I have read stories where people talk about their difficulty sitting for meditation. Some people fidget; some have difficulty training the mind to focus on the breath or on counting backward.
There are many objectives of meditation, though a popular one is to still the mind and access the expansive state of silence. For those who find it difficult to put in the daily practice due to frustration at perceived lack of “progress,” chanting is a wonderful option.
In the west, chanting is not necessarily a common practice. The closest mainstream Christian practice to chanting I know of is praying…
I’m into purple crystals this morning. Before I get into the crystals, let’s explore the meaning of the color purple.
In his book How to Heal with Color, Ted Andrews talks about the purifying capabilities of the color. This is not necessarily new news for many of us. If you have been reading or learning about spirituality for a while, you have likely heard of cleansing and transmutation techniques using the violet flame.
It doesn’t really matter whether or not you believe that unicorns are “real.” If that idea makes you uncomfortable, it is possible to consider that the qualities that the unicorn represents are real.
Unicorns are talked about in different cultures and mythologies all over the world. In Greece, they are monokeios. In Portugal, they are alicornio. In Japan, they are kirin. The unicorn even appears in the Indian epic The Mahabharata. (If this interests you, you can check out the article by Dr. David Frawley called Krishna and the Unicorn of the Indus Seals.)
There is an Italian Netflix series called Summertime.
It’s a drama, so it’s all about relationship issues. People needing each other. People being co-dependent. People breaking up for stupid reasons. People hooking up with the “wrong” people. There’s a lot in there that expresses the shadow forms of human relationships, but there are some enlightened models of relating too.
The show is set in a little port town on the beach. The main characters are in their late teens and early 20s. And, of course, it’s summertime. There’s sun, sand, drinking, dancing, partying, playing, swimming and sex. …
I consider myself an expert with flower essences, but I realized that I got into crystals first. I have taken flower essence certification courses and studied extensively from both books and in-the-field. But with rocks, I just got it. I never needed a course — the knowledge was just there.
I love to go to crystal shops and visit my friends. I don’t care for the fancy displays of touristy main street shops. I like the overcrowded abodes of real rock lovers. There is an amazing shop just like this called Earth Songs that’s about an hour and a half…
Until today I had never counted how many Ted Andrews books I had read. (Spoiler alert: it’s 16.) Of course, I knew that he was by far my favorite spiritual writer, but it’s amazing to look at his books all together and see what a range of topics he covered. He wrote about numerology, magical dance, nature wisdom, and even the Qabala.
His work resonates with me because I also have quite a range of knowledge of spiritual topics, including the more esoteric or occult studies. However, I don’t actually like using the word occult; to me, it conveys a…
“Beauty be not caused It Is.” — Emily Dickinson
I read an article written by a monk a few years ago who said that the best meditation we could practice would be a meditation on beauty.
Given all the spiritual “advice” and practices floating around, I noticed this one as having a bit of a different message. He was not suggesting that we choose things with our mind and appreciate what we “think” is beautiful, but rather that we attune to the field of beauty consciousness. When we meditate on beauty, our spiritual lens changes, and we start to see…
“Through the beat of the drum, a sense of the original source is evoked, along with the forces of the universe, which have been suppressed in the subliminal abyss of the unconscious..” — Michael Drake
I keep a conch shell on the bookcase in front of my desk. While I realize that removing such a beautiful natural wonder from the wild is not something to take lightly, I like to think that I pay it due respect.
The air that enters a conch shell bounces around and creates an ambient sound like the ocean's waves. So, the conch shell and…
I had a migraine headache for the past two days. Then, today, my consciousness is kicking up some seriously old material. (Okay, I see you, thank you for sharing…) Usually, when I get this sort of major physical response, something is going on in the cosmos — and I am not the only one feeling it.
It is easy to recognize thoughts coming up from the shadow — they are usually some event from the past where I felt embarrassed. So, rather than react and push them away, I have two “go-to” responses:
I learned some Swedish today — a kattatant is a lover of cats.
I was looking for another book in the library and saw this cute volume about developing a better relationship with your cat. After reading for a bit, I realized that Schötz was trying to educate humans on behalf of the cat population! (Which I appreciate, by the way…)
Schötz is a phonetician by profession — someone who studies the sounds of human speech. The amount of detail included in the book makes it easy to see that Schötz applied her academic training to identify and document cat…