Walking meditation

We all have heard of the benefits of meditation: stress relief, relaxation, easing the control of our egoic mind, accessing the unconscious, experiencing a sense of peace, being present in the moment, etc. I would guess that we all have struggled, too, with adhering to a meditation practice that allows these benefits. Many people say … More Walking meditation

My rice experiment

I read a wonderful book by William Bengston, Ph.D., called The Energy Cure, which inspired me to want to more scientifically study the results of energy healing. I’ll write a book review in a future post, but for now, know that William Bengston’s open-mindedness and enthusiasm for energy healing inspired me to think of ways … More My rice experiment

Helping strangers

I do feel lucky to have been born into a stable, loving family. I was able to receive a strong education. I have never gone hungry. I have always had warm clothes. My leisure time is spent in leisure, not survival. Additionally, as I have gone through life, I have developed strong spiritual beliefs. I … More Helping strangers

Movie Review: Wake Up

Directed by Jonas Elrod and Chloe Crespi, Wake Up is a new documentary being privately screened throughout 2010 and into 2011. The summary from the film’s website is an adequate plot description, as follows: Jonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He suddenly could … More Movie Review: Wake Up

Praying Rain

In his groundbreaking book The Isaiah Effect, Gregg Braden discusses what gives prayer true power. Prayer has two components, he says, emotion and thought. When you combine these two, the result is some sort of feeling. Thought + Emotion = Feeling The emotions fall into two basic categories, he says: love, and its opposite, fear. … More Praying Rain

“If everyone’s heart was full of love, how could misfortune arise?”

Wayne Dyer, in his most recent book, Excuses Begone, writes of Lao Tzu’s four cardinal virtues – the virtues one must adhere to during life. Dyer reminds us that Lao Tzu, considered the founder of Taoism, said that being in alignment with these virtues is our original nature. If we consciously act according to these … More “If everyone’s heart was full of love, how could misfortune arise?”

More thoughts on prayer

My recent blog post, Praying to find Harmony, discusses various thoughts on how prayer may be most effective – specifically, having a consistent practice of prayer and doing things that help you invoke the feeling behind the thought. In discussing prayer, though, I also want to comment on types of prayer, according to St. Teresa … More More thoughts on prayer