• Jackie Evancho: The Lord's Prayer

  • Emily Dickinson

    A something in a summer’s Day

    As slow her flambeaux burn away

    Which solemnizes me.

     

    A something in a summer’s noon —

    A depth — an Azure — a perfume —

    Transcending ecstasy.

     

    And still within a summer’s night

    A something so transporting bright

    I clap my hands to see —

     

    Then veil my too inspecting face

    Lets such a subtle — shimmering grace

    Flutter too far for me —

     

    The wizard fingers never rest —

    The purple brook within the breast

    Still chafes it narrow bed —

     

    Still rears the East her amber Flag —

    Guides still the sun along the Crag

    His Caravan of Red —

     

    So looking on — the night — the morn

    Conclude the wonder gay —

    And I meet, coming thro’ the dews

    Another summer’s Day!

     

     

     


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Creating a Structure of Living that Supports an Inner Life

October 30, 2011 By: Michael Nagel

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 »

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Your Vastu Zone of Tranquility

October 12, 2011 By: Joelle St. James

“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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Life’s Trump Card

September 28, 2011 By: Michael Nagel

Imagine you’re playing a card game. A very unusual card game. Matter of fact, it’s a game you play every day. It’s called, “Life”. Every day, you’re dealt the cards of your life situation. Every day the same other player wins. Here’s today’s play.

The cards are dealt: today’s life situation.

The first player throws out a judgment. “It shouldn’t be like this!”

The next player tosses in an expectation. “I’m disappointed.”

The third player slams down an argument. Read more »

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TRICKS

September 20, 2011 By: Samantha

Standing in the hot gym was routine to me. I have been doing gymnastics for all my life. The only problem was that, being on vacation in Florida, I wasn’t in my gym. I actually enjoyed the experience with the new team, but over all, I have to give it to the coach, Ashley. Ashley had long curly hair, black as night, and brown sparkly eyes that smiled whenever Ashley did.

She was nice and I liked her except in this one situation in which all good thoughts toward her were erased as she stood in the middle of the worn gray-blue floor, beckoning me to my doom. “Its one skill,” she shouted from the middle of the floor. Read more »

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Looking for Direction in All the Wrong Places

September 06, 2011 By: Michael Nagel

I work with many intelligent people. Despite their intelligence, often they are stymied by dilemmas with which they have struggled in thought – often for a very long time. Occasionally I may remark, “With your obvious intelligence and with all your thinking about this, if you haven’t yet arrived at answer, perhaps it might be because you’ve been searching for your answer in the wrong place.”

Such dilemmas remind me of the crazy wisdom teacher, Nasruddin, an Islamic character whose humorous exploits are spiritual teachings with many depths of meaning. Let me paraphrase one of my favorite Nasruddin stories, for it may suggest an answer to such getting stuck. Read more »

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Divine Nourishment as a Healing Practice – Why it is essential

August 29, 2011 By: Mary Lane

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Our Mother Earth brings love to us through the food and our sensual experiences. Without this we could not have a human experience. Without the human experience, our soul could not grow and evolve.

Eating is a sacred act. Something living dies, we take it into our bodies, and it becomes part of us as we become part of it. Plant or animal, hunted, gathered, or bought in the supermarket, this exchange and balance creates the interconnectedness in the physical realm and allows the natural world to continue.

To treat the act of cooking and eating as a chore is a denigration of the love from our Mother, plants and animals. Eating is one of the most basic acts of self-nourishment and honoring of one’s life. It is a necessary step toward self-love and wholeness. When we nourish ourselves with gratitude according to deep wisdom of nature, we are returning this love and respect by honoring our life as sacred and interconnected with all there is. By nourishing ourselves nature’s way we are given a map to live by that honors and unites life, death, light, dark equally. It gives us the tools to receive the gifts of both sides to grow and evolve. Read more »

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Ayurvedic Massage

August 20, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi

You may have read about Ayurveda and Ayurvedic massage in popular magazines. Perhaps you’ve taken a “Constitutional Quiz” to find out if you are Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. So, what does it mean? How can knowing this help?

Ayurveda is the 5000 year-old, tried and true holistic healing system of India. Each person is evaluated for the conditions of their health and their lifestyle is assessed as an individualized picture concerned with finding the causes for imbalances that causes unease in the body.

Ayurvedic massage plays an important part in this system of health. So much so, that it has captured the imagination of the American massage community. K.P. Khalsa says, “It’s a bounty of outstanding, effective, thoroughly proven techniques that help people get healthy and stay healthy.”
Ayurvedic massage is an integral part (along with diet and lifestyle) of an Ayurvedic treatment plan. Daily oil massage is believed to be indispensible to good health. Newborns and their mothers are given massage. Massage is considered to be essential to keeping the body supple, strong and in good working condition during the productive middle years. For the aging, warm oil massage relieves stiffness and drying and promotes vigor. All people are encouraged to do daily warm oil massage. It produces a healthy body, glowing appearance and a happy mind.
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5 Steps to Help Shoppers Get Out of Debt

August 07, 2011 By: Janna Chin

Do you use shop therapy to feel better when you’re depressed? When you see something you want, do feel the need to buy it as if driven by an unseen force? Are you over your head in debt but keep on shopping anyway? Is your spending affecting your relationships and personal life? Do you find yourself feeling depressed and guilty after a big shopping spree?

If you have all or a few of the signs above, you may be a compulsive spender or “shopaholic”.

Psychologists have defined the compulsive spender as a person who occupies so much time shopping or thinking about shopping that it affects their life in an adverse way. This can lead to broken relationships, low self esteem, depression and guilt. Psychologists have also said that guilty feelings actually make the problem worse, turning it into a vicious cycle. Compulsive shoppers try and soothe the guilt and depression by going out and shopping….again.

Luckily, if you are a compulsive shopper, you are not alone. There are groups and meetings that can help support you in your endeavor to stop compulsive spending. I’ve also put together some tips to help you get your shopping under control.

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Coffee Magic from the Woods

July 25, 2011 By: Mary Lane

 

I am a classic witch in the woods. You have to drive up a windy dirt road to get to my home. No neighbors in sight, although they are tucked away here and there so that I have community. Outside, medicine is growing everywhere; inside it is drying everywhere. When I’m not playing with my herbs I am gardening, gathering wild mushrooms or other seasonal bounty, cooking, writing, sitting around the fire, hanging with other women. I sleep with my cat who is a dainty, fierce, huntress that is shamelessly adored by me and everyone else who happens to come to my home.

Several years ago I was told that coffee trashes my kidneys. Knowing that they support the amount of sexual energy, (Qi) I have, I knew immediate action was required. That was one thing I wasn’t willing to compromise. I found a basic recipe for an herbal coffee substitute, played around with some roots from my yard, added a little local honey and dark chocolate and magically came up with a decoction that is a powerful tonic for the liver, kidneys and heart while building the blood and Qi. Add a little cream and you have a delicious latte. How’s that for a little magic? I hope you enjoy it!

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3 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination & Increase Productivity

July 11, 2011 By: Janna Chin

Do you find yourself procrastinating and avoiding things you know you should be doing? Does procrastination get in the way of your peace of mind and livelihood?

Procrastination is something that we all do to one extent or another. We’ve all been there. We put off tasks or projects that we’re not excited about until the last minute. Meanwhile, our “to do list” gets out of control, everything piles up, and we feel so stressed out we want to scream, “Calgon take me away!”

Why Do We Procrastinate?

Procrastination helps us to avoid unpleasant activities we don’t want to do. Procrastination allows us to temporarily enjoy an escape from dreaded tasks by creating a distraction, giving us the illusion of relief. Unfortunately, procrastination tricks us into thinking that we can relax and enjoy ourselves; when in reality, our stress and tension only continues to build.

Procrastination the Productivity Buster

Procrastination affects your time management and productivity for several reasons. Procrastination causes you to feel guilty and weighs you down. It’s a heavy feeling on your shoulders that takes up unneccssary energy that you could be using to bring in more money for your business. Guilt can cause physical illnesses, anxiety, and depression. It affects your mindset and tricks you into thinking and feeling like you’re “not good enough.”

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – Don Marquis

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