Monday, April 25, 2011
Meditation for the Love of it: Enjoying your own deepest experience by Sally Kempton. Sounds True: Boulder, CO. 2011.
Are you ready to begin a meditation practice? Or have you already been practicing for a while and are looking to intensify your practice or increase your meditation knowledge? This book is for you either way.
Kempton is able to educate the reader on different forms of meditation, different processes of relaxation, and she does it without speaking over or under the level of the reader – know matter what level they are at.
Not only is the book a great source for information on different meditation techniques, it is filled with quotes that will give you new perspectives and help you think about topics in a different light.
It is also filled with exercises to perform on your own to help you begin and then broaden your practices at your own speed.
Kempton write in such an easy, conversational manner, it makes this book fun to read and you feel as if you are sitting down having a one on one conversation with the author.
Kempton is an adept and caring teacher who can help you learn through this book, what you need to build a peaceful and successful meditative practice.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Teen Witch Workshop: An Introductory Guide to the Craft CD by Alicen Geddes.
Paradise Music www.paradisemusic.us.com 2010
The more familiar I become with the Paradise Music workshops, the more I like them.
On this CD, Alicen Geddes takes teens by the hand to open them to the world of The Craft.
The only problem I could foresee with this CD is a small difference in culture. I’m not sure if American teens will understand the comparison of a Burberry and a pac-a-mac, when Alicen talks about different ways of creating a sacred circle. Yet this was the only problem I foresaw with this CD, so that’s a pretty good thing!
The tracks on the CD include:
2. Know the warning label on Magic, Use magic Safely and responsibly
3. Prepare to be Magical with Potions and Herbology
4. Open and Close the door Marked Magic
5. Cast a Magic Circle
6. Meet the Elementals
7. Raising the Power and a Journey with the Star Goddess – Queen of the Constellations
8. Perform Three Simple Spells to Empower Your Life
9. Spell One – The Invisibility Cloak
10. Spell Two – Find Me Love
11. Spell Three – Keep Me Safe
12. Magical Offerings/Close the Door Marked Magic and Have a Midnight Feast
In the booklet, Alicen points out that the booklet and the CD are meant to be used together hand-in-hand in order to achieve the full workshop experience. In the booklet Alicen covers topics such as The Witches’ Rede, using herbs and potions to prepare you for magical work, the sabbats, raising power, creating a book of shadows, color correspondences and 5 different spells including:
1. The invisibility cloak
2. Find me love
3. Keep me safe
4. The telephone spell
5. Home sweet home
Alicen does a great job of explaining that while magic is fun, it is also serious work and important to take it seriously. It’s not just about spells – it’s about spirituality and a reference for the earth and the deities.
Teens – or even other people new to The Craft – will find this an interesting way to start their magical practices.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The Dangerous Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype CD Set by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD. Sounds True. www.soundstrue.com . 2010.
If you loved Women Who Run with Wolves, you are sure to love this audio collection from author Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Each of the 6 CDs in this set, features a different session and topic from Clarissa, and each one has its own great moments. Whether Clarissa is retelling a traditional story, or sharing anecdotes about some of her own family members, the experience is truly entertaining and spiritually educational, all at the same time.
While many of the stories may be new to you, you will also hear old favorites – such as Snow White and the 7 dwarves, told in a way you probably haven’t heard before – we are too used to the softening of Disney.
Clarissa is an incredible story teller who draws you into the illusion she is creating for her listeners, all the while teaching them valuable lessons about life, respect, and decency.
We have stories about vampires that teach us about seduction, a story about Clarissa’s neighbor who cuts down one of her own trees in an attempt at control, and a story of jealous girls who trick a caring giving girl and what karma brings to them, and many more that all have additional meanings and lessons for us to learn.
This is a great series for anyone who is interested in women’s issues, and would be a great substitute for a book club – instead of a book a month, how about a CD a month? (Or even a week, because once you get started you won’t want to wait a whole month before moving on!)
Clarissa points out that this compilation took her 30 years to complete – for those of us who get to listen, it has been a worth while wait.