WFPB Lifestyle Transition:Day 3

This is Day 3 of my Whole Food Plant-Based, (WFPB) lifestyle. Why lifestyle? Well, the diet industry appears to be predicated upon a “lose it and carry on as before” approach to what is becoming the world’s biggest (excuse the pun) threat to health…obesity and its ensuing problems. I have completed a 100 Day Juice Fast as a way of restoring health and am now following this lifestyle… It is working very well so far, as I feel content and balanced with all the benefits I felt on the Juice Fast! I’m wearing a Kath Kidston skirt over short leggings….

As Temperatures Soar…

Ireland has entered an unprecedented heatwave. Temperatures are up in the late 20s and reaching as high as 32C. This spells bad news for farmers who have struggled over extreme weather conditions during recent years. Silage for meat production is under stress, as are crops. Farmers in the crop producing areas are reporting expected losses of up to 50%. We should not be surprised. The climate change model seems to be playing out much as was predicted. Food production or lack of it, has historically been the force behind the fall of empires and civilisations. Mother Earth has been stressed…

Shape-shifting in Ireland

The stories of shape-shifting can be found in many cultures throughout the world, but none so prominently as that found in Celtic culture. Within the near area of Bealtaine Cottage can be found a wealth of ancient history many thousands of years old. The Tuatha Dé Danann, the people of the Goddess Danu, were one of the great ancient tribes of Ireland. These people who appeared to “land on top of a mountain”, Sliabh an Iarainn, a great brooding mass of sandstone rock and thin soil, visible from Bealtaine Cottage.  The ancient manuscript ‘The Annals of the Four Masters’, records that…

Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness

Yesterday I spent much of the day in a workshop group learning all about needle felting. It was a day well spent, for I was with others and being creative. I made this… We often forget how it feels to simply be. To be oneself. To be with others. To be happy. To be quiet and still. To simply be! We have forgotten…be kind, be kinder. We are oft times unkind to ourselves. We can never fully know or understand what others are struggling with, yet we all know the value of a kind word, a caring call or a shared…

Observed by Consciousness

Reality only exists when it is observed… These are images I photographed yesterday…what I observed here in the woodland gardens and food forest that is now Bealtaine Cottage. Reality can only be observed by consciousness. Is this why we are here? Are we part of the consciousness of Mother Earth? I believe we shape the beauty around us with both our physical selves and our conscious minds. We often hear the statement, ‘seeing is believing.’ I say, believing is seeing. Belief in the sentient being that is Mother Earth has formed a major part of the energy that has manifested…