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The Blessing of Community

February 09, 2011 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit, Uncategorized

Waves at Sea Ranch

It is Sunday, February 6th and I am sitting in a beautiful home at the edge of the ocean at Sea Ranch in California. The weather is spectacular. The sun is glistening on the water and sends sparkles into the foam that sprays fiercely into the air from the crashing waves.

There are 24 of us here to celebrate my dear friend’s 50th birthday. We have watched sunsets together, gathered in circles, had a heart rendering ritual; we have meditated together, danced our asses off , played music, laughed hysterically, met new friends and deepened relationships.

For me, cultivating conscious community has been foundational to life. Years ago, my community become my family, then, my “real” family suddenly grew to include three consecutive years of new grandchildren and life quickly changed. I have no doubt that those years, those hundreds of circles, all the sharing from a place of ever deepening presence and vulnerability led to a growing reflection of my own true nature that has allowed me to love more completely. I saw this in them; they saw it in me and we all grew. It made me a better person, a better grandmother, a better mother, a better friend.

Community is a social construct based on a group of people coming together with shared expectations, values, beliefs and meanings. It is a coming together of kindred spirits. I delight in the fact that now, eleven years later, the space is opening again for creating community in my life and for that, I am so deeply grateful.

So much love and blessings,



March 22, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: About Us

It is with great joy and enthusiasm that we invite you to join in the convergence of technology and sacred living community. What do we mean?

• Imagine if, one by one, we chose to connect to the ever-present source of peace, love and gratitude within.

• And imagine then, if each of us chose to embody that pure, sacred essence and were guided by its sure and gentle current in all aspects of daily life.

We all want to deepen and touch into the sacred yet most of us feel pulled in every direction by the hectic pace of modern life and don’t feel we have time to stop and tend to our souls. Touchstones of the Sacred brings together tools, resources and sacred living touchstones that will serve you on your path whether you have five minutes, or five hours.

Our rich multi-media site is a sanctuary of peace, joy, meaning and fulfillment where you will find yourself immersed in the wisdom of diverse spiritual paths and the inspirations of everyday people.

Browsing Touchstones of the Sacred you can simply, easily and directly find the pearls of wisdom from teachers, learners and most importantly each other. We’re asking you to engage the nation with us now!

  • Join in the conversation with spiritual and yoga teachers
  • Teach us with your own sacred moments – we will share them with the world
  • Take us with you on your phone, iPod, or computer

Every aspect of our site has been curated with the highest intention. We are guided by love and compassion for humanity, reverence for the Sacred Feminine, and the understanding that world peace begins with inner peace. Take a moment. Change your life!

We can’t wait to meet you.

With love and gratitude,

Celedra Gildea
, PhD, Founder
Matsya Siosal, CEO

Exercise as Meditation

November 25, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


Exercise is my most important daily touchstone. Without moving, stretching, challenging and invigorating my physical being on a regular basis I quickly sense my spirit stagnating, negative thoughts try to invade and I am disconnected from my true essence, from the sacred. Often I like to exercise alone, as it’s my time to recharge, daydream, or let go of something troubling. When immersed in physical activity I reach a meditative zone – where everything suddenly shifts into perspective, the chatter of thoughts, worries and apprehensions fade away. More than just a “runner’s high”, I find a sense of both cosmic and earthly unity as my muscles, heart, and lungs find their rhythm.

Today was a gorgeous late autumn day and I took full advantage by biking out to Cathedral Park to see a community garden plot I may be leasing. Not knowing where exactly the garden was, I set out for an adventure along Willamette Boulevard, which winds along a great ridge on the west bank of the Willamette River. The view was glorious – evergreen blanketed hills to the west, lovely historic homes to my right, and behind me snowy Mt. Hood, resplendent without the usual cloud cover.  As I pedaled I noticed the sky, filled with sunlight filtered down to me through gauzy clouds and a lacy curtain of brilliant red and yellow leaves still clinging haphazardly to gnarled branches. I  also noticed I’d been smiling ever since my ride began.

When I arrived at the majestic St. John’s Bridge I knew I was close to my destination. The garden plot was sure to be down the steep hill leading to the water and Cathedral Park.  I rode through the park, down toward the river, still not finding the garden. I now faced a steep hill to climb. Empowered and exhilarated from the ride out here and the beauty of my surroundings, I trusted my body to get me up the hill. And not only were my muscles focused solely on climbing the hill, my mind was laser-focused as well. Lingering frustration from a phone call this morning, doubts about making it up the hill, the never-ending To-Do list evaporated, and there to my right, down a quiet street was the garden.

Values, Principles, and Living with Intention

October 09, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my values and principles, and how consciousness of them is essential to living with intention. Several things have sparked and sustained this extended meditation and I know all originate with now being the right time for me to explore this. I’m reveling in the synchronicity of thoughts and experiences coming into my life, which give me regular opportunities to explore this theme. One sparking event was a comment from one of our blog readers. Writing about her participation in the ME2 Challenge, she says “it is an opportunity for me to see my principles in action“. I absolutely love how she put that!

As we grow and change throughout our lifetimes, our values may shift yet our principles tend to be more fixed, as they are fundamental truths that serve as the foundation for our beliefs, behavior and chain of reasoning. You might even say they are the fundamental qualities of our true selves or manifestations of our very essence. This then brings me back to our readers? comment and the idea that our principles are a direct connection to the sacred. And this connection is the ultimate aim of the ME2 Challenge: by taking care of your body, mind and spirit, you affirm the sacredness of your being, which is the source of generosity, love and compassion. Read more »

ME2 Challenge Diary – Overcoming Obstacles

September 10, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


This week my commitment to the ME2 Challenge and my greater commitment to living the Challenge as a lifestyle has been tested! Now I am happy to be emerging on the other side with a stronger sense of commitment as well as more focused intention.

Here I want to share what helped me stay on track. By sharing my experiences I hope that any others in our community facing the seduction of inertia, an overwhelming schedule, a hormonal roller coaster or whatever seemingly good excuse not to meditate, exercise and eat mindfully might also maintain their commitment. Read more »


The Feminine Face of God – Reflections on Ch. 1

September 05, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Spirit Book Club


Reading the first chapter of The Feminine Face of God, I was immediately drawn in by the authors’ authentic and very personal approach. The authors took on “the seemingly impossible challenge: to give birth and be midwives at the same time”. I think this multi-faceted role is one of the greatest challenges that women on a spiritual journey face today.

If we are to nurture, protect and even guide ourselves (like midwives) throughout the journey of sacred awakening, we must have time and space in which to retreat for contemplation and connection to our inborn spiritual source. Because modern culture fills our schedules to bursting with career and social obligations (projects and events we must ?birth? and ?mother?) that rarely fulfill our deepest needs, it is no wonder many of us are completely disconnected from our own divine nature and innate wisdom. Read more »

Touchstones of the Sacred

June 13, 2009 By: admin Category: Living with Intention, Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Teachings, Tibet

Living with intention

Connecting with and honoring our selves despite the many demands of everyday life is a fundamental part of living with intention. Daily personal practice that engages body, mind and spirit connects you to the sacred and affirms your intentions.

Our Mission

The mission of Touchstones of the Sacred is to create and nurture community while providing tools, resources and diverse paths to explore along your own sacred journey of intentional living.

Creating interactive community

Much more than the average blog, Touchstones of the Sacred is an interactive community of resources and inspiration, a forum to exchange teachings and share in the journey of intentional living and sacred connection with others.
When we live in touch with the sacred we live in a state of gratitude for all that we are blessed with. Our deepest intention is to serve you in touching the peace, joy and fulfillment that is within each one of us – the source of all gratitude and compassion.

Cottage Industry in Tibet

Among our greatest inspirations are the Nangchun Nuns of Tibet. We are passionate about helping sustain these extremely impoverished women whose life work is to pray for the blessings of all beings. The nuns are supported through our non-profit cottage industry Tara Malas and 5% of Celedra profits are donated to the nuns.

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