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Bloom Where You Are Planted (1 Corinthians 7:20-24)

Summer Solstice Salutations. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. is practicing a prolonged pause and escaping the blogosphere as digital detox retreat for mind body soul solace. Digital De-Clutter Recipe For Renewal: For the love of natural world as medicine explore your inner and outer landscape this season. Disconnect to reconnect. Cut the cell phone cord. Put away the iPad. Forget Facebook. Transcend Twitter. Ignore the Instagram urge. Digital Minimalism. Key to living an authentic and focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

Soul Revolution

New Memoir Revolution Of Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing And Conscious Action By Yogini Activist Seane Corn Book Release +Tour Forthcoming September 2019. RevolutionoftheSoulBook

Seane Corn celebrated yoga teacher, activist and co-founder of Off The Mat Into The World, shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings, to help us heal, evolve and change the world. Seane’s purpose is to guide us into a deep understanding of our highest Self through yoga philosophy and tools for emotional healing -not just as abstract ideas but as embodied, fully felt wisdom. When we heal fractured parts of ourselves and learn to love who we are and the journey we’ve embarked upon, writes Seane, we will see that same tender humanity in all souls. This is the revolution of the soul. And with this book, you’re invited to be a part of it.

Becoming Wise

Krista Tippet Of On Being In Conversation With Richard Rohr

As a conscious contemplative, Father Richard Rohr gives men of all ages a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: from male formation and what he calls “father hunger” to why contemplation is as magnetic to people now as ever. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan writer, teacher, and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His many books include “Falling Upward,” “Divine Dance,” and most recently, “The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For + Believe.”

On Being has its origins in a public radio show called Speaking of Faith, which was created by Krista Tippett in the early 2000’s. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Krista saw a black hole in media where intelligent conversation about religion, meaning, and moral imagination might be. Her show evolved into the On Being podcast in pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century: What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?

Mother Love

“All living beings have been your mother in a former life” say Buddhist teachings that encourage altruism toward others. On Mother’s Day, we practice learning to see all beings as our mother -or whoever cared for us when we were young, in order to shift toward a kinder way of being. The more we engage in this type of contemplation, using rebirth as a metaphor, the more we develop a sense of equanimity and can relate with compassion and empathy.

‘Bodhicitta’ is the aspiration to realize enlightenment for the benefit of others. “The jewel that is the seed of pure happiness in the world and the remedy for the suffering of the world.” Enlightening beings, called bodhisattvas, altruistic heroes of the mind, seek to generate the thought of awakening and then maintain the thought as they fare on the Buddha path. In Tibetan Buddhism, bodhicitta is said to have six causes: 1) Seeing All Sentient Beings As One’s Mothers, 2) Remembering Their Kindness, 3) Repaying Their Kindness, 4) Love, 5) Boundless Compassion and, 6) Altruistic Intention.

Labyrinth Lore

★ Stone Labyrinth ★

Find Your Center May 4th 2019 + Celebrate World Labyrinth Day. Throughout history labyrinths have served as representations of journeys into the sacred. An ancient practice used for millennia by many faiths as a quest for meaning, spiritual centering, contemplation, meditation and prayer. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, you open the senses and focus on the process of taking slow and deliberate steps, while bringing the mind to prayer, chant, or a spiritual question to contemplate during the walk to the center. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path to the center and one direction out, which is called unicursal (one line). In this way, the labyrinth symbolizes a journey to a predetermined destination, a reflection then of how you walk your life. The metaphorical quest of life from birth to spiritual awakening to death.

★ Sacred Geometry ★

It is believed that the labyrinth’s origins are in the image of the spiral. A curving line around a central point, which symbolizes movement, growth, change, and a continually shifting perspective that is inspiring and life-renewing. An archetypal shape that can be found extensively woven into the very fabric of the natural world, represented mathematically in the Golden Ratio, also known as the Divine Proportion. Classical labyrinths are based on this template, rooted in what is referred to as Sacred Geometry. Sacred Geometry is the reverence for geometric patterns and numerical ratios that are reoccurring and universal. As such, sacred geometry is connected to the belief that by exploring these patterns, one may gain insight into the structures of the Universe.

★ Lavender Labyrinth ★

In our modern world, there is an increasing need to take time for self-reflection and simplicity and just as those who came before us, there is the desire to build a bridge between mind body and spirit. As we unite those aspects of our life experience, we find that we are able to live with a greater sense of wellness and fulfillment. The meditative experience of walking a labyrinth is an invaluable tool for contemplating the journey of one’s life, toward integration and the individuation of the Self. Therapeutic and spiritual techniques of our ancestors are just as pertinent today as they were at their inception. Walking the labyrinth is a sacred journey which offers the opportunity to explore areas of one of the most complex mysteries of all, that of our own psyche. Enjoy The Quest!

To Find Labyrinths Near & Far: World-Wide Labyrinth Locator

Labyrinths For The Spirit By Jim Buchanan. “By moving in a focused and directed way through the labyrinth, we begin to relax, and our sixth sense becomes heightened.” That’s how the author, a renowned labyrinth-maker and land artist, describes the effect of walking the traditional and contemporary labyrinths explored here. Examples range from classic Greek and medieval designs to patterns used in Native American basketry, as well as the author’s distinctive creations, which push the boundaries of the form. Connecting the spiritual aspects of walking the labyrinth to the creative act of construction, the guide offers illustrated instructions for making more than 20 different labyrinths.

Pollinator Power

For The Love Of Spring. Pollinator Power.

For the love of  Spring. Let’s all be eco-conscious and wait to clean up our gardens until after temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. Many bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are currently overwintering in the dead leaves and hollowed out stems of last year’s plants. Please leave the leaves! If you clean out your gardens now you will be destroying habitat to this year’s bounty of beneficial beauties and critical creatures that make countless contributions to our everyday world. Allow pollinators to wake on their own carefully calculated timeline. This small act of mindfulness will help them to survive and thrive.

Nourish & Nosh

The change of seasons can easily throw us off-balance in body, mind and spirit. Fortunately, we can rely on ‘food as medicine’ to help this transition be one of ease, health and wellness. While Wintriness lingers in our neck of the woods, as Nature moves in long strides, enjoy these Rescue Remedy Recipes to avoid a cold, fortify the body, lift the spirits and warm the soul. Nourish & Nosh!

Carrot Ginger Soup is a sweet and sunny, satisfying bowl of supercharged nutrition, while Matcha Rose Latte is pretty in Pink and Green to help you harness fresh, brighter, blossoming energy, open the heart chakra, and restore an overall sense of well-being. Plus perfect pairing of complementary colors for the Spring holiday brunch. Celebrate the season with sustenance in style!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 cup of organic almond milk
  • 1 tsp of organic rose petals
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Instructions

  1. Heat the almond milk and rose petals in a pan on low heat until warm, then stir in the honey and heat for another minute.
  2. Turn off the heat. Add the mixture and the matcha to a blender that can tolerate hot liquid, and blend for 30 seconds.  You can also use a hand blender in the pan until the mixture is blended and foamy.

 Moon Juice recently added a ‘magical’ matcha to its Moon Dusts line. An energizing and beautifying Green Tea Skin Food with Tocos and Silver Ear Mushroom to nourish skin, edible Hyluronic Acid to increase moisture levels, and adaptogens like Amla, Schisandra and Ashwagandha to target the effects of stress, and expand your beauty, luster and glow. Moon Juice is a holistic lifestyle resource for plant-sourced alchemy, beauty tools and next level natural remedies for daily nourishment to elevate body, beauty and consciousness.

Carrots -loaded with carotene, provide a powerful nutritional punch, enhanced with the cleansing abilities of freshly grated ginger and a dash of probiotic miso and garlic, gives this soup that hint of heat, deep flavor and healing. One of the most delicious culinary combinations, the roots of carrot and ginger combine to create a savory synergy. It’s just what the doctor ordered to ease one out of a Winter funk, support the immune system, and transition into Spring.

Ingredients

  • 1 organic onion
  • 1 lb. organic carrots
  • 1-inch piece ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 quart water plus 1 Tbsp light miso
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh herbs for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds for garnish

Directions

  • Peel and coarsely dice onion. Peel & slice carrots. Peel & slice ginger (scrape skin off ginger with the dull back-side of a paring knife). Peel & chop garlic.
  • Warm olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add onion, carrots and ginger. Sauté over medium heat until starting to soften. Add garlic, and continue to cook for a minute longer. Add cayenne, water and miso, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Next simmer and cook, covered for 15 minutes. Taste, and add salt and pepper as desired. Continue to cook another 10 minutes, until soft.
  • Puree in the blender until smooth. Adjust seasonings and add more water if too thick. Stir in lemon juice.
  • For some crunch, garnish bowls of soup with pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Makes 6 servings -about one cup each. Bon Appétit! Be Well!

Seasons Spring

 Springtime Salutations. Quote By Pioneering Twentieth Century Biologist, Conservationist & Natural History Writer Rachel Carson, who is credited with sparking the modern global environmental movement with her groundbreaking and thought-provoking book Silent Spring, and for crafting an equally timeless and timely cultural message, in the posthumously published The Sense of Wonder. Books that endure as magnificent manifestos for the vibrant curiosity with which we are all born, and which we risk losing if we imperceptibly, yet steadily, slip into apathy and resignation. Above all, she extends a reminder that the faculty for wonder is our most precious natural resource and our greatest responsibility to conserve.

Care Of The Soul

Psychotherapy As Care Of The Soul: A Training In Thomas Moore’s Soul-Based Approach At Kripalu Center April 26-28th 2019. This program is mainly for practicing counselors, therapists + healers, but students of the therapeutic arts looking to deepen their work may also be interested.

The word psychotherapy means to serve or care for the soul. In soul-based therapy, we recognize the autonomy of the soul in a person’s life as a source of guidance and healing. The soul is central to our humanity, intimate connections, spiritual vision, and pleasure. When the life of the deep soul is blocked, we suffer. Soul-based therapy requires an ability to see what is going on beneath the surface. Since the language of the soul is poetic, we must learn to attune to artistic, literary, mythic, and dream imagery. Intense immersion in therapies that zero in on underlying narratives and themes playing out in a person’s life such as Alchemy, Renaissance Magic, and other esoteric systems provide rich guidance for soul processes. Specially designed for mental-health professionals, this program with Thomas Moore explores the journey of becoming a soul-sensitive human being, able to guide others with depth. 

About: Thomas Moore is the author of Care of the Soul and 25 other books on spirituality and depth psychology. He holds a PhD in religious studies from Syracuse University. Moore is a lecturer, author, and psychotherapist working in archetypal psychology, world religions, spiritualities, and the arts. 

We Heart It

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. hasn’t written a We Heart It post in a while. Wish granted! Curated clever companies and creations to contemplate, curios to captivate, covet, conjure curiosity, and cultivate conscious consumption.

Star Animal Sundays talismans are a modern-day expression of style and spirituality that exists at the crossroads of symbolism, nature, and wellness. They offer you a unique way to find and connect with animals while forging a stronger connection with yourself, nature, and loved ones. Choose an animal that reflects the qualities you already possess, or find an animal that exhibits the characteristics you hope to embody. Let the powerful spirit of your animal find and guide you. Handmade in Los Angeles and NYC of repurposed 14K Gold and ethically-sourced Diamonds. Each charm piece is blessed by a shaman. Plus 10% of net income is donated to The Nature Conservancy to help conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Animal Spirit Wisdom.

Eminence Organic Skincare Wildflower Collection,The winner of Yoga Journal Editor’s Must Haves 2018, will restore mind body skin soul. Inspired by Hungarian heritage, the new Wildflower Collection Cleansing Balm and Ultralight Oil are superior multi-functional products that will transform your skin scentsationally. A combination of European wildflowers and conditioning therapeutic botanical oils not only nurture the skin but provide a gentle scent that evokes the feeling of Summer. Containing Poppy, Cornflower, Echinacea, Evening Primrose and Linden Flower Extracts. Crafted from flowers harvested from the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm, that since inception in 1958, has been using sustainable farming and green practices to create organic and Biodynamic products. Beneficial Botanical Beauty.

Juniper Ridge Solid Wilderness Perfumes, Formulated by distilling and extracting fragrance from wildflowers, plants, bark, moss, mushrooms + tree trimmings harvested on the trail. All of the Juniper Ridge products are named for the wild places they come from. Conceived throughout the West, on dirt roads and trails, around campfires, and formulated in their Oakland, California workshop. All to capture the beauty of the Mojave Desert at sunrise, thick blanket of fog draping the wildflower gardens of Big Sur, or a late-season, sun-baked, snow carved, glacial canyon high in the Sierra Nevada. Building a new fragrance grammar of the American West. A company built on the simple idea that nothing smells better than the forest and that the only way to bring this beauty home is to strap on your boots and go there. Wild Ecology Worship.

Prana Yoga Travel & Adventure Clothing, A versatile lifestyle brand offering sustainable wears|wares for yoga, travel and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Love their motto. Clothing for people who live fully, play long, and travel well. Founded on a core belief that companies should give much more than they take from the world, sparked by their adventures and rooted in sustainability. Prana’s refined urban-to-adventure style, durability + easy-going comfort has been time-tested and perfected. City streets to mountain peaks, Prana strives to create, inspire and educate with eco-friendly minded products for conscious consumption. Join The Movement.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards By Alberto Villoldo & Illustrator Jena DellaGrottaglia, A deluxe-packaged oracle deck based on the wisdom and beauty of the shamanic world from energy medicine teacher Alberto Villoldo -Director of the Four Winds Society. Every card is a dynamic snapshot of sacred symbols belonging to the realm of archetypes and the collective unconscious, the spiritual common ground shared by peoples modern and ancient. When you consult the oracle, you summon power and insight that can help you understand the present, heal the past, and influence the course of your future. We can become our own prophets and visionaries. Each card has three important messages: The Essence. The Invitation. The Medicine.

New Local Artisan Boutique Opening Falls Village CT Summer 2019. Acclaimed interior designer, Bunny Williams, has always admired the talent of her Falls Village CT neighbors. When an old grocery store in town came up for sale, Bunny felt it would be the perfect place to open a cooperative to sell the impressive work of artisans from the tristate area of Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Williams has partnered with Christina van Hengel, a Great Barrington resident with a background in finance and fashion, to run the store. Together Williams and van Hengel source and hand select a curated group of products to sell at 100 Main. Offerings from over 40 artisans to include: art, furniture, textiles, baskets, dog accessories, handbags, womenswear, lighting, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, decor and more. Charming New England Style.

The Humane Gardener By Nancy Lawson, In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist + gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. Principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world. Wildlife Wellbeing.

Farmhouse Pottery Studio & Collection, Elevate your dining experience with the truly authentic handmade feel of signature farmhouse pottery design and timeless elegance. Durable American stoneware wheel thrown in Vermont. The owners + makers, a husband and wife team at Farmhouse Pottery are old-world potters with simple tools and strong beliefs in process and authenticity. They believe the farmers, craftsmen, and makers are the core of our communities, and that farm-to-table isn’t a foodie trend, but rather the rediscovery of a more sustainable lifestyle and value system. Studio Events include: Farmhouse Pottery Workshop Tour; Farmhouse Pottery Wheel Throwing Demonstration and Personal Pottery Lesson with their master potters to create your own piece of American stoneware. Timeless Traditions.

Rising Appalachia Performing Sassafras From The Leylines Album, As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Based between Southern Appalachia and New Orleans, sisters Leah + Chloe Smith work with an array of international musicians and the band incorporates everything from simple harmonics with banjos and fiddles, to a wide variety of drums, kalimbas, beatbox, baliphone, congas, didgeridoo, tablas, spoons and washboard creating a full mix of world, folk and soul music. Rising Appalachia is also part of the Rise Collective which supports many of their community-based projects using art as a source of activism + social justice as well as cultural development. Sing It Soul Sisters.

Wildwood Glamping At Ventana Big Sur California, When Big Sur’s stunning eco-luxury resort Ventana shut down in 2017 for renovations after the only bridge into Big Sur was destroyed, they went through a multimillion-dollar restoration revamping and decided to add 15 luxury tents to the 20-acre Redwood Canyon below the main part of the resort. Offering exclusive glamping experiences focusing on outdoor splendor with an elegant twist. An immersive natural world experience while still relishing all the amenities of a world-class resort. Not only do the safari-style tents include real beds with premium white linens and cozy heated blankets, but there’s also hot running water in teak enclosed showers and housekeeping services. Big Sky Style.