Okay… confession time. I feel a million miles away! When I go deep into creative mode it is like I have gone into another world. When I speak I am not sure if words will come out, or fully orchestrated sounds!
While I listen intimately to the muse to wrap up the creative content (yes, five albums, eight books and two DVDs) in service to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, please enjoy 2018’s favourite articles from Parvati Magazine, lovingly produced every month by volunteers just for you.
What if children’s brains could be helped to become receptive and curious instead of anxious and reactive? Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson explore this idea in their book “The Yes Brain”. We interviewed Dr. Siegel about cultivating the Yes Brain in both parents and children.
Science now proves what yogis have known for millennia: when you redirect your energy to giving rather than getting, to serving rather than wanting, your entire biochemistry changes and begins to vibrate at a higher rate. You feel more connected and fulfilled in ways never imagined. A richness begins to grow deep within that banishes unhappiness, gives health and provides a sense of fulfillment.
“First, depression in the life of a spiritual seeker is not failure. In fact, I’d say that everything we understand about depression is a bit off base. Yoga and meditation don’t mean that you will never be depressed again. Instead, you will have the tools you need to figure out what your depression is trying to teach you.”
“As we question our stressful thoughts about others, ourselves, and the world, the self begins to shed its identity. When the mind is met with understanding, selflessness is the natural result. You sit in the daily practice of inquiry and automatically there is less self, and in that falling away of identity there is less to take care of and more for others who need it…”
American cardiologist Dr. John Day had an epiphany at age 44 when he learned about a remote village in rural China known as Longevity Village, famed for its high numbers of centenarians. His research into their lifestyle has culminated in The Longevity Plan, a blueprint for living well and thriving with advancing age. Parvati Magazine spoke with Dr. Day to learn more about these principles.
Tom Myers has dedicated his life to healing people through the power of touch. He has practiced integrative manual therapy, which includes massage and Rolfing, for over 40 years, and is the author of the book Anatomy Trains. Parvati Magazine’s Yoga Editor Ella Isakov interviews Tom about fascia, movement and healing.
Recent events in the United States shine a spotlight on how pervasive sexual assault and harassment are in our culture. The hostility and disregard toward women who report they were sexually assaulted by a Supreme Court Justice nominee speaks to a much deeper issue of entitlement, fear and suspicion toward the feminine.
Psychologist and Buddhist practitioner Dr. Rick Hanson collaborates with his son, the writer Forrest Hanson, for his latest book “Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakeable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness”. Parvati Magazine speaks to Dr. Hanson about developing resilience.
Bill can be a bit of a drama queen. He is sensitive and can easily lose his sense of self with others, should someone say something that may trigger him into feeling that he is a bad person. It could be the simplest thing. But for him, it becomes big. Yet, like any painful cycle, drama can become exhausting…
“When we shift, the world shifts. So the practice of being present and self-reflection is the beginning of the spiritual practice because when we are present with ourselves and we regard ourselves with tenderness, there is a space that opens up in us in which compassion arises.”