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What price to wear a mask of youth?

January 28, 2011 By: celedra Category: Aging With Grace and Glory

Mask of Youth

Years ago I wrote my dissertation on “Grandparenting as a Path of Consciousness”.  I was 50 something. Today, I would write it on “Aging as a Path of Consciousness”.    I’m not sure yet what  “aging as a path of consciousness” means exactly, but I am on a journey to find out.

So, I am asking women.  What often comes up when we talk about aging is “do we or don’t we get  some kind of aesthetic enhancement?”.   Are we “conscious” if we don’t and “unconscious” if we do? Certainly we are faced with decisions that didn’t exist for our grandmothers – I almost said ‘superficial’ decisions.   Read more »

Detoxification – for radiant skin and long life

January 26, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit


In addition to the external toxins that assault the body daily, our own bodies produce toxins, called metabolic waste products as a result of digestion and respiration. Although many mainstream doctors feel that the body is capable of detoxifying itself without “intervention,” we are impacted by many more pollutants than ever before.

In 2000, the Environmental Working Group and Commonweal began the Human Toxome Project to analyze human tissues for chemicals that enter the body. Utilizing the latest technology, the project thus far has shown that all 75 participants ranging in age from newborn to the elderly tested positive for a combined total of 455 out of 528 chemicals.

As the skin is the largest organ of the body, it is imperative that we are conscious of what we put on it. That includes some of the more “technologically advanced” ingredients touted by many skin care lines. It is tempting to grab a bottle of the “latest, greatest” product with the “latest, greatest” ingredient(s), but “buyer beware.”

Most molecules are too small to penetrate the skin, (And do you really want them penetrating deeply into the skin?), some ingredients (Vitamin C) are highly unstable and lose any effectiveness they might have had very quickly, and some ingredients actually cancel out their effectiveness by being utilized together. Be a knowledgeable consumer and don’t be taken in by the “hype premium.”

There are many different methods of detoxifying – from merely eliminating the obvious toxic contenders from our body to the most extreme case of water fasting, the latter of which has resulted in death if not medically supervised.

Certain asanas in yoga (see this newsletter’s article on “twists”) help the natural detoxification process by increasing circulation, compressing and twisting organs, and encouraging relaxation.

One needs to know that extremities of any kind are considered stressful from the Ayurvedic standpoint and therefore not encouraged. In Ayurveda, the treatment of Panchakarma is utilized to release physical and emotional toxicity, restoring the body’s natural balance and health.

A conservative, environmentally friendly approach is to eat organically as much as possible starting with animal products (including dairy) that are free from antibiotics, hormones and ideally as cruelty free as possible. Eating less animal food is always a good idea… moving toward organic fruits and vegetables is a close second. It costs more but in the long run, your life is worth the investment.

Many skin diseases, on some level, can be attributed to accumulated toxins and until a person is willing to go beyond the external remedies, there can be no permanent change. This includes dietary changes as well as a “mental fast.” You must consistently cleanse, nourish, and lubricate the body internally as well as externally if you want to have truly flawless and radiant skin and hair. REMEMBER, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT– OR DON’T EAT!

A Brief for the Defense – Jack Gilbert

January 25, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom, Uncategorized

Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship
anchored late at night in the tiny port
looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
is three shuttered cafés and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
all the years of sorrow that are to come.

Jack Gilbert was born in Pittsburgh. He is the author of the recent, Refusing Heaven as well as The Great Fires: Poems 1982—1992; Monolithos, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Views of Jeopardy, the 1962 winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He has also published a limited edition of elegiac poems under the title Kochan. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Gilbert lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Daily Wisdom

January 24, 2011 By: celedra Category: Daily Wisdom

Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace.It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Wanting What We Love

January 20, 2011 By: Chiron Armand Category: Daily Wisdom, Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


My friend has a saying that she’s adopted recently: “Greed is when you want something you don’t love.” I liked the foundation of the idea but struggled with its broader applications. We all want things – so MANY things, in fact. Must love really be the root of all those desires?

To put her bold statement to the test, I started with Fun. I’m such a big proponent of Fun that I generally keep my distance from things that don’t have the potential to include it in some way. It’s something that girls just wanna have, seemingly without rhyme or reason, but it’s obviously a fundamental aspect of the lives we dream of having. Read more »

Daily Wisdom

January 18, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

Heal, Nourish, and Honor the Sacred Feminine Within

January 18, 2011 By: Mary Lane Category: Awakening Feminine, Feminine Wisdom


I thought about this not so great, but noble attempt, seven layer dinner my Mother use to make when I was a kid. It came to me as I witnessed my travels this winter. My top layer being the defenses I created over my lifetime that would support me to survive. This is quite a hard shell that not only doesn’t allow others to feel my vulnerability, but it doesn’t even allow me to feel it. Finding my way through that maze of constructs has been years in the making.

I drop to a deeper layer on this journey. One by one the old worn out beliefs that lie beneath the outer crust of my defenses come forward. It is obvious the defense layer is to protect me from the pain and grief that is woven amongst these old beliefs. Read more »

Daily Wisdom

January 16, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be – don’t try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.


Daily Wisdom

January 14, 2011 By: admin Category: Daily Wisdom

What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present, and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?

A Course in Miracles

The Matter of Growing Old part 1: Is There a Map?

January 14, 2011 By: Sherry Ruth Anderson Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Sherry Anderson


About half way through what I was calling My Year of Living Dangerously—the year I thought might last forever with me languishing gloriously on the sofa reading novels and watching the wind shake through the poplars across the street—the matter of Growing Old came knocking on my door. It wasn’t what you might expect—some bad news thing about a fall or the death of a dear friend or discovering overnight that I had developed jowls. It was a call, a wake up and show up and pay attention call that I had not anticipated at all. Read more »

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