The Divine Nature of Adversity

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I have suffered setbacks in my life. Serious adversities have altered my reality. I—who buried both of my parents and my husband and immigrated to America with $40 in my pocket—I have conquered the battles that life lined up for me. And you will, too. If I could pick a mark to leave on this world, I would root this truth in all people: you are stronger than you imagine. You are not the sum of your failures, or the victim of flawed actions, but the child of a greater fate. Bad, sometimes terrible, things happen to us—all of us.…

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It’s the Doing that Makes the Difference.

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I remember once, when my children were still very small. It was an unforgivably hot summer evening—the sort that drives even the world to slow her pace. We had ventured off for ice cream–two scoops of mint chocolate chip (on waffle cones, no less). As I buckled the children safely into their car seats, my toddler son cried out, “Mommy, ouch!” He was pointing to an old woman wandering aimlessly through the streets. “Mommy, OUCH!” he pointed with urgency, once again. Car horns blared, as passersby swerved impatiently left to right–not one of them stopping to help this beautiful human…

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A Calmer Mind is Your Choice

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There are many instances of upset/offense that make us want to shut down throughout the day. Considering it a bit further, I find that these instances were once every few minutes for me. I know that it’s exhausting being upset/offended all the time. A long, long time ago I intercepted the concept that it is my choice when I am upset/offended. This of course did not sit well, or even at all, in my mental structures. It took years for me to begin to utilize this gem of truth. This was probably one of the earliest tricks of the ego…

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Ways to Lift Your Spirits When Life Seems Tough

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Are you, too, going through a rough road? Slippery? Bumpy? Never ending tunnels with flickering lights? Well, we all are on the same journey called life. Paths can be different and so can be the approach. It’s important to understand that the so-called bad time is not because you didn’t try harder or you’re not the chosen one; it’s a phase which we, as souls, agreed to go through for a larger reason. In our human costume, we are unable to see the bigger picture. That’s how it is intended to be. It’s usual that at such times we feel out…

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Celebrating the Summer Solstice

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Today is the Summer Solstice. Let us do what the sun does: Declare our finest intention at first light and follow it as it rises with the day. Express the fullness of our own inner illumination, our high noon zenith. Shine our light and warmth into the evening. Set our selves down after a long day with the satisfaction of the glorious lightness of being. Please join me and all of our extended celebratory circles in spirit wherever you are at the exact solstice moment – 12:38 PM EDT – to shine the light of our love and radiate our best…

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Urban Biophilia: The Tree Diaries

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The Who, What, Where, When, Why & How Who are you? I am a Brooklyn-based artist whose paintings express the underlying geometry that precipitates natural, living forms. My Infinite Qualities print series of floral mandalas explore how visual art can support the healing process and have been regularly featured in NY Spirit, along with accompanying transformational practices. Growing up in a Detroit suburb and then living mostly in big cities, I did not have much of a relationship with Nature. In fact, my highly sensitive nervous system made me a poster child for Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by…

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Why Sexuality is the Hot Topic in Holistic & Alternative Medicine

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What is the only thing left out of the holistic paradigm? It’s called S-E-X. Holistic health professionals will talk about everything from gut health & nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, and neti pots…but they tip toe around sex. Why is that? It is still a taboo topic. It’s an area of life that brings up discomfort and uncertainty for the majority of people in our society. Another reason is the lack of training and education. It is simply left out of professional trainings—even those who deal directly with the human reproductive system, such as gynecologists and urologists—don’t receive adequate training on sexuality.…

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4 Ways to Survive a Breakup.

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Have you recently gone through a breakup?  Here are 4 pieces of breakup advice to start the move on process. When people reminded me that time heals all wounds and this too shall pass after my break up, I wanted to kick them in the teeth. If you’re experiencing the I-can’t-get-out-of-bed heartache or the I’ll-never-feel-like-me-again heart break, you know what I’m talking about. At this point, if it’s truly over, you’re going to need to take action. There comes a day when we must put away the ice cream, wash our tear-stained faces and realize it’s time to come to…

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How Sharing Will Save Our Planet

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The ideas proposed in this interview derive from Share International magazine. Share International seeks to reveal the integration between the political, social, economic and spiritual changes now occurring on a worldwide scale; and thereby stimulate practical action to rebuild our world along more just and compassionate lines – based on the Principle of Sharing. Share International’s primary task is to make known the fact that Maitreya ― the World Teacher for the coming age ― and his group, the Masters of Wisdom, are now among us. These enlightened teachers are emerging into the public arena gradually so as to not…

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Warriors in Ecstatic Motion

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How radiant you are, dear Warrior. In view of recent events across the Earth, let me honor the light in you that still awakes to face each day, not knowing what it will bring. The sacred flame of the male in you, the female, the marriage of the two that is the creative force, the inner child, the adolescent, the warrior, the lover as well as the elder, the spirit animal… each of the many aspects of your soul, I honor. We started to explore the chakras together, you and I, and touched upon the Mooladhara Chakra, our base and…

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