The Music of the Night – Time Away from the Regular Flow of Life

I am writing this from a trip out to Guemes Island (which is just a 5min ferry ride off the coast of Anacortes). I arrived yesterday evening at an airy studio on an off-the-grid organic farm (check out the photos at the airbnb site – I’m sitting on the love seat next to the toasty wood stove as I write this). Here I was greeted by two things that have become unfamiliar: actual darkness (I got to renew my relationship with my night vision while unloading) and an amazing symphony of frogs in nearby ponds – I can’t remember the last time I slept with only sounds from nature rather than the hum of traffic and periodic sirens. I wanted to share the frog song, and below is a taste of the sounds that surround me. Taking time away is a powerful way to see outside of everyday routines and customary ways of thinking and being. I am grateful for this time to step back and deepen my own transformation so that I may return to my regular worlds with fresh eyes and a more open...
Spring in Seattle…

Spring in Seattle…

After a decade here, it has finally stopped surprising me that spring starts to stir in January and then really gets underway in February each year. I am always grateful to see each sign that life is renewing – the softening of the trees as they begin their blossoming, the shoots from the wakening bulbs of crocuses and daffodils that reach up with their vibrant colors, and the tiny new leaves unfolding in their vivid greens from many branches. At this time of year, there are many people excitedly making plans for their gardens, in their yards, in containers, and in p-patches. We are getting ready to do the same at Alder Grove in our roof garden. As we dream of a new season of growth in the outer world, it is a wonderful time to consider what we would like to plant within ourselves for this next turning of the wheel. What would you like to harvest in the next year? How would you like this year to look different from ones past? As you move into another seasonal tradition – spring cleaning – ponder what you would like to make more room for in your life and how you can give yourself the support you need to do your own unfolding and blossoming. Wishing everyone a joyful early...