PAGANUS (in the City)

Put on with speed your woodland dress;
And bring no book: for this one day
We’ll give to idleness.

Verdant Green Greetings!

Such replenishing times spent with the land are so precious to us all, (more than ever before), for ourselves and, by association, invaluable for others.  

The moments in time taken just for gazing (or wild grazing), are “food” for our daily lives which provide nourishment even later, as they flash upon that inward eye.   (Afer all, woman cannot live by raw bread alone!)

Observation of Nature is our only hope of healing.  A poor life this if, full of care/We have no time to stand and stare, as WH Davies also pointed out.


By “idleness”, Wordsworth didn’t mean inertia of the senses, but the act of enabling them through not over-thinking, over-doing or being bombarded by uninvited noisy discord.   This blocks imagination and any authentic creation of worth. 

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.   Einstein

Wordsworth refers throughout his poetry, to the abandonment of excess brain activity, in order to enjoy heart-felt observation and to allow wisdom to emerge out of the converged energies of oneself and the Earth-Cosmos.   

It was how he grew up, barefoot running wild across the lakeland, craggy fells.    What bliss, especially then.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.    Helen Keller

Our oral, aural and visual senses have infinitely greater potential to perceive, inhale and begin to know more than we can currently grasp.   

The meandering meadows remind me of my own childhood when I’d be out all day till dusk exploring and learning.   An unrestricted time, it felt.



Nowadays, leaving aside distractions would mean freedom from the deleterious cacophony blasted out in shops that feels like persistent pellets blasting all my cells;  EMFs, the mass use of sickly chemicals and traffic fumes.   (How I long to read WiFi-FREE instead of Free WiFi.    This will begin the nascent stages of recreating a civilised society.)

Gaining knowledge through observation has been largely lost in so many areas of life, in favour of limited analysis in a clinical laboratory.   Shamans and tribes learned by profound contemplation of events on Earth and celestial activity in the skies,  facilitating a level of cognition and deep understanding not available from the reading of books that the poet mentions.

Everything I do (by choice) is to enable me to merge more deeply with Nature. It’s an ever-increasing craving each day. 

Whether I’m gathering wild plants to eat, herbs to make infusions to drink, or to make tinctures; or singing songs to flora; practising yoga on the grass –  all initiate a deeper immersion with La Belle Verte and awareness the web of life.

One moment now may give us more
Than years of toiling reason:
Our minds shall drink at every pore
The spirit of the season.


All my naturopathic nutrition teaching, raw/wild food or Reiki tuition are also interfused with being at one with Nature because nothing is separate.  When we attune trees and connect our own chi/prana/kundalini with the Divine Source of Reiki energy, our own energy fields expand.

Photography is a portal through which I lose time and space to be in the eternity with the plants and listen to their messages before I harvest any; and before I photograph them.     Sometimes the plants call me to photograph them.  “Over here! Take us!”

Photography (and painting) enables me to become the tree, a flower, its petals, sepals, stame, stigma, its ovary for an indeterminate interval in what is called existence.

DSC02555Vivid Orange Wilde Poppies crinkled like silk taffeta!

Just for this spell, my soul-spirit leaves my body. 

When I return to my physical self, there is stillness all around.   I am at peace, at one with myself and The All That Is; with awareness of the tiny worlds within worlds of a raindrop.

DSC02441So many on one leaf!   One on the stem dancing!

Mitakuye Oyasin All Are One

The observer changes the observed, quantum physicists report.    It is also the case that we pick up energy observed, or by osmosis, from others.  For example: stress: fear, grief (on a mass scale), anxiety, depression can be conveyed.  Or, positively: happiness, joy, laughter and Love – which are certainly contagious.  Whatever is uppermost in our minds becomes our world.  That which we meditate upon, magnifies.  

With our thoughts we make the world.    Siddhārtha Gautama, Buddha

After the extraordinarily intense, global planetary conditions beginning in April 2014, we really need this restorative connection with Nature.       Empaths especially, and for all it is a time of pause, reflection and release, totally letting go.    Many are still reeling from its influences.

My feeling is that situations and relationships in particular, are up for greater awareness, integrity and deeper truth.          Nothing may ever be the same again, and that’s a good thing!   Let’s trust that it will develop better than ever.

DSC02317Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

Paganus, later pagan, originally meant a rustic, bucolic, a peaceful non-combatant, a country person.

Long may you wander in wildness and frivol in freedom!

Dawn, Paganus (in the City)  x

No joyless forms shall regulate
Our living calendar:
We from to-day, my Friend, will date
The opening of the year.
Love, now a universal birth,
From heart to heart is stealing,
From earth to man, from man to earth:
It is the hour of feeling.
One moment now may give us more
Than years of toiling reason:
Our minds shall drink at every pore
The spirit of the season.
Some silent laws our hearts will make,
Which they shall long obey:
We for the year to come may take
Our temper from to-day.
And from the blessed power that rolls
About, below, above,
We’ll frame the measure of our souls:
They shall be tuned to love.  William Wordsworth
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