This year the Winter Solstice is Monday, December 21, 5:02 am Eastern Standard Time.
So what happens at 5:02 AM EST? After seeming to stand still for a few days, the sun will change direction and head the other way. Watch the morning horizon and you will see.
“Solstice” derives from the latin word for “sun stands still.” The sun appears at its lowest in the sky and seems to stay the same for several days before and after this date. It’s the shortest day of sunlight in the year. As the hours of daylight gradually get longer, many cultures see it as a “rebirth” of the sun.
The Ancients, and still many indigenous people today, mark this day with ceremonies and bonfires to honor, and invite in, the return of the light.Continue reading
This Thanksgiving will be a hard one for many people. Here in the U.S., we’re being advised to social distance and not travel to be with family.
Many of us have lost loved ones to Covid-19, or are struggling due to lost income with no silver lining in sight.
But if you dig deep, there is always something to be grateful for. And expressing gratitude has been found to be the secret to a happy, successful life!
Let’s turn to a traditional Native American Thanksgiving Prayer for inspiration.Continue reading
To me, Veterans’ Day, celebrated this Wednesday November 11, just isn’t enough to honor what our veterans have done for this country. We could learn a lot from how Native Americans take care of their veterans.
And I am deeply saddened by the lack of support and care our veterans receive today.
Yes, war is horrendous, and perhaps if women were running the world there wouldn’t be any wars. But those who did their duty and fought for us deserve better than one day to celebrate them.Continue reading
Officially, Memorial Day in the United States is a day for remembering and honoring all Americans who died in any war.
However, Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the summer holiday, with people traditionally focusing on shopping, family gatherings, picnics and sporting events. So we often forget the real meaning of the Day.
Of course, many of us are in lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and may not be able to do summer-type things.
But whatever you do, please take time out from this holiday weekend to say a prayer of thanks for those that gave of their lives so that we could live ours in freedom.Continue reading
I hope this email finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. As for myself, while staying at home these past weeks, I’ve been practicing all my stress-reduction techniques, and meditation is at the top of my list! It’s the best way to calm oneself during these trying times.
If you’ve always wanted to meditate, but haven’t had the time or haven’t found the meditation technique that’s right for you, I’m excited to share my new book with you:Continue reading
The Covid-19 virus is giving us a golden opportunity to look at the way we live our lives, and the way the world functions. We shouldn’t want to return to normal, because normal didn’t work.
I hope we’ll all come out of this with a new commitment to live well on every level.
One of my favorite recent Facebook memes is:
“Kinda feeling like the earth just send us all to our rooms
to think about what we’ve done.” Luxepunk on FacebookContinue reading
I’m finding it hard to know what to say in these strange times. I’m still processing, as I’m sure we all are. But I do look for inspiration, and would like to share something I found today from conductor Andre Rieu. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Molly LarkinMolly Larkin […]Continue reading
We live in an era of “fake news,” when what we read on social media sites may well be made up. Yet, if the stories align with our own views, we’ll press the “share” button without bothering to verify if it’s true.
Social media giant Facebook announced it wouldn’t even try to fact-check political ads, many of which are full of lies.
That is the crux of what is wrong in the world. We only care about our viewpoint, and not who may be hurt by it.
Years ago I read an interview with actress Susan Sarandon in which she told a story about her daughter’s 11thbirthday slumber party. The girls were always gossiping so Ms. Sarandon suggested the ground rule that they not talk about anyone who wasn’t there.
The astonished reply from one of the little girls was, “Then what are we supposed to talk about?”Continue reading
1 in 3 Americans aren’t getting adequate sleep at night. According to The National Sleep Foundation, adults 26-64 should plan to get a solid 7-9 hours each night and anyone above the age of 65 should get at least 7-8 hours.
Getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done, but it can be dangerous for your health and wellness if you don’t make it a priority. Sleep can improve your personal and professional life, your creativity, your decision making, your personal relationships, and so much more – it can even help you live longer.Continue reading
Is there any better gift than a book? Not to me!
There’s a lovely tradition in Iceland that I would love to see embraced here in the U.S. In Iceland, the best Christmas gift is considered a book. It’s traditional to exchange books on Christmas Eve and spend the night reading them!
So here are some books and CDs you might consider giving as gifts, unless your shopping is already done!Continue reading
Thanksgiving prayer is common to most religious groups. Native Americans had days-long ceremonies just for the purpose of expressing thanks. I find it sad that in modern America, Thanksgiving has become more about a meal than gratitude for all we have.
This Thanksgiving Prayer comes from the Seneca Nation in the Northeastern United States and is at least 500 years old. It gives thanks for everything given us by Mother Earth.
It is traditionally done around a fire, with spiritual food on the altar. I have conducted this prayer as a ceremony for many years. You might wish to use it as a Thanksgiving Prayer on our national holiday:Continue reading
Holiday shopping is easy with these inspirational books and CDs by Molly Larkin and Bear Heart. Thousands of buyers can’t be wrong! Happy Holidays!Continue reading
Dear Readers: This guest post by Loîs Talagrand demonstrates the point I’ve been making over the years about meditation. It can even enhance your golf game!
A few years ago, I heard about a strange practice that could take my golf to the next level.
If you’re anything like me when I was a kid, you would watch the PGA tour and your jaw would hit the floor. How were these people able to hit the ball so far and with that much accuracy?
Watching these pros was like watching modern-day magic being to me. I became instantly hooked and the desire to play the game has never left me.Continue reading
There is a spiritual war going on in the world today, and our future depends on how well we deal with it. What’s happening at Mauna Kea in Hawaii is a prime example of the problem.
So is Standing Rock, Native American land on which oil companies wanted to build a pipeline without Native permission.
And the desecration of Uluru in Australia by tourists for generations, even though it has been spiritual home to the Anangu tribes of Central Australia for 30,000 years. While tourists climb to the top of Uluru, the Anangu don’t.
Have you noticed all the sacred land being confiscated for use by corporations and oil companies? It’s not just for them to make money fracking or drilling for oil, or putting up a telescope.
All this sacred land that is being confiscated and defiled has been cared for by indigenous peoples for time immorial.
The land is sacred because many of these locations are portals to allow celestial energies to come through and help us. This is why indigenous people fight so hard to protect these lands.
By taking over the sacred lands, the corporations are shutting down the light and divine guidance coming to this planet. We simply must not let that happen.Continue reading
In the words of Charles Dickens, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Those words apply just as well today. How can we keep sane?
I have found meditation to be an excellent resource.
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!Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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!Continue reading
The June 2019 issue of England’s Spiritus Magazine published an article I wrote about the need for patience in healing. And in a previous podcast, I conducted an interview with Spiritual Healing practitioner David Karg which explains more on what Spiritual Healing, also known as energy healing, is. I hope you enjoy this cast history of remarkable results.Continue reading
In this week’s episode of the Molly Larkin Show I’m delighted to bring you a chapter from the audio book of The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman. It includes the sacred ceremony for newborn babies of the Muskogee Creek tribe: introduction to the elements.Continue reading