The Power of the Infinity Symbol

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What is the infinity sign really about? There was a time when knowledge of the power of symbols was the preserve of initiates only and it was passed on in secret. The infinity sign, or lemniscate, is one such fascinating symbol and produces its power regardless of whether we believe in it or not. In this article you will discover how it has been used in many different cultures and how we can make use of this powerful symbol today. Let us immerse ourselves in the magical world of ancient symbols. I wonder, will we feel its force straight away?…

The Art of Living in the Present

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After my husband passed, a whirl of past and future danced in my mind. The sad movie of every memory we shared played endlessly: there he was on the night we met, the wildly handsome young man with a heavy mustache. Enchanting. Then we were waltzing on the dance floor of the restaurant he owned, stepping into our new home, toasting across the dinner table, and cradling our baby daughter. My heart was anywhere but in the present, oscillating between painful “what ifs” and still more painful “if onlys.” Doubt weighed down the hours. With time I realized that I…

Embrace Your Sensuality Yoga Sequence

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Our society is a lot more sexually repressed than the “sex sells” slogan adopted by the advertising and entertainment industry would have us believe. When our sexuality is repressed, our creativity is subsequently limited. That’s because both sexuality and creativity are ruled by the sacral chakra, the chakra near the genitals. When we are ashamed of our bodies, we will also become less confident in the art that we can create. We’d never think that we can draw a picture or write that book. If you choose to believe those illusions, then chances are that it stems from sexuality that…

YOGA: The Four Noble Truths

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What is it about the cold months in Park Slope that make Brooklyn stand out like a Charles Dickens village? With all the chaos and commotion of our city, our world and our speck in the universe, it is Brooklyn that remains unchanged. Even with new renovations, new neighbors, new schools, hospitals and restaurants, the true heart of winter lives and thrives on the streets of Brooklyn. Some of this has to do with the deep roots of our borough, the history of Park Slope and it’s surrounding neighborhoods. But, some of it also has to do with Yoga.  Yoga…

Staying Healthy with Spring

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When I started to learn more about natural and traditional medicines after completing my conventional Western medical training in 1972, it coincided with moving from a bustling city to the country – the beautiful small town of Bolinas on the Northern California coast. I was greatly influenced by living closer to nature and meeting members of the local healing community, which included pioneers like physicians Marty Rossman and Irving Oyle as well as herbalists and other natural medicine practitioners. It was an exciting and creative time. I began my studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) during this period and started…

Always Building and Mending

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We’re always building and mending, tinkering and repairing, creating and recreating. It’s how the heart uses the mind to affirm that we’re here. The way a bird twigs together a nest in spring, we twig together another dream after each disappointment. The way an ant moves the earth, grain by grain, to form its little hill, we move the facts of our life around, grain by grain, to form another home. We do the same with relationships, always building and mending, always coming together and breaking apart. We call this process love. We know the bounce from disappointment to dream…

How to Survive Change…You Didn’t Ask For

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CHANGE TRUTH  Change Isn’t the Enemy, Fear Is Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. —Marie Curie I met a woman recently who told me a story that really concerned me. Jan’s gardening business had dried up, she’d been living on her savings, and she was down to her last $500. One of her clients had called, letting her know of an opening as a receptionist in her husband’s office that she knew Jan could fill. “He was looking for someone right away,” Jan explained to me, “and I was about to go…

Spring Care: Mind, Body & Spirit

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“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”  ― Rainer Maria Rilke The enthralling cherry blossoms, the Eastern Redbud, the Southern Magnolia, the artistic red Maples, the Crabapple white blossoms, the Carolina silverbells… the list is endless. With thousand shades of flowers and fragrant rejuvenating breeze, spring is undoubtedly nature’s party time. Outside and Inside. Nature cycles course coincides with our internal flow as well. Hence, connecting with nature and comprehending its signs help us to create an equilibrium. After the slumber of winters, spring brings forth a time to gradually wake up…

Eggs on End: Standing on Ceremony at the Equinox

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For the past 42 years I have served as an urban shaman, eco-ceremonialist and what The New Yorker dubbed “The Unofficial Commissioner of Public Spirit of New York City.” During these past four-plus decades, I have produced countless public participatory events and ceremonies in parks, plazas, museums, hospitals, institutions of learning, correctional facilities and the streets in over 100 cities in 9 countries. My most popular event by far is the Vernal Equinox Celebration that I call “EGGS ON END: STANDING ON CEREMONY.” Soon after I started organizing celebrations of the seasons in the city on the Winter Solstice of…

THE CAVE OF THE ECHOES, Part 1

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THE WEISER BOOK OF OCCULT DETECTIVES EDITED AND INTRODUCED BY JUDIKA ILLES Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891)—the Russian-born author; occultist; intrepid world traveler; philosopher; visionary; and cofounder of Theosophy, the hugely influen­tial esoteric, spiritual, and philosophical tradition—is responsible for introducing Eastern concepts of karma and reincarnation to the West. Her groundbreaking best seller, Isis Unveiled, published in 1877, serves as Theosophy’s manifesto. Among those claiming to be influenced by the book were Mohandas Gandhi and Thomas Edison. The Secret Doctrine, considered by many to be her masterwork, was published in 1888. Blavatsky traveled the world in the manner…

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