Sunday, November 4, 2012

The popularity of Mitt Romney

I have actually figured it out.

Up until now I  have had no idea as to why anyone would actually like Mitt Romney. Between the flip flopping, the outright lies, the pressure to push his views and yes, even  his religious beliefs onto others, I can't understand how half of the voting population thinks he will be a good plan for America and her people.

Then today while running errands with my husband, as he was driving I was using my phone to check my news feed on Facebook. I came across an article regarding a woman running for reelection who truly believes that witchcraft is being taught in our grade schools. This article referenced a study that after very little research I was able to find more info about on the web.

Here is a link to an article talking all about the study:

The study showed that 68% of Republicans believe demonic possession is real.  68%. That is 2/3 of Republicans.  TWO THIRDS.

The study also showed that only 48% of Republican believe in global climate change.  Out of those 48%, ONLY 18% of those people believe that human actions have effected global climate change.

These percentages are staggering.  They also reveal something very concerning about our society.  Apparently a lot of Americans have little to no education at all and are still extremely superstitious. How long has it been since we discovered mental illness was actually mental illness and NOT demonic possession? It's been a long time, yet a large part of Americans (57% when you ask both Democrats and Republicans) still believe demonic possession is possible. Heck the Vatican still teaches priests how to perform exorcisms.

So what does this have to do with people liking Mitt Romney?

Well here it is.  While many of us feel that we are living in the year 2012, and that Mitt Romney is trying to take us back to the middle ages -- it turns out MANY AMERICANS ARE STILL ALREADY LIVING BACK THERE IN THE MIDDLE AGES!  They don't feel Mitt is taking us back, because THEY are ALREADY there.  Mitt REAFFIRMS to them that their crazy insane notions are CORRECT.

Until we can start educating Americans that the boogie man really isn't real, that a shadow is nothing but a shadow, and that they aren't going to wake up one morning to find they have spent the past year spinning their head all the way around and vomiting pea green soup until exorcised by a priest, we really aren't going to get anywhere. We won't be able to convince them our planet is in trouble, that women deserve equal rights, and that everyone is entitled to basic needs in life such as healthcare.

None of this is going to be possible until they wake up and decide to step into this century.

I sure hope it happens in my lifetime.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Try YogaEarth for something scrumptious


Keen-Wah Decadence Protein bars, what a great way to start the day. I tried the Organic Chocolate Chia and wow, what an incredibly rich, smooth and creamy chocolate taste.  The bar is very filling made with quinoa, and doesn’t taste like your normal protein bar, which lets be honest - can often be dry and tasteless.

This was really, really good, tasting far more like a special treat than it does a protein bar, which makes it perfect for breakfast or an anytime snack. If your need to eat to ground as a part of your practices this is a great bar for that too.

With about 200 calories per bar, these are a perfect snack to sneak in if you are watching your caloric intake.

Keen-Wah Decadence Protein bars are available in Organic Cayenne Cinnamon, Organic Coconut Almond, and Organic Chocolate Chia.

Also from Yoga Earth, is the Coconut Water Purity drink mix. This drink mix was my first introduction to coconut water and as someone who can’t stand the taste of coconut, I was pleasantly surprised.  While I had expected a strong, overpowering, taste of coconut, this was nothing like that.  It was very light, very refreshing. The mix dissolved quickly and easily when added to water, and had a really great taste with no powdered texture.

Each package of the drink mix adds 50 calories to your water, and because of the convenient packaging, you can take it with you anywhere.  A glass of  coconut water and a bar and you have a 250 calorie lunch that will help get you through the day as it packs you with some real energy and not a sugar rush.

Both of these items are great to keep on hand in your home this winter for those power outages and in your car along with some bottled water for your emergency kit in case you get stranded.  Being stranded of course is no fun, and while you could use any kind of a protein bar and drink, it might be more comforting to have something extra special on hand.

Monday, October 22, 2012

It's that time of year

So far we have done the corn maze, decorated for Samhain and Halloween, hunted down apple cider that didn't cost $5 a gallon.

This Friday night we have a haunted hayride, followed by popcorn, hot apple cider and a bad 80's Zombie movie.

Saturday night we will hold our Samhain ritual and celebration for The Gathering Grove. Each year we try to add something new to our festival. so this year will include the decorating of sugar skulls.

On Samhain itself, I will be meeting with another coven along with a friend of mine to join in with their Samhain celebration.

This time of year brings many mixed feelings for me.  Its a time to start winding down after all the festivities, I often become quite the homebody, and often the weather does also keep me inside a bit too.  It's also a time of remembering those who have gone on before us and this can become quite sad, and overwhelming. Some people have been lucky and experienced very little loss in their life, others have not been so lucky and have experienced tons of death. This time of year can feel like they are carrying around a bag of bricks on their back.

Unfortunately, I entered the latter group at a young age.  Though fall is my favorite time of the year, as the veils thins, I can feel the spirits of those who have passed on reaching out, for just a slight touch. I have spent so many days over the years trying to block them out, trying not to hear what they have to say. Why? It's hard to hear it.  Those few moments of connection, that are then cut again, are painful. They just plain hurt.

This year I'm going to try to do something different. I don't want to block them and lock them out any more. It's time to hear their messages, to see what they need to share. As painful as it may be, they keep talking. They have something to say. I hear them in distorted whispers now, but they are getting clearer, closer. They will be here soon enough. And it's time for me to listen.

Xylitol products reduce caloric intake and offer additional benefits

Xylitol is an all natural sugar alcohol found in fruits, vegetables and even produced by the human body. It contains 40% less calories than actual sucrose, and does not effect insulin nor promote tooth decay.  It also has a low glycemic index so blood sugar level is seldom effected by it.  Safe for diabetics, there are also several other health benefits including. Xylitol has shown it has potential as a treatment for osteoporosis. It helps control Candida yeast, it helps increase the activity of white blood cells that fight bacteria, and chewing Xylitol gum has been shown to decrease ear and upper respiratory infections.

Xylitol, which is far more popular in other countries than it is in the United States, can be found in several products including XyloSweet, Xlear, Spry gum, toothpaste and mouthwash, and SparX Candy.

Made to help battle irritation from allergens, pollutants and germs, this nasal spray really helped with my allergy attacks. The spray does not burn, but instead soothes and moisturizes the nose relieving pain, swelling and itchy feelings.  Because of the Zylitol it has a sweet scent instead of a medicinal one.

Spry Spearmint Gum

I am generally not a gum chewer simply because it often hurts my extremely sensitive teeth, but I did try out these small pieces of gum. They are a little on the hard side until you get the chewing going some, but I felt that more in my jaws than in my actual teeth.  The flavor is good, and it does lasts for a significant amount of time. Each stick has less than 2 calories, and chewing after a meal may help to prevent dental problems such as cavities.  The gum comes in several flavors including: lemon mint, cinnamon, fresh fruit, green tea and peppermint.

Spry Lemon Blast Mints

I loved the flavor of these mints, but kept finding myself wanting to bite them and boy are they hard! They come in peppermint, and berry mint also. These are extremely low in calories and are recommended for use after eating to freshen breath and to reduce plaque forming bacteria to prevent cavities from forming.

Spry Xylitol Cinnamon Toothpaste

Great tasting non-flouride toothpaste (fluoride varieties are also available), that leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh.  Even the mint toothpaste does not have that over sweet taste to it making it taste almost like candy.

Spry Oral Rinse

Even though this mouth rinse does contain alcohol, it doesn’t give you the shudders like some of the ones out there.  Made with many natural ingredients such as marigold, thyme, Echinacea extracts and aloe vera, this mouth rinse taste goods, kills germs and bacteria and freshens breath in a natural way without using ingredients that can actually end up harming your teeth in the long run.

XyloSweet  sugar substitute

As a tea drinker, I did like the XyloSweet, though it did seem I did need a little bit more than what I would have used of other sweeteners.  It has 1/3 the calories of regular sugars and a glycemic index of only 7.

If you are looking for a new alternative to sugar, Xylitol may be worth looking into for you.

Hungry? Try a Larabar

Larabar – The original fruit and nut bar

I had no idea that these bars came in so many different flavors. Made in Colorado, these bars have a taste for everyone, whether you prefer something fruity and sweet or something rich and chocolately.

Some of the flavors include chocolate chip cherry torte, peanut butter and jelly, blueberry muffin, carrot cake, apple pie, key lime pie, and tropical fruit tart. Each flavor varies in calories but average around 200 per bar making these great for breakfast, lunch or a snack.

These bars start with a date base that is added to with other fruits, nuts, and juice concentrates to create these incredible flavors, and they definitely are well flavored.  They don’t have a taste that slightly reminds you of what they are named, they are potent and full flavored and really taste like their name describes.

Larabar also has the Uber line. This line is focused more on salty nuts than the date mix, and everything is larger chunks, and still there are great flavors including: bananas foster, cherry cobbler, apple turnover, and roasted nut roll. They also contain about the same number of calories as their fruitier counterparts.

These are great to keep on hand for regular meals and snacks, but they are also a good food supply to have around in case of an emergency.  For those of us who live in states that actually know what a major winter storm is like, we know how important it is to keep easy to eat food on hand, both in our homes, and in cars. You don’t want to get stranded anywhere without a food and water supply, so if you live in a wintery state, now is the time to start packing those emergency supply bags with blankets, flashlights, batteries, food, and water. These will make a great addition and give you something that not only will give you energy, it will taste great as well.

Check out all of the flavors and try some for yourself!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Eckart Tolle’s music for inner stillness CD

Eckart Tolle’s music for inner stillness CD  Sounds True

My life has been filled with so much stress lately. Family issues, deadlines, health issues, just all kinds of issues.  I’ve been searching for outlets, ways to calm my mind and help give me a bit of peace, at least enough to help me wind down enough at night to get to sleep.   Though I am generally high stress in the first place, lately my stress level has been off the charts, and my normal insomnia has been multiplied greatly. Now it’s not just physical and mental insomnia, its emotional insomnia as well.

With my sleep cycle being out of whack, I’ve needed to take several naps throughout the day.  Even with complete utter physical exhaustion, these naps haven’t been easy to actually get in. In order to nap, one must first fall asleep.

I’ve found that if I set my alarm for an hour and set the CD to play, I can manage to doze off and get in at least a little shut eye.  The music is able to soothe my soul enough to quiet my mind and get me a bit of sleep.

This CD is also a great selection for a meditation session. Each song brings something a little different to the mix. While you can break it down and use individual songs for short meditations, you can also use the entire CD for one hour long meditation allowing your mind to take turns along a meditative journey as you go.

Eckart Tolle choose each song for its affect on the mind and spirit.  These choices were well made, and the CD definitely has the desired effect.

Songs include:
  1. Karitas by Susan Lincoln
  2. Searching (Shirabe) by Riley Lee
  3. For as Long as Space Endures by Nawang Khechog
  4. A Thousand Whispers by Michael Hoppe, Martin Tillman and Tim Wheater
  5. The Song of the Universal Light Part 1 by Patrick Bernard
  6. The Song of the Universal Light Part 2 by Patrick Bernard
  7. Epiphany by Manose
  8. Molecules by Alex Theory
  9. Hawk’s Circling (excerpt) by Marjorie de Muynck
  10. Synchronicity High-Tech Meditation: Musical Transcendence by Master Charles Cannon
  11. Ocean by Michael Brant DeMaria


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Yoga Toes

Yoga Toes

Take some medical grade gel, shape it to fit around your toes, and lo and behold, you have Yoga Toes.  While these may seem like a cheap informercial product, they really do work.

So many of us live stressful lives, but even those who regularly practice yoga or relaxing meditation, are quite capable of over looking the stress we put on our feet  - particularly if you are a woman who wears heels on any type of regular basis. We may often complain that our feet hurt, ache, are killing us – but how often do we actually DO anything about it?  What really has there been to do?

I’ve tried some of the foot cushions out there, but they really do nothing for the entire foot.  They add some cushion to the bottom of the foot, true, but that’s really about it.  Cramped toes are cramped toes no matter how much cushioning you have.

Yoga Toes are designed to help battle and prevent bunions, hammertoes, fatigue, poor circulation and even varicose veins.

To use Yoga Toes, you simply slip your toes into them.  The instructions recommend starting out at about 10 – 15 minutes a day, and work your way up to an hour a day.  Do not walk while you are wearing your Yoga Toes.  Simply relax.  The Yoga Toes design, separates and lifts your toes, stretching out the ball and arch of your foot, which helps to strengthen the muscles in your foot and to bring your foot into proper alignment.

The instructions recommend wetting them with water or with Aloe Breeze spray to help slip them on or to cool them in the fridge or freezer for hot days or warm them up in warm water for cold days.  I have found that I enjoy wearing them while in the hot tub or bath, which encourages the relaxation process even more.

The next time you are sitting around rubbing your feet or soaking them because they hurt so bad, remember Yoga Toes, and then try them out for yourself. You’ll feel the difference after just one use.

Yoga Toes are available in a variety of colors and sizes.

Mermade Magickal Arts Incense

Mermade Magickal Arts Incense

The incense made by Mermade Magickal Arts Incense will take you to a whole new level of incense. Not your ordinary run of the mill incense sticks, these incense products take you back in time when convenience was not the most important aspect – quality, scent, and the spiritual fulfillment that came along with it was.

Incense has for generations been an offering to the Gods. The incense of Mermade Magickal Arts, reminds you of why this as been a practice for thousands of years.

This very woodsy scent consists of combined Aloeswood powder, aged Patchouli, Rhu Khus vetivert, Hougary frankincense, juniper, and Port Orford cedar. It comes in a triangle shape, similar to a cone, but a bit different – as do many of the incense products offered by Mermade Magickal Arts. This scent is mystical, heady, and rich.  It produces a strong, spiritual, and seductive scent.

Even reading about this incense is an experience – and an educational one at that. The webpage explains how Kyphi was used for in ancient Egyptian temples and gives some information on the process used to create it.  This incense contains: Hougary frankincense, Yemeni myrrh, labdanum, Persian galbanum, Turkish storax, Chios mastic, African omumbiri resin, , juniper berries, honey, wine and other sacred spices, woods and resins. The website describes this incense as “dark, sweet and resinous”, and that is extremely accurate. Earthy and spicey, Kyphi was used to restore the sexuality of the Gods.  If this aphrodisiac was good enough for the Gods, perhaps it can add some spice to your own love life.

This is a lighter scent designed for creating sacred space, prayer and meditation, and bringing joy to the spirit. This uplifting and clean smelling scent is created from: Eastern Aromatics (Tokusen blend), Hinoki and Atlas cedar essential oil,  aloeswood,  sandalwood, Hougary frankincense, and raw Borneol camphor from Japan.

This frankincense is said to be the purist frankincense in the world. Once only allowed to be used by royals, it can now be owned and used by anyone who wants it and is willing to pay the price – it runs just over $8.00 for an ounce. This frankincense is has a white to light honey color and the tears are generally larger than most other types of frankincense.
It has a very rich scent and sweeter smelling than most other types as well. The Hougary frankincense will add considerably to any incense you wish to create, or you can also burn it on it’s own.

Balm of Isis (“In Sense Balms”)
Each In Sense Balm is blended into a base of Organic Leatherwood Beeswax. Along with frankincense, myrrh, labdanum and Kyphi, this blend includes three types of essential rose oils and absolutes: Rosa Bourbonia, Rose de Mai, and Rose Otto.  This sensual, spicy blend, pays homage to Isis – a Goddess of life and magic who never gave up the search for the man she loved.  The seductiveness of this scent, will most certainly draw your love to you.

Mermade Magickal Arts recommends using this incense outdoors in a meditation for peace.  This celebration of earth consists of Balm of Gilead, fir needles, Port Orford cedar, juniper, Oman frankincense, pine resin, Salu pati, rose petals, bay laurel, cedar, labdanum, and ylang ylang. Each of these ingredients were chosen not only for its scent, but for its energy and use in spiritual matters as well. These ingredients come from all corners of the world to combine together in one beautiful incense stick – though this is a thick short stick – not the typical dipped stick incense. You can break off pieces to use if you do not want to burn the entire stick at once.

Out of all of the scents I received, this one is definitely the lightest. The packaging even is quite cool, as this (and most of the loose packed incenses) is packed in a corked glass vial type bottle, which helps add to the feel of authenticity of these incense blends.
This combination includes Hougary frankincense, myrrh, Nile spice resin blend, sparkling copal oro, juniper, cinnamon bark, and clove.  It’s earthy and spicy, with a kick of sweetness.

Deep, rich and sweet – this blend of Black Etheopian resin, Hougary frankincense, Yemeni myrrh, black copal, aloeswood, vetiver, patchouli and Turkish storax bark – is so sweet you only need a little bit of the incense at a time to surround you in its luscious scent.

These incense products are definitely the finest I have experienced. The scents are so rich and powerful, they don’t just scent the air – they create a mood, they build a setting, they honor the Gods, the Goddesses, the very Earth herself.  You can feel the intent behind these incenses because they really are THAT good. I am extremely impressed with Mermade Magickal Arts.  The owner obviously knows her craft quite well and takes the time to perfect her work.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: Om Shanti clothing for yoga and meditation

Om Shanti Clothing

While Pagans worldwide have known about the benefits of yoga for a very long time, the rest of the Western world is just now experiencing a surge in learning about these benefits. 

With the explosion of the popularity of yoga, comes the explosion of yoga accessories and clothing. People not only want to look good, they want to feel good, and be comfortable while delving into the spiritual and physical world of a yoga practice.

Om Shanti is a small business with a unique approach to clothing. Their clothing comes in bold, vibrant colors, and provide a clean, comfortable fit.

Unfortunately, and like most yoga clothing companies, the sizes cut off at XL (14-16) which is disappointing since the average size woman in America is a 14. 

It would be great to see companies realize that women over a size 16 also practice and enjoy yoga. 

Though not actually designed for yoga the gauze pants with rollover waist are incredibly comfortable.  They provide warmth in cooler temperatures, but are also airy enough to help keep you cool in warmer temperatures. These pants are available in an assortment of colors and can’t help but uplift your spirits.  While use for yoga is not recommended for these pants, they are perfect for meditation.  The only problem with these pants is the length does tend to run a bit long.  You may want to check measurements before ordering. These pants are priced at $50 - $58 depending on color.

The Kabuki top is also available in many bright colors, many of them new.  This shirt is priced at $49.50.  This airy, flowy top goes great with the gauze pants, in both style and usage.  Comfort is utmost with this lightweight top.  This top can be used for many basic yoga moves (moves like downward dog may give you a problem), but would also be ideal for your meditation practices.

This shirt and the gauze pants combine together to create a comfortable, yet sexy and functional look.  Be sure to check out this great little clothing company, you will likely find something you will enjoy.

Wholesale accounts are also available.

Friday, June 1, 2012

An Introductory Guide to Crystals

An Introductory Guide to Crystals by Llewellyn  Paradise Music. 2011.

Paradise Music is extending their product line to include mini gift books, which are both beautiful and informative.

The first in the line is An Introductory Guide to Crystals. 

This little book contains stunning photographs and covers information such as:

  • how crystals are formed
  • how to choose a crystal
  • how crystals feel
  • how to cleanse a crystal
  • how to program a crystal
  • chakras and colors
  • crystals and colors
  • pendulums and crystals
  • crystal treatment
  • meditating with crystals
  • crystal healing water
  • protection
  • music and crystals

While this book is only 43 pages long, it is packed with useful information and will definitely give you a starting point to find where your interests lie.

This book also comes with a code that allows you to download an album for free from the Paradise Music website! You get a great book, and a free album besides! 

I am looking forward to Paradise Music adding to this new line.


The Rama Meditation Chair

The Rama Meditation Chair

While researching products and ideas for a current Pagan book project, I came across the website Zen by Design.  Specifically, I was looking for meditation chairs that would offer the user complete support and comfort while practicing meditation. 

The practice of meditation is growing rapidly, in both Pagan and non-Pagan environments, and comfort is becoming a large concern – especially in the beginner population. Beginners who lie down to meditate often fall asleep.  Meditators who practice in chairs or on couches in common rooms are often interrupted.  Meditators need a seating arrangement that provides them support, comfort and the mobility to be able to move the chair to a quiet, uninterrupted space.

I had found some chairs that while interesting and mobile, comfort and support did not seem to be a part of their description at all. 

Sure a “ball chair” might look like fun, but for someone meditating, especially if they are a beginner, do you want to have to constantly worry about balancing yourself while performing your meditation, or do you want to actually be able to focus on the meditation?  While a chair woven from water hyacinth sounds great, the comfort level is severely lacking. Wicker and caned chairs simple do not last very long and are not ideal for people who are either on the heavier side, or who have a sudden temporary weight gain such as from pregnancy.

The Rama Meditation Chair from Zen by Design is a solid, sturdy, and easy to assemble, extremely comfortable chair for your meditation practices. 

This chair arrived well packaged so it did not sustain any dents or scratches. I was able to put it together in just a matter of minutes, and was astounded by how sturdy and comfortable this chair is.

You can also choose your own colors with the chair, wood colors are one choice, and then cushion color is the second choice giving you several different possible combinations to personalize this chair to your own liking.

While you are going to pay more for this chair than you would a weaved or rattan chair, it is well worth it.  This chair will easy last through many years of wear, while that simply can not be said for the other types discussed here. 

This is the ultimate chair for meditation.  It is a beautiful design, built for comfort, security, and balance.  It even makes a beautiful show piece.  When people see this unusually designed chair in your home, they are sure to ask about it, and you will have the opportunity to share your love of meditation with others.  Perhaps you can get them hooked too.  Don’t be surprised when anyone who sees it wants to sit it in!  I don’t think I’ve had someone look at it yet, and not ask if they could try it out!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: Talks to Moon

Talks to Moon by Alf Vitaro. Illustrated by Rio Meek.

This truly touching children’s book tells the story of a young sacred white buffalo. This story covers several different important lessons – including bullying, faith, and unconditional love in an easy to understand manner, suitable for children of all ages.

Just as the full moon appears from behind a cloud, this little white buffalo is born into the world, in the middle of a whispering herd that doesn’t approve of his color.

He is teased, harassed, even “buffalo-napped” and thrown into a mud pit. His parents, Maska and Helaco show their love and faith in their little boy however, and encourage him that someday the whole herd would realize just how special he really is.

The ties to bullying are important, and no child is too young to learn how to deal with being teased by his or her peers. No child is too young to have the love of a parent reinforced.

When this little buffalo works up the courage to run with the herd, he is chased off into a dangerous situation, and feels as though he has failed, not only himself, but his parents as well.

As he wanders through the wilderness, the full moon again rises, and shines down upon the little white buffalo.  The buffalo looks up and sees the moon and begins talking to it each night. 

One night the moon doesn’t appear, and the poor little buffalo cries, believing the moon has left him for another friend.   As the little buffalo cries, he hears a voice speaking to him. It turns out the voice belongs to a little Indian boy named “Talks to Stars”.  Talks to Stars explains to the little buffalo that when you love someone, even if you can’t see them, you can always find them right in your own heart.

The two go off in search of the moon and after they find it, Talk to Stars vanishes from sight, but his voice comes to the little buffalo telling him to go find his family.

The little buffalo goes home to find the herd being hunted.  As the little buffalo leaps in the way of an arrow to protect a member of his herd, the Indian Chief sees the sacred white buffalo and feels severe remorse.  The little buffalo is unharmed however, and the Indian Chief explains to him how they have been waiting for his birth for he his the sacred white buffalo.  The Indian Chief also tells the baby buffalo about how his own son Talks to Stars, had saved his own life on the battlefield.

The little buffalo realizes how important Talks to Stars is to him, and goes looking for his friend once again.  The little buffalo also decides his name should be Talks to Moon.

This bold and emotional story literally brought tears to my own eyes.  It’s well written, both grammatically and creatively. Children are able to learn about other traditions and themselves in this beautiful tale.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Review: The Little Crystal Meditation Album CD

The Little Crystal Meditation Album CD by Philip Permutt. Paradise Music, 2008.

Though this CD isn’t new on the market, it is still just as relevant today as it was when it was released four years ago.

While many Pagans include meditation as a part of their practice, it is becoming very popular with people of all religions (and even with those of no religion).

This CD combines two worlds of practices together – meditation, and working with stones and crystals.

Six different meditations are presented on this CD along with six different crystals. These include:

Meditation 1 – Kyanite. This meditation focuses on relaxing you as a blue light washes through you, purifying and eliminating stress.

Meditation 2 – Celestite. This meditation helps you focus power into your crystal to help you achieve dreams, ideals and goals in life.

Meditation 3 – Morganite. In this meditation you will work with your emotions and your heart chakra.

Meditation 4 – Lingham. This meditation washes away negative energy and gives you a spiritual detox.

Meditation 5 – Amethyst. In this meditation you will create a dome of amethyst light that is used to help you relax and feel safe.

Meditation 6 – Quartz. This meditation works with the versatile quartz crystal. You will be guided into the crystal to explore the chambers and caves and their inhabitants known as the “very old wise people”.

While the CD states you do not necessarily need to have the crystal to perform the meditation, I would highly recommend picking them up. You should be able to get all 6 crystals for around $20.

Philip Permutt has a soothing and relaxing smooth voice, which gently leads you through each of these guided meditations. With each meditation averaging a little less than 10 minutes, you can easily choose to perform just one, or all of the meditations at one time.

I would recommend doing just one of these meditations a day so as to not overload your practice too much. Not too mention, with the relaxing way Permutt speaks, it may be difficult to stay awake through all 6 meditations in one sitting!

Whether you are new to the world of meditation, or a practicing pro – these crystal meditations can be used by anyone wanting to add to their spirituality.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review: Mystical Ireland: CD Gift Box Collection

Mystical Ireland: CD Gift Box Collection includes The Virgin’s lament, Vox de Nube, The Darkest Midnight by Nóirín Ní Riain. Sounds True. 2003

Nóirín Ní Riain works with the monks of Glenstal Abbey to bring these three CDs to life, creating a highly spiritual experience for Christians and Pagans alike. This music is specifically designed to combine the roots of Christianity and Paganism together to celebrate traditional prayers, hymns, and laments of Irish history.

Each CD brings forth it’s own special spirituality, to enrich and entertain your soul.

The track listings for The Virgin’s Lament include:

1. Caoineadh Mhuire (Mary’s Keen)

2. Gol na dTri Muire (The Weeping of the Three Marys)

3. The Darkest Midnight

4. Seacht nDolas na Maighdine Muire-Uibh Rathach (The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary)

5. An Bhainis Phosta A Bhi I gCana (The Wedding Feast at Cana)

6. Seacht nDolas na Maighdine Muire- Cuige Chonnacht (The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary II)

7. An Caoineadh (The Keen)

8. Caoineadh na hAoine (Friday Lament)

9. Posadh Naofa Cana (The Holy Wedding at Cana)

10. Dextera Domini (The Lord’s Right Hand)

11. Caoineadh na Maighdine (The Blessed Virgin’s Keening)

The Darkest Midnight (Religious Songs from the Irish Tradition) CD includes:

1) The Seven Rejoices of Mary

2) Christmas Day is Come

3) Songs of Jerusalem

4) Ye Sons of Men

5) Good People All

6) Song for New Year’s Day

7) The Darkest Midnight

8) Sciathluireach Mhuire (Mary’s Breastplate)

9) An Teicheadh Go hEigipt (The Flight into Egypt)

10) Now to Conclude Our Christmas Mirth

11) O Pia Virgo (O Blessed Virgin)

Vox ge Nube (Voice from the Cloud) CD includes:

1)Magnificat cum Alleluia (Song of Praise)

2) Pater Noster (Our Father)

3) Lob/Ehre, Christe: Joa Bolendas (Praise/Glory to Christ)

4) A Dhia Ghleigil (Oh Glorious God)

5) O Viridissima Virga: Hildegard of Bingen (Most Holy Virgin)

6) a) A Song for mary Magdalen, b) Pater Superni Luminis (Our Father of Light)

7) Kyrie Eleison: Hildegard of Bingen (Lord, Have Mercy)

8) We Venerate Thy Cross

9) Cum Processit: Hildegard of Bingen (When You Came Forth)

10) An tAiseirl (The Resurrection)

11) Go mBeannaitear Duit (Hail, Mary)

12) Homilia Sancti Bernardi Abbatis (Homily of Saint Bernard)

13) The Beatitudes

14) Regnavit Dominus (The Lord Now Reigns)

15) Saint Brighid’s Prayer

16) O Frondens Virga: Hildegard of Bingen (Oh, Flowering Stem)

17) Seacht Suailci na Maighdine Muire (The Seven Rejoices of mry)

18) Ar nAthair (Our Father)

19) In Paupertatis Praedia (In the Farmland of Poverty)

20) Vater Unser: Joa Bolendas (Our Father)

The haunting sounds of the Monks of the Glenstal Abbey, will transport your mind into a different world. The voices are soothing as the chants draw you into a hypnotic like trance.

Each one of these CDs is deeply spiritual, and can be used for deep meditations, yoga practices, ritual, or other spiritual connections.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: Sacred Chants One by Orenda Blu

Sacred Chants One by Orenda Blu. ( Paradise Music

I love chants. I love adding them to rituals, to meditations, and even to help unpleasant chores go more quickly. Sometimes I even chant in the shower just to get my day started off on a positive, energized foot.

I was looking forward to this CD hoping it would be one I could easily pick up the chants to add to my own “repertoire”.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the chanting I expected it to be.

Fortunately, I really liked it anyway.

While I don’t know how easy it will be for me to pick up these chants to practice myself, (actual English is much easier for me!) this is a beautiful CD to listen to, and possibly chant along with.

Orenda Blu has a beautiful, honest and true voice; that is able to turn these Sanskrit mantras into a relaxing, musical and spiritual experience.

The small CD insert does contain the words to the mantras, though no type of translations are provided.

I had hoped for slightly more contemporary chants, and as I stated before, in English, as I think for many people it is easier for them to make a deeper spiritual connection if they are able to understand what they are chanting on a more comprehensive level. Yes there are many Pagans out there who will understand these mantras for what they are, yet I have to believe there are more who would be able to connect deeply to something more modern, especially for those who do not work with any eastern philosophies.

This CD is wonderful the way it is though, my own expectations did get in the way a bit, and I had to set those aside to really hear what was in front of me. 

Obviously, this is a great CD for meditation.  If you do want to chant along while meditating however, I suggest taking some time to familiarize yourself with the words and pronunciations, along with the patterns in which the chanting flows.

It would also be another great CD to use with your yoga practices, and could possibly be used in some types of rituals. It is also a great CD to just chill and relax to.

The tracks on this CD include:
  1. Jay Ambe
  2. Govinda Jai
  3. Om Namo Narayana
  4. Ganapataye Namaha
  5. Moola Mantra
  6. Jai Kali Ma
  7. Om Shanti