Daydreaming tends to get a bad press, as a trivial, time wasting lazy sort of activity. ‘Daydreaming’ is what you’ll be accused of if you didn’t get the useful thing done fast enough. Indulgent, castle in the cloud building, of no use… this is something I want to challenge. I want to recast daydreaming as a profound, spiritual, life enhancing activity.
How do you know what you want from life, who you want to be, how you want to live? If life and mental activity are focused on being busy and useful, there’s simply no room for these questions. You do what you always do, what you are told to do. The daydreamer has room to imagine other lives and outcomes, to build imaginary castles and people them with possibilities. If we are going to do something, we need to dream it first, testing out the implications, picturing the challenges…
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Happy Beltane everyone. Beltane, meaning “bright fire” is one of the four great fire festivals of the ancient Celtic cultures. In ancient Irish culture it was the time when both the Tuatha De Danaan and the Milesians came to Ireland and was originally celebrated when the Hawthorns began to blossom. Half way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, it marks the start of the light half of the year and heralds the beginning of summer. According to historian Ronald Hutton, “the ritual of Beltane was found in all Celtic areas of the British Isles, but also in pastoral regions of Germanic and Scandinavian Europe.” The historical evidence for the celebration of this festival is much better than for others. The earliest references to it are from 900AD which state “lucky fire i.e two fires Druids used to make with great incantations, and they used to bring the cattle…
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Over the years, I’ve done quite a bit of coverage about lawn issues, as I really do believe that the lawn can be one of the primary sites of transformation and change for ordinary Americans and others in the Western industrialized world. Not only can the lawn be transformed from a consumptive space to a productive one for growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers to benefit humans and other life, but it can be a site of personal reconnection and healing with our landscape.
This is because the lawn is the single piece of nature that the bulk of people, living outside of big cities, encounter on a daily or weekly basis. If we can transform the lawn, we can transform ourselves.
This is why I am so excited about this post–through the example of Nature’s Harvest Urban Permaculture Farm…
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Today is Earth Day. It is a day to honour our Earth Mother, to recommit ourselves to living in harmony with her and to make changes to our lifestyle. What lifestyle change are you going to make today for your Earth Mother?
The Pagan community has also created a new Pagan Community Statement On The Environment. Please check it out and add your signature. It can be found here – http://www.ecopagan.com/.
Happy Birthday to me! My birthday is Beltane Eve so this Sabbatbox was appropriately timed! It is a new Pagan subscription box.
I’m in love with the new incense and incense holder. Smells refreshing and calming.
Tea is a great thing for me to receive since I love teas. I’m excited to try it.
I love this brand of candle so I’m very happy to have it.
Since Beltane is my birthday basically, I like that I received a book all about it.
Overall, this is a very neat idea particularly living in Alaska not near Pagan shops.