Happy animals

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Lovely people, lovely animals,

Several times a year I obtain the physical newsletter of the NGO Wakker Dier (Awake Animal), which aims to improve the lives of animals in animal farms. In this newsletter they show their ongoing campaigns and their successes. What I also like is that they show pictures of animals in good places, to show how it can be done, how it should be. Animals deserve to live under good conditions and to be happy. Just like we do. We are animals too.

Every time I see these beautiful pictures of happy animals I am reminded of how great these animals are. I appreciate them so much. Therefore, I wanted to share some happy animals with you today on World Animal Day!

If you are into animals or have friends who are, you may get overloaded with animal pictures and videos on a daily basis – both happy and painful. My own defence mechanism that I employ regularly is to ignore all these images, because it’s just too much.

So, here is one little cuty that is hard to ignore! I hope you’ll enjoy its face.

If you prefer watching videos: here is a beautiful one by the NGO Compassion in World Farming, which they also shared especially today. It takes some minutes. I’m playing it for the fourth time while making this post. That’s a nice illustration of how not to concentrate.

I just told you about my defence mechanism. So I tend to do that when being confronted with images of animals in factory farms under horrible circumstances. I want to share with you that it took a long time for me to fully realise the following: those mistreated animals in factory farms are the same animals as animals living under ‘happy’ circumstances. The difference is not in the animals, but in how they are treated. I used to feel so much distance between me and those mistreated animals. This distance was caused by the harsh circumstances in which the animals were treated as things. So when I saw these images, I found it hard to fully relate to them. I feel a little uncomfortable admitting this, but it is true.

It was when I volunteered at an animal sanctuary, dedicated to giving former factory farm animals a home and taking care of them well, that I fully connected with them. Being so close to them allowed me to fully acknowledge the animals as they were. This mattered, because then my intellectual knowledge was complemented by the experience of connection, by experiential knowledge. And experiences or experiential knowledge can be more valuable than intellectual knowledge!

Connection is such an important thing. It is important among humans, but it goes further than that. I miss being with non-human animals really. I should spend more time with them! There’s my resolution for the new year. Let’s make it a World Animal Year! 🙂

See you soon!

Love,
nina

PS Here is my previous post on my visit to Finland and sanctuary Tuulispää and on how it changed me.

PPS Image through Pixabay. This one is real cute too: two piglets!

Beans and berries from the garden

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In the pictures: beautiful beans from our garden; the use of an egg holder for tea eggs; large sunbathing pumpkins; blackberries from the garden; oatmeal with self-made blackberry jam and blueberries. ☀ The pumpkins are from the garden too – we’re so happy and proud! Some were probably harvested too early, hence the sunbathing. ☀ Jam is made using agar agar for the consistency and it worked fine. Oatmeal has banana, flax seeds, chia seeds  and raisins inside. ☀

Have a good day!

PS Several new pictures are added to the Food Gallery too! Let me know if you still miss a particular something there.

To have a life purpose

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Whoosh, autumn is totally rocking this week! Although I’m not thrilled about it, I can find peace in the idea that this means that we get to create and enjoy the indoor cosiness that usually comes with gloomy weather. I really feel like cosying up together with others. As if aligned with the weather, this week my body actually forced me to stop doing anything besides taking rest. This was hard to accept at first, but now I am happy I got to spend some time with myself.

I’ve been wanting to share with you something: I have found my life purpose! I will not specify it here yet, but I am positive that knowing it will help me a lot. I cannot know if it will last for my whole life, but I think that it will last for a long time and that it will help me in my life and that it will guide me to where I need to go. I do regard it as my life purpose, it feels completely right.

Before, I didn’t think people had real life purposes. Sure, we can give ourselves assignments and call it our purpose, but does it come from a higher knowing? Is it meant to be like this or could it just have been anything else? Now I totally think it is possible like that, to have a true life purpose! I cannot speak for everyone, but for many people it should be possible to get a sense of what it is they should be doing.

I’m telling you that it is possible to have a life purpose, because until recently no one ever told me.

And I’m telling you this, because until recently no one ever told me! Many people are sceptical about these kind of things, but if you are not, it can open up many possibilities. And the best thing is: you are the only true authority! No one can know better than you what path you should be on, where you have to go. This means that ultimately you can rely on yourself, on your own judgement, your intuition. This may sound scary, but it is also liberating.

Many of us, including myself, have never learnt to trust ourselves fully. I see now that even though I am not there yet, I have the possibility to learn to trust myself, to follow my own intuition and thereby to create my own path. I do not know how it is going to be, but I am confident that it is possible as long as I keep the intention of doing so in my heart. Thereby I trust that I will be able to overcome difficulties that arise, step by step.

Maybe this seems too optimistic or romantic. I realise that I am lucky to live in a safe environment that allows me to experiment. But I am also aware of the fact that following our hearts is necessary to contribute to a better world.

The reason that I do not write out my life purpose is that I do not want to steer others into a particular way of thinking. Life purposes may vary widely and mine is just one form or example. Exchanging ideas is extremely useful, but in this case doing so in another settings is probably better than bluntly pouring every detail on a web page.

More to follow soon-ish about some of the things that helped me get some insights lately. Stay tuned!

Feel free to share any ideas or thoughts if you want.

With love,
nina

Mulching on a Dream: harvest July ’17

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For some time I’ve been meaning to show you our garden, but it’s rather messy (permaculture-ish) which makes that it takes some effort and skills to take good pictures. So I did not do that yet. Today, however, we had such a great-looking harvest that I wanted to show you!

The garden is managed by three people and we started this year only. It’s an allotment garden in the city where we live. The garden is a really lively place with all the plants and (mainly) insects.

This was today:

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The pumpkins should grow orange, but since the plants are producing so many big ones already and we’re going on holidays next week (we’ll disappear on The Day Out Of Time!), we figured we may better already take some, so the plant can use its energy to further develop smaller ones.

The yellow UFO-like veggies are the newest addition to my long long inner ‘favourite veggies’ list: they’re called patisson. The plant is of the same species as your ‘regular’ pumpkins and courgettes: the species Cucurbita pepo. I mostly just like their looks, including shape and colour, and the structure. The taste is not enormously special, but it’s nice. Plus, it’s super awesome how one plant can produce dozens of fruits, and how it looks how all these cute yellow things are sitting and growing on the plant. If you ever have a chance to see such a plant: do it!

Generally it is super nice to see how plants, including fruits and veggies, grow. It’s so amazing how plants know exactly what to do and how they turn nutrients, water and sunlight into these lovely structures. I’m happy we can experience this in the garden. Of course, you can experience this in other natural areas or gardens too.

Enjoy your time!

PS Mulching on a Dream is the new name of my garden posts. It’s funny, right? I love it.

Natural time: a new year

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July 26 is the start of a new year: the year of the Yellow Crystal Seed. You see, there are different ways to make sense of time. The calendar as we know and generally use, the Gregorian calendar with its twelve months per year, is just one of those systems. Another and perhaps a more logical and useful system is the one presented in the 13 Moon calendar.

The 13 Moon calender actually includes multiple ‘systems’ or cycles, being: moons and moon phases, plasma seals, and the Tzolkin calendar of the Maya.

I actually do not know what this all means, YET. I got a physical 13 Moon calendar for the upcoming year (see picture below) so to experience if using it helps me. And through this post I want to say: if you’re interested in using a different, universal calendar: this is a good time to start your investigation! Because a new year is starting next week…

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“This is a time for positive synergy and expansion,
perseverance and commitment to holistic evolution,
and welcoming the unfolding of our divinely encoded potential.”
13 Moon website

…and it will be a good one! So do not miss out on this opportunity to get more attuned to the universe. Well, it’s available to you anyway, in case you want to use it. 🙂

Returning home

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Hello all,

I just crawled out of bed in the night with hunger and some nice clear thoughts. 🙂

Recent times have been so interesting. I have been stuck in some senses, while at the same time I have experienced a lot. My life has been simple in ways, which allowed me to clear my vision. I am in a place where it is easy to tell what is what, what is whose, where does it come from.

Certain streams of events are challenging me in new ways. Or I am seeing the challenges differently now.

Concerning challenges, I believe that they will come to you in the right way or moment. Some events can be wholly overwhelming and you may feel not ready to face it all, but that is okay. The lessons can and will come later, when you have more space to process them.

After all, we cannot do all at once. Life comes to us in little steps. We cannot foresee the whole process or the course of our lives from where we are now, and that’s okay. If we could, it would be too much information at once, right? I’d certainly go mad.

What we can do now is to live by the moment and take it as it comes. To see, feel, listen. To experience. To respond to how life presents itself. To watch it unfold.

I seem to have, partly but not never completely for this is impossible, cut myself off from my inner knowing, my intuition. Getting reconnected is what I am doing these months, years. As an important side-track to my ‘main occupation’ studying that is.

I sense that my soul is calling me. I feel like I am on the verge of a great transformation. Like I am getting closer to the point where I am ready to let go of what does not serve me, and to re-embrace what I have cut off and abandoned in the past.

I am still learning to take up more space, and now my body and soul are encouraging me to follow through. I feel this urge to scream, sing, move, dance, run. I feel trapped in my habit patterns and I know that it’s time to transform. It’s time to listen to my inner knowing and express myself fully. This will set me free.

“It is a profound feature of the wild psyche that if we do not come on our own, if we aren’t paying attention to our own seasons and the time for return, the Old One will come for us, calling and calling until something in us responds.”Clarissa Pinkola Estés, p. 299 in Women Who Run With the Wolves

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Until next time.

With love,
nina

Image through Pixabay

The cycles of nature

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“And no she did not apologize for giving her blood to the earth”Scarlet Crow in Scarlet Moon

Here is a small collection of pictures, which resonate a lot with me right now. The plants help to see the beauty of nature, of growth, of the reproductive cycles, of being female and bearing everything in us. Spring is booming so you can see it everywhere; the gentle reminders showing that life is beautiful.

I strive to get more attuned to my cycles and the cycles of the world. I think that women should honour their menstrual cycle, instead of shaming, ignoring and hiding it. We can learn to work with nature instead of against it.

Our menstrual cycles are as beautiful as the cycles of fruit trees and bushes.

In addition, I find that using a menstrual cup and pretty re-usable menstrual pads feels way better to me than using ‘conventional’ one-time-use tampons and pads. This menstrual cup is ‘Wild Cherry’ of LadyCup.

Cherry picture through Pixabay

Remembrance by Scarlet Crow

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Since I listened to Scarlet Crow’s debut album Remembrance for the first time, I have been playing it endlessly. Scarlet Crow is a collaboration of Marya Stark and Carmen Crow who ‘delve into the wounding and healing of the magical feminine, interspersed with storytelling, prayer, and future dreaming’. You can hear all of that in Remembrance! Due to the themes they address and their amazingly beautiful voices. Over all, I find their music very soothing and empowering. 🙂

Listen to the full album on Soundcloud and look up Scarlet Crow on their website.

It’s hard to pick favourite songs, but for me these may be It’s Easier, In My Womb, All Or Nothing and Space Grace Freedom. These songs all have amazingly encouraging lines. Though, it’s definitely best to listen the whole thing through!

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“It’s easier once you begin, release and take the lead.
All the truth you have within, inside the key you keep.”Scarlet Crow in It’s Easier

Do you know other music I would like? Let me know in the comments!