Meditation Supplies that Motivate!

January 24th, 2014

japanese rin gongIt may sound like a gimmick, but when it comes to meditation accessories do matter!  Meditation can be hard enough to start without special “supplies,” but it is almost impossible to do without them.  Items such as mats, chimes, timers and gongs are a “must have” for anyone who is serious about meditation.  But where can you find the best selection?

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Beat the January Blues – Practice Mindfulness Meditation

January 10th, 2014

This beautiful Tibetan Meditation Shawl is available at Chopa.com

This beautiful Tibetan Meditation Shawl is available at Chopa.com

So much has been written lately about the benefits of meditation, with much of it aimed at helping people deal with holiday stress. But few people are successful at forming new habits during the busiest time of year.  A better idea is to start new habits in January.  This may explain the recent trend toward meditation retreats.

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Give the Gift of Insight

December 10th, 2013

insight meditation kitOh meditation, how we love thee! Especially at this busy time of year! While it may be years until we have enough scientific research to back it up, many converts to the practice of mindful meditation are convinced of its benefits. Nutrition and exercise may be our first line of defense to take care of the body, but there is a reason why meditation has been around for thousands of years: it works.

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Time to spread your wings

December 3rd, 2013

Astrology Soul Coach
Cosmic Dance for December 2013
This past week I spotted a Bald Eagle perched in the highest branches of one of the tallest trees in the area. Although there are a few around, this is a rare sighting in an urban area in this part of the country. Animals are messengers and this one carries a message very pertinent to the last month of 2013. “Time to spread your wings” seems like an obvious choice, but I don’t think that’s it. As we look forward to December and the first 6 months of 2014 we’re looking at two important retrograde cycles, the first by Venus, the planet of love from December 21st through January 31st and the second by Mars, the planet of action March through May.

The Eagle’s Message is about being patient, finding a higher vantage point from which to view life and embracing a larger perspective. Venus is associated with what we love and value in life – often a proxy for intimate relationships – but actually much more encompassing. Venus has been traveling through the practical and committed sign of Capricorn since November and will continue through the first week of March. During the retrograde pattern, in which from our perspective on earth Venus will appear to be moving backwards, we will revisit some old relationships and maybe even do some evaluation of currents ones. We might also give more thought to how we earn, invest and spend money. Retrogrades are times for reviewing previous choices and decisions and coming to greater clarity.

Relationships will continue to take center stage in the first half of 2014 with Mars moving through Libra, the sign of partnership. December is a good time for honest reflection about our goals – generally, financially and concerning love. Focus not on action but on improving the clarity of your perception.

Quote of the month: “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” (J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan)

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach
You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on 12Radio.com at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.
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Welcome to the New Age of Noisy Meditation – Gong Therapy

November 27th, 2013

healing gongWhen we think of meditation, an image of someone sitting cross-legged on a pillow comes to mind; perhaps in a quiet room with candles, hands upturned. But for people who are not quite accomplished in the art of relaxation, meditation can be very difficult. Fortunately, this group of people has a noisier option – gong therapy!

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What Makes Zafu Cushions Perfect for Meditation?

November 8th, 2013

zafu_zabuton_setsWhen it’s time to invest in a new meditation pillow, customers can have a hard time choosing the proper filling. This is particularly true when the pillows are purchased online, as many meditation supplies are. Without the ability to feel the texture and weight of a pillow, shoppers find it difficult to choose between buckwheat hull and organic kapok fillings.

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Astrology Soul Coach – Cosmic Dance for November 2013

November 1st, 2013

If you read last month’s column and/or you follow astrology you might look at November and wonder, is this just more of the same? The thinking and communication planet Mercury is still moving in a retrograde pattern and we start the month with an Eclipse. Even though these patterns are continuations of a sort, in November we start to emerge from the mysterious and healing waters of Scorpio with a changed perspective. Mercury will end its retrograde on Sunday November 10th. Expect additional Insights and clearer answers to be emerging throughout the month.

The partner to the Lunar Eclipse last month is the New Moon Solar Eclipse on November 3rd. This time, the Moon will come in-between the Earth and the Sun temporarily disrupting the solar radiation and electro-magnetic transmission. Like the Lunar Eclipse, this can feel like our psychological, emotional and spiritual systems are being rebooted. But this time, the more masculine and yang rational mind is eclipsed by the more yin intuitive heart. Both the Sun and Moon will be moving through the sign of Scorpio which represents our need for transformation and even cathartic change.

This Solar Eclipse brings to mind the Hawaiian Goddess of volcanoes, Pele. The fiery, raging energy of the volcano is expressive, destructive and creative. It may put us in touch with deep, raw and almost instinctual emotions. The cosmic theme song this month might be “Shout” by Tears for Fears. But take heart; Solar Eclipses are associated with new beginnings. We don’t need to wait until the New Year to set some new intentions. And as we move into the holidays we can be more focused and clear about our feelings, more direct in our actions and behaviors, and more authentically ourselves. Let it all out!

Quote of the month: “Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” (Jonas Salk)

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach
You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on 12Radio.com at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.

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Windchimes Bring Clarity, Energy and Good Fortune

October 22nd, 2013

feng shui windchimeAs “Westerners,” some of the ancient wisdom of Asian cultures might seem a little unusual. Whether it’s the practice of Zen meditation, Feng Shui or Chi Energy therapy, it’s easy to feel like an outsider looking in. But windchimes have a spiritual energy that everyone gets. Kinetic and resonant, wind chimes bring a sense of oneness that calms and energizes simultaneously. It’s a universal language of hope and beauty; one that isn’t easily duplicated.

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Bright Tunics and City Totes – Perfect for Winter Getaways

October 7th, 2013

passion flower city toteIf you’ve recently put away the summer clothes and pulled out the sweaters, it may be hard to think of what to wear on a winter vacation. But this is also the perfect time of year to get some great deals on summer clothes. When it’s time to plan your winter getaway, why not pick up some coordinating Zen-style resort wear to give your spirits a lift?

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Astrology Soul Coach – Cosmic Dance for October 2013

October 1st, 2013

Astrologically speaking October is a very dynamic month of change with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aries on the 18th and a Mercury Retrograde pattern beginning on the 21st.  First let’s tackle the Eclipse. At the time of the Full Moon, the Earth will stand in-between the two luminaries keeping the light of the Sun from reaching and reflecting off of the surface of the Moon, thus creating a Lunar Eclipse. We can’t deny there are physical repercussions as the electromagnetic pulses are temporarily disrupted. Psychologically there are effects as well – mostly positive.

All eclipses are harbingers of change, but Lunar Eclipses, usually indicate we have come to the culmination or ending of a project, relationship or endeavor. Eclipses act like wild cards bringing new people, opportunities or events into our lives that prompt and guide us to make big changes. Many people report eclipses feel like their internal systems have been rebooted. It’s the chance to clean out some old “programming” and make a clean start. Even when an eclipse drops something in our lives that seems “out of the blue” or surprising, when all is said and done, we often realize the change is exactly what we needed.

Mercury, the planet of thinking and communication, will make its third and final retrograde cycle of 2013 starting this month. This one is in the mysterious, sensitive, complex, and psychological sign of Scorpio. Scorpio represents our need for cathartic change and transformation and the need for intense and passionate involvement. Minds and hearts will come together to reveal some amazing insights!

Both events – the Lunar Eclipse and Mercury Retrograde – have change as a common denominator. We don’t always have control of the changes in the world around us, but we do have the ability to choose our interpretation and use events as valuable learning devices on our way to earning our PhDs in Earth School. Enjoy the ride. I’ll be back with you next month to talk about the Eclipse of new beginnings – a New Moon Solar Eclipse on November 3rd. I’ll leave you with the words of Viktor E. Frankl, “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach

You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on 12Radio.com at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern.

ca@cabrooks.com

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