Sure, Seattle has a monorail, a childrens museum, and the Space Needle. Theyre all great things to do with the kids, but youve done them before, and frankly, the thought of the crowds and expense are starting to suck the fun right out of your family trip into the city and youre not even there yet.
How about something different, cheaper, and probably much better fodder for fond memories?
A Guide to
Online Prayer Sites
Prayer is a wonderful resource in a sometimes-troubling world. Prayer groups have been around ever since the first people came together to support each other in times of need or in thankfulness and celebration. Prayer is a mysterious and beautiful phenomenon.
Now prayer groups are flourishing online. Prayer on a global scale is available to all. All the barriers of time and distance that once kept groups of people from praying together or even knowing about each other are gone. The world is now united in prayer 24/7.
For a couple of years now, I've walked two and a half miles from my house in a woodsy neighborhood to my office in the center of my little town.
The walk is lovely for the variety of scenery: I walk past seasonal gardens in various states of bloom, a marina, and a small golf course. I quietly utter a respectful prayer by the Native American cemetery. I walk across a bridge built over a saltwater channel full of boats and fishing activity, seals and seabirds. I stroll through a forested park, usually stopping at a mural painted by local children, designed to stop the graffiti that used to live there.
The Tao of
On the recent anniversary of my birth, I was given a gift by my dear friend, Julie. She handed me a box and told me that without knowing why, she saw this and thought of me. I opened the small box and, to my pleasant surprise, I recognized it as something I consider to be the key to success in business and in having an enriched life. Inside the box was an extremely smooth oblong stone with the word "Quality" carved into it. After sincerely thanking Julie, I told her that "quality" is the one word that I would choose to represent both what seems to be lacking in the world today and also a clue to finding it.
By adding the universal year 2002 (2+0+0+2=4) to the 8th month of August, we come up with the vibration of 12/3. The 3 month is a time for tapping into joy through creative self-expression. What aspect of your creativity wants to come out this month? Are you a closet painter, writer, dancer, or musician? Is there something that you are really passionate about that you would like to share with others but have been holding back? Use this month to discover your own form of creative expression. Let yourself be like the child and really get down and play this month!
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Going beyond the roles and masks you wear from day to day or moment to moment, beyond the ego-self, you discover that your essential nature is pure consciousness, not the myriad aspects of personality you label as your identity. When you become so ensnared in the ego-self, your essential nature struggles to become free, creating disease, a byproduct of the illusion of control. Some stress the interconnection of the organs, muscles, and bones that holds the body together is good. Essentially there are only two options between which an individual may choose to alleviate disease: activity or rest.
Can and Cant Do for You
In Eastern medicine, body and mind have long been understood as intimately interconnected. Good health is a manifestation of smoothly flowing energy (variously described in different systems as qi, prana, wind, etc.) through the energy channels that connect the various organs. Each organ has an associated channel, which primarily affects a particular region of the body, and is associated with various emotional and spiritual qualities.
The Art of
Surrender is one of the greatest acts of courage you can make on your spiritual journey. There is an art to surrender; it is not the scientific result of a series of procedures. True surrender brings you beyond the limitations of your domesticated self, into the wilds of Mystery.
Surrender turns you upside down, opening your feet to the sky and your head to the earth. Surrender teaches you to rest your mind in the cradle of the earth, and to open your feet to the stars. Every part of you becomes receptive. Your heart opens and fills your mind with grace. The sun shines like diamonds on the soles of your shoes. Each cell sings a song of grace and pure presence.
and Love of Life
If you were born between July 22 and August 22, you probably know that your astrological sign is Leo (see note on next page regarding dates). When you say, "I am a Leo," what you are actually saying is that the sun is in Leo in your astrological chart, meaning that the sun appeared to be in the constellation of Leo the Lion at the time of your birth. Leo is the King or Queen of the Jungle, equally able to roar ferociously and to play like a young kitten. Whatever Leo does is usually done in a grand way, for Leo is all about self-expression and making an impact on the world. With your sun in Leo, your primary life lessons involve how you choose to express your abundant enthusiasm and creative energy.
and the Final Destination
When I wrote the first edition of my book Affirmations: Your Passport to Happiness, I had no idea how often I would be rereading the chapter on death.
As I write this, it has been only three months since my second husband Roy passed away after a very short illness. It was a real shock to me, as I had been doing affirmations for him to get well and be healthy. The first two days after his passing, I was completely crushed. For that short time, I felt that I had lost my faith in the power of affirmations. I felt somehow that God had deserted me. That feeling of not believing, coupled with the grief of Roy's passing, brought me to my darkest hour. I felt deserted, abandoned, and completely confused.
with What You Feel
This morning my body feels heavy. Somewhere within my body there are tears. There is nothing in my life right now that would seem to bring on these tears except for my concern for ones I care about who are going through tough times. It would be easy to say that this is all about someone else. Then, I wouldnt have to look at why I have taken this grief into my own body. However, my body will not let me off the hook. I must acknowledge and embrace what is there. Otherwise, I will shut down my sensing and knowing in order to avoid what is affecting me, leaving me only partially present.
I am sensing a lot of physical change for people in the areas of either work, home, or relationship this month. I also feel that the month will be divided into two parts. The first two weeks, there will be a focus on intuition in regard to choice, and the last two weeks, the mind will play a bigger part in bringing balance to choice.
Let me explain: the first two weeks, we will be moving toward our goals with trust and faith, knowing it is the right thing to do. That is the intuition at work perfect! I like that there is movement around what we sense intuitively, instead of standing in fear not knowing which way to go. That movement comes from all the work we have been doing in the area of intuition since the end of last year.