Conscious living, Cooking, Individuation

Seaside campfires and the hope of Spring

It’s a cold, still, winters day. The sky is a magical, bright, bright blue and the sun shines at her brightest. The dark grey skies of days before have faded. Today is a day of promise and hope of the Spring that is to come. We fill our bags with goodies to eat, to share with our friends. We are all excited. A short walk along the beach, tiptoeing over the seas puddles it leaves behind. We arrive excited. We heave our logs from home onto the communal fire, and huddle to get warm. The bright sun shines. The seagulls cry their squawks and the children dance up and down the shore line, squealing with delight at their discoveries. The seas leaves her magical deposits on the shoreline, enticing us to pause and touch her treasures.

We rest, eat and chatter, as long as we can before the cold eats our bones. We hurry home full of fresh air and laughter. We know it’s a long time before we have another perfect blue sky day. But we are full for now, back to our winter hibernation by the fireside.

Vegan recipe

1 cup  Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup almond milk or dairy-free milk of choice
2 tablespoons olive oil or melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup or sugar of choice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
More oil to grease your pan/skillet, if necessary

Individuation

St Davids day – the real meaning of asceticism

Today is the first of March, in Wales UK we traditionally celebrate St Davids day, the children wear a daffodil, or wear the traditional Welsh costume. For years I have tagged along with the tradition, yet not really questioned what it really is all about.

St David was recognised for his asceticism. He thought that in order to gain a spiritual goal, we should abstain from worldly pleasures. We can practice in solitude or be part of society.

He died in 589, and people were having the same inner turmoils about worldly pleasures, and they didn’t even have Amazon at their fingertips!!

Have we always realised that greed for more, makes us eternally unhappy? When did this start I Wonder? What age does it start? In my children I remember them whining that they wanted this or that. It is a human condition of the mind, to want is to feel good, yet once had ……..it doesn’t have that same feeling. It cycles into wanting and needing more. Once we can turn off this cycle for wanting and needing more (and in our Western World with temptation all around us) this is our own inner journey.

For the month of March, I will try practice less unnecessary want and need for material possessions. It will be hard!

Would you like to join me on this journey?