Parenting is not an easy job but in my opinion it's the best job anyone could ever have. The children of today are the future of tomorrow. Today we have so many more tools available and so much more knowledge than when our parents were raising us. Such as the fact that our thoughts and emotions have a huge impact on our bodies...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten:Conscious parenting is really connecting with parents these days as they are searching for new and creative open ways to raise their children. We are thrilled to see this happening. We've been writing publicly about conscious parenting topics since 2009. Both of us raised our families in this manner when there was no conscious parenting resources to pull from. Here's an older article from the vault. We'd love your feedback and to hear your thoughts.
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
Last week I talked about the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac and shared not only the legend of how they came to be, but the birthdates each animal represents. If you haven't checked yours out, look back to the January 6 entry and find your Zodiac animal. Look up the birthdates of those closest to you, too. You'll probably see some characteristics that you (and your loved ones) have in common with these animals.
Editor's Note from Carolyn White:Have you figured out which "animal" represents the year of your birth? In this second part about the Chinese New Year and Zodiac, Feng Shui consultant and teacher Shelley Nordlund describes the nature and characteristics of each animal's energy. She lists famous names, past and present, who were born under each sign.
This dish is loaded with vegetables: swiss chard, leeks, carrots, asparagus, snow peas, mushrooms, and herbs. In fact, it’s essentially a pile of vegetables with some sauce on the plate. But what a delightful pile it is...
Editor's Note: MMM, MMM good! Mushrooms and tarragon is such a great earthy flavor combination and this is a lovely comfort food dish. Many of the recipes on here call for mushrooms and asparagus together and that's because, well, they really are a great pair...
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