Druid Heart: Honouring the Land

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Reaping and Sowing

It's good to know when all your training comes into play. The years of hard work you have put in. All the practice that I have done in Zen Buddhism, Druidry and other aspects of Western Paganism has greatly helped me during a very difficult week.

Breathing. It's amazing how much just focusing on the breath can calm the mind and the body. For the mind and body are one. What affects one, affects the other. Five focused breaths, in and out, feeling the air move through your nose, down your throat and into your lungs, expanding, and then back out in reverse. Concentration on this small action. The heartbeat slows, the mind has a pause to reset. And perspective floods in.

The cycles of life and death are one. It is ouroboros, the snake eating its tail, no beginning, no ending, only being. There is only energy, in different forms and degrees of manifestation.

The trees are turning golden, their leaves taking on the autumn hues. The smell of woodsmoke is in the air, and another cycle is turning, ever turning, the endless wheel of existence. Spinning, like our galaxy, through time and space, always changing, always flowing; the awen of Druidry.

Do what you can, put in the work. You are your deeds. Work with integrity and honesty, both in yourself and with others. Be true to yourself and others. Do not be ashamed to fail, to cry, to succeed or to celebrate. Life is ever-changing. Ride the currents of its energy, raft them with intention.

May we be the awen.

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Author, poet, singer, dancer, blogger and activist, Joanna van der Hoeven (Autumn Song) is a Druid, Witch and Animist who honours the natural world around her and seeks to live with awareness and compassion. She has released seven books, including the best-selling The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid.


  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert Wednesday, 06 September 2017

    Lovely piece of writing and so very true. Thanks for sharing.

  • Suzanne Tidewater
    Suzanne Tidewater Friday, 08 September 2017

    I appreciate what you've written. Bringing my mind back to my breath has been a powerful meditative practice!

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