Posts by Ayal Hurst

What You Praise Increases

Thich Nhat Hanh, a beautiful spiritual teacher said: “The greatest gift we can give another is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they bloom like flowers.” And this is so true. Recently, I have been getting some beautiful comments on this blog. Often, when I get one, it makes me want to sit…

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Fall Is Here

Fall is here in the mountains.  Not yet the miraculous color changes, in all of its glory, but a sense of ending, as each leaf silently lets go and drifts to earth. The days have been beautiful. I love the Fall. I love the deep sense of it – of things slowing down, the beauty…

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We Cannot Hold Onto Anything

Our lives are a constant process of balancing and re-balancing.  Nothing stays the same.  If we were able to see life as it truly is, what we would see would be energy streams of different colors, in constant, fluid motion. Like the planet itself, we are made mostly of water – water and space.  There…

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Ben and the White Butterfly

We have had many wwoofers come to be with us during our 3 years here at Homestead. ( World wide workers on organic farms – usually young people in their twenties come to do a work/trade situation – work for room and board and various instruction…, but sometimes older folk come, as well, who want…

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Shamanic Death and Rebirth

Late the other night, I was suddenly woken out of a deep dream.  Not sure what was going on, I finally heard my husband saying: “There’s something in the room!” “Wha – what??”  I said, looking groggily around the floor for potential snakes or other critters. “FLYING!” said he. Then:  “”It’s a bat!” “A BAT??”…

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The Burn Pile, and After

Recently, we went to a burn pile event at a neighbor’s.  He had invited us and some other folks to come hang out and picnic while the mound of this and that burnable stuff he had compiled burned down. We had also contributed some old, non usable wood to the pile, so we felt a…

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Poison Ivy, the Protector

I am dealing with an outbreak of – oh joy – poison ivy.  It is having fun hopping from finger to finger, and down my arm, in spots and clumps of spots. Hopefully, it won’t continue to spread. I haven’t had a case of it for over 30 years. The last time I did get…

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The Walk of Life

My husband and I have been having a good time building our whimsical, rustic, outdoor shower house these past few days. Occasionally, the neighbors up the road stop by to see how it’s coming along, ( “What are you up to now?” they will grin at us), and our good friend, Russ, who is an…

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Creating New Realities

It seems to me that when people don’t choose to use, or are unable, for whatever reasons, to find or accept the tools that allow them to create another reality, that that is when a soul will die in order to be able to get out of the old reality and begin a new one.…

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Ho’oponopono

I wanted to discuss a wonderful technique that has recently and synchronistically, magically come my way that fully supports the concept that we create our on reality with our thoughts.  It is a Hawaiian technique called Ho’oponopono, which means to cause something to happen that is very, very right and very, very good, and in…

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