Religion, Spirituality and Mysticism

As we enter the Longest Night and await the Birth of the Light after Winter Solstice,  it is interesting to note how many religions and spiritual traditions use this time of year for powerful teachings and events.  Three levels of understanding await the seeker on her/his transformational journey. Religion, Spirituality and Mysticism are related but different levels of understanding of Continue Reading →

Rosemary is for More Than Remembrance

The herb Rosemary has been a symbol of remembrance for ions. In herbal folklore, “Rosemary is for Remembering”.  It was often used at times of funerals, anniversaries and when soldiers marched off to war.  Its aroma has always been uplifting and stimulating; sharp, herbaceous and slightly camphorous are some adjectives used to describe its aroma. The penetrating aroma sharpens the Continue Reading →

Healing Through ACOA

The mind has time to wander and wonder while walking along a beautiful beach.  Connections and realizations seem to occur more easily when Nature is your companion. Here is how my mind “wandered and wondered” while on a recent vacation. What do Antigua, Eliot Ness and Rutgers University have in common?  What about Eric Clapton, Al Capone and Dr. Janet Continue Reading →

Ancient April Celebrations and Holidays

The rites of Spring are rooted in the old ways of the world.  Through mythology and god/goddess stories, Spring was celebrated as a time of renewal, rebirth and passion.  The earth was now waking up from its winter slumber. Excitement and anticipation were tangible! Here is a sampling of some of the ancient holidays celebrated in April, as taken from Continue Reading →