Thursday, February 24, 2011

I ♥ Trees......

As they do from time to time.......Amazon sent me a notice....



of this new book as one I might like to own...




And as I am a fan of  Jean Shinoda Bolen........






and a Woman.....

and a Worshiper and Caregiver at the base of Trees......


.....a "Tree Person".......












I will consider it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Cave Day.........

Well, it turns out Winter was not to be shed so quickly........and as I was dreaming of plucking wet leaves from the green grasses of an early spring........Mother Nature laughed and dumped 12" of snow on us.......

So I retreated to my Cave........and took the day to rout through some boxes in my basement.....making that effort to purge while a 'cave day' was in order.......

And found a little collection......



Of these..........


Which.........sent me...........

Back to this place........

Of reflection..........

As one as might do on a blustery winter day...........


Friday, February 18, 2011

Shedding Winter.........

I took a walk today............it was a big 'melt' kind of day............

And I found............





These delicate morsels................









In the 'dirty' snow.........













Which made me VERY happy!











Looks like I can heat up the cauldron if the weather holds out!


And as I was waiting for Spring..........I found this amazing and beautiful website..........from the folks at Anthropologie here...........and be sure to look at the archives.......if you have the time, because you will be entranced for a long while..........

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

finding time.........

This past weekend I went 'up north'.............again.

With a clarity that comes from, well.........a cleanse.......for body and mind...........

I broke my fast with juice...........God, help me Mimosas.............silly me......silly us........

and with a Walk.........




To this place........on the now frozen shore of the Big Lake.........










And a Sunset............



That can only happen over a lake like this.......








In the winter..........



I became very very quiet..........

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Oracle Cards..............

From time to time..........when I'm feeling wistful or a bit aimless.........wondering why it is taking so long to figure out the rest of my life............being a bit impatient with the lull of winter..........I turn to my collection of Oracle cards.

This day..................I consulted the Wisdom of the Four Winds Oracle Cards by Barry Brailsford, beautifully illustrated by Cecilie Okada.  They are cards that carry the legends of the Maori......supported by their Spiritual home, Aotearoa......The Land of the Long White Cloud.......New Zealand.

One of the things one can do with these cards, is to focus on one of the Wind Songs with one thought in mind........

And on this day.........I chose..........

The Wind Song of Direction gathers when you wish to know where the Sacred Wind carries you at this time........


Yes.........what direction am I headed?..............


and this card came to meet me as I chose it from the spread.......

















And these are the gifts............


























Which actually hold great meaning for me.....in this phase of my life.......





And that is....... since I've been home from my great journey, all I can think about, is paring down my life.........you know......getting rid of more stuff.  Carrying 'little' for the journey that I know I am on now.........

It seems like I emptied half of my big house already.........and I know there is more work to be done.  That pile of stuff in the basement that I don't use........is really gnawing at me.  And so is the pile of stuff in my studio.

And I'm also thinking seriously about my art practice.  I am one of the unfortunates who LOVES to do many things.........and also can do many things fairly well...........so I keep the pile of stuff ready for when the mood strikes........or need arises.

So what to do there?  How does one decide which direction to move when paring down?

So that got me to thinking about what I really need.  Truth is I don't need much to keep myself busy.......and one of the greatest joys of my journey in OZ..........was at Wirrealpa Station......where there was a sea of broken glass from generations of dumping and using bottles for target practice........and I was mesmerized for hours.......just sorting it.......



and making this.........


Which would have grown had I more time.....










So yes.............what do I really 'need' for my practice.......?

And I know there is a death of the old in my life right now......and a balancing is happening.......and I know I must continue this journey...........And I hope I do find the courage to set aside the comfortable.....so that I may bravely embrace the necessary and walk towards a deeper wisdom.

To be continued..........

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Clean Slate............

So this is what's happening.......

I've decided to fast this week........and instead of writing about it here......ahem.......not knowing who would want to read my musings on THAT......

I thought a different blog to journal that adventure might be appropriate.......

Perhaps I'll dabble a bit more in my interest in metaphysics there too.......

This whole journey is a work in progress.....but that decision is made now.

If you care to follow my musings on that please do here.

In the mean time........it is an eight day fast......a cleanse really.......and it's going quite well.......

I feel clear and well and have lots of energy.  I have just finished day 4, so I am half way there.......

Heading for a Clean Slate.......

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Full Circle................

And to continue my Summer 'back' Dreaming...........

My thoughts went to the next delicious workshop I attended last summer with India Flint from down under at wonder filled Shakerag (pronounced Shake Rag) on the mountain with Angels in Sewanee, Tennessee.......

Where we.............OK, I..........





























Became more centered on this earth.........







And now that I'm looking back, I'm wondering if this was the beginning of a good year, or the end of a good one..........and the beginning of another?  And I'm thinking now................

My years begin in June........

And that means ........I have more goodness to look forward to in this fabulous one!

And OH!  Ms. Flint is teaching at Haystack this summer...............this one is sure to be popular and what an incredible venue!


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