This week has provided space for some much needed self-care. Seven weeks into my first term at The Seattle School and we have a week “off” to read, write, reflect and rest.
With most of my reading already caught up, I was all too eager to get my fingernails dirty and be outside! My spirit rejuvenates in the soil of my garden. It is where I get connected and find connectedness. It is where I engage awe and wonder in ways that only the natural world can provide. As I wrestled overgrown perennials and dug deep into the damp earth to plant promises of spring, I was struck with the diversity of color that still surrounded me, even as Autumn begins to shed her vibrant hues.
My youngest and I collected a rainbow today. And the colors gave me hope, that even whilst Winter is soon upon us (and my studies will require my attendance once again), there is sheer, inherent beauty in what we are created to be! There is connection and cohesiveness in creation, and we are a part of this great created community of things!
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. -G.K. Chesterton
Michaelmas is almost here! How are you reflecting on the dragons in your life? Can they be tamed and turned into life-giving energy? Click through to read last year’s reflection on this wonderful festival!
I love lavender. There is really no other way of expressing it: I. Love. Lavender. Its fragrant heads have waved in the landscapes of my life since I was a child and for as long as I remember we have cooked, crafted and even healed with it. How thrilled was I when my friend, Christine Sine (of Mustard Seed Associates), shared this Lavender Labyrinth in Kastellaun, Germany. Thrilled because I also have a deep love and respect for labyrinths and the healing they too can facilitate.
This Saturday, May 5, is World Labyrinth Day–a day to recognize and celebrate this ancient practice as a means of present day prayer and centering. Christine Sine compiled a very helpful resource list concerning the labyrinth practice. Do check out her suggestions and resource links here.
And may you find a special place to participate in this experience; perhaps this sanctioned date will be an invitation for you to do so for the first time! It may take a little research, but you’ll be surprised how many labyrinths are tucked in the quiet places of life around you.
If you are in the Seattle area, my personal favorite labyrinth is located at the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island. It is a bit of a journey (nay, I’ll call it a pilgrimage) to get there, but well worth the process; a stone lined labyrinth residing under the embrace of an old growth forest awaits you.
I’m strongly compelled to interrupt my normal posting schedule to share with you a new magazine that crossed my mother’s counter top to mine over the weekend. Taproot is a dedicated printscape of stories; stories deeply rooted in the earth that tell of knowing our earthen HOME. These tales talk about urban chickens and soil under the finger nails, touching your food, and children in gardens. It is also ad-free and the kind of collection that calls you to make a pot of coffee or tea, and cuddle up for a read.
Please visit their site by clicking on their photo and consider subscribing to this beautiful new venture.