One thing I love about living in the forest is the way we are reminded constantly of the seasons. It's not something we have to think about here, we can see, smell and hear it all around us. At the moment the forest smells like honey with so many new flowers blooming and the birds are busy! We've had a currawong singing in a tree near our house and chasing away the cockatoos, I think she's protecting her nest. The points of Equinox in the year are when the days of light and darkness are in balance and equal measure. I look forward to these points because over the years I've noticed pivotal changes and very helpful and practical messages coming through in meditations and dreams. This week I have been thinking about balance and new steps I can weave into my daily practice that will support the amount of time I am spending dollmaking these days. The most important practice for me is to walk and to move after sitting so long bent over the dolls, listening and weaving in the studio. And most importantly for my Aquarian brain to be resting while I walk - all I have to do is be present here.
To celebrate the Spring Equinox this week we went walking into one of my favourite parts of Sherbrooke Forest. I used to create very elaborate rituals and ceremony around the points of change in the seasons of the year but these days I am enjoying the simple and the small and loving how deep that experience can be.