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soundJourney at Yoga Desa in Topanga Canyon - January 13, 2007
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Volume 7, Issue 58
December 19, 2006
Winter Healing Points
A leaf falls
Another leaf falls
with the wind
Winter is here, so it
is time to adapt to this
darkest and coldest of seasons. We can learn the wisdom of this by
paying attention to the world around us. This is a time of
dormancy, or pulling in ones energies into the roots. We see this
in the deciduous trees around us. The sycamores, aspens, and fruit
trees have, during the autumn, released their leaves, letting all of
their growing energies descend into their roots, storing the food
and sunlight of Spring and Summer for their long winter nap. Many
animals go into hibernation now. Resting and sleeping though the
cold months. Something that certainly isn’t practical for us!
But we should take heed of these patterns and
in whatever way we are able to do so, to learn from them and make
them a part of our lives. By doing this we will be more in harmony
with the season, and more able to keep the illness of winter at bay.
Winter is a time to eat warming and nourishing
foods. The fruits of summer, unless they are transported from other
countries, are now gone, as they should be for their cooling nature
is counterproductive for this season. It is a time to eat heavier
foods, the winter squashes, sweet potatoes, turnips, onions, garlic,
ginger, and ginseng. If you are a meat eater, focus on chicken and
mutton. Soup is particularly important this time of the year as it
is one of the most nourishing and warming of foods. Most
importantly, avoid cold foods and drinks as these will drain the
heat out of your body.
We are blessed with a Mediterranean climate in
Southern California, so take heed of the time when the wild herbs
and vegetables start to sprout. That is the time to add lots of
green leafy vegetables into your diet. Forage for edible greens if
you know how to identify them and enjoy the late-winter bounty of
these beautiful mountains.
Winter is also a time when many people suffer
from depression who are not bothered by it during the rest of the
year. The technical name for winter depression is Seasonal
Affective Disorder, or SAD. One of the best things you can do to
help avoid winter depression is to get plenty of exercise,
especially in the morning on sunny days. It’s also important to
take extra B-complex vitamins and B12 and folic acid. Saint Johns
Wort, a natural herbal anti-depressant, may also be helpful. SAMe
(S-Adenosyl-methionine)has been shown in studies to be as effective
as anti-depressants. Another effective natural treatment for
depression is 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophane). So if you are really
down, pick some of these remedies up at your local natural food
store and take them regularly.
The spiritual aspect of winter is important as well for in the
darkness of winter, it is easier to see one’s inner Light. We can
see this symbolized by the various winter holidays, where lighting
candles or making fire is a major part of the ceremony. It is a time
to turn within, to focus on what you want to let go of from the
past, and what you wish to look forward to in your future. If you
are in a meditative practice, winter is a wonderful time to deepen
your practice. If not, it’s always a great time to start.
On Saturday, January 13, 2007, a soundJourney event will be held
at Yoga Desa in Topanga Canyon. The event starts at 8:00, and due to the focused
inner nature of the soundJourney experience, there will be no
admittance after 8:20.
January 13, 2007
"soundJourney is transformation via sound. Using indigenous
instruments combined with modern technology, Richard Grossman
weaves a spell of shamanic sound, vibration, healing, and Love."
Tickets for this first event of 2007 are discounted to $15.00 if
paid in advanced and $20.00 at the door. Please visit
soundjourney.com website information and to purchase advanced admission
The Heart Feather
website is now up and running. You can see slide shows of the
last Heart Feather Shamanic Journey to Peru, read about some
experiences from that trip, and learn more about upcoming Journeys.
If you feel called for
healing at the deepest levels, I would like to invite you to attend
one of the upcoming Journeys. They are truly incredible and very
profound experiences. It will also be an amazing adventure as we
visit both the highlands of the Andean high country, Machu Picchu,
Lake Titicaca, and then travel to the jungle and work deeply with a
traditional shaman. The level of healing that will occur happens at
a depth that is literally life-transforming. More information at