Marianne: You have been a part of Omega’s Women & Power conferences since the very beginning. What was your experience of the 2012 “What’s Possible” conference?
One of the most important skills to have is empathy—the ability to sense what others are experiencing. Through empathy you can feel the heart and mind of others, which can open your heart and generate compassion and understanding. This meditation from Joan Halifax Roshi can be done just about anywhere and might give you a helpful new perspective on someone or something. It can be helpful to record the meditation ahead of time and play it back to yourself so you can relax and fully experience it.
It’s not life that causes suffering, says Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön, it’s our story about life—our interpretation—that causes so much distress. When we practice interrupting the story we’re telling ourselves, and learn to ride the wave of emotions that inevitably come up in life, we can find a new freedom and flexibility in the face of uncertainty and change.
Acorn squash is a "winter squash." Contrary to their name, winter squashes are grown in summer and fall but they hold up long after the harvest, making them an important winter food. In this dish from Robert Turner, the squash is roasted then stuffed with wild rice and cranberries and topped with feta for an impressive presentation fit for any holiday or special dinner. You can also try this recipe with butternut, buttercup, or other winter squashes.
Astrologically, this November involves a Mercury retrograde and Scorpio eclipse, so it should be an interesting month especially because Mercury retrograde begins on election day. As Eric Francis says, this can be a slippery time, where it is difficult to discern the truth. So don't act on what you know or suspect to be incomplete information.
Astrologically, October will be about creative breakthroughs, awakenings, and possibly even resolving situations that have seemed stuck, says Eric Francis. Yet many people will experience this month as destabilizing, unpredictable, and even a bit frantic. With Saturn and Mars changing signs and another Mercury retrograde on the way, Eric Francis suggests that you expect the unexpected and remember that awareness and flexibility are your best friends.