Squaring the Circle: Heaven in Earth

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The circumference of the copper circle is nearly equal to the perimeter of the square. The circle represents Heaven, or Spirit, and the square represents Earth, or Matter. Here, they are seen to coexist in the same space, just as they do in each of us. Amazingly, the size ratio of the copper circle to the small circle is the same as the planet Earth to the moon. “We need to understand here that heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness. This is the esoteric meaning of the word, and this is also its…

Warriors in the Andes

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The Divine spark in me greets and bows to the Divine spark in you, dear Warrior. Let me begin by paying my respects. You have worked so hard, fought so long to be here now. You have awakened many dormant parts in you, discriminated between ‘fear’ and ‘love’, between ‘doing’ and ‘being’, between accepting your imprisonment and healing it. You and I have often referred to the superhuman qualities of the great people who have walked this Earth before us, and whose presence by our side still inspires, guides, and celebrates each of our baby steps in making this world…

Beg Alicha – Ethiopian Stew

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Meditation, contemplation, breath… The themes of this issue follow us into the kitchen, as winter takes us deeper inward and becomes a time of slowing down, cultivating our practice, and embracing the warmth inside. The winter season brings us more time to spend indoors, and since the challenges of overcoming extreme cold temperatures are not easy for everyone (including my husband), cooking a nice, warm, nourishing dish, warms not only the body, but the heart and the spirit as well. In our kitchen, winter months always include a steady supply of homemade stock, traditional bone broths as well as fermented…

Meditation Q&A for the Uninitiated

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If you’ve never meditated before but are curious, we’re answering questions that tackle everything from figuring out how to do it, to finding a comfortable setting, to controlling negative emotions, to keeping health problems at bay.  Read on and use our Q&A as a jumping-off point to explore and start meditating yourself. How do you meditate? There is no one way to meditate and different people and centers will employ different techniques. Mantras, breathing, and guided visualizations are all tools people use to meditate, but what works best will depend on the individual. Generally, meditation includes the following elements: Designating…

The New Paradigm in Entertainment & Education

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INTERVIEW WITH CAROLINE CORY Can you first of all please explain the need for a ‘New Paradigm’ in entertainment and education? What is lacking and why is that a problem? The current entertainment world has an educational impact on our lives as we get inspired and tend to repeat what we see. We see clear evidence of this fact in young people’s violent acts such as school shootings for example as they copy scenes from various movies; we see young girls copying actresses or singers in the way they look or behave; we see reality shows glamorizing and reinforcing our…

A Monumental Discovery

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All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. —Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher I looked pretty silly. At least, I thought I did. It was the spring of 2004. I was sitting alone, staring at a computer screen, talking to myself, and tapping different parts of my body. If you’d glanced through my window and seen me, you might have thought I’d lost it. In truth, I was going a little crazy. The neck pain I’d woken up with that morning was so bad I wasn’t sure…

Wag More, Bark Less

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“Oh, come on, Mollie!” I said under my breath. Crunch. I had no idea what she’d found, but if there were such a thing as a crunch meter, on a scale of one to ten Mollie’s new treasure would have been a solid eight. Grabbing onto her snout, I then tried to reason with her. “Why . . . why do you do this?” Crunch. Crunch. With my other hand, I began the all-too-familiar process of digging through her mouth. Chips, I thought. They must be homemade potato chips. It only made sense after seeing the mound of potato peelings…

A Mindful Nation

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Chapter 2 Finding Mindfulness I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. —Henry David Thoreau It was cold and gray outside as I walked by the bottom of an imposing mountain. It felt as though fall had turned into winter in just a few hours. Snow was falling on my face as I walked—silently and slowly—beneath still-colorful trees. Leaves crackled under my weight as…

Archetypes

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If I said to you, “See that man over there? He’s my Hero,” or “That woman is the Perfect Mom,” I know without a doubt that you would understand exactly what I was communicating to you about two people you had never met. With just three words—Hero and Perfect Mom—I would have awakened in you two complete archives of myths and symbols that you automatically associate with those terms. In seconds, these two people would cease to be strangers, as your psyche wrapped them in stories, fairy tales, and your own memories. The man would instantly take on the appearance…

Infinite Inspiration

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Inspiration comes when we allow ourselves to dive deeply into our longing to experience the true and full expression of why we are here. The heart and mind of all that is “God” creates a state of “being breathed” into, inspiration nested within Cosmic Unity. What seems common place to us —our breathing in and out—is in fact the most mystical and at the same time natural of energetic processes. There is a choice within every inhale. Hesitate in the half-hearted shallow breath of fear and contraction. Or fully inhabit the spaciousness of life where potential blossoms abundantly like the…

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