Celtic Healing Service
Saturday, May 28th
from 6 to 7pm - Donations
Held at St. Stephens's Episcopal Church
35 S. Franklin St.
A night of meditation, contemplation and healing.
No Classes from Tuesday, June 14th to Sunday, June 19th. All classes resume on Monday, June 20th, Happy Solstice!
Sunday, June 26th
2-4pm - $10
No experience necessary! Have you ever dreamed of playing a hand drum? Well now you can! This is a fun and experiential drum circle. Unleash creativity you didn't know you had! If you have a drum or percussion instrument you may bring it. We have a wide assortment of percussion instruments and drums available. Drumming is also therapeutic and relaxing. Medical studies show 15 minutes of drumming alters brainwave patterns and dramatically reduces stress. A low steady beat can create calmness where a stronger upbeat can stir us into action. We are currently working with some Native American rhythms as well. Anyone can do it but, everyone works together for the rhythm to succeed. Individuals learn that they can contribute to something larger than themselves. They learn that their input is important. Come relax and play. Reservations requested if you need a drum. 570-288-1785. Drum Circle $10
"Know thyself. . . Nothing in excess"
These words are carved above the entrance to Delphi, the ancient Greek temple
of the Oracles
Do you fee like you are slogging through a swamp while life around you is speeding past? Well then, you're right where you need to be. At this moment Saturn, Mars, Pluto and on the 28th Mercury are in retrograde. 4 planets in retrograde is not common feat. Two more will join them, Neptune 6/13 and Uranus 7/29. That's a whole lotta backward movement. Retrogrades are periods of rest and reevaluation. It is time to slow down and re-align with our true self and purpose, time for spring cleaning.
We have gone through significant changes since 2012. The old is almost completely crumbled. Where do we stand now? How do we move forward from here and where are we exactly in our lives? These are the questions we must answer in retrograde. If you are trying to proceed with business as usual, that probably isn't going very well. Hunker down in silence and stillness to discover who you are now, after all the upheaval. This is the task at hand.
"Love is the flame that when kindled, burns everything away. God only remains" - Rumi
My Mom left this world on January 20th, 2016. she was never overly stable and when my father passed in 2001, she had a nervous breakdown. Since then I have been her caregiver, parent, lawyer, advocate, nurse, chauffeur, accountant and personal shopper. Those duties have defined daughter for 15 years.
Now we are both free. She is free of her suffering and mental illness and so am I. All the above was quite a chore and often I missed the beauty right in front of me, like family, friends and a lot of creativity. Me and Mom had our own little world. Now it is finished. Who am i now that I am not Rita's daughter? Bits and pieces of my true self are bubbling up to the surface. I am singing and loving it. With this letter, I finally picked up a pen again. I am enjoying walks in nature and reading books. The creative juices are flowing, ready for spring. I am reconnecting with my family. I've been mentally and emotionally absent for so long. Yet, somehow, they still love me and I them. My friends as well.
I remembered how to laugh.
"When life gives you more than you can stand, kneel." - Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
The good, old familiar is still present, entwined now with the new. I am stronger now, even fierce! I am vulnerable and open. Relaxed. The self-love, integrity and courage it took to keep two opposing people alive was monumental. I have grown a lot and prayed even more. Little things bother me less. Slowly, gently, I refocus my life. I proved I could walk my talk. If I didn't I'd be dead now, too. So here I am, on this beautiful April day. It's not so much what I do but, how I do it. It's being with the ones I love, time doing things I love, stillness and silence. The rest is up to God. I've one the war. It's time to rest. I will meet you there.
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." - Rumi