Interviewed by Allysyn Kiplinger
Here’s a great example of one woman’s artistic expression of the new cosmology. I first met Betty-Ann at a retreat about the new cosmology with Dr. Brian Swimme in California in 1999. Her playful wit and intense curiosity about the nature of the universe are beautifully presented in her new book called “Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story” (Mearth Press, 2010). I was recently able to speak with her about this newly published epic poem, as well as inquire about her inspiration and her thoughts about cosmology...
by Sr. Chau Nghiem
In retreats, we usually offer a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as children tend to get hungry often. It is important to serve healthy snacks, like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, natural crackers or cookies. We can serve water or juice in re-usable cups to avoid creating a lot of trash. We can prepare basins of water so that each child can help wash their cup.
Editor’s Note: Great ideas here for families to help young ones appreciate food (and of course - the bigger picture of it all which is life) - where food comes from, how it grows, how it tastes, how it feels, etc. Also, some healthy snack recipes at the bottom of the article.
Editor's Note from Brian Critchley: Master Yoga Teacher Shiva Rea discusses how her yoga practice has heightened her awareness to the need to conserve our planet's energy resources. In this video she encourages us all to "unplug" and find time for a personal energy retreat to help our planet's health and to reconnect with that which is most important in life.
by Milan C. Perry HHP, MH, NC
Calm is not something that is easily attained, a few days ago I found myself completely engaged in a book called, "Instant Calm" by Paul Wilson. Here is an excerpt from the book, let me know what you think? Funny thing is that, the chapter that really caught my attention was called, Calm...
by Sarina Stone, Certified Universal Tao Instructor
I began studying the Universal Tao methods of self-transformation in the early 1990’s. Within 3 years, I found myself at a 3-week intensive Chi Nei Tsang workshop that began in Berkley, California and finished at a beautiful retreat center in Santa Cruz...
Editor's Note from Suzanne Getz: It is important to understand the benefits of abdominal massage. Too often this part of the body is overlooked in traditional massage and this article helps to open our minds to Chi Nei Tsang.
by Panache Desai
I could never understand why Jesus would retreat into the desert when he lived in the desert. The thought of trading in one patch of sand for another never seemed appealing to me, until I began to facilitate this work…
Nature exists in an intrinsic state of harmony. It does not require anything from you nor does it make any demands. It just exists and vibrates at a level of neutrality, of harmony,… of love. More and more I hear that you, too, are finding it important to be out in nature...
Exercise & Fitness
by Richard Moss, MD
The quality of your experience in each moment is dynamic. The more balanced you are in being focused and spacious, ready and relaxed, the more fully alive and present you are. Little disturbances don’t become big ones. Little fears don’t become the center of your world...
Editor's Note: What a pleasure to share with you the work of Richard Moss, MD. I had the pleasure of attending a 10 day retreat with him back in the 80s, and his presence allowed my own opening to awareness beyond a limited identity with only the Self. In this article, explore training your own mind toward a spaciousness that allows the possibility to expand beyond the limits of identification with personal pain.
by Valley Reed
I see an image of an ancient stone gateway, with a stone guardian statue that I recognize as being from a period that Robert Moss would know. It is the body of a lion and the head of a woman and is more in the style of Greek sculptures. I swing through the goddess gateway and find myself at the dream teacher retreat...
Editor's Note from Cynthia Greb: Valley Reed was a former co-editor of this Dream Medicine page. I found her quite "by accident" as I was searching Google for "sacred dreams" and "dreams of power." Valley certainly is a very powerful dreamer, and like all good dreamers, she honors her dreams by acting on them. Here is a beautiful example of a series of dreams which led her to move to her new and beloved home where today she facilitates dream circles and other beautiful events.
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