by David G. Arenson, ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
What is our true nature?
We come to experience wholeness by opening ourselves, revealing the flower within. Let peace begin with me.
Transformation starts with looking in the mirror at the self. It can be no other way. Simply put, taking responsibility for everything that appears in one's life, is the starting point...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: What is our true nature? Zen teaches us acceptance of all that is. In this acceptance, we allow ourselves to be compassionate for all things. When we feel lost,” our soul has not gone off track. It's more likely that we are totally on course and coming closer than ever to personal transformation. We come to experience wholeness by opening ourselves - “As you live deeper in the heart, the mirror gets clearer and cleaner” (Rumi) Our true nature is infinity.
by Laurel Clark, DD, DM
Most people fear death. Although we know that death is inevitable, there is often a difference between what we believe intellectually and what we experience emotionally. Why is this so? It would seem that such a universal experience could be met with acceptance...
Editor's Note: Death is a topic that evokes fear or outright denial in many people. In this article Laurel Clark shows how dreams can help us confront, and come to peace with, this mysterious transition.
by Mimi Shannon
Playing small hurts. It not only requires constant attention and energy to tuck in and hide who you really are, but by doing so, you are also denying the world the unique gift that being you offers. Think of yourself as a piece of colored glass in a magnificent stained glass window. If you block the light coming through you, a shadow is cast on those around you. Instead of contributing to the whole, you have taken away from it...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Mimi describes the price she paid for playing it safe and small. She used the practice of self-love to move beyond her depression and self-hatred. She encourages you to become your authentic self and share your uniqueness with the world as you bring more self-acceptance into your life. Self-love is the greatest gift you can give yourself!
by Ka Hang Leoungk
As an acupuncturist, I do a lot of myth debunking. It’s understandable. After all, acupuncture speaks an entirely different language from the one through which most Westerners learned to see the world. However, with acupuncture continuing to grow in popularity and gain acceptance by mainstream medicine, it’s important to clarify a few myths and misconceptions that have a strong hold on our collective psyche...
Editor's Note: This is a fun, easy-to-grasp article that explains five common acupuncture myths. As an acupuncturist myself, I too spend a lot of time explaining how acupuncture feels, what it does, and if it works. The author is sure to put some misconceptions to rest, and offers insight into how this ancient medicine fits into modern times.
by Melody Larson
At the core of step 4 is the need to forgive and to cultivate compassion. We cannot move forward on our journey until we begin to release some of the blame, anger, and sorrow that we have gathered on the journey so far, both towards others and towards ourselves. This deeper state of acceptance and allowing is what propels us forward in our spiritual adventure.
Editor's Note from Pat Lantz: To first get an overview of what this journey is all about, read Melody’s introductory article, The 12 Steps of the Spiritual Journey.
by Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB
So much gets revealed to me through posture evaluations. Standing in front of me is a person – usually feeling pain, loss, fear, anger, and with or without acceptance of the distortions that they have become...
by Sandra Miniere, MEd
ATH Asst. Editor of Sacred Living
The dawning of a New Year is a perfect time to review your accomplishments from the previous year and assess what you want to do differently going forward. During my period of self-reflection, regrets began to surface. Before I knew it, the regrets of my lifetime came flooding into my awareness and, along with them, came feelings of sadness and disappointment about myself and my life...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Regrets about past events or life disappointments sabotage your confidence, relationships and quality of life. While looking at the past and assessing how to move forward in 2014, I made a startling realization about regrets: They are judgments against the self and require self-love and acceptance to move beyond them. This article offers three strategies that will help you eliminate regrets, move on with your power, accept yourself unconditionally and attract grace into the healing process.
by Bliss Cavanagh
1. What was the inspiration for Sensory Delight?
Drawn from my personal experience of living with Tourette syndrome, Sensory Delight marks the professional development from my Bachelor of Fine Art Honours work ‘Sensory Overload...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I LOVE Bliss Cavanagh's story! As both an art therapist and an artist, I view her use of art and the creative process to deal with her Tourette syndrome, as a profound validation of the power of art to heal and enlighten. Her story is a perfect example of mythologist Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey - a descent to her deeper self, her return bearing gifts and knowledge of benefit to both herself and the wider community. Bliss's transformation via art is also a story of self-acceptance, of learning to use and work with her Tourrette's rather than continually trying to 'fix' herself of something that has emerged, via her art, as her greatest gift.
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