Blessed be the longing that brought you here And quickens your soul with wonder.
May you have the courage to listen to the voice of
That disturbs you when you have settled for some-
May you have the wisdom to enter generously into
your own unease
To discover the new direction your longing wants
you to take.
May the forms of your belonging-in love, creativity,
Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.
May the one you long for long for you.
May your dreams gradually reveal the destination of
May a secret Providence guide your thought and
nurture your feeling.
May your mind inhabit your life with the sureness with which your body inhabits the world.
May your heart never be haunted by ghost-
structures of old damage.
May you come to accept your longing as divine
May you know the urgency with which God longs
Herbal Notes by ANA
I’ve been working with Rosemary since I got back to Australia. She’s great all year round, but in particular in the cold seasons. And since it’s summer in Australia, I’ve been taking extra precautions so I don’t get sick with the sudden change in weather.
Rosemary improves circulation, relieves headaches, and is calming to the nervous system.
Here are a few ways you can bring rosemary into your life... Rosemary bath This has been a regular for me. Rosemary is an invigorating herb that gets everything in the body moving! If you feel a little sluggish or fatigued, like I did after my travels, a rosemary bath shifts things to a new place. I just harvest fresh rosemary, and also pine — they’re both so easy to find. I cut the leaves up so there’s more surface space being accessed in preparation, then I put them in cheesecloth, let the water come to a boil, then turn it down and simmer for at least a half hour— the longer the better. Make sure to leave the lid on— rosemary has volatile oils that you want to preserve. Then I simply pour the brew in with my bath water.
A rosemary bath has warming, opening and uplifting benefits. Bathing with rosemary improves circulation and gets things moving. Rosemary has an antispasmodic effect and helps to relax the muscles. She’ll warm you up, help relieve soreness and increase vitality.
Rosemary tea Drinking rosemary tea in the morning really helps to stimulate circulation, bringing energy to the brain and all parts of the body. This blood-moving herb enhances memory and lifts the spirit.
To make rosemary tea, you can cut up fresh rosemary to get as much surface area as possible, then put it in a pot of water, and again, leave the lid on to preserve oils. Bring to a boil, and as soon as it starts boiling, turn it down to a simmer. You don’t want to keep boiling it or you’ll burn the oils off.
Let simmer for 10 minutes to a half hour. You can drink by itself or add other herbs or teas and honey if you’d like. Rosemary foods Of course you can also add lots of rosemary to your food. From pesto to infused vinegar and herbal salt, rosemary provides and alluring taste and scent to meals, plus you get her benefits. In this way, your food becomes your medicine.