Life is a long walk through varied terrain, says Joan Sutherland. If we can trust what appears before us, rather than impose our map on it, we can embrace change more easily.
Sometimes we try so hard on our spiritual journey that we get in our own way. David Harshada Wagner describes how dropping all effort and spending time in nature helped him recognize his own divine nature.
"Self-effort is the greatest impediment to realization.” The old swami’s words felt like a kick in the stomach. We were having lunch together, discussing sadhana and the role of self-effort on the spiritual path. When he said this, immediately, I was ready to argue.
According to Marc David, the way you navigate your life is the way you navigate your metabolism. The good news is you can change how you live and transform your metabolism starting right now.
Metabolism isn’t something you fix. You can measure certain aspects of it, yet metabolism itself is measureless. You can tweak certain parts of it, yet it remains always whole. You can command it to do your bidding, yet it will always answer to a higher source.
Marc David helps us recognize that at its deepest level, eating is an affirmation of life.
I hereby agree, from this day forward, to fully participate in life on earth. I agree to inhabit the appropriate vehicle for such participation—a body. As a requisite for the sustaining of that body, and of the life that dwells therein, I agree to be an eater. This agreement fully binds me for the duration of my stay on earth.
Tama Kieves describes how staying present and “riding the train” of discomfort when facing challenges can help us lead a happier, more fulfilling life.
Daniel Amen explains why understanding and optimizing your brain is essential in your quest for a better body.
June contains 2012's most spectacular and unique occassion of the year, the conjunction of Venus and the Sun. Eric Francis discusses the importance of this event to the state of our world. Read your June 2012 Horoscope by Eric Francis.
“As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.”
—Shulamite, from the "Song of Songs of Solomon"
A conjunction of Venus and the Sun (the last one until 2117) is the highlight of this month's forecast from Eric Francis. For a more thorough explanation of the potential of the transit of Venus to change our world, see Eric Francis' article "June 2012: Embracing the Solar Feminine."
Our suffering comes from believing the stressful thoughts that float through our mind. These four questions from Byron Katie can help you turn those thoughts around and dissolve the stress in your life.
Our brains create neural networks that, over time, become beliefs and behaviors that keep us favoring past pain by continually reinforcing the trauma unless we find a way to rewire the way we think. David Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo explain how you have what it takes to make a giant leap in consciousness.