A Magical Time

The Holidays and all of their hustle and bustle are almost upon us.  Now is a wonderful time to take a moment or two to contemplate this particular time of year before getting to busy. I read an article that explained this idea so well.  I hope you enjoy the excerpt I have included here.

WELCOME TO ALL THE RICH DARKNESS

R.Rose shares some lovely thoughts     November 1st, 2017
“As Autumn closes in, and winter begins, the ‘veil’ between the worlds is said to be thinnest. And this can be an invitation to look back, and remember that we are not living our lives alone, but we are part of a long, long line, full of human story. History, and herstory. Stories we can draw from. 

Take time to pause, and honour the line of people who came before you, if that feels right. 

It’s a magical time, the light finally giving in to the dark. We are entering the darkest, coldest phase of the year. Autumn is ending, winter is beginning. Knowing that we need the dark as much as the light – in all things – we can choose to embrace it wholeheartedly. The light will return in Spring, and for now, we can welcome the opportunity to journey inwards a while, carving out time to hibernate, and to rest, as our modern lives plough on relentlessly, as our Earth slows and cools. Our Earth, tipping herself into balance. We can tip, too. 

Cycles, always – all ways.

Trees are burying their final leaves, and we had our first frost yesterday. I woke to the early morning to the hum of a car engine, heaters on. So longing are we for warmth and light that we have even changed the clocks again. An extra hour of light in the morning, for a week or two. The cycles of the natural world peeking in to our lives unseen, almost.

The joy of it is – even though we spend much of the year feeling cold about the return of winter – we do greet it with great celebration, candles lit for ancestors across cultures, and – in England – an evening of frosty bonfires with loved ones this week, we do mark the beginning of winter with huge celebration, with fire, and with light. Quite the party, really.

So, here’s a welcome to all souls, a welcome to this opportunity to remember and honour our roots. Light a candle and let it burn, if that feels right, and pause a while. And here’s a welcome to winter. Welcome to all the rich darkness you bring, time for reflection, curling up, and excuses to be cosy. Light a fire, and allow the embers to warm the bones that have carried you this year.”

So with renewed warmth and spirit, we move forward into celebrating our various holiday traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change of Seasons

Well, I had started a blog to post about the upcoming eclipse, but I didn’t finish it.

So here we are, riding that eclipse energy of change right up to the change of seasons and the upcoming Autumnal Equinox.  “The equinox occurs on Friday Sept. 22nd at 1:02 pm (West Coast).  The sun will rise and set exactly in the east and west.  It will move in a laser-straight line across the sky. It’s a time of precision and a good time to contemplate the idea of equality.”*

Fall has always been my favorite season.  The changing colors are glorious!  The busy-ness of summer slows down, the very air smells different and turns cool and crisp, the harvest of the gardens, fields and orchards comes to a celebratory finish.

Our energies shift as well.  We begin to turn inwards, we start to think of cozy places indoors and lovely warm foods – soups, stews, baked apples, warm bread.

In the shop we have a versatile Food Mill and a Vegetable Chopper to help with your preserving and cooking.  Some wonderful Gardener’s Salve to refresh your hands after harvesting or cleaning up your yard.  And beautiful stone or salt candle holders to warm your home.

Welcome Autumn!

 

*from This Week’s Amazing Sky in the Farmer’s Almanac.

 

 

 

Centered Lifestyle

Here at Inner Oasis we carry a variety of products.  We have two distinct groups of items: Metaphysical and Kitchenware.

We are often asked why we have two seemingly diverse sections. “Why aren’t you just a New Age Metaphysical store? Why don’t you just sell kitchen and household items?”

The usual answer is that we like to have a little something for a broad range of people.

The other day I was talking to someone I hadn’t seen in awhile and I mentioned that I am now working at a shop on Third Street called Inner Oasis.  She was intrigued by the name and wanted to know what we sell. So I gave the usual answer –  “We sell metaphysical items and kitchenware”.  She said -“So, your store nourishes the body and the spirit.”

I loved her response!  It was so simple, so direct and so Right!  I don’t know why that hadn’t occurred to me, but it didn’t.  That said, it will be my response from now on.

At Inner Oasis we aim for a relaxed, healing environment.  We carry gifts for the soul, items to inspire and tools to help.

The goal of our kitchenware is help make cooking healthier and easier.     In particular, the Lekue Products for the microwave, save more nutrients by using less water and shorter cooking times.  And on these hot summer days, spending less time with the oven and/or stove heating up the kitchen is a great bonus!

Our Salt Lamps, Incense, Stones and Singing Bowls help create a serene and centered atmosphere.

The soaps and lotions from R&J Riverbrooke Farm are gifts for the senses.

We also carry jewelry and other items to enable you to enhance your energy and lift your spirit wherever you go.

Have a Joyful Day.

Hello May

Take a look at our specials, just in time for Mother’s Day.

May is here and we have lots of things on sale, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Our Lekue Pasta Cookers, Bacon Cookers, Small & Large Deep Steamers, Small & Large Roaster/Steamers and Small & Large Regular Steamers are now 30% off.

 

The Lekue Spring Form Quiche Pans, Spring Form Cheese Cake Pans, Bread Makers, Jelly Roll Kits and Macaroon Kits are now 25% off.

 

These purchases come with Free Gifts while supplies last.

The Roaster/Steamer’s are also wonderful baking pans.  The large size even fits in my toaster oven.  I used the Roaster/Steamer to bake brownies and cornbread and they both turned out beautifully!


Don’t forget that Saturday May 6 is Lemonade Day!  So keep an eye out for Lemonade Stands in your neighborhood and downtown on 3rd Street.