Showing posts from December, 2012

My Quest for Peace - Start

I am reading The Quest for Peace in a Broken World by Juli Alvarado.
Because I love the book and do not want to do any copy write problems I am only going to post what I did or how I understood each day of this 100 day journey.  I highly recommend purchasing this book if you want to find peace within.

As I started this book I found that my thoughts resonated with Juli and brought back many of the things I learned and worked on during my Simply Healing Retreat.  I can tell this is going to be quite a journey and will be tough but I really hope that it will help me find internal peace.

I want my legacy to be that I was caring and thoughtful and worked to help heal the world one person at a time.

Full Wolf Moon\ Full Moon after Yule

Well it is the Full Wolf Moon also known as Full Moon after Yule and Ice Moon and basically any kind of moon that has to do with seriously cold weather.

So what does Full Wolf Moon mean - well it is said that in this time of winter the wolves would howl in hunger.  But if we look deeper, we know that wolves are pack animals.  They require a connection to their pack to hunt, rear their family and to live.  What do we do in cold weather?  We connect with family, visit, celebrate and keep our home fires burning to share food and keep warm, much like the wolves do.

So I am focusing on family and being connected even in this cold weather where all you want to do is cozy up in bed and read a book.  I am making phone calls, volunteering and making sure that my "pack" (family and community) is part of me and I am part of it.

Winter Solstice, Yule

Today is Winter Solstice otherwise known as Yule.  My hubby, son and I celebrate it as our main winter holiday.  We still have Christmas stockings on Christmas morning but today is when we each give each other thoughtful or handmade presents.

I enjoy Yule because it lets us get away from the hectic Christmas season.  We plan ahead because we know there is not last minute Christmas Eve shopping for us (although truth be told I know my son will be going to the mall tomorrow for a "haircut" which is code for finishing what he needs for Yule.

It is a time of introspection and celebration of family and togetherness.  For us it is in the evening.  I spent yesterday making a family stew recipe that I thought was a perfect fit for our dinner.  It uses nearly everything in one's pantry and refrigerator, kind of like my ancestors might have done in the winter.  I can imagine they would make stews with little bits of meat and lots of vegetables and items from the harvest and then …