“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -h.d.thoreau


You have just stumbled upon the particular parts of my brain (and heart and soul) that I call ruminature.

I’ve been practicing the art of ruminature since the beginning. I don’t think it was something I started but simply how I arrived. If you look for it, there is always a beautiful meaning, an answer to your question, just around the corner. IF you look. And Stop. Breathe. Step back. Go out into the woods, onto the mountain top, lie down in the grass, dip your toes into the soft sand of the salty ocean, breathe the open air. It’s all there. Everything you want to know.

I’ve been collecting “ruminature” thoughts and ideas all of my life, but it was just recently my soul split wide open after some life shattering pain, and somehow in that journey it led me to a different freedom I wasn’t expecting. I honestly already thought I had it, thought I knew it, I taught it for goodness sake! And that is freedom to truly be your Self. To live in connection to your highest self without fear. So that’s what I’m doing now, in sharing my ruminations.

~Elizabeth, Asheville, NC, July 2017


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