Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rest in Eternal Peace, Wayne Dyer

I am still in shock and deep grief ...
at the death of one of my favorite 
inspirational teachers
...as are many.

As I read the words of others,
I only begin to understand the depth
with which he helped to change the universe.

He touched so many people
looking for answers and trying to find their way,
helping them to recognize their own power
to make their own change. 

The above quote that I found from OmTimes
and put over the beauty of Mt. Shasta,
one of my favorite mountains,
I think best describes his mission,
his loving way of helping others. 

A gracious soul,
a transforming beam of love and light 
to all he reached.

May eternity bless you 
for all you have been and shared. 
And may the magnificent shooting star of your life
continue to sprinkle miracle dust over us.
And you...

May you rest in beautiful peace.

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Palais des Papes, Avignon

We're touring a little piece of Provence history today
at the papal palace in Avignon,
the capital of the Vaucluse department in southern France.

This medieval, gothic fortress and palace,
once the seat of Christianity 
and known as one of the greatest examples of Gothic style, 
was begun in 1252.

Clement V made it his home in 1309...

...moving the Papal Court to Avignon
 thus creating a period known as the Avignon Papacy
which lasted not quite 70 years
when the Popes returned to Rome in 1377. 

But the antipopes moved in,
ending the Avignon Papacy
and creating the Papal Schism
when several announced themselves the true Pope.

(Christ carrying the cross with Sainte Catherine of Siena on the left)

I love old snapshots of history...

and these sliding media photos show the walled city
in the 1600's. 

Anyone who knows me 
knows I'm a door and window person
taking shots of them wherever I go. 

All around Avignon are murals like this one...

and on many walks in Europe
you'll find just such an elderly woman staring out her window
watching the world pass by. 

I couldn't pass up this beautiful door
with its gorgeous arch, 
cobblestone walkway
and infinity sign. 

And this one just tickled me!

Also in many European cities
one finds Virgin altars on corners of the Old Towns.

Usually holding something precious.

More photos of Provence next time. 
So much beauty...
and such history.

Happy waning summer to you!

(All Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Rosa Bonheur sur Seine

I'm pretty sure I've posted this photo before
but I love it so much I had to take another when I walked by.

Seine art.

While down there on our way through Les Berges de Seine,
Seester and I came across the shipping containers used as rental spaces
where they were having a sustainable design show.
I loved these bikes made out of wood.
The above link gives you an idea of the 
amazing things they're doing on the Left Bank these days
with all kinds of fun things for kids and adults alike. 

We went to Rosa Bonheur sur Seine
where it feels like Paris Plage without the sand.

A gorgeous, warm, sunny day
perfect for wine on the river. 

And a fantastic view!

Pull up a chair, find a spot of shade
and people-watch while sipping pink wine. 

One last look at the Seine before we move on to Provence...
next time. 

(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Marche aux Fleurs

First, a few pieces of Paris street art! 

And some interesting outdoor seating.

Walking near the Ile de la Cite,
there is a building along the Seine
that says it is the location
where Heloise and Abelard lived in 1118. 
A love story for the ages!

Further down,
my sister and I walked through the Marche aux Fleurs
which I've always wanted to do but never managed to stop in. 

Located on the Ile de la Cite since 1808,
the Marche aux Fleurs has been the home of thousands of potted flowers and plants
beneath pavillions of the 1900's-era. 

On Sundays,
it also becomes a bird market. 

This tree-lined street sits just at the Seine and the Quai de la Corse. 

The pavillion-created stalls
are filled with trinkets and eye candy
which I do wish I had gotten some photos of. 

And the beautiful art nouveau Cite metro stop sits just at the entrance.

Ma soeur noticed that someone took the time and trouble
to try to replace one of the tiles in the metro entryway
...with their own mosaic creation. 

More photos of Paris and Provence
coming up next time.

Til then,
I hope your summer is stunning and ...
a love affair for the ages! 

(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

St. Mary Magdalene Feast Day~ July 22nd

One month ago, I made my first pilgrimage.
I traveled to the South of France and while there,
 made the trek to La Sainte Baume,
the cave about 40 kilometers from Aix-en-Provence
where Mary Magdalene is said to have lived the remaining 30 years of her life.

And while there will be a more in-depth post with photos about the cave
and how she arrived there,
I thought it appropriate to at least post one photo on this day,
Mary Magdalene's Feast Day. 

We had hoped to do the Camino to 
Santiago de Compostela in Spain this spring/summer
which takes about 45 days.
Instead, being unable to make the trip this year,
 I was thrilled to make the 45 minute walk up the mountain to MM's cave, alone. 

The cave is also said to hold the relics of Mary Magdalene,
a piece of the tibia and a lock of hair
and on this day, the relics are carried through the town. 

And while these relics have made their own pilgrimages
to be greeted by thousands of followers,
they are mostly kept inside the cave
in this gorgeous reliquary
adorned with angels.

My own trek to this amazing place
has been not only about research for the novel
but my own spiritual journey,
bringing light and awareness,
honoring the sacred value of the feminine within ourselves,
our culture, our spirits, our psyches.
It is about the Divine Feminine,
about balance and wholeness,
about recognizing and acknowledging the power,
the sacredness and the necessity of the feminine as equal
and in balance with masculine energy in the world.

So in honor of Feast Day,
go out this week and do something,
create a ceremony of any kind
that symbolizes the return of feminine energy
and its balance with the masculine.

If nothing else,
go to that healing place within,
that place you know you have but have barely begun to explore,
and nurture it
in yourself...
or someone else.

(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)