Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What to do?

"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." - The Talmud

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


The great playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote in Act 2 of his play, Ghosts:

"I almost think we're all of us ghosts. ... It's not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that walks in us. It's all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we can't get rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper, I seem to see Ghosts gliding between the lines. There must be Ghosts all the country over, as thick as the sand of the sea. And then we are one and all, so pitifully afraid of the light."

In reflecting on a book I’m devouring, The Translucent Revolution by Arjuna Ardagh, I found it astonishing to come across this passage by Ibsen, which at first reading, chills me to the bone. Yes, I know of these ghosts ‘all the world over,’ more so I am reminded of the ghosts residing inside of me…but, I’m learning a valuable lesson from them at the same time.

Do we need to fully exercise our ghosts away to recognize, even befriend the completely unfinished business that is confusing us, as us. Is it too simplistic to say all we must do is recognize even embrace these pieces of ourselves in order to be done with their haunting? Perhaps we will never entirely lose their grip…but should we allow their weight to hold us spellbound?

Why should we deny those parts of ourselves we’re so intimately, inextricably still in love with- it is such a compelling, heart breaking drama after all, isn’t it? Who are we without our drama? Shouldn't we embrace all that makes us human, even that part of us that is so pitifully afraid of the light?

Our experience surely cannot be fully contained by what we perceive is happening to us. I choose to trust we are more than what we believe ourselves to be and yet every feeling we experience is valid including our fear of the light as well as the draw to our source. I'm learning I don't need to understand our being, simply learn to rest in it while experiencing the mystery.

I'm sure we've done our part by showing up; the agreement is complete, even as we are complete, ghosts and all.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Being Cheesy

Moon River is being honored with our very own organic cheese from the award winning Moon Shine Dairy Farms in Mullingar, Ireland!

Our cousins in Mullingar who own and operate the very successful organic farm as well as Lake Shore Bed and Breakfast were thrilled to hear the name of the agency and decided to name their newest hard cheese with herbs, "Moon River." They also have a stock bull called Moon Raker and produce a smoothie named Moon Shine!

We are going to Ireland this August to visit and can't wait to see them all once again and taste what is sure to be a very delicious, wholesome Moon River organic cheese!

Sometimes things happen which are so serendipitous that you can't help but smile from ear to ear. What a magical existence it is!

" All of our grasslands are rich in clover and so many herbs that it gives a truly lush, soft and floral flavour to the milk and this contributes to the rich texture and flavour of these artisan farmhouse products. All herbs and rennet used in our cheese making are organic and vegetarian. Our products are free from any preservatives and artificial colours of any kind.....just pure fresh organic milk.

At this point, we should mention that any planting and processing work on the farm is guided by the moons cycles, i.e. any growing of vegetables, reseeding, harvesting, and also cheese making. It is for this reason that we call our farm, Moon Shine Dairy Farm."

Sounds great to me!

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