personal development

5 Steps to Emotional Spring Cleaning

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 13th, 2014 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, behavior, change, cleansing, clutter, emotional, emotions, intention, letting go, mental detox, negative patterns, negative thinking, negative thoughts, negativity, personal development, reactions, spring clean, spring cleaning, transformation

emotional spring cleaning

It’s the beginning of spring, when many of us become obsessed with cleaning out closets, drawers, books and clutter. I find it interesting that we are not as excited to embark on a road to “emotional cleansing.” Why not take some time this week to inventory old behaviors and patterns that keep us in a constant state of drama — and clean them out along with the dust bunnies?

The Aura Color Quiz + How to Be Happier with Color

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | December 3rd, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: aura color quiz, chakras, energy, happiness, happy, healing, holiday stress, personal development, Personal Growth, personality quiz, personality type, self help

aura color quizThe holiday season can be a stressful time of year. Ironically, many of us find ourselves strung out and unhappy at a time when we expect to be at our happiest. How you handle the stress of the holiday season has a lot to do with the kind of person your are. Knowing that, you can use specific strategies to deal with holiday demands and make the season what is was meant to be: joyous.

December: Overcoming the Odds

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | November 19th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, December, DVD club, films, Granny’s Got Game, Heart of the Country, It Ain’t Over, movies, music, Overcoming the Odds, personal development, Personal Growth, power of laughter, self help, Spiritual Cinema Circle, spirituality, Stephen Simon, The Birdman, Yakov Smirnoff

This month’s Spiritual Cinema Circle film collection is all about overcoming the odds.

It Ain’t Over is a story of hope from a man with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) who has been defying medical odds for over a decade. Granny’s Got Game follows a group of women in their seventies who have been playing basketball together for nearly 20 years. The Birdman celebrates a shopkeeper in New York City who has maintained a sanctuary for music lovers in the midst of the digital age.

A Yoga Journey for Autumn

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 1st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: acceptance, autumn yoga, balance, change, fall yoga, impermanence, in Meditations from the Mat, love, personal development, Personal Growth, Rolf Gates, seasons, self help, self-love, the present moment, yoga-practice

fall yogaAutumn has arrived, and with it, I always feel the need to turn within to find balance between the lightness I felt during the warm summer days and the sudden desire to stay cozy and warm inside, as the temperatures cool outside.

Watching leaves float to the ground is a reminder that our lives are a mirror of nature’s cycles and that everything is in a state of impermanence. Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that no longer serve us.

Free Listening

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | September 6th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: Barbara Mandrel, being present, Cora Poage, free listening, living in the moment, meditation, oneness, personal development, Personal Growth, self help, universe

Free Listening

I am always interested in people who are doing innovative things. Cora Poage is a health and wellness coach. In a recent conversation, she shared with me that she has had a life-long dream and has just implemented it. She put up a sign in New York City that said “Free Listening.” She and her friend, Theresa Venezia, sit for 1 ½ hours and just listen to people. No strings, no gimmicks, no marketing ploy. They simply listen.

August: Embracing the Unexpected

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | July 18th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: August, choices, decisions, DVD club, Embracing the Unexpected, films, Head Over Heels, metaphysics, movies, personal development, Personal Growth, purpose in life, Sam Jaeger, self help, Spiritual Cinema Circle, spirituality, Take Me Home, The Attendant, The Entrance Exam

Have you ever found an unexpected connection? Spiritual Cinema Circle’s selections for August follow connections between friends, family and strangers.

In our feature film, Take Me Home, a woman looking for purpose in her life finds herself on a cross-country drive from New York City to California with a charming rogue taxi driver. Starring, written and directed by Sam Jaeger, known for his role in the TV series Parenthood.

July: Connecting to Creativity

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | June 21st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: animated, Coda, connection, creativity, documentaries, DVD club, Emmy Award, feature, films, Four Chambers, humanity, Journey of the Universe, Macropolis, movies, music, personal development, Personal Growth, self help, Spiritual Cinema Circle

Some of our favorite films from Spiritual Cinema Circle are those that connect us to our creativity and humanity.

This month’s feature film is the Emmy Award-winning documentary Journey of the Universe. Narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme, the film takes us on a journey through history and our connection with all of humanity.

June: Films of Compassion and Connection

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | May 21st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: compassion, connection, DVD club, empathy, fatherhood, film club, media, movie trailer, movies, personal development, Personal Growth, SCC, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Stephen Simon, video

The Spiritual Cinema Circle film selections this month explore empathy in the lives of families, friends and strangers.

In the short film Of Teaching Killer Whales Compassion, a homeless young man adrift in society finds hope for change after a chance encounter. A behind-the-scenes written interview with the filmmakers is included in the DVD insert. Our other short films this month, Lucy and Far, also tell stories of people seeking connection in the world.

8 Ways to Up Your Emotional Energy Level

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | March 27th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accessing higher energy levels, anything is possible, at-home facial, be of service, be there for someone else, being tired, being triggered, celebrate life, cook, creativity, do something you are great at, doubt, emotionally charged, emotionally tender, energetic downers, energy boost, energy level, exercise, feel alive, feel connected, feel fantastic, feeling sorry for yourself, freak out, friends, get present, get quiet, good deeds, groovy feelings, inner voice, laugh, let good grow, life detours, look for the good, opinions, personal development, personal frequency, physical energy, regret, roller skating, showing up in the world, sick, sing, singing, stamina, stop fighting it, strength, stressed, stuck, talents, tell the truth, truth telling, truth will set you free, unexpressed emotions, upward energetic trajectory

Stuck. Stymied. Spun out. Stressed. Sick. Silently (or perhaps not so silently) freaking out. We’ve all been there, we’ll all be there again. Because, sadly, personal development isn’t a tidy, linear, upward-moving arrow. It’s a curlicue, a doodle. At times it loops back on itself and shoots you somewhere you never expected to be.

This is an incomplete list of what to do in those moments when you need an energy boost, stat. And you can probably already tell I’m not talking about the energy that means physical stamina or strength, or how tired you are or aren’t. I’m talking about how you view, interact with, and show up in the world. It’s your own personal frequency, and when you learn how to access the higher energy levels, that’s when the inevitable detours stop feeling so hard and avoid becoming cul de sacs.

Here’s how to access those groovy-feeling higher energy states when you find yourself bogged down in feeling sorry for yourself, ticked off at someone else, or replaying events over and over in your mind:

April: Craving for Connection

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | March 26th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: Academy Award, April, childhood, community, connection, DVD club, films, Girl Clown, Harry Grows Up, love, movies, personal development, Personal Growth, romance, shyness, Sidney Poitier, Spiritual Cinema Circle, The Book and the Rose, The Last Brickmaker in America

April 2013 marks the beginning of the tenth year of Spiritual Cinema Circle! This month, we celebrate the way that great stories can connect us to the world.

The Last Brickmaker in America, our feature for April, stars the legendary actor Sidney Poitier as a man who has been making bricks by hand for more than 50 years and who proves to be a profound example of how to build life “brick by brick.”