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?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Mantra Magic

 Meaningful Mantra For A New Year 

A mantra is a sound, syllable or group of words which, when recited, are regarded as capable of producing spiritual transformation. A word common in the eastern world made up of two words: man meaning “mind,” and tra meaning “instrument.” So, a mantra is an instrument of the mind. In eastern religions, and the mystical traditions of Christianity, mediators use mantras to center themselves and bring greater unity between the mind, body and spirit.

In many respects, a New Year’s Resolution is a kind of mantra. But, like mantras, resolutions must be practiced daily with intention and integrated into your way of being. A beneficial place to begin is with the mantra: Embrace All That You Are. Make this your new year mantra, or come up with your own. Think personalization and empowerment. Then, meditate. In fact, if you make only one resolution this New Year’s, choose to meditate every day. Align yourself for a stellar year ahead. Meaningful mantras will manifest.