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Astral City: Entering the Spirit World

Alyson Charles by Alyson Charles | January 25th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: afterlife, Andre Luiz, Astral City, Chico Xavier, dead, death, Film, gaiam tv, life, life after death, living, mediums, movie, psychography, purgatory, review, seance, spirit world, spirits, spiritualism, transformation

Astral City

One of humanity’s most mysterious and pondered questions is, “What happens when we die?

Astral City on GaiamTV.com poses the answer to this question in an extremely unique and bold way, using the notion of spiritualism. With spiritualism, spirits of the dead have the ability and inclination to communicate with the living. Anyone may receive spirit messages, but formal communication sessions are held by mediums, who provide information about the afterlife.

If you’re ready for a wild, mind-opening and thought-provoking ride that’s based on a true story, Astral City is your ticket. Here are the highlights:

Give Up Hope

Marylee Fairbanks by Marylee Fairbanks | May 9th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: balance, chakra, courage, death, difficulty, expression, facebook, faith, grace, grief, handstand, headstand, HOPE, hopeless, hopelessness, manipura, mother-daughter, parents, Pema Chodron, positive change, spirit, support, third chakra, transformation, trust, Yoga

Give Up Hope

I don’t like being upside down and backwards. This makes Handstand a challenge for me. I don’t trust that my fellow students can hold me steady while I substitute my hands for feet. It’s a reflection of my own limited thinking, not an accurate assessment of their competence.

Still, I try. I go to class and work gradually. First, I achieved Headstand, which I couldn’t do a year ago. It’s a stepping-stone to the loftier goal of Handstand.

Yoga is always putting new challenges in our paths. Just when we think we have achieved a difficult asana, we discover that it was the modified version. It taught me to give up hope.

Lost Hope? 4 Steps to Turn Up Your “Hope Factor”

Amy Ippoliti by Amy Ippoliti | April 19th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: death, dream, emotions, empower, feelings, grieve, HOPE, hopeless, hurt, loss, personal development, Personal Growth, pursuing dreams, Relationships

Lost Hope

To live and love is to risk getting hurt, to lose those we love, to be betrayed or victimized, and to lose hope.

But hope is most palpable when you have lost it.

Everyone experiences a period of feeling hopeless at some point in their life. For some, these feelings may last only a moment; for others, they may last for years. We can lose hope in ourselves, our community, humanity, the prospect of finding love and more.

Have you been there? Here are four steps to help you reclaim hope.

The Hunger Games: Landmark for Millennials

Stephen Simon by Stephen Simon | March 29th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: apocalyptic, critic, death, Film, Gary Ross, generation, Hollywood, HOPE, hopeful, Jennifer Lawrence, millennials, movie, reality television, reality TV, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Suzanne Collins, technology, The Hunger Games, video games, violence, violent

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games is certainly the most frightening movie that I have ever seen … and, in a bizarre way, one of the most hopeful.

Even though it contains echoes of films such as 1984, Network and The Lord of The Flies, The Hunger Games is singularly unique in that it represents a very “right now” look at our celebrity-worshiping, violence-laden, reality-television culture, and it throws in some chilling warnings about the dangers of all-powerful government.

Having not read any of Suzanne Collins’ three books from which this film springs, my first impression upon hearing about the film’s central theme of a nationwide contest that pits 24 teenagers against each other in a fight to the death was ”Uh-oh, here we go again with the mindless violence…”

Attacking Heart Disease

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 6th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging | tags: alternative therapies, cardiac arrest, cardiac event, cardiology, chest pain, death, diet, exercise, heart, heart attack, heart disease, inflammation, mortality, natural medicine, pericarditis, Western-Medicine, Yoga

Attacking Heart Disease

Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month may be over, but I’m still thinking a whole lot about hearts. Around the time others were opening up heart-shaped boxes and eating heart-shaped chocolates, my husband’s heart was being examined and analyzed by a team of heart specialists.

Why You Should Not Stop Taking Your Vitamins

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | November 14th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging | tags: cardiac, death, health, healthy, heart disease, hormone replacement therapy, HRT, iron, longevity, medical studies, medicine, multi-vitamins, multivitamins, nutrients, nutritional supplements, obesity, oxidative stress, science, scientific study, vitamins

Woman taking a multivitaminDo vitamins kill people?

How many people have died from taking vitamins?

Should you stop your vitamins?

It depends. To be exact, it depends on the quality of the science, and the very nature of scientific research. It is very hard to know things exactly through science. The waste bin of science is full of fallen heroes like Premarin, Vioxx and Avandia (which alone was responsible for 47,000 excess cardiac deaths since it was introduced in 1999).

That brings us to the latest apparent casualty: vitamins. The recent media hype around vitamins is a classic case of drawing the wrong conclusions from good science.

Miracles and Meows

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | March 25th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: aging, animals, bond, cats, colleen saidman, crying, death, father, HOPE, humans, illness, life, love, miracles, pets, Relationships, resilience, story, tears

Miracles and Meows“Your mother has been telling me for 65 years that miracles happen. I am now 84 years old, and I believe.” This is what my father said to me yesterday.

My father has been ill for several years. He spent most of the last year bedridden. One day a beautiful calico cat showed up. It was a wild cat. My dad fell in love immediately. It put a light in his eyes that had been dulled by the enormous amount of pain he has been in for years.

Tucson, Christina, Healing and Rabbit Hole

Stephen Simon by Stephen Simon | January 17th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: anger, child, children, Christina Green, courage, crisis, death, family, father, Film, friends, grace, grief, grieving, happiness, healing, HOPE, humanity, joy, kids, loss, marriage, mother, mourn, mourning, movie, parenting, parents, Rabbit Hole, Relationships, saddness, tragedy, tragic, Tucson

Still from the movie Rabbit Hole

As a parent and grandparent, I was very hesitant to watch Rabbit Hole because I knew that it focused on parents who were dealing with the death of their child. After much encouragement from my wife, Lauren, and one of our community members (Mark), and with the tragedy in Tucson in the background, we watched the film last night and were absolutely mesmerized.

Life’s Lessons Sometimes Come in Small (and/or Furry) Packages

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: animals, anxiety, bone cancer, calm, children, comfort, death, dogs, grief, happiness, kids, life, mortality, osteosarcoma, parenting, pets, Rainbow Bridge, sadness, wisdom

Little girl with dogDespite a diet of organic, holistic dog food. Despite a pesticide-free yard. Despite daily exercise and plenty of TLC, our six-year-old dog Polar was diagnosed in October with osteosarcoma, an aggressive and indiscriminate type of bone cancer that leaves little time for weighing options.

Take Nothing for Granted

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 28th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, appreciation, children, death, family, gratitude, grief, intention, life, loss, love, motherhood, mourning, SAD, sadness, tragedy

Two women huggingI recently received the unexpected news that three people I love had been in a car accident. The mother and youngest daughter were killed and the second child, 11 years old, was in critical condition. These people are a major part of our spiritual community and youth ministry. I received phone calls and emails filled with shock and sadness. As I sat in the memorial service, I had such a feeling of sadness and loss. The children often ran up to me on a Sunday and showered me with hugs and kisses. I always felt such love and joy during these quick exchanges. Their smiles and joyous ways always filled my heart with warmth and peace.