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“I offer you these ‘How to Live The Dream’ Seasonal Reflections that I wrote for the Denmark Bulletin from 2005-2014. They were written for the Denmark community as my small contribution in understanding and appreciating the many changes and challenges that shape our lives. May these reflective Invitations open a Door-Way into Seeing, Feeling and Knowing your daily and seasonal living opportunities for embodied Wholeness and integrated Wellness. Everyday life gives us the clues, milestones and steps for creating our Art of Living.”

Loretta

Summer – Devotion to Love – 2017

“The heart will linger in the place where its most cherished possessions are to be found. Fundamentally, this is a spiritual connection that is not reducible to any particular experience, devotion, exercise, or activity – although it may subsist and express itself in any of them.” (Fr. Michael Casey ...

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Summer – Remembering Love – 2014

“Love in the past is only a memory. Love in the future is a fantasy. Only here and now can we truly love.” “Some days we feel like strangers. When our heart opens, we will realize that we belong just here.” (Jack Kornfield)   For ten years I have perplexed and intrigued people by saying: “I ess ...

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Spring: Giving Gratefully – 2014

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” (Hausa Proverb From Nigeria) “For all that has been – Thanks! For all that shall be – Yes!” (Dag Hammarskjold)   I have just returned from Brisbane celebrating my mother’s 90th year. Mother is very frail and the last hoorah feels imminent. Yet ...

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Winter: Growing Gratitude – 2014

“For all that has been – Thanks! For all that shall be – Yes!” (Dag Hammarskjold)   Winter is Nature’s time where plants, animals and humans go inside earth and stay in warm places to renourish and renew. It is the quieter, slower and darker space where we are naturally invited to Remember – pa ...

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Summer: Giving Thanks – 2013

“If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘thank you’ that would suffice.” (Meister Eckhart, 12th C. Mystic)   As a tree changer of nine years in Denmark I find myself enormously grateful for so much New Life and Good Life. To honour this decade and the privilege of ‘living in this para ...

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Spring: Thriving not Surviving! – 2012

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost)   Spring is celebrated as the Time for new life to emerge and blossom. This natural life cycle invites us to awaken from our wintry ‘lying low’ slumberings and ...

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Winter–Deepening Our Collective Capacity – 2012

A Vision for Denmark “Denmark is the natural lifestyle Paradise of the Great Southern and The Place to celebrate and live well The Sustainable Dream.” What We Value “Denmark is the adventurous soul and creative spirit of the Great Southern Region and Western Australia.  It is the premier quality lif ...

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Autumn – Time to Change & Grow – 2012

“What lies behind us and What lies before us Are small matters compared to what lies within us.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)   Recently a man came up to me in the main street and sincerely thanked me for “making such a real difference” to his life through these ‘How To Live The Dream’ seasonal articl ...

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Autumn’s Challenge: Growing Our Inner Capacity – 2012

“People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are When you put them in hot water.” (Anonymous)   On so many fronts 2012 challenges each one of us to discover that extra enduring strength. Some say the world is going to end this year. Loud voices are predicting a Euro (and possibly wor ...

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Embracing All in Summer – 2011

“Love all Creation The whole of it and every grain of sand Love every leaf Every ray of light Love the animals Love the plants Love everything You will perceive The divine mystery in things And once you have perceived it You will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly More and more everyday And you will ...

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Spring: Creating A Life of Hope – 2011

“When The Leaves Fall” (From “The Gardener” by Grian)   ‘Gardener,’ called the girl from the garden fence. ‘Why do some trees lose their leaves in winter, while others protect themselves from the cold with the summer leaves?’ ‘Why do you wash your face each morning in the Looking Glass Spring?’ ...

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Putting Back The Spring In Our Step – 2011

This winter I spent much time living with a cold and a strained back from looking after those chookies! For one who is rarely out of sorts it gave me that full stop to savour my healing process, and the space to notice more around me and within me. For the first time in my life I felt infected by a ...

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Winter’s Invitation: Time for Inner Space – 2011

“Ah, not to be cut off, not through the slightest partition shut out from the law of the stars. The inner-what is it? If not intensified sky, Hurled through with birds and deep With the winds of homecoming.” (Rainer Maria Rilke)   The light days are shorter and the nights, wind and wet come wit ...

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Autumn: Making Peace In Our Lives – 2011

Over 15 years ago I asked a friend and colleague who came to Denmark very regularly to help with community issues and to holiday with family: “Why don’t you go live in Denmark. You obviously like visiting often?” “Oh no, we would never live there – too many conflicts and warring factions!” Sad ...

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Summer-Time: Being Real – 2010

“ I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to confront all the essential facts of life, and to see if I could learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, to discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck out all of the marrow of life.” (Henry Thoreau) ...

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Winter’s Deepenings: From Doing to Being – 2010

“We are in that period of life now where the question that plagues us is the very question that will either destroy or develop us – depending on how we deal with the answer to it. We must not only ask ourselves, what are we when we pass from doing to being? We must also ask the question: What am I w ...

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Preparing for Autumn – 2010

“Empty and Alert …In spite of certainty, be keen and attentive, empty and receptive. Search only in the light and the dark source is overlooked. Be only moving and the still origin is missed. Be only full and the empty centre is lost.” (The Way, by Lao Tzu)   Last week I finally heard from an o ...

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Summer’s Heat: Being Cool! – 2009

“Become like bamboo and bend with the wind. Where we are fixed is where we can be broken.” (Old Chinese proverb) In these heated times of unprecedented challenges on so many fronts – locally to globally, home fronts to environments and societies – we are compelled to find better solution ...

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The Touch of Spring – 2009

“God help us If our world should grow dark; And there is no way of seeing our knowing. Grant us courage and trust To touch and be touched To find our way onwards By feeling. Amen.” (Leunig, ‘The Prayer Tree’)   Michael Leunig, our iconic Australian comedian offers us insights beyond the obvious ...

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Winter: A Time for Hearth & Home – 2009

“So teach us to number our days, That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalms 90:12)   I recently returned to my family in Brisbane, in particular to be with my frail mother having a cancer operation. It was a great success – no secondary tumours and she is slowly recovering her str ...

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Autumn’s Call: Living Simplicity – 2009

“There is only one problem: everything! We like to talk about the ecological problem, the nuclear problem, the drug problem, the family problem, the violence problem, the alcohol problem, the species extinction problem,…each unrelated to each other. There is only one problem. It’s the way we l ...

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The Love of Summer – 2008

“Let us live in such a way That when we die Our love will survive And continue to grow.” (Leunig, The Prayer Tree)   This last week, down by the river’s edge in our beautiful town park, I attended a touching annual memorial ceremony held by Karen, our Anglican minister and other members of the ...

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Spring – Growing Our Inner Tree – 2008

“The person contemplates the tree.  The tree sends its roots beneath the surface, seeking nourishment in the dark soil: the rich ‘broken down’ matter of life.  As they reach down and search, the roots hold the tree firmly to the earth.  Thus held and nourished, the tree grows upwards into the light, ...

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Winter’s Learnings: Treasuring ‘the old’ – 2008

“Let us live in such a way That when we die Our love will survive And continue to grow. Amen” (Leunig, The Prayer Tree) I often hear that some people come to Denmark to get away from families…or to give their families a new life away from the ‘madding crowds’. I have just returned from 12 days ...

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Autumn: Releasing for Freedom – 2008

‘This autumn Why am I ageing so? Flying towards the clouds, a bird.” (Matsuo Basho) Leaves and bark are beginning to fall, nature’s shedding in order to renew. There is a deep wisdom in the natural cycles of life especially when we heed our changes and needs.   Since my summer artic ...

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Why We Don’t Change to Changes! – 2007

 “It is inconceivable that humankind, with all its noble achievements, its aspirations and goodwill, will stay indifferent to the cry of the climate community. The struggle to redress the climate will surely be tackled on several grounds and in such a way as to ensure stability among the climate sys ...

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Winter: Are We Well? – 2007

“The myth of wellness is that it is a ‘thing’ which one can ‘get’…rather it is a way of living, a state of being…as a context for living, wellness is not limited to getting something for me – it becomes the possibility that my life, my wellness, contributes to you, and your wellness.” (J ...

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The Joys of Autumn – 2007

One recent Autumn I took myself on a Pilgrimage to the Arizonian desert and there in Retreat, I lived alone for four days and nights. Surrounded on either side by high mountains and nestled in the valley midst an ancient Indian Labyrinth of stones, I sat. This was the Retreat’s invitation: no food e ...

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The Heat is On: Care-Fully Summer – 2006

“We welcome summer and the glorious blessing of light. We are rich with light; we are loved by the sun. Let us empty our hearts into the brilliance. Let us pour our darkness into the glorious, forgiving light. For this loving abundance let us give thanks And offer our joy. Amen” (Leunig, The Prayer ...

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Growing A New in Spring – 2006

Walking through the bush I see the magnificent Winter’s cream flowers of the Karri Hazel now co-existing with emerging Spring delights – new colours, flowers, dormant seeds sprouting life with renewed abundance. This winter has been so different and so challenging – confronting us and th ...

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Cherishing Winter – 2006

You can feel Winter close…Autumn’s hues moving into wetness, cold, early darkness and nature’s slumbering (except for my kikuyu grass!). Someone rang the other day, I said: ‘Oh what a lovely day’. He said, ‘you mustn’t have been in Denmark long, winter is coming!’   I am sitting here refl ...

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Changing Well With Autumn’s Hues – 2006

Autumn has arrived! In these few days my very large water tank is overflowing, and in driving into the town, so much shedding of bark, branches and leaves. I am faced everywhere with nature’s enduring truth that all changes, seasons herald in new adventures and possibilities, and deepening colours i ...

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Influenza, Affluenza…or Happiness! – 2005

In this year of building my ‘dream home’, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many people from all walks of life…the wonderful tradesmen rushing frantically to keep abreast of the building boom; the welcoming shopkeepers trying valiantly to meet the physical and emotional demands of high and low ...

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The Wisdom of Autumn: Life’s Invitation to Wellness – 2005

“When The Leaves Fall” (From The Gardener by Grian) ‘Gardener,’ called the girl from the garden fence. ‘Why do some trees lose their leaves in winter, while others protect themselves from the cold with the summer leaves?’ ‘Why do you wash your face each morning in the Looking Glass Spring?’ ‘Why do ...

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