I grew up in a very volatile angry household and from my earliest memories I don’t remember play, let alone deep play and the joy that I’ve seen in children’s faces playing. I grew up with a tv and stereo being my friends and magazines as my window to the world. I was a messed up kid from the war zone I called home and I didn’t make friends easily. I didn’t want them to know what went on at my house and I was never really allowed to go to anyone’s house often. So my bedroom was my sanctuary and when I did play, my play was imagining I had friends, or families like the few friends I had were blessed to have. So play was never joy for me, it always ended in having to come back to my all too real world. There was a huge disconnect. I grew up not even knowing how to play, really play where joy and laughter were the center of the world. But even the most well adjusted kids grow up and let day to day life, work, bills, etc… make them forget how to play.
Through a lot of healing and lately a lot of learning how to live my authentic self without fear and releasing that fear I realized that play was something I need to find. No matter how awkward that might feel (and it does), how scary it is is (it really is), I need to nurture that child within and allow her to have self expression. One of my biggest joys in life is just watching kids play. To hear their laughing and giggling. I’ve never laughed or giggled much (why so serious) but when I have it becomes so emotional I usually end up crying happy tears. And I instantly feel so good and so connected. So yeah, I need more of that and I need to give myself permission to feel it all. We all need more play, who couldn’t use a lil more.
Rev. Brien Egan CHt, CRM, CKRM is a certified hypnotherapist, a reiki master, karuna reiki master, pranic energy worker, EFT practitioner, life coach. He manages and created: Just be: natural spiritual healing and wellness And is the director at Camp Now Brien is also a teacher and has had studies in Psychology/Special Education
I recently met someone who has become a mentor to me. His life in so many ways reflects what lies inside me. My soul recognizes his soul. His name is Brien Egan. And besides all the rest of his credentials he and his beautiful kids and wife, love to play. In a few days I will actually begin Reiki Level 1 and he will be my teacher and mentor. But just through knowing him he has reminded me that there is a part of me that still lies dormant or covered hiding secretly away. The child within me needs to thrive. It’s one of my biggest obstacles in life and on my path in life.
Diane Ackerman wrote about the importance of “Deep Play” as an antidote to anxiety..
“Deep Play looks closely at the human saga, and consider how much of it revolves around play. Simple play, elaborate play, crude play, sophisticated play, violent play, casual play. Most animals play. Evolution itself plays with lifeforms. Whole cultures play with customs, ideas, belief systems, and fashions. But it’s a special caliber of play, deep play, that makes thrill-seeking understandable, creativity possible, and religion inevitable. Deep play awakens the most creative, sentient, and joyful aspects of our inner selves. More than anything else, our passion for deep play has made us the puzzling and resplendent beings we are.”
And Jason Silva spoke about her writing and his thoughts on Deep Play..
So my friends, let yourself play! It will reduce your stress and allow your creative self to thrive. Your tension will melt away and your inner child will be nurtured and allowed to flourish!
Ways to begin to play:
😝Join a band or choir. Learn to play an instrument
😝Game nights/weekend play day day
😝Play with your kids
😝Volunteer for a youth program
😝Go out and blow bubbles
😝Build sand castles
😝Jump in puddles
Add your favorite ways to play in the comments!!
Do not fear your shadow.
It is there you hide your truth
Do not fear the darkness
It is there you find strength,
Courage to fight
The weight of its truth.
Do not fear sharing this weight.
Connection, like thread,
Sews up your wounds
That cut to the marrow
To be seen
In this truth
Heals not only you
Hold space for your own
Lift it up to the heavens and wail
That they gave such a heart
That feels so deep
Into inky depths
To pull you down
And further still
Into your pain
Do not fear your pain
Welcome it home
(Rejecting it fragments your truth)
Your heart has this strength
For though it was made but tiny flesh
Its fibers weave tapestry
A shimmering armor
But shining ready
With light to balance this dark
We are not singular beings.
We dance between
light and dark both
When in the depths of despair
It is this shining, armored heart that
Leads us back to peace
Darkness is the terrain
Love is the compass
Light is the wayshower
To the truth of you
Oh, that you
knew the strength
Of your own
Do not fear your shadow
Show it what it is to dance
With a being of light—
That being is you.
~Author: Angel Marie Russell
“Good project on a cold Winter afternoon ~ How to Make A Treat for your Squirrel Friends.
We all have this deep-rooted fascination with the wild. It’s as simple as feeding squirrels and pigeons on a park bench for some people.
SQUIRREL COOKIES OR “NUT BALLS”…YUM! Another thing you can do is make “squirrel cookies”. They’re filling for the squirrels. Bags of sunflower seed, peanuts, and corn, hazelnut, pecan, or walnut pieces. Soft, plain suet and peanut butter to shape balls.
Roll the dough into small balls about the size of a walnut, or into a cookie form. Roll into some nuts or sunflower seeds. Freeze well . Squirrels won’t eat it if it’s mushy.
Squirrels can often survive quite well on their own if we have created an ecologically diverse yet well-balanced environment for them to live in. By putting nuts outside in the winter months can be a life saver to some creatures. Squirrels will also eat apples.
Tie and hang Squirrel Cookies from tree branches and places squirrels can reach easily.
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This year we’re headed to family for our Thanksgiving feast. My part of the cooking duties is desert, not pies though. My Mother-In-Law is the amazing pie maker of the family! So I’ve been scouring the web seeking out recipes because at the moment I’m not taking the time to whip up my own and give a test run or two. So I thought I’d share some fabulous vegetarian and vegan recipes that I’ve stumbled across in hopes you may be inspired to try something different and make a new tradition of a kinder, gentler holiday! Enjoy browsing the recipes and let me know if you tried one or two and how it turned out!
Here are my picks for my part of the holiday feast baking!
Arbonne Truffles (No Bake)
Mix 3 cups of oats, 2 1/4 cups Arbonne Protein Mix, 2 cups Almond butter, and 1 3/4 cup honey or agave (low glycemic). After mixing ingredients, roll into 1″ balls. Microwave Wilton’s Candy Melts (try 1/3 of a bag) at 30 second intervals. With a fork dip each ball into the chocolate and tap off excess. Sprinkle with topping!
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Hefty enough for a main course – Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale & Farro Salad
Sides & Soups
Breads & Appetizers
Desert & Beverages
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“The McCartney family launches short film ‘One Day a Week’ highlighting the environmental impact of animal agriculture and encourages people to help by eating less meat, with appearances by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone.
Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) next week, Meat Free Monday has released a short film about a huge contributor to climate change that is often left out of conference discussions – animal agriculture.
“There’s a simple but significant way to help protect the planet and all its inhabitants”, says Paul to camera. “And it starts with just one day a week. One day without eating animal products can have a huge impact in helping maintain that delicate balance that sustains us all.”
With dire consequences for ourselves and future generations, livestock production results in vast amounts of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. It requires increasingly unsustainable levels of precious resources including land, water and energy, and is a major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change.
The Meat Free Monday campaign has had an incredible response since its launch in 2009, with many of the world’s leading authorities on climate change endorsing meat reduction as an effective way of fighting global warming.
The campaign’s new film ‘One Day a Week’, largely funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and produced in collaboration with French film director Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Hope Production, amplifies this message using the breathtaking aerial photography with which Arthus-Bertrand has become synonymous.
Narrated by Paul, and with appearances from Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, the film describes how the beauty of the planet only exists through a delicate balance of climatic conditions – a balance we are dangerously disrupting through our insatiable desire for animal products.
The film uses Paul’s own music – tracks from his 1997 classical music album Standing Stone, as well as an unreleased song called Botswana.
Meat Free Monday’s aim is to raise awareness and inspire people to make a change in their diets from an easily achievable starting point.