The Spring Equinox

Equinox = ‘equal night’~ from Latin‘aequus’ and ‘nox’.  There are two equinoxes in a year, in March and September, when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is almost equal.  In March, in the northern hemisphere, it is known as the Spring equinox and in the southern hemisphere as the Autumnal equinox.  (Please note that this article refers to the seasons of the northern hemisphere.)

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The Winter Solstice

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”  William Blake

The winter solstice is generally celebrated on the 21st December, although the astronomical date changes from year to year.  This is the longest night of the year and, symbolising the rebirth of the divine spirit of life, it has been a time of celebration since prehistoric times, with religious and social festivities across all cultures.  Ancient people considered the winter solstice, also known as Yule, as a very important time.   Christmas Day is celebrated at the end of this period .  

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Personal and Planetary

”We can unite in one mind, as citizens of planet earth.”
Masuru Emoto

Ever since I connected with the work of Carol Lamb, energy alignment and meditation has been key to my life and work.   I was taught the Emerald Alignment, a simple method of aligning the energy field.  

I was also taught an accessible method of meditation, breathing through the bands of the energy field, releasing anxiety and connecting to positive flow.  Meditations are then completed with an Emerald Alignment, bringing the whole energy field into balance.

Here you may listen to a meditation incorporating the Emerald Alignment

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The Song of the Sunflower

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.  It’s what sunflowers do.”  
Helen Keller

I will always remember walking in an enormous field of sunflowers, which towered over me and I stood for a long time, bathing in the golden glow.  I was mesmerized by the velvety petals, the intricate patterns of the seeds and the buzzing of the bees.  The huge sunflower heads were like a sea of faces, radiating brightness and warmth. The song of the sunflower filled the whole landscape and kept me lingering there throughout the afternoon.

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Rays of Peace ~ Global Meditation

RAYS of PEACE is a project connecting individuals all over the globe to a weekly meditation focus. Distance is no object here! Wherever we are in the world, we can join together and focus a collective energy of peace through meditation.   

Rays of Peace provides a new focus each week, inviting all to meditate, ideally at the quarters of the clock ~ 3, 6, 9 or 12 – am or pm, in our own local time.  In this way, we can provide a wave of positive energy, assisting those in need around the world. 

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The Gift

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein

When we meditate, we bring ourselves a gift.  Life brings up many questions and all of the answers to the questions lie within ourselves.  First of all, we need to be willing to stop and to turn within.   Then we can learn to look, listen, and trust.  The word trust comes from the Old Norse ‘traust’, which held the meaning of ‘strong’.

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Turning Up

Meditation can involve both wandering and wondering!  The mind wanders and when we find it difficult to quieten our thoughts, we may decide that we are no good at meditation and so give up.  It helps to remember that the mind will always judge and criticize our attempts to be still.

The mind is outraged at being sidelined and this is part of its defense.  We can choose to understand and accept that.

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Smoke and Gold

At the time of writing, it is winter in the North of England and lately there’s been snow, hail, sleet, frosty mornings and icy winds.  I’m glad to be able to light a coal fire sometimes and sit and watch the flames.  

There’s a whole process of clearing ashes, chopping kindling wood and fetching coal and this led me to consider a few things about tending the hearth.  Recently the chimney-sweep came and I was reminded of my father, who used to be a fireman.  He had often attended chimney fires and warned me of the dangers.

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