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Droopy Eyelids Anyone?

February 22, 2011 By: celedra Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Mind Body Spirit


I am enthralled with aging. I wonder if this is the first time in history that women stand around at a party and so enthusiastically talk about the agony and ecstasy of it all. This actually just happened last Saturday night at a party with about seven of us all in a highly animated circle – each one gingerly pinching our sagging eyelids to see who wins “most eligible for insurance coverage due to impairment of eyesight”. We laughed hysterically. It’s not unlike that great moment with Meryl Streep in What’s Complicated when she exposes her one droopy eyelid!

I don’t remember my mother or her friends ever talking about aging. It was just the natural course of events. No one spoke about longevity, corrective surgery, raw food, HGH injections or what it would be like to live until 100. Nature seemed to simply take its course.

There is a natural evolution to life that we humans seem to keep wanting to mess with, as though we have some all-knowing wisdom only to often end up paying a big price for our meddling. For me, there seems to be a correlation between the more wrinkles I have and the more authentic I feel. And more womanly. There is undoubtedly something deep inside that is calling to be heard, that has a new voice.  Perhaps too, there is a new way to listen.

Sacred Living, Sacred Body

February 15, 2011 By: Mary Lane Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Feminine Wisdom, Mind Body Spirit


I did not honor the agility, unlimited energy and vibrancy of your youth until it was gone. I did not honor your beauty, sensuality and sexual aliveness of your maiden years until it was gone. I spent years in non appreciation of you, tried to fix you through artificial means, thinking it was your fault I didn’t love myself. Spent the following several years in self hatred for betraying you. Spent the next several years trying to rectify my past relationship with you through the food I have fed you, hoping in some small way this was enough. I feel your appreciation for this level of care as I approach the auspicious passage of my 60th birthday. You have overcome all my ignorance’s and continue to give me the ability to wake up every morning pain free with enough energy to do my hiking, gardening, dancing, living. However, am I truly honoring you enough?

You have selflessly walked with me through every step of my journey in this life, even though I have taken you for granted. Your resilience that has enabled me to come to this 60th year is no longer lost on me. I have traveled enough miles now to gain enough wisdom to know that the day will come when I have to say goodbye to you, my dearest friend that has stood by me no matter what. Without you I could not take this sacred journey, experience the many twists and turns, pleasures and pains that has allowed me to grow and evolve as a soul. Without you I could not experience myself as an expression of the Divine.

I honor my role as steward of your health knowing that every morsel of nourishment I offer you comes from our Beloved Divine Mother. You are made of her, you carry her wisdom, and you obviously carry her compassion. I will honor each breath you take knowing it has been given as a gift from spirit, so that I may know myself.

Instead of waiting until I have moved onto the next phase of my journey that does not include you I am choosing on this day, and every day to give you thanks and treat you as the Divine gift you are in every way. I will listen to your wisdom, honor your intelligence, offer you rest and care as you carry me to your last breath. And, I will celebrate you and never ever consider you “less than” because our time together is temporary. Instead I will cherish every moment we have together, “because,” our time together is temporary.

Your grateful best friend


Mary Lane is author of Divine Nourishment: A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food. Find out more at www.divinenourishment.net.

Herb of the Month – Amla

February 09, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Mind Body Spirit

Amla Herb

English Name:        Indian Gooseberry, Emblic Myrobalan
Hindu Name:        Amla
Sanskrit Name:        Amalakai
Botanical Name:    Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus emblica, Euphorbiaceae

Amla (Amalakai) is a jivaniya herb or life-giving herb.  The amla fruit and its versatile strengths are considered to work like a mother.  This nutritive plant provides extreme protection against the harshness of the environment making your hair strong and preventing premature graying.  Caring for all of your hair needs, its potent anti-oxidants provide shine and luster, while the rich mineral content prevents breakage and hair loss.

The amla fruit is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C providing the equivalent of 26 oranges, and it is said to increase vitality or rasa (the sweetness of life).  It has been known to enhance cellular growth causing the hair to grow thick and full.  It helps reduce the pitta dosha (characteristic), which in Ayurveda is the dosha that is responsible for hair loss and graying when it is out of balance.

Amla is a natural astringent and skin toner that works on both hair and skin.  It helps to promote luxuriant hair even as it controls hair loss.  It may also remove mild dandruff from hair scalp while giving body to the hair.

Amla  is one of the world’s oldest and most effective natural hair conditioners.  It provides a protective coating and helps make your hair shiny.  A good oil massage with Better Botanicals Herbal Hair Oil (with Amla) also helps stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth.

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