Scientific research indicates that gratitude has a lasting effect on your resilience to face new challenges. It also lowers blood pressure, boosts immune responses, and lessens anxiety and depression. A practice of gratitude promotes a feeling of well-being.
If you practice gratitude, you will experience more optimism, happiness and joy.
Practicing gratitude will change your life.
To develop a practice of gratitude you must first bring your attention to the blessings in your life. It helps to use a focusing technique such as mindfulness meditation...
My favorite book this fall is Morning Altars by Day Schildkret, who introduces a ritual practice to nourish your spirit through the process of creating earth art.
His beautifully illustrated book displays many of earth altars he has created over the years. You will develop a richer relationship with the world around you once you witness his artistry and learn to celebrate the earth.This month we invite you to create an earth altar modeled on Morning Altars.
Learn more about Schildkret’s seven-step process of creating morning altars to celebrate the gifts of the earth...
When you invite your ancestors to engage, you can source from their wisdom and experience. They will reveal themselves in your thoughts and dreams. The exchange becomes a 2-way relationship. You help them on their journey in the world beyond as they help you in this earthly world.
Many cultures throughout the world use ancestor altars for protection and inspiration. A most colorful example of the celebration of ancestors is the Mexican celebration of the Dia de los Muertas or Day of the Dead. On November 1 and 2, families bui...
In every spiritual tradition there are prescribed periods of mourning the loss of a beloved. While the specific number of days, appropriate behavior and prescribed rituals vary from culture to culture, the message is the same: there is a time for mourning and there is a time to stop mourning.
We now recognize that grief does not have a specified time line. It comes; it goes and comes again.
The wisdom keepers of this world are masters of shifting subtle energies. They know a multitude of ways to create sacred spaces using nature, light, sound, color, and sacred objects.
It is inspiring to discover that 40,000 years ago we humans honored the animals we hunted by drawing them on the walls of sacred caves (France).
While in 800 CE, the temples of Borobudur (Island of Java) were constructed to symbolize the Buddhist cosmology of three worlds – the world of desire, the world of forms and the world of formlessness. Visitors sense the shifting energies of thes...
Friday, June 21 is the Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun will reach the highest point in the sky and our shadows will be fore-shortened.
It is summertime and the living is easy.
Ancient cultures celebrated the Earth and Sun on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. People traveled great distances to astrological structures - Stonehenge in England, the Bighorn Medicine Wheel in the US and the Temple of the Earth in China. In community they offered their gratitude to the relationship between the Earth and the Sun.
Scientists have traditionally focused their research on the heart’s response to the brain’s directives. In contrast, the HeartMath Institute has discovered that the heart and brain are in a constant two-way dialog. Their research indicates that that the heart provides a gateway to accessing intuition and inner wisdom.
In stressful situations it is important to develop techniques that allow you to have situational awareness even as the emotions of fear and anxiety blur your interpretation of events. We have found that Heart-Focused™ Breathing, a technique deve...