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 Norah Coyne
The magic of Atlantis is something that has fascinated people for centuries! Atlantis is now believed to be submerged beneath the Atlantic Ocean, only some of the mountain tops remain in places like the Canary Islands, Azores and Bermuda.
For 240,000 years (250,000BC to 10,000BC), Atlantis was the subject of divine experiments. The purpose of the tests was to find out if people could retain their connection with the divine source, whilst living in a physical body...
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 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 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: 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 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 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...
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