Postponed to Sunday May 1. Same time Same Place . Please remember to email to confirm attendance!
~Combining mindfulness and action. Meditation with physical honoring of the land we live on. Prayer in doing. Love lived! ♥
~Come connect to nature and your self in community! Come and honor the wild woods that nourish our souls so freely and deeply by giving back to nature by caring for it?
Sunday April 24 2-5pm
1201 Millstream rd.
~Every week I walk in these beautiful woods by my home and end up at sunset on the bluff in Hazlit Creek Park. It is a beautiful wild and varied forest and in spring we see many rare and precious flowers and it is teeming with wildlife. Here and there invasive species budge their way in threatening to take over in place of the variety of the wild flora and fauna.
~Here on the bluffs it is Scotch Broom that, though I and others pull them on our regular walks, persistently grow and grow and grow.
~I love these bluffs with the arbutus, the firs, the pine, the many kinds of rare and wild flowers, oregon grape and nootka rose etc etc etc. Raven. Deer. Hummingbird. And the illusive predators. It really is a sacred place!
~With the love that I feel for the woods I want to honor the native ecology and the land by removing as much as possible of the Scotch Broom. The more we are the easier it will be.
Right now is a perfect time as they are pre-bloom and many of them are small and so relatively easy to pull out by their roots.
I believe that Arbutus will be in bloom at this time too and we will be working enveloped in the sweet honey scent off their flowers.
~We will gather and do a walking meditation form our home up to the Arbutus bluff in Hazlit Creek park. After a meditation on the bluff we will spend some time clearing the bluffs of the invasive scotch broom to begin restoring the area to its natural ecosystem.
~We will end with breaking the silence and a potluck style picnic and tea savoring this little amazing place on earth.
~Bring walking shoes and layered clothing. Water and perhaps a snack. Please bring your own cup for tea. Gardening gloves and if you have, gardening shears, for the big and stubborn plants.
A treat or a finger snack for the picnic if inspired.
A blanket to sit on.
~The walk is fairly easy and no more than 10 minutes but does go up hill and on forest trails. The pulling of the broom is fairly easy as long as one uses two hands and mindfulness of body and posture and/or tools when the plant is too big. Much of the time will be spent in silence to facilitate meditation , mindfulness and connection.
♡ Please email Pernille to let her know you want to attend and so she can give more detailed directions closer to the event
ps. We will be ending with plenty of time for further hikes or even a climb up Lone Tree Hill for sunset.
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I joined Deva Premals and Miten 21 day chanting challenge.
I was fortunate enough to see these guys when they visited Victoria and it was such a beautiful and inspiring experience. I love their down to earth and reachable approach to a deep and spiritual life and how freely they share what the journey of the mantras have given them.
After a beautiful yoga practice in the sun on the deck surrounded by my dogs and the eager hummingbirds buzzing by the feeder I listened in to their day two of the meditations. Today’s mantra was Om Shanti Om and it is the mantra of Peace that we chanted 108 times. Beautiful and simple. As we came to an end I sat there, still, feeling very quiet. Vibrating with energy but calm…. a smile tickling my lips …. I felt very present in my body and simultaneously not in my body. Then I noted a sensation that I almost missed , actually I did for a little while. A cry welling up . I kind of dodged it ever so subtle. I reached for the bliss the beautiful peace. Then my practice of inquiry awoke and gently curious I turned my awareness to that sensation that I almost decided to re-stuff into my unconscious and merely noted… I feel like crying .
I could not tell if it was a cry of the unbearable beauty of this incredible beautiful sense of connection and peace or of the grief of life lived disconnected from this or something entirely different. I totally surrendered to sit there and allow the feeling to well up. I just let is emerge just like that allowing the tears the sounds and the feelings course through me. Tears streaming. Whimpering . Sobbing. Simultaneously beautiful and painful and I put judgment and analyzing aside and just allowed the feeling to express itself. After some time it passed. As sudden as it emerged the cry subsided. I now entered an even deeper place of peace and stillness simultaneously one with all within and around me and not at all. Breathing in . Breathing out. Present. Still. Vibrant . Eternal . One of these states that really can not be described with words . I just rested there till that also passed and I with the breath returned to this body and this world. I opened my eyes and in gratitude dedicated this feeling of connection and peace to all beings.
Returning to the mind it made me realize how in our search for bringing what we desire into our world we will undoubtedly encounter precisely that which is in our way of experiencing this. So in searching for for example Peace any emotion or belief system we have held in our body-mind that stand in our way of experiencing this may arise and have the opportunity to be expressed and released. It takes courage to let these uncomfortable emotions arise and it can be easy to miss or dismiss them. Know and trust that if any emotions or belief system arise it is because you are ready and able to deal with what is coming up. This is a beautiful opportunity to permit something we before suppressed to be allowed its full expression. In dealing with these emotions I do not mean taking any action but rather to just allow its arising emergence and sit with and feel the emotion through its full expression. It can be intense and sounds and movement can be involved. Do you best to stay really present and observe the emotions natural life cycle . It has as all other things a beginning a middle and an end and when it is fully expressed for now it will fade away. On the other side thorough your emotion you may just find that which you came searching for. So pay attention in your search also to that which seem contrary to what you want to bring into your life. Trust that what comes up for you is your perfect medicine for where you are at right now. If today you do not “get” there do not despair or get discouraged . Sitting with what comes up when it comes up is an act of GREAT courage.
The journey IS the destination!
By the way I think you can still join Deva Premal and Mitens 21 day mantra meditation challenge. I recommend it if you are curious about chanting and Mantras or if you need some inspiration and encouragement for a daily practice.
In the midst of our busy lives our daily and ordinary rituals can add richness depth joy and be an opportunity to connecting deeply to ourselves and life.
You can choose to take your time just for this one cup of tea. (or anything that you want for that matter…). For now let go of all should’s and oughts. Start as you are making the tea. Consciously paying detailed attention to all the sensations. The pot getting heavier as you fill it and put it on the stove. The space of time while the water is heating. The sound of the water coming to a boil. The breaths that come and go.The fluidity of the water as you pour it over the tea. The scent that arises as the ingredients release into the water and becomes tea. The breath you are breathing while holding the cup. The weight of your footsteps walking over to you chosen place to savor this cup. The heat on your hands . The texture of the cups shape and the material it is made of. Awareness. The sensation the flavor and the texture of the liquid. The sensation of ahhh coursing through your body and every cell as you ingest the liquid. Presence. Where are the herbs from . Where is the water from . Herbs of the earth. Water in the ground. Fire that heats. Air and water mixed as the steam you can inhale and infuse into you own being. All the elements of creation right then and there. All the senses involved.As you mind wanders merely gently return to the moment here where you are having a cup of tea. Go deeply into your experience and let it be all that you do.You are here and now. Sipping tea. It is a blessed moment. It is always here available to you. In this moment doing what you are doing . Simply . With awareness.
By paying detailed attention we have an opportunity in every moment to find the sacred in the ordinary and everyday life and make the ordinary moments extraordinary. It makes life feel sooooo rich!
Just so you know.
I will be in town alternating Sundays as of Nov 11.
1005 Cook st. ( Cook and Rockland)
Just a short note from me today. I am posting light-hearted link reminding us that some of our habits may not be in our best interest . I admit I saw it on a friends wall on facebook and it put a smile on my face but not least I know it to be true. I do not suggest you burn all your chairs and squatting is not easy for many of us but we can start where we are and little by little bring more movement into our tight joints and muscles. The human body is amazing and is made for and thrives with movement. Bring on the movement. Enjoy.