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Coleridge

Equinox Blessings!

March 19th, 2021


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.

A Blessing for Spring 

March 18th, 2021

Image by Sweetmart

Here’s a lovely Spring Blessing written by a recent graduate of OBOD’s School of Celebrancy courses: Adam Harley.

A Blessing for Spring 
Yes, it is a little warmer and the days are stretching longer than they dared just a week or two ago.
And you are coming back to life.
You are shaking off those last tired flakes of winter before emerging, with renewed vigour, from the shelter you have now outgrown.
May the faces you meet be as transformed and expectant as your own.
May the dark nights you leave behind inform this new beauty which is slowly coming into bud.
May you have the courage to pull back at least one protective layer and brave the warming western winds.
Might your heart begin to open,
your mind begin to stretch,
your legs begin to venture;
Might your breath be freer and your burdens be light.
And so may these longer, brighter days be filled with a renewed hope,
and a steady faith
in the innumerable shoots of possibility
which you are root and soil to.

Update + Spring Equinox

March 14th, 2021

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.

Less is More: Why we still need naked protest

March 13th, 2021

Syrian artist Hala Faisal in New York 2005, protesting against the Iraq war and the Israeli occupation of Palestine

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