Self Love or Self Indulgence?

Self Love or Self Indulgence?

I have been thinking about the difference between self love and self indulgence for the past few weeks. I think self love is a vital ingredient to experience true joy, compassion and love for others. I truly believe that we can love others only as deeply as we can love ourselves. In Mark 12:31, Jesus says the second most important Commandment is ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ I like to look at the Commandments as spiritual laws just as there are laws of physics, rather than as rules to follow. Understood in this way, this Commandment comes to

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Wild Crafting

What is wild crafting? It is simply the harvesting of plants that grow without being cultivated, plants that grow in the wild. Some of these plants are native to North America but many were brought here by colonial settlers from Europe. I don’t have a lot of experience with this craft but I am keen to learn and lucky for me, Elisha has a lot of knowledge in this area.

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Mmmmm, Coffee

I stopped consuming caffeine on a daily basis this year. It took me by surprise, to be honest. I’ve tried many times in the past to give it up , without success. The first to go was coffee. One day I just didn’t want it. The thought entered my mind that I wouldn’t be drinking coffee any more and the next day I stopped. It was a strange feeling because I have always enjoyed coffee. Not just the the taste but the ritual of it too. I would get up in the morning and in the solitary quiet, I would

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Caged Children

“Mom, ever since we moved into this house it’s so strict and boring! We’re not allowed to climb, jump, drum, make any mess, go on adventures alone… You don’t trust me anymore! I had so much more freedom when we were camping.” This lament came from my tall fearless 8 year old daughter, whose name roughly translates into “wild adventurous and beautiful spirit”. We had just moved in-doors after living on the land in a tii pii for 5 months. She and her two younger brothers have had a childhood full of fun and some freedoms that seem to be

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The Baby Years

When a baby is born the whole world trembles. That Mother, Father, Family Will never be the same. An old soul has entered a new body, and they will input their surroundings with ripples and waves. The need for the Mother and Father to rest at this threshold of beginningness is paramount. The newborn honeymoon is sweet because they sleep so much and feed so much. The needs are simple and straightforward. Older children and toddlers have time to adjust and be a part of things if possible this time is perfect for bonding and cuddling.

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