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The Dawn Of the Year

by Danu Forest Scroll down to hear the audio file on Imbolc. January and February can often feel like a strange bleak time, the weather and long hours indoors can depress the spirits and make one feel like life is on hold until the spring,…

Tales from Rumi

The Persian poet Rumi, who wrote in the 13th Century, has become increasingly popular today. This is an extract from Tales from Rumi: Essential Selections from the Mathnawi, introduced by Alan Jacobs and translated by E. H. Whinfield. This selection comes from his monumental work,…

Gandhi’s Memorable Quotations

Edited by Alan Jacobs, this book is an inspiring collection of Gandhi’s writings covers topics such as non-violence, truth, prejudice, sex, vegetarianism, simplicity, religion, fasting, work, education – and Gandhi’s own exemplary life. Here you can read an extract from the book, an assortment of…

Honouring the Winter Sun

Winter is here, and with it the sun sinks to its lowest arc upon the horizon upon the winter solstice. This year the winter solstice falls on the 21st of December. Danu Forest invites us to honour the winter sun with a beautiful invocation and…

Machu Pichu: Offering a New Perspective

Machu Picchu’s Intihuatana (‘Hitching Post of the Sun’), is one of the few surviving examples of such stones, dedicated to the sun god Inti. The Inca believed that this stone held the spirits of the ancestors, which would leave if it was broken. Fortunately, the…

What is Hypnosis?

What is Hypnosis? by Tom Fortes Mayer is the third title in the What Is? series, a new series of fresh, accessible mind, body, spirit guides from Watkins Publishing. This book explores the fascinating phenomenon of hypnosis, revealing what the term really means, demystifying the…

Samhain – Letting Go

{image via DeviantArt} by Danu Forest The Celtic festival of Samhain, otherwise known as Halloween (October 31st) can be one of the most beautiful times of the year, as the leaves turn and the first frosts dust the garden in silver. In the Somerset levels…

Campaigning for Compassion: 8 Essential Tips We Need Now

This post first appeared on Positively Present website. Two new books -- Compassion and Forgiveness -- from my Effortless Inspiration series debut tomorrow, and their release couldn't come at a better time. Whether you're into politics or not, you've probably witnessed the craziness surrounding the American presidential election…

The Realm of the Ancestors

When looking to the ancestors, we are turning to the oldest parts of ourselves, calling to those memories, images, stories, people and practices that define who and what we are. We are a product of our past, genetically, psychically and relationally. A wise teacher once…

The Secret to Being Present in a Conversation

The fact that we’re 'not talking' doesn’t mean we’re listening. When someone’s speaking, we can be preoccupied with our to-do list, mull on better ways to spend our time, or compose our weekly shopping list. While we may be physically present, we’re mentally in another…