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Kulintang gongs have been played for many centuries in Southeast Asia and are often included in ceremonies and rituals. "Kulintang at Asian Festival" (cropped) by Mr.TinDC, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

The Healing Power of Sound: A First Hand Experience

“Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system–the healer […]

A shot I captured of the Shinto priest praying.

In Solidarity: A New York Ceremony and Vigil for Japan

The Ceremony For Japan: On Friday, March 18, 2011, I attended a prayer service and candlelight vigil for Japan, which began with a ceremony at The Church Center for the United Nations.  The main organizers were Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, an ordained Jodoshinhsu Buddhist Priest, and Emiko Nagano, volunteer community organizer of the humanist movement. […]

March 20, 2011 Healing | 2 Comments

"Baby Bunny" by Jennifer C., used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Gung Hei Fat Choy! Are You A Rabbit?

It’s Chinese New Year!  (Or to be more accurate, it was still the start of the New Year 1.5 hours ago!  But then again, this celebration lasts for 15 days, so it looks like I’m just in time!) This is the year of the Metal Rabbit.  No, that doesn’t mean they like to listen to […]

February 4, 2011 Healing | 146 Comments

"6 train" (cropped) by Phil Whitehouse, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

You Know You’re A New Yorker When…

I could just finish that sentence by saying, “…when a stranger starts screaming in your subway car for no apparent reason, and makes you wonder if you should’ve carried a large bat in your backpack instead of that very thin gadget you have in there called a wallet.”  But that would oversimplify things, no? Once […]

January 21, 2011 Healing | 5 Comments

"the new year" by Caroline, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Setting Your Intentions for the New Year

What will you be doing tonight for New Year’s Eve? Whether your night entails a quiet evening at home, a night out with dear friends or a significant other, dancing with a lampshade on your head, or ringing in the New Year with a meaningful ritual (or any variation of the above), this is a […]

December 31, 2010 Healing | 3 Comments