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Into the Mystic – Part 5

  My accommodation in Rome was at the Trastevere Hotel, in the old Trastevere district, on the west bank of the Tiber River, just south of St Peters Square and the Vatican, where my Cammino (Italian spelling) had come to its conclusion. That evening I went to a local Pizzeria to have my long-awaited...

Into the Mystic – Part 4

In this place of seamless unfolding, everything could take on the appearance of happening instantly.  I’ve heard it referred to as the ‘Eternal Now’, which seems like the perfect description to me.  At one level I had a sense of everything that I experienced happening in the same instant, and at another level I...

Into the Mystic – Part 3

What unfolded from here has been shared with very few in my life. I have regarded it as intensely personal – even sacred in many ways.  Like so many other mystical experiences and insights I’ve had, I’ve kept it hidden to protect myself (and the experience) from questioning, disbelief, and even ridicule. For reasons...

Into the Mystic – Part 2

From where I am now, it is easy to see the moment of grace that so clearly illuminated the way home. It was early September 1990, and I had just spent three weeks at the Edinburgh Festival looking for acts for the 1992 NZ International Festival.  I was the Festival’s Deputy Director at the...

Into the Mystic – Part 1

Hark, now hear the sailors cry Smell the sea and feel the sky Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic ~ Van Morrison – Into the Mystic ~ Ever since I was a child growing up on the shores of rural Lake Ontario, I have always known there was something more… a...

How to stay cool this Summer with Ayurveda!

Summer has arrived with a bang this year, and even though it’s officially supposed to start today on the 21st of December, it feels like we’ve already had a whole summer of great hot weather. In Ayurveda, we know that increased heat can bring an imbalance of Pitta dosha, the mind-body-energy that works on...

Apple Christmas Cake – Gluten free

This gluten-free cake will really get you in the festive spirit, with sweet apples, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It can be a refined sugar-free recipe if you don’t sprinkle the Demerara sugar on top.  225 g butter, room temperature, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing 450 g Bramley apples (or others), roughly chopped...

Learning to breathe again – my own experience with hay fever!

I grew up in Germany, on a farm in the rural Rhine valley. Before I was born, my parents converted their farm from dairy cows to breeding pigs. I remember that as I was growing up, I was always embarrassed about this but, hey, we all can find something to be embarrassed about! I...

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