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Living Lightly

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It’s amazing how much one can live without.

And how much criticism one gets for daring to leave the accepted standards for today’s society!

I made this poster less than 24 hours ago and posted it on Facebook and Twitter.

 The reasons why people feel the need to denigrate such a poster are very interesting indeed.

www.bealtainecottage.com 067There is an overwhelming need, in most people, to conform to what they imagine to be the accepted normal in society, be that politics, religion, diet, dress…etc.

laying a mosaic floor at Bealtaine CottageStepping outside of this normal can be an uncomfortable experience for most.

Mist and trees in the permaculture gardens at Bealtaine CottageMaking the decision to live outside of it, however, is the opposite!

It is truly liberating!

The Craft room at Bealtaine CottageIf we are to progress in living on this little planet, then stepping outside of the current mainstream and taking the time to look back in, can only be beneficial in planning a way forward.

A way that will not cost the Earth.

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Living Lightly upon the Earth

So much has changed since my birthday last year.

Re-painting the cottage has made a big difference to the light inside and the way in which the walls now reflect the outside in. I made new curtains from simple gingham.

There is now a green floor in the kitchen with gold spirals all across it.

The vegetable garden has been moved closer to the cottage and is now a potager style with easier access.

However, the real change has happened in my own life and it is a change worth celebrating and sharing with all.

I became Vegan…no longer consuming any animal products and eating a fully plant-based diet.

I consider this to be the most beneficial lifestyle choice I have ever embraced.

I am transformed in the way I live my life.

Not only have I shed a considerable amount of weight and have loads more energy, I sleep well and feel calmer and more positive than ever before.

I heartily recommend this way of eating. I call it, “Living Lightly upon the Earth.”

As my birthday approaches this autumn, a sense of renewal is exciting me as I open up the big box of winter clothes…not many of them now fit me, so the sewing machine will be put to good use altering and reshaping much of my wardrobe!

This may even be a good time to host a “Clothes Swap Party,” and enjoy an evening of fun with friends and some home-made wine and clothes exchanging! The winter months are a good time to share time with friends and family. I have re-engaged my love of knitting recently and intend putting the spinning wheel into action soon too.

I have an idea to knit socks this winter.

Hand-knits are so luxurious these days as so much is mass produced and cheaply made…ugh!

A lovely idea for gifts is really anything hand-made and special…little hamper baskets of home-made goodies are the very best Yuletide gifts to make and give.

Living well should not cost the Earth.

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Eight Ways To Live a Better Life

This is not a check-list.

It is not about ways to recycle or buy greener energy.

There is enough advice out there for you to check out.

Lists are good for remembering things in a hurry and ensuring everything is done, completed, bought…

This is simpler and permanent.

It is what I have learned about living as lightly as possible on this beautiful Earth.

These small bits of advice are not in any particular order, but as I think of them and how they have made a difference to my life…


*** Re-claim and nurture knowledge.

Talk with older, wiser people.

Keep a notebook of knowledge.

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I have tapes I recorded of my grandmother talking to me about her life and feelings on so many different and intriguing things.

I talked lots with my mother,  pictured above at Bealtaine Cottage.

Mum learned from me too…we exchanged ideas a lot.

Staying at Bealtaine enabled Mum to develop her love for Earth too.

***Develop a close and binding relationship with Mother Earth, through a closer contact with Nature.

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We are of the Earth and we will return to the Earth and are as much a part of the cycle of life as the seasons.

***Turn off the television, or even get rid of it, and nurture silence, peace, communicating, reading, listening…for all these will allow YOU to live instead of living life through a screen.


***Sow and plant food, flowers, trees…whatever your space allows and if space is limited, rent an allotment.

If allotments are in short supply or non-existent, pester your local council to provide them!

***Re-learn to love food!

Cooking, baking, tasting, canning, making wine and cordials, sharing…food is the one part of living everyone shares.

It is a great common denominator.

Food brings people together…it certainly used to!

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Banish TV dinners!

Decorate your dining table, no matter how small, with a vase of seasonal greenery.

Use table mats and fine crockery for the beautiful food you make.

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Light a candle on your table…celebrate the fruits of the Earth and reject the poisonous, tasteless garbage of the corporation!

***Practice kindness.

Kindness towards others and oneself.

I love the concept of “Random Acts of Kindness.”

***Our grandparents used their acquired skills to make their living environments easier and more beautiful…sewing, carpentry, kitting, painting…whatever you are good at, keep at it and teach others!

I have recently learnt to make willow baskets and will be able to pass this skill on.

***De-clutter your life!

This is a mantra I say to myself.

Less really is more.

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Bealtaine Cottage ~ Something for the Weekend…A Wonderful,Easy Recipe for Dal.

A Fast and Easy Recipe for Lentil Dal

1 large onion, chopped small
2 tblsps of Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic
10 ozs or 250g of split red lentils
1 tsp Chilli powder, I use mild!
1 tsp ground Cumin
1 tsp Turmeric
half a tsp salt
750 mls of water
50g creamed coconut

Method

Fry onion in the oil for about 10 minutes.
When soft and lightly browned, add garlic, lentils, spices and salt. Stir for about 3 minutes.

Now add the water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes. Take off the heat when the lentils are cooked tender.

Add the creamed coconut…(these can be bought in 50g satchets, usually 4 to a box), and stir over heat until dissolved.
Check the taste and…serve! Yes, that simple!

This can be served with rice, or chapatis, or spread on crispy toast…

This is a dish that will fortify you well. It will fill your protein needs.
This dish represents a way of living lightly on Gaia.
Have a light living weekend!

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Honouring Gaia, a Simple, Spiritual Philosophy.

 A misty morning at Bealtaine Cottage.

The very beauty of this  morning defies one not to honour the Earth, honour Gaia.

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This is an important part of living with and on Gaia.

We have a co-dependent “Web of Life” that includes all physical forms of existence from plants to humans.

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Gaia is Earth’s authentic name as “She” is therefore personalized in order for us as humans to have a better relationship with Her.


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Each morning I choose to endeavour to reduce my human impact on Gaia, by  being mindful of my actions and moderate with natural resources.

Be Respectful of Life in All Its Forms.

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As a practising Gaian, becoming a vegetarian was a natural response to the growing environmental concerns and a way of living lightly on the Earth.

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Being respectful and courteous not only of human life, but also animal and to an extent plant life, is part of a growing philosophy that heightens spiritual awareness and connectivity.

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Aspiring towards a Vegan way of life is my everyday challenge and centres me onto Gaia.

 Gaianism is a simple spiritual philosophy.

It helps us all to understand the unity of the universe that binds us all and encourages environmental awareness.

The Gaia Movement is an international network of individuals and groups that share a concern for living more sustainably on the Earth.

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