Article by Mary Bea Sullivan

 

We all “know” we need rest.  Many of us struggle with giving ourselves restorative time.  And yet, how often have we found ourselves declining in “productivity” as we continue to push on through a project … or during a busy day?

 

Culturally, we have erased the line between “work” and “play.”  Many of us feel we need to keep working, keep volunteering, keep whatevering, until we are depleted, empty shells of ourselves.

 

Wayne Muller reminds us in his compelling book, Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest, “Sabbath honors the necessary wisdom of dormancy … a period in which we lie fallow, and restore our souls.”

 

A few years ago a wonderful friend told me that she tries to give herself one day off each week … a day when she doesn’t answer the phone unless she wants to; reads if she feels like it, naps if that appeals to her; watches a movie if that is what calls her.  This friend is one of the most spiritually connected people I know.  

 

And I have to wonder if there is a correlation between her practice of rest and her connection to the Divine?

 

Of course the thought of taking a day off is different for someone who has young children at home, or caring for an elderly parent.  Yet this soul restoration project is particularly important for caregivers. Read More »

Posted on 9 November, 2009 in Balance, Fitness & Health, Spirituality
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are magical places that exist within each one of us, inside our minds, hearts, and souls. By visiting these places, we can tap into the infinite and bring peace and abundance into our lives.

 

Each journey will be unique, as we are unique, so you may want to have a notebook and pen nearby to record your experience afterward. You may choose to have another person read the meditation to you so you may experience it more fully.      

 

Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, open your mind, and prepare yourself to travel within.

 

There is a time to journey, a time to see not only the outside world but also the world within yourself. However, this is not one of those times.

 

Now is the time for peace, for letting go of the things that have been troubling you.  Have a relaxing little vacation at the Villa by the Sea, and forget your responsibilities for a time. Read More »

Posted on 21 October, 2009 in Balance, Fitness & Health
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are magical places that exist within each one of us, inside our minds, hearts, and souls. By visiting these places, we can tap into the infinite and bring peace and abundance into our lives.

 

Each journey will be unique, as we are unique, so you may want to have a notebook and pen nearby to record your experience afterward. You may choose to have another person read the meditation to you so you may experience it more fully.      

 

Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, open your mind, and prepare yourself to travel within.

 

This week, to honor the arrival of the harvest season, let’s take a trip together to the Brilliant Grove, and sit down to enjoy the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. Read More »

Posted on 2 October, 2009 in Balance, Fitness & Health, Making the Day Count
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are magical places that exist within each one of us, inside our minds, hearts, and souls. By visiting these places, we can tap into the infinite and bring peace and abundance into our lives.

 

Each journey will be unique, as we are unique, so you may want to have a notebook and pen nearby to record your experience afterward. You may choose to have another person read the meditation to you so you may experience it more fully.      

 

Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, open your mind, and prepare yourself to travel within.

 

When it seems like everything is stressful and terrible, when life feels like a struggle … it’s hard to remember that there is much in your life for which to be grateful.  Remembering all the many gifts and blessings that have been given to you over your lifetime can help you to center yourself again with a feeling of gratitude for all that has passed and renewed energy for the future. Read More »

Posted on 25 September, 2009 in Fitness & Health, Gratitude
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Article by Stefanie Johnson

There are magical places that exist within each one of us, inside our minds, hearts, and souls. By visiting these places, we can tap into the infinite and bring peace and abundance into our lives.

 

Each journey will be unique, as we are unique, so you may want to have a notebook and pen nearby to record your experience afterward. You may choose to have another person read the meditation to you so you may experience it more fully.      

 

Find a comfortable place, close your eyes, open your mind, and prepare yourself to travel within.

 

Sometimes it seems like we’ve run out of options, and the world around us just doesn’t care. Sometimes we look around and don’t see a clear path to our goal.

 

Today, let’s take a trip together through the Stone Labyrinth, and look for the paths we may have missed.

 

Mist and emerald green hills rise all around you.  The sky is overcast, and everything is eerily quiet.  You get the sense that you are in a very ancient place, a place that has been around since humans first came into being.

 

Before you rise tall walls of gray stone.  They stretch into the distance and form a pattern up the side of one of the hills.  It’s a huge, intricate labyrinth, and you must enter it … for in the heart of it lies your heart’s truest desire. Read More »

Posted on 16 September, 2009 in Balance, Fitness & Health
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