Archives for prayer

Working with Your Travel Altar

A travel altar is one of the easiest ways to strengthen your daily spiritual practice. Like most clients I help, you probably do not have an established daily spiritual practice. There are many obstacles and excuses, but a common one is that you feel like you should be somewhere special and specific for it to work, to get your mind quiet, etc. This is where your travel altar comes into play. Anywhere – anytime – you can create sacred space for prayer, meditation or other personal ceremony. This easy altar is a 4″ x 6″ postcard printed with a medicine wheel diagram on
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How to Work with Animal Medicine

    Working with Animals in Everyday Spirituality Underlying all aspects of animal totem is understanding and appreciating the point of view of the biological animal. What are fundamental aspects of the animal’s behaviors and adaptations? Become a student: watch documentaries, read books/articles about the animal. Build a solid foundation upon which your mystical and metaphorical channels of communication can grow. The on-going dialogue with your animal guide is about how you can live/be like the animal to navigate your own life using natural wisdom. Get started by answering this simple question: “What would [animal] do?” A very powerful way for beginners
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Where to Go from Here

Here you are, and here I am. Life happens to everyone. It means that unexpected and unwanted changes do happen. It may be very difficult to navigate difficult emotions while disoriented in the turmoil, but it is important to recognize that you are not alone. At the very center of your being is your spirit – your soul. The essence of who you are at the most fundamental level is a divine spark of light. This part of you is in constant communication with the natural world as well as the spiritual world. You are always guided and supported by spirit even
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Validating Spiritual Experience

When you follow your spiritual journey, you accept what is true for you. When a practice resonates with your soul in a deep and meaningful way, you’ve validated the experience in a way that nothing else can deter you from this pursuit. Pay no mind to the naysayers by practicing loving kindness. In affirming your priority for self care, continue your practice regularly. There is no try here; either you do it or you do not. #choices Practice radical self-acceptance. Use your beginner’s mind. Connect with your tribe to share your experience, strength, hope and inspiration. Ask for help; receive
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How to Talk About Yourself

How to Talk About Yourself I  believe you should be sharing more of YOU. But, there is just one guideline to maximize your resilience, spiritual growth and life aptitude — only talk about the events, conversations and feelings about what is beneficial, uplifting and life-affirming. Or more basically, stop the complaining. Life is difficult, perhaps not fair even. Everyone faces hardship, loss and pain. The more you talk about your subjectively negative experiences, the more you enforce that reality. Imagine that you stubbed your toe one morning, and with every casual human interaction you retell the story about the pain of your toe. Your
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How to Successfully Make Any Change in Your Life

How to make the change you desire. You have to believe it.  Beliefs are very powerful in shaping the way you perceive the world around you. Do whatever it takes to change how you think about life’s circumstances until you honestly believe that you will succeed. It’s simple, but not easy. Real change is often difficult & challenging at different times. It is a full disclosure about the reality of the journey ahead. It’s not a cop out to gloss over any shortcomings. That brings up the next component – ask & receive help. You’re never alone unless you choose to be. Repetition. There
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Blessing of Light

B L E S S I N G    O F   L I G H T Are you feeling a little burned out this holiday season? Try this easy technique to recharge your inner light. Sit or lay down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Take 3-5 slow, deep breaths through the nose. Lay your hands on your chest, allowing your awareness to be filled with the beating of your heart. See a tiny pin-prick of light forming in the center of your chest, that gradually expands to fill your chest. Sense this light being carried through the
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Winter Solstice Prayer

  The dark shadow of space leans over us. . . . We are mindful that the darkness of greed, exploitation, selfishness and hatred also lengthens its shadow to cover our planet, Mother Earth. As our ancestors feared death and evil − all the dark powers and uncertainty of winter − we too fear that darkness of war, discrimination, and selfishness will doom us and our planet to an eternal winter − an icy prison of despair. May we find hope in the kindled lights on this sacred night, hope in one another and in all who form this beautiful web woven of peace
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The Prayer of the Woods

Trees are sacred. Next time you find yourself passing by the trunks of your brethren, listen to the soft whispers: “You that pass and raise your arm to me before you hurt me, look at me well. I am the heat of your home in the cold winter nights. I am the friendly shade that you find when walking under the August sun And my fruits are appetizing freshness That satisfy your thirst on the way. I am the friendly beam of your house, the board of your table the bed in which you rest and the wood of your
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How to know when to let it go

Answer These 4 Questions to Know If It’s Time to Let Go by Nate Metz The Green Shaman The wisdom of autumn is all about letting go – the trees have generated enough energy to bear fruit, seeds and now it’s time to shed their leaves that no longer serve them. And so, now is the ideal time to let go of what is no longer needed in your life. Yes, if you don’t need it, it can go. Wonderful, but where do you start? You’re probably asking yourself: “If I knew what I didn’t need in my life wouldn’t
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