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Wintertide

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Hello Friends.  This most recent "holiday season" (during wintertime on my side of the globe), I've felt rather quiet.  Still, we did take some time for ritual, practice, and celebration.  It's been a time of embracing the dark, while looking for the light.  There have been cold moments, nevertheless the warmth and brightness are also present. In that spirit, here are The Care Neighborhood's Wintertide blessings for you and yours.   I wish you had a river you could skate away on.  May your days be merry and bright.     Rock around your evergreen tree.     Silent night, holy night.   Tidings of comfort and joy. I originally shared this on January 6, which is Epiphany or the 12th Night of Christmas in some traditions.  On that same day, there was a violent insurrection at US Capitol.  And the tone of the blessings mixed oddly with the day.  However, to me, one holiday reflection that resonates in this time... In 1863, in the midst of the American Civil War, Henry

Growing Gratitude

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  It is not an uncommon practice to use the month of November for a daily gratitude challenge.  I've done this in years past. And in 2020 I started participating in a gratitude challenge with a Discord group.  It was shared with our group by Brittany of Intuitive Marketing.  The form came from Positively Present, @positivelypresent on Instagram.  This daily gratitude with the group has been inspiring, peaceful, simply lovely.   So, I was surprised by the resistance I felt in myself when I wanted to share daily gratitude for the week leading up to Thanksgiving (US holiday). I mean it was like bawling, hide my head in a pillow, toddler energy....Crying into a pillow is something I often did as a kid, and I vividly remember the smell, the soak of tears in that rust-colored velvet cushion.... Yet remembering that, it still took some purposeful reflection to identify my feeling. I did a body and mind check. Just stretching, then sitting still, and scanning what pains, energies, feeling

Fire and Hearth Magick

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Hey All!  I want to start by saying Thank You SO Much!!!! for the participation, support, and love you are sharing with The Care Neighborhood. Recently, we posted a bit of daily fire and hearth magick on Instagram. 🔥 That series ended on November 1, with co-hosting a Virtual Bonfire with Luchiana from The Possibility Department.   If you didn't know, The Possibility Department is one of our Neighbors. Check out the Department and others on our  Neighborhood Shops page. Here's a recap of our Fire and Hearth series:  Using my favorite red pot to simmer up some homemade sauce. Wishing I could invite everyone over for spaghetti!  

Cozy Home Blessing

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I like Fall as a time of year to turn my attention homeward.  On the other side of the world from me, it is Spring.  That is also a time when I am thinking about home, intentionally cleansing and organizing my space.  So starting on the Equinox and ending at the Full Moon, The Care Neighborhood offered Home Blessings, a bit of Cottage Magick each day.    Day One: A fresh herb wreath.  This one uses basil and 2 types of sage from our gardens. How do you welcome the changing of the seasons? Day 2 : A bath time brew. This spooky color comes from a bath bomb from the local farmer's market. What's in your bath tun cauldron?   Day 3 : Snuggles with a pet.  Our homes are blessed by our animal friends and family.   Day 4 : Pajama Party! It's fun to wear your comfy and festive clothes.  Clothes can be self-care and glam magick?  What's your go to cozy outfit?   Day 5 : Pumpkins! These gourds are symbols of prosperity and protection. Day 6 : Care for the home in your heart. Not e

Grief Talk with Daniel and Mariela

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Earlier this month, Daniel from Poignant Passing and I began a conversation about grief in this time of the pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism.  You can find the video of our chat below. (I hope y'all give us some grace about the casual production.) Please comment below if you have any grief coping that you want to share with our community .  We’ll continue posting strategies for coping with grief.  We’re here to listen and hold space for what we’re going through.  For now, let us stay compassionate with ourselves. Love, Mariela Janelle