Woodspace July 2015 005
soul unbound
mind unhurried
emotions settled
mood soothed
life paused
senses sharpened
awareness heightened.

Solitude soaks in
like a mantle of truth.

and yet
all around me
are life
all that
which is seen and unseen
watching, waiting, living,
growing, learning, knowing,
the world into being.

Body relaxes
I am whole
Complete unto myself
I know who I am
I am real
I am at peace
I rest in authenticity
And appreciate my own company.

I read several articles this week that I identified with. One was about how walking in nature changes the brain (for the better!)

But the volunteers who had strolled along the quiet, tree-lined paths showed slight but meaningful improvements in their mental health, according to their scores on the questionnaire. They were not dwelling on the negative aspects of their lives as much as they had been before the walk.

They also had less blood flow to the subgenual prefrontal cortex. That portion of their brains were quieter.

These results “strongly suggest that getting out into natural environments” could be an easy and almost immediate way to improve moods for city dwellers, Mr. Bratman said.

via How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain – The New York Times.

The other was a thoughtful, critical analysis of the “shadow” side of the mainstream “green” movement:

These days, in the ‘new green economy’, trees are seen simply as things that make the air better for people to breathe. This new, modern functionality stems from the next generation of green propaganda, which strives to homogenise everything into one giant communist planetary pie chart. Small ecosystems like a forest or river no longer matter in this grand global picture. It sounds almost acceptable now to hear someone say something like ‘But after they clear-cut the old growth forest, they replant way more trees than were there before, so they improve the climate, now it’s even better than it was!’ Marketing air as a commodity from trees created things like carbon credits and off-setts.

via Our Footprints on the Earth | The Dark Mountain Project.

Reading this article as well as getting ready for our Red Tent Circle this Friday, brought me to revisit an article I’d saved several months ago about creating a Black Tent temple as a space for endarkenment: The Black Tent Temple: A Space for Incubation and Endarkenment | The Black Stone Hermitage.

I also enjoyed browsing through the blog posts of a woman who writes about her life living and farming in an Irish cottage: Bealtaine Cottage | 11 years of Permaculture in and around a small Irish cottage, 3 acres and 1 woman…creating Eden!.

I haven’t been making many blog posts here lately myself because I’ve been working on my newest program: Listening to the Deep Self: Divination Practicum for Women. I’ve also been keeping up my writing with my other blog and my business site. My most recent Feminism and Religion post came out today, I submitted an essay to a new book about the placenta from Demeter Press, I’m working on multiple essays for The Oracle and for Motherhouse of the Goddess, and I’m continuing to collect data for my dissertation project. I also finished the content for a new book about ceremony that will hopefully be published in September. And, yes, I do actually get eight hours of sleep each night. 😉

Thank goodness for the woods!


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  1. Deb

    Thank you for posting the link to the Black Ten Temple. This really appeals to me, now in my Crone years. I was a social worker for 33 years in child abuse/foster care, and most of that time was doing grief and loss work.
    At almost 63 I feel this may indeed be where I am being led. I am going to ponder this, do research and begin thinking about what this may look like in my life and the lives of others. Blessed be!

    • It is interesting to consider for sure! I was immediately drawn to the concept. Let me know what you discover!

    • The Black Stone Hermitage

      I’m glad you find the idea appealing, Deb. It seems to be spreading quickly. If you do decide to build a Black Tent Temple, I’d love to hear about it and see photos, if you would like to share them. Good luck with it!

  2. masha

    Molly love the opening poem, love it. And I am waiting for your new courses. Thank you

  3. masha

    Oh I just realized that your course for the Deep Self Divination is already posted. Going to check it out.

  4. The Black Stone Hermitage

    Thank you for linking to my article about my Black Tent Temple project, Molly! The idea seems to address a long-unmet need for many people, judging by the level of enthusiasm I’ve seen in blog comments and correspondence I’ve received. “Honouring incubation and endarkenment” is the phrase I use to describe it. And your writings on the concept of endarkenment have been very helpful to me as I continue along this path – much appreciated!

    I would like to invite anyone who decides to build a Black Tent Temple space to contact me at shrine.of.skadi AT gmail dot com. I would love to see photos and descriptions. As far as I know there are only a few of us doing this actively right now, but the idea seems to be spreading very quickly! If this continues as it has been, one day I hope to collect enough material to put together a website featuring images and descriptions of Black Tent Temples all over the world where people can retreat for spiritual incubation, grief work, and other such purposes.

    • Thank you for commenting! I’m interesting in following the progression of this work. It is is needed and important.

  5. Pingback: The Black Tent Temple Project Update | The Black Stone Hermitage

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