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  • Travel Iowa photo: View this email in your browser The Power of Groups Meditating Dear all, I think you all know how I feel about meditation and how important it is for our wellbeing. All of us easily recognize the benefits of meditating for individuals. In Mayo Clinic’s article Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress, the Clinic states that “Meditation can wipe away the day's stress, bringing with it inner peace.” In the last few years there has been more and more research about group meditation. It shows that group meditation is an equally powerful tool. Small groups meditating for peace have reduced crime and stress in an area while increasing happiness. Yet, few government organizations take these peaceful efforts seriously. People understand the individual benefits but are having a hard time understanding that organized groups meditating for peace can make an enormous difference. Unfortunately, research shows that once the group stops meditating, it only takes about 12 weeks for the city or country to move back to baseline. Collective Consciousness One of the first documented experiences of collective consciousness happened in 1983 through Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field when groups agreed to meditate together for peace. Results were tracked in Israel and Lebanon using quality of life factors. They measured crime, accidents, and stock market results in Israel and Jerusalem. In Lebanon they also measured war effects like deaths and intensity. All areas used news publications to capture quality of life indicators. The results found that the group meditation effectively relieved some of the societal stress. You can find the research at International Peace Project in the Middle East: The Effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field. Founded in 1998, the Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers. It is based on noosphere which Meriam Webster describes as “the sphere of human consciousness and mental activity...” The word noosphere was first recorded in 1927. Based out of Princeton University, the Global Consciousness Project collects data continuously from a global network of sources. Research results can be found on their website and their current activity on Facebook. Most recently students at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky began a revival from February 8, 2023, that ended with the National Collegiate Day of Prayer on the 23rd. It drew tens of thousands of outside visitors to the town to be a part of the event and other students have started their own revivals on college campuses across the States. A Times’ article, What Asbury’s Christian Revival Says About America’s Need for Connection, quoted a professor who described the event prior to the public influx as “a long exhale taken by my anxious students” followed by “an infilling of a holy calm.” In the Cincinnati Inquirer Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater reported, “In addition to the economic spike, the city of Wilmore experienced zero arrests during the nonstop revival, Rainwater said. To his knowledge, no fights or altercations took place, either.” The world has been watching: How a small service at Asbury took the globe by storm Haadiza Ogwude Cincinnati Enquirer | Updated February 27, 2023 World Peace A 2001 Chicago Tribune article, Town sees mass meditation as way to world peace, introduced me to Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa. This unusual town is built around transcendental meditation and the ancient Vedic principles of balance and harmony. According to the Tribune, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi whose followers founded Vedic City is the same Yogi who originally taught baby boomers transcendental meditation in the 1960’s and conducted the 1983 research project mentioned above. The city promotes group meditating among its residents and visitors. In addition, they’re establishing peace centers throughout the world hosting group meditating. Travel Iowa Photo: Observatory Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa Maharishi Vedic City’s open-air observatory

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    The Power of Groups Meditating Dear all, I think you all know how I feel about meditation and how important it is for our wellbeing. All of us easily recognize the benefits of meditating for individuals. In Mayo Clinic’s article Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress, the Clinic states that “Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace.” In the last few years there has been more and more research about group meditation. It shows… Read more »

    Inspiration, Message, Self Help

  • The Natural Order of Life

    The Natural Order of Life In the animal world, we see it all the time – other animals adopt or care for another species. On Facebook and other social media sites you will find dogs befriending cats, cats befriending birds, and even a frog befriending a snail. These “odd couples” care about each other in spite of their differences. I’ve seen pictures of a heard of water buffalo accepting an orphaned elephant as one of their own. Indigenous peoples also have… Read more »

    Enlightenment, Inspiration, Message

  • A life that saves the World

    Try to live a life that saves the Earth You might be interested in Charles Eisenstein. “When I understand that my very existence at its core is part of the existence of each ecosystem and species around the world, then I know that whatever happens to them is in a way happening to me.” A client introduced me to this philosopher, author, and historian by recommending the documentary The Music Played the Band. I highly recommend you watch it.  … Read more »

    Enlightenment, Good News Awakening, Inspiration

  • Love Yourself

    During this month of love, there’s one person you need to remember – yourself. Take time for yourself. Do things that make you happy. Surround yourself with people you love. Get out among the trees. Love to you today and every day, ~~Ellen

    Message, Self Help

  • Happiness Practices

    I came across this article in the Greater Good Magazine about a medical office that prescribes Happiness Practices to their patients. I found it to be good advice to help us to be happy — so I decided I would share them here with you to use in the new year. Take a few deep breaths Call an old friend Give someone a hug Help a friend in need Write a thank you note Sing in the shower Dance to… Read more »

    Articles and Links, Inspiration, Self Help

  • On becoming the happiest country in the world

    “Finland ranks as the world’s happiest country based on the 2021 report, with a score of 7.842 out of a total possible score of 10. The report writers credited the citizens of Finland’s strong feelings of communal support and mutual trust with not only helping secure the #1 ranking, but (more importantly) helping the country as a whole navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Finlanders felt strongly that they were free to make their own choices, and showed minimal suspicion of… Read more »

    Book Reviews, Inspiration

  • Natural solutions for unnatural problems

    This past month I have continued exploring my interest in mushrooms and plant communications. Findhorn Foundation Many years ago, I learned about a place called Findhorn in the north of Scotland. The area is now called the Findhorn Foundation and serves as an environmentally conscious, international spiritual community with a holistic education centre. The Foundation’s beginnings started when Eileen and Peter Caddy, their three children, and Dorothy Maclean found themselves in the north of Scotland, in Findhorn, wondering what to… Read more »

    Healing Techniques, Inspiration, Nature

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    NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE 2021

    Happy New Year! These three words — Happy New Year — are full of new possibilities as we venture into the unknown world of 2021. My hope is that we all embrace it with an open heart. The world is in a state of amazing upheaval. None of us has ever experienced anything like this before on such a grand scale. Times like this can be the impetus for change – let’s make this happen! 2021 could be the year… Read more »

    Inspiration, Message

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    Gratitude in a World of Uncertainty

    This was originally published in my November 2020 eNewsletter that I mail through Mailchimp. Enjoy, Ellen Can you believe we are reaching the end of 2020?  November has finally arrived. If you’re like me, this year’s passing comes somewhat of a relief. I am grateful for having survived. Fall Colours As I write this month’s message to you, our leaves here in Toronto continue their spectacular show. The red leaves have mostly dropped, and the yellow leaves shine in their… Read more »

    Downloads, Healing Techniques, Message, Self Help

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    Book Review: Braiding Sweetgrass

    Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions (October 15, 2013) What a wonderful find! In Braiding Sweetgrass the author, Robin Wall Kimmerer, unites science and spirituality into a beautiful tapestry showing us our need for both science and spirit to survive on this earth — and for the Earth to survive us. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a botanist and a professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University… Read more »

    Book Reviews, Inspiration, Nature

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