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Featured Artist: Brian McGilloway

March 23, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art


Brian McGilloway’s work has been featured in many national magazines including National Geographic Traveler and Travel Holiday. A graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, he is the recipient of Kodak’s prestigious Crystal Merit Award for his images of southwest China. Brian is also the Photo Editor for the adventure travel company Wilderness Travel, and has led photography workshops in Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Morocco, and Ireland. Brian says:

“I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Touchstones of the Sacred community! One of my passions is photographing people while they are connecting with the sacred world around them through prayer, meditations, dance even sports. I’m always awaiting that moment when the subject, the light, and the smallest gesture all come together in a defining moment.

I find these moments of grace in everyday life and in the simplest times; a ray or light catching a wave, a ribbon of  incense smoke, the nuance of a monk’s step, even a chaotic Balinese dance reveals itself in a split second of perfect movement color and form.”

Visit Brian’s page in our Sacred Art Gallery to see more of his enchanting photographs.


Featured Artist: Cara Gardner

March 22, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art, Uncategorized


Of her sacred art, Featured Artist Cara Gardner says:

“Creating timeless, emotional images that capture the heart of life is my passion.  I love working to preserve special moments and places around the world to share my vision of love, beauty and our interconnectedness with each other.  The emotion and spirit I work to reveal in my pictures become like prayer flags carrying the message of beauty and peace out into the world.

Whether the images are the cherished moments of a wedding ceremony, the serene reflections of light on a landscape or cultural celebrations of an exotic ancient people, they all celebrate the sacred experience of life being lived, seen and felt.  I make my living as a photographer and am every day grateful for my gift of vision.  What a blessing it is to bring such light to

people’s lives and smiles to their hearts.”

Visit Cara’s page in our Sacred Art Gallery to see more of Cara’s inspiring work.


March 22, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: About Us

It is with great joy and enthusiasm that we invite you to join in the convergence of technology and sacred living community. What do we mean?

• Imagine if, one by one, we chose to connect to the ever-present source of peace, love and gratitude within.

• And imagine then, if each of us chose to embody that pure, sacred essence and were guided by its sure and gentle current in all aspects of daily life.

We all want to deepen and touch into the sacred yet most of us feel pulled in every direction by the hectic pace of modern life and don’t feel we have time to stop and tend to our souls. Touchstones of the Sacred brings together tools, resources and sacred living touchstones that will serve you on your path whether you have five minutes, or five hours.

Our rich multi-media site is a sanctuary of peace, joy, meaning and fulfillment where you will find yourself immersed in the wisdom of diverse spiritual paths and the inspirations of everyday people.

Browsing Touchstones of the Sacred you can simply, easily and directly find the pearls of wisdom from teachers, learners and most importantly each other. We’re asking you to engage the nation with us now!

  • Join in the conversation with spiritual and yoga teachers
  • Teach us with your own sacred moments – we will share them with the world
  • Take us with you on your phone, iPod, or computer

Every aspect of our site has been curated with the highest intention. We are guided by love and compassion for humanity, reverence for the Sacred Feminine, and the understanding that world peace begins with inner peace. Take a moment. Change your life!

We can’t wait to meet you.

With love and gratitude,

Celedra Gildea
, PhD, Founder
Matsya Siosal, CEO

Inclusion: I am that too

March 03, 2010 By: Julie Clayton Category: Living with Intention, Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit


The moment the sky offers even a hint of sunshine, I hasten to my local park to revel in the luminescent bounty and to stretch my winter-weary limbs. Invariably, between the surrounding stillness and the rhythm of my breathing, I become aware that my inner voice is merrily chattering away. Loved ones, creative musings, grand visions and small miracles: a plethora of thoughts continually feature in the theater of my mind.

There was once a time when I chastised myself for this, disdaining the cacophony and likening it to the Tower of Babel. I would rein in and harness my itinerant thoughts, loyally returning to a primary precept of contemporary spiritual practice that encourages notions of stillness, being in the now, or quieting the mind.

But my unruly thoughts returned time and again. So, I stopped trying to influence them and something even more meaningful revealed itself: I discovered I could observe and witness the natural movement of my mind. What pure joy it is to be simultaneously attentive and unrestrained! When my intent is only to notice, my thoughts are nothing like babbling chaos, but more like burbling children romping in a sunlit field of daisies, and I am their proud mama.

This is something we often overlook on our spiritual path: inclusion.

Spiritual practice includes—everything.

Inclusion means:

I don’t have to endeavor to change anything; I include the thoughts or habits that I wish to be something else, as an experience of Self.

I do not have to actually “do” anything; I simply notice what I notice.

I don’t have to be other than who I am; I simply notice my impulses—and this cultivates a relationship of self-honesty.

Thich Nhat Hanh expressed this idea with four uncomplicated words:

I am that too.

I am that too is a powerful inclusion mantra, which you can silently invoke any time, for yourself or toward another. Begin with private discontents and work your way outward to other people and events. If you notice any discomfort, simply reaffirm: I am that too.

Inclusion allows self-honesty to flourish, and self-honesty leads to compassion. When you say these four words, and engage them with heartfelt intent, you can expect, at the very least, to experience a personal sense of peace and benevolence. I know I do.

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