a public situation, find some time alone to reintroduce yourself to the joy of listening and responding to music with your body. Turn the lights down low and remember that it’s much more fun when you’re not thinking about what you look like. It won’t take long before your body remembers how much it loves to move. Feel the music in your soul, feel the vibrations healing your body. Treat the time like a meditation session in which you agree to allow yourself to fully inhabit your amazing body.

If you feel awkward, remember that every culture since time immemorial has celebrated life and the body with dance. All people carry the memory of dance in their blood and bones. In other words, you were born to do this, it is in you already; all you have to do is start moving. If you prefer more interaction, take a class one night a week. In most cities, you can find everything from modern dance to African dance to ballroom and salsa. Whatever you choose, you won’t regret choosing to rediscover your birthright—the healing, joyful thrill of dancing.

Another Award

I’ve just had a really lovely surprise. Ashtoreth Eldritch has just bestowed the Beautiful Blogger Award upon me. Thank you so very much! It always brightens my day when lovely people bestow recognition – who doesn’t like a bit of recognition from time to time.

So in keeping with the rules I must share seven things about myself and then nominate a further 15 good people for this award.

Well, I know I’ve shared much about myself in my blog so…hmmm….what to share? Oh well here goes:

1. I’m 47 years old but I still keep a security blanket, an old black silky night-shirt that I sometimes like cuddling at night. Even if I don’t cuddle it I like having it there. I know this is something unresolved from childhood but having it somehow comforts me.

2. I love eating raw vegetables. In fact I hardly ever eat cooked veggies except for roasted parsnips with honey glaze (yum!).

3. I love eating Nutella straight from the jar.

4. I think shaving is a complete chore…and I love my leg beards!

5. I believe it is perfectly ok to embrace modern technology as long as it doesn’t become one’s ‘god’.

6. A ritual can be as complicated and as formal as you want to make it, or it can be as simple as sitting under a full moon and blowing her a kiss. All that matters is intention and authenticity.

7. I am rather pulled towards the Dark Side sometimes and find the process of decay fascinating.

Here are the worthy blogs I’m nominating for this award:

Donna Long

The Family Herbalist

The London Flower Lover

Forest Fay

PibblesNMe

Forcing Myself Happy

FayDanAmyJake

WOW

Livin and Lovin

Linda Ursin

On the Far Side

If you’ve been nominated the rules are:

1) To thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you.

2) To share 7 things about yourself on your blog.

3) To nominate a further 15 blogs for this award.

Thank you once again Ashtoreth for awarding me this – it is very much appreciated.

Children always help

I mean FURchildren that is! Of course my dear daughter helps but she is all grown up and with a wonderful partner, soon-to-be-hubby, so I have my furchildren for company now…kitties of course…Slippers (the eldest and a bit of a crotchety old thing), Pippin (who is the naughty one and I strongly believe to be a ginger lion just pretending to be a tortie cat)…and then there’s Oscar (my adopted furchild, who is actually the neighbour’s cat but who hangs around like a bad smell). I love all three of them, with their different personalities. They all bring a special something to my life, along with many laughs and much joy.

Of course I’m a sucker for these cats (as with any animal actually) and they draw me irrevocably into their magic spell, usually done with their eyes, and in Pippin’s case her meows as she is very vocal. How can I resist? I cannot!

So as I made Full Moon water last night I was out this morning taking photos of it for my previous article, and of course the furchildren had to come and inspect it, just to make sure it was all up to snuff. They do this with everything I do, even Oscar has begun to dip his nose into everything too…not that I mind. If I create a crystal grid, one of them (usually Pippin) will come up to inspect the lay out and will rearrange the crystals with her paws if she thinks they lay out is no good. When I made my Ogham fews she had to inspect and test them by chewing on the ends to see if they were up to the intended job. Living with kitty furchildren is always a bit unpredictable but always a joy.

Anyway, I took some pictures of them this morning and they all insist I share them with you…so here you are, welcome to my clan:

Oscar inspecting Full Moon Water

Pippin on the prowl

Pippin sniffing a flower

Pippin sneezing

Pippin, the aftermath of the sneeze

Slippers comes out to see what all the fuss is about…she’s not impressed.

Slippers…nope, she’s definitely not impressed.

If you click on each picture you can see a clearer larger size.

A beautiful surprise!

I just got onto my computer and was checking out a group I belong to on Face Book when I discovered that I’ve been nominated The Fabulous Blog Ribbon award by Brenda of PibblesnMe Thank you so much darling! It is a wonderful surprise and so encouraging.

The rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who gave it to you and share the link back to the awarding blog.
  • Name five (5) fabulous moments in your life.
  • Name five (5) things that you love.
  • Name five (5) thinks that you hate.
  • Pass the award onto five (5) deserving blogs/bloggers.

Ok, I’ve done No.1 above – but thank you again Brenda, so much! (MWAH)

Five Fabulous Moments In My Life

1. The birth of my sweet daughter. Ok it wasn’t really fabulous at the time due to all kinds of complications but it is fabulous now. I’ve got the sweetest, loveliest daughter (but of course every mum says that LOL).

2. Receiving my Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language Studies – I worked my butt off 10 times over for that!

3. Being deep in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, and starting my pagan path.

4. Receiving an excellent pass and Distinction grade for Clinical Herbalism – worked my butt off for that one too!

5. Every time I connect with nature, communicate with nature spirits, or just am reminded that I’m part of the Web of Life is a fabulous moment.

Five Things I Love

1. My daughter.

2. Nature in ALL her glory.

3. Walking my spiritual path.

4. Having wonderful friends, even if most of them are online ones.

5. My furbabies Pippin and Slippers, and my adopted furbaby Oscar.

Five Things I Hate (actually I don’t think I ‘hate’ anything, so I will use the word ‘dislike intensely’ here)

1. People who abuse, disregard, neglect animals of all kinds.

2. People who disrespect and abuse each other.

3. People who disrespect Nature.

4. People who spit on the pavement in public.

5. Brussel sprouts and tinned baked beans (not necessarily together – just the thought of them makes me want to heave).

For the Fabulous Blog Award I nominate the following:

The London Flower Lover

Mike @ Wilden Marsh

In Season – the Earth is good

Heksebua

Phoebe Fields

There now, all is done, and I must say these blogging awards are rather encouraging – at least I think so. It’s really nice to feel appreciated!

Daily Om ~ Remember the Light Side

During our journey we can become very serious, it is important to remember to have fun along the way.

Often when we talk about fun, or doing things just for fun, we talk about it in a dismissive way as if fun isn’t important. We tend to value hard work and seriousness, and we forget to pay our respects to the equally important, light side of silliness and laughter. This is ironic because we all know the feeling of euphoria that follows a good burst of laughter, and how it leaves us less stressed, more openhearted, and more ready to reach out to people. We are far more likely to walk down the street smiling and open after we’ve had a good laugh, and this tends to catch on, inspiring smiles from the people we pass who then positively influence everyone they encounter. Witnessing this kind of chain reaction makes you think that having fun might be one of our most powerful tools for changing the world.

Laughter is good medicine, and we all have this medicine available to us whenever we recall a funny story or act in a silly way. We magnify the effects of this medicine when we share it with the people in our lives. If we are lucky, they will have something funny to share with us as well, and the life-loving sound of laughter will continue to roll out of our mouths and into the world.

Of course, it is also important to allow ourselves to be serious and to honor that side of ourselves so that we stay balanced. After a great deal of merriment, it can actually be a pleasure to settle down and focus on work, or take some time for introspection until our next round of fun begins.