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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.

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.

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.

Labyrinth Lore

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.

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.

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

The Overstory

The Overstory: A Novel, By Richard Powers, Published By W.W. Norton & Company, The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner For Fiction

The winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction receives Wonder. Wisdom. Words. worthy recommendation. A wise, deep, impassioned novel of activism and resistance, that is also a stunning evocation of, and ode to, the natural world. The Overstory is the quintessential eco-epic for the climate change era, whose win couldn’t come at a more pivotal time in history. It’s been called “An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story, whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.” An allegorical ecological masterpiece writ large that the Pulitzer committee praises for approaching trees and the threats facing them with reverence and an urgency that could be enough to change minds.

The Overstory: A Novel By Richard Powers

From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours that is vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity’s self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us?

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!

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. 

Kripalu Center, nestled in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts, attracts more than fifty thousand people a year as North America’s largest all-inclusive yoga-based healing and education center. The premiere destination renowned in wellness circles for healing body mind spirit.

Namaste Nuance

Namaste. You hear it often. You might even say it. But do you know what it truly means? Namaste (nah-mah-stay) is a Sanskrit word which literally translates to “Salutation To You,” or an amplified version, “The Divine In Me Bows To The Divine In You.” The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. An acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. An affirmation with an element of deep respect, that brings about the essence of oneness, and an understanding of the true nature of reality. When someone says Namaste, the word itself carries the vibration of true seeing.

To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love, close the eyes, and bow the head. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. One can use Namaste for oneself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside the heart chakra; and it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, salutation and meditation in action, to express gratitude and reverence toward others.

We Heart It

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

Jes MaHarry Pure Lux Charm Bracelet, For the ones who have become empowered from life’s lessons and have learned to rise from love. This one of a kind bracelet is over the top beautiful with a bit of Platinum, Gold, Diamonds and one exquisite Green Tourmaline to symbolize inner strength. Jes MaHarry has a spirited passion for life that pours through everything she does. Her strong desire to live each moment as fully and freely as possible is fueled by her empathic relationship with animals, deep love of nature and compassion for all living things. A soulful lifestyle that translates into her art and original mixed-media jewelry. Be Free & Love Life.

Jiva-Apoha Classic 1967 Body Oil, A unisex blend of organic Sunflower Oil, pure essential oils of Mysore Sandalwood, Ginger, Patchouli, Vetivert & Cinnamon Bark. Inspired by a time when the air was thick with impending change and self-awareness was the last stop before freedom. Some of the world’s finest earthly delights are blended here to create the quintessential spicy, woody and seriously sexy skin treatment. Jiva-Apoha is Sanskrit for “Soul-Healing,” a mix of the powerful healing practices of Ayurveda and Shamanism. Both of which have been around, relied upon, and healing people for thousands of years. A tightly curated line, coveted by those in-the-know, for helping to teach people how to heal themselves. Raise The Vibration.

Prana Yoga Travel & Adventure Clothing, Prana is a versatile lifestyle brand offering sustainable fashion 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, inspired by their adventures and rooted in sustainability. Prana’s refined urban-to-adventure style, durability, and easy-going comfort has been time-tested and perfected. From city streets to mountain peaks, Prana strives to create, inspire, and educate with eco-friendly minded products for conscious consumption. For The Road Ahead.

Well+Good: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living, By Alexia Brue & Melisse Gelula, Forthcoming April 2019. From the trusted, influential and trend-setting website Well + Good comes their first cookbook. Founders Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula have curated a collection of 100 easy and delicious recipes from the luminaries across their community to help you eat for wellness. They are what the buzziest people in every facet of the wellness world -fitness, beauty, spirituality, women’s health, and more, cook for themselves. Whether you want to transform your eating habits, clear up your skin, add more nutrient-rich dishes to your repertoire, or sleep more soundly, you’ll find what you need in this book. Along with go-deep guides on specific wellness topics contributed by experts. Food For Thought.

Edens Garden Bee Happy Synergy Blend Essential Oil, This fun and vibrant blend was designed to bring joy and cheer to each and every day with a sparkling sunshine scent of Lemon, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Lime, Douglas Fir, Mandarin, Geranium, Lavender, Damiana, Vetiver and Vanilla CO2, that will surely keep you and your kids smiling. Beneficial aromatherapy treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Winter Blues too! The Edens Garden OK For Kids 18 synergy blends line was specifically created to be safe for children 2+, but also efficacious for adults as well. E.D.E.N.S. pledge: standing for Effective, Dedicated, Educated, Natural & Safe. Don’t Worry Bee Happy.

Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action, By Seane Corn, Forthcoming September 2019. The new memoir from Seane Corn, inspired international yoga teacher extraordinaire, activist, and co-founder of Off The Mat Into The World, guides us into a deep, gut-level understanding of our highest Self through yoga philosophy and other tools for emotional healing, as embodied fully-felt wisdom. To spark a “revolution of the soul” in each of us and awaken our purpose to become true agents of change. A few of the stops along the way include: The everyday “angels” Seane finds in the gritty corners of New York’s 1980’s East Village; her early struggles as a yoga-class misfit; the profound shadow work and body-based practices that helped her to heal childhood trauma, unhealthy behaviors, and relationship wounding; hard-earned lessons from some of the most heartbreaking places on the planet; and many other unforgettable teaching stories. Off The Mat Into The World.

Farmhouse Pottery Collection, Elevate your dining experience with the truly authentic handmade feel of signature farmhouse pottery design and timeless elegance. These pieces remain Farmhouse Pottery perennial favorites. 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. Beautiful American Traditions.

David Lynch MasterClass On Creativity & Film

The iconic painter, musician, actor, photographer and Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking David Lynch is now on MasterClass. The popular online education tool where classes for students of all skill levels are taught by the greatest minds to inspire, educate and transform lives. David is teaching his creative processes of translating ideas into film through an extraordinary 13-lesson course, including a bonus chapter on Transcendental Meditation -a technique he has practiced for nearly 50 years. Cinematic Genius.

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 on trend immersive natural world experience, while still relishing all the amenities and services 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 daily housekeeping services. Big Sky Style.