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.
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
Editor's Note fromMayu Kawata:World renowned conductor Benjamin Zander explains the different dimensions of classical music. With topics ranging from the misinterpretation of "tone deaf," the logic behind composing classical music, to inspiring ways classical music reaches people's hearts, Benjamin Zander delightfully shares his passion for classical music in this TED Talks episode.
I claim forgiveness for myself and my heart to all those who could not be who I wanted them to be. To those who have shown me anger and unkindness. To those who could not understand me or extend compassion...
What did you learn before you were eight? That you're a capable person, worthy of adoration and an abundant life, lovable exactly as you are, even with all of your messy imperfections, bodily functions, anger, fear, and neediness?...
Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: Dr. Laura Markham is one of my favorite authors. Here's a wonderful article about creating awareness around your own childhood wounds and how they can affect parenting. When we take time for self-growth and love, we have more love and compassion to give to our children. Beautiful reminder and helpful advise.
Poetry conveys magic and energy, illuminating the invisible workings of our heart, mind, body, and soul, an otherwise hidden landscape. Words have the ability to transform sadness to calm, confusion to clarity, an arid temperament to lush splendor. As a writer, professor, and writing coach, I've witnessed words catalyze insight, healing, and a crafted work...
Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: "The body has its own poetic language, its way of combining sounds, rhythms, images, sensation, and voice to create meaning." Learn how Cheryl Pallant combines two passions - writing and movement - to explore the language of the body through writing process.
In the early summer of 1997, my husband and I found ourselves in the backyard of an empty house on a quiet street in Sierra Madre, a suburb of Los Angeles. The backyard was Southern California’s oldest private Japanese garden, an oasis of ponds and pines that had stood mostly intact since 1916...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: Some years ago, I got attracted to do Zen meditation after reading a book. At the beginning, I meditated at home, later in a Zen Center. Zen meditation has changed my perception about life. I have found compassion, gratitude and simplicity, and I am deeply grateful for that experience. Karen Maezen Miller's article describes beautiful principles that will detangle the complexities of your life and make it easier.
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