Scripture: A Shinto Prayer on Cleansing

Sweep the impurities from my being and purify my spirit; Grant me protection; Grant me happiness; Restore brightness to my soul and give me guidance. A pure body, mind and spirit allows for the soul to grow.  I like the last line of this short prayer.  In just about every religion, we see references to…

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Creating a Sanctuary

    We all need a sanctuary.  A place where we can get away from the stress and strain of our everyday lives.  A place where we can go to be quite and relaxed.  A place where our mind can be quiet and our spirit can awaken.  Actually, most of us need two sanctuaries: one internal and…

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Take a Walk

    Taking a walk is good exercise, but it can be a lot more.  Walking can relieve stress, help you relax and forget the things that are bothering you, and help you discover things about your neighborhood and the people in it that you didn’t know.       Author Sark recommends heading out with no planned destination.  While…

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Gems and Crystals: Cinnabar Quartz

    Cinnabar Quartz is actually two kinds of crystals together.  It is chunks of quartz in which are imbedded cinnabar crystals.  It comes from Arizona where it is sometimes called “blood of the mountain”.  Cinnabar is a dark red, or sometimes brownish red crystal so it stimulates primarily the lower energy centers, particularly the root chakra. …

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