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Hey! That is one beautiful little plant!

May 30, 2011 By: Samantha Category: Grandparenting, Mind Body Spirit

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Do you want to know the most amazing words an eleven year old can hear? Those words are “Only 20 days of school left!” I heard this the other day, and flipped out. The school year has gone by so fast, and I had no idea it was almost over. I’m not saying I am sad that it’s over, I feel the opposite actually, but I feel like we had just started when it ended.

I am really looking forward to summer though, and there is no denying it. I can’t wait for our wet, gray, cold weather to magically turn into a bright warming day, where, for the first time, we actually want to be outside. I can feel it now, my memories so vivid. Sun outside my window shining on us like a giant spotlight, making everyone smile.  Smiling is the key to summer. And the flowers -  pink, blue, orange, just there for you to admire so that you can say “Hey! That is one beautiful little plant!”

Summer is really the key to happiness. It opens a warm, bright window of lunch with your parents, bike rides to cute little ice-cream shops, and not wearing anything but your new bathing suit—and still being hot! It’s the ultimate vacation where you don’t need to leave your neighborhood, so you still have your friends. And everywhere you go, you can hear the laughter.

Just a little longer….


Aromatherapy and Women in Recovery

May 10, 2011 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Once a month I volunteer in a home for women in recovery, part of my aromatherapy seva and one of the more rewarding things that I do with essential oils. It was pretty obvious when I showed up last Thursday that almost all of the women in my class were suffering from major anxiety. Very few of them could sit still, nor could they resist the urge to talk out and talk over each other and me. So I quickly passed out some lavender oil, giving them each a few drops in the palm of their hands and instructing them to massage the oils into the back of their necks.

I then asked them to cup their hands over their noses and inhale deeply three times.
There was only one woman who did not like the smell, turning up her nose and letting us all know in no uncertain terms, that the fragrance was most unbecoming to her. Everyone else seemed to really like the fragrance, and immediately begin to soften their edges.Lavender is one of the most calming of all the oils and I like to start my sessions with lavender, as it begins to relax the central nervous system, which is why I like to massage it directly onto the neck, so as to penetrate immediately into the central nervous system which extends along the side of the spine. It takes a few minutes for that action to occur, but it is not too long after that I can perceive a subtle shift in the energy, with it dropping down a few degrees.

The inhalation serves to calm the portion of the brain associated with stress, not only the mental processes that spin wildly with thoughts, but also the emotional centers which process our thoughts and hold onto feelings, happy, sad, depressed, etc.. In addition to the emotional centers, the portion of the brain that is responsible for addiction, is directly affected by the olfactory system.

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Riding the Wave of Transformation

April 22, 2011 By: Mary Lane Category: Mind Body Spirit

Surfing Wahine

Imagine yourself riding a wave. If you don’t stay balanced and ride out the wave completely, you could easily drown. Riding this wave of transformation requires becoming one with it, feeling every motion, twist and turn it takes. You have to position yourself perfectly in the sweet spot to hang on for the ride of your life. The wave gives you a memorable experience that will change you forever. You feel the thrill of merging with an awesome power.

When we merge with this wave we are given the opportunity to experience an outrageous ride that integrates life, death and transformation; cycle after cycle supporting us to live by nature’s law.

What on earth does this have to do with food? Seasonal local food grounds us and supports the balancing on this wave, which keeps us healthy. Nature nourishes us in a way that supports us to feel the sweet spot on this wave and have an incredible, transformational ride through life. We become and embody this wave of energy.

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The Story of my Protector

April 09, 2011 By: Samantha Category: Grandparenting, Mind Body Spirit

Lyeda

“Lay down” says the familiar, angel voice belonging to my grandmother. I obeyed, not knowing what for, but simply because I trusted her. I got into the bed that we had so many memories in and she told me to lie on my stomach. Then she put her warm hands on my back and asked me in a soft tone “Would you like to meet your guardian angel?” I excitedly answered, “Yes!” “Alright. Close your eyes,” Grandma Lala said. Again, I obeyed, but with this new excitement in me, it was an impossible task. “I want you to picture yourself in a happy place,” Lala said.

“Where are you?” she asked. “I am on the beach with mommy, daddy and Jakey. I don’t know where, but it seems familiar, and it’s very warm,” I informed her. This was one of my favorite illusions, being on the beach with my family. I can always see the water rushing up towards me, giving up and then sending more waves again to attack me. I pick up shells, running to Jake and mommy to show them off. “Good” said Lala, bringing me back to life. “I want you to look for your Guardian angel,” she announced.

I closed my eyes again, stepping into the other dimension. “This is like Alice in Wonderland,” I murmured. All of the sudden, I saw something I hadn’t noticed before. “I see it! I see it Lala!!” ”What is it? Who is it? Is it a girl or boy?” Lala asked excitedly.

I walked up to a cave on the beach. Inside, I could easily see the outline of a cat. A CAT! Its eyes were amazing. A green so bright it seemed like it would glow in the dark. It stepped out into the light. I lost my breath from its beauty. It had orange fur with an occasional white spot. Who are you? I somehow asked the cat. My name is Lyeda, and I am your protector. We’re gonna be best friends in no time! Said the sweet girley voice. I instantly felt relief. I have to go now. See ya later! I opened my eyes.

“Her name is Lyeda! She is a beautiful cat with big green eyes and fluffy orange fur.” “Congratulations!” replaid Lala! “Now you must go to sleep,” she whispered. I closed my eyes, and Lyeda appeared behind my eyelids. She sang me a lullaby and in a matter of seconds, I was asleep.

To be continued…


Getting Sick, Getting Clear and Coming Clean

April 05, 2011 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Has anyone had this yucky chest bug? I rarely get sick so, instead of doing anything to take care of either it or myself, I just ignored it, took some ibuprofen and kept on going, convinced that this once confused Bug would soon realize that it didn’t want to live in my green smoothie superfood body and voila! be gone.

But no.

Alas, Bug does not discriminate according to food choices. So, after pushing myself for 4 days or so, I collapsed on my sofa with hot tea, a large carton of coconut water, 2 episodes of Mildred Pierce, one “I am Love” with Tilton Swinton, a bar of very dark chocolate and my knitting. Around midnight of night two – deliciously alone and hacking – I decided to clean out my book shelves.

It was revealing. Besides the three bags that are on their way to Powells Books, I noticed a pattern. My favorite and most common subects, and therefore pastimes, are gardening, creating sacred space, poetry and spirituality. But then, not a surprise, right? I even have a website called Touchstones of the Sacred, right?

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Childhood Songs

March 27, 2011 By: Chiron Armand Category: Mind Body Spirit, Uncategorized

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I’m often in awe of time. It passes like a rocket and before we know it, we’re somebody else, entirely new – for the most part.

I woke up one morning a few weeks ago to find a song in my head from my childhood. This isn’t rare. I’m used to waking up to remembered music that I always assume must have been the soundtrack to a dream I may or may not recollect. As I stepped outside to take in the day, I took notice of the lyrics: “Learning to love yourself – it is the greatest love of all.” I’d sung those lyrics a thousand times at talent shows and around the house from the moment I realized I had a voice, but their profundity hit me that morning as the greatest lesson that I’ve been trying to assimilate into my life – that self-love will get me everywhere. Undoubtedly, my hardest lesson this life’s journey is to hone in on and increase love and validation for myself from myself .

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