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

Summer Solstice Salutations. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. will be taking a pause and escaping the blogosphere for the season as digital detox retreat for mind body soul solace. Digital De-Clutter Recipe For Renewal: For the love of nature as medicine explore your inner and outer landscape. 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.

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 Garden 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.

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!

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.

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.

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, sparked 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.

Creating Sanctuary: Daily Practices To Achieve Happiness & Well-Being By Jess Bloom, We all need a personal sanctuary. A place where we can be in harmony with the natural world and nurture our bodies, minds, and souls. And this sanctuary doesn’t have to be a far-away destination -it can be in your own backyard. In Creating Sanctuary, natural living expert Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help you find a deeper connection to the outdoor space you already have -no matter the size. You will learn how to design a healing space, how to harness the power of 50 sacred plants, and how to create recipes and rituals that soothe and calm. Hands-on, inspiring, and packed with gorgeous photography, Creating Sanctuary will help you find new ways to revitalize your life. Land Based Practices.

Juniper Ridge Solid Wilderness Perfumes, Formulated by distilling and extracting fragrance from wildflowers, plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and 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.

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. Artful American Tradition.

Rising Appalachia Performing Sassafras From Their New 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.

David Lynch MasterClass On Creativity And Film + Meditation, The iconic painter, musician, actor, photographer and Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking David Lynch 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. Creative Cinematic Genius.

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.

SmartFlower Solar, The SmartFlower is an all-in-one intuitive solar solution that can live anywhere. Clean energy for your home or business that is easy, efficient, smart and beautiful. Sunflowers turn their blossoms to face the sun to make optimum use of the light. Since Mother Nature knows best, the creators of SmartFlower Solar designed their technology to function similarly to an actual sunflower, through the use of a GPS-based tracking system. Which features 12 solar panels -shaped to mimic petals that follow the sun across the sky to optimize the generation of solar energy throughout the day. At sunrise, the SmartFlower unfolds and aims its panels to the sky to begin producing energy. The petals then automatically close again when the sun goes down, storing excess energy. Far-Reaching Flower Power.

Valentine Ritual

 An Ancient Ritual + Alternative To Hashtag Holiday Hype To Help You Connect With The History Of St. Valentine  

  • Think of something that you want to “grow” it could be a business, a dream, a relationship, or even your health.
  • Write down your intention on a piece of paper using the following format: “I plant this seed of _______________ which I intend to help nourish and grow into _______________. I ask the Divine to help guide me to making the necessary steps and to ensure that all is carried out with my highest good in mind.”
  • Light a candle and place it next to a small bowl of clean water. Fold the piece of paper and hold it close to your heart while you meditate or repeat your intention.
  • When you feel your intention has been infused in the paper, drop it into the water.
  • Go outside and plant the paper in the ground, cover with soil and pour the water over the top. Breathe and let it go.
  • Take a moment to give appreciation and thanks to the Universe.

Seeds Of Love

Seeds of Love: Special Evening With Deepak Chopra & World-Renowned Environmental Leader Vandana Shiva,ABC HomePlant-Based Restaurant NYC, February 5th, 2019. Evening includes high vibration tonics, mezzas, and music + poetry by Haleh Liza.

Ecologist, philosopher, and founder of the Navdanya environmental conservation movement, Dr. Shiva was named by Forbes magazine as one of the seven most influential women in the world today. Celebrated for her plant intelligence seed freedom curriculum that focuses on the reclaiming of traditional methods of seed saving, sowing, growing and harvesting to insure a healthy future for us all. Highlighting the inherent rights of people to practice indigenous, organic, and biodiverse farming as an alternative to industrial agriculture. With a dedication to renewing a sacred food system, one that is aligned with the natural rhythms of Mother Earth, ecology, human health and global social justice. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Shiva will discuss themes from her new book, One Earth, One Humanity Vs. The 1%.

One Earth, One Humanity Vs. The 1% by Dr. Vandana Shiva, Forthcoming March 2019.

Dr. Vandana Shiva’s most radical and important ideas are represented in lucid form in this essential primer for those who wish to understand the forces that threaten our planet. Her vision of “one earth, one humanity” and its scientific and cultural roots are explained in depth; the monopolistic economic machinations of the 1% are exposed; the genetic manipulations of Monsanto are uncovered; and “philanthropists” are exposed as the new Robber Barons. Vandana Shiva’s struggles on the streets and in homes and farms across the world have yielded a set of principles based on inclusion, nonviolence, reclaiming the commons, and freely sharing the earth’s resources. These ideals, which she calls “earth democracy,” serve as an urgent call to peace and as the basis for a just and sustainable future. Unafraid to confront authority and name names, this new book exposes the global elite, uncovering their links to the rising tide of fundamentalism, violence against women, and planetary death.

About

Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and the founder of The Chopra Foundation, the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and co-founder of Deepak HomeBase. He is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including 25 New York Times bestsellers.

Haleh Liza Gafori is a poet, composer, vocalist, and translator born in NYC of Iranian descent whose work reflects her Persian mystical roots as well as a deep reverence for nature. Her poetry has been published by Columbia University Press and Rattapallax Press and she has recently completed a manuscript of new translations of poems by Rumi and Hafez.

Cosmic Catalyst

Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Swallow their spells. There’s a certain sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.
Victoria Erickson

New Moon In Aquarius The Water Bearer February 4th 2019

A New Moon in Aquarius is about visionary transformation. The kind of transformation that is evolutionary. Internal, eternal transformation that nudges us closer to authenticity and sovereignty. Aquarian consciousness carries cleansing cosmic currents, catalysts for change. Time to re-focus our vision and open up to the yielding energies of deep and penetrating truths. Tap the source to access our original fount. That’s where the Gold lies. With vision and focus we can flourish and flow. Into a high-vibe year we go!

High-vibe (adj.): The state of inner peace that arises from loving your whole self, doing your shadow work, and living with integrity of mind body spirit.

The Return

Northern cardinals bring splashes of splendid color to the Grays and Browns of a Winter environment. The male Northern cardinal is unmistakable, thanks to his Rose-Red plumage, pointed crest, and Black mask. The female cardinal has a more subdued fashion sense, preferring pale Tan and Brown with a few Rosy accents on the crest, wing, and tail. Both sexes have the same heavy, bright Orange bill. Cardinals are year-round residents in New England, and frequent forest friendly flyers on Wonder. Wisdom. Words property. Year after year, during the coldest months of the year, a visiting patriarch and matriarch pair’s clarion calls alert us to their presence dusk to dawn. Soulful birdsong thanks for sharing some survival sustenance.  Same Time Same Place.