Since the dawn of civilization December has been a month of celebration, for midway through the month the days stop becoming shorter as light once again returns to the world. Just after the Solstice, the longest, darkest of these nights, we celebrate Christmas, a midwinter festival, or modern feast day, where families gather to give gifts to each other and indulge in good food and merriment. It is important to honor the celebration, to gather with friends and feast. It is at this time that…Continue
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"For all things produced in a garden whether of salads or fruits, a poor man will eat better that has one of his own, than a rich man that has none." – John Claudius Lourdes, Scottish Botanist 1783-1843
While early spring is often too cold to start many plants in the ground, it is a perfect time to get outside and enjoy the warming weather by starting a container herb garden. There is nothing quite like working with the sun on your shoulders and your hands in the dirt as you tend…Continue
Science is beginning to prove what Buddhist monks have known all along, that those who engage in daily meditation permanently change the way their brains function. That the simple act of sitting quietly as you shift your attention to your breath, following as it slowing enters and leaves your body, not only allows for the cultivation of regenerative peace, but a myriad of new studies have found that this ancient practice can profoundly change the way different regions of the brain…Continue
When you close your eyes and take a deep breath are you filled with peace or does a voice chatter away in your head reminding you of all the things left undone? Most of us have active minds that are prone to worry. Learning the ability to shut off the stream of thoughts and connect with one’s own inner voice allows for the cultivation of rejuvenating peace and inspiration. It allows for one to learn to not worry about the future or the past but to be present, to wake to life. Meditation is…Continue
“Our life is a manifestation, and we can very well make that manifestation beautiful and meaningful and have a good influence.” Thich Nhat Hanh
I'm sure you've heard of the act of manifesting, but do you really know what it is? Manifesting is the process of conscious creation. It is the creation of the reality we live in by applying the universal law of attraction or, "what is within, is without." Which means: what is first created inside the mind will eventually become an outward…Continue
Many in our society have become disconnected from their ancestors as our culture offers an appalling lack of framework for relating with our dead. Take yourself for example. When was the last time you visited the grave of a family member? Sure, you went to the funeral, but afterward, did you ever return?
In the past, ancestor veneration was an important part of life…Continue
"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the…Continue
Namaste- a phrase formed by combining two Sanskrit words, "Nama" and "te" that literally means 'I bow to you'. Figuratively this phrase implies there is a spark of the Divine in each of us, or 'the God in me acknowledges the God in you'.
Namaste. Life is a journey from foolishness to fulfillment as each one of us is born into this world, a tiny ego crying for our needs to be met. As children, we test boundaries on a quest for independence until we wake to the realization that there…Continue
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Do you enjoy biting into a crisp apple? Snacking on sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts or cashews? Is dinner not complete without a side of squash, peas or green beans? Would you miss munching on a cool slice of melon or having the bright flavors of berries burst on your tongue? None of these foods would exist without the help of a pollinator. Pollinators transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce fruit. "Honeybees, among other pollinators…Continue
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"Ninety percent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat." Nutritionist Dr. Victor Hugo Lindlahr, 1942
You are what you eat. I'm sure you have heard this old adage directed toward our food choices. Our grandparents knew this to be true yet some how this little gem of knowledge has been forgotten as the majority of today's populous settle for convenience over nutrition, choosing a diet filled with fast-food meals and highly processed…Continue
The clock strikes the midnight hour and we cheer, "Happy New Years!" with raised glasses and hearts filled with hope for a better year, a better life, a better us. We laugh as confetti floats down in a glittered rain. Then we hold our friends and loved ones tight pledging to be mindful of what it is that really makes life important. We pledge to be happy, making resolution we hope will lead to a life of change. "Happy New Year!" we call as we depart, returning to homes with deadlines and…Continue
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"Soul, soul, for a souling cake,
I pray, good missus, a souling cake.
Apple or pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry."
It's Halloween, such a spooky time! We decorate our houses in orange and black and set out Jack-o'-lanterns to glow in the dark as we hover round fires telling ghostly stories drinking mugs of cider and give candy to children who dare to trick or treat. Yes, it's Halloween, but just what did this odd…Continue
It's autumn time. The dog days of summer are behinds us as the sun slips down faster now and darkness creeps back to rule the season. The nip in the morning air and the cooling nights carry the promise of winter's return. Corn and potatoes, apples, pumpkins and squash find their way to our tables as summer's lighter fare is replaced with warmer, heartier dishes.
Venders join the dance of the season as they fill their windows with festive decorations featuring fall colors reminding us…Continue
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‘The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh
We live in a fast and furious world of penciled in schedules where after working a shift, there remains a list of errands to run and appointments to catch. We want it all and we can have it. We live in a world of plenty. This truly is a time of excess so we indulge. After a day of work fulfilling our quest for more, we turn…
May is the month that marks the end of the cold half of the year as nature embraces its fertility and the world teems with life. The season casts its magic, and all around us, nature responds: trees unfurled their leaves, flowers burst into bloom, birds croon as they build their nests, while squirrels begin their mating races. There is magic at foot in the world all around us yet many turn a blind eye as they maintain their doldrum existence. Open your eyes to the life around you. It's time…Continue
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The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
~ Albert Einstein
The universe speaks to us through signs and synchronicities. It is always speaking and once you become aware of the oracles at work in your life, you will awaken to a whole new way of looking at the day to day details you encounter. Oracles exist to provide insight, guidance, knowledge,…
Control of the mind is said to be the highest Yoga.
It is like control of an unruly horse which must be made to obey its rider.
-Bhagavata Purana, XI.20
And a new year begins…New years is known for resolutions. Most of us resolve to lose weight or to begin an exercise plan and get in shape. We plan to end annoying habits and make ourselves better. While these goals are admirable, why not resolve to be happy? You can. Just decide that you are…Continue
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"Ritual and ceremony can bridge our past and our present elegantly, making it possible for folks like you and me to travel through life, honoring the good and bad times we’ve been through. They can help us become human “well-beings,” ready to take on more life and liberty and ready to pursue our happiness.- Carl Jung
December brings the beginning of winter with the winter solstice marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. To the ancient agrarian societies this day…
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To the ancient agrarian societies whose lives revolved around the harvest, the year was seen as a great wheel that turned through the seasons, and with the end of October came the death of the Sun God. The shorter days and long cool nights haled the coming of winter, the season of hunger and death. The full moon of October was often called the blood moon because this was the month to kill and salt down livestock, for only the choicest stock was kept to be fed and coddled through the harsh…Continue
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