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Connecting with the God of Water

Share Since Poseidon presides over all types of liquids, the easiest place you can encounter him out in nature is near bodies of water. Depending on what’s closest to where you live, take yourself to the sea or a lake, river, or waterfall. Sit somewhere comfortably, relax your body, allow your eyes to soften, and stare into the water. Mentally, seek to connect with the oversoul of water, and thus its spirit and collective frequency. To do so, think about how it would feel it you were part of that body of water. How would it feel if you were one...

Noticing and Nurturing Micro-Democracies

32 Weeks to Election Day

Open Eyes Meditation Changed Their Lives


What's In This Article: ☰ Toggle One of the surprising things I’ve learned about mindfulness over the years is that for many people, eyes-open meditation is a game changer. In fact, eye exercises in general, such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation And Reprocessing) and yogic drishti, can have a wonderful effect on our mental health. And it’s not just me. Indeed, it’s in the news today that GOOP co-owner Gweneth Paltrow has released a meditation app called Moments Of Space that is entirely about open-eyed meditation, which the actress claims ...

Make Your Mark, Make a Difference

Share This upbeat book guides kids who want to influence the world for the better but don't know how to start, and it gives a boost of fresh ideas to those already on a youth-activist path. Its 342 pages abound with reflection questions, self-care tips, encouraging quotes, real-life examples, and down-to-earth advice for readers ages 10 and up. Divided into four parts, it begins with readers' own lives and progresses to worldwide changemaking over time. Part I, "Examine Your World," helps young people think like an activist, choose causes to de...

For Love of the Broken Body

Share “I want to live my faith, radically, for my lifestyle to be like the early Christians. Being a Sister is a form of radical discipleship of Jesus Christ, I figure. It is how I can live in a committed intentional community long-term with like-minded prayerful, Gospel-centered women; women who also want to serve people on the margins of society, end injustice, advocate for peace, live simply and sustainable, close to the earth and close to the poor. That’s what I think, hope for.”

For Love of the Broken Body

Share What Julia Walsh ultimately finds in this memoir, her first book, is a happily vowed, consecrated life in a Roman Catholic women’s religious order. In other words, she becomes a nun. Needless to say, this is not for everyone! But she obviously knows that. Which is what makes her writing so enjoyable. Told with sometimes painfully honest frankness, Walsh reveals religious doubts, questions about sexuality, and concerns about abuses in the Church to which she’s dedicating herself. In the end, she finds herself committing to become a Francis...

Burned Out?


Share The Buddha did not remain under the bodhi tree, and neither does Mother Teresa neglect her prayers. Prajna and upaya, wisdom and compassion — these are the "head and tail" of religious practice. Stagnation or burnout are the negative results of neglecting one end or the other.— Robert Aitken in Not Turning Away by Susan Moon Book: Joan Borysenko is a pioneer in integrative medicine and an expert on the mind/body connection. Her book Fried offers a wide-ranging examination of burnout plus ways to climb out of this malaise of the body, mind...

A 12-Minute Meditation for Cultivating Connection to Yourself and Beyond

Amid the rapid pace of everyday life, it’s common to feel isolated, with our attention tightly focused on our personal experiences—our physical sensations, our thoughts, our emotions. Mindfulness offers a pathway to break down these walls, bringing into our awareness just how connected we really are to everyone and everything around us.  Mindfulness offers a pathway to break down these walls, bringing into our awareness just how connected we really are to everyone and everything around us.  During this meditation, Nadene will lead you through e...

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Menopause and the Brain: What’s Really Going on Up There?

This article is independently written and researched by the author, and created in support of a paid partnership between Mindful and Winona. If you are a woman forty years or older there’s a good chance (60%) that you may have said out loud (more than once), Am I losing my mind? Why can’t I think straight? Welcome to your beginner’s guide to menopause brain fog, where we shed light on the mental changes that often catch many midlife women by surprise. We now know that menopause can shake up our brains. Sure, hot flashes and night sweats get all...

It’s Comin’ Around Again

Recently, as I approached the month that signals the anniversary of my husband’s death, I noticed sticky thoughts trapping me in the shadowlands.  My thoughts kept dragging back to those final weeks and days of his life, looping the worst bits over and over, etching all my shortcomings into my sensitive skin. If only I had ordered the Chinese food he asked me for, before he was too sick to eat anything. If only I could have found a way to sleep beside him in that chair in the hospice for more than just two days. How horribly I betrayed him by i...

Mindfulness for Grief and Loss

Mindfulness for Grief and Loss - Illustration of a woman walking from a dark environment into a light environment

Grief, often associated with the loss of a loved one, extends its reach into the broader spectrum of life changes, encompassing significant events such as job transitions, the conclusion of relationships, or even relocating to a new place. It’s a complex mix of emotions that everyone encounters, often including deep sadness, fear, and shock. We’re here to delve into how mindfulness can serve as a valuable companion during these challenging times. We’ll explore the science behind mindfulness for grief, highlighting how intentional awareness can ...

Make Your Mark, Make a Difference

Share Quizard: If I Were a Dog "1. If I were a working dog, I would rather:A) Perform tricks to get your attentionB) Sniff out explosives to keep you safeC) Provide snuggles to deliver comfortD) Carry messages across a war zone "2. I'd be the kind of canine that wants to:A) Steer you a certain way by pulling my leashB) Deter thieves by guarding buildingsC) Keep your feet warm by sleeping on themD) Be certain you know where my territory lies by peeing on fire hydrants "3. I might be the pooch that likes to:A) Make sure you notice me by jumping u...

Nurturing Right Relationship with Fear

33 Weeks to Election Day

Judaism Is About Love

Share This will probably be the most important Jewish book to publish this year or even in the last few. Its message is essential, important for a Christian-centric world that seems to perceive the Christian tradition as all about love, while considering Judaism to be about law and justice. Shai Held — with a PhD from Harvard and rabbinic ordination through the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York — is one of the most articulate rabbis and scholars in North America today. It is a long book: 400 pages of text followed by 130 pages of notes. I...

Judaism Is About Love

Share “The fact that a commitment to loving kindness is not uniquely Jewish is an extremely good thing, since there are very few Jews and a tremendous amount of suffering in the world. The more communities and worldviews that advocate and inculcate love manifested as kindness, the better. But more than that: something does not need to be uniquely Jewish in order to be authentically Jewish. “Kindness is at the very core of Judaism’s vision of the good life. If only we taught and embodied that message with everything we have, and if other religio...

Like So

Share In Just So, Ruth Forman and Raissa Figueroa have matched their formidable talents to brings us a book that with spare, simple words expresses the fullness of love. What could be greater? Ruth Forman is an acclaimed poet and author currently teaching at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Her long list of awards includes the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, The PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book Award, and recognition by The American Library Association. Th...

A 12-Minute Meditation for Understanding Your Expansive Mind

In our day to day lives, we spend a lot of our time with very focused attention. Or rather, our work and obligations often require this from us, even though we struggle with constant distraction. We need to complete a project, lead a meeting, fill out forms, keep track of details, and finish tasks. So this capacity is very valuable and helps us be productive when needed.  If we spend too much time in this mode, however, we ignore another very important capacity of our minds, and that is to have a broad, expansive view. Amishi Jha, a professor o...

Radiant

Share This biography of American pop culture icon and artist Keith Haring is inspiring, even if you don’t remember who Haring was. He shined brightly but briefly in the 1980s, predominantly from the East Village of New York City, as a modern cartoon and graffiti artist of the people. Haring got his start by tagging dumpsters, police barricades, subway maps, and the like with images that were quickly favored and loved by ordinary New Yorkers: barking dogs, nuclear reactors, and most of all, crawling babies. The crawling baby — which is today ava...

Radiant

Share “When Keith looked at the blank panel, he saw only a big, clean blackboard asking to be brought to life with white chalk. So, he quickly resolved to be aboveground and buy some. At the time, white Magic Markers were popular with graffiti artists, yet Keith knew that black matte paper would absorb the marker, and he would not achieve the tactile, sharp, crisp white line he was imagining. “The chalk was crumbly and broke easily, yet he soon discovered the answer to this technical problem when he moved on to low-dust Crayola Chalk: '50 cents...

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