Nature Mystics

Sustainability as Spiritual Practice

Apr 26th, 2018 | By

This year, I’m focusing on building a more sustainable lifestyle by using, wasting, and buying less.  That said, I’ve actually been working on a more eco-friendly path over the past few years and have had a few revelations in the process. As someone who practices a nature-based spirituality, in particular, a cultivation of the divine

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Spring Clean Your Mind, Body, Soul

Mar 16th, 2018 | By

Spring is almost here. I can feel it in the way my skin itches to be kissed by the thin gold strands of sunlight or in the tightening excitement in the pit of my belly when I realize it is almost 7pm…and still light out. I might just get to have a glass of wine

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5 Ways to Celebrate Imbolc

Feb 2nd, 2018 | By

5 Ways to Celebrate Imbolc January 31, 2018 I love winter. The season creates space for quiet and contemplation. And while many see January and February as the cold season’s doldrums after the vibrant festivities of December, I find the calm, clean energy of the first two months of the new year to be refreshing.

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Reflections on Imbolc and the Promise of Spring

Feb 14th, 2016 | By

By Rebecca Beattie Imbolc seemed to have come earlier than usual to the city this year. On Christmas day I was walking with my thick winter coat tied around my waist, dressed only in a t-shirt, sweating with the effort of pulling my feet out of the thick, viscous mud that sucked them down. The

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Reflections on Yule (and Other Winter Festivals)

Dec 24th, 2015 | By

By Rebecca Beattie My mother collected strays. At one time it was the seven feral cats that lived around our house, each named after its most distinctive characteristic. There was Jet, Pa-Cat, Moustache, Paws, Nosey, Rickets, and Piggy. Another time it was the homeless man who lived with us for six months, while he went

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Reflections of Samhain

Nov 18th, 2015 | By

By Rebecca Beattie Not everything in Nature Mysticism is about walking. Sometimes health concerns or other factors may intervene, and being the sufferer of an acute illness or a disability does not preclude one from following the path of a Nature Mystic. Mary Webb was a lifelong sufferer of Grave’s Disease, and spent a lot

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Urban Nature Mystic – equinox reflections

Oct 22nd, 2015 | By

September – Autumn Equinox, or the Trick in Finding the Green By Rebecca Beattie The trick to being an Urban Nature Mystic, for me, is in finding walks that are the right length. Some footpaths are a bit of a tease; they give you a glimpse of the kind of untamed nature you are looking

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Urban Nature Mystic

Oct 12th, 2015 | By

By Rebecca Beattie I grew up in the wilds of Dartmoor. Right up on the high moor where it frequently blows a gale and rains sideways, and the moor wears a cloak of mist as its everyday winter coat. I loved it there, but there was always a part of me that longed for adventures,

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Nature Mystics – Elizabeth von Arnim

May 30th, 2014 | By

Like most of the women writers in this series, Elizabeth von Arnim is largely unknown to contemporary readers. This is in vibrant contrast to the very successful writing career she enjoyed during her own lifetime. However, more recently her name has popped up in several places, leading to a mini-resurgence. A copy of her book,

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Nature Mystics: D H Lawrence

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

If Mary Butts was the most controversial woman writer in this series, then David Herbert Lawrence is the most controversial male, both in his time and ours. Readers and critics are unable to be lukewarm about Lawrence, but he is a “Marmite man”: some love his work and hail him as a misunderstood genius, while

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