Thursday, June 25, 2015

29 Again: Wisdom from Your Future Self

The inimitable George Burns once made a movie called 18 Again, in which he magically switches consciousness with his 18-year-old grandson. With his 81-year-old wisdom in an 18-year-old body, Burns reinvigorates his grandson's life, transforming him from a fearful nerd into the class hero who, of course, gets the girl.

Would that we have the kind of wisdom in youth that we hopefully acquire by mid-life! Now that I'm living my second Saturn return — a huge wake-up call that occurs every 29 years — here's what I'd do at 29 (or any earlier life stage): READ MORE

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Solstice: An Opportunity to Become More Whole

Summer Solstice celebrates the sun at the peak of its power. Both the sun (male energy) and the moon (female energy) are waxing, or increasing, now. June 21st marks the longest day and shortest night of the year, in the Northern hemisphere (for our friends Down Under, it's the reverse). It's a stillpoint. A time to reflect. A potent moment to set your intention, because the manifestation momentum is strong.

The day goes by many names: All-Couples Day, Feast of Epona, Gathering Day, Midsummer, Litha, Vestalia. In ancient times, June was a popular marriage month, since summer offered a window between the sowing and reaping seasons. The June full moon was considered the best time to harvest honey from the hives, and newlyweds were fed honey during the wedding feast to encourage love and fertility. The tradition lives on in our modern post-nuptial getaway, the honeymoon.

How might we translate our ancestors' emphasis on love and union at Solstice to our lives today? In other words, how can we best live this light? READ MORE

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ohm or Om? Which Do You Own?

The other day I was half-listening to a trivia event taking place at my local market, and heard the announcer say, "Ohm is a unit of electrical resistance."

Hm. That's 180 degrees from its sound-alike sister, the meditation mantra "Om".

Master consciousness teacher Jim Self has often said, "Thoughts are electrical and emotions are magnetic." He explains how this affects our behavior: "When a thought is coupled with an emotion, the combined energies become charged electro-magnetically, amplified and set in motion. If your reaction (emotion) to a thought is strong, the charge behind it increases. If your reaction is negative it may result in an angry outburst (discharge of emotion) or you may react by becoming offended, allowing that emotional energy to build inside of you."

Interesting, isn't it? We can be ohm or om, depending on how we choose to think and feel. I used to be the Queen of Resistance, until I grew bored senseless with the energy it took to fight or flee. Meditation was still many years in my future, though I did start learning to let go, adapt, allow. And what tremendous freedom this unleashes within us.

When we take that electrical energy and marry it to healing feelings, it magnetizes magic. We become magnetic to our good, drawing in all manner of people and possibility in order to serve our highest intention. Making the change does require time and energy — but it's electrifying and calming at the same time.

Try it. Ommmmm…..

Monday, May 04, 2015

Clothes Encounters: The Gift Hiding in Plain Sight

I noticed that the middle button on my chartreuse cardigan had disappeared, and mentally added, "buy new sweater button" to my to-do list. I'd recently discovered a sewing notions shop in the next town, where I was headed later this week.

As I scooped the sweater from the car to carry on my quest, the wind blew it inside out. There, thoughtfully sewn into the inner seam by a wise tailor, was a spare button. What I needed was literally right there with me all the time.

It's not the first time I've had this experience. One summer several years ago, when READ MORE

Friday, April 17, 2015

Grounding for Millennials (and Everyone Else)

Millennials are busy. Brilliant. Enthusiastic. And exhausted. Unlike many Boomers when the latter were young, this bright crop of late teens and 20-somethings tends to burn the candle at both ends less by design than by necessity: if they want an education, they may have to work for it, literally. A full-time job and even part-time school means little time left over for homework, friends (thank G-d for texting!) and dare I mention, sleep?

What play- and sleep deprivation can do to an already hyper-speed brain — and body — is destructive, though the damage might not show up for years. Yes, you can handle a lot. But when that camel's load adds one more stick, however slight, the camel can collapse.

One simple solution to lighten the load? Grounding. READ MORE