by Natalie Jovanic
The relationship with my father was always conflictive. Maybe it all started with my conception. While my father only wanted one child, my mother wanted two. To make her dream reality, she secretly stopped taking the pill and became pregnant again. She betrayed him. Her story was that my father went on holidays alone shortly after I was born...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: Do I have the right to cut contact with my father? I struggled to find an answer for many years. I felt felt guilty. I feared to be judged by other people. Wasn't I supposed to honor my father? Our relationship stayed conflictive, and finally I found my answer and inner peace. Are you also asking yourself this question? Read this article and find out how you can find your answer.
by Doctress Neutopia
Wholistic Gaia science is not only a foundational world view for the investigation of "the details of how all organisms exchange gases and other chemical compounds with the water, atmosphere and soils of Earth." But, from a cultural standpoint, what I am seeing is that Gaia is also a foundation for a planetary religion, a benevolent new way of living with and revering the Earth. Gaia shows us the way to create evolutionary new habitats so that we have not only the scientific technology, but the philosophy to peacefully penetrate deeper into the mysteries of the Universe using both science and art.
by Faye Martins
When the mind isn’t functioning properly, performing even the simplest task is a difficult proposition. The problem of confused thinking is one that only seems to get worse as time passes...
Editor's Note: Does your mind chatter away incessantly? Most likely, it does. One way to quiet the mind and find deeper, richer peace and clarity is through meditation. Dhyana, which is sanskrit for meditation, is one of the 8 limbs of yoga. Yoga itself is practiced to actually prepare you for meditation. It gets all the fidgets and stiffness out of the body, so that you can sit quietly, for a very long time in deep dhyana…with the ultimate goal of samadhi (enlightenment). Read more to find out how meditation can quiet the monkey mind!
by Leonard Jacobson
Being present is immensely worthwhile. It opens you into the truth of life. It opens you into peace, love, truth and Oneness. It releases you from the pain of the past and anxiety about the future. It empowers you to be yourself and express yourself fully...
Editor's Note from J. Stewart Dixon: Here's a quick simple list of suggestions from Leonard Jacobson that will help with your own awakening process. I really like the first suggestion. Awakening does not require perfection. Awakening invites us to embrace and love our IMperfections....our shadow...our wounds...our limitations. It all gets absorbed in loving presence...
by Genevieve Simperingham
A little melt my heart moment the other day that I thought I’d share. We sat at the dinner table to eat. My 16 year old son looking sad and disappointed apologized for burning the bottom of the omelette. His eleven year old sister quickly responded “it’s okay Osh we all learn from our mistakes all the time, I think the food looks great and I really appreciated you making it”...
Editor's Note: We all have moments of not being at peace. Reminders of centering ourselves and being conscious of where our minds are and what we are projecting are certainly helpful in making sure we get back to that peaceful state we all want to operate from.
Family & Parenting
by Karen Adler, ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy,
Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Grad Dip Material Anthropology
Stroud is a pretty little town nestled peacefully in the Karuah Valley, NSW. The verdant green and rolling hills surrounding Stroud are more reminiscent of England than of the wide brown land of Dorothea Mackellars’ poem, My Country**. Maryjane O’Dell’s house and garden in the main street of Stroud combines the quaintness of a cottage garden and a home lovingly and skillfully restored, with a quirky sense of humour. The result is a delight for the senses...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Maryjane O'Dell would not consider herself to be an artist but the fact is that she is one. Her home, Ye Olde Bakehouse, in Stroud, Australia is one of those places where the creativity of the owner jumps out at you. Her joy in making and constructing things is evident everywhere you look and the result is a delight for the senses.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Cathy Cassani Adams
You are in a hurry.
Even when you don’t have to be anywhere, you are trying to get somewhere.
You have been trained to be in a hurry, to move fast, to get a lot done in the least amount of time...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Cathy Cassani Adams reminds parents to get off autopilot and out of the fast lane in order to be with their children in a mindful way. The decision to be present without leading and judging turns any activity into a meditation. This five-minute practice enables you to feel peaceful and connect with your children in meaningful ways.
by Dr. Neala Peake,
ATH Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder
Here is a shocking statement. One solution to depression and anxiety might be doing absolutely nothing. Before I offend someone I had better explain… I don’t mean “nothing” in the way most of us define it. I am talking about a very powerful practice in which a person sits quietly in a state of stillness and peace. I am talking about meditation - the rather challenging process of minimizing activity both internally and externally - i.e. the practice of doing nothing...
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