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Re: “The Virgin Mary Is All That

Father Peter is so real. What he's saying is fresh and feels trustworthy. Grateful there is a spiritual leader with integrity.

Posted by Kbwilson on 04/21/2010 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The Virgin Mary Is All That

Real experience of God. That's what we're all looking for, ultimately. Everything else is a poor substitute. What a blessing that Father Peter is in the world teaching and helping people to find what their souls are searching for!

Posted by Estelle on 04/21/2010 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Floor Model

Thank you for your work bringing women's attention to this! I agree that it's something we never talk about. I had severe stress incontinence after the birth of my daughter despite doing Kegels the way I thought the midwife had taught me. It wasn't until I went to a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor issues that I realized I had been doing them all wrong. I don't even know if the midwife had ever thought about the issue;she went through the instruction in this very perfunctory way and I might have saved myself a couple of years of heartache and embarrassment (and a lot of laundry) if I'd just learned a little more about this area of anatomy the first time.

Posted by RachelMon on 04/18/2010 at 11:26 PM

Re: “Scents and Sensibility

Pamela's show opens at the Doug Adams Gallery on Thursday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m., and will be on view Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10-3 until June.

Posted by Tisha on 04/07/2010 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Just Eat It

Emotional eating is one of the biggest obstacles to maintaining a healthy diet. Often times people who engage in emotional eating do it to fill a void in their lives. You mentioned boredom, people who go to the movies buy a lot of food from the concession stand and eat it without paying much attention to what they're putting into their mouths at the time. The same goes for eating in front of the TV or at a sporting event. The food fills the emptiness of the moment and although it provides a short term enjoyment, it is short lives.

Fear, loneliness, anxiety, agitation, etc. no matter the emotion, picking up something to eat only acts as a bandage which fails to fix the problem. Really to be successful, we must learn to appreciate ourselves for who we are. It is also a fact that most of us (even with healthy self-esteem) are not satisfied with things as they are i.e. we want to change something in our life. Self-improvement is essential for growth and empowerment. In other words if there is something that a person does not like about himself/herself the first thing to do is look at what it is they want to change. Then ask themselves why they wish to do so. Is it something that they wish to do for themselves or to please others.

If a person is bored or lonely, etc. it is important to get involved in activities that get him/her out of the house. Stepping outside of your comfort zone to take up a new hobby can do wonders for self-esteem and self-confidence. That is because you challenge yourself to go beyond self-imposed limitations. You will not need to rely on crutches to get along. And the more involved you become in your hobby the less you will feel bored, lonely, anxious, etc. and the desire to eat comfort foods will gradually wane.

But there is also something else to point out. People who do not get enough sleep have a tendency to be hungry and develop a craving for sugary foods. This acts as a trigger to continue eating and eating leading to weight gain. So, it becomes important to get a good night's rest, too, and physical activity during the waking hours so as to spend energy.

To be truly healthy one must satisfy the needs of mind, body and spirit. This can be accomplished by making a decision to do something productive and sticking with it.


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Posted by healthy_blogging on 03/16/2010 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Omigoddess

Thank you so much! Thank you for supporting my work and holding light for yourself and many others. Keep dancing to that unique beat and you will find your answers.
With gratitude, Diana Dorell

Posted by dancinggoddess on 02/18/2010 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Omigoddess

Dorell what a beautiful name, It sounds angelic and mystical...a path to take root and branch out toward the angelic realms and provide us with a feeling of self worth and validity of our own internal strengths that are always prevalent yet submerged. I have had readings with you and have attended several of your workshops and you are inspirational and your heart and soul emulate love to all those you help. Continue the work you are so passionate but never lose sight that you to as a goddess need time to be listened to, cared for and cherished. You are a shining star twinkling brightly in this beautiful earth and universe. Lots of love always, DDB, Tucson, AZ

Posted by Mariposa on 02/18/2010 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Hidden Wisdom

It is wonderful to see the modern gnostics as a growing force. I hope there is much more attention drawn to the great wisdom of the gnostic gospels.


Posted by Steve on 01/15/2010 at 3:30 AM

Re: “Hidden Wisdom

Hi everyone,

We are really fortunate in this day and age to be able to study gnosis without persecution. It is really amazing how it has been through so much and yet the teachings keep on reamerging. The teachings seem to be impossible to stamp out like Mattias said.

Lucia I saw parts of the channel four documentary myself, I wish could see the entire video. I wonder if that will ever happen.....til then we see these parts on youtube……

Posted by RobD. on 01/09/2010 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Hidden Wisdom

Yes, I actually heard about the documentary called "Gnostics" released by Channel 4 in UK, that has mysteriously disappeared from public because it was too contradicting traditional Catholic view of Christ. I saw just bits and pieces of it and it definitely is strongly Gnostic and correlates more with Jesus from Nag Hammadi Library than with Jesus as we know him through official limited version of Christianity.

Posted by LuciaM on 01/07/2010 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Hidden Wisdom

A very nice article. It is interesting that even if Gnosticism has influenced so much in religious history (old and modern), there is still so much is left for us to find out about it. It is clear that Gnosis predated Christianity and now it seems that the orthodox church was unable to destroy the ideas and even the material of the Christian Gnostics. It seems like there is something in Gnosis that impossible to destroy by force.


Posted by Mattias on 01/07/2010 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Tempting Fate

I am so proud of my Aunt Madeline. Today I wish I could come and do this with her. I have a collection of things to include in such work. As a matter of fact my studio is filled with what others would call "junk". There is a class here in Vermont at Studio Place Art that is focusing on making a memory jug. Similarly the person leading the class is encouraging the use of scraps and things that belong to us in a meaningful way. I wonder if some long string of things could be hung on our christmas tree next... As always I love you Auntie Madeline. Emmanuelle PS: Your art is in our soul

Posted by Emmanuelle on 12/31/2009 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Tempting Fate

Great read; it is interesting how art is often as much an expression of -as it is a "finding of" some aspects of oneself.
warm wishes, david

Posted by davidhartley on 12/30/2009 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Tempting Fate

Thank you, Anneli. What an insightful summary from our brief conversation about the Affirmation class. We have a few more spaces available if people want to show up. You honed in on the good stuff i.e.; not always knowing what is out there for us, and what's inside waiting to come out. Fondly, Madeline

Posted by Madeline Behrens-Brigham on 12/30/2009 at 9:05 PM

Re: “The Curvy Club

Well I have a right thoracic scoliosis much worse than Miss Sandra's - she looks like a normal person. I am visibly deformed and my body is 5 inches shorter than it should be and I have breathing problems. My appearance draws unwanted and intrusive comments and stares from other people whereever I go and I long ago gave up on a personal sexual relationship. I had skeletal traction a spinal fusion, Harrington rod instrumentation and a Risser body cast as a teenager. Pain in my hips and sacral area impact on my ability to work and I've lost work because of this. I started trying to do yoga this fall and although I do the poses poorly, and am building up upper body strength, I am building up endurance in a way I could not before because I cannot walk far without triggering pain. I am feeling better and have less pain. I do recommend yoga for anyone with back or orthopedic pain and limitation. But Miss Sandra's scoliosis is very mild and she looks very normal, which probably explains her success at what she's doing right now.

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Posted by divinegracie on 12/25/2009 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Big Macro

Nice to read good news! I loved this great article!! It is very insprirational. It's nice to see someone who has healed and who is sharing her wisdom with others. Go Barbara!

Posted by Meg Wolff on 11/15/2009 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Big Macro

Congratulations to the outstanding cruise, A Taste of Health by Holistic Holiday at Sea ( Once again the cruise you don't want to miss proves its life-altering and life-saving power. Hat's off on a job well done!, Jerusalem, Israel

Posted by Ginat Rice on 11/13/2009 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Big Macro

I'm impressed with East Bay Express for covering Macrobiotics and profiling such an important person in the macro and vegan communities. Barbara Johnston-Brown has more to offer than just one class so keep a look out for more events from her and her company Healing House in the near future. I'm lucky to know her personally and she is a wealth of information. Hopefully, she'll realize her dream of opening a restaurant so everyone has the opportunity to experience the amazing food that she so carefully prepares with love and wisdom. I can guarantee it will inspire people to expand their minds and diet to include some of what macrobiotics has to offer.

Posted by Chandra Lynn on 11/12/2009 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Big Macro

Misturu Kakimoto of the Japanese Vegetarian Society writes: “A survey that I conducted of 80 Westerners, including Americans, Englishmen and Canadians, revealed that approximately half of them believed that vegetarianism originated in India. Some respondents assumed that vegetarianism had its origin in China or Japan. It seems to me that the reason Westerners associate vegetarianism with China or Japan is Buddhism. It is no wonder, and in fact we could say that Japan used to be a country where vegetarianism prevailed.”

Gishi-wajin-denn, a history book on Japan written in China around the third century BC, says, “There are no cattle, no horses, no tigers, no leopards, no goats and no magpies in that land. The climate is mild and people over there eat fresh vegetables both in summer and in winter.” It also says that “people catch fish and shellfish in the water.” Apparently, the Japanese ate fresh vegetables as well as rice and other cereals as staple foods. They also took some fish and shellfish, but hardly any meat.

Shinto, the prevailing religion at the time, is essentially pantheistic, based upon the worship of the forces of nature. According to writer Steven Rosen, in the early days of Shinto, no animal food was offered in sacrifice because of the injunction against shedding blood in the sacred area of the shrine.

Several hundred years later, Buddhism came to Japan and the prohibition of hunting and fishing permeated the Japanese people. In 7th century Japan, the Empress Jito encouraged “hojo,” or the releasing of captive animals, and established wildlife preserves, where animals could not be hunted.

There are many similarities between the Hindu literature and the Buddhist religions of the Far East. For example, the word Cha’an of the Cha’an school of Chinese Buddhism is Chinese for the Sanskrit word “dhyana”, which means meditation, as does the word “Zen” in Japanese. In 676 AD, then Japanese emperor Tenmu proclaimed an ordinance prohibiting the eating of fish and shellfish as well as animal flesh and fowl. Subsequently, in the year 737 of the Nara period, the emperor Seimu approved the eating of fish and shellfish.

During the twelve hundred years from the Nara period to the Meiji restoration in the second half of the 19th century, Japanese people enjoyed vegetarian style meals. They usually ate rice as staple food and beans and vegetables. It was only on special occasions or celebrations that fish was served. Under these circumstances the Japanese people developed a vegetarian cuisine, Shojin Ryori (ryori means cooking or cuisine), which was native to Japan.

The word “shojin” is a Japanese translation of “vyria” in Sanskrit, meaning “to have the goodness and keep away evils.” Buddhist priests of the Tendai-shu and Shingon-shu sects, whose founders studied in China in the ninth century before they founded their respective sects, have handed down vegetarian cooking practices from Chinese temples strictly in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha.

In the 13th century, Dogen, the founder of the Soto sect of Zen, formally established Shojin Ryori or Japanese vegetarian cuisine. Dogen studied and learned the Zen teachings abroad in China, during the Sung Dynasty. He fixed rules aiming to establish the pure vegetarian life as a means of training the mind.

One of the other influences Zen exerted on the Japanese people manifested itself in Sado, the Japanese tea ceremony. It is believed that Esai, founder of the Rinazi-shu sect, introduced tea to Japan and it is the custom for Zen followers to drink tea. The customs preserved in the teaching of Zen lead to a systematic rule called Sado…a Cha-shitsu or tea ceremony room is so constructed as to resemble the Shojin, where the chief priest is at a Buddhist temple.

Food served at a tea ceremony is called Kaiseki in Japanese, which literally means a stone in the breast. Monks practicing asceticism used to press heated stones to their bosom to suppress hunger. Then the word Kaiseki itself came to mean a light meal served at Shojin, and Kaiseki meals had great influence on the Japanese.

The “Temple of the Butchered Cow” can be found in Shimoda, Japan. It was erected shortly after Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1850s. It was erected in honor of the first cow slaughtered in Japan, marking the first violation of the Buddhist tenet against the eating of meat.

An example of a Buddhist vegetarian in the modern age: Kenji Miyazawa, a Japanese writer and poet of the early 20th century, who wrote a novel entitled Vegetarian-Taisai, in which he depicted a fictitious vegetarian congress…His works played an important role in the advocacy of modern vegetarianism. Today, no animal flesh is ever eaten in a Zen Buddhist monastery, and such Buddhist denominations as the Cao Dai sect (which originated in South Vietnam), now boasts some two million followers, all of whom are vegetarian.

The Buddhist teachings are not the only source contributing to the growth of vegetarianism in Japan. in the late 19th century, Dr. Gensai Ishizuka published an academic book in which he advocated vegetarian cooking with an emphasis on brown rice and vegetables. His method is called Seisyoku (Macrobiotics) and is based upon ancient Chinese philosophy such as the principles of Yin and Yang and Taoism. Now some people support his method of preventative medicine. Japanese macrobiotics suggest taking brown rice as half of the whole intake, with vegetables, beans, seaweeds, and a small amount of fish.

In his 1923 book, The Natural Diet of Man, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg writes: “According to Mori, the Japanese peasant of the interior is almost an exclusive vegetarian. He eats fish once or twice a month and meat once or twice a year.” Dr. Kellogg writes that in 1899, the Emperor of Japan appointed a commission to determine whether it was necessary to add meat to the nation’s diet to improve the people’s strength and stature. The commission concluded that as far as meat was concerned, “the Japanese had always managed to do without it, and that their powers of endurance and their athletic prowess exceeded that of any of the Caucasian races. Japan’s diet stands on a foundation of rice.”

According to Dr. Kellogg: “the rice diet of the Japanese is supplemented by the free use of peanuts, soy beans and greens, which… constitute a wholly sufficient bill of fare. Throughout the Island Empire, rice is largely used, together with buckwheat, barley, wheat and millet. Turnips and radishes, yams and sweet potatoes are frequently used, also cucumbers, pumpkins and squashes. The soy bean is held in high esteem and used largely in the form of miso, a puree prepared from the bean and fermented; also tofu, a sort of cheese; and cho-yu, which is prepared by mixing the pulverized beans with wheat flour, salt, and water and fermenting from one and a half to five years.

“The Chinese peasant lives on essentially the same diet, as do also the Siamese, the Koreans, and most other Oriental peoples. Three-fourths of the world’s population eats so little meat that it cannot be regarded as anything more than an incidental factor in their bill of fare. The countless millions of China,” writes Dr. Kellogg, “are for the most part flesh-abstainers. In fact at least two-thirds of the inhabitants of the world make so little use of flesh that it can hardly be considered an essential part of their dietary…”

Misturu Kakimoto concludes: “Japanese people started eating meat some 150 years ago and now suffer the crippling diseases caused by the excess intake of fat in flesh and the possible hazards from the use of agricultural chemicals and additives. This is persuading them to seek natural and safe food and to adopt once again the traditional Japanese cuisine.”

Posted by Vasu Murti on 11/12/2009 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Strong and Gentle

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company will be need to Cooperation and Exchange in Probing into Type Teaching , welcome to call me . thank you!
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Posted by wudang kungfu girl on 11/03/2009 at 1:16 AM

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