Wellness in Matera, Italy

The dwellings have evolved from the rudimentary caverns of the Paleolithic period to sophisticated structures with multiple rooms and elaborately carved facades. The sensuous ambiance and spectacular location perched high above the ravine make it ideal for a romantic get-away, an inspiring yoga retreat or a fairy tale wedding…  

Origin

Over the years, additional layers containing much deeper resonance have revealed themselves leading me to wonder at their origin:  

Were they always there waiting for me to see or did I somehow grow them into being?…

Reflection & Introspection

Musing on this led me to contemplate how vastly different our experiences can be based on our own filtering system. We see the world filtered through this system and live according to the reality it creates for us, mostly unaware that this is the case…

The Path

“What does the path look like?” (the child wanted to know)…

Make It Sacred

Those times when all feels impossible to love. When no joy can seem to be found.
When you can’t muster one sincere care in your world. 
That too, make sacred. Light a candle…

Dream Day

I love to explore another place, another culture, another way of doing things.  I always return with a fresh perspective and charged with creative energy…

Today, try shifting your perspective…

Often, not only will this practice shift the way you perceive that particular object, you will notice it extending to other areas of your life, as well…

open drawbridge, image by Beatbull, Flickr, as seen on linenlavenderlife com

Magic and the Merlin Archetype

I am five years old. I walk into the kitchen to find my mom, “Mom? If I told you I was magic, would you believe me?” With a smile and a soft chuckle, she replies,  “Magic? No. I wouldn’t believe you were magic.” Then turns back to what she is doing. I am heartbroken and quietly…

What is your biggest challenge?

Living in the present moment. It’s such a beautiful place to reside, yet how often are we there. . .not regretting the past, not worried about the future?…

The Heart Expansion Experiment

The first time I did this, I decided to give it a concentrated effort for a day. Now let me preface this by saying that I like to think I go out most days with good will towards my fellow human beings; so committing to just a single day focusing on this didn’t seem too challenging. However, what I would soon learn was that this little “heart expansion exercise,” well…it was—quite literally—exercise…

Might I suggest…

Present moment living/Taking a stand: “I’m going to make a concentrated effort to ignore all the decorations already on the shelves and the calendar hurtling towards…”

Essential Oils ~ Gifts of Nature

We use essential oils to enhance our meditation and yoga practices and for everything from housekeeping to skincare to first aid.  It is amazing to me how versatile and adaptable a single oil can be.   LAVENDER, for example…