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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.

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?

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. 

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.

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.