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This is a month of many visitors to Bealtaine.
It is also the month of midsummer.
The ascent towards the solstice is happening.
It is actually visible in the growth all around me at Bealtaine Cottage.
Grass has grown tall and is seeding.
Nettles are almost past their prime, for once the flower heads appear their culinary use is forbidden.
Blossoms are ready to harvest, especially the Elderflower, one of the most delicate and exquisite flowers to use for making cordial, jam and champagne.
Elderflower cordial, once made and safely bottled, will keep easily for a year or more…not that I have ever kept it that long!
It is one of the best tastes of summer, if not the best!
Many of the visitors to Bealtaine Cottage are as interested in the spiritual aspects of permaculture, as the practical aspects of embracing permaculture as a lifestyle choice.
I see both as intertwined, for as permaculture is practised, spiritual awareness deepens and religious thinking diminishes.
A transformation occurs that takes the participant to a higher plain of awareness and understanding.
For me, permaculture has led me quite naturally to a life of simplicity and increasing awareness of the natural world.
It has been a tuning in process that has reached a level of comfortable ordinariness.
In other words, I get it… I feel comfortable within the universe.
There is incredible peace of mind in a permaculture lifestyle.
Most of the time, the brain is in an alpha state, with virtually no anxiety.
There is little to be anxious about, as this lifestyle choice both empowers and disregards.
With little need for money, the desire to consume is abated and diminished.
The consuming society is fast consuming itself and mostly for greed, ego or other negative reasons.
So much of the negativity which once dominated thinking, is disregarded, thrown off.
Life is embraced as a series of sunrises and sunsets and all the day in between, noticing the natural environment, planting, harvesting and simply being.
Many who are unemployed can turn to permaculture as an unlimited resource, fractionalised only by one’s own imagination.
A sense of purpose is easily attained by working close to the Earth.
Here at Bealtaine Cottage, as the night draws in and the rain scatters nourishment upon the plants, I take a final walk around the cottage before reluctantly going in for the night…