by Donald Lenort
I was raised a Christian and even went to Catholic school until the sixth grade. When my spiritual life began to unfold, many of my experiences came through a more Eastern approach or Hindu philosophy and imagery, especially those of the Kundalini Shakti and Divine Mother...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: Do you sometimes struggle with spirituality and religion? Are you confused by the meaning of Shakti, Kundalini and Holy Spirit? A healer once gave me a prayer using the Christian names. I looked at her with huge eyes because I couldn't connect with them at all. She told me that I could just exchange them with the buddhist counterpart. That made it easier for me to use them. Read this article and find out more about how everything is connected. In the end, what matters is that you create your connection with spirit and use names that feel right for you.
by Jim Ewing
Native Americans and most of the indigenous peoples of the Earth have known for thousands of years that drumming is a powerful spiritual tool. Only in recent years, though, has the scientific basis come to light...
by Deborah Lindholm, MACP
As the world becomes more and more complicated, our pasts catch up with our present, and both interfere with our future, wouldn't it be nice to clear it all away and focus on what is truly important to you?...
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: Serenity Vibration Healing is a form of simple prayer that can assist you in clearing negative experiences from your past and in letting go of limiting beliefs and negative vibrations. This can free your personal energy, empowering you to live your best life now and take charge of your future.
From Wikipedia: Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt is a Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined, clear soprano vocals. She has sold more than 14 million records worldwide.
Listen & Laugh
by Sarah McLean
I wasn’t brought up in a very religious fashion, but was familiar with prayer. My mother, who grew up Catholic and went to Mass every Sunday as a girl, now lights candles and says prayers at the chapel in the mall...
Editor's Note: As a meditator, my spirituality is ever evolving, and I have found prayer sneaking into my consciousness. This article by Sarah McLean articulates the difference between prayer and meditation...
Norm and fellow experts discuss the heart versus the mind, the power of prayer, and the need for ritual.
by Laurence Kingston
Rhodes Scholars are selected not just for their outstanding academic achievements, but also for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. A Rhodes piano is an electro-mechanical piano that was described by the New York Times in 2001 as having a “shimmering, ethereal sound”. Both of these very different Rhodes are exceptional...
Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Music is an incredible form of art that can serve many purposes. It can be used for relaxation, distraction, expression, or prayer. Music can also be a very powerful meditation, just as washing the dishes or walking can be. Music is just one example of an activity that you can make richer and more satisfying by putting awareness into it.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
With each buddha, if possible, completely rely upon that buddha with your whole heart, then recite that buddha’s name seven times. With total refuge, or trust, in that buddha, recite his name seven times. After that, you recite, “May whatever prayers you have done in the past for me and all other sentient beings be actualized immediately for me and all sentient beings.” This is mentioned in the meditation that accompanies the Medicine Buddha initiation in the Rinjung Gyatsa, and it might be the same in the Sukha Gyatsa. Both of these collections of the initiations of hundreds of deities have Medicine Buddha initiation...
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