Power Up with The Solstice Today and all Summer

Power Up with The Solstice Today and all Summer

Today, June 21, nature moves us through yet another one of her cycles! This day marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and is the one day of the year when there is more light than dark.

Historically, all around the globe, rituals have long been performed to honor the energy of the sun, its life giving force and gifts of beauty.

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WILLIAM 101: Love Is In the Air

WILLIAM 101: Love Is In the Air

Mohonk Mountain House is a three-mile drive up a beautiful, winding, narrow and sometimes heart rate inducing, mountain road. For almost a decade I've been leading retreats at Mohonk.  And, while it’s long been one of my favorite places, I often wondered how an emergency is handled when you’re three miles up a mountain.  One April, several years ago, I found out. 

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WILLIAM 101: CHOOSING CHANGE

WILLIAM 101: CHOOSING CHANGE

This September, my 11 year old son William began 6th grade at the small progressive school he called his 'home away from home.' He has been a student there since 4 years old, when he began Pre-K. He often, adamantly, proudly, proclaimed he would be one of the few who could call himself a 'lifer' at this school. He only had three more years to go to graduate the 8th grade.

However, within a couple of weeks after starting 6th grade, he began to question if it was still the right place for him. Actually, as his parents, we questioned his continuation at this school for a couple of years prior, but William's attachment and passion for his school quieted our own questioning.

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Enjoy a Fresh Start... All Year Round

Enjoy a Fresh Start... All Year Round

As the Maitri Upanishad states, “As is one's thought, so one becomes.”

Your intentions and thoughts create your actions. When you set an intention you become clearer about why you're doing something; what kind of attitude you want to commit to having; and what you hope to cultivate from the experience. In addition, when you are clear about our intention, you can more easily recognize any actions, reactions or self-talk that doesn't support you. But the thing to remember – the really important thing - is that you can recommit to your intention in any moment.

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Discomfort Can Be Just the Thing We Need to Wake Up More

Discomfort Can Be Just the Thing We Need to Wake Up More

The autumn feels inherently transformational. In fact, historically, at this time of year many spiritual traditions and religions emphasize practices and observances for contemplation, reflection, and insight. And each September revitalizes my commitment to practice and particularly to self-study. 

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How About Them Apples

For me, October always comes zipping in with a caffeinated stride. Autumn has a special way of accelerating life. I’m not just talking about yanking us off our summer lounge chairs or pulling us out of our flip-flops; and it’s not just because school re-opens, focus returns to our business tasks, and our calendars fill with new responsibilities.

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