A handful of carrots: Stories of amplifying life-force

A handful of carrots: Stories of amplifying life-force

I lived and worked on a 35-acre organic vegetable farm in northeast Pennsylvania for a couple years in my mid-twenties. One sunny early March morning I pulled on my muck boots and went out to the root cellar to prepare vegetables for our winter farmer's market table. I pulled out a green plastic crate labeled “carrots”. 

Months earlier, back in frosty November, we had harvested hundreds of pounds of root vegetables and carefully packed them away in sawdust inside this concrete cavern built into a hillside. I opened the crate, scraped back layers of newspaper and sawdust and pulled out a handful of carrots.  The carrots, tucked away without sunlight or dirt four feet underground, had sprouted wispy, light green tops, about an inch long. They were growing again.

Holding a steady course: Reflections on learning how to heal from Lyme disease

Holding a steady course: Reflections on learning how to heal from Lyme disease

As spring blooms and we bask in the energies of rebirth, I want to share some recent experiences with my health in hope that it is helpful to others. I learn more and more every day that while we can feel separate from each other, alone with our thoughts and experiences, we do share so much.

 

So here it is. In February I hosted a Women’s Circle gathering to honor Imbolc, the cross-quarter holiday that marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. During the Earth holidays, where the seasons pivot, I take the opportunity to pause, assess where I am at and to set intentions for the changes that are needed in my life.