February is going to be a month of walking our talk and making steady progress towards the beautiful new world that we have envisioned in the last period.
We hope you set powerful intentions with the new moon of January 28th – did you read our post about it?

January has been a month of introspection, of facing our fears – many have been snowed in, there have been earthquakes and avalanches in Italy (not in the area we live in), demonstrations of women all over the world (and especially in the United States – a very good thing) and climate-changes warning orchestrated by the main stream media have been heard, too. The world keeps turning while some people are awakening and some are still asleep.

We have had time to reflect, meditate and study, while tending the fire in the stove that keeps us warm in two rooms that we currently inhabit: as you might already know, we started living in Italy, where we bought a piece of land with a small country house that needs some restructuring (read more at http://www.sanctuaryofjoy.org/en/sanctuary-of-joy-new-home-in-italy/ ). For now we have only one part on the ‘casale’ that we live in as it can be kept warm and stays dry. We can also cook on that stove, and it’s delicious.

Someone commented on one of our previous posts that she imagines our new home being like a fairy-tale and we can confirm that it is largely like that, especially when you consider that the house is small also in height and the doors are tiny, it does have a Snow-White-and-the-seven-dwarves vibe to it for sure.

We do have technological comfort, anyhow: we have drinkable water, a solar panel gives us electricity for lights, a small fridge, for charging phones and laptops, and we have subscribed to a mobile internet plan. For our larger electrical loads (i.e. washing machine) we do have a generator that can be turned on only when needed, but we plan to increase the amount of solar panels to supply enough green power as soon as possible, to further reduce our impact on the environment.

We have been living in this new place for less than a couple of months and, as you can imagine, we still have lots to do. Our stuff and belongings are, for their great part, not moved yet and waiting (in a storage space in the Netherlands) for the new house to be fully ready. Winter is not a time when you can get a lot of restructuring work done anyhow. Hence, on that front, progress was slow: in the cold you rather snuggle in bed, read books and write, right? That’s what we have done. We also did quite a bit of writing and posting on our blog about some interesting topics and facts spanning culture, history and spirituality (check out the archive page for January if you have not read those) and Jyothi has passed two more exams of her naturopathy studies, plus of course we kept the house going, the wood chopped, everybody has been fed, the kids have studied, customers have been helped, etc.

Last but not least, just at the end of the month we sold the house in the Netherlands, so that we can fully let go of the past and dive into the next phase of our move with full focus.

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