Interviewed by Allysyn Kiplinger
ATH Editor of Cosmology
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 David Pratt, LMT, BA
ATH Co-Editor of Meditation
The morning breeze is cool and moves my hair as I walk along the edge of our spring-fed pond in rural Ohio. Birds carry on musical conversations and squirrels are busy skittering through brush and darting up that ancient beech half-way down the ravine...
Editor's Note from David Pratt: Do you sometimes feel the need to unplug from daily busyness? Do you have an underlying tug to go into the quiet of nature, as if some forgotten aspect of yourself is simply waiting to rise into the sky of your life? Why do we need to retreat?...
by Amy L. 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 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
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.
Editor's Note from David Pratt: Thich Nhat Hanh gave a half-day retreat at Google in 2011. In this short clip, we see the transformational value of allowing ourselves to be simple in our daily lives. Why not try this: Give yourself permission to just be sitting and knowing you are sitting. Experience your body's weight and breath. Stay with that knowing as best you can as you watch and listen to this bloomy little video.
by Dr. Donna Rockwell, PsyD, LP
"My husband went off to do a retreat and came home and said, “Syl, this is great. You should try it.” I did a two-week retreat and I did not have amazing meditation states. Mainly, I had a headache and my body hurt a lot. But my headache finally went away and I calmed down a little bit..."
Editor's Note from David Pratt: This is part 3 of a 4 part interview that Donna Rockwell did with multiple well-known meditation teachers. In this interview she talks with Sylvia Boorstein, who shares the ways in which meditation has helped her celebrate life and drop fear. See Part 1 and Part 2.
Interviewed by Eden Kozlowski
ATH Co-Editor of Meditation and Meditation Forum Moderator
The Face of Meditation
Sarah McLean is the director of Sedona Meditation Training and Retreats. Often called the face of mainstream meditation, she has been teaching meditation and mind/body health programs since the early 1990's. She worked with Dr. Deepak Chopra for over eight years and was one of the founding directors of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Throughout her career she has studied and worked with prominent figures such as Debbie Ford, Margot Anand, and Gary Zukav. She also served as the director for Byron Katie's School for the Work. Sarah spent months in an ashram in India, taught English to Tibetan Buddhist nuns, lived in a Zen Buddhist Training Center, attended the Ayurvedic Program with Dr. Lad at Mount Madonna… and now she brings all of her talents, experience and relationships to her practice in Sedona.
Join ATH’s own Eden Kozlowski and our very special guest, Sarah McLean, as they illuminate the surprising reasons that Sarah began meditating and the profound reasons that she continues to this day...
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