by Shelly Phillips MA
We all want what’s best for our kids, but with all of the conflicting information out there, sometimes it’s difficult to tell exactly what that might be...
Editor's Note from Angela McCoy: Who knew that sun and dirt equaled healthier children? Fantastic information on how to get out there and enjoy the mud pie making days.
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Hand mudras are symbolic gestures that are used to create new energy. Here is a video showing various mudras and their specific meaning. It's quite informative...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: Nice introduction here. Please note that this video recommends practicing with your eyes open. If that fits you, go for it. There are some meditative practices where this is standard. I mostly practice with eyes closed but will sometimes shake it up and keep them open as it is more challenging for me. Also, they place hands down on their knees. There are many different hand positions or mudras. I always do hands up on my knees with fingers open and relaxed. This position says that I am open and ready to receive. This is something else you can experiment with as different positions feel different and your meditation experience will alter based on where your hands and fingers are placed.
Editor's Note: Some great teachings on Mahamudra, among the highest teachings in Tibetan Buddhism, from Tai Situ Rinpoche.
by Marianella Medrano-Marra
After morning yoga I walk to my car, conscious of every step. I look down at the muddy path, my clogs stepping firmly, yet gently, on the soft ground, knowing that the moment is precious and feeling the interconnection of breath and step. The rain falls discretely on my curls, and the scent of lavender rising from my wet hair awakens me even more...
Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry Therapist Medrano-Marra talks about her experience using poetry in counseling.
Writings and Poetry Therapy
by Nur Qotb-e-'Alam
I asked that my work might be fruitful, but no!...
Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: On one of the sufi sites these days I get into discussion about a new pope, Francis, and though some people found disgraces in his previous life (nobody is without sin), many hope that he will improve and change the world for the best. One of the hoping ones said that when we put much expectation in smth. or someone, and this doesn't happen, we get angry. But what happens when this happen? I asked.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Ralfee Finn
It’s such a truly, madly, and deeply emotional week that even the most cynical curmudgeon is likely to feel the tug of all sorts of heartstrings. From the tenderness and passion of romantic love to the care and concern for family to the comfort of spiritual devotion to the fondness of friendship to the love of knowledge or even the thrill of adventure, these sensitive celestial threads have the power to turn even the simplest of daily routines into a sentimental journey. It’s simply feelings, nothing more than feelings, and only the practiced or the professional are likely to maintain good boundaries, so don’t be dismayed if you find yourself or others spilling over...
by Emily Fuller Williams, LMT
Think of mudras as self-talk for your hands. These simple movements, the gestures that we often make unconsciously, can help us focus on our work, calm ourselves, release anger and energize us. Used for centuries by many different cultures...
Editor’s Note from Brian Critchley: Many of us use mudras or hand gestures as part of yoga practice. Either we bring the index finger and thumb together into jnana mudra (index finger and thumb together) during our breathing warm-ups...
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