A Druid’s Meditation Primer

The Druid's Garden

In this time as the light is coming back into the world, the time surrounding Imbolc, I find myself often going deeply inward for healing and strength and turning towards meditation as a guide for spiritual balance.  This deep winter period is, of course, coming on the heels of the frenzied holiday season where many of us get burned out by the amount of hustle and bustle.  Further, many of the demands of modern living, particularly for those working wage-earning jobs, require us to move faster, be always “connected” and present with new technology, and have an increasingly fast stream of information pouring in and out of our heads. This can lead to long-term drain on the spirit. In this quiet time of the year, amidst the snows and frozen earth, various meditation techniques allow for rest, centering, and rejuvenation.

The quiet that nature provides... The quiet that nature provides…

Meditation offers us…

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Snowdrops

rambling ratz

February is the month we associate with snowdrops, scientific name Galanthus which is Greek for ‘milk flower’.Photo of snowdrop

It is a common flower across Europe, introduced to the UK in the sixteenth century, and is a welcome sign of spring. Their seeds are particularly tasty to ants, this is how snowdrops are spread. Or gardeners can dig them up after flowering to separate some bulbs to transplant elsewhere. Snowdrops also provide nectar for bumblebees and other insects waking from hibernation. They thrive in deciduous woodland, flowering before the leaf canopy is formed to make the most of the winter sunlight.Photo of snowdrops

An alternative name for snowdrops is Candlemas bells, as they tend to appear at the start of February to coincide with the Christian festival of light. In Pagan times this was the festival of Imbolc, half way between the winter and spring equinoxes. This was a fire festival celebrated by lighting…

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11 boutiques en ligne pour acheter des aliments végétariens et végétaliens

Joanegoesvegan

Boutique en ligne veganComme promis dans l’article de ce matin, voici une liste (non exhaustive) de boutiques en ligne qui proposent des aliments végétariens et végétaliens :

  • La boutique en ligne du désormais célèbre  » Boucher Végétarien  » est disponible uniquement en néerlandais, mais les images et les prix sont faciles à comprendre. :-p  Les produits entièrement végétaliens sont facilement reconnaissable grâce au logo vert en forme de feuille qui contient un V blanc. ]
  • Vegan Life, une e-boutique vegan belge qui propose de la nourriture pour nous, humains, mais aussi des aliments pour chiens et chats, des vêtements, des produits d’hygiène pour le corps, des cosmétiques, des livres,etc.
  • Un Monde Vegan qui offre également des produits non alimentaires.
  • The Vegan Shop , bien que français, propose à la vente des produits importés d’Angleterre et des Etats-Unis.
  • Boutique Vegan qui semble très complète et qui me plaît beaucoup.
  • Le Comptoir Vegan aussi semble très complet.
  • Vegusto propose…

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Lessons from the Sacred Element of Water: Seasons, Places, and Spaces

The Druid's Garden

In the past two years, I have done an intensive study with water as an element. My work with water began at Alban Elfed (the Fall Equinox) in 2011, when I met Thea Worthington, OBOD Modron, at the OBOD East Coast Gathering. During our interactions at the gathering and in our conversations, she gave me some powerful mentoring and suggested to me that I « embrace the chalice. »

With this, and an incredible gift of water from the Well of Danee on Iona, I began what turned out to be a two-year study of water. Since I’ve now felt the call to study a different element for a time, I wanted to share some insights about this journey, my understanding of nature throughout the seasons, and give some suggestions for those who want to engage in advanced, extended study of water. I’ll also note that for those of you who aren’t…

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Taking up the Path of the Bard III: Practice makes Perfect

The Druid's Garden

« You have so much talent » or « I’m not talented enough » are powerful statements, statements I hear on a regular basis from those who long for a creative practice. The idea of talent can cause an incredible amount of inaction, of people not feeling they are « good enough » to even try.  I see this, in particular, with the visual arts. But the first time you put pen to paper, if you aren’t Picasso or Monet, you might as well forget about it. This larger cultural ideal, of course, seems at odds with the druid tradition where Eisteddfod and the channeling of Awen are central to our spiritual life. In the druid tradition, creativity isn’t about producing something of commercial value or high quality, its about the channeling of creativity for spiritual purposes. But for those coming out of mainstream Western culture with all of the cultural baggage, this can be difficult…

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Hints of Things to Come

rambling ratz

Following on from « Green Shoots » I have become weary of waiting for the snowdrops to flower, they are being most laggardly.Photo of snowdrops emerging

They have been overtaken by the ornamental quince which is actually producing blooms.Photo of quince flowersThe promise of more pink from the cherry plum tree.Photo of cherry plum blossom buds

The crocuses emerged first from the cracks in the path. Photo of crocuses

They are now rising up from the lawn like Ray Harryhausen’s skeleton army.Photo of crocuses on lawn

Even the daffodils are threatening to bloom before them.Photo of daffodils emergingStill in the yellow corner we have the dependable winter jasmine.Photo of winter jasmine yellow flower

The mahonia promises some early nectar for any eager bees.Photo of yellow mahonia blossoms

And in the blue corner we have the periwinkle.photo of blue periwinkle flower

Last, but not forgotten, the first forget-me-not of the year has upturned its face.photo of blue forget-me-not flower

As ever, all garden activity is overseen by the ever watchful robin.

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The thrift shop djinn

Mindflight

I swear to you this story didn’t come out of a bottle.  It may have gone back into one at some point but I didn’t drink a drop before this happened.

I was poking around my favorite thrift store, a place called Savers, when it happened.  My phone vibrated.  Now, that’s not the most unusual occurrence but I hadn’t paid Cricket their monthly due in over a month, had ten dollars to my name, and was in this bargain hunter’s paradise hoping to pick up something decent for a job interview I had the next day.  In order to get to the blouses, though, I had to go past the knick-knack section and this was when my phone vibrated.

I pulled out the little LG flip phone (currently carried only for its ability to call 911) and looked at it, puzzled.  It vibrated again.  I had a new message.

Damn…

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