23 October 2007

Walking With the Harvest Moon


It's 11:30 in the evening and I just returned from
a walk along the old mines road. The temperature
is a mild 12 Celsuis, which is nice for walking.
There is a slight breeze in the air, which, also,
adds to the pleasure of walking.

The sky is clear and the moon is taking full
advantage of it. Even thought we're still several
days from the full moon, I had to make special
note of its brightness. This is going to be a
spectacular harvest moon!

At one point I stopped to listen at the waves
lapping against the shore of Minamkeak Lake.
The sound carried very well up through the woods
to my ears. It was tonic medicine to my mind
and spirit, carrying away the stress of the day's

Then, later, as I walked past a field, I heard
the snorting of an animal, probably a deer, but
gave little attention to it.

On my return, I walked into the moon, experiencing
its strong effects. When I was a quarter mile from
my home, I left the road, visiting a clearing
covered with caribou moss. The moss reflected
moonlight, making for sharp contrast with the
shade covered forest floor on the perimeter of
the clearing.

Pleasant memories -- healing memories to be
carried through the coming winter months and

My best regards,

19 October 2007

Kayaking on Minamkeak Lake


We had a beautiful Thursday on the south shore
of Nova Scotia. I took advantage of it and went
kayaking on Minamkeak Lake.

I put my kayak in the water at the head of the
lake, and explored some of the small inlets and
coves there. At one point, I noticed several
freshly peeled sticks, the work of beavers who
are probably building a lodge or dam at some
point along a nearby stream that flows into

I then paddled into a small cove and up to a
large rock that a friend of mine affectionately
calls "Eagle Rock". She saw a large bald eagle
sitting on the rock, one day, looking down over
the lake. The eagle had a terrific view of the
lake, from its position on the rock.

The eagle on the rock, was an honour and a
special gift to my friend. It's always very special
to be in the presence of an eagle.

I was out on the lake for several hours -- I know
it's soon time to put my kayak away for the winter,
but I'm content in the knowledge that I have many
pleasant memories from kayaking these past
five or six months.

Bye, for this time,

16 October 2007


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I had planned to go walking tonight, but chores seem
to have gotten in my way. Earlier this evening, I was
away giving a plant medicine talk to the Bridgewater
Garden Club. I had a good group -- about 20 people --
who were enthusiastic over my presentation.

It's always nice to talk to people who are obviously
quite interested in your topic.

You know, I think I'm entering a strong period of
creativity. I have four writing projects in the back of
my mind, that I plan to focus on, soon! I also have
another project that requires a lot of editing; but, in
the end, it'll be worth the time and effort.

Well, must go for now. I'll return later this week.

Bye now,

10 October 2007

Evening Stroll


It's 8:30 in the evening and I just arrived home
from an evening stroll. The night air is cool as
it's only 6 Celsuis.

Have you ever noticed how the stars twinkle in
the cool autumn atmosphere, or on a cold winter
night? I love it! The sky comes alive at such a
time, enhancing the connection we feel with the

As I walked down my lane, I heard the rustle of
bushes -- a rather heavy rustle -- too heavy I
thought for a small animal. So, I waited. Finally,
I saw the dim outline of a porcupine moving
through the beech saplings.

It was the little porcupine that's been staying
near my place for the past two years. I always
enjoy greeting this porcupine as we've developed
a sort of kinship and affinity for each other. In fact,
I've adopted many of the wild animals in the
vicinity of my home, as friends.

The walk was nice, and even though we're moving
into a new moon period, it's surprising how much
light is available when your eyes adjust to the
darkness. However, I'm excited about the next full
moon period, as I plan to walk to Leipsigaek Lake
by the light of the moon.

For information about it, go to the following
webpage and scroll down to the "Field Walks
and Presentations
" listings.

I'll return, soon.

All the best!

04 October 2007

Natural Healing Talk Newsletter


I decided to post the latest issue of my
Natural Healing Talk newsletter. I hope
you enjoy it!

I'll be back tomorrow evening, or on the
weekend, with another post.

See you then!

Natural Healing Talk
September 30, 2007, Vol., 2, # 18

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General Comments
Hi Everyone,

The "Plant Walk for A Pie" event was a smashing
success this year! I want to thank everyone who
participated in the event. We had a total of ten
people and three dogs for the field walk and pie
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There wasn't a cat in sight! :)

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I have several plant/tree medicine presentations
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Well, that's it for this time!

All the best!

Feature Article
Walking and Meditation: Tools for Experiencing
the Changing Cycles and Seasons

I like to go walking any time of the year, but,
especially, during the spring and autumn seasons.
There is such a wonderful transition happening
during those periods with an abundance of potent,
healing energy, in the atmosphere.

It's beautiful to go walking on an evening in early
spring, and to feel the changes taking place in the
environment, as it prepares for a new growing
cycle. By the same token, even though autumn
signifies the closing of a cycle, that season has
the powerful energy that comes with its maturity.

I was thinking about those things, as I went
walking along the road near my home, yesterday.
I was thinking how both walking and meditation,
can help us to channel the subtle energies of the
seasons. Even basic meditations, involving deep
breathing, or focusing on the sounds of animals,
birds, or of water over rocks in a stream, can
help to balance all aspects of our being.

Walking outdoors allows us to experience the
subtle shifts of nature, as it puts us in direct contact
with the environment. I suppose this is largely why
I enjoy walking -- to experience nature, directly.
And, I suppose this is largely why my walking is
done at a leisurely, steady pace. I tend to walk at
a pace that allows me to appreciate and observe
what is happening around me.

I mentioned the value of meditation in establishing
a balance in our lives. We can use the combined
tools of walking and meditation to become more
aware of seasonal cycles and energies. I'll conclude
by giving you a simple exercise, in this regard.

This autumn, try to begin a daily walking routine,
where you proceed at a steady, leisurely pace. In
other words, walk with your natural rhythm and at
your regular speed. Do not "power walk" or use
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or whatever.

As you walk, pay attention to the landscape, and
things that are characteristic of autumn. Then, use
one of your observations as a daily meditation. Sit
in a comfortable position, relax, and focus your
attention on that characteristic of autumn. Do this
for a period of ten to fifteen minutes.

If you have difficulty with the meditation, focus on
something concrete such as a beautiful autumn
coloured leaf. First, take several deep breathes,
relax, and gently focus on the leaf. Then, if you like,
close your eyes and visualize the leaf. Hold the
visualization as best you can. Do not strain. If you
lose the vision, open your eyes and focus on the
leaf, again.

This meditation will gradually bring your life into
greater harmony with nature and the natural cycles.
It will have a soothing influence on your life. You
can perform this meditation with the four seasons
of the year.

Good medicine always,

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This is a plant often found around farm yards, country
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check, and discovered that I still have it growing in
my back yard, along with plantain. It has grown there
for many years. The pineapple weed and plantain
tend to keep company, and to grow under similar
soil conditions.

Pineapple weed is directly related to the chamomile
plant, Matricaria recutita L. In fact, it makes a suitable
substitute for chamomile tea. I enjoy it very much. Its
medicinal qualities are similar to chamomile, but
somewhat milder. Some western Native peoples
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treat itching and applied as a poultice to sores. Like
the chamomile plant, pineapple weed tea is soothing
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