All posts tagged: peace

Reiki energy healing

I’m learning reiki at the Organic Angel in Norfolk, MA which is run by my dear friend Angela Cote. If you don’t know anything about reiki know this: it’s a form of physical healing utilizing the invisible positive energy which is all around us! It’s super cool. Other forms of energy work include acupuncture, massage, yoga and tai chi (among others). The first part of reiki certification known as reiki one is all about self-healing – which is exactly what I need – exactly what *most* people need. Our first evening together last night was incredible. I was with the same wonderful group of women I did yoga teacher training with (sans one) and the energy in the room was just as vibrant and beautiful as it always was. We opened the session up with meditation and some chanting. Those who are weary of meditation and chanting should know that it’s not a “religious” thing — when you meditate and/or chant you connect with yourself and if you believe in God or a higher power …

Sammy Bernstein, patriot & poet

Sammy Bernstein reminds me of the importance of Memorial Day in one of the most touching and true poems I’ve ever read about war, this poem came from a letter he wrote to his parents during the Battle of Iwo Jima, written during a battle Sammy never thought he’d make home alive. March 7th, 1945 on Iwo Jima Oh, I just saw a sight to see, A sight that will always live in me, And there they were, row on row, The graves of boy who gave their all, Here a cross and there a star, Try to see it, ‘cause there they are, A Catholic, Protestant, and a Jew, All American boys we once knew. And though you read, “so many thousand dead” You know not what you really read ‘Cause only those who see their graves Will ever know and be amazed. So to the ones who must receive A notice that they’ve been bereaved The boys who died for four great rights, We alive, for all time, must keep them bright. And when …

All gave some

Today is Veteran’s day and many in the United States are hopefully taking a little bit of time to think about all those people who gave their time and sometimes their lives to fight for our country. I have had the honor and pleasure to meet some of our current soldiers and veterans, especially within the past few days. It’s been amazing to see older people interacting with younger schoolchildren, kids asking questions of their elders who served and being courteous and respectful as they listen to war stories but  ultimately most of the stories were about friendship and family. I listened to a woman who was approaching 100. Her brother had fought in WWI and WWII and she had baked for the cause. She knew her brother had to be in the war and couldn’t stop him, but she did what she could to help him out. I heard a child of about 11 years old tell a veteran that he was a hero and the veteran shrugged and said “Oh, no, I was …