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What I learned from the Grinch....a holiday wish!

This time of year, I always think about the wisdom of Dr. Seuss in his story of the Grinch.  The holidays aren't about wrestling the deal of the century away from an angry mob on Black Friday, or having the best decorations on the block, or even getting the perfect gifts for everyone on the list.  The Grinch said it best.“Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store...maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”

As children, we connected to something extraordinary that was there beneath the hustle and bustle.  It was the true spirit of the holidays. We understand this magic when we take the time to listen to the beckoning of our hearts and remember the connection we all share, then we see what is possible, despite all our human imperfections.  The great news is that we're given opportunities to connect and create magic almost every day.  We just have to be ready to answer the call when it comes.

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Comments | Posted By Jess Sekavec

Serenity...in your own backyard

11/22/2011 8:50 AM

Zen Hands

What do we think of when we think of serenity?  An ocean beach with the sound of gentle waves lapping the sand, or an open meadow with the shining sun, blooming trees and singing birds? For most of us, the answer is yes.  Our place of serenity hypothetically exists in a distant land where everything is perfect, void of problems, and things just seem to fall into place.  In this paradise, we see ourselves breath deeply and the weight of the world falls off of our shoulders.  Ironically, true serenity is not 1,000 miles away, but right where you are sitting this very minute.


The definition of serenity, according to good old Webster, is clear and free of storm or unpleasant change.  Sounds a lot like our “happy place” doesn’t it?  We all would love to believe that place exists, an escape from the stressful hectic side of our lives.

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Balance

6/1/2011 9:56 AM

Balancing rocks

Do you ever feel like the whole world is in a big hurry and that there’s hardly enough room or time to breathe?  Yeah, we’re in that club too!  Our society glorifies productivity, hard work, and doing what it takes to 'get ahead.’  And although these things can have a place in our lives, we often find ourselves out of balance with all of the doing and very little time for just being.  We make monster To-Do lists, but even when we answer all our emails, scrub every inch of house and check off the rest of the day’s tasks, we feel exhausted and wonder if we’re somehow missing a bigger picture.  

 According to Anita Johnston, Ph.D., and author of Eating in the Light of the Moon, “Many traditional cultures recognize the necessity of both masculine and feminine aspects in all life…there once was a time when the qualities of the feminine were appreciated and valued; a time when feeling was as important as thinking, intuition was as well regarded as logic, “being” was as much valued as “doing,” and the journey was as significant as the destination.”  In times past, we were much more connected to the cycles of the earth, to the changes of each season and the effects they have upon us.  No matter how far away we’ve wandered, we can again remember that both the feminine and masculine (yin and yang) are truly important.  They're meant to work in harmony and to complement one another.  Sadly, in our culture, female energy has often been denied and even ridiculed.   We’re taught to dismiss our intuitive hunches in favor of logic and reason.   We’re conditioned to neglect our most important relationships so that work can be our top priority.  We are encouraged to partake in competition rather than compassion.  We’re told not to cry when we’re sad or, for that matter, to express any ‘unpleasant’ emotion. Our feminine selves have been forced into the shadows for far too long.  If we want to find wholeness as individuals and also as a larger community, our feminine power needs to be brought back into the light.  

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Welcome

2/6/2011 5:22 AM

Welcome

Welcome to Maitri Garden! As you take a walk around the garden, you'll notice that we have some other friends here. They are authors, musicians, and artists who inspire us, and who have some excellent growing tips to share! Check them out and see if they might be able to lend a hand on your journey.  We also have some fun garden attire to brighten brighten your spirit, like our Be Your Change Tee. We're glad you're here, and we hope you'll come back again soon!  We can learn so much from one another, so send us a note and tell us about your journey.  We look forward to making this year the best one yet!

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