by Martin Brofman
Why are our eyes called the windows to our souls? Why do we speak of the way that we "see" the world? Why do we say "I see" in order to communicate that we understand? What is the understanding? What is the relationship between our vision, our eyesight, and our way of Being?
Eyesight is not just a physical process involving acuity. It is a multi-dimensional function affecting and affected by our emotional and mental state of Being, and linked to our personalities.
by Marni Spencer-Devlin
Do you wake up some mornings wishing you could go right back to sleep again? Or do you wake up full of vitality and energy and can’t wait to start another day? When you are fully and authentically yourself you can’t help but jump up to meet the new day...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Marni offers a metaphor which is compelling if you are to unleash your hidden potential. The Iceberg Principles share a pathway to go within and find the 96% of yourself that is invisible in order to unleash your powerful authentic self. She describes how the ego sabotages your ability to listen and value your intuition. She advocates meditation in order to find the truth within that dispels the lies holding you underwater.
Editor's Note from Brooke Nisbet: In this short video, surfer and yoga teacher Eoin Finn, gives a beautiful metaphor about surfing the waves as being similar to going through life. He tells how living this way ultimately guided him to where he is now (a yoga teacher and more).
by Alice Chan, PhD
Life is much more like a mysterious labyrinth than a straight path. Think about it, a big source of our angst and fears often stems from navigating the labyrinth...
Editor's Note from Blaze, aka Barbara Lazarony: Alice Chan shares metaphor of the labyrinth in our lives and business, join her to walk the path...
by Joan Silva
The word Pilgrimage was made even more impactful to me with the book I just finished reading, "Off the Road" about a modern-day walk down the Pilgrim's Route into Spain. The author's pilgrimage reminds me how much alike our money life is to the deeply moving experience one gets on a walking or metaphorical pilgrimage. Both have their struggles, delights, confusion and incredible openings...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Money is a powerful force in your life, and the author reminds you how alike your money life is to your relationship with the sacred. Through the pilgrimage metaphor, she shares insights that will change your perspective about money. She raises awareness and gives you tips to bring the sacred back into alignment with your money. You can take her three tips to the bank. Enjoy!
by Juhani Ihanus, PhD
Already in the symposia of the Greek Antiquity, as described by Plato, poetry was central in reaching toward the Socratic aim: “know thyself!” Although this task is imbued with a paradox (actually, you will never totally know yourself), the quest for truthful, non-deceitful, and non-exploitative words and identities is connected with poiesis, “making” the self and the world...
Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: Very good article of a prominent Finnish Bibliotherapist, emphasizing a special role of metaphor in biblio/poetry therapy: "Metaphor is not only a mode of language and cognition, not only a figure of speech, like in the Aristotelian tradition, but, (...) can be described as the 'currency of the (emotional) mind,' open-ended, and with enormous potential of (self-)transformation, evoking creative fantasies."
Writing & Poetry Therapy
Editor's Note from Pat Lantz: I love the idea of a New Year. It's a metaphoric new beginning filled with so many great possibilities for the future. New things to accomplish… changes to make… adventures to have. Is there a new life waiting for you? Is it time to let go of the old self, the old life, the old job, or old relationships to make room for the new?
by Sydney Solis
Holy Wars are erupting all over America! People are dying for their metaphors of the eternal, Joseph Campbell would say. Alternately, let’s introduce mythology and science in public school classrooms to discuss yoga science, hear some great world mythology and educate our youth in reason, empiricism and enlightenment...
Editor´s Note from Brooke Nisbet: This is an interesting piece that makes a case for having yoga in public schools. It discusses the fears many may have if they view yoga as religion, for example. The author assures us that it's not only NOT a religion, but in fact science and therefore, she believes has a true home in the public schools.
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