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

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.

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.