The Seven Sacred Plants of Midsummer

Bonjour From Brittany

In Brittany, the arrival of midsummer was traditionally celebrated by the lighting of massive communal bonfires and their attendant rituals; ancient practices that, despite the best efforts of the Church to suppress them, continued here well into living memory.

In establishing its liturgical calendar, the early Church took care to divert the popular feelings associated with the major pagan festivals by supplanting these with Christian ones. Thus assigning the Feast of Saint John to the twenty-fourth of June was likely a deliberate attempt to displace the Midsummer festivals so popularly rooted in European culture.

As a major celebration of the power of the natural world, we should not be surprised that native plants once played a key role in many of the rites associated with the celebration of Midsummer in Brittany. Sadly, the original names of the most important ceremonial plants have been lost to us; they having long been…

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this next layer

Make Believe Boutique

The real home turns out

to be the center within

each life and each return

to that inner core not

only calms us, heals u

and makes us whole,

but also adds some

healing and wholeness

to the world around us.

~Michael Meade

there really is no choice is there?

inquiry for today~ how to dive deep today?

when it’s no longer hidden

Every person must live the inner life in one form or another.

Consciously or unconsciously, voluntarily or involuntarily,

the inner world will claim us and exact its dues.

If we go to that realm consciously, it is by our inner world:

our prayers, meditations, dream work, ceremonies,

and Active Imagination. If we try to ignore the inner world,

as most of us do, the unconscious will find its way into our lives

through pathology: our psychosomatic symptoms, compulsions,

depressions, and neuroses.

~Robert A. Johnson

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New Week Inspiration ❤️☀ . . . make time the gift it is


Go into this week with the attitude
that your peace,
your health of mind,
and your heart,
mean more than getting
everything else done.
That your smile matters.
That feeling rested matters.
That holding the hands,
of your loved ones matter.
So pause lots, function at a pace
that doesn’t pull you apart.
Honour the things
that make you feel good inside;
the things that make you feel alive.
Give time to those things this week.
Make time the gift it is,
by giving it, to what really matters to you.
~~ S.C. Lourie ~~

May this new week will bring you sweet blessings and your life will be loaded with joy, and peace. Happy Monday!

          Text and image source: Mitra Shahidi

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          Book Review

          Moseying Through My Eighties

          Book review: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and the Greatest Commandment, Radical love in Times of Crisis by Julie Leininger Pycior

          Those active in social justice issues during the effervescent ‘60’s as well as younger folks will enjoy reading about activities of the headliners of the era as chronicled by Pycior in her new book. She uses personal journals and letters between Merton and Day to tell how they and other luminaries of the era managed to stay true to their faith at a time of vast social unrest and skepticism.

          American Church figures of the 1960’s are the object of the dialogue between the two: Dan and Phil Berrigan, Eileen Egan, Cesar Chavez, Cardinal Spellman, Philip Maurin, Dom Helder Camera, Joan Baez, John XXIII, Corita Kent, Sargent Shriver, Mary Luke Tobin, Martin Luther King and others in civil rights and social justice movements. For those who lived through this turbulent…

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          Be Interesting

          Kevin Barrett's Blog

          When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig.  I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people:  Do you play sports?  What’s your favorite subject?  And I told him, no I don’t play any sports.  I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
          And he went WOW.  That’s amazing!  And I said,  “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.
          And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before:  “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them.  I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences…

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          What is Life ?_Poetry

          Brightway 💫

          Image Source – Kriti @Brightway

          What is life ?

          When I think to write,
          So many facets arrive,

          In a way you were created,
          Life is a miracle of nature,

          Fought to arrive and to alive,
          Life is a struggle to survive,

          Innocence and purity of a child,
          Life is to get mature with time,

          An emotional roller coaster ride,
          Life is to control emotions and rise,

          Marks and degree in colleges,
          Life is about all the knowledge,

          Skills in a field of your interest,
          Life is all about the experiences,

          Love, friendship and family,
          Life is not about other luxury,

          Being capable to pay enough,
          Life is to give some for donations,

          To keep your dreams alive,
          Life is to be motivated every time,

          To be in any type of healthy relation,
          Life is to love, respect and understand,

          Money is not everything to exist but,
          Life is…

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          # हर ब्लॉग कुछ कहता है #..18


          समय कटता नहीं

          शिकायत है सभी की, समय कटता नहीं ..

          कोशिश तो करते है , समय बटता नहीं

          आदमी दोहरी बातें करने का आदि है ,

          दोस्तों से कहता है , समय मिलता नहीं .||.


          कभी कभी ज़िन्दगी में ऐसी परिस्थितियाँ आ जाती है कि मन बेचैन हो जाता है | समझ में नहीं आता है कि इसका मुकाबला कैसे किया जाए. |

          जी हाँ दोस्तों .. मैं आज के वर्तमान स्थिति, जिसे हम कोरोनाकाल भी कह सकते है, कि बात कर रहा हूँ |

          पिंजरे में कैद जानवरों की तरह हम सभी लगभग डेढ़ साल से अपने घरों में कैद है | हमलोगों की सारी दिनचर्या अस्त – व्यस्त हो गयी है | यह भी पता नहीं है कि यह स्थिति कब सामान्य होगी ?

          मैं आज बहुत दिनों के बाद मोर्निंग वाक के लिए पार्क में गया था | वहाँ पहले से स्थिति काफी बदली –…

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          78 – Creativity *

          Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking

          Special thanks to Resa for providing the photos. Resa is in the Canada and I encourage readers to visit her at 1) Graffiti Lux Art & More, 2) Art Gowns, and 3) her professional site. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. Resa’s work is copyrighted by Resa McConaghy.

          Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

          I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

          Creativity is a powerful word – so are related words create and creative. These words of similar meaning, but create is the verb, creativity the noun, and creative the adjective – but today I think of these words as a collective.

          My first thought is about those creative with their hands – sewists, quilters, crafters, 3-dimensional artists as…

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          Heaven On Earth

          Friends, I required some time off from here as some of you probably noticed. Yes I am well and strong, thank you. Yet still working on my gardens, I am realizing that what I am creating has a very high frequency, so I must include a gentle notice that if your heart is open you will come away viewing my flowers in a higher State of Being. [a good thing!] Be it as it may, these flowers are gorgeous any way you see them.

          I return here with a Message. Those of us who are ready, who have prepared for these exceptional times will step into a Reality beyond our dreams. Some of you may already be noticing things here and there that are “new”. The old Matrix is crumbling, thank God. The veil is lifting and New Earth has begun to be experienced. Have any of you noticed the…

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