We had the chance to see Wonder Woman and I have to say, I understand what all the hype is about. There are the obvious reasons of female empowerment, and the significance in our society and culture of a superhero movie where the superhero also happens to be a woman. There is something to be said about seeing an elite team of Amazonian woman kicking some serious ass. It was hard not to leave with a sense of empowerment and renewed hope and that yes, womankind can save the world from its current state of testosterone charged craziness. That a woman can be all those things simultaneously -- strong, smart, athletic and feminine, fierce, compassionate and kind -- without sacrificing one for the other.
A New Year is often a time of resolutions. Changes we want to set in motion. Bad habits that we want to break. Things we want to create and manifest in our lives. But what is it that often stops us? Why is it that even with the best intentions we just can't seem to follow through?
Perhaps we need to draw on something bigger than ourselves in order to really create in our lives. Maybe we need to do things we've never done before if we want to reach new heights that we have yet to reach. Maybe all that manifestation requires a little bit of magic in our lives.
The soul is an integral part of who are as both a physical and spiritual being. The soul acts as an intermediary between spirit and the physical body, allowing the two to co-exist in this density and life we experience here on this earth. Because the soul bridges the gap between the purely spiritual and the purely physical it in a way protects the most important piece of us, who we are as a spirit being, our spiritual essence. The physical body is merely the container, or the temple in which it resides. The soul is key to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Halloween is right around the corner. The one night a year where kids and perhaps some adults as well dress up and get their scare on. Kids roam the neighbourhood for treats and adults attend any number of Halloween or costume parties out there. But what is Halloween all about anyway? And where did it come from? How has it become part of our society’s annual traditions and cultural norms?
In the world today there are many choices for people who seek more in life. There is bowling, chess, quilt making, social dancing, bars, movies and many other things to spend your time on. Fun is the name of the game! These things are all good (perhaps not the bar thing), but most things such as these are innocent and at least give you temporal pleasure and satisfaction. However, inner peace is and will be lacking when your choices are as such. People look into religion and other spiritual practices and most often find these lacking as well since there is so much “control” going on in religion today.
When the topic of meditation comes up we often hear, “Oh, I’ve tried it before and it’s just not for me”. Or, “Why do I need meditation, I’m not stressed”. The word meditation itself often evokes images of robed monks sitting perfectly still in a zen like state, immersed in their own state of inner peace. Not exactly a mirror image of most of our day to day realities, and probably the farthest thing from our own noisy and chaotic house of two young children while managing work, school, daycare and more. Yet within that typical North American urban home life, we have found meditation to be an anchor; a release valve and rejuvenator in our lives. And perhaps more importantly, it has become a window into where we can catch a glimpse of who we truly are and why we are here. Pretty powerful stuff.
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We all breathe, approximately 12-20 times per minute if you’re counting, which adds up to 17,000-30,000 breaths per day! But how many of us breathe with awareness of what’s happening in the body, mind and spirit for any of those 30,000 breaths?
On a physical level, when you breathe your diaphragm and lungs bring oxygen into the blood stream and push carbon dioxide out. Most of us tend to take shallow, short breaths which triggers our “fight or flight” response in the body, and heightens the levels of stress and anxiety we feel in our lives. Deep, deliberate, conscious breathing does the opposite -- it engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which relaxes the body and calms the mind. It also increases oxygen saturation in our cells which helps the body not only relax but also rejuvenate itself.
Who are you? Why are you here? Where did you come from? Where are you going? What is your true purpose here? These are questions that many of us have likely posed to ourselves at least once in our lifetime. Whether in a moment of existential reflection or part of an ongoing search to find a deeper meaning in our lives, we have all pondered these or similar questions; questions which are also known in metaphysical teachings and the ancient mystery school traditions as the great mysteries of life.
Even though they don’t have a physical body, our Spirit Guides are indeed real. They are here to help us whenever we need. They act in our highest and best interest and are ultimately here to help guide our spiritual development. They can communicate with us in many different ways, through signs and messages or through synchronicities or coincidences of events that unfold in our lives.