One is always a number of new beginnings. This year our new year’s date is 1/1/11. So if there ever was a time for new beginnings or starting over, this is it. This Carnival is designed to help you make those fresh starts in Mind, Body and Spirit. Many thanks to Phylameana for letting me host the Carnival at this very powerful time of year and to Astrid Lee of Therapeutic Reiki for doing such a great job hosting the previous Carnival. So here goes:
Astrid also provides our first entry in this New Year’s edition of the Carnival. Have you ever wondered how healing intention works? Therapeutic Reiki gives us the skinny in The Science Behind Healing Intention.
Audio Transcription.org suggests 79 Ways to Reduce Stress Right Now. My favorite: go outside and yell. I guess that beats yelling at all the folks in here getting on my nerves. But my neighbors think I’m weird enough already. I admit I did try watching FAILblog. Tsk, tsk.
On of the most deleterious and widespread mental issues people face these days is clinical depression. I like the tack taken at Clinical Depression: Symptoms and Treatment. The heading reads: “Depression is not something you can successfully fight yourselves. . . Like any serious medical condition, depression needs to be treated by professionals.” The rest of the article goes on to describe Reichian Theory in a way that left me wanting to know more. And this from a former psych major.
The folks at Creating Positive Change discuss Daily Affirmations for Positive Change. I include this posting here, as I believe affirmations work first on the mental and emotional level first, helping us to align our wishes on physical and spiritual levels, as well. I thought of this as a fairly standard article on affirmations until I got to this part:
This is a popular exercise in many workshops and classes. Singing apparently helps to bypass the conscious brain to reach the subconscious brain more easily, making you more successful in your attempts at changing your life.
I hadn’t heard of that before. Got to give it a try.
Byteful Travel suggests expanding the mind through expanding one’s travel horizons in How to Increase Your Power through Travel. I for one am all for it. My trip to Stonehenge this fall was an eye opener.
Erin Pavlina posits an interesting question in Cultivating Command and Leadership. Think you need to be a shrinking violet to be a spiritual person? Erin says just the opposite, and I’m inclined to agree with her.
Lucky Balarman over at calm and cool likens our thoughts to a TV set which we can adjust or turn off as needed. Unfortunately I’m addicted to bad TV. too.
You’ve heard the saying which goes something like: we are not physical beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience.
If that’s true, then true spirituality is a matter of subtracting. True spirituality is not a matter of memorizing new concepts and beliefs. It’s a matter of letting go of what we think we know and believe.
On a side note: my grandmother used to have a saying that I never really understood: If you see a man, smack him. I guess she was talking about the Buddha.
Creating Positive Change provides a second offering this month, this time on Discovering The Definition Of Spirituality Within Ourselves. To my mind this is the pivotal paragraph:
Spirituality isn’t just about what is out there, it is about who we truely are and who we ultimately will become. It’s finding the light and passion within our souls.
Finding your own spirituality has a dual focus, both that which is within and without.
Who was Mikao Usui? For Reiki Masters like me, this is an essential question. Astrid Lee at Therapeutic Reiki goes a long way in enlightening the life, times and philosophy of Usui Sensei.
Thank you so much for visiting the Carnival. If you enjoy the carnival, please post a comment here or at the other blog sites to let us know. Next month’s host will be Rose De Dan of Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing. Please check out her site and plan to take part of the Carnival next time.