Friday, April 30, 2010

Beltane: Celebrate Your Planet, Yourself

In the West, we often water down our sacred days to become mere children's celebrations: Samhain, ushering in the dark half of the year, becomes a specter of itself as Halloween; Imbolc, heralding the return of the light on February 2nd, morphs to Groundhog Day; Beltane becomes a chance to dance around the Maypole.

Yet the deeper meanings reflect our lost connection with natural rhythms, with seasonal shifts we actually embody. READ THE REST!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's Not About You

Don Miguel Ruiz's classic, The Four Agreements, is a template for conscious living — yet his core wisdom is essentially what your mother taught, as well as the Golden Rule deconstructed:

1. Be Impeccable with Your Word.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
3. Don't Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.

For me, the greatest challenge is usually not taking something personally. I resonate with author Marya Mannes' quote: "Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them." READ THE REST!

Monday, April 19, 2010

What's Green and Blue and Brown All Over? Earth Day!

April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, an environmental event that, according to founder Senator Gaylord Nelson, was "self-organizing" — like the Earth, Herself.

We've come a long way in consciousness since 1970. We're awakening en masse in these creational times, when living the NOW places us in sync with the ineffable.

It's a potent moment to ponder this primordial quote from renowned sustainable development architect William McDonough ... READ THE REST!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Terms of Endearment: What does "I love you" mean?

"I love you." No expression of emotion is more powerful, more sought after, more fraught with meaning. But what does "I love you" mean?

A decade ago, I was in closure with a companion who helped to radically shapeshift my life. One morning, just after midnight, we were driving in his van when he glanced at the car clock and said, almost absent-mindedly, "Good morning, Amara, I love you!" This had been a catchphrase for us, arising from his teaching that it's preferable to awaken to a hug, a "good morning" and an "I love you" than to one's typical daily dramas or complaints.

This time, however, instead of echoing the sentiment or smiling my love back, I responded, "What does that mean?" READ THE REST!