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January Sale! 🙌😄

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized, White Petals, Writing Stuff

Firefly Press have some lovely books on offer in their January sale! Half-price juicy reads to start the year off in style! 🙌📖😍

My beautiful Emmeline and White Petals is in with the offer, so if you feel called to read a nitty-gritty valleys story, with bold, unapologetic, warm characters, then pick up a copy at www.fireflypress.co.uk

I mean, for half price, you may as well pick up a few! 😁🎉

Winter Therapy ❄️🌹🍃🙏💫

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

Today has been spent making herbal remedies for these cold Winter months. I’ve been to a great workshop, learning about oils, herbs, potions and lotions that can really make a difference to someone like myself, who suffers with low energy and colds during Winter.

I embrace every season, and try my best to flow with the gifts of nature, no matter the time of year. Winter, for me, is a time to retreat, go within, sit in the darkness, rest, heal and try and learn from the lessons that the season has to offer. It’s not always pleasant, though, and my immune system really takes a knock during this time, so self care is crucial.

The pictures show:

* Potion to boost mood and tantric energy with Damiana and Passion flower (mix with brandy to really bring out those herbal properties!)

Great in a cocktail or hot drink, to warm you up! 🔥

* Potion of Rose and Vodka to lift the spirits, boost loving energy and seretonin levels 😍

*Rosehip Syrup to help the immune system and soothe those coughs and colds.

*Body Rub made with natural beeswax, thyme, eucalyptus and peppermint, to help calm your mood, clear chests and fight off colds.

*Handmade Christmas Wreath (made by myself!), made with willow, moss, pine, eucalyptus, rosemary, holly, cinnamon sticks and clear quartz.

Looking forward to hanging this baby on my front door! 🙌 🙏😍

Thank you to Etta’s Botanica for running such a wonderful workshop! Etta has taught me a lot over the years – much of which gets stronger and better with integration and time, which I feel is a sign of a true guide and teacher. 🙏🔥💫🔮

Winter Solstice

By | Cool Stuff, Quotes, Uncategorized

We are approaching the threshold of winter.

Life is being drawn into the earth, painlessly descending down into the very heart of herself.

And we as natural human animals are being called to do the same, the pull to descend into our bodies, into sleep, darkness and the depths of our own inner caves continually tugging at our marrow.

But many find the descent into their own body a scary thing indeed, fearing the unmet emotions and past events that they have stored in the dark caves inside themselves, not wanting to face what they have so carefully and unkindly avoided.

This winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this period of descent into our own darkness was so necessary in order to find our light. That true freedom comes from accepting with forgiveness and love what we have been through and vanquishing the hold it has on us, bringing the golden treasure back from the cave of our darker depths.

This is a time of rest and deep reflection, a time to wipe the slate clean as it were and clear out the old so you can walk into spring feeling ready to grow and skip without a dusty mountain on your back & chains around your ankles tied to the caves in your soul.

A time for the medicine of story, of fire, of nourishment and love.

A period of reconnecting, relearning & reclaiming of what this time means brings winter back to a time of kindness, love, rebirth, peace and unburdening instead of a time of dread, fear, depression and avoidance.

This modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, over spending, bad food and consumerism.

And yet the natural tug to go inwards as nearly all creatures are doing is strong and people are left feeling as if there is something wrong with them, that winter is cruel and leaves them feeling abandoned and afraid. Whereas in actual fact winter is so kind, yes she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards the darkness and potential death of what we were, but this journey if held with care is essential.

She is like a strong teacher that asks you to awaken your inner loving elder or therapist, holding yourself with awareness of forgiveness and allowing yourself to grieve, to cry, rage, laugh, & face what we need to face in order to be freed from the jagged bonds we wrapped around our hearts, in order to reach a place of healing & light without going into overwhelm.

Winter takes away the distractions, the noise and presents us with the perfect time to rest and withdraw into a womb like love, bringing fire & light to our hearth.

Author: Brigit Anna McNeill•

The Invitation

By | Cool Stuff, Quotes, Uncategorized, Writing Stuff

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me

what you do for a living.

I want to know

what you ache for

and if you dare to dream

of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me

how old you are.

I want to know

if you will risk

looking like a fool

for LOVE

for your dream

for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me

what planets are

squaring your Moon…

I want to know

if you have touched

the centre of your own sorrow

if you have been opened

by life’s betrayals

or have become shrivelled and closed

from fear of further pain.

I want to know

if you can sit with pain

mine or your own

without moving to hide it

or fade it

or fix it.

I want to know

if you can be with joy

mine or your own

if you can dance with Wildness!

and let the ecstasy fill you

to the tips of your fingers and toes

without cautioning us

to be careful

to be realistic

to remember the limitations

of being human.

It doesn’t interest me

if the story you are telling me

is true.

I want to know if you can

disappoint another

to be true to yourself.

If you can bear

the accusation of betrayal

and not betray your own Soul.

If you can be faithless

and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty

every day.

And if you can source your own life

from its presence.

I want to know

if you can live with failure

yours and mine

and still stand at the edge of the lake

and shout to the silver of the full moon,

“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me

to know where you live

or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up

after the night of grief and despair

weary and bruised to the bone

and do what needs to be done

to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me

who you know

or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand

in the centre of the fire

with me

and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me

where or what or with whom

you have studied.

I want to know

what sustains you

from the inside

when all else falls away.

I want to know

if you can be alone

with yourself

and if you truly like

the company you keep

in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming

from the book The Invitation

Snuggle Up with White Petals!

By | Cool Stuff, White Petals, Writing Stuff

October is the perfect time to start reading White Petals, because it’s just the right month to start learning about the potential of your physical and energetic senses, the strength of your awareness, the power of story, and the magic that can happen when women stick together! 🔥💫💪💕

Autumn & Winter are the months White Petals. My characters love these seasons! 🍁💫❄️

So, if you want to snuggle up with voices that will bring you warmth, loyalty and humour, then White Petals is a lovely choice, even if I do say so myself!

You can buy it at:

http://fireflypress.co.uk/node/163

Or head on over to Amazon:

Autumn Equinox

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

The Autumn Equinox is wild with Mother Nature’s energy, here! 🍂🌬🌧 She is fierce! Rain, wind, dark clouds, a bit of sun, leaves blowing everywhere, shimmering gold as the season turns.

My own energy is a little over the place at the same time. One minute I’m laughing, the next minute I’m crying, I have a little anger bubbling away, but also feeling beautifully vulnerable. It’s a fiercely tender time here, for fiercely tender me.

My body is delicate, my mind is restless, and my heart is quiet.

Through all this, I’m very aware that the Equinox is a time of transition, balance and gratitude. As the sun crosses the Earth’s equator from North to South, we find ourselves in a space where day and night are most equal, and the Earth is balanced.

A very strong time for prayer, meditation, intention setting and saying thanks. It’s kind of like Thanks Giving, for hippies 😂🙏💫

The term Equinox comes from the Latin words, ‘equi’ – which means ‘equal’ – and ‘nox’ – which means ‘night.’

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Equinox happens just before 3am.

So, if you find yourself with a bit of time for self-exploration and contemplation tonight, ask yourself what it is that you’d like to harvest as you move forward into Autumn? What is ‘falling’ away? What would you like to let go of, and what ways of being, are ‘holding you back’ as the wheel turns and the season changes?

Also, what are you grateful for from Spring and Summer? What experiences lit you up? Take the essence of those beautiful moments, and say a quiet thanks for them as you open your arms out wide, with your favourite snuggly jumper on, to lovingly receive the gentle, changing, growing, evolving, resting, healing energy of Autumn and Winter.

Enjoy this wonderful season, in all its pumpkin-spice and crunchy-leaf glory! 🍁

Xx

My Dog is my Guru

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

Bella is seriously winning at life. She just gets it, you know? 💪👑🙌

She’s fed like a royal, drinks plenty of fresh water, and is walked on lush green grass and lovely beaches.

She sleeps when she feels tired, wakes up when she wants to, and gets plenty of ‘me’ time and rest.

She’s always loving, but doesn’t tolerate too much fuss or dominance. If anyone gets on her nerves, she just tells them off, and takes herself away to her own space, without drama or apology.

She loves to cuddle, to connect, to play, to nap, be in nature, and to sit and watch the world go by.

She’s loyal, protective, affectionate and feisty. And she’s usually smiling.

All in all, she’s a very contented, happy dog. And I’m not ashamed to say that she’s one of my greatest teachers in life. If we all lived a little bit more like Bella, I think the world would be a much better place! 😀💜

With Passion and Without Apology! 🙏💫🔥

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

Evening Meditation Time! Tuning into the energy of summer, with lovely sunflowers as my inspiration! 🌻🙏 💕 💫

You don’t have to be religious, spiritual or even particularly peaceful to have a meditation practice. You also don’t have to be afraid or embarrassed to have one, either.

Many people are under the false (and a little stupid, quite frankly) assumption that if you meditate, then you go into some trance-like state where you levitate in the air as demons whisper in your ear, guiding you to sin. Those notions and fears have been handed down through the years, by a patriarchal system that wanted to keep people in their place, without freedom of speech, or an awareness of their conscious ability and personal power.
It’s an old, uneducated belief system that surprisingly still has control over a lot of people even today!
Most of those people will condemn holistic practices, including meditation and alternative healing therapies, without ever trying any of them! You can’t change or control who people are, what they do, or what they believe. But you CAN control who YOU are, what you do and what you believe.

So, if you feel a call to sit quietly, to walk in nature, to sing or chant, to dance, to howl, to orgasm, to visualise, to dream, to connect, to create, to cry, to shout, to express yourself, to embody yourself, to meditate in your own way – a way that delights your mind, body and soul – then PLEASE have the courage to do so with passion and without apology.

I do 😁💕💫🔥👑💪🙏

Connecting with Mother Nature 🙏🌿💜

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

My favourite tree at Buckland Hall, Brecon.
This week, I had the honour of staffing there at a beautiful spiritual retreat, serving and supporting participants through their healing process.
While I was there, I made sure I had plenty of time to sit under this wonderful tree and soak up her lovely energy and nutrients as food for my soul. .
I visited her every day during my own healing process at Path of Love last year, and it really helped to ground me through the tough days.
Allow Mother Earth to hold you. Welcome Her nurturing. Connect with Her soul. Feel and express your appreciation and gratitude for Her love and for everything She provides us. And then take that love, and share it with the world in whatever way lights you up!

Seven Years of Taurus! 🐂 🌿 💫💕🙏

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

Over the next couple of nights, Planet Uranus is moving into Taurus with the Taurus New Moon, and it will be staying in Taurus (ultimate Earth sign of the zodiac) for the next seven years. Plus, the New Moon is actually in the sign of Taurus, too, so this is especially powerful! 🌑 💪💫

I hear you: wtf does that mean?! 😂

So, basically, Uranus only moves into each sign every 84 years – because there are so many signs to get through, and it stays with each sign for seven years, so it takes 84 years to go full circle and get back around to each one again!
When it ‘moves in’ with each sign, it really gets comfy with the qualities of that sign, and brings a lot of that sign’s energy to the planet during the seven years that they live together.

An example of this would be how Uranus is just moving out of the feisty zodiac sign of Aries, where it has been for the last seven years (Aries is the sign that precedes Taurus). Aries is a sign of the Self. It’s a very selfish sign (not in a bad way!), and it likes to feel acknowledged, powerful and validated. So, it would make sense that during the last seven years, when Uranus has been ‘living’ in the sign of Aries, the world has really seen the birth and rise of the Selfie!

If Uranus is now moving into Taurus, it means that the world will be naturally moving forward in a more earthy direction. We will see more awareness around subjects like animal rights, environmental issues, human rights, ways to help Mother Earth and all her creatures.
As Taurus is also very much connected to the home, food, romance, sensuality, security and long-term planning, these next seven years are the perfect time to really think about how happy you are with these areas of your life.
Start laying firm foundations and strong roots for long-term plans to do with your home, family relationships, romantic relationships, healthier lifestyles (I suspect we will see a big increase in vegetarianism in the next seven years), and financial security. If you consciously do this, you will be cosmically supported as Uranus and Taurus work together to help create a better, healthier, happier Earth.

I will be writing a list of intentions for the next seven years, for my own life and well-being, as well as the general well-being of Earth and all who live here.
My ritual will be to walk barefoot outside on the grass, lighting candles, and burying my list of intentions in the ground (the perfect way to finish!).

Why don’t you try doing the same? Any sort of intention writing and ritual will be especially powerful during this New Moon, particularly if you centre it around the energetic qualities of Taurus.

Good luck, with love and light! 🙏💕💫

Walking the Path: The Next Natural Step

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Writing Stuff

Just had my article/review published on HuffPost for Walking the Path – the follow-up course after Path of Love, both by Path Retreats.

It seems I am on a linking path with this community, and I welcome the journey, the work and the connection. These have been my favourite things to do this year, and by far the most beneficial personal development retreats/courses I have ever done!

Feel free to have a look at the article/review, and see what you think! 🙂

Much love 💜

Maria xx

Review of Walking the Path Retreat

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