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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! 🍁


Reviews Are Important!

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

Thank you so much to this woman, for making the choice and taking the time and energy to read my lovely book, and letting me know that she liked it.

It’s so nice when someone lets you know that they have read and enjoyed your book. It genuinely does make a difference, I swear! 💜

This is why we need those good reviews – not just to encourage sales, but to also encourage heart to keep on writing.

Thank you to every single person who takes the time to let an author know that they enjoy and care about their work. It really does mean so much! 🙏 💜

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 😁💕💫🔥👑💪🙏

Be Calm, Be Present 🙏💫😊

By | My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

Feeling very grateful today 🙏💕💫
Remembering to nurture myself by getting out in nature and breathing in that lovely solstice air ☀️ .
But before that, I’m sitting down for a much-needed rest moment.
The clock in the background has ‘Now’ written on it, instead of numbers, to remind me to stay present – which I’m doing as I admire my favourite flowers, drink my tea and read my book.

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! 🙏💕💫

Magic in Avalon! 😀💫💍💕

By | My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

So, for my birthday, my partner and I went to Glastonbury for a long weekend of sacred exploring, healing, relaxing and connecting. It was absolutely beautiful!
I have been called to visit Glastonbury and Ancient Avalon for a long time. There has been a real longing in my belly to go there and walk barefoot in the magical healing red springs of Chalice Well and the powerful white springs of the White Spring Temple. It’s been a dream of mine to pilgrim through this truly sacred place, climb the Glastonbury Tor (said to be the keeper and burial ground of the Holy Grail), visit the springs, the Abbey, and just bask in the natural and powerful beauty and connection that this lovely land offers.
I am so happy and grateful to be able to fulfil this dream, and I can honestly say with my hand on my heart, it was the greatest trip of my life so far. I just absolutely LOVED IT! I had the best birthday weekend EVER! 😍🙌

The most special thing about the trip was that it started off as a birthday trip, and ended up as an ENGAGEMENT trip!!! 😆💍 💜 🙌 YEEEEESSSSSSS!! I can’t tell you how passionate and excited I have felt about the entire adventure!
After 15 years of friendship, and two years of being together as adults, Gareth proposed in the perfect setting, in the perfect way, with the perfect words and the perfect ring.
It was intimate, natural and beautiful, and I absolutely LOVED it! 💕💕
We’re both over the moon, and I’m feeling so blessed and grateful to have such a wonderful man to walk my path with in life! 🙏💫💜

Lovely Review! 🙏💜

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

Weather has been really dull this week, and I’ve not been feeling too well, either.

I was sulking around the house this morning, drinking ginger and honey to try and boost my immune system a bit, and as I sat down to check my emails etc, I was uplifted by this lovely review…

“I’ve just finished White Petals, and I was so happy with the way it ended! 😀 There was a bit in the last couple of pages where Emmeline says about how human beings always try to explain everything in life, but sometimes we can’t really explain things, and we just have to accept them and have faith. She talks about all the ‘thousands of little synchronicities that we are mostly unaware of’, and that paragraph really struck me. I’ve been going through a bit of a tough time lately, and something about those words brought comfort to me.”

– Casey, 17

Casey’s words came at the right time for me, and just as the words in my book brought comfort to her, her words brought comfort to me. So, Casey, wherever you are, thank you! This was a little synchronicity that I needed today, and I’m very grateful to you! 🙏💜

January Joy!

By | My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

January, for me, is not about starting something new. It’s about resting after Christmas! 😂

I used to follow the crowd, by making New Year resolutions, setting goals, making plans… And then I’d feel bad when I started to feel the pressure of trying to keep up with them all.

So, a while back, I decided to just not do it.

I kind of stuck my middle finger up to it all, and gave myself permission to breathe, relax, rest, heal, embrace and enjoy myself exactly as I am.

Right here, right now. Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing. I’m good. 😀💫

I tell you something – it did me the world of good! And I’m happy to say that I’m still in that lovely space of self-acceptance, self-kindness and self-love now.

It’s not always easy – it’s something I always have to work on, because my inner bitch loves to try and ruin my good mood by nitpicking at my flaws! But you know, I’ve even made friends with her along the way. We have an understanding now. We’re frenemies! 😂 She is as much a part of me as the rest of my body and mind, so I figured that she deserves her rightful place in my life, too. And since then, she’s actually a lot nicer to me!

So, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing and however your life seems at the moment, please give yourself a break! Give yourself the same amount of acceptance, compassion, kindness and love that you would give a baby or a puppy. And this month, instead of pressuring yourself with goals and resolutions, try embracing yourself and your life with the fullness of your presence, and just embrace your January Joy! 🎉🙌

Happy January!💜

Surrender in 2018

By | Uncategorized

I’ve just written a HuffPost article on the importance of Surrender in 2018

Surrendering to ourselves, our lives, to rest and to our natural rhythms, cycles, inner seasons and flow.

I’d really love it if you could take a few minutes to read the article, and I hope that in some small way, it resonates with you.

I also hope that your 2018 is filled with love, laughter, peace, wonder and joy! 💫

Happy New Year!

Lots of love 💜

Maria xx

Surrender in 2018 – HuffPost

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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