Lisa Shaw's Blog – October 2014 Archive (5)

Healing Yourself Through Breath

Breath gives us life. In Sanskrit, that life force, prana, is considered the equivlaent of "chi" energy or the "ki" in Reik . It is the breath of life that permeates our entire being and moves up the spine touching and vitalizing each chakra, healing by its very nature. Various systems concentrate on the breath as a healing agent, from yogic breathing to holotropic breath work (rebirthing) to the science of LaMaze childbirth or rebirthing, which uses a series of uninterrupted breaths to…

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Added by Lisa Shaw on October 22, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Christmas and the Animals: The Nativity Microcosm

No matter which religion one follows or whether one subscribes to the concept of religion at all, Christmas is an opportunity to recognize an often missed spiritual message: the animals, too, are sacred. As people scramble in their shopping, preparing, hosting, feasting, we should reaffirm the sanctity of all living things as embedded in the Nativity story. The preachers and teachers as well as the congregants and gift-wrappers can benefit from viewing Jesus’s birth narrative as illuminator.…

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Added by Lisa Shaw on October 18, 2014 at 11:07am — No Comments

Ritualizing to Release and Heal

Ritual is an act of devotion, an  invitation to the universe to activate our healing. Usually associated with religious and spiritual traditions and rituals empower us as we release and renew. Rituals help us navigate through life and boost our healimn with spiritual collaboration.  When we seek Divine  help, we purify through ritual. 

Rituals often use objects of nature to link us to the natural world; one of the most familiar is ritualistic incense. In the Catholic Church the priest…

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Added by Lisa Shaw on October 7, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

When Your Animal Dies: Actively Moving Through the Grief

 

Your animal  has died and you are distraught. If it's the first time you are experiencing such unmatched sorrow, you feel as if your world has just shriveled to nothing.  If it's not the first time, you feel as if your world has just shrivled to nothing.  The emptiness is vast and your suffering prolonged, yet you hesitate opening up to others who may  dismiss your pain as fleeting.  All of us who have cherished…
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Added by Lisa Shaw on October 4, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Dorothy And the Divine Feminine: Isolation, Meditation, Liberation

The popular distinction between prayer and meditation is that  prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God,  that universal force that perpetuates life.  We know that in real world communication models, both skills are necessary.for progress in relationships.  While we are encouraged  by our traditional religious traditions to pray, in the West we place little if any emphasis has been placed on meditation and usually look to Eastern customs when we seeking a deeper dialogue…

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Added by Lisa Shaw on October 2, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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