Catrien Ross on Celebrating ALLIA, April and All Things Spring in Yamanashi, Japan

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 - 8 Comments

How did the month of April unfold for you?

As Henry David Thoreau observed, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Celebration or connection is in the eye that beholds.

Commiseration or complaint is a matter of the heart’s perception.

For me, in this year’s natural rhythms, April was a month of celebrations.

Celebrating ALLIA:

My friend Orna Ross, the Irish writer and poet, launched The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLIA) at the London Book Fair on April 18. The launch was followed by an inaugural meeting of the Irish branch in Dublin on April 24.

Orna is a best-selling novelist turned indie publisher who founded ALLIA as a global, non-profit, collaborative collective of independent self-publishing writers.

I am delighted to be the community builder for ALLIA in Japan and you can see for yourself what the celebration is all about by visiting ALLIA’s website at

All the best to you and ALLIA, Orna!

Congratulations to my dear friend Hans for celebrating 84 years of firmly sensing nature’s rhythms and cycles. Hans, also known as Dr. Johann G. Laetz, serves as the wise and compassionate Oracle for Energy Doorways.

Happy Birthday, Hans!

A pat on the back to myself on the formal approval of my doctoral dissertation. I am now Catrien Ross, D.Th.

Given my cross-cultural background, it is not surprising that my spiritual perspective is broad and deep, apart from any organized religion or creed.

I celebrate intrinsic spirituality and healing, awareness of nature’s rhythms and intelligence, and women’s wisdom.

Congratulations to me!

Celebrating April:

As in … the little wild boar who decided to make a home with us.

As in … the Australian client who made a first trip ever to Japan to take sessions in personal energy dynamics with me and the deep shifts that unfolded at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Celebrating All Things Spring:

As in … picking baby ostrich fern from the banks of the mountain stream alongside the house and enjoying the fresh, mineral tang of the curled fiddleheads.

As in … harvesting an abundance of shiitake mushrooms from our logs, with warm memories of Barbara from Scotland, who helped prepare the logs three years ago.

As in … savoring the scent of plum blossoms in the early morning air.

How about your celebrations of April and all things Spring?

And how will May unfold for you?

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8 Responses to “Catrien Ross on Celebrating ALLIA, April and All Things Spring in Yamanashi, Japan”

  1. In spring one inhales to the height of summer where the full breath is savored to its glorious peak of ultimate fulfillment, bearing the tranformational fruition of an exhale that seeds the earth with an ever uplifting atmosphere that completes a cycle culminating in the peaceful nature of winter stillness. The beauty of this breath of life then celebrates every season in this timeless and yet unchanging moment.

    Greetings from the Emerald State at its Greenest.

    • Catrien Ross says:

      Dear Bernie:

      For bringing your deep sensory awareness here again, thank you so much.

      For your beautiful images and reminders, many thanks.

      I knew about the Emerald Isle, now I know about the Emerald State.

      The hills here are at their rare greenest now – a kaleidoscope of seasonal celebration that can only be savored in spring.

      As you say, “the beauty of this breath of life …”

      Morning greetings to you from the foot of Mount Fuji – Catrien.

  2. Hilary says:

    Hi Catrien .. made it – I’ll subscribe and then keep up .. glad to see Bernie is here ..

    Your celebrations sound wonderful – all of them .. congratulations to you Dr Ross! Then Hans – Happy Birthday and many more ahead. And the Allia group set up by your friend Orna ..

    Then nature offering us so much as summer approaches .. it has sent us rain – maybe not the right sort, but it sure helps.

    Great to be here – see you soon .. cheers Hilary

    • Catrien Ross says:

      Dear Hilary:

      Congratulations to you, too, on completing your A-Z of castles blog posts series!

      Thank you for dropping in here after your major alphabetical feat.

      It is wonderful to see you again and I look forward to hearing your voice.

      Now that you have done what you needed to with castles in Britain, what’s next on your journey?

      Heavy rain here in the mountains this morning – a new rush of green will spring – as you commented, “nature offering us so much…”

      Morning greetings from the spring hills in Japan – Catrien.

  3. As in … savoring the scent of plum blossoms in the early morning air

    Is there anything on earth so delicate and heaven “scent?” Their subtle fragrance and energy greets me every morning.

    Another such scent that instantly melts me, is a few crushed needles from an alpine fir. Simple gifts like these are an enticement from the earth; an invitation to stop, indulge, appreciate, and merge. So beautiful.

    Catrien, Big kudos to you on your doctoral achievement. Very cool 🙂 My April was great. Spring is so powerful in such a small way. Everything big and strong and magnificent is beginning again — in tiny green shoots and delicate blossoms — aided by the sun, the winds, and our friends the bees. I love it.

    Stay well,

  4. Catrien Ross says:

    Dear John:

    Good morning – how wonderful to see you here!

    Thank you for your celebratory words and sharing of beloved scents.

    Delighting my scent with the flowers of spring is among the deepest joys of this season.

    Your evocative words: “everything big and strong and magnificent is beginning again – in tiny green shoots and delicate blossoms …”

    I love it, too.

    After days of heavy rain the mountain is wet with soaked scent. Aided by the sun, which is peeking out today, spring scents will rise again to delight the senses.

    Yes, be well and blossoming, John – Catrien.

  5. Liara Covert says:

    I am continually amazed by the local lemon trees and other varieties that produce flowers and fruit all year round. Mother Nature is continuing to show me that the boundaries of seasons and months are blurring. Changeable temperatures mean I can experience four seasons in one day. Good thing I dress in layers!The quieter I am, the elss distinctions I notice and the more I see.

  6. Catrien Ross says:

    Dear Liara:

    Just came in from playing with the little wild boar (at her behest) under the light of tonight’s so-called super moon. Bright and big.

    Thank you for your comment. It was suddenly cool under the moon after a warm day – we had to add another layer.

    Yes, quietly under the clarity of the moon, so much could be seen – and sensed.

    Evening greetings to you from the mountains – Catrien.

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