by Robert McDowell
Poetry as spiritual practice embodies gratitude and evokes it. Living at the fast pace that most of us do, it’s easy to forget the people, animals, places, occasions and things we’re grateful for. I sit down to recite my poems and prayers and meditate, but my mind is agitated...
Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: Robert suggests honoring your gratitude with spiritual poetry. It's a fun way to move into gratitude! Also, check out his new book, The More We Get Together: The Sexual and Spiritual Language of Love, available Oct. 26th.
Seane Corn describes her approach to yoga that she calls "body prayer." Here she demonstrates the graceful and athletic movements that channel energy and love to a person or culture.
Exercise & Fitness
by Jim and Dena Riley
The White Buffalo are sacred to many Native Americans. The Lakota (Sioux) Nation has passed down the The Legend of the White Buffalo--a story now approximately 2,000 years old--at many council meetings, sacred ceremonies, and through the tribe's storytellers. There are several variations, but all are meaningful, and tell of the same outcome. Have communication with the Creator through prayer with clear intent for Peace, Harmony and Balance for all life living in the Earth Mother...
Editor´s Note from Sophia Hansen: I recall learning about the Lakota/Sioux Nation's Legend of the White Buffalo in 2004 which I found awe-inspiring. Later that year I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the white buffalo at Spirit Mountain Ranch in Flagstaff, Arizona on my way back from the Grand Canyon. They were gorgeous. Seeing so many in one place was even more incredible since only 1 in 10 million buffalo is born white. Due to the demise of Jim Riley, Spirit Mountain Ranch closed and the white buffalo herd were relocated to the Sacred World Peace Alliance in Bend, Oregon.
Intuition & Symbols
by Andrew Smith
Many spiritual traditions speak of a set of common themes interwoven into the notion of ‘40’ - ritualistic cleansing, purification, prayer, inner reflection, stillness in preparation for a renewal of spirit and ultimately a re-birthing of the light within. The internalised conflict and soul testing that takes place within each of those stories ends in a common result - an orb of light bathes the protagonist in a glorious radiance of light, having emerged from a cave, mountain top or desert illuminated, enlightened and at peace!...
For some of us, the word prayer invokes feelings of power-under, being small while making entreaties to a god that is big and far, far away. Some of us might associate prayer with guilt, as in “I don’t pray enough” or more likely, “I am _(lazy, unenlightened, lame, etc)_ because I have not kept up with my spiritual practice.”
But there is no shame or blame in the spirit world that we choose to engage with in shamanism. There is only love...
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: This is probably one of the most beautifully spiritual and visually meditative pieces I've ever experienced. Watch and listen to experience the majestic wonder and healing benefits that this video offers. Be sure to watch until the end to read the "Native American Prayer" by Chief [John] Yellow Lark...simply Divine. This video also has one of the most ethereal horses I've ever seen in it.
Intuition & Symbols
by Dr. Steven Farmer
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
One morning when I was saying my morning prayers, a sacred ritual I do every morning before I get up and get going into the day, I caught the flutter of wings out of the corner of my eye and watched as all of the birds that had been feeding outside my bedroom window scattered...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: I am constantly reminded that I am supported in my life's work and in life in general. I love the wonderful reminder of this article that messages and guidance can show up in so many ways. For me, they are especially magical when embodied by an animal.
Norm and fellow experts discuss the heart versus the mind, the power of prayer, and the need for ritual.
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