Diwali – The Light Within

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As the autumn sets in, one can hear the melodious footsteps of festivals approaching in almost every part of the world. India is called the land of festivals, hence, the footsteps are loud and knocking is fiery. There is a festival on every spiritual significant day. The intention set forth by ancestors was to make life a celebration. This month, it is Diwali in India. One of the most popular festivals celebrated by not only Hindus but Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists too. To be honest, everyone in India, irrespective of their religion, celebrates it with their own little or grandeur…

Reincarnation, Past Lives and the In-Between

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In his fascinating book, Treasure Hunt: Follow Your Inner Clues to Find True Success, Rizwan Virk looks at the origin of intuitive clues from two different perspectives, the spiritual and the scientific. In this excerpt he looks at the spiritual perspective, which says many of the intuitive clues we get in life are set up for us in advance and are there to remind us of the life we were meant to live. In some Buddhist traditions, the process of incarnating requires crossing the “River of Forgetfulness,” where we forget all about our past lives and the intent, mission,…

Snacking Tips That Will Fuel Your Growing Child’s Day

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Snacking is an activity that can play an important role in childhood nutrition. Two factors that should be considered when providing snacks are the types of snacks offered and the timing. A structured snacking schedule will help a child manage his/her hunger and satiety between meals, preventing him/her from overeating at larger meals.  In addition, healthful snacks can provide a nutritional boost containing vitamins and minerals.  On the other hand, unhealthy and continuous snacking habits can contribute to weight gain, leading to childhood overweight and obesity. As a parent, it may be challenging to select healthful food options due to the large variety of…

Unwinding with Chi Nei Tsang

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As a massage therapist, I see the manifestations of daily stress in the bodies of my clients. The tension in our muscles often gets our attention, but consider the emotional tensions we feel when we “can’t stomach” something. That stress is held in our abdomens and internal organs. Do we ever direct attention there, bringing light to areas that are out of sight? People come to see me with various presenting complaints. Many stem from a lifestyle out of balance with the rhythms of nature. Many of us on an average day walk around on concrete with shoes that deform…

Feather Weather – Birds in my Life

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Going down the memory lane, I was always fascinated by the chitter-chatter of the birds in my lawn. I remember many of them. A tiny, shiny, dark blue bird used to hop on the red hibiscus tree and suck its nectar in a rather hurried manner. She used to spring from one branch to another as if there was a deadline to finish. Later, I recognized it was a hummingbird. Two love-pigeons used to coo perching on the L-shaped pipeline from the terrace down to the ground. Sparrows used to chirp incessantly on the jasmine climber over the main gate.…

The Strength of Our Attention

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As a cut will heal, the strength of our attention will mend a cut in our outlook, if we give ourselves again to life. Whenever we feel burdened and lost, or fragmented and bereft, the strength of our attention is a way back to feeling vital and alive. What this means is that as water will fill any hole, life-force will fill us and animate us, if we can release our full attention. It doesn’t matter to what, just that we try one more time to be completely present and hold nothing back. The oldest tools of presence are holding and…

Knowing I Have a Body – The Art of Being Present

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I was standing on the curbside under an old pomegranate tree in front of my therapy office, delighting in the smell of Fall and the hint of chill in the air as my colleague spoke intently about a new concept he had about what motivates interpersonal behavior.  “I’m not who you think I am,” he said, moving so he stood directly in front of me, entreating me to look him in the eyes, “I’m not even who I think I am.” He raised his eyebrows to emphasize this important new discovery, index finger pointing to his chest. “I’m who I…

On the Farm: The New Greenhorns

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“Plant lady is the new cat lady,” and I, for one, am ready to fully embrace that as the new life motto. As a first-year, first generation farmer, I have been referred to as a “Greenhorn” a lot lately. So, I had to do my own research. What in the world is a Greenhorn? If you Google the word, Merriam-Webster defines a Greenhorn as, “an inexperienced or naive person; a newcomer.” In the world of sustainable agriculture, however, Greenhorn has come to fruit it’s own, unique, definition; one which replaces the negative connotation of being naive with a sense of…

As Above, So Below: A Guide to Zen through the Dangers of Conquest

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Have you ever asked yourself if it’s worth doubting the current system or even who you have become in general? Many fear the insight. It’s a part of the Utopian plan for those in power, with the empty resources of profit. It’s a system based off of a man-made currency that depletes the well of our environment and our souls. Not only taught to accept our lives as it is, in all of its unfairness, but to make it seem heroic when we become a so-called success story within it. The pressures to find and hold an identity keep so…

Vegan Sweet Pastry (Pâte Sucrée) and Autumn Tart Recipes

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It took me a few years to really feel comfortable and accomplished with pie crusts, but when I started trying vegan and gluten-free options, my whole world was thrown askew. It’s somewhat difficult to make gluten-free or vegan pie crust if you, like me, prefer to use whole ingredients (as in, if you would rather avoid shortening and margarine; though if you don’t mind shortening or margarine, then it should be a breeze.) There are probably hundreds of great recipes for vegan pie crusts on the Internet, and I’m sure you can find some that use whole, simple ingredients…or you…

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