A rose by any other name

A rose by any other name In the loving kindness meditation, Metta Bhavana, one extends love to oneself first, and then in increasingly larger circles, extending loving kindness to others in the room, in the building, in the city, the country, the world and finally, the universe. But it starts with loving oneself. This Valentine’s month, I encourage you to…

Harness Plant Energy for Health

It has been said that essential oils are the life blood of a plant. The oils give the plant the characteristics which protect it and nurture it. We use these properties to help protect us from disease in the use of antibacterial essential oils, for example. And as sedatives or energizers; for focus or in meditation; for skin repair and…

Giving and Receiving

Gift giving is an art form.  For it to be meaningful it needs to be done with compassion, sensitivity and wisdom.  Some cultures actually delay the opening of the gift and make a ritual ceremony out of the transferring of the unopened gift to the receiver.  The surprise gleaned from receiving the contents of the gift is then a second…

Foot Reflexology – The What, Why and How of this Magical Healing Therapy

Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands, and ears, which correspond to every part, gland, and organ of the body. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves symptoms of tension, improves circulation, and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. Reflexology has…