November 2015 – Luminosity Category

Training doesn’t always have to be structured and goal-oriented to yield results. We tend to get caught up in “getting the skill” or “getting a good workout,” and while those goals have their place, if we never take the time to explore movement without any specific goals in mind, we lose out on a sense of play and freedom. In this post, we’ll look at what play is, why we think it’s important for everyone to engage in, and we’ll give you 3 movements to try out. Unlike the structuredRead More
Welcome to the November 2015 issue of Parvati Magazine. Daylight Savings Time has ended and the nights are lengthening on their way to the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet, even as darkness seems to increase, luminosity is not only possible – it is our destiny. As we come to fully experience that our essence and everything within and around us is one with unlimited consciousness, we realize our true, divine nature. One who truly understands and lives within this reality loves all things equally and sees all things equally,Read More

Posted On November 1, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn November 2015 - Luminosity, Wellness

Wellness: Illuminate the Winter Blues

As the days shorten in the Northern Hemisphere, the lack of strong daylight can affect mood for many people. While we don’t depend on sunshine in the same way that plants do for survival, we seem to do best as humans when we receive light each day. When we don’t get it, some of us seem to shrug it off, but some of us can find brain chemistry so altered that we experience seasonal depression.Read More

Posted On November 1, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn November 2015 - Luminosity, Yoga

Yoga: Living in Luminosity, with Elena Brower

Ella Isakov, Yoga Editor: Elena Brower, based in New York, has been teaching yoga and meditation for 15 years. People are drawn to Elena because she is real and authentic. She allows herself to be seen as a human being living and doing her best like everyone else, making daily efforts to show up for whatever life brings. This natural ability to live by example and share in the experience with others is profound and refreshing, and much needed in this day and age. Enjoy this inspiring interview on waysRead More
Enlightenment is a part of everyone’s destiny. We each are called to this state at some point through our many incarnations. The process of our soul’s evolution involves a purification of our distorted perceptions that sees ourselves as separate, suffering entities. As we come to fully experience that our essence and everything within and around us is one with unlimited consciousness, we realize our true, divine nature.Read More
Image credit: Unterstrich Each luminous, colourful butterfly was once a caterpillar. Not born with wings that could take it to great heights, the former ground-crawler had to be reborn to see the world in a whole new way and experience newfound freedom. In many ways, the spiritual path is like this. As one of my favorite children’s books, “Hope For The Flowers” by Trina Paulus, reminds us, we can too easily find ourselves stuck in the hum-drum of living, crawling along the ground and forgetting that a butterfly waits toRead More
Image credit: Neil Piddock The divine means many things to different people. For some, it is formless, expansive light. Others see the sacred in nature, such as in a tree, a mountain, an animal or a river. Many traditions relate to God as a male figurehead, while others worship the divine mother. However we see the divine, what is essential is that we touch the reality of unity behind the appearance of diversity. The divine is ultimately pure, unconditional love, and as such, it will express itself to us inRead More
Comfort food can be a challenge for people trying to reduce their carb intake for health reasons. Many standbys pack a punch to blood sugar. But with a little creativity, you can find ways to enjoy comfort food in new nutritious forms. Cauliflower is one of the unheralded heros of the vegetable world. While it doesn’t have the chlorophyll of its Brassica family relatives broccoli and kale, it does have cancer-fighting and anti-oxidant phytochemicals. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin K,Read More

Posted On November 1, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Film, November 2015 - Luminosity

Films that Illuminate

  This month in Parvati Magazine, we share two films that play with light and visuals. Pan is a prequel to the Peter Pan story. It opens with a young boy named Peter (Levi Miller) in an orphanage, pondering his ancestry and the miniature pan flute he wears as a pendant. But soon he, and we, are swept up and dropped into an immersive world where ships fly through the air between spheres of water where fish swim. This retelling of the Pan story by the same studio that didRead More
  The Course in Miracles owes much of its current fame to bestselling novelist Marianne Williamson, who popularized it in her 1992 book “A Return to Love”. Since then, many people have embraced the wisdom of the Course as well as the “Cliffs Notes” version put forward in “A Return to Love”, including luminaries like Gabby Bernstein. While the Course in Miracles and accompanying materials, said to be transcribed from the teachings of Jesus Christ himself, runs to about 1100 pages of spiritually charged material that can’t be skim-read, WilliamsonRead More