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Creating a Structure of Living that Supports an Inner Life

October 30, 2011 By: Michael Nagel Category: Daily Wisdom, Mind Body Spirit

Busy Roads 150

In my work, I get to see the underbelly of our social order: the patterns of unhappiness and hardship which we suffer alone, but which are shared by others in epidemic proportions. These are the disorders of society which breed widespread personal unhappiness.

James Hillman, Jungian analyst, alludes to just such a societal disorder when he comments that one of the hardest things which he has to treat is his clients’ schedules. Hillman notes that their schedules are their defenses against change. Said another way, your personal organizer is your defense. Your to-do list is your personal tyrant. Your busyness is your soul’s captor. We haven’t the time to allow into our lives the changes that would be a salve to our souls.

Another expression of this societal disorder is a profoundly unhappy friend who regularly works 60 to 80 hour weeks. When asked why she doesn’t refuse to work such hours, she replies, “I can’t.” She’s is afraid of losing her job, although she is losing her soul. She notes her company’s informal motto is “excellence through anxiety.” I kid you not. It reminds me of another person who mentioned his company’s informal motto is “excellence through paranoia.” Read more »

Your Vastu Zone of Tranquility

October 12, 2011 By: Joelle St. James Category: Mind Body Spirit, Uncategorized


“Your home’s Vastu impacts every area of your life. It affects whether you whether you believe in Vastu or not. Good Vastu in the places where you live and work brings good fortune. By following the principles of Vastu you can transform the quality of your life. You can change your experience and altar your destiny. With good Vastu, health, happiness and success come more easily.

 Whether you live in a simple thatched hut or a substantial estate, if it has been built according to the rules of Vastu, you will have a Heaven- a refuge from the chaos and confusion of the outer world. Nature’s bounty will flow in your life and severity will be reduced. By living and working in such an environment, nature will support you and your life will progress in a smooth and beautiful way.”

– Sri Sai Kaleshwara Swami -Victory Through Vastu

Vastu Shastra is one of the most valuable treasures of ancient India. Vastu originated in the Indian subcontinent during the times of the Vedic culture, which flourished more than 10.000 years ago. Vastu means “dwelling” and Shastra means science. Vastu is the architectural science of property and building placement, design and construction according to the eternal laws of nature. Through their exact application, Vastu creates spaces that contain true balance and harmony.

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