Esalen Institute

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“Esalen is a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. We work toward the realization of a more humane and all-embracing world, seeking answers to questions unlikely to be explored by traditional universities and religions. We sponsor pioneering initiatives and offer personal, spiritual, and social transformation programs for residents, interns, and workshop participants.” -The Esalen Mission


I spent several months working and living at this unbelievable and delicious place. The healing, the rich history (The Beatles played here, Aldous Huxley and Maslow were some of the first lecturers…the list goes on and on). If you get a chance I would highly recommend spending some time here for a workshop or personal retreat. Some of the classes offer CE credits. The healing hot springs were once a spot frequented by indigenous people for it’s healing potential.

 

Yoga for Menstruation

Yoga Journal, came up with a comprehensive list of  yoga poses that help alleviate some of the discomforts associated with menstruation, I have included the pictures in this post, but for a  more detailed understanding on how to do the poses, visit here.

Feel better, sweet ovaries.

Also, check out my Etsy account, for tea blends that have been designed to help with these symptoms.

Happy Taking Care Of Yourself, Angel.

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BOOK CLUB

“Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity — but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our “biography,” our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are?

Without our familiar props, we are faced with just ourselves, a person we do not know, an unnerving stranger with whom we have been living all the time but we never really wanted to meet. Isn’t that why we have tried to fill every moment of time with noise and activity, however boring or trivial, to ensure that we are never left in silence with this stranger on our own?”
Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

TIBETAN BOOK

I lost my grandmother a year ago. It was quite unexpected and though she made it to the ripe-old age of 87, the whole experience hit me like a ton of bricks. Her death was the first real experience I had with death and facing mortality all together. How could someone who watched me grow up, buckled my snow boots, and gave me all the little treasures and goodies in her purse, just all of a sudden, be gone? Cease to exist. As she was in the hospital, nearing the end, slowly needing to be put on life support, I had these intense sensations. I was driving home alone in the dark, on Highway 1, heading back down to Big Sur where I was living, and I felt this energy in the car. It was as if there was a ‘presence’ in the car with me. Undeniable. This is how I knew, this was the real deal. A bi life change was about to happen. All these messages and thoughts came FLOODING. Guidance about how this would be a huge transition and change for my mother and mark a new chapter in life. She encouraged me to continue playing my ukelele, and I will never forget the words that I heard in that moment, clear as day. “Keep Shining”. 

This book has helped me come to terms with death and what it means to pass on. I hope it helps you too.

Sonima Foundation

 

Sonima Foundation launch event, RCSD – East Palo Alto from Shannon Mayock on Vimeo.

“The Sonima Foundation is a non-profit public corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is for educational and charitable purposes.

The specific purposes of the corporation are to research, investigate, analyze and implement ways to provide health and wellness best practices, primarily to underserved students from preschool through high school; to provide the results of such investigation, research, analysis and implementation to the general public; and to encourage the general public to consider, discuss, and comment upon such results and to make other proposals for such consideration, discussion, and comment.”

-Sonima Foundation Website

Institute Of Noetic Sciences (IONS)

 

“The Institute of Noetic Sciences serves an emerging movement of globally conscious citizens dedicated to manifesting our highest capacities. We believe that consciousness is essential to a paradigm shift that will lead to a more sustainable world. We encourage open-minded explorations of consciousness through the meeting of science and spirit.” – About Us, IONS Website

For more information, visit here.

Wonders That Are