Here’s a great example of one woman’s artistic expression of the new cosmology. I first met Betty-Ann at a retreat about the new cosmology with Dr. Brian Swimme in California in 1999. Her playful wit and intense curiosity about the nature of the universe are beautifully presented in her new book called “Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story” (Mearth Press, 2010). I was recently able to speak with her about this newly published epic poem, as well as inquire about her inspiration and her thoughts about cosmology...
When I say love, I am not only talking about the biological elements that cause chemical attractions, what has been called the "science of love" such as the study of dopamine and pheromones, the physiological components to mating. But I am also concerned with the metaphysical components of lovemaking, the poetics of the science of love. This poetics not only connects one’s lover in a mind, body and soul with the other, but also to the cosmos, biosphere and noosphere giving us a profound meaning for union.
The universe itself—sun, moon, stars, planets and "all things under heaven"—comes to us with a numinous quality and awakens us in our inmost depths with the tenderness of a lover. We think of it as something infinitely larger than ourselves, whether we receive it as beauty, a dazzling light, Nirvana, or the presence of God.
Drew Dellinger is a spoken word poet, professor, writer, activist and founder of Poets for Global Justice. He has inspired minds and hearts at hundreds of events in many countries, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy and compassion. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences--including Bioneers, the Green Festival and The Dream Reborn--as well as colleges, poetry venues, protests and places of worship. Dellinger has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West,& Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,& Danny Glover, Ani Difranco, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Eve Ensler, Chuck D, Paul Hawken, Van Jones and many others. http://www.drewdellinger.org
Even in our daily lives, one of the most difficult aspects of forgiveness can be the task of forgiving ourselves. We plague ourselves with questions: Why were we unable to prevent appalling events that happened to someone we love?...
Editor’s Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: When things happen outside of our control that upset or hurt us, the author urges us to practice forgiveness and self-forgiveness as a path to healing. This article is an excerpt from Dr. Rohde-Brown's recently published book, "Imagine Forgiveness."
Too many times we look in the mirror and are discouraged by what we see. Our hair should be longer, our teeth whiter, our legs smaller our breasts bigger. And that’s just what I see when I look in the mirror! The point is: we all do it, even yoga instructors.
In our society, the media drives what we are supposed to look like. Thin bodies, flawless skin, shiny hair but they don’t ask us how we feel on the inside. Do any of us know? When was the last time you looked in the mirror and looked past your face – inside your eyes...
I have personally received healing and balance in my life as a result of using Essential Oils. As a lover of dogs, particularly my own three dogs, I have seen the effective results of using Essential Oils on my K-9 family members. There are three basic oils that I recommend for use on dogs...
Editor's Note: The therapeutic and emotional benefits of aromatherapy can be shared with our animal companions. Essential Oils can help with separation anxiety as well as natural ways to stop dogs from licking post-surgical areas – therefore, creating a calming atmosphere for yourself and your pets.
I once heard a Native American teaching story in which an elder, a grandmother, was asked what she had done to become so happy, so wise, so loved and respected. She replied: “It’s because I know that there are two wolves in my heart, a wolf of love and a wolf of hate. And I know that everything depends on which one I feed each day...”
Editor's Note: Rick Hanson is a leader in the field of Neuroplasticity: Learning how to use the power of our focal attention to change the structure and function of our brains. Here we can learn from his JOT (Just One Thing) newsletter article why our brains tend toward the negative, and how we can can begin to redirect our attention and cultivate the happiness that comes from positive connection to our internal and external world.
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