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...
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...
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 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...
Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a great video about 'Secrets of Ayurveda' which details about the balancing of Vatta, Pitta and Kapha doshas for general well being. Also, Kumudini Shoba tells us about Ayurveda herbs and foods that help greatly to live healthy. Self understanding is an important concept emphasized by Ayurveda which is beautifully shared by the Ayurveda practitioner. Have a look...
Editor's Note: Some great teachings on Mahamudra, among the highest teachings in Tibetan Buddhism, from Tai Situ Rinpoche.
© Emelisa Mudle
Watercolour on canvas 25 x 30 cm
Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Deep and soulful, Emelisa Mudle's work will inspire you and instill within you a place of true heart of joy, freedom, and the chance to be truly who you are. Organic forms that integrate form into being, her colorful palette and her use of watercolor on canvas, creates her work to hold a truly transformational power that can heal the heart, deep within.
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