Why weeding is a great meditation!

If you have a garden, I know you spend time weeding. Many consider it an inconvenience. But true gardeners can get in “the zone” while doing it – and that is actually mindfulness, or meditation.

When I purchased my first house over 20 years ago, I was pretty darn excited.  About everything, even weeding.

I do know that, in the bigger picture of things, weeds are simply plants that we don’t know the use for. . . yet.

But sometimes they grow where we don’t want them.  And what’s to be done, but … weeding!

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Why we should celebrate the Autumn Equinox

This year, autumn officially begins on September 23, 2016, at 2:50 a.m. EST.

Our ancestors celebrated all equinoxes and solstices, but the autumn equinox seems to have been a little less celebrated than the others. I’m not sure what the historical reason is, but for myself, I’m sad to see summer coming to an end and am not quite ready to say goodbye to summer and welcome in the fall.

But it happens. It’s part of the cycle of life, and to be in tune with the natural world, it’s important to honor these special natural events.

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Slow Down Aging with Restorative Yoga

I am pleased to enjoy excellent health at the age of 73 and I owe it to four things:

1. A 30-year yoga practice

2. 40 years of a daily morning stretching routine

3. A vegan diet

4. Daily meditation and breath work

I am delighted to present this guest post by ______________ on Restorative Yoga, along with a link to an amazing infographic. Give it a try and I do believe you will enhance your health!

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Do You Live In Linear Time or Natural Time? Why It Matters

Do you live in linear time, or natural time? Do you know the difference? Which is better for your physical and spiritual health? Today’s blog/podcast tells us the answer.

Traditional indigenous people the world over speak the language of spirit – what I mean by that is they knew how to have a two-way communication with the natural world around them, because they live in natural time.

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How the 7th Generation Principle May Save Our Planet

  Whenever I mention the 7thGeneration principle to most people, they think I’m talking about the ecologically friendly laundry detergent company.  I’m always surprised that more people don’t know the origin of the term, so I felt it deserved an episode, particularly at this time in our history, where our very future is at stake. […]

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Exciting news! The Wind Is My Mother is now an audiobook

The Wind Is My Mother, which I co-authored with my teacher Bear Heart is now an audiobook.

Read by Native American actor Larry Winters, the audiobook carries the same meaning and depth as the physical book.

The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman was first published in 1996 and translated into 12 languages. Still in print after 22 years, it is considered an “evergreen” in the publishing industry:  a book that goes on selling for years because of its timeless message.

.Here’s what I wrote in the Epilogue added in 2012:

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Earth Day: Time to Mend the Sacred Hoop

“Everything is part of the Sacred Hoop and everything is related.  Our existence is so intertwined that our survival depends upon maintaining a balanced relationship with everything within the Sacred Hoop.”   Bear Heart

 Earth Day is the perfect day to focus on the Sacred Hoop of All Creation and how to establish a relationship with the natural world around us.

In indigenous cultures, the circle is sacred — when we sit in a circle there is a spirit of oneness and everyone is equal.

The elders teach that the universe is in harmony as long as the Sacred Hoop, the circle of life, is intact.

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What if everything is a call to prayer?

“What if everything is a call to prayer?

These were the words my good friend and spiritual mentor, Rev. Marchiene Rienstra, posted on Facebook recently.  Here is her full post:

“I grew up in Pakistan and India, where five times every day, the call to prayer would ring out from a nearby minaret. I have often wished that we had that kind of reminder to turn our hearts and minds to God in this country.

“But recently I was struck with this thought, one I hope you ponder with me:“WHAT IF EVERYTHING IS A CALL TO PRAYER?

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Feeling stuck? Let the great Marcus Aurelius motivate you!

Marcus Aurelius, best known by his portrayal in Russell Crowe’s epic film, Gladiator, was actually a real-life Roman Emperor. In the film, we only saw Marcus as a dying old man who served mostly as a plot device to initiate Russell Crowe’s journey from beloved Roman legionnaire general to a slave gladiator. But in history, Marcus was one of the most acclaimed Roman rulers. And a philosopher as well.

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