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25 July 2011 Last updated at 23:44 GMT By Swaminathan Natarajan BBC Tamil Usually only men are trained to take the job of a mahout A young Finnish woman is intent on pursuing a career as an elephant rider - or mahout - after spending time working with the animals in India.
The London Branch of the Urasenke Foundation is open to all who have an interest in Chado, The Way of Tea. It is our aim to disseminate the Way of Tea in the United Kingdom through lectures, demonstrations, training and Tea gatherings. For those who are interested in learning more about this important part of Japanese culture and to experience at first hand its special values, participation in the activities of the Branch are possible at several levels.
Below is another delicious recipe for the Borough Cheese Company's exquisite Comté. If you didn't pick up a card at London's Borough Market today then don't worry as we'll be featuring it on the new website coming up early next year ( sign up here ). In the meantime please do explore and be inspired by all that we do at Regally Graceful, such as... Here is the link to the Leaf Cookie Cutters used in the cheese biscuit recipe. It's an American website run by a lovely couple. They do deliver to the UK...
"Throughout all early and indigenous cultures, the female spirit was honoured for her divine creative power and her spiraling transformations of birth, death and renewal"… from Spirit of Earth ~ The Way of the Goddess These images emanate the ancient primal mystery resting within the heart and womb of every contemporary woman… Embodying the inherent wildness of the female essence, each one tells a unique story within a rich profusion of vibrant joy, glowing colour and intricate detail… Embracing woman’s innate union with Mother Earth’s loving wisdom, they are a mythical offering that touches the spirit and opens the heart… Click on individual images to reveal larger image with accompanying poem… Each painting is created with mixed media on canvas... Prints and original paintings are for sale... Please visit the price list for prices...
So right-brain matrifocal thinking became the rule of the day. Goddess reigned supreme. Intuition was all. Rational analytical science was out. This was an absolutely necessary phase many had to go through to find the equally limiting opposite of the rational world of our fathers and mothers. These were very exciting times!
We call ourselves Mid-Atlantic Geomancy - Mid-Atlantic Geomancy - because we are interested both in the European geomantic tradition and in similar consciousness in the New World - especially among the Native Americans. We seek evidence of the geomantic tradition and its skills on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The following people have contributed to MAG over the years: Webmaster Over the Years, Others Who Have Helped Over the 20+ years of this web site, a number of folks have been very helpful. they are:
Today is the summer solstice, the first day of summer. To celebrate this day, which is the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere, we would like to share the poem, "Shall We Offer Flowers?" by Andrew Schelling. Bitter buffaloberry devil’s club, tangled dogtooth narrowleaf arrowhead What are the lineages of life? ground water, radiant heat— listen, they form the underlying beat of the watershed, gifts with no motive the way of the ancients skyrocket chicory bluestem few-flowered shooting star Indian pipe all the paradise you need’s outside your door the medicine Buddha wears a lapis lazuli headdress feathers & turquoise beads can you give thanks with a pinch of bear tobacco? balms salves unguents poisons the mints Earth puts forth her medicines one day you’ll need a plant a certain herb you’ve never met step cautiously yellow owl’s clover, prairie smoke if you bend the yellow florets aside you open an abyss
Mother Earth 2 I feel her breath Hear her heart beat Feel her gentle presence Under my feet Gaia Our Mother Earth Holding the balance Creating a safe space Her nurturing energy exuding grace Allowing each of us to tread our path No judgements or conditions Whether we cry Or just laugh I feel so connected And in my power Feel the compassion Gentle and beautiful Like a delicate flower
Photo credit: kudumomo This moment , you are reading this post and THIS is the most precious moment in your life because YOU ARE ALIVE, this moment is the reality and this moment is the truth. I believe you are AWARE and you are feeling your PRESENCE. THIS is life. Everything else is just thought and imagination.
Meditation it makes sense! Meditation is said to be a great stress reducer and exercise for any spiritual path. I have been thinking a lot about what I feel Meditation is and the information poured in as soon as I asked the Universe for what I was seeking. So this is what I have learned.
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The word incense comes from the Latin word “incendere” meaning to set on fire. The use of incense has been a part of spiritual practice dating back 8,000 years, according to archaeological evidence, with use in practically all of Earth’s civilizations. The mixture and formulation of incense is considered an art, the ancient art of blending together fragrant gifts of nature: resins, herbs, flowers, leaves, barks, spices, and oil. Today, incense is sold commercially in the form of stick incense, cone incense, coil incense, and loose incense and fragrant oils, designed for burning on a small, smoldering charcoal disc. Incense is used for the following purposes:
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