For most of my life, because my menses was never regular, and honestly because I wasn’t very aware of my body, I was unable to connect some of the turmoil occurring in my life to my unnatural menstrual cycle. It wasn’t until my husband (at the time boyfriend) began asking all sorts of questions about the female body and its processes that I gave it any serious thought. In fact he was the one, after watching a morning news show on menstruation, who informed me that I was indeed not “crazy” but just under the influence of hormones. Once I began getting serious about my spiritual journey and more in tune with my body, I started to research the sacredness of this natural ritual and why I should protect myself at this very vulnerable time of the month.
Saturday (Dec. 8) was Bodhi Day, the Buddhist holy day celebrating the enlightenment of Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha, whose teachings form the foundation of Buddhist philosophy. During his awakening, the Buddha: 1) came to the realization that he had been born and reborn many times, 2) uncovered the Law of Karma and recognized the importance of the Noble Eightfold Path, and 3) discovered the Four Noble Truths, before ultimately reaching Nirvana.
As a lover of colors and shapes, I was immediately drawn to Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Maya by Leonard Everett Fisher while browsing the shelves at my local library. The mix of earth tones and primary colors encapsulated by thick black lines pop off the page and stirred the indigenous roots of my inner being. I further found the book interesting, informative and easy to read. While some of the deities (Goddess of Suicide and God of Human Sacrifice) featured may bring up questions from the youngest audience members, I felt that the book was quite accessible for children. However, parents may want to edit out content they feel uncomfortable with presenting to their children. I decided to feature the top five Mayan gods and goddess I felt were particularly interesting and beautifully drawn.
On November 3, 2012, my husband and I checked out our first Mind, Body, Spirit Expo which took place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. It is advertised as the largest expo of its kind (personal growth and spirituality) in the northeast. I was excited to meet like-minded people, see weird and unusual things, and discover new products, books and information. If you are wondering what you will encounter at such an expo, below are some highlights from our trip…
The Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia is a fantastic natural oasis to experience whether you live in Philadelphia or if you’re visiting and would like a break from the city. You can access their website at www.business-services.upenn.edu.
I was thrilled about experiencing Seattle for the first time. While exploring the underground section of Pike Place Market, we made our way to a small crystal store called Gem Heaven. I’d done my due diligence before we arrived and had my mind-set on visiting several metaphysical and mystical stores in and around the market. I enjoyed perusing the unique selection at Gem Heaven. There was plenty to choose from and ooh-and-ah over in the tiny shop. I purchased several crystals – one of them being a little ruby.