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This months Transcendental Meditation (TM) refresher tomorrow night

Extract from a Google Review : Learning TM (Transcendental Meditation) in Newcastle upon Tyne “I have been practising TM since 2010 (aged 29) after attending a course led by Chris. The impact it has had and continues to have on my life is immeasurable. After a couple of years early on where I was dipping in and out, I now treasure the daily practice. Since attending the course I have have been to a number of refreshers and group meditations and all of these are free. The way the course fees are worked out and the support once completed only ser...

Poems from the Soul

Share Knowing that many of our readers are of Christian origin, we want to highlight this small book that remembers hymns that began in Wales and then impacted the entire English-speaking Christian world. Many of our readers will know these hymns from church experiences past or present. The University of Wales Press produced the book, but it’s easily available through distribution in North America. The design is captivating, with a dozen full-page black-and-white block print illustrations by Ruth Jen Evans that capture the emotions of reaching ...

Poems from the Soul

Share “In 1926, D.H. Lawrence — surely one of the least likely of champions of their seemingly lost cause [hymns] — wrote an autobiographical essay. In it he admitted his own deep indebtedness to the hymns he’d heard sung in chapel when he was a boy — a chapel ‘which was tall and full light, yet still.’ It was, he said, ‘almost shameful to confess’ how much these poems still meant to him. But he remained moved by the evidence he found in them of ‘wonder,’ ‘the most precious element in life.’ Hymns, he stated, ‘lived and glisten in an a [person’...

Five Words That Are Mine

Share Confidence can be hard to come by for a child growing up in a complex, confusing, and often brutal world. Five Words That Are Mine models a tool that allows young readers to articulate succinctly their unique identity, complete with both strengths and vulnerabilities. In her dedication to the book, author Melissa Seron Richardson — a Chicana mom of three who wants all kids to be proud of who they are — mentions the importance of learning "that no one defines me but me." In her story, a girl has a class assignment to hunt for five words ab...

Learning TM (Transcendental Meditation) online in Whitehaven, Cumbria

Extract from a Google Review “Someone recommended Transcendental Meditation 26 years ago when at age 27 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but it all seemed a bit hippy to me and sadly I didn’t pursue it further… My loss!!!  TM is honestly the best thing I have ever come across; it has changed my life.  I feel healthier, happier and more in control.  Lifes challenges are easier to deal with and I feel more present and grounded.  I suffer from fatigue due to my conditions, but I have more energy now then I’ve ever had before.  It should be...

A 12-Minute Meditation for Remembering That We Belong to Each Other

Ruth King, a teacher, author, and founder of the Mindful of Race Institute, invites us to savor stillness and feel deeply into the ways our lives are interconnected. Imagine the gentle rustling of leaves as a reminder that we are part of a greater whole, each leaf connected to the same tree. This meditation encourages us to recognize our deep connections to one another, much like those leaves, each contributing to the vitality of the tree. As we explore this practice, we are reminded of our shared humanity. King reminds us, “May we remember tha...

Myth Making

Share As a writer and author of memoir, I found this book helpful and often inspiring. For anyone writing memoir for the first time, this is a book that weaves craft together with spiritual practices of meaning, connections, listening, and imagination. Maureen Murdock is an experienced writing teacher and psychotherapist. She’s the author of The Heroine’s Journey, a classic work that explores the feminine psyche and female personal transformation, which has gone through several editions going back to 1990, when it was also the title of a creati...

Reflections on Wounds

Spiritual Practice by Maureen Murdock Share “Use one or more of these prompts to inspire your writing: 1. How and where were you wounded? How did it feel?2. What does your body remember?3. How has your body been marked?4. Odysseus is recognized by the scar he carries on his thigh. It marks his identity. Do you have a scar that marks your identity?5. What story does your body yearn to tell?6. What is trying to be born in you from that wounding?”—Maureen Murdock in Myth Making

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There Was a Shadow

Share There Was a Shadow orients children toward the gift that shadows can be: their ephemeral beauty and nuanced delight. Spanning the day from dawn to dream-time, the book follows a girl's life in the countryside, portrayed with a timelessness reminiscent of Robert McCloskey's Caldecott-award-winning Time of Wonder. As readers wend their way with the girl through the gently rolling landscape, they come upon hill shadows and bug shadows on the way to meeting the "moving, dancing, playing shadows" of friends. Each new shadow gets introduced wit...

How to Show Up With Your Whole Heart

Dr. Suzie Brown knows about broken hearts. She knows what makes hearts fail and what helps them heal. As a cardiologist at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Brown specializes in advanced heart failure and transplantation. Beyond the anatomy and physiology, she embodies the power of living wholeheartedly. Her patients and colleagues know her for her passion, purpose, and presence. At one point during her training, she faced the challenge of caring for patients during long nights on call while also dealing with the demands of ...

A 12-Minute Meditation for Working with Shame

Most long-term healing involves deep exploration of emotions. Fortunately, many of us have come to recognize that the competencies we call “emotional intelligence” are the basis of meaningful and productive change. The ability to regulate emotions is a superpower. In this meditation, we’ll explore the powerful role shame plays in our lives, particularly in the context of racialized experiences. Shame is a deeply ingrained feeling, often making us feel unworthy or flawed. It’s more than just guilt over actions; it’s the belief that we ourselves ...

The Perennial Philosophy Reloaded

Share This book appears to be a re-evaluation of the “Perennial Philosophy,” which was immensely popular in the 1960s. But quickly, Dana Sawyer shows why this way of understanding the world is in full renaissance and how it connects to the popularity today of teachers including Mirabai Starr, Ken Wilber, Joan Borysenko, and Richard Rohr. Chapter 1, “What Is Really Going On?” begins to lay out how Perennial Philosophy views human existence, first by describing what Perennialists see that others do not: “When considering what’s the best informed ...

The Perennial Philosophy Reloaded

Share “Our present situation, [Perennialists] contend, is analogous to that of the prisoners in Plato’s Cave. In The Republic, Plato relates an allegory of slaves who are chained in a dimly lit cave, forced to watch shadows play across the wall in front of them. Since they are chained and unable to turn around, they can’t see who is making the shadows, nor do they recognize the shadows as shadows. They think the shadow world in front of them is the whole story of reality. Plato argued that we are like those prisoners, bound by our assumptions i...

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Water

Share This book is dedicated to the wonders of water, described as the most precious resource on the planet. So full of fascinating facts that even the end pages abound with them, the text nonetheless retains a quality of poetic contemplation. For instance: "An entire world is reflectedin a drop of water.Did dinosaurs also see their reflectionin the ancient raindrops?" Double-page spreads scientifically explore questions like: "Why does it rain?""Is there water underground?""How are rainbows and water related?""How powerful is water?""What caus...

Why Aggressions Are Not Micro and How to Avoid Them

Welcome back to our Racial Healing Series by Tovi Scruggs-Hussein. In this series, we’re navigating uncomfortable truths about race, racism, and the othering that exists in our ethnocentric mainstream culture. For those who’ve just joined us, feel free to get caught up and take a look at the first four articles in this series here or dive right in with us. Before we focus on the topic for our final article in this series, it’s important to take stock of the topics we have been working with so far. Bias, White fragility, and the role shame plays...

A Post-Debate Spiritual Roundup

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Join the Nanalympics! 6 Ways to Get Playful with Mindful Movement

Exercise isn’t just about staying fit; it’s about feeling good and having fun! In the Nanalan’ episode “Nanalympics,” Nana shares how playful exercises can boost our energy and make us feel great as we explore being mindful with movement. Even simple activities can make a big difference in how we feel. Read on to find out how you can embrace the joy of movement. 1. Start with a Fun Warm-Up: Move to the Beat Music can make any activity more enjoyable. Start your day by dancing to your favorite tunes. Moving to the rhythm not only warms up your m...

Memoir-Writing for Fine-Tuning Vocation and Deepening Meaning

Share Have you wanted to write a memoir? A memoir is a collection of stories – usually arranged by a theme. It does not have to be chronological. It just needs to cover aspects of your life that have been meaningful to you. If a memoir is on your bucket list, we have a wonderful opportunity for you. Jon M. Sweeney, S&P’s Contributing Editor for Books and New Media, has offered to lend his expertise to a small group of aspiring memoir-writers; registration is limited to 75 so that Jon will have time to give you individual attention. We have ...

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