Wishing everyone a joyful Equinox this weekend! Whether you are launching into Spring or easing into Autumn, may you find a moment of stillness, peace and equilibrium.
Here’s a lovely Spring Blessing written by a recent graduate of OBOD’s School of Celebrancy courses: Adam Harley.
Just a quick update on what happened after I retired from leading the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids in June last year. I managed a few months of blissful letting go and doing nothing, but after Samhain a rather wonderful flow of work has swept me up and it’s so interesting. I’m now involved in the work of three institutes: The Psychosynthesis Institute, where I trained in psychotherapy years ago, and who have now appointed me as a non-executive director; The Synthesis Institute, where I am now working in the integration programme for participants involved in research into the use of psilocybin for the treatment of depression; and The Sophrology Institute, which I founded with colleagues, and which is focussed on teaching sophrology, which is like a form of enhanced mindfulness training that is particularly helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.
What is exciting about this work is that all three organizations are integrating psychological understanding and research with what you might call spiritual approaches. The Synthesis Institute, for example, is aware of the importance of fostering our connection with nature and the deeper, mystical awareness that this nature connection can offer, and on the Spring Equinox I’ll be guiding an online experience for the Institute and friends at 8pm UK time Saturday 20th March, which you’d be welcome to join. It’s free – you just need to register to receive the zoom link by clicking here.
From an article in Mic magazine by Eve Upton-Clark:
On a chilly March morning, 20-year-old student Eden stood in a crypt beneath a church in Central London. Joining in a sharing circle with a group of other women, of all ages and backgrounds, they discussed the day’s agenda. The stenciled paint across their bare chests read “climate rape,” “climate justice,” and “climate emergency.” After covering up to walk to Waterloo Bridge, Eden stripped along with 31 other women and proceeded to brave the elements, despite the freezing rain, for two hours. The topless protest, held on International Women’s Day 2020 by Extinction Rebellion, aimed to draw attention to the disproportionate impact of climate change on women across the world… READ MORE