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Subtler Shifts

Subtler Shifts: Steady Awareness In Practice + Life With Elena Brower | Menla Mountain Retreat Catskills | March 27-29, 2020.

 Spring Retreat. For The Love Of Mind Body Spirit. Save The Date. This weekend journey with yogini Elena Brower will offer your body and mind a comprehensive reset. From asana to meditation, active movement to nidra, explore what it means to cultivate the subtler shifts within you to welcome a sweet freedom in your daily life. Set in a secluded valley surrounded by thousands of acres of forest preserve in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, Menla ~the Tibetan name for the Medicine Buddha, is a hidden oasis featuring a conference center, yoga studio, meditation sanctuary, and a state-of-the-art healing arts center grounded in rare and ancient Tibetan therapies in conjunction with other holistic paradigms. An awe-inspiring place that will continue to become a thriving resource for health, healing, and spiritual evolution for many years to come.

Menla Mountain Retreat | Dewa Spa + Healing Center

A project of Tibet House US spearheaded by American Buddhist Author and Academic Robert Thurman ~with a vision to draw from Tibetan wisdom sciences to reinforce the new wave of holistic integrative medicine now emerging in Western societies, Menla offers a rich tapestry of wellness experiences and activities including: individual and group retreats, workshops with renowned teachers, yoga and meditation, healing therapies and bodywork, and various levels of mountain forest hiking and personalized nature immersion experiences. Guests choose from a variety of eco-friendly, causally chic and comfortable accommodations, plus enjoy delicious gourmet vegetarian cuisine ~much of which comes from their own organic garden.

About: Teacher, author, speaker, and Double Diamond leader with doTERRA, Brower has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has now been translated into six languages, and her second book, Practice You: A Journal, is now a bestseller from Sounds True. She has contributed to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, MindBodyGreen + more. For Truth. Goodness. Beauty. visit Brower’s website + listen to her globally beloved Practice You Podcast.

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From The Bardo

Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith From Songs From The Bardo © Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2019.

The Bardo Thodol, or The Tibetan Book of the Dead, as it is known in English since the earliest translation appeared in 1927. This sacred Tibetan Buddhist text lays out detailed descriptions of the forty-nine-day journey of our consciousness from the moment of death to our next rebirth.

Songs From The Bardo begins with a bell ringing out once, twice, three times, as a ritualistic chant emerges from the dense silence. The collaborative composition by avant-garde iconoclast Laurie Anderson, Tibetan multi-instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal, and composer and activist Jesse Paris Smith is a guided journey through the visionary text of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, unfolding in an 80-minute ebb and flow of sound and words. Songs From The Bardo is a transporting experience, meant to draw the listener into the present moment and provide a framework for inner exploration. Modern compositional techniques are fused with the mystique of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to make these visionary traditions more accessible to a new generation of listeners and to reveal the ancient wisdom contained within

Heart Of A Dog Award-Winning Documentary Film Directed By Visual Artist + Composer Laurie Anderson, 2015. Soundtrack Available From Nonesuch Records.

The Bardo as theme is also explored in Heart Of A Dog, the first feature film in thirty years by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson. A cinematic tone poem that flows from a sustained sublime meditation on death and other forms of absence, the film seamlessly weaves together thoughts on Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, the modern surveillance state, and the artistic lives of dogs, with an elegy for the filmmaker’s beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, at its heart. Narrated by Anderson with her characteristic wit, and featuring a plaintive, free-form score by the filmmaker, the tender and provocative Heart Of A Dog continues Anderson’s four-and-a-half-decade career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder. Tops Wonder. Wisdom Words. Worthy Watchlist.

Heart Of A Dog, 2015, A Poetry In Motion Meditation In Action Cinematic Journey Through Love, Death & Language By Laurie Anderson. A beautiful and deeply hypnotic collage-like visual language is created out of the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and told ~ and how we use them to make sense of our lives.

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Thankful + Grateful

Wishing You Friendship By The Fireside, Peace For The Pathway, Hope For The Journey + Safe Travels This Thanksgiving Season. May it be one of gratitude to see our lives more clearly and thankfulness to brings us back to the present moment, and the fulfillment we find there. Note: Wonder. Wisdom. Words. will be on a social media hiatus for spiritual maintenance through the holidays. To be continued 2020. Until then, enjoy the archives.

Manifesto Magic

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Is Back From Summer Sabbatical. Visit The New Picturesque Profile | Gravatar Hovercard Here

Slow media production and consumption in the digital age. It advocates for alternative ways of making and using media that are more intentional, more enjoyable, longer lasting, better researched/written/designed, more ethical, and of higher quality overall. ~Wikipedia

Prologue: In its newest incarnation Wonder. Wisdom. Words. seeks to be a stylish slow media platform for growth and nourishment that sparks sunshine, soulfulness, synergy, sustenance, curiosity, consciousness and change, being brainy, beautiful and beneficial. Welcome. Wander Well.

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. begins each day in forest time listening to the birds, has a mild obsession with trees, beautiful things, and all shades of Green, practices a willing suspension for disbelief, enjoys soulful, sophisticated subtext and existential meaningfulness, ponders paradox, depth psychology, ancient archaeology, elegant, holistic systems and schools of thought, and appreciates the anthropology of beauty and whole-self wellness, the roads less traveled, and the metaphorical, nutritional value of a finely crafted book.

Sanctuary Style

Butterfly Celebration Festival Sharon Audubon Center CT To Shine A Spotlight On These Beautiful Creatures.

The celebration will kick off with “A Guide To Restoring The Little Things That Run The World”, a presentation on creating sustainable habitat in our own backyard by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, Friday, Sept. 13th, 7 pm at the Litchfield Community Center. The festivities continue at the Butterfly Celebration Festival Saturday, Sept. 14th from 10 am-3 pm at the Sharon Audubon Center with tours of the new Butterfly House, Caterpillar Rearing Lab and gardens; presentations on native butterflies, planting for butterflies, native plant sale, music, food and more.

The Sharon Audubon Center encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, a Wildlife Rehab Clinic, a small history museum and an Audubon Nature Store. The immediate grounds include Raptor Aviaries, the Herb Garden, the Eleanor Loft Bird & Butterfly Garden and a sugarhouse. Whose mission is to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats by creating life-changing experiences that inspire community members to appreciate, understand, and protect the natural world. Support the work here

Digital Detox

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

Spring Into Summer. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. is practicing a prolonged pause and escaping the blogosphere for the Summer 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 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.

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 is the largest yoga-based holistic health and education retreat center in North America. Located in the beautiful Berkshires of western MA.