Sunday, August 17, 2014

Yawning, as offered by Dr. Horace Crater, from "How God Changes Your Brain," by Andrew Newberg and Robert Waldman

ACOF Member Dr. Horace "Hap" Crater has been reading the book How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg and Robert Waldman. --ACOF Admin.

Hap tells us about something he found interesting:  recommended exercises for the brain that aids spiritual connections and mental clarity. 

Pablo Bodini Workshop: The Road to a Stress-Free Life Workshop, Saturday, 8/23/14 @ 4pm

We like to support ACOF members when they are presenting workshops.  If you are in the Nashville, TN area next Saturday, don't miss this opportunity!  --ACOF Admin. 
Pablo Bodini
Is stress draining your energy at work? Affecting your health? Your relationships? If yes is the answer to any of this questions, The Road to a Stress-Free Life workshop is for you! 
Pablo Bodini will teach a method by which you can progressively deal with the everyday life emotions in a constructive way and can let go of the incessant voice within your mind creating unnecessary fear or anger. The workshop will include an interactive exercise where you will practice the method with other participants. Duration will be approximately an hour and a half. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gary Zukav: How to Protect Yourself from People Who Hurt You

Article Originally Posted HERE

Most of us assume that our pain is the result of what someone else does or does not do to us. We say to ourselves things like, "My life partner just left me for another person, did not even say goodbye, and now I am left with my grief and bewilderment and anger and humiliation. How much damage can this person do?"

The real answer: None.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

One with Nature --by Melissa Brookmire

Originally Posted HERE

Melissa Brookmire, raised in Rochester, New York, has lived in Portland, Maine for the past three years with her husband and her kooky black lab, Molly. Nature photography has become a passion for her. This is her story.

My parents raised my brother and I to love the outdoors and nature. My father introduced me to photography when I was a teen. I played around with it for a while, but then lost interest until I moved to the Pacific Northwest a little over ten years ago; I have been addicted ever since. Nature photography has become a passion for me.

The Core --by Steve Taylor

Originally Posted HERE

It can take a whole life time to become yourself
years of feeling adrift and alone
trying to be someone you could never be
wearing clothes that don’t fit you

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Caterpillars fly so why not me? --by Johnny Steenland

ACOF Member Johnny Steenland shares an article with our readers.  We appreciate this sharing!  --ACOF Admin.

Originally posted HERE

Author Johnny Steenland
I wonder what a caterpillar feels like right before it chooses to begin spinning its cocoon. Does it know its moving toward being a butterfly or is just busy being a butterfly? What happens inside that cocoon. My teacher, J Michael Wood, beautifully emphasizes a process of becoming clear of inner baggage thru a cleansing and transformative process he calls Song Kong Tong. It's a process of calling on Divinity to break up false constructs we have agreed to so that we can be more ourselves in our becoming.  I thought about my growing capacity to integrate portals of Divine light to dissolve moods and shift thought paths. And I wonder as I apply my tools like song kong:
At what point am I transforming from a caterpillar into a butterfly?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

8 Things to Remember When Everything Goes Wrong --by Shanka Herath

Originally Posted HERE
“Today, I’m sitting in my hospital bed waiting to have both my breasts removed. But in a strange way I feel like the lucky one. Up until now I have had no health problems. I’m a 69-year-old woman in the last room at the end of the hall before the pediatric division of the hospital begins. Over the past few hours I have watched dozens of cancer patients being wheeled by in wheelchairs and rolling beds. None of these patients could be a day older than 17.”

  “The best way out is always through.”
―Robert Frost