“The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us protection, enjoyment and provides our needs – economic, social and religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son. When the land is taken from us or destroyed, we feel hurt because we belong to the land and we… Read More The Sacred Rock of Kakadu
Last week I flew to Darwin,capital of the Northern Territory, colloquially known as ‘The Top End” . It’s closer to Papua New Guinea, East Timor and just across the Arafura sea from Indonesia than it is to Sydney or Melbourne. Everything about Darwin is different to the southern states; for a start they only have… Read More Entering New Territory
I ask myself this question on the eve of the 6th anniversary of falling into this lifestyle. Why spiritual? Well there’s an aspect of service to the greater good about it, as you help pets feel peaceful and comfortable in their owner’s absence and also the owners feel less guilty in taking a break. Of… Read More Is House Sitting a Spiritual Vocation?
In many cultures and spiritual traditions, mountains are the homes of the Gods. So in theory, it felt like the right way to approach a Hindu shrine- walking slowly, mindfully in steep ascent to the limestone cave dedicated to Lord Murugan. But in practice it was an altogether different experience. The humidity took my breath… Read More 272 Steps to the Gods
“In every walk in Nature one receives far more that one seeks” John Muir I I’ve walked dogs in all sorts of terrains; along beaches and the coast, insuburbs, the bush or countryside and sometimes around city blocks, but my current walk-a creekside walk- has a special feel to it. Located in the hinterland of… Read More Mountain Creek Walk
Tourists and Other Exotic Creatures “Travel makes one modest;you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” Gustave Flaubert The tourists here are not particularly friendly and rarely reply to the “Good Morning” I say to every person I meet. The locals however always respond. I think of France where, except in rare… Read More
Last week I visited an ancient monument in France. No, it wasnt the Eiffel Tower or Arch de Triomphe but a more ancient sttucture, the Dolmen de Bajoulière. Constructed four thousand years BCE, this powerful neolithic monument was later used in Celtic and Roman eras. I went with a group who were not your everyday… Read More The Sacred Earth of Ancient France
Fontevrault Abbey is a fabled place of spiritual, political and cultural power. Established in the 12th century as an abbey, it was the home of King Henry the second and his wife Eleanor of Acquitainr, Queen of both France and England and mother of Richard the Lionheart It’s curious that such a grand city for… Read More Fabulous Fontevrault