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My Impossible Life trauma travel transcendence by Charlene Jones 

meditation, healing, meditation healing, tibetan tantra, travel, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, India

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My Impossible Life:

My Impossible Life by Canadian-born Writer Charlene Jones Offers Profound Insights Derived from Epic Healing Journey
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This book might be compared to On the Road if Jack Kerouac had been a woman and talented. Kerouac was merely a social malcontent and a drunk. I tend to agree with Truman Capote’s conclusion on Kerouac’s work: “That’s not writing, that’s typing.”
CHARLENE JONES, however, turns in a story about an epic road trip that traverses an international path. That path does double duty as both a physical journey around the planet and an esoteric trek into the deeper levels of the soul.
MY IMPOSSIBLE LIFE is not typing. It’s writing.
I would describe Jones’ writing style as organic. Other good words might be earthy, sensual and visceral. At the same time, her result is vivid and immediate with everything laid right out on the surface. Each page will sting the reader with the author’s palpable sense of psychic pain. It’s easy for us to grasp – at least intellectually — what’s generating her agony. At the tender young age of 16, she was abducted and brutally raped and tortured by two escaped convicts.

From the back blurb: 
Running from an untenable home life, Charlene finds herself captive to two armed felons for three days. She returns to her home but shows up wasted and addicted until she meets and travels with the contentious meditation teacher Lesley George Dawson. While her outer adventures include escaping tornadoes while sailing the Gulf of Mexico and meditating 21 hours a day during a 3-month silent meditation retreat, her inner world roil with horrifying nightmares, relationships she can't sustain and a physical numbness that accompanies her everywhere. Will her focus on healing guide her through the dark labyrinths of her past and yield a life worth living? How will she weave the paradoxes in what she calls "My Impossible Life". 

Broth from the Cauldron a Wisdom Journey through Everyday Magic by Cerridwen Fallingstar 
April 6, 2020 
wiccan, witches, shaman, western civilization old religion, new religion, spiritual wisdom
Join me in this lively conversation with Cerridwen Fallingstar long-time Wiccan practitioner, teacher, witch, speaker and author as she embraces all religions but warns against spiritual infantilism, spiritual marketing and losing common sense on the spiritual path.

Peace in Pandemic: 
This offering of practices for creating calm within your body whenever you desire improve in their power as you use them frequently. Begin, then keep beginning...that is the secret to all meditations! 
Stay safe and be well everyone! 

Practice of Calm Serenity
We are living through extraordinary times of shift and change. As quickly as we know something, we discover it is only partially or not at all relevant. For a species like ours so dedicated to knowing and believing what we know, uncertainty hurts.

Believing what we know involves our emotions. So when, as now, what we know may prove unreliable our emotional waves tend to grow large…our amygdala brain, the oldest part of our brain, the part which registers terror, rage, all the extreme and primitive emotions, sends warnings that there is danger.

This warning of danger causes our bodies to flood with cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. The anti-dotes to this flooding can, with practice, help us maintain a steady hand at the wheel as we navigate the same waters as everyone else: waters that are completely unknown.

Here is an anti-dote. Whenever you feel your stress levels rising, your mind beginning to race, place one hand on your heart area and the other on your belly. Doesn’t matter which one goes where. Now breathe for 3 to 5 minutes, letting your mind follow the breath, as though it is an old friend. That’s it. Relax into this pose for as long as it takes for you to feel calm.

Another way to create a sense of calm through the upset of each day is this. Whenever you think about it, breathe deeply for a minute or two, focusing on your feet. Remind yourself “I have food in the fridge, a roof over my head, I am warm and comfortable right now.” Create a sense of well-being within yourself first.
If you feel inspired to, extend the sphere of well-being, possibly with a dark blue color (dark blue is known to elicit a calm metabolic response) and extend this as far in all directions as you feel good about. Remain in the calm for yourself as much as possible.

Another protective practice that will also enhance a sense of calm amidst uncertainty is the Blue Egg Practice.  I offer this to meditation practitioners and
student yoga teachers as part of their training as yoga teachers. Begin as always with a few deep and relaxing breaths, at whatever rate feels good for you. No need to fuss about yoga breathing or diaphragm breathing, just focus gently on breathing. Now, establish a feeling of calm, perhaps using one of the methods above. Then extend a dark blue, midnight blue egg around you about two and half or three feet out from your body’s perimeter.
Imagine this Blue Egg has a shell that is impermeable. Nothing, no power in the universe may penetrate this unless you agree. See and feel the strength of this shell as you dwell inside, calm, safe and comfortable.

Of course, we want in these times to reach out to others, to say hello and ask after relatives, neighbors and friends. By starting with our own calming practice, we immediately bring a sense of calm to those who share our immediate space. We transmit our inner state to them. So, begin with yourself, and practice calm serenity. Offering your calm, when you are ready to leave this practice, offering your calm to the whole of life in all directions is another way to end by sharing.

Stay safe, and practice calm well-being often.

Yearning for Magic: Spiritual Journeys of a Mother, Healer and Lover by Melissa Burch 
March 30th, 2020
immune system, homeopathy, t cells, spanish flu, panacea, placebos

My friend Melissa Burch, author of My Journey Through War and Peace about her experiences as a videographer behind enemy lines in the Afghan war, discusses her journey as a homeopath, becoming a mother and now life on the Greek Island of Tinos. Melissa's conversation takes us into the function of the immune system, talk of panaceas and placebos, the Spanish flu and more in this fascinating discussion about healing, here. 

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