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Embodiment

July 10, 2010 By: Miranda Macpherson Category: Living with Intention, Teachings

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What ultimately matters is what our inner awakening actually produces in the living of our everyday lives. I call this embodiment. Once we know we are love, we are peace itself, the ongoing challenge is to live from that awareness in a way that embraces all of life.

This is living with the open question: How does love and truth wish to express itself now? A life lived awake to spirit is not about walking around in a pastel vapour, but about learning to be profoundly open to whatever life brings us in each present moment. To fully be here:

Our feet firmly grounded in the body upon this earth

Our mind surrendered to its Source

Our heart wide open and undefended

Embracing all of life with equal acceptance

Letting love live and move through us

In this degree of openness, our heart and our life become a birthing chamber for profound grace. We recognize that there is literally nothing to fear, and love is free to express itself naturally in everyday ways that heal, touch, uplift and inspire everyone. Selfishness and neurosis soften to reveal natural kinship and compassion. Heaven touches earth. The sacred comes alive in the mundane.

from Awakening with Miranda

The Gift of Love

July 09, 2010 By: celedra Category: Conscious Grandparenting

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Meet Michael McAlister

July 09, 2010 By: admin Category: About Us, Teachers

Beginning in 1987, Michael began his practice and study with the Zen community at Green Gulch Farm in Sausalito, California. Over the years his journey led him to study abroad with teachers in both Thailand and Nepal, where, in addition to broadening his exposure to Buddhist teachings, he also experienced different ways of walking the Path to Spirit. While his teaching is Zen-inspired, he works to integrate several of the Nondual teachings from the contemplative traditions of Vedanta Hinduism, Christianity, Kabbalah, and Sufiism.

After becoming frustrated after college with what he came to regard as “the basic superficiality” of his life, Michael began looking for spiritual meaning that had depth and integrity. He looked into several religious practices, hoping to find deeper balance and peace in a tradition. But over time he became increasingly discouraged with the hypocrisy and the exclusivity of traditional versions of faith.

Then a friend introduced him to Zen meditation and things began to shift. Visit Michael McAlister’s page to read more about his journey and the founding of the Infinite Smile sangha.


Evolution of a Rose

July 05, 2010 By: celedra Category: Living with Intention, Poetry

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Sacred Art Contest

July 05, 2010 By: admin Category: Sacred Art

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Touchstones of the Sacred is pleased to announce our first ever Sacred Art Contest!

Artists of any type (painting, prints, sculpture, jewelry…) are encouraged to enter. Consulting poet and artist Nora Nickerson will select one outstanding piece and the winning artist will receive a free page in our Sacred Art Gallery that includes up to 9 pieces for sale (a $108 value).

Submission Guidelines

Send your name, artists’ statement and (optional) link to your website with a minimum of 3 and up to 6 photos of your work (JPG files are preferred). Email submission to matsya@celedra.com by August 31.

About Nora

Nora Nickerson has a B.A. in Art and her poetry has been published in Laughing Dog, River Poetry Anthology and Michael Palacek’s The Great American Dream. Nora has also been a featured poet in many southern Arizona venues. She has a penchant for exploring philosophy and many spiritual ideologies that has culminated in her own daily meditation practice and spiritual belief system. Her daily intention is to always remember to view the world, humanity and herself through an open mind and heart.

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Anointing and Love

July 02, 2010 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Anointing with essential oils has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years, with one of the most widely known rites being the art of perfuming as an attractant for love. While most everyone today is familiar with the use of perfume and cologne as a tool for attracting a mate, most people don’t know that essential oils were the original form of perfume.

The word perfume comes from the Latin phrase “per” meaning through, and “fumus” meaning smoke. The original form of perfume was actually incense, and has been traced back over 4,000 years to the use by Mesopotamians, who would use resins and woods to burn in their religious ceremonies. Many people would often soak the resins and woods in water, and then rub the water over their bodies anointing themselves with the fragrant waters.

The Egyptians were quite fastidious in the care of the body and used oils extensively to anoint their bodies and surrounded themselves with oils in elaborate containers. Their aromatic use of oils dates back more than 3,000 years and it was during this lavish period that essential oils made their greatest surge into everyday use. Read more »


Questions That Won’t Go Away p.2

July 01, 2010 By: Sherry Ruth Anderson Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Sherry Anderson

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When you encounter a question that won’t go away, it keeps pestering you, tapping at your inner doors and waking you too early in the morning or keeping you from sleep at night.  Sometimes, if you ignore it enough, your question will go underground.  But eventually, unless you work very hard indeed, it will begin to call you to itself until, almost without your noticing,  you will find yourself turning  towards your question like a flower growing towards sunlight.

This is true throughout our lives, of course, the part about turning towards our questions.  But somewhere in the intense busyness of raising children and finding or keeping a job and maybe a career and a marriage and remembering to have sex and keep up our friendships and get some exercise, the questions that seemed so pressing in our twenties—Who am I?  What am doing here?  Is there a life purpose that is calling me?  What’s most important?— seem to molt.  Like wild birds shedding their worn down feathers, our big questions may become flightless for decades, seeking a protected habitat in our unconscious.

But once we find ourselves living past midlife, our questions begin to poke up again.  Just pin feathers at first, soft and tentative, they come in dreams and in our small wandering thoughts.  Sprouting from what seemed to be bald or barren, full feathers of questions take shape as images or lines from poems or long forgotten memories that perplex us in unfamiliar ways.  By the time we’ve passed sixty, new questions arrive to make us delve into what it means to be growing old now, at this time in history when so much in our world has been lost and so much is calling for a wisdom we haven’t yet found. Read more »




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