I enjoy collecting sticks from the bush surrounding our home to break up for kindling in our fire. The sight of a bucket full of dry, clean kindling makes my heart sing. It makes me feel provided for, organised and self-sufficient.
Our slow combustion wood heater is our only source of heating for our home and we love it. Our winter days centre around starting and maintaining the fire, making sure we have dry wood to burn and checking on it hourly.
Working with the natural elements
Freedom from electricity and gas
We have a lovely old fellow (in his eighties) who chops wood for a hobby at one of our local wood collection areas and takes great pleasure in furnishing us with stacks and stacks of his beautiful chopped up jarrah from fallen trees. We appreciate receiving the fruits of his labour and he appreciates having grateful people to give it to.
It’s a match made in heaven, as the commercial suppliers of fire wood in our area charge hundreds of dollars per trailer-load. We are blessed and we know it.
Last night at my women’s meditation circle we meditated on the hidden blessings in upsetting life events.
Given ample time to adjust and reflect after life has handed us a challenging experience, most of us are able to see that along with the stress, trauma, pain, fear and sadness, there are also benefits such as;
- Closer connections with those around us in the giving and receiving of support
- The opportunity to see our lives from a new perspective and make positive changes
- The empowerment that arises simply from having to face a difficult problem or traumatic life happening
I’m speaking of our collective reactions to recent events such as the deaths of all aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight last week and the hundreds of people killed in recent weeks in the Gaza strip.
It feels to me from a ‘big picture’ spiritual perspective that as a global community we are being called upon to unite to create a peaceful planet where all can live and travel in safety and there is no such thing as ‘dangerous air-space’. Now that more of us have been drawn in by personal and community connections to these tragedies, we can no longer turn away and imagine that the problems are happening ‘over there’ to people who are not like me.
They are just like you and I and it’s time we all set some fresh intentions for the human species. Are we not all citizens of this planet? Are we not all children of this universe?
Send only love and peace but do it with heart-filled conviction and fury. <3