I was sent on a mission to purchase a Tibetan Singing Bowl for a friend to give as a gift to her brother. As an evangelist for the healing power of music, I have a little bit of experience with singing bowls, and though I don't actually know the man who will receive the gift, I have enough faith in my own intuition to know that it will lead me to a bowl with the right resonance for him. I headed to Soulscape in Encinitas, California, the store with the largest selection of singing bowls and just about everything else a spiritual seeker could want including metaphysical books, crystals, incense, salt lamps and all manner of divination, oracle and tarot cards.
As we move into the new season, I find myself inspired to do a little organizing, evaluating and fine tuning of this Soul Feathers blog of "wisps of wisdom, tickles of truth." I know I would not be here without my dear friend and writer Dalene Entenmann who guided us through the blog's creation, nurtured its infancy, contributed writing and wisdom, perspective, encouragement and love all along the way. The Sunday post has been her domain to share whatever she felt inspired to share. Now, with more than 70 posts in the seven months the blog is being published, I can definitely say I am getting the hang of it. And enjoying it immensely. Dalene has her own writing projects that are happily calling to her, and we decided that this auspicious Super Full Moon and eclipse energy is the perfect time to make a change. Strike up the band. Literally.
Have you ever read something so impactful that you found yourself wanting to share it even before you finished it? I am having that exact experience with a set of books "by" and about The Folk of Yore.
One of my favorite things about the California life style is eating outdoors. A picnic, barbecue or dining alfresco in the backyard, the effect is the same - a quickening of the heart rate and a lightness of spirit. Plus the food tastes better too.
Our little patio and yard offer an oasis, complete with a cafe table, large umbrella and four dining chairs. Sometimes we eat all three meals on the patio. There is something particularly pleasurable about having breakfast outdoors. Almost sinful even.
Are you taking yourself...or anyone else...too seriously? Let JP Sears help you laugh your way back to center. You'll be glad you did.
Everything started looking up when I started looking down.
I don't mean looking down as in discouraged. I mean looking down at the architectural wonders known as my feet. Yours, too.
And I want to be clear that I don't just mean some pretty sandals or the latest trend in pedicures. I mean really looking at those "feats" of genius engineering, and appreciating them in all their glory. Life changes when you do. Or at least mine did.
I found myself thinking about birthdays recently because I just had one. A few things became clearer to me and seem worth sharing since birthdays are the one holiday every single human being celebrates, regardless of race, religion, political or sexual preference.
My celebratory thoughts led me to the awareness that even though the calendar declares it a new year, there is no thunder clap or brass band or magic wand that suddenly makes you a year older. If you think about it, you are actually the collection of all the ages you have ever been. Which means that who you were when you turned 5...and 16...and 23...and so on, that part of you IS you.
Based on the principles of subtle energy and ear acupuncture, Super Brain Yoga is a daily three minute exercise attributed to better brain functioning. According to practitioners of this simple exercise of crossing arms, touching ear lobes and doing squats, Super Brain Yoga benefits can include increased intelligence, reduction in effects of dementia, and aids children with Autism calm and focus.
Picking up where we left off in the last blog, let's play around with this breathing thing and try a few conscious breaths together. First, bring your awareness to your body, without judging it or trying to change anything. Maybe you notice that your shoulders are holding some tension or tightness, or maybe your neck is bothering you. Maybe you notice that you’re clenching your teeth or holding your tongue or your hands or your toes in a tense way. Maybe you notice that you’re not that comfortable sitting in the chair, and that your hips and buttocks feel tight.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each of the parts of the breath - inhale, pause, exhale, pause - correspond to specific seasons. Spring is the inhalation, summer is the pause, autumn is the exhale, and winter is the pause before the next inhalation. Great image, right?