The Autumn Equinox: The Dark Season

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Fall is when we reap what we have sown Autumn is inexorably associated with ripe maturity, harvest and death, as well as the implicit understanding of an eventual rebirth, the offer of resurrection. The autumn ushers in the dark season. The season of diminished light. From now until the Vernal Equinox, six months hence, the nights are longer than the days. Shade and chill prevail. The year, the season, the sun, are slowing down, growing cold, getting old. The insidious forces of death sweep in and overshadow the vibrant life source. The air and land, once alive with teeming species,…

Dealing with Too Many Demands?

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If you’ve ever had a job, you’ve probably experienced to some extent the pressure of needing to get things done to keep your client, boss, or fellow employees happy. There was a time in my work, when I kept a great long list of things to do, and I carried this around with me all day, every day. It was heavy. I looked into and adopted organizational and planning ideas, which were helpful to some extent. But the pressure still remained. As it turned out, what was needed was a shift in why I was doing these things, which also…

6 Heart-Warming Lessons from Calvin and Hobbes

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The world of Calvin and Hobbes is incredibly full of wit and wisdom. I never could fathom the hidden meanings until I was an adult. There are deeper layers of wisdom disguised in seemingly innocent dialogues between a rambunctious kid and his stuffed toy tiger who some say was his imaginary friend and some maintain that he was an impressive depiction of Calvin’s own conscience. According to Bill Watterson, the creator, Hobbes is more of a subjective nature of reality than dolls coming to life. Here are the few of the many-many times when this renowned comic strip remarkably captured…

THE LAND THAT IS MANHATTAN: “The Manhattan Islands”, part 1

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 The Manhattan Islands This article has some lofty goals: to not only help ground you in the original landscape of Manhattan, but to re-introduce NY Spirit readers to the important work of Evan Pritchard, Algonquin scholar. When his book, “Native New Yorkers: the Legacy of the Algonquin People,” came out in 2002, it was featured in this publication, much to the fascination of readers. It is our hope that he will be writing his own column for us in the near future. Have you wondered what the islands our city is built upon looked like before they were completely built…

The Unity of Life

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Throughout history, people have strayed and returned to the sacred Wholeness of Life. Most early cultures held the Unity of Life as an unshakable mystery to be honored. In our age, our ability to perceive wholeness has been muffled, though the Unity of Life remains intact and complete. When we can’t see the moon, it doesn’t mean the moon has ceased to exist, but that we’ve turned away from it. When our sight dims because we squint, it doesn’t mean the light of the world has disappeared, but that we’ve narrowed our view. Over the last two hundred years, we’re…

Let’s Make New York City A True Sanctuary City

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In 1985 in Arizona, a Presbyterian minister learned that a group of refugees fleeing death squads in Guatemala and El Salvador was in need of safe passage across the US border. More concerned about their lives than the law or the political leanings of his neighbors, he helped them over the border and into his church basement, assuring them he would refuse to turn them over to the authorities. In doing so, according to the New York Times, he unwittingly spawned the use of a term that has recently come back into fashion: “sanctuary.” While the anti-immigrant crowd is busy…

MOTHERING — Reclaiming Your Body & Mind After Childbirth

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You’re on the mend, they say, as they send you home with babe in arms. And they’ll see you in six weeks, they say. After all you’ve been through, one would think the doctor should want to see you the very next day, to insure that all the crazy things happening in your body are par for the course. Because they weren’t par for any course you ever navigated before. But in general, it will be six weeks before you see the doctor again. In that six weeks, your body will heal in miraculous ways, and your life will change…

How Journaling Can Change Your Life

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A few months after my tenth birthday, my mother gave me my first Kahlil Gibran. My grandmother had just committed suicide in my childhood home and I was very upset. My mother was dealing with her own grief and told me to write about my feelings. I had no idea that that seemingly benign gesture would have lead to a life long passion for writing. The journal had the prophet’s quotes in small print on the top of each page, seemingly designed as an inspirational spark for the budding writer. In that journal, I recorded quotations, sentiments and reflections pertinent…

Sweeping the Floor of the Yoga Studio or How I Learned to Touch My Toes and Stand on My Head

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Once I was allowed to work at a Yoga Studio in Brooklyn. I say, “allowed” because at the time I was a mess (and that’s putting it lightly). I was trying to stop drinking, trying to stop being sad, trying to stop being in love with every tattooed beauty I met in Prospect Park, trying…I was trying to stop trying. A generous studio owner in Windsor Terrace gave me the opportunity to run the front desk at her Yoga studio a few days a week in exchange for free classes. I could check everyone into the class and then at…

September’s Astrological Forecast: Ready to Be Productive

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As September comes in we leave the eclipse season. We are officially in Virgo season as the Sun goes through the sign of Virgo. Saturn has recently gone direct, so even though Mercury is still retrograde, we have a feeling that karmically things are moving forward. Mercury is retrograding over the eclipse point early in the month to remind us of what areas in our life we want to change. Venus has also recently entered Leo, and when she is ready to enter Virgo on September 19th, she will also go over the eclipse point. So be aware of what…

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