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Join certified yoga teacher Nancy Ivey for therapeutic, Iyengar-style, yoga classes, workshops and retreats at Yogaya Institute in Bodfish, CA located in the Kern River Valley, just three hours from Los Angeles. Certified to teach in 1994 at Center for Yoga in Los Angeles, Nancy founded Yogaya studio that same year as a venue for teaching the nature centered roots of yoga and its potential for today as a sacred life affirming path.

Here's a provocative look at our modern medical system from the perspective of "integrative oncologist," Dr. Jim Roach, ...
05/04/2022

Here's a provocative look at our modern medical system from the perspective of "integrative oncologist," Dr. Jim Roach, MD:

The illusion of evidence based medicine (edited)

Evidence based medicine has been corrupted by corporate interests, failed regulation, and commercialisation of academia. The short term stimulus to biomedical research because of privatisation has been celebrated by free market champions, but the unintended, long term consequences for medicine have been severe.

Scientific progress is thwarted by the ownership of data and knowledge because industry suppresses negative trial results, fails to report adverse events, and does not share raw data with the academic research community. Patients die because of the adverse impact of commercial interests on the research agenda, universities, and regulators.

Although universities have always been elite institutions prone to influence through endowments, they have long laid claim to being guardians of truth and the moral conscience of society. But in the face of inadequate government funding, they have adopted a neo-liberal market approach, actively seeking pharmaceutical funding on commercial terms. As a result, university departments become instruments of industry: through company control of the research agenda and ghostwriting of medical journal articles and continuing medical education, academics become agents for the promotion of commercial products.

In medicine, those who succeed in academia are likely to be key opinion leaders (KOLs in marketing parlance), whose careers can be advanced through the opportunities provided by industry. Potential KOLs are selected based on a complex array of profiling activities carried out by companies, for example, physicians are selected based on their influence on prescribing habits of other physicians. KOLs are sought out by industry for this influence and for the prestige that their university affiliation brings to the branding of the company’s products.

As well paid members of pharmaceutical advisory boards and speakers’ bureaus, KOLs present results of industry trials at medical conferences and in continuing medical education. Instead of acting as independent, disinterested scientists and critically evaluating a drug’s performance, they become what marketing executives refer to as “product champions.” Ironically, industry sponsored KOLs appear to enjoy many of the advantages of academic freedom, supported as they are by their universities, the industry, and journal editors for expressing their views, even when those views are incongruent with the real evidence.

While universities fail to correct misrepresentations of the science from such collaborations, critics of industry face rejections from journals, legal threats, and the potential destruction of their careers. The preservation of institutions designed to further scientific objectivity and impartiality (i.e., public laboratories, independent scientific periodicals and congresses) is entirely at the mercy of political and commercial power; vested interest will always override the rationality of evidence. Regulators receive funding from industry and use industry funded and performed trials to approve drugs, without in most cases seeing the raw data.

What confidence do we have in a system in which drug companies are permitted to “mark their own homework” rather than having their products tested by independent experts as part of a public regulatory system? Unconcerned governments and captured regulators are unlikely to initiate necessary change to remove research from industry altogether and clean up publishing models that depend on reprint revenue, advertising, and sponsorship revenue.

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o702 Article writers are authors of The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine: Exposing the Crisis of Credibility in Clinical Research

Evidence based medicine has been corrupted by corporate interests, failed regulation, and commercialisation of academia, argue these authors The advent of evidence based medicine was a paradigm shift intended to provide a solid scientific foundation for medicine. The validity of this new paradigm, h...

Thanksgiving has ushered in the holiday season which is a magical time for kids. Looking forward to reading this article...
11/26/2021

Thanksgiving has ushered in the holiday season which is a magical time for kids. Looking forward to reading this article about "co-regulating" each other through neural exercises such as play.

Play coordinates parent-child parasympathetic responses via the vagus nerve.

I'm starting to get hungry reading some of these savory holiday recipes, portobello mushroom steaks, carmelized brussel ...
11/20/2021

I'm starting to get hungry reading some of these savory holiday recipes, portobello mushroom steaks, carmelized brussel sprouts, cauliflower croquettes. Comfort foods of the best kind. Kind clean cuisine. Turkey, turkey don't run away!

Looking for creative ways to make this Thanksgiving both more delicious and personally fulfilling? It’s a special time to treat yourself, but also to connect with what’s important.

“Remember, all the COVID jabs are authorized [under EUA], not licensed. They're all legally, technically, experimental. ...
11/07/2021

“Remember, all the COVID jabs are authorized [under EUA], not licensed. They're all legally, technically, experimental. I know you can lose your job and all these terrible things can happen if you refuse the vaccine, but if you are injured by the shot, you won’t be able to sue later. You will be on your own.

Legally, they can't force you to accept the vaccine while it is in EUA status because of the Nuremberg code, because of existing U.S. law about informed consent, and because of the actual statute on emergency use authorization, which says you have the right to refuse. They can't force you to take these [shots].

I know they are forcing you, but legally they can't, and please keep that in mind. Hopefully these wrongs will be redressed. Mandates are being walked back in many jurisdictions.

As I've told people, demand to see the bottle that says Comirnaty, because legally, they can force the licensed product on you, but there isn't any right now. So, you have an out for the next few months, hopefully.

They're really dangerous vaccines. What you don't know will hurt you. Please protect your children. If there's any way, don't get vaccinated. The more people who say no, the more the government is already backing down. In many cities, the imposed dates by which you have to be vaccinated have been pushed back.

Now Biden's administration is saying, ‘Well, it's not going to be carved in stone. We're going to negotiate with people because they don't want to lose 30% or 40% of their staff.’ So, be strong, protect yourself and your children. Know you're doing the right thing.

We've got a criminal organization running things now. This is a worldwide program of some kind designed to control us. Once we all figure it out, we can win. There's many, many more of us than there are of them.”

The FDA recently approved Pfizer's COVID shot and are even pushing it on children. What does the research say in this regard? Find out here.

I'm reading a book on the microbiome right now called The human Superorganism and am floored how important our microbiom...
10/26/2021

I'm reading a book on the microbiome right now called The human Superorganism and am floored how important our microbiome is to our immune system - to begin with. But there is soooo much more to discover and the good thing is our microbiome can shift just based on the foods we eat! I signed up for this free docu series about our microbiome starting next month. On the edge of the cold and flu season i'm looking forward to giving myself the edge up during a pandemic winter.

The secret to a strong immune system lives in your gut.

10/14/2021

Forward Thinking Fridays: The Partnership Way for Cooperatives with Neil Takemoto from Be The Change Cooperative Neil Takemoto, founder of Be The Change Cooperative, is passionate about how we can co-create beautiful, walkable, well-serviced, and human-scale communities. Inspired by new urbanism, a....

TIbetan RInpoche Anam Thubten's latest Sojong letter: Dear Dharma friends,The interconnectedness of human beings has man...
10/14/2021

TIbetan RInpoche Anam Thubten's latest Sojong letter:
Dear Dharma friends,

The interconnectedness of human beings has many dimensions, some of which are not palpable to the mundane mind. There’s an energy field within which we’re all connected and have a mutual impact on each other. This is not easy to recognize until awareness is developed through meditation practice. Naturally, once such recognition is present, we become more conscious of the energy we’re putting out into the world. We can then have a more positive impact on those in our environment.

Maybe you’ve noticed that sometimes there is an inexplicable unpleasantness, or an energetic contraction, when you’re having an otherwise ordinary interaction with someone. Perhaps that person might be lost in negative thoughts and emotions, like worry, fear, or anger. Without a word about his or her internal state, you can sometimes feel that you’re being impacted by their experience. Of course, the reverse is also true. When you’re in the presence of others, people are being impacted by your thoughts and emotions as well. No doubt, there are also some people who’ve developed such equanimity that they won’t easily be subject to what goes on inside of you.

There are stories of saints and spiritual masters who exude so much love and joy that even wild beasts relax by bathing in such grace. In essence, whatever is occurring inside of us can create an energetic field in which others are affected. Our awareness, serenity, and loving kindness can bring a host of goodness and benevolence to everyone around us without our “doing” anything. This reality becomes more and more clear as our awareness develops. By keeping this in mind, we’ll naturally feel inspired to be in a positive state of mind when others - like friends, family members, and even strangers at the grocery store - are around. This is a powerful way to help the world. It makes one an unsung heroine. This is the Bodhisattava’s practice.

During this Sojong, we might like to reflect on how we interact with the world, and hold the intention to bring more positive energy wherever we go. May everyone be well.

With palms joined,
Anam Thubten

Call to Sojong: In the middle of each month Tibetan RInpoche Anam Thubten invites members of his community to observe So...
08/15/2021

Call to Sojong: In the middle of each month Tibetan RInpoche Anam Thubten invites members of his community to observe Sojong where we reflect on our actions over the past month. Here's his latest newsletter for this month's sojong:

Dear Dharma friends,

This enormously complex human world is like a giant web: not only are we all deeply connected with each other, but everything we do has different degrees of impact on each of us. Such interconnectedness is not always obvious, especially when our ability to reflect on the nature of existence is lacking. In Buddhist psychology, such a state of mind is called moha, or ignorance. Ignorance is regarded as an undifferentiated mental state that is neither good or bad in and of itself, yet it serves as the source for many situations in the world that are not particularly beautiful.

This human realm is like one big family that shares collective karma. Our thoughts and actions can influence the lives of others in innumerable ways. Though this is a fact, it might not always be clear to us. If we knowingly do something positive towards someone, it might be easier for us to see that what we do can have a benevolent affect in that person’s life. We affect others not just with our actions, but also with what goes on in our consciousness. Even without knowing it, what we think and do has the power to shape the lives of others around us. This is also why many who grow up around those who are unhappy end up suffering later in life. We have the power to influence the interior realms of others.

The principle of the Bodhisattava’s path is to practice the Dharma, not for one’s own sake, but instead to benefit everyone in the world by helping them find both happiness and inner liberation. This might sound like a daunting task. We might even doubt whether we have the capacity for such a duty. However, simply because of a Bodhisattva’s altruism and the interconnectedness explained above, if we continue to cultivate awareness and love, we’re already creating something truly wholesome for the world. Some call it “good karma”. This world needs more true spiritual beings in order to make it a better one. Let’s realize our individual power to make a difference.

During this Sojoing, let me invite each of you to contemplate this topic, and hold the commitment to continue on this path for the whole of humanity. This is a natural expression of our Bodhisattva Vow.

With palms joined,
Anam Thubten

08/01/2021

Today is Lammas. I celebrated this holiday for years inviting clients, students, family and friends for dinner. Here's is Momma DOnna weighing in on this ancient rite:

Today is Lammas, or midsummer. The halfway point of summer marks and celebrates the glorious bounty of the ripening season. Trees and vines, stems and stalks are hung heavy with the abundance of the Earth. Mushrooms push themselves up uninvited onto the musty floor of the dark forest. Animals, birds and fish, fat from their greedy feasts and lazy, all but offer themselves up to the hunters who are a step above them on the food chain. Summer crops are ready for the table and to be collected and prepared for the larder. But it is the growth of the grain that holds the strongest significance of the midsummer season in agrarian societies. Grain, the staple, the sustenance, the stuff, the staff of life.

The reaping of the first ripened grain was great cause for celebration in honor of the Great Grain Mother who feeds us all. She has been known by many names: Astarte, Ashoreth, Isis, Demeter, Ceres, Op, Terre Mater, Tailltiu, Chicomecoatl, Green Corn Girl, Blue Corn Girl, Mother Quescapenek. The English word, "Lady" is derived from the Old English, hlaf-dig. The root word, hlaf means loaf and dig means knead. Used together, they have the connotation of woman, lady of the house, matriarch, as provider of nourishment, "giver of daily bread."

In gratitude, people made offerings of the first harvested ears of corn. Corn being the generic term for a multitude of grains: wheat, barley, millet, oats, rice, rye, spelt, kinoa, buckwheat, sorghum, as well as what we know as maize or Indian corn. Fresh cut sheaves were bundled and braided, decorated with ribbons and flowers and placed at the altars of the Grain Mother. Considered very potent, the first corn was also held to be an effective love charm, symbolizing as it did, fertility, prosperity and growth. Throwing rice at the bride and groom after a wedding is a relic of this belief.

"The golden grain piles high in the yard.
Round, round wheat, better than pomegranate seeds.
Bite it with your teeth, it goes 'go-pou!'
The first pile of wheat is really lovely.
After we have dried it in the sun,
And cleaned it,
We will turn it into the public share."
- Li Chii , 20th Century Chinese

In pagan Europe, the first sheaths at midsummer and the last sheaths at the autumn harvest were twisted and shaped into corn dollies which were the embodiment of the harvest. She was called Corn Mother, Harvest Mother, Mother Sheaf, Old Woman, Queen, and was honored in different ways in different places. She was left in the fields. She was taken to dances. She was promenaded through the town. She was kept for good luck for one year. She was ceremonially cremated on a funeral pyre to be resurrected in the sowing of the spring seeds. What ever the occasion, she was always well dressed.

The summer cross-quarter day was celebrated by the Saxons as Hlaf Mass, "Feast of Bread," and by the Celts as Lughnasadh, "Commemoration of Lugh." Lugh was the grain god, son of Mother Earth. Every August he was sacrificed with the reaping of the corn only to be born again in the new shoots of spring exactly as the Egyptian, Osiris, had been. Loaf Mass and Lugh Mass evolved into Lammas, the Druid corn feast, one of the four cornerstone festivals around which their year revolved. When the Church adopted, co-opted, Lammas, it was referred to as Lamb's Mass in commemoration of St. Peter in Chains, and the practice of the offering of the first fruits on the altar remained exactly the same.

"Now Lammas comes in
Our harvest begins.
We have now to endeavor to get the corn in.
We reap and we mow And stoutly we blow
And cut down the corn that sweetly did grow."
- Traditional English Song

The midsummer cross-quarter day is the only one of the four seasonal midpoints that is not still actively celebrated in our contemporary culture. Midsummer is celebrated in Europe, but there it refers to June 21, the first day of summer and not the middle, at all. Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" actually takes place on the summer solstice. Many celebrations of the first corn were observed on August 1. Named for Juno Augusta of Rome, August was particularly sacred to the Goddess Who Gives All Life and Feeds It, Too. It was considered for this reason an especially propitious time to be born. To this day, when a Scot says that someone was born in August, it is a compliment in praise of skilled accomplishment, with absolutely no bearing on the person's actual birthday.

The only living vestige of Lammas in the United Stated is a rural holiday called Second Planting. But unless you read the Farmer's Almanac or belong to the Grange or 4H Clubs, you would have no reason to hear about it. It is celebrated exactly as midsummer has always been celebrated. The first grain is harvested, threshed, milled, baked into bread and cake, brewed into beer, and then shared in community. After a night of feasting and dancing, work starts again at first light planting the second crop of summer wheat that will the mature by the fall harvest.


How can we, separated from the agricultural process by city and century, appreciate the atmosphere of the season which surrounds us, but which we cannot see? What is the Goddess of Grain to us of the boulangerie? The patisserie?

We who buy our grain in bags, in boxes, premixed, premeasured, prepackaged, prepared; sown, grown, harvested, hulled, milled, by someone else, somewhere else. How can we identify with the Earth values taught by Terra Mater during this time of year from where we are held captive in the synthetic heart of the genetically modified Pop Tart culture, which claims us?

Well, we can behave, as they say, as if we were born in August. We can, in fact, become august - wise and generous and gloriously noble, each on our own chosen paths. We can hone our skills as the tenders of Mother Earth. We can hoe our row. We can carry our load. We can break bread together. We can feed the hungry.

We reap what we sow.

Blessings of bread,

To learn more about Midsummer and other holidays and holy days,
read my book:
Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles & Celebrations.

I watched this movie and listened to the interview with Stephen Porges in the talks following the movie. Highly recommen...
07/20/2021

I watched this movie and listened to the interview with Stephen Porges in the talks following the movie. Highly recommend them both. They are only online for a limited time. Please don't miss. I've been following Gabor MAte since seeing him at Bioneers 10 years ago. Stephen POrges looks exactly like my dad who would second everything Stephen says. Porges is dad's avatar and it comforts me that dad's avatar is the smartest person I know..

Watch The Wisdom of Trauma Movie on July 28-August 1, Featuring DR. GABOR MATÉ Plus a 7-day teaching series on trauma with leading experts!

We're practicing yoga in the yoga dome. Soon we'll be teaching vegan cooking classes there as well. In the meantime, thi...
07/17/2021

We're practicing yoga in the yoga dome. Soon we'll be teaching vegan cooking classes there as well. In the meantime, this article will whet your appetite for plant based food.

Many people considering a plant-based diet initially focus on what they can’t eat. Here we explore the huge range of what you can eat, including several substitutes to use to make your old favorites.

06/29/2021

In person, group Yoga classes beginning Thurs July 8, 9-10:30am. $10 class, @ DOME

06/28/2021

Rollin McCratty is just such a stud muffin. Must be the ocytocin his resonant heart induces in me. Check out his free talk this coming Wed to grok his mojo.

Cultures around the world have believed the heart was the epicenter of the body and responsible for our feelings, thoughts, and behavior. Interestingly enough, science today is starting to support this perspective, finding that our energetic heart — not our brain — acts as the gateway to our hig...

Calling the drummers! Our state has opened back up. As the summer solstice approaches we are gathering in the yoga dome ...
06/15/2021

Calling the drummers! Our state has opened back up. As the summer solstice approaches we are gathering in the yoga dome this Saturday June 19 from 6-8 pm to drum for rain. Which is my intention. But also to drum our pain, if we lost anyone in the past year. OR to drum whatever your intention is. Don your festive wear. Gather your drums, clackers, shakers and bells. Join our rhythmic community this weekend in honor of the solstice...

My beloved professor, Mara Lynn Keller, retired from California Institute of Integral Studies this month. In her honor, ...
05/26/2021

My beloved professor, Mara Lynn Keller, retired from California Institute of Integral Studies this month. In her honor, I post her keynote address to the 2015 Parliament for World Religions. Her dedication to women's "acts of love," and the Goddess shines a beacon of hope in these troubled times.https://youtu.be/Q7Oz8SvFlak

Mara Lynn Keller, a Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Women's Spirituality, addresses the Faith In Women plenary at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Re...

02/14/2021

Forwarding this❤️ Valentine prayer from the🌈 wise women at WATER🌊:

May love be within you.
May love be around you.
May love be beside you.
May love fill your days and your nights.
May you walk lovingly with Earth’s creatures.
May love bring justice and peace to all.
Amen. Blessed Be. Let It Be So.

01/01/2021

Happy New Years Everyone! Here's a snippet from Urban SHaman Momma Donna's newsletter:

On New Year's Eve, bells, horns, whistles, and sirens ring all over the world, sending shrill cheers into the middle of the night for the grand changing of the annual guard. On this New Year's Eve may we all together:

Ring out the old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lusts of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
- Alfred Tennyson

To all my Relations! For the Benefit of all Beings! For a Future to Be Possible! My vegan chef teacher Mark Reinfeld mak...
11/21/2020

To all my Relations! For the Benefit of all Beings! For a Future to Be Possible! My vegan chef teacher Mark Reinfeld makes the best vegan food I've ever tasted. He's a food activist because he loves animals and prefers to leave them alone rather than slaughter them. He always shares Thanksgiving recipes as his dharma or "tithing" to the universe. In India there is a tradition of "touching the feet" of your teacher. I revere Mark for sharing the most delicious recipes so that nobody feels deprived without animal based protein. Mark shows us that plant based food is the cat's meow. Happy Thanksgiving beloved community!

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we know that it will look a little different for everyone this year. We have developed an entire vegan menu that can help guide some of your dishes for the holidays. These 10 recipes are fun, tasteful, and will create a memorable Thanksgiving.

11/13/2020

Urban Shaman Mama Donna on the origins of Friday the 13th:

"Thirteen is the number of blood, fertility and lunar potency. 13 is the lucky number of the Great Goddess.

Representing as it does, the number of revolutions the moon makes around the earth in a year, 13 was the number of regeneration for pre-Columbian Mexicans. In ancient Israel, 13 was a sanctified number. Thirteen items were decreed necessary for the tabernacle. At 13 years of age, a boy was (and still is) initiated into the adult Jewish community. In Wicca, the pagan Goddess tradition of Old Europe, communicants convene in covens of 13 participants. Thirteen was also auspicious for the Egyptians, who believed that life has 13 stages, the last of which is death - the transition to eternal life.

Held holy in Her honor, Friday was observed as the day of Her special celebrations. Jews around the world still begin the observance of the Sabbath at sunset on Friday evenings when they invite in the Sabbath Bride. Friday is the Sabbath in the Islamic world. Friday is also sacred to Oshun, the Yoruba orisha of opulent sensuality and overwhelming femininity, and Frig the Norse Goddess of love and s*x, of fertility and creativity. Her name became the Anglo-Saxon noun for love, and in the sixteenth century, frig came to mean "to copulate."

Friday was associated with the early Mother Creation Goddesses for whom that day was named. In Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Icelandic and Teutonic cultures she was called variously, Freya, Freia, Freyja, Fir, Frea and Frig. Friday is Frig's Day, Frigedaeg, in Old English, Fredag in Danish, Freitag in Dutch. In Mediterranean lands, She reigned as Venus. In Latin, Friday is the Day of Venus, Dies Veneris; Vendredi in French,Venerdi in Italian and Viernes in Spanish.

Friday the 13th is ultimately the celebration of the lives and loves of Lady Luck. On this, Her doubly-dedicated day, let us consider what fortuitous coincidences constitute our fate. The lucky blend of just the right conditions, chemistries, elements and energies, which comprise our universe. The way it all works. The way we are. That we are at all. That, despite whatever major or minor matters we might think are unlucky, we have somehow managed to remain alive and aware. This Friday the 13th, let us stand in full consciousness of the miraculousness of existence and count our blessings. Knock on wood"

I just registered for this conference which I've attended live in San DIego but this year we will meet virtually. Lookin...
10/13/2020

I just registered for this conference which I've attended live in San DIego but this year we will meet virtually. Looking forward to learning the latest from this contemplative studies think tank.

Register now for Mind & Life Institute's CRC! November 5-8, 2020.

The Occiptal Atlantean joint is why I became a craniosacral therapist after releasing my own right OA joint during an In...
09/29/2020

The Occiptal Atlantean joint is why I became a craniosacral therapist after releasing my own right OA joint during an Intro to Craniosacral Therapy class. While reading the Craniosacral textbook sitting on my couch at home between classes, I was practicing the technique of the release of this joint on my right side which has always had a bump after some serious car wrecks over the years. While holding lateral traction for awhile, the joint started pulsing and suddenly there was this amazing sensation of fluid swishing down from the right lateral ventricle through the b rain stem. Silently awed, I twisted my head right and left and had never felt it move so smoothly. Erik Dalton shows an easy technique to release the joint. In cranio we hold the region for awhile. Hold the stretch gently for 90 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/q7I7XnvDQCc From Motion Is Lotion course Neck Headache....  really? The occipitoatlantal (O-A) joint is the uppermost weight

If anyone is facing the fearsome diagnosis of cancer, this free conference is WELL worth your time. I listened to the fi...
09/25/2020

If anyone is facing the fearsome diagnosis of cancer, this free conference is WELL worth your time. I listened to the first two interviews sent after i enrolled and read the free ebook about Vitamin C IV therapy. Learning about "integrative oncology" via "orthomolecuclar medicine" (nutrition-based) gives us all safer non toxic alternatives. For the benefit of all beings. To all our relations.

The Anti-Cancer Revolution 2Don’t miss another incredible, educational Health Talks Online event!

I've been following Riane Eislers work since discovering feminism back when my daughters were growing up. Her latest boo...
08/13/2020

I've been following Riane Eislers work since discovering feminism back when my daughters were growing up. Her latest book, "Nurturing our HUmanity" was my winter read. She is a capable guide for us during this dark night of our collective soul. I'm in with her upcoming partnership summit online next Thurs.

Covid-19, unemployment, brutality and climate destabilization…in this difficult time we can join together and build caring policies and caring economics that work for everyone. Join us for this free event to discover how you can replace domination systems by creating partnership systems.
https://centerforpartnership.org/news-events/summit2020/

I just watched a five minute sneak peek from an endocrinologist interviewed for this series and want to share this poten...
07/24/2020

I just watched a five minute sneak peek from an endocrinologist interviewed for this series and want to share this potentially life saving series with everyone. It debuts for free online, Aug 4. For "all our relations."

During this limited free viewing you'll hear from the world's leading experts in cancer healing and prevention as they share their greatest wisdom on how to...

Salutations! My Tibetan teacher Anam Thubten observes Sojong which means a monthly reflection on our habits. In TIbet th...
07/18/2020

Salutations! My Tibetan teacher Anam Thubten observes Sojong which means a monthly reflection on our habits. In TIbet they follow the Lunar calendar and observe Sojong on the New Moon. In America with our solar calendar, Anam sends us Sojong letters in the middle of the month. This month that is nearly concurrent with the New Moon. This month's "call to Sojong" is especially auspicious during our quarantine. Here's his salubrious letter for mindful merriment:

Dear Dharma friends,

The human mind is creative and ingenious. Within the limits of our understanding, it seems to be one of the most intelligent things in the universe. It can think, analyze, imagine and create. It is part of what makes us unique as a species. Yet, the human mind has a downside. It can get tangled up in itself and doesn’t always know how to undo its knots. Until awareness arises, mind tends to continuously turn the wheel of delusion: whole heartedly believing thoughts and opinions that run through it. This fact might sound shocking, but when we objectively observe the mind, we see that this is how most of us live everyday. Now and then it might be good to be shocked into seeing this underlying “dark side” of normality.

The sun is shining everywhere, and trees are gentle radiating their textures as an act of nature’s generosity. Tiny, hard-working insects are very busy, but they aren’t stressed or overwhelmed by anxiety. During such an ordinary, and yet quietly beautiful day, if we walk outside and play with the soil - planting a tree, watering vegetables, creating a new trail - we might feel that our whole being is deeply at ease and joyous. We sense that nature has healed us. When we’re tuned into nature’s rhythm, many of our mental and emotional disturbances subside without the need to add extra techniques to make it happen. Our thinking mind is no longer running the show. In other words, we’re not so much in our heads. In such moments, our senses are in touch with nature, and we feel the incredible beauty of existence. Sometimes it’s dramatic, but often it’s very subtle.

Anything that takes us away from the thinking mind helps us find a deep ease, regardless of where we are. Flowers blooming, beautiful gardens or double rainbows are not always necessary to help us feel such inner serenity. Whenever we remember to give attention to ordinary things, it can magically take us out of our heads. It can be as simple as a pause to notice sensations in the feet, the flavor of the very first sip of tea, the sound of soft music, or even the sound of a fan running. Whenever we engage our world with conscious attention, serenity is not far behind. It’s just waiting for us to recognize it.

During this Sojong, let me invite all of you to take a look at how you have been living, and how much awareness has been part of your daily life. Let’s make a personal vow to practice this sacred attention as a doorway to inner peace.

With palms joined,
Anam Thubten

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