Saturday, November 5, 2016

finding my way home

Perhaps it's the time of year...Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, All Souls Day, when the veil between the worlds thins. Maybe it's the arrival of stick season here in Vermont, when the gorgeous colors of the stark tree trunks and their branches emerge after the dropping of their spectacular foliage. Or maybe it's Tuesday, looming like a giant gash in the American psyche.

This confluence has me pondering. How did I become unmoored? When did I go adrift? When did I wander off my path?

When did my center wobble?

Not sure, but it has been a wonderful journey, this finding my way back home to myself. 

Here are some things that have been guiding me's sort of a menu...maybe you will find something here that is nourishing?

-Renewing my meditation practice. Tara Brach helps so much with this. You can find some of her sample meditations here. 

-Finding liv sulerud via Instagram. A writer, ecofeminist and healer, her voice has spoken to me and invited me to do some deep thinking. Working through some of her prompts led me to leave the crazy world of Facebook. Feeling better aligned already, thank you very much!

-I've listened to this twice now, and may listen again. I invite you to find the time to give it a listen. This On Being podcast is an important challenge to the hole we have all dug ourselves into....

-Reading David Budbill's poetry. One of Vermont's finest, the world lost his physical presence in September, but his words live on in the many volumes of his work. This one especially. 

-Eating with the seasons. The older I get the more respect I have for my body. How it feels directly reflects what I have put into it. Plain truth.

So, dear readers, where are you finding nourishment these days?  I would love to have some more resources in my back pocket.


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  1. Your post is so refreshing with wise words to stayed balanced in these difficult times. Looking for the positive gives one hope that there will be better tomorrows.Thank you for sharing bits of nourishment for the soul.

    1. Oh, what a challenge it is to find balance and comfort these days Linda! That's why we all need to stick together and gather our light. xo

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    1. Please send us some light from across the pond, dear Linda. We need all we can get! xo

  3. I think we all go adrift from time to time. I find nourishment from connecting with like-minded people, going for long mind clearing walks and doing something creative every day. Thank you for sharing resources for nourishment Karen. I hope you have a lovely weekend in beautiful Vermont. :)

    1. Such good ideas, Simone. Thank you for sharing. xo

  4. Oh, I didn't know he had died. I put two of his poems up on my blog a few years ago. I loved his work. I'm interested in your eating with the seasons. Could you talk about it more please? I left Fb in April and have not missed it even one minute! I like the slow thoughtfulness of blogging so much better. I guess I keep my center by focusing on the close - my family, my home, the birds, etc. Whatever happens in the big world - those things are my anchor, my life.

  5. We just try to eat what's local and available. Obviously, at this time of year it's more of what's in our root cellar or on our pantry shelves or in the freezer. Some folks still have greens growing in their hoop houses! So, for example, no fresh strawberries, asparagus or other truck-dependent foods in the wintertime. :-)

  6. Places like yours. Your warm spirit, your candles, your fabrics and quilting, you are a warm and comforting beacon in a cold lonely universe...