Summer Soul Bath

Better Peaches

Join Energy and Sound Healing Therapy Practitioner Karen Calhoun and Poet, Author, and Spiritual Director Gina Marie Mammano for an afternoon of soul bathing in the season of the “Strawberry Moon” along currents of guided meditation, native flute, a seasonal rhythm circle, and a summer soul box. It is an opportunity to pull away from the tumult of daily life and spend a few hours in a sauna of self care as we move into the earth’s ripening into summer. 

From Spring Soul Bath participants: 
“It was so wonderful and soothing- thank you Gina and Karen! Looking forward to the summer soul bath.” – Valerie Reinke, Bainbridge Island
“I loved it sooo much.” – Cordula Hetland, Whidbey Island

Register early! Registration closes June 9th. Limited space.und Healing Therapy Practitioner Karen 
Calhoun and Poet, Author, and Spiritual Director Gina Marie Mammano for an afternoon of soul bathing in the season of the “Strawberry Moon” along currents of guided meditation, native flute, a seasonal rhythm circle, and a summer soul box. It is an opportunity to pull away from the tumult of daily life and spend a few hours in a sauna of self care as we move into the earth’s ripening into summer. 

From Spring Soul Bath participants: 
“It was so wonderful and soothing- thank you Gina and Karen! Looking forward to the summer soul bath.” – Valerie Reinke, Bainbridge Island
“I loved it sooo much.” – Cordula Hetland, Whidbey Island

Register early! Registration closes June 9th. Limited space.

 

 

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Scurrious Minimus

Scurrious Minimus

“Sciureus minimus”. Listen to it for a couple of seconds. One. Two. It sounds like “scurry-ous minimus” doesn’t it? It ‘s my own combo of the scientific name for a chipmunk (sciureus) and the specific species of tiny, adorable, toylike characters that run and bounce along our front porch (lesser chipmunks). I don’t know about you, but I have this inbred need to be doing-doing-doing so much within only a few square inches of time- perhaps “Protestant work ethic” is a good term for it. I wake up, scurrying to get things done, which feels like a good thing, but then feel spiritually bereft to continue on, which doesn’t feel like a good thing, and then guilt sets in which really doesn’t feel like a good thing! See, even the words here feel like scurry-ous minimus! So I slow down and think the better question is, what does experiencing meaning look like? How can I craft each segment of my day from “scurry-ous minimus” into “meaningous maximus”? Then I take a deep breath, take off my ears and tail, and slow . . . down . . . .

(beautiful artwork by Natalie Wargin)

 

Slow Food for Thought

blossoms

(beautiful art by Loren Webster)

 

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

– John O’Donohue

“Slow time” is a pair of words I like to linger within, when I can remember to slow down long enough to do so. It reminds me of a Japanese phrase- “mono no aware”- the heightened, yet transient ahh-ness of things. What comes to mind right away when I think about this are lifecycle moments: a peony at its peak, ready to drip its plethora of petals, a moist forest carpeted with the plums and browns of decaying leaves just before the snows come in, or a young fawn on spindly legs still speckled with the soft signs of just being born. I remember having just discovered the term “mono no aware” on a hot summer day in Palm Springs, California. Looking up at the sky for the first time with this new awareness gave me such a fresh perspective. It brought me immediately into a place of gladness, presence, and the present. How long would the sky remain that shade of blue? When would that cloud formation change into a new form? I didn’t know, but in that moment, I granted myself the time to appreciate every second before me- each tinge of perfection and change in its own current and unique state. I had somehow entered into “slow time”.