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einstein and Hubble, omnicentric universe, expanding universe
What was the greatest scientific discovery of the 20th century? Albert Einstein’s 1907 Theory of Relativity, you’d most likely say, the revelation that triggered the last great paradigm shift in the physical sciences. And you’d be correct. However, Einstein himself could not believe the mind-boggling implications of his discovery, which contradicted some of his most basic beliefs about the nature of reality. So what did Einstein do? He fudged the equations, adding a term he called the “cosmological constant.” Toward the end of his life, Einstein confessed that this actRead More
gratitude, healing, giving thanks, give thanks
Our tendency is to view painful aspects of our lives as mistakes, and the pleasant aspects as good fortune. We may even think that what we like is grace, but what we don’t like is a curse. This is resistance to the moment. Being able to practice gratitude means connecting to this moment and seeing clearly what it brings. If it brings tension, see that as grace. It is giving you an opportunity to notice the ways in which you are in resistance. If it brings expansion, see that asRead More
mindfulness, nonviolent communication
Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication by Oren Jay Sofer Book Review by Amy Kellestine We are not born with the skills for rich and nuanced verbal conversations. As we grow, so does our ability to communicate using words and tone as well as body language. However, other than learning grammar and punctuation, most of us spend precious little of our lives exploring the art of truly effective communication. Author and teacher Oren Jay Sofer is poised to remedy that with “Say What You Mean: ARead More
becoming, book review, Michelle obama, determination, grace, determination and grace, becoming me, becoming us, becoming more
Book Review by Parvati Magazine Staff A young girl named Michelle LaVaughn Robinson grew up in South Side, Chicago to the sounds of piano lessons from the apartment downstairs—lessons that she would take herself, and get yelled at for skipping ahead in her songbook. Though she didn’t go on to become a musician, two gifts of her time pursuing music are obvious in the life she went on to live: determination and grace. Perhaps that’s why the former First Lady, Michelle Obama, begins her heartwarming memoir “Becoming” with those pianoRead More
oneness, interconnection, all is one
Current Assumption: We are inevitably and permanently separate and disconnected from one another. We are all alone in an uncaring universe. Sometimes we feel alone in an uncaring universe, separate and disconnected from one another. The undivided unity of all things seems counter-intuitive. Our physical senses tell us the universe is comprised of trillions of separate objects and entities and energies. The rational-materialists tell us it’s ridiculous to assert that “all is One.” Non-duality is one of the great paradoxes of existence, although many of us have experienced oneness atRead More
being receptive, receptivity, awareness, state of non-resistance
A client came to me for sound healing after a long time spent trying unsuccessfully to conceive. Though medical tests had showed her reproductive system was healthy and her partner’s sperm count was normal, month after month went by without pregnancy. When this client first arrived at my studio, we did some simple vocalizations. They soon revealed that she was feeling internally overloaded, particularly in her pelvis. This left no room for new life. I guided her to focus her awareness deep into her pelvis and allow sound to beginRead More
present moment, mindful living, only now, intuitive mind
If we maintain our trust in the loving Universe, trusting in the unknown, living in the present moment and putting one foot in front of the other, we find that somehow everything works out.rwise.Read More
present moment, mindful living, only now, intuitive mind
For many of us, most of our waking thoughts are taken up with regrets, memories and nostalgia about the past, or fears, hopes and plans for the future. We rarely put our full attention on the present moment. We’re too busy to sit around meditating. We don’t have time, or at least that is how it seems in our frenzied, stressful lives, but let’s stop for a second and ask ourselves: What is time, in reality?Read More
indigenous values, Sami people, indigenous history, indigenous education, indigenous self-determination
Book Review by Amy Kellestine Why are Indigenous people around the globe, as young as nine years old, killing themselves up to ten times more often than non-Indigenous people? The award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga explores the root causes of this alarming trend and looks for answers in “All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward.” The issues can be traced back to what is now recognized as the cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples around the world, from Canada to Finland to Brazil and elsewhere: separating them from their land, theirRead More
The Grace Mindset, power of the mind, Parvati Devi, natural healing
Welcome to the first in a mini-series on “The Grace Mindset”, Parvati’s transformative upcoming book on the healing process. To step into “The Grace Mindset” is to connect with the true source of healing—for you and the world. It brings life-changing clarity to common blocks and obstacles to healing, such as the idea that healing happens “to” you or that adversity is a punishment. With practical guidance you can apply right away, Parvati empowers you to live your greatest health on all levels. You can be inspired by true storiesRead More