Seasonal Poetry & Prose: 'Mistletoe', by Walter De La Mare
The heART of Ritual
like wildflowers you must allow yourself to grow
in all the places people thought you never would
Niamh, the founder of The heART of Ritual, considers herself both a traveller and a student on the path of mindful living, learning and growing through direct first hand experience, finding and making ceremony in ALL. True to her roots, she embraces the native traditions of her Irish lineage and both lives and works with the natural cycles and seasons of the Celtic wheel of the year.
‘There are places in you
Where thousands of bright, tiny flowers
Open each morning to the sun
In meadows as vast as the sky.
An ancient alchemy courses through your bones.
It speaks in feathers and stones and
precious metals and the footprints of mandalas
left by the stories we tell with our lives.
Until green tendrils sprout from your fingernails
And lichen swathes your eyebrows.
Until your roots spread and uncoil and
Writhe down through soil and rock.
Rise up into your magnificence and
Take your place among the constellations
The Earth is her own medicine. Be yours.’