• Allgemein,  Life

    Rosenrausch

    Be like a rose: blossom and let your petals dance with the wind and earth! There is no place in the world now I would rather be. Last year I missed the blooming due to post-heart surgery recovery. Grateful for every breath, I experience the life of my roses in our organic vineyards with special awareness and gratitude. Unsere Wein und Rosen sind verliebt in einander: Sie blühen zur gleichen Zeit – nämlich jetzt – und tauschen sich Geheimnisse aus, die man später im Wein schmecken kann. Wie bei der Poesie, können wir es nicht verstehen, sondern nur mit dem Herzen spüren. Die Rose erinnert uns an die Vollkommenheit, die…

  • Life

    Longing no more – the time is now

    Trust it and take the first step into a springtime we have all been waiting for. We have grown in our resilience, we are bursting out of the shell after the last six weeks. An unprecedented time, in which the whole world has been at home. Now the month of May is just around the corner with its ecstatic abundance and celebration of life force full of blossoms and perfume. The garden calls me to take off my shoes, walk on the earth and remember why I am here. The apple blossom petals are already falling from the trees, floating around me like manifold blessings. Do not be sad, they…

  • Allgemein

    Spring Awakening in the Blink of an Eye

    Yesterday was the first day of spring and the 5th day of corona lockdown. The whole world seems to be holding its collective breath. Is this the shift we have all been waiting for? Will life ever be the same? Is our long, dark winter of ignorance over? Last week I heard the ear-shattering wailing of desperation coming from deep down in the earth. It was terrifying, bewildering and liberating at the same time. Like you, I am locked down here in Austria. Day 6. Stay home, stay healthy – that´s our directive. We can move more freely than most people, since we are winemakers and have the responsibility to…

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    After the Storm

    Die Eiszeit in Mir | my Ice Age is melting The winds of approaching spring and their fury against winter are raging now in Weinviertel and most of Austria. Change often needs to be turbulent to get the job done. Tonight is new moon and there is a lot of energy whirling out there, even without Fasching, carneval time. Yesterday, between storms, I wandered through the forest in a remote area of Waldviertel. Knocked-down trees and broken branches on the ground, like brave soldiers on a battlefield, reminded me that everything is passing. The innate darkness there had given way to something lighter and clearer. The Soul of Place, or…

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    Light Your Fire 2020

    Have I been dropped from the beak of some great bird travelling Between the Worlds to fall on the earth once more? Here I am in Konak, Izmir, almost 100 years after my grandfather Ali Riza Akinci made history here in 1921. Do we have the courage now to live with our hearts wide open? What is essential to me after the Journey to Myself in 2019 which broke me into pieces. In that dark tunnel of confusion and pain I met demons and healers, all bearing the seed of love, the source of everything and nothing. Nine months of rehabilitation have strengthened my new heart and allowed me needed…

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    Farewell to Summer 2020

    Time of ripening hurry is useless look at the sky be far away from yourself Alles reift, die Vögel fliegen, dein Atem gehört nicht mal dir. Let go … August is the fastest month and races toward autumn in its thriftless, lavish manner. This year things were different. We had lots of unaccustomed rain in our Northland at the Austrian-Czechborder. I have nothing special to report. Intoxicated by the sunrises and sunsets – often celebrated with agnihotra fire ritual – I spent the days of my summer here in the vineyards. The sky embraces me and I embrace the human condition, learning every day and developing some capacity to see…