In 2015, preeminent theologian and bestselling author Matthew Fox was invited by the Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, KY, to give a lecture to honor the centennial year of the legendary Catholic monk and writer’s birth. In preparing for the talk, Fox re-immersed himself in Merton’s work and revisited the correspondence he had with him while he was alive. As Fox read through Merton’s journals, poetry, and religious writings, he realized that his exploration was inspiring far more than just one talk. The result is A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality, a powerful book about Merton’s pioneering work in deep ecumenism and interfaith; about his essential teachings on mixing contemplation and action; and about how the vision of thirteenth century mystic Meister Eckhart profoundly influenced both Merton and Creation Spirituality, which Fox has long espoused and written about.Read More.
Coming from a long line of women gifted with the “Second Sight,” I’ve known since I was a child that there are many ways for the Universe or individual souls to get in touch with you. One of the easiest ways is through our dreams, and I learned years ago to pay close attention to who shows up when I’m sleeping. This is not exactly secret knowledge — there are books about the various types of dreams, such as precognitive, announcement dreams, vision quests, meeting your power animal, and more. Any ofRobert Moss’s wonderful booksteach the reader about these kind of dreams as well as about lucid dreaming and how to navigate through the different dream worlds.Read More.
Several years ago I had a vision of the future that transformed my life and helped me to determine what new career path to pursue. Leading into that moment was the fact that, at the age of 40, after years of working in computers, I was back at school. I was an adult returnee in my “senior” year at college and my three most favorite professors had each approached me about entering into their field of expertise: Asian Studies, the School of Journalism, and Psychology. What a wonderful compliment! — each thought that I would excel in their profession and offered me mentoring, contacts and references for further graduate work. I was both flattered and immobilized with indecisionRead More.
The Healing Benefits of Bone Broth from Dr. Joseph Mercola, at www.mercola.com . People have known for centuries that bone broth is good for you: it helps heal your gut and aids digestion, it inhibits infection and reduces joint pain and inflammation. Dr. Mercola writes, “According to an old South American proverb, ‘good broth will resurrect the dead.’ While that’s undoubtedly an exaggeration, it speaks to the value placed on this wholesome food, going back through the annals of time.”Read More.
Robert Moss writes: my next online course for The Shift Network, “Shamanic Approaches to Death, Dying and the Afterlife” will go deeper and further than anything I have offered online before. Classes start on October 5 and run for 13 weeks. This course is not for the faint-hearted. Side effects may include transformation, bringing courage, clarity and superabundant energy for LIFE.Read More.
“Ayurveda discourages consumption of dairy products for those who are allergic to them and those with aggravated KAPHA DOSHA (body chemistry) and the associated imbalances of phlegm in the stomach or lungs, sinitus, asthma, cold, cough, flu, lymphatic congestion, edema, fibro-cystic breasts, cystic ovaries, etc. For ALL, dairy intake should be avoided or reduced during cloudy, rainy or snowy weather, or after the sun has set, when the following “TAMASIC” qualities are dominant in the environment: cool, damp, dark, still, quiet, slow or stagnant.”Read More.
Salt caves have been associated with healing for hundreds of years, and are a perennial favorite of European and Asian spa devotees… Himalayan pink salt is supposed to be the best and the purest for therapeutic purposes, but any salt minerals should work. Obviously, it can be pretty hard to trek to the Himalayas for the real deal, but not to worry. In the last few years “salt caves” have opened all over the country.Read More.
It’s common to meditate while listening to beautiful music, but I’ve found that meditating to ambient sounds—whatever sounds are present at this very moment—is not only a wonderful meditation, it provides a deep insight into where we can find joy in our lives. I lead weekly meditations at the Humanist Community at Harvard, and one of our mainstays is the ambient sound meditation. I first learned it myself when I attended a workshop by the Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. The idea is to pay attention to all the sounds around you with a friendly welcoming spirit. This includes the sounds of trucks and buses going by, sirens, coughing, rustling and other sounds that we typically label as “noise.”Read More.
If you happen to drive by the village of Katonah in Westchester County, please make it a must to drop in at Awakenings. This store is a treasure trove of books, candles, crystals, tapes, jewelry, and many other delights! Awakenings is a perfect place for the purchasing of presents for every season. And now with their new website, they’re looking better than ever!Read More.
The Olympics are over now but one doesn’t have to wait four years for another inspiring story of remarkable athleticism. Madonna Buder, also known as the Iron Nun, is a Catholic religious sister and Senior Olympian triathlete. In 2012, at the age of 82, Sister Buder became the oldest person to complete an Iron Man Triathlon, a record that still stands today.Read More.