Lisa Miller, a psychology professor at Columbia University, explains the health benefits of prayer. The Today Show interview also includes young people’s perspectives on what it means to be spiritual and/or religious.
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, Some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
There is a culprit who terrorizes me today.
It is not a person, no woman or man.
It is not a bomb ticking away with a song.
It sits in my living room with one black cord.
It turns on and off, yet it never seems to stop.
It displays one point of view.
It likes to act nice:
It tells me what to buy
What to wear
How to fix my hair
Why I shouldn’t really care.
It shows Cowboys and Indians on a global playing field.
We shoot with steel,
While they’e equipped with a bow.
Then the sheriff comes to the stage
To let us know all the bad ones are put away,
On a deserted island in some bay.
For the magic black box has so much to say
About this culture and who we are today.
Yet, why is there so much it forgets to play?
I am always trying.
I don’t necessarily mean that as a bad thing, but it certainly is not wholly good. It, in some sense, is simply what it is. When we want alignment, we try to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together — we ‘figure’ out how it will all work. Since the new year I have been attempting to find alignment through allowance instead. It is a bit harder for my personality type, but I do feel myself more absorbed in what I do (even if it means less marked off the to-do list).
Therefore, for the new moon today I reassert my commitment to allowance with recognition that allowing sometimes results in trying. And so the cycle continues.
What is your power intention?
I am sharing a simple Valentine’s Day meal from last year because it is so darn yummy. Combine cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans, and baby beets to make a festive dish. A kale salad with a zesty ginger (aphrodisiac:)) dressing compliments the baby beets’ sweetness. Round everything out with a lovely (yet cost efficient) red wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. Whatever your plans may be, have fun and be well!
I must share with you my love for M.C. Yogi’s new album, Only Love is Real. It was released on January 6th (my birthday!). The past couple of weeks I have been listening to the words and letting the energy of it marinate. I thought: “What better week than Valentine’s to write about it?” Only love is real, but to truly feel that with someone else, we first need to align our own energy.
If you need inspiration or if you are ready to take your vibes to a whole new level, you should definitely check out Only Love is Real. It is easy to find high vibe playlists, yet a full album is a rare gift. Add this energy to your sadhana or daily commute; you will feel a difference.
My 3 favorite songs:
Track 6 Light House – This soft yet upbeat song is mesmerizing.
Track 9 Dancing in the sun – Are you having the winter blues? This song will get you over it fast! Turn it on during sun salutations and feel the heat.
Track 11 Heaven is Here – Listen to this track during the first couple of minutes of meditation or while you are on an especially hectic commute. Simply beautiful.
Thank you for reading! Enjoy your week.