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Earth is Thicker Than Water

By Cindy Black / December 13, 2010 /

Knowing the elements of astrology can lead to real compassion for those quirks in others that tend to provoke our judgment rather than our patience. OK, it can also give you something to think about during events that you were hoping to avoid this holiday season. The Elements of Astrology There’s only four: Earth, Water,…

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When Plants Talk, I Listen

By Cindy Black / November 29, 2010 /

I seek communion with the original spark of myself, the force of me that is also the force of you. I wonder what animates and lights this world, a life, a human or a plant? To open the door of this connection to our common origin, I listen to the messages of flowers. All of…

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Coming Home to Massage Therapy

By Cindy Black / November 15, 2010 /

Life is what’s happening while you’re trying to figure out your life…or something like that.     After 15 years of teaching and practicing massage therapy, I went to Acupuncture school. It’s seven years later. I have my Acupuncture license in two states and a couple Diplomates from NCCAOM (National Big Shot Organization for Acupuncture).…

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Acorns and Oaks

By Cindy Black / August 11, 2010 /

I remember reading something about becoming able to see the oak in an acorn. For many years, I tried to see the oak tree, yet all I ever saw was the acorn. Recently, I came to realize that I was looking with the wrong sense. I was using my eyes instead of my soul. From…

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By Cindy Black / July 28, 2010 /

    You will be taking about 20,000 breaths today. Notice what happens if you feel the air coming into and out of your lungs for just 10 breaths in a row. Go ahead and give it a try.

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A bird in the hand

By Cindy Black / July 21, 2010 /

This morning, a young goldfinch flew into our glass door. She landed dazed on the deck. I picked her up, holding her, waiting for her to find her strength again. It took a little while, but she found it, and promptly flew back to her nest. What a gift to have a few quite moments…

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You can't micro-manage smoke

By Cindy Black / July 12, 2010 /

It’s obvious about smoke. Thicker things trick me. Today, I’ll practice imagining it all as smoke; my stuff, my ideas, my cats, my partner, and my feelings. I’ll keep my hands out of their business, and see where the wisdom of the wind takes them.  

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Comes the Dawn

By Cindy Black / July 1, 2010 /

by Kara DiGiovanna After awhile you learn the subtle difference Between holding a hand and chaining a soul. And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning And company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts And presents aren’t promises. And you begin to accept your defeats With your head up…

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Awareness – why bother?

By Cindy Black / June 28, 2010 /

Prior to going to massage school, I never gave the notion of awareness much thought. I sat in groups the first few days of school – feeling like a mainstream red neck in a mob of new age weirdos. They were flexible and mellow, sitting cross-legged on the floor, eyes closed, “following their breath” as…

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Life could be a cup of coffee

By Cindy Black / June 10, 2010 /

I watch my empty cup become full of coffee. Even though a vast amount of events need to come together for this moment, I am 100% sure that I’ll be enjoying a full cup of steaming coffee. I breathe and remind myself that life is not much different than this moment. I enjoy my cup…

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