October 22, 2009

Free TCM event Tomorrow night!

Traditional Chinese Medical Secrets of Health and Longevity
With Prajna Paramita Choudry, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M
Friday, October 23
FREE (Please RSVP at (510)444-WELL)

This 1-hour class will address how the traditional Chinese/ Taoist Understanding of the body differs formt eh modern scientific and mechanistic view of the body.

Basic TCM theories about the body and health will be covered, including living in harmony with nature, balance of yin and yang, and the body as a microcosm of universal forces. Recommendations for lifestyle and healing, such as specific suggestions regarding diet, rest, exercise, herbs, and acupuncture stem from this holistic understanding of the body and health.

Find out more at : http://www.perfect-wisdom-acupuncture-and-herbs.com/

October 21, 2009

Our barrel runneth over!

Hello friends!

We have been overwhelmed with joy to see our donation barrel for the Alameda County Food Bank filling up this season. So many great donations have come in. Thank you so very much for your support. These are troubling times for many people, and hunger is a real threat to many seniors, families and children here in Alameda County. In a land of plenty, so many go without. Your donations of food will be deeply appreciated, particularly as we approach the holiday season and so many folks are alone and hungry. Believe me- I used to go around to senior centers as part of my work, and I would see looong lines of people gathering on the days when the Alameda County Food Bank truck showed up with free grocery bags of food- for many seniors, they would not have gotten adequate nutrition without this gift. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

October 12, 2009

Fertile Darkness

It's fall! It's getting colder, it's going to rain (I hope!) and the days are shorter and shorter! I must confess, I love the fall, the snuggly sweaters and the hot tea.

It's not uncommon for folks to get depressed as the days shorten and gray begins to dominate the skies. It's easy to feel down and blue without warmth and sunshine. But, this is also a great time to begin to turn inward. Introspection can be a good thing. When we spend more time indoors, we have more chance to study, to practice meditation, to heal ourselves. We need the quiet to find our inner wisdom. We can reach beyond life and commune with the past, even with those who have gone before. Our ancestors are waiting to be heard, and All Hallows is the time to find them.

There are several exciting opportunities to focus on the deeper, darker side of ourselves this month:

-The Sacred Well's monthly Healing Share will focus on "Balance" in honor of the Fall equinox. We'll look at the clear, outward signs of health and wholeness as well as the still, quiet side. (Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 8-9:30pm @ The Sacred Well, $10 donation)

-Fertile Rituals, a class by Shantell Herndon. <Sacred Well Calendar>For women looking to evoke life from the darkness of their wombs, this class will allow you to know yourself and love yourself in new and exciting ways.
(7 Thursdays, beginning Oct. 15th, 7:30-9:30pm @ The Sacred Well, $250)

-CAYA Coven's Samhain ritual. <cayacoven.org> A "dumb supper" honoring our ancestors, and then a theatrical ritual that gives voice to underworld Deities from around the world.
(Saturday, Oct. 31st, supper at 7, ritual at 8 @ BFUU Hall, Berkeley, $10-$20 donation)

-Reclaiming's Spiral Dance. <reclaimingspiraldance.org> Find yourself in a room full of altars and witches in a dance to remember those who have passed. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of this ritual.
(Saturday, Oct. 31st, 6pm @ Kezar Pavillion, SF, $20-$100 donation, tickets avail. @ The Sacred Well)

-CAYA South Bay Samhain. <cayacoven.org/southbay> Join CAYA South Bay for our first Sabbat and a ritual to honor the passing year.
(Saturday, Nov. 7th, 8pm @ First Unitarian Church of San Jose, 160 N. 3rd St., 95112, $10 donation)

-Children's Samhain. <thepaganalliance.org>A ritual for little ones to enjoy this holy time of year. Hosted by the Pagan Alliance and CAYA Sprouts.
(Saturday, Nov. 7th, 11am @ Benicia Clocktower, $5 kids, $10 adults, kids under 3, free)

And there's plenty more to find. I hope that you find more about yourself as well.
Happy fall, everyone,