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10 Ways to Find Joy When You Think Life Sucks #6

November 30, 2010 By: celedra Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


#6. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but just haven’t done yet.

Climbing a mountaintop, running a 10K, learning how to ice skate?  How about writing your memoir?    Just in case that’s the one,  Roger Housden will be doing a teleseminar here in January.  What a great way to start the New Year.  No matter what it is, there is something so vitalizing about expanding ourselves, getting out of our ruts and connecting with the part of ourselves that wants to grow through adventure into unknown and yet undiscovered experiences. Read more »

Anointing for the Journey

November 29, 2010 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit


Last rites have been performed as a ceremony of anointing for thousands of years, and as a method of preparing one to let go of the body and transcend the human experience. There is an inherent remembrance in our soul of the fragrances that have been used to assist us in preparing for this sacred journey, and the mere aroma of some of the ancient sacred oils, can help the body relax and bring peace to the body, mind and soul. Read more »

Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer

November 25, 2010 By: admin Category: Mind Body Spirit, Poetry


We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.

We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supplies us with water.

We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.

We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and squash, which give us life.

We return thanks to the bushes and trees, which provide us with fruit.

We return thanks to the wind, which, moving the air, has banished diseases.

We return thanks to the moon and the stars, which have given us their light when the sun was gone.

We return thanks to our grandfather He-no, who has given to us his rain.

We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.

Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.

4 Easy Steps to Get Over Perfectionism

November 23, 2010 By: Janna Chin Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


Are you a perfectionist? Is the need for other people’s approval a driving force in all that you do? Do you feel like nothing is ever good enough?

While some aspects of being a perfectionist are healthy, feeling the obsessive need to be perfect with everything can negatively affect our self-esteem and livelihood. Although feeling like we’re not good enough maybe a familiar feeling, feeling unworthy and never good enough can be unhealthy as a lifestyle. Read more »

My Green Drink Just Got Better

November 22, 2010 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food


I’m here in Fort Lauderdale helping my brother recuperate from knee replacement surgery. How amazing that they just go in, make an 8 inch incision and insert a new titanium knee. He is 4 days post -op and already walking a mile. Do I dare say he is feeling so good because he’s been drinking a super green drink every morning and, yes, eating kale salad for lunch? Read more »

Autumn Mindfulness

November 19, 2010 By: Chiron Armand Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


We haven’t raked the yard yet and, for once, I’m liking the look of our lawn. Though my memory is filled with years of leaf-draped landscape, I can’t seem to remember actually watching the foliage fall. Silent and peaceful in its descent, I wonder how conscious its progenitors might be of each singular exfoliation. To be honest, I wonder if it hurts. Read more »

Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Oil Massage

November 18, 2010 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit


Wonderfully relaxing and energizing at the same time, a daily oil massage with warm oil is easy to do and takes only about 30 minutes.  You can do it at home in the morning and reap the benefits all day or linger at night and count on getting a good night’s sleep! Read more »

Embracing the Sacred Feminine

November 17, 2010 By: Mary Lane Category: Awakening Feminine, Feminine Wisdom


I follow the rhythm and flow of the seasons. It has been a powerful way to acquaint myself with the Sacred Feminine in her vastness and multitude of manifestations. It supports me to see myself reflected through the eyes of nature as a mirror. Read more »

Growing a Heart of Wisdom part 2: Calling the Names

November 16, 2010 By: Sherry Ruth Anderson Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Sherry Anderson


Settling into my window seat on a short flight from Amsterdam to Frankfurt, I end up deep in conversation with a man in horn rims sitting next to me. I’d intended to hide behind the pages of the Herald Tribune but couldn’t resist his open, almost eager face. He’s Greek, he told me, a music professor fresh from teaching in Brooklyn and on his way to Frankfurt to learn how to conduct an orchestra. He tells me his name, Nichos something, and asks for mine. Sherry, I say.   Read more »

10 Ways to Find Joy When You Think Life Sucks #5

November 15, 2010 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit


#5. Find enough “Happy Songs”  to fill up a CD , get them on your ipod /phone and walk around listing to them – Warning! Singing will add Extreme Joy.

Oh, I love my Happy Songs CD.  Some days, when I get that funky feeling that seems to just plop itself right inside of me, I pick up my iphone, put on my running shoes, stick in those ear plugs and off I go. Read more »

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