Distillation.

The truth of our purpose—no matter the worldly guise—is to distill all down to the light and love within. Love for ourselves, love for all creation. 

Origin

  What’s in a name?   I’ve appreciated the art of creating a beautiful environment since I was a little girl but it’s really the “spirit of place” aspect—those less tangible energetic qualities of a space or place that have always intrigued me more than anything.     The title and symbols in the logo arose organically […]

Reflection & Introspection

As we embark on the new year together . . . I remember a letter my Grandma wrote me years ago where she described the seasons as climbing a hill, with the peak as December 31st, New Years Eve—that’s how she had always seen it in her mind’s eye. It was then I realized I […]

The Path

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Make It Sacred

  Nothing is for certain. It’s all a mystery. Even the words I’m saying now are ideas. Hopeful perspectives. Comforting ideals that help us walk more sure-footed in this great, mysterious journey. There is something, however, that I feel fairly certain is not just a soothing thought, but truth. It feels good and right to […]

Dream Day

My dream day?  Well, it comes in many forms but what immediately comes to mind is traveling.  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, the time I spent capturing the light in my garden sent me […]

Today, try shifting your perspective…

Today, try this exercise:  TRY SHIFTING YOUR PERSPECTIVE IN ORDER TO SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE. – By this, I mean physically change your “normal” viewing position and see what you discover.  Find something in nature if you can–a flower, a tree, a blade of grass–and focus on it from this new viewing position. Take a few quiet […]

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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 […]

What is your biggest challenge?

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. ~Henry David Thoreau 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? It’s an ongoing challenge of a lifetime–some […]

For whatever reason…

…this photograph really speaks to me.   As it came up in a slideshow I stumbled across, I had a strong emotional response to it and I’m not sure why. I love these timeworn finishes—the variations of earthy gray browns and slates against the light trim and stone facade in the background—so that explains part […]

The Heart Expansion Experiment

  “The Heart Expansion Experiment”  Act I: A heart warming exercise.    Try this today:  Send loving thoughts to as many random people as possible. Take a few seconds throughout your day—wherever you happen to go—and imagine yourself sending love and warm wishes to each person you come across. Do this whether you actually interact […]

Might I suggest…

It’s September—Autumn is on its way. It’s time for the kids to go back to school. Most everyone I know is thinking about school supplies and packing away paraphernalia from their last trip of the summer. I was just out shopping and saw not only Halloween items on the shelves, but Christmas decorations, too!   […]

Essential Oils ~ Gifts of Nature

DEFINITION OF : essential oils – aromatic liquid substances extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots, and trees.    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 […]