by Amy Lansky, PhD
In November 2012, I took my first-ever private retreat at Vajrapani Institute in the Santa Cruz Mountains. For two days, I was by myself in my own little cabin, alone with my thoughts, my Self, my dreams...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: This article is a wonderful "how to" recipe for approaching life with sacred intention. It inspires us to create the space for love's vibration to resonate throughout our beings so that synchronicity and serendipity can flourish.
by Dylan Charles, Editor, Waking Times
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
In the ancient practice of Tai Chi, one learns to recognize the subtle energy of the universe and to move within its natural flow to develop both defensive capability and extraordinary health...
Exercise & Fitness
by Trish Regan
I wish to share with you the most astounding experience I have had over 12 years of swimming with whales! Recently, during our Whales of Tonga Retreat in the beautiful Kingdom of Tonga, I experienced the closest encounter ever with a huge female humpback...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: I met Trish several years ago at a discussion on her experience leading healing expeditions centered upon swimming with dolphins and whales. Knowing the infinite possibilities for spiritual transformation when in the presence of these magnificent beings, I enjoyed reading about Trish's experience in Tonga and the simple message delivered by the female humpback.
Intuition & Symbols
Editor's Note: Christopher Titmuss, a former Buddhist monk in Thailand and India, teaches Awakening and Insight Meditation around the world. He is the founder and director of the Dharma Facilitators Programme and the Living Dharma programme, an online mentor programme for Dharma practitioners. He gives retreats, participates in pilgrimages (yatras) and leads Dharma gatherings. Christopher has been teaching annual retreats in Bodh Gaya, India since 1975 and leads an annual Dharma Gathering in Sarnath since 1999...
by Katrina Kenison Lewers
You know how it is. The dishes need washing, the houseplants are wilting, the emails have piled up, the kids are needy, and the dog is scratching at the door to go out. There is no end to the to-do list, no reward or revelation to be found at the bottom of the laundry hamper, no moment in the day when life feels entirely manageable, tidy, and complete...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: As Katrina describes it... working on your soul and your peace isn't about retreating or going to some special place (although, don't get me wrong, that is awesome and times when that is a beautiful thing). However, for long term, it's about being in the middle of the plain and ordinary, about finding happiness in pulling a hair out of your nose, about finding comfort as your kids get in a fight, finding peace as you find moldy apple cores in your minivan, etc, etc, etc...
by Sofia Reddy
A few weeks ago, I attended my first weekend of silence retreat. When I told my friends, they were in awe. Probably more like disbelief. They couldn’t believe that I would go three days without any electronic equipment or talking to anyone...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: I really dig lesson number five. Give it a try.
by Ellie Peterson
How is it possible to write my own thoughts down on paper while being consciously unaware of what my hand is writing? This was my first journaling experience; it was poignant and powerful. While at a healing retreat, we were asked to go to a quiet place alone and write a letter forgiving someone who had hurt us.
Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Take a page out of Ellie's journal, you can forgive yourself too!
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Kent Bonham and Donna Sewall Davidge
The Sewall House Yoga Retreat has been offering people respite from daily life since 1997. While yoga, meditation, massage and outdoor activities on a beautiful lake nourish your soul, husband and wife team, Kent Bonham and Donna Amrita Davidge, nourish your body with healthy, tasty vegetarian meals that guests rave about...
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