Category: Literature

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

~ “Star light, star bright,  first star I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, hope my wish comes true tonight”   By Andi Allen   Who remembers this beautiful childhood chant? Well, this was one of my favorites! I used to love to sit quietly and peer out into the dark and sparkling […]

Time Will Pass ~

Time Will Pass ~

~ It feels as if time is just slipping away, moving at the speed of light, steeling away our lives. By Andi Allen Minutes turn into hours and hours turn into days. Days roll into weeks until they all just melt away. We blink our eyes and it feels as if the years have just […]

A Story of Transformation ~

A Story of Transformation ~

~ “Transformation has nothing to do with changing the outer circumstances of life, rather it’s a stepping into the light of your soul”   By Andi Allen My transformation began in 2011, a year after my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. The first year of diagnosis I was in denial, choosing not […]

Why You Should Never Give Up On Love

Why You Should Never Give Up On Love

~   “To those who have given up on love: I say, “Trust life a little bit.” ~ Maya Angelou   Written by: Luminita D. Saviuc of Purpose Fairy |   You know what I really love? LOVE! I love LOVE! The way I see it, there ain’t no bigger and more powerful force in the whole […]

Healing A Midlife Crisis ~ Finding Yourself Instead of Running Away

Healing A Midlife Crisis ~ Finding Yourself Instead of Running Away

~ Posted by Enlightening Media Many us of experience what we call a ‘midlife crisis’. What does this really mean? For a lot of people, it means they have ignored their internal guidance system for so long, and that built up pressure now has to release. If you’ve been denying, lying and ignoring your inner […]

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on Anger, Forgiveness, the Emotional Machinery of Trust

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on Anger, Forgiveness, the Emotional Machinery of Trust

~ “All too often, anger becomes an alluring substitute for grieving, promising agency and control when one’s real situation does not offer control… Anger is often well-grounded, but it is too easy for it to hijack the necessary mourning process.”   By Maria Popova “We’ve got to be as clear-headed about human beings as possible, […]

How Music Helps Us Grieve

How Music Helps Us Grieve

~ “The springs of our reaction to music lie deeper than thought.” By Maria Popova Scientists now believe that language and music co-evolved to simulate the most abiding truths of nature. Indeed, for as long as we’ve been able to articulate the human experience, we’ve made music about the most inarticulable parts of it and […]

The White Cat and the Monk: A Lovely 9th-Century Ode to the Joy of Uncompetitive Purposefulness, Newly Illustrated

The White Cat and the Monk: A Lovely 9th-Century Ode to the Joy of Uncompetitive Purposefulness, Newly Illustrated

~ A wonderful counterpoint to our culture of competitive self-comparison, reminding us that we can choose to amplify each other’s accomplishments because there is, after all, enough to go around. By Maria Popova “If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work,” Muriel Spark counseled, “you should […]

Why Love Hurts: The Sociology of How Our Institutions Rather Than Our Personal Psychological Failings Shape the Romantic Agony of Modern Life

Why Love Hurts: The Sociology of How Our Institutions Rather Than Our Personal Psychological Failings Shape the Romantic Agony of Modern Life

~ “To perform gender identity and gender struggles is to perform the institutional and cultural core dilemmas and ambivalence of modernity.”     By Maria Popova “There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love,” philosopher Erich Fromm wrote in […]

The Art of Living: The Great Humanistic Philosopher Erich Fromm on Having vs. Being and How to Set Ourselves Free from the Chains of Our Culture

The Art of Living: The Great Humanistic Philosopher Erich Fromm on Having vs. Being and How to Set Ourselves Free from the Chains of Our Culture

~ “The full humanization of man requires the breakthrough from the possession-centered to the activity-centered orientation, from selfishness and egotism to solidarity and altruism.”   By Maria Popova A pioneer of what he called “radical-humanistic psychoanalysis,” the great German social psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980) was one of the most […]

From Zero to 15’000 ~ Some Thoughts on Building Community

From Zero to 15’000 ~ Some Thoughts on Building Community

~   By  James Radcliffe   One of the most frequent things I get asked is: ‘How did you build your following?’. It’s a fair question.  A few years ago I started as everybody does, with pretty much zero support and 5 followers (2 of which were my mother who had signed up twice to […]

The Creative Sympathies of Art and Science: Alan Lightman on What the Exhilarating Mystery of Creative Breakthrough Feels Like

The Creative Sympathies of Art and Science: Alan Lightman on What the Exhilarating Mystery of Creative Breakthrough Feels Like

~ By Maria Popova “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious,” Einstein wrote, “the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” Hardly any contemporary writer has done more to illuminate that cradle than Alan Lightman. A physicist and a novelist, and MIT’s first professor with dual […]

The River was Rising and The Rain Fell Down ~

The River was Rising and The Rain Fell Down ~

~ By James Radcliffe This post turned out to be mostly about: following a red thread curving into darkness. There are rivers, there is fire; there is a tiger licking a baby, and a tightrope walker. All these things are true. But right now, the most important thing you need to know is… My project […]

The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you.

The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you.

 ~  By Steven Parton, From CuriousApes.com Sometimes in life, all the experience and knowledge simmering around in that ol’ consciousness of ours combines itself in a way that suddenly causes the cerebral clockwork to click into place, and in this fluid flow of thought we find an epiphany rising to the surface.One such point for me […]

Why the Holidays Don’t Matter

Why the Holidays Don’t Matter

~ by Alan Cohen For the many years I’ve been writing, I conclude each year with an inspirational message about the importance of the holidays. This year I would like to take a different approach. I would like to suggest that the holidays don’t really matter and there is nothing you really need to do […]

Twin Souls and Healing Each Other

Twin Souls and Healing Each Other

~   By  Leda De Zwaan When you think you’re twinsoul is dramatic, irritating, annoying, addicted, too sensitive, or fearfull and you ‘ see this’. Take it back as a mirror, and find out he/she is reflecting an UNSEEN part inside of YOU. Twinsouls ‘ love each other’ that much, that their energies reflect and […]

Following The Light ~ Embracing the Ascension Changes

Following The Light ~ Embracing the Ascension Changes

~ By Barbara L. Nelson This year, for me anyway, has been chocked full of change and most not all that pleasant, three jobs and a major love relationship dissolved and I find myself pretty empty in all aspects of my life. Actually a great place to be before the Universe fills me with the […]

Do You Appreciate Your Tears?

Do You Appreciate Your Tears?

~ I encourage my clients to let go when I see their tears welling up and allow nature’s release mechanism to work. Most people look SOFTER and more relaxed afterwards, and something else happens that’s very important—their BREATHING becomes deeper and fuller. Crying can be very healthy for the heart and mind, CLEANSING our whole […]

Alchemy of Pathogens ~ The Role of the Light Body

Alchemy of Pathogens ~ The Role of the Light Body

~   by Sharon Lyn Shepard   Our physical bodies have become a war zone in a moment to moment battle with all the pathogens that inhabit it. Every time we get out of balance via overwork, stress, emotional or mental overwhelm, the body goes to war for us to restore our balance. Sometimes it’s […]

Do You Have an Immune System Disorder?

Do You Have an Immune System Disorder?

~ by Vidya Frazier Most of us have a general idea of what our immune system is—our body’s defense against infections and harmful invaders such as bacteria or viruses. We may know that white blood cells and our lymph system are somehow involved. And we know that if we get sick a lot, it probably […]

9 Literary Halloween Costumes from the Lazy to the Committed

9 Literary Halloween Costumes from the Lazy to the Committed

~ By Brenna Clarke Gray It’s October, and that means our thoughts are turning to costumes that will really turn heads. And I don’t mean turn heads in the look-I’m-a-sexy-lumberjack-or-vampire-nurse sense, I mean the look-I’m-a-nerdy-book-reference sense. In other words, let’s talk literary Halloween costumes. However, I also realize there is a continuum of Halloween commitment. […]

October ~ Archangel Raphael

October ~ Archangel Raphael

~ Taking Stock Archangel Raphael October 2015 Angel Signs from Archangel Raphael By Doreen Virtue Archangel Raphael is the supreme healer in the angelic realm and chief role is to support, heal, and guide in matters involving health. Raphael means “God heals” or “He who heals” in Hebrew.  Many believe that it is derived from […]

10 Ways to Celebrate Mabon ~ Equinox September 22, 2015

10 Ways to Celebrate Mabon ~ Equinox September 22, 2015

~ By Patti Wigington Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mabon, the autumn equinox, but typically the focus is on either the second harvest aspect, or the balance between light and dark. This, after all, is the time when there is an equal amount of day and […]

A Healing Space ~ Reflections on Love and the Intimacy of Immediate Experience‏

A Healing Space ~ Reflections on Love and the Intimacy of Immediate Experience‏

~ There is No Greater Miracle Than This By Matt Licata It can be astonishing to discover that no matter how hard you try, how intently you seek, how much you surrender, stay in the now, meditate, pray, or practice laws of attraction… that you will never, ever find more love. For love is what […]

What’s Beyond Duality ~

What’s Beyond Duality ~

~ by Sharon Lyn Shepard Duality has marched right out of our lives in a linear fashion. Like a band marching down the street never to be seen again with strains of music fading into the distance. There are no endings. No more beginnings. It’s like someone has thrown the deck of cards into the […]

The Final Clearing ~

The Final Clearing ~

~ by Sharon Lyn Shepard Emotions are flaring like never before! As we awaken to the truth of who we are, we’re no longer willing to be shackled by the old paradigms. Everything is erupting like volcanoes that has been subdued for far too long with emotions blasting into the air and sludge slithering around […]

Moving Beyond Conflict ~

Moving Beyond Conflict ~

~ by Sharon Lyn Shepard A new world beckons and the calling is from deep within us, luring us into the grace-filled life our GodSelf knows we are meant to be living. As we all know, a world in transition is a world of chaos. The old needs to break apart to make space for […]

Blue Moon Energies ~ The Soulful Woman

Blue Moon Energies ~ The Soulful Woman

~ Are you feeling the reverberating energies of the recent full moon in Aquarius? It was the second full moon of the month and quite a doozy. A great one for magnetizing ideas, holding the bigger picture in our lives and opening to synchronicities. As always, with such strong energies, things can feel a little […]

Self Talk ~ The Soulful Woman

Self Talk ~ The Soulful Woman

~ When I tune into my SELF TALK I notice that sometimes it can feel like there’s a crowd in there! As I pay attention to who is speaking inside I can start to DISCERN and NURTURE an inner voice that is more gentle, supportive and ENCOURAGING of my path. It is a soft voice […]

She’s Inspiring Herself ~ Joyous Woman

She’s Inspiring Herself ~ Joyous Woman

~ By sukhvindersircar She’s becoming her own role-model. She’s always looked for mentors and idols to mould herself into. Not any more. As she evolves into a woman who begins to recognise her uniqueness, she cannot find examples to emulate. Nobody really fits the template for who she is becoming. Her path is distinctive, and […]

Pure Sanctuary ~ Matt Licata

Pure Sanctuary ~ Matt Licata

~  By Matt Licata It can be astonishingly liberating to discover that the very intense display of emotion, feeling, and sensation need not be understood, transformed, or even ‘healed’ by psychological and spiritual process. But is arising, now, to finally be met, held, digested, and integrated into the vastness that you are. Your sensitivity need […]

Breath of Grace ~ Divine Musings

Breath of Grace ~ Divine Musings

~ by Sharon Lyn Shepard I awoke to the glint of sunlight and the sweetness of birdsong wafting through my open window. Within a few minutes a menagerie of crows flew in creating an obnoxious ruckus. I could feel my adrenaline system kicking in with irritation, ready to hijack my day. In that moment of […]