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Halloween - In Between Time

Some say that at Halloween the veil between the worlds becomes thinner for a time. Perhaps it is because Halloween is a liminal, or in between, sort of time.  Halloween was called Samhain by the Celts. In modern Gaelic, Samhain is the name for the month of November.  It’s also the traditional beginning of the winter season. Halloween is really Samhain Eve, or the night before the beginning of November and an entry into the time of winter and the darker time of the year. It’s a time when the light is fading and we are encouraged to go inside, literally and figuratively. It’s also a time when images of the supernatural are invoked, surrounding it with an otherworldly type of energy.

There is something mystical about the in between times. Samhain/Halloween is in between summer and winter. All places and times that are in between are magically potent. Because it is neither summer nor winter but something in between, it is symbolically connected to both. In magical thinking, that also con…

The Problem with Halloween

I'm a little bit of a killjoy when it comes to All Hallows Eve or Halloween. I don't believe that a holiday that revolves around children should be so focused on scary images of death. And then there's all that sugar. That said, trick or treating is just plain fun and a chance to dress up and visit neighbors and friends. Here's the scoop on Halloween and why we celebrate it: In general the whole custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840's by the Irish immigrants who were fleeing the country's potato famine. Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life a…

The Heart of the Matter

In this week's podcast Mary Sidhwani, PhD talks about ‪#‎healing‬ from anything that shakes us to the core. In her case it was a an unexpected diagnosis. The heart ‪#‎chakra‬ is the energetic center that connects our upper, more spiritual energies with our lower, more grounded energies and allows us to transmute stress, fear, anxiety, anger and other negative emotions to higher vibrations of love, joy and ‪#‎peace‬. Working with the energies of the heart can transform any situation into an opportunity for growth, expansion and ‪#‎awakening‬ to a more spiritual reality. Simply sitting and breathing into the area of the heart is a really good start. ‪#‎Yoga‬ poses like camel, cobra and forward fold, combined with breath can help as well. Taking time to visualize healing light (green or pink are the colors associated with this chakra) flowing all around the area of the heart can be very soothing to the body-mind. ‪#‎Forgiveness‬‪#‎gratitude‬ and ‪#‎love‬ are other exercises that w…

What Fit People Eat, Episode 2

Kitchen Sink Soup

The Awesome Power of Our Words

The Awesome Power of Our Words
In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.     James 1:1
Words are alive, cut them and they bleed.       Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil.     Buddha
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.      Proverbs 18:21 Look, I know I say the word “awesome” a lot in my podcasts. It’s a conscious choice. I love the word. I first heard it when my kids were younger and they were describing something they loved. They often dragged it out (awwwsooomme!) when they really liked something.
I loved the way I felt when I heard them describe something using that adjective. It gave my soul a little lift to hear them passionately talk about their interests, their friends, anything. It raised the vibration in the room. (Remember the Beach Boys song “Good Vibrations”?)
Now that they are older, I don’t hear the word as much and I kind of mis…

Present Moment Practice