My 100 Day Juice Fast

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This was me last summer.

I weighed over sixteen stones and felt encumbered by all the excess weight I was carrying.

This year, on March 19, at the age of 62, I began a 100 day Juice Fast…for a great many reasons.

Today I am over half way through my 100 day journey, Day 63 to be exact.

I am feeling fantastic.

I am in the process of writing a book all about my journey.

In the meantime, here is a small selection of photos that have formed part of that journey so far.

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The Great Awakening

dsc04279With each day that passes, more aspects of the Awakening come to pass.

dsc04278Yesterday morning, as I walked in the early light in the Lughnasadh Garden, imagining how it would look and feel in the next Summer, something I yearned deeply for came to pass…and just as I had imagined it!

dsc04253 A Flight of Swans was to be heard in the distance, somewhere above and behind my head.

dsc04250Looking up, this way and that, I saw them, in their changing formation, as they banked and turned directly above me, towards the East, to head off in the direction of Lough Allen.

dsc04247This is happening more frequently…that my wishes come to pass, as though my mind is being read. dsc04208I have read that the spirit of Mother Earth is trying hard to connect to our conscious thoughts…and even our dreams.

dsc04209This suggestion resonates with me…perhaps it also resonates and carries meaning with you?

dsc04210I have come to understand that all the sentient beings who come to live here at Bealtaine, are manifestations of the spirit of Mother Earth…becoming part of my own journey and awakening.

dsc04211…and the understanding and acceptance of this wonderful connection is of great comfort and bestows more hope than could ever be imagined.

dsc04220There is much written and talked about Awakening.

dsc04221The Awakening to who we really are.

dsc04222I believe it to be much less complex, in that we are being enfolded in the love of Mother Earth, the Great Creatrix.

dsc04224This is the essence of pure love and deep joy…when we open our hearts to Mother Earth…

dsc04227…the great Awakening…

dsc04228…connecting with the Spirit of Mother Earth. Not thinking, but feeling!

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Benediction

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I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire.
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock. 

~Saint Patrick 

DSC02696Waking up this morning, I smile,
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.  

~Thich Nhat Hanh

DSC02695Such a beautiful Sunday morning here at Bealtaine Cottage!

DSC02694I walked out to greet the day and marvel at the subtle changes in the season.

DSC02698It is a Benediction each morning here at Bealtaine.

DSC02699A Benediction is a prayer asking for divine blessing.

DSC02688My Benediction is a prayer to spread the love of the Great Mother out far and wide.

DSC02690DSC02691There are people all over the Earth embracing this Benediction and spreading it further…blessings like little breezes.

DSC02692The invocation of blessings from the Divine Energy of Mother Earth. 

DSC02686For me,there is a deeply emotional conviction of the presence of the Divine all around this land.

DSC02685It is shared by the many visitors to Bealtaine.

DSC02683It is revealed in ways that are quite magical.

DSC02677Each morning there is another layer of beauty and abundance added. 

DSC02678Instead of an intellectual search, there was suddenly a very deep gut feeling that something was different…seeing that Sun…set in the background of the very deep black and velvety cosmos, seeing – rather, knowing for sure – that there was a purposefulness of flow, of energy, of time, of space in the cosmos – that it was beyond man’s rational ability to understand, that suddenly there was a nonrational way of understanding that had been beyond my previous experience…On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious. 

~Edgar Mitchell 

DSC02679We need silence to be alone with the Goddess, to listen to her and ponder her words deep in our hearts. 

DSC02684 Prayer is the recovery of the souls breathing. 

~Gerald Heard

DSC02652Have a Blessed Day wherever you are with Mother Earth.

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The Need To Be

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www.bealtainecottage.comThere is a growing consciousness of need in humanity today.

The standing stone at Bealtaine Cottage February 2013There is an urgent need to be close to the Earth.

An early bee in April 2013 at bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensMany of you feel this most powerfully.

April 2011 Earth Day at bealtaine cottage permaculture gardensMany of you are seeing the world for the first time…with eyes wide open, almost startled by the immense beauty of it all.

April 2011 Bealtaine 018The vibration of the planet is rising and has been doing so for several decades now.

April 2011 Bealtaine Cottage Laurel arch023With this rise in vibrational energy comes the Awakening of Humanity.

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Gaia,
you who cradle uranium and the rose
in your arms–
in this vast mysterious universe,
my very bones belong to you.

You witness my love affair
with the tall grass, wind, fox:
my senses–your holy communion.

I stand on your soil
in sunlight, starlight, moonlight,
rain, eclipse and earthquake,
offering a timeless prayer.

I walk in the spirit of you.
Earth…

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World Vision

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Midsummer has arrived in her usual blaze of triumphant colour.

The longest day is here!

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I have celebrated eleven Midsummers at Bealtaine Cottage and watched as the vibrancy of life has taken hold, year after year multiplying in abundance and vitality.

Not even I knew how it was to be!

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This morning, as the sun rose in the East I ventured into the gardens to greet the day that rose above the trees.

It was truly magical to see and be a part of!

Walking down the driveway to the road below the gardens, it seemed that every small part of this once barren land was singing!

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A once close held vision of an abundant and unbridled Mother Earth, has come to pass…

She breathes,

She sings,

She is allowed to be…

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My joy is to share it with you…

that all this is possible…

for if it can manifest here in this once poor little place, then it is possible for all the Earth!

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It is my wish that this message of renewal and resilience continues to spread across the world.

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We are at a point in human history when all seems to be infested with despair.

It does not have to be this way.

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It is our choice.

We choose death or we choose life.

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We all know, intuitively, what is causing the cancer of despair.

The remedy is to be found around us, if we but open our eyes, unshackle our hearts and begin our work as healers, shamans, nurturers, carers, even warriors…for Mother Earth.

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It cost me little but time and work to release Eden here at Bealtaine Cottage.

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We can stand at the crossroads today, on this longest of days, and peer into our future.

Bealtaine Cottage before and after

It doesn’t have to be like this, as once Bealtaine Cottage was…

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Choose to be part of manifesting Eden…it’s in every choice we make!

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The Great Force

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“One of the most important things about permaculture is that it is founded on a series of principles that can be applied to any circumstance—agriculture,urban design, or the art of living. The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things.”
Juliana Birnbaum Fox, Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide

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Wise words from Juliana…I have discovered to be correct, for all is connected!

I would add, that in my view, we are all a part of a greater consciousness too.

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As the eleventh anniversary of the founding of Bealtaine Cottage comes around in May, I have been reflecting on the changes experienced in my personal life and way of seeing the world, through connecting with the great force that is Mother Earth.

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The impact of this connection has changed my life utterly, in every way…emotionally, physically and spiritually.

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Those who have visited here have shared conversations in this frame and felt an impact upon their own lives too.

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Recently I embarked upon a Juice Fast, drinking plants grown here at Bealtaine as well as others bought in, such as fruit.

I feel it important to share this with you, for I am now convinced that much healing can be found through the bounty of Mother Nature.

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I have certainly found it to be so, as I move past the halfway mark in a sixty day Juice Fast and realise, day on day, how well I feel!

I intend writing about this in more depth in my next Bealtaine Cottage Good Life blog, for the effects of this have impacted markedly upon my health and well-being!

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Time to Redefine Beauty

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An old perfume bottle sits atop a stone, moss growing around it, soon enveloping and covering it…such is the growth in a wet climate like Ireland!

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The beauty of such a small thing never ceases to amaze me!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…maybe some people see this as only waste or junk…but see what Mother Nature makes of it!

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Beauty abounds in Nature.

It’s as though everything she touches manifests magic, transforming the mundane into the majestic.

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The gardens have lost their bloom, but little of their colour and the raw bareness of an early winter morning does not distract from their beauty.

Nature, when aided, cannot help herself.

She is the ultimate cover girl!

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Even the veranda on a cold November night is transformed into something more than what it is, as it takes on the magic of the night.

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The last of the Perlagoniums, the orange rose-hips and the battered old candelabra, together make a stunning début, without flash or enhancements!

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Wherever there are natural elements, you will find beauty and peace.

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As a society we have redefined beauty to express and value the bawdy and degraded.

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The Romantic Poets expressed a veneration for Mother Earth and redefined the beautiful for us.

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We have allowed the chemical barbarism of the late 20th and early 21st centuries to convince us of the beauty of the man-made. It’s time we re-defined beauty!

The Power of Ritual

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Ritual, everyday ritual, is incredibly powerful!

Examine the ritual of power, be that in the opening of parliament, royal celebrations, religious ceremony…and you begin to see the importance and power of ritual!

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So where does this fit into a sustainable life or a permaculture smallholding?

It is simple to understand in the context of power…

Since the rise of the Age of Technology, our real power as human beings has become diminished.

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We have become reliant on technology, without stopping to assess and filter the bits we really need and want.

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I was contemplating this as I lit the stove this morning, moving to and fro with paper and wood, collecting fuel from the barn, whilst casting my eyes over the pile of long thin trunks, standing erect ready to be sawn into logs. Autumn in the permaculture gardens of bealtainecottage.com 001

My early morning coffee is predicated on lighting the stove and doing small chores, as I wait for the kettle to boil. This is a ritual I choose to partake of.

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I could have kept my electric kettle and simply touched a switch each morning, but chose instead to avail of that great commodity: time!

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Rising a little earlier, cleaning the ash-pan, lighting the stove and waiting, allows my morning to begin a sacred quietness.

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I walk to the back door and stand by the open portal to Nature, as she heralds the morning in with birdsong.

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The power of ritual is our power.

It is what we have forgotten, as technology imbibes us to forget our humanity.

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We need both.

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We need to be selective and thoughtful about what we wish to keep in our lives.

It is our power to choose.

The Days Between Light and Dark

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Bright sun illuminating the garden, gave way to the gentle, patter-drip-patter of rain, as it slowly enveloped the cottage.

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The great change is steadily colouring the sights and sounds of Bealtaine Cottage.

Curly Kale can tolerate the changes well, needing much less light than many other vegetables…this is a good Winter green to ensure health and vitality as the daylight lessens.

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The days between light and dark merge as we approach the Equinox…the balancing point before the descent towards Midwinter.

Spiders busily spin and weave and everywhere the light dances playfully.

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Green turns slowly in the mixing pot of early autumn colours that inspire dreams of drifting through woodland, kicking up leaves in a playful, seasonal dance of joy.

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What lies beyond this Equinox is a time filled with darker evenings, not to be scorned, but embraced as a time to rest, nurture and be nurtured.

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As we enjoy this late Summer glory, the days of “mist and mellow fruitfulness,” lie ahead…what a beautiful time of year this is!

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Walking the gardens here this morning is sheer Heaven on Earth.

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The air is warm and still.

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Birds call out to one another. 

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 

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“Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
Lauren DeStefano, Wither

 

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Blessings from Bealtaine Cottage

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