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FROM THE EDITOR
Spirituality & Health Magazine • volume 26, number 4
Shachi Kale • We spoke with Shachi Kale about healing with art, wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita, and the female journey.
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WHY IT NEVER RAINS ON THE ENLIGHTENED • ROSHI STEVE HAGEN, a Zen priest and author of The Grand Delusion, sat down with RABBI RAMI SHAPIRO to wrestle with some big stuff—including the ghost of “It!”
OVER THE BORDER HEALING • Spa aficionado MARY BEMIS checks out the new alternative health retreat in Baja
THE UNSUNG BEAUTY OF ORDINARY ENLIGHTENMENT • EMILIA ELISABET LAHTI, PhD, explores a strength greater than willpower waiting to be accessed.
THE ZEN OF CROSSWORD PUZZLES • Refuge can be found in myriad ways. MYLES MELLOR creates one of the more curious and remarkably lasting places of refuge: the crossword puzzle.
UPDATE FROM THE ASHLAND GODDESS TEMPLE • Thirteen years ago, a geodesic dome popped up like a giant mushroom beside a hot spring near Ashland, Oregon. Here, PRIESTESS GRAELL CORSINI led 19 priestesses in birthing a modern-day goddess temple. Priestess Graell now says her creation has taught her “to expand my unconditional love to a level that I had no idea I was capable of.” She wrote this update:
LOVE LETTER FROM A STUDENT FROM SCOTLAND
THE SIMPLE THERMODYNAMICS OF ENLIGHTENMENT • When S+H was conceived, evolutionary neuroscientist PEGGY LA CERRA, PhD, awakened to a new understanding of the nature of the mind created by evolution. It’s not widely taught, but the science seems pretty obvious.
Bless Me! • Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your lower abdomen. Focus on a soft, fluid, and nourishing breaths. When you feel calm, read this blessing at least three times to yourself. Author MARA BRANSCOMBE suggests you return to this blessing as needed—or write your own blessing as if your inner elder is writing it for you and to you.
It’s Not Just a Metaphor • For the past 15 years, I’ve helped clients shift into a place of being where they connect with their own healing power, Divine wisdom, and creative genius. It can be a dramatic and instantaneous shift, which I first encountered by accident, head-on…
A TALE OF TWO HEMISPHERES
3 TIPS FOR TAPPING THE POWER
THE ENLIGHTENMENT LAB • 8 ZEN LESSONS FROM HORSES
Awakening to the Wisdom of the Oak • Kristoffer Hughes is the chief of the Anglesey Druid Order in Wales, and his mission—through his school of myths and workshops and books—is to provide everyone a bite from the cauldron of modern Druidry.
DOD YN ÔL AT FY NGHOED—TO COME BACK TO MY TREES…
Find Your Unicorn • HOW A CREATIVITY EXPERT CAN HELP
Animal Chaplaincy Training from Compassion Consortium
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Divya Chandegra (Chit Ltd)
Earlham School of Religion
The Haden Institute
Applied Compassion Training at CCARE Stanford University
THE CAFFEINES OF SUMMER • Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world, and now a new...