the best season of your life

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now is the time to know that all you do is sacred

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now is the time for the world to know that every thought and action is sacred

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this is the time for you to compute the impossibility that there is anything but Grace

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Now is the season to know that everything you do is sacred

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the risk of making

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the image of the potter and the clay involves a relation of hands to the work which is the complete opposite of everything abstract, detached and controlled

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the relation of the artist to the creation is a relation of loving involvement

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a dwelling in vulnerability to surprise and failure

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a participation in the medium with all of one’s being

loom to music triothere is a risk as well as a passion and a power in making

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the choice and movement of creation become a letting go, a dynamic relationship with the created without desire to command or subsume – creation is an outflowing of love

rachel painting duocreation is the defining act at the root of all being, and it is pure gift

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the breeze at dawn

daffodil testing_1in the days before easter dawned we prepared plaited challah, hot cross buns (over 50!) and a good deal of homey bread…  

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we boiled and painted eggs…

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we gathered blossoms and spring flowers; and by saturday evening the monastery was decked yellow and white, smelling of easter goodies, and expectantly awaiting the dawn

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the primal flame of the easter bonfire burned well and wild in the late spring wind at dawn; may it burn on within, a flame divided but undimmedEaster2014_full size1may it burn to dispel darkness, may it restore lost innocence, may it cast out hatred; may it burn on all year; the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you – don’t go back to sleep

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strictly sevillana

sevillana_full size7sevillana* looks so colourful that the novice may fear complex practice and trainingTryptich_marmalade_1rich lyrics explore country life, innocence, pilgrimage, everything about loveTryptich_marmalade_2choreography is passed on from generation to generation and knowing it is very useful sevillana_full size11sevillana can be enjoyed by all ages and sexes – and not only on fiestas Tryptich_marmalade_3sevillana has a deliberately limited musical pattern into which dancers infuse their own memories, creativity and experience sevillana_full size21but as lovers of Haiku or Blues may know, voluntary limitation can be a path to true creative freedom

[*the sevillana is a flamenco-like dance which, like the oranges for marmalade, originates in Seville, Spain]
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lawn as white as driven snow

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Deep round the convent rooves the snows are sparkling to the sun and moon

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you may say that by and large it is Toby who’s in charge

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He establishes control by a regular patrol, and he’d know at once if anything occurred.

He will watch you without winking and he sees what you are thinking, and it’s certain that he doesn’t approve

of hilarity and riot, so the folk are very quiet when Toby is about and on the move

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glow light and grass blade

for festive blog_2homey hall-decking this festive season kindled many a small light for meditation…thanks to lots of fun and frolicks gathering the holly and the ivy, especially on Christmas Eve

greenery triptych blurred1(we did not miss out on the essential glitzy lights so crucial for a bit of cosy toasting)

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advent christmas 2013_14moonlight and star light, owl and moth light, light through panes of windows and light reflected on polished stone… sometimes we see light but see not whence it comes

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happily hen pecked new year

advent christmas 2013_6the adolescent newcomers, their red combs barely formed, have been heralding the new year with the first fruits of their labour…literally

hen tryptich 21because when the coops have been cleaned, the water topped up, the perches set in place and the corn feed scattered, our youthful sisters settle down for the quiet narration of their guardian’s latest literary exposition

advent christmas 2013_5its a fine feathered active contemplative balance to be kept

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make the dry tree flourish

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Between the pine woods and orchard a pile of tree trunks felled years ago had quietly kept well the log that found us this Advent.

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in the look of your eyes

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Wisdom is more mobile than any motion. A reflection of eternal light, while remaining in herself she renews all things.

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She is more beautiful than the sun and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior.

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When we look for you, you are in the look of our eyes, in the thought of our looking. There’s no need to go outside.

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