BY LINDA JOY STONE Many of us find beauty in gnarly old trees, amongst overgrown forests and within nature’s oddities, but shudder at the wrinkles, barnacles and deformities human bodies develop with age. The Japanese have a jaunty term—wabi sabi—for the beauty of imperfection. In our rather adolescent culture, imperfection is seen as a flaw. However, striving to achieve some kind of perfection or perpetual youth can rob us of joy. I find the “anti-aging” movement a bit of a con job that feeds a vanity-motivated, death-fearing, multi-billion-dollar industry. Instead, consider “pro-aging my way” as a better description for a natural occurring process, and then choose wisely. Our bodies and our hearts know what to do if we listen and take care of them. Having a good sense of humor is a vital attribute in aging well and being able to appreciate the unpredictability of life. This is where we […]
Welcome to the “Age of Overwhelm (Ow!)” where people are stressed and running on empty. Some common symptoms are anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, IBS and musculoskeletal pain, not to mention hormonal imbalances. The demands of parenthood, jobs, aging parents and our own changing bodies can feel daunting. And there never seems to be enough time. Ow! It takes skill and awareness to navigate this fast-paced world of radical flux. Somewhere we bought the program that we can do it all and be everything for others until the pressure to perform gets to the point where something’s got to give. We can either stop, evaluate our circumstances and revise our so-called “reality” or deny the warning signs and wait for an emotional or physical breakdown. Sometimes such a profound shift can be what the system needs in order for a breakthrough to occur, but it can be costly. It’s time to […]
In TCM, each organ system has an associated emotion. For example, anger and frustration can negatively affect the liver, creating stagnation and constriction. Worry, stress and overthinking can impair the spleen’s digestive function, causing heaviness and lack of mental clarity. A buildup of toxic emotions can be as deleterious as an overindulgence in food, drugs and alcohol. Conscious and appropriate emotional expression is necessary for optimal health, but the body will become unbalanced when any emotion becomes chronically discordant. So, what do we need to detox—which actually means “to dispel poison”? Maybe what’s needed is “disciplined wildness” and beneficial ways to nourish—not only our body, but also our spirit. Laugh, dance and be in harmony with nature. These may be the best medicines to help cultivate joy and our innate wisdom of being.
You know who you are. You are dedicated to beauty and fiercely protective of Earth’s flora and fauna. You are highly sensitive and alarmed by misuse of power. You appreciate paradox and irony. You are drawn to the eternal mysteries of the world. You have a big heart to match your creative and imaginative spirit. You laugh and cry easily. You find yourself questioning your role in this amazing and complex drama called life. As you age, you become more aware of the joys of crazy wisdom. You want to play and be in community. You want to express your unbridled energy, yet may still feel the need to subdue and “play it safe”. What if these “Orwellian” times are a catalyst and a wake-up call to the seeker, artist and everyday mystic within? Maybe this is what evolution and culture change look like—and it feels destabilizing. We haven’t been […]
Dear Friends and Everyday Mystics, How are you doing? It feels as if the world has been turned upside down, where many find themselves on unstable ground essentially questioning reality. This may be what dramatic culture change looks like and there doesn’t seem to be a clear road map…yet! It’s essential not to fall into fear or blame or apathy. This is a time of coming together, calling all allies and utilizing navigation tools to help us gain a steadier footing. Consulting the Akashic Records, AKA the Unity Field, can assist in finding a renewed sense of wonder and clearer direction. When we connect to this dimension of consciousness and are in alignment with the natural flow of energy, joy and synchronicity abound. Drama and confusion become merely an instructional story which we are free to change. I invite you to join me on this transformational journey in recreating your desirable story. Combining my 20-year experience of Reading the Akashic Records with my nearly 30 years practicing Chinese medicine, allows me […]